Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS, physical therapist with Excel Physical Therapy of Bozeman and Manhattan, was a featured presenter at this year’s Twin Cities Sports Medicine Conference in St. Paul, MN. Jason gave a podium presentation and a breakout session on the rehabilitation of hamstring injuries, to an audience of orthopedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, physical therapists and athletic trainers.
The following article is from the Winter 2013/2014 issue of Outside Bozeman. Click Here for the full article link: http://www.outsidebozeman.com/activities/skiing/tight-lines
Here is a snapshot from the printed issue:
“Tight Lines – Look Gook and Ski Great”
by Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS
Aside from protective gear like helmets and wrist guards, proper strength and conditioning is your number-one tool for staying healthy and safe on the slopes this winter. Here are some exercises to get you ready to shred and keep you on the mountain all season long. As an added bonus, all these exercises work your glutes, helping you build buns of steel.
Lie on your back with your heels resting on a ball. Dig your heels into the ball to contract your hamstrings, and lift our hips off the ground. Roll the ball towards you by bending your knees, while maintaining good hip and knee control. Perform 10-30 repetitions.
Tele Jumps / Jumping Lunges
Start in a lunge position with your right leg forward with your knee over your ankle, and your left leg back with your knee just off the ground. Also have your left arm forward and your right arm back. Jump up, switching your legs so you land in a lunge position, maintaining proper form. Perform for 45-90 seconds.
Stand on one leg and perform a single-leg squat, reaching forward with your uninvolved leg, keeping your foot barely off the ground, reaching toward Point A. Repeat on the opposite leg, reaching toward Point B. Do 3-4 sets on each leg. For an advanced version, do the exercise while standing on an unstable object (BOSU ball, balance disc, etc).
Stand on one leg and leap to the side onto your other leg. Absorb the landing by performing a partial squat, bending at the hips. Stick the landing and pause for 1-2 seconds before leaping to other side. Perform for 45-90 seconds.
The numbers of repetitions listed above serve as a guideline; ideally you should perform each set to fatigue, doing 3-4 sets every other day. Focus on proper form: keeping your shoulders and hips level, and your knee over your ankle while performing squatting-type exercises.
Jason Lunden is a board-certified clinical specialist in sports physical therapy at Excel Physical Therapy in Bozeman and a physical therapist for the U.S. Freeskiing and Snowboarding teams. For more information on injury prevention, check out his blog at excelptmt.com.
Here are the links to the injury prevention handouts and resources from Excel Physical Therapy’s Community Education Series Fall 2013 Seminar “Why Do Kids Get Injured? A Youth Sports Injury Seminar for Parents, Coaches and Athletes Ages 18 & Under”
For additional information, please contact Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS at 406.556.0562 or by email: jason “at” excelptmt.com
Youth Sports Handouts:
Youth Sports Web Resources:
Join us for Excel Physical Therapy’s Fall 2013 Community Education Series Seminar
“Why Do Kids Get Injured? A Youth Sports Injury Seminar for Parents, Coaches and Athletes Ages 18 & Under”
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Bozeman Public Library Community Room
free and open to the public
Jason Lunden, DPT, Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, presents a free talk that will focus on the following:
- Latest updates for recognizing and treating concussions in youth ages 18 and under
- How to recognize risk factors for non-contact injuries
- Identify resources for injury prevention in youth sports such as soccer, football, baseball, skiing, lacrosse, etc.
- Q&A time with Jason for your specific questions
- Drawing for iTunes gift cards and more!
For more info: info “at” excelptmt.com or excelptmt.com/seminars
Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities – running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and overhead athletics. He has published on the topic of shoulder biomechanics and the rehabilitation of knee injuries and has a strong commitment to educating others. Jason serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams and is a frequent, well-received local and national presenter on the topics of sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. He is a recent recipient of the New Horizon Award from the American Physical Therapy Association and he as received advanced training in dry needling techniques for the extremities.
- Article by: MARLYNN MARCHIONE , Associated Press
- Updated: March 19, 2013 – 11:52 AM
- Published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune
You might not want to rush into knee surgery. Physical therapy can be just as good for a common injury and at far less cost and risk, the most rigorous study to compare these treatments concludes.
Therapy didn’t always help and some people wound up having surgery for the problem, called a torn meniscus. But those who stuck with therapy had improved as much six months and one year later as those who were given arthroscopic surgery right away, researchers found.
“Both are very good choices. It would be quite reasonable to try physical therapy first because the chances are quite good that you’ll do quite well,” said one study leader, Dr. Jeffrey Katz, a joint specialist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
He was to discuss the study Tuesday at an American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference in Chicago. Results were published online by the New England Journal of Medicine.
A meniscus is one of the crescent-shaped cartilage discs that cushion the knee. About one-third of people over 50 have a tear in one, and arthritis makes this more likely. Usually the tear doesn’t cause symptoms but it can be painful.
When that happens, it’s tough to tell if the pain is from the tear or the arthritis — or whether surgery is needed or will help. Nearly half a million knee surgeries for a torn meniscus are done each year in the U.S.
The new federally funded study compared surgery with a less drastic option. Researchers at seven major universities and orthopedic surgery centers around the U.S. assigned 351 people with arthritis and meniscus tears to get either surgery or physical therapy. The therapy was nine sessions on average plus exercises to do at home, which experts say is key to success.
