Snow flurries don’t stop most runners from running here in the Gallatin Valley and while running may continue well into cooler temperatures, don’t let a running injury inhibit your ski season! Especially a stress fracture. Up to 10% of runners may suffer from a stress fracture at some point during their running career, and the majority of these injuries are due to training error. Many runners don’t consider a change in terrain a change in training, but a change from trail to icy sidewalk can make a big difference in impact. A stress fracture begins with repetitive stress to the bone such that eventually causes microdamage. (more…)
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Thank you KBZK TV for stopping by the Excel Physical Therapy Running Camp today! See our PT Team in action with our camp participants and an interview with Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS. Click Here: http://www.kbzk.com/story/32145985/excel-physical-therapy-running-class
Join us Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 6:30-7:30pm in the Community Room of the Bozeman Library for a discussion of running-related injuries, risk factors, foot mechanics and injury prevention how-to’s. Our team of running specialists, Megan Peach, DPT, OCS, CSCS, Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS and Chad Yoakam, MS, PT will review tips and tricks to help you run strong and pain-free. (more…)
Check out the latest issue of Outside Bozeman for Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS’ article, “Hip to Be Cool” to review the principles of running injury prevention to keep your running season injury-free.
Patellofemoral pain, or anterior knee pain, is the most common type of knee pain in Nordic skiing. Repetitive stress to the soft tissue around the patella (knee cap) occurs due to poor tracking of the patella in the femoral groove. This poor tracking can be the result of hip weakness causing poor control of movement of the femur (thigh bone), poor stabilization from the foot and ankle, and poor skiing technique.
Nearly all injuries in alpine skiing are classified as traumatic, or due to a fall. As mentioned earlier, under Strength & Injury Prevention, the majority of knee injuries in alpine skiing occur on the left knee. Therefore it is important to work on your ski technique to be able to turn equally well to your right and left. With the snowpack being shallower and conditions not yet epic, the early season is a great time to work on perfecting your turns. Aim to stay balanced on your skis with your hips centered and perfect your turns to both sides. A Professional Ski Instructor or coach can make all the difference, so take the time to perfect your technique by taking a lesson at one or our local ski resorts, or sign-up for coaching from a community ski team such as the Bridger Ski Foundation (BSF).
I have recently been thinking quite a bit about the importance of joint mobility, not strictly for function, but for joint health. In manual therapy, assessment of a given joint in the body always consists of consideration of joint mobility. Is there enough mobility? If not, why not? Does the joint itself have a motion restriction? Or is there perhaps some tissue outside the joint, like a tight muscle, that is limiting mobility? While it makes sense that a certain degree of motion is important for functional tasks, like bending your knee a certain amount to ascend stairs, mobility is also critical for joint health. (more…)
Climbing unquestionably takes a toll on the body and many if not all climbers end up dealing with some type of injury each season. When our bodies tell us a break from climbing is mandatory, we often make the mistake of not correcting the biomechanical factors that made us vulnerable to injury in the first place. Often times these predisposing factors are easy to correct with proper assessment and the right treatment plan.
- A quick evaluation of any climbing-related injuries.
- Advice on proper management of the injury.
- Screen for any further medical assessment needs.
Each screening will be approximately 15-20 minutes long so please be prompt.
Sign up online at the following link: www.spireclimbingcenter.com/onlineregistration
Scroll to Events and select the FREE Injury Screening link and fill out the appropriate information.
Matt Heyliger, DPT is a physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy and an avid rock climber.
Excel Physical Therapy‘s Physical Therapy team will be on the field during the Blitzz FC Yellowstone Kick-Off Classic 2015 soccer tournament to help with on field medical needs and injury screens. Look for our flag and booth. We’re here to help!
Look for the Excel PT booth at the 2015 Sweet Pea Run Finish Line. Our PT Team is here to help you with any post-run aches and pain prevention tips. Come on over and Ask Our PT!
We are happy to help sponsor the 2015 Sweet Pea Run. Have an awesome race!
"My shoulder is as good as ever. I appreciate the variety of treatments and Megan's professional courtesy-plus she's fun to visit with." --C.S., Bozeman PatientView more testimonials from Excel PT clients »