After six months, both groups had similar rates of functional improvement. Pain scores also were similar.
Thirty percent of patients assigned to physical therapy wound up having surgery before the six months was up, often because they felt therapy wasn’t helping them. Yet they ended up the same as those who got surgery right away, as well as the rest of the physical therapy group who stuck with it and avoided having an operation.
“There are patients who would like to get better in a `fix me’ approach” and surgery may be best for them, said Elena Losina, another study leader from Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
However, an Australian preventive medicine expert contends that the study’s results should change practice. Therapy “is a reasonable first strategy, with surgery reserved for the minority who don’t have improvement,” Rachelle Buchbinder of Monash University in Melbourne wrote in a commentary in the medical journal.
As it is now, “millions of people are being exposed to potential risks associated with a treatment that may or may not offer specific benefit, and the costs are substantial,” she wrote.
Surgery costs about $5,000, compared with $1,000 to $2,000 for a typical course of physical therapy, Katz said.
One study participant — Bob O’Keefe, 68, of suburban Boston — was glad to avoid surgery for his meniscus injury three years ago.
“I felt better within two weeks” on physical therapy, he said. “My knee is virtually normal today” and he still does the recommended exercises several times a week.
Robert Dvorkin had both treatments for injuries on each knee several years apart. Dvorkin, 56, director of operations at the Coalition for the Homeless in New York City, had surgery followed by physical therapy for a tear in his right knee and said it was months before he felt no pain.
Then several years ago he hurt his left knee while exercising. “I had been doing some stretching and doing some push-ups and I just felt it go `pop.'” he recalls. “I was limping, it was extremely painful.”
An imaging test showed a less severe tear and a different surgeon recommended physical therapy. Dvorkin said it worked like a charm — he avoided surgery and recovered faster than from his first injury. The treatment involved two to three hour-long sessions a week, including strengthening exercises, balancing and massage. He said the sessions weren’t that painful and his knee felt better after each one.
“Within a month I was healed,” Dvorkin said. “I was completely back to normal.”
AP Medical Writer Lindsey Tanner in Chicago contributed to this report.
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Jason Lunden, DPT, SCS, (on left) accepting the APTA’s Sports Physical Therapy New Horizon Award in San Diego on January 22, 2013. Congratulations Jason on this prestigious award and recognition from your peers!
Jason Lunden of Excel Physical Therapy was awarded the New Horizon Award from the Sports Physical Therapy Section of the American Physical Therapy Association during an award ceremony held Tuesday January 22nd in San Diego. Criteria for the award includes demonstrating expertise within the clinical practice of sports physical therapy as well as excellence in writing, research, teaching, mentoring, and personal advancement in education as evidenced by the nominees’ curriculum vitae and credentials. Excel Physical Therapy is a specialized physical therapy practice with offices in Bozeman and Manhattan and has served the Gallatin Valley since 2001. Congratulations Jason!
“Alpine Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention “
Presented by Jason Lunden, DPT, Sports Clinical Specialist
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Bozeman Public Library Community Room
Community Education Series – free and open to the public
What You Will Learn:
- How to recognize common alpine skiing & snowboarding injuries.
- Ways to prevent injuries in skiing & snowboarding.
- Learn the best exercises for injury prevention.
- How to manage an injury after it happens.
- Q&A with the Physical Therapist after the talk.
Jason Lunden, DPT, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Physical Therapy, specializes in the rehabilitation and prevention of sports-related injuries, with a particular interest in the biomechanics of sporting activities – running, cycling, skiing, snowboarding and overhead athletics. He has published on the topic of shoulder biomechanics and the rehabilitation of knee injuries and has a strong commitment to educating others. He is a frequent, well-received local and national presenter on the topics of sports rehabilitation and injury prevention. Jason also serves as a physical therapist for the US Snowboarding and US Freeskiing teams.
Jason received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Minnesota, where he was the recipient of the Gary L. Soderberg DPT Visionary Award, the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership, the MN APTA Outstanding Physical Therapy Student Award, and the President’s Student Leadership and Service Award. Receiving a Masters of Arts in Cell and Molecular Biology from St. Cloud State University and a Bachelors of Arts from St. Olaf College, Jason is a former faculty member of the Fairview Sports Physical Therapy Residency Program. He also received specialized training through the Minnesota Sports Medicine Sports Physical Therapy Residency and received his board certification as a Sports Physical Therapy Clinical Specialist through the American Physical Therapy Association. Jason is also a Clinical BikeFit Pro Fitter. As an avid snowboarder, cyclist, runner and Nordic skier, he enjoys spending his time outdoors with his family.
Click the link below to access the Moonlight Ski Patrol Presentation Handout for 2012. Thank you Moonlight Ski Patrol for having us!
Click links below to access Flyer info for Nov. 14th Neck Pain and Dec. 5th Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention Seminars:
Thank you to our patients who share their success stories with us. The following update is from a Bozeman patient of ours who recently completed rehab with Jason following knee surgery. After her surgery and rehab, she completed demanding hikes in the Highland Mary Lakes and Grand Turk regions in the San Juan Mountains in Colorado. She writes to Jason "...Again, my thanks for your persistence and ability to prescribe what was needed." Congratulations to D.H. for taking on these demanding long-distance hikes with elevations up to 12,400 feet! May her inspiring endeavor be an inspiration to others and especially, you, as well!View more testimonials from Excel PT clients »
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