After recently writing an article called Fascinating Facts About Tendons, I was asked a very important question: How can we “bulletproof” our tendons? This question is incredibly important, as soft-tissue injuries are the most common musculoskeletal injury in all manners of sport, work, and daily life.  Our muscles tendons and ligaments make up the majority […]

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25 Jul July 25, 2018

Fascinating Facts About Tendons

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Tendons have some unique properties. They are considered viscoelastic. This means they are strong enough to handle the strong muscle contractions that occur when you move your joints and are yet flexible enough to angulate around your bones to create the desired muscle pull. Think of a modern day compound bow in which the cable […]

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16 Jul July 16, 2018

Vitamin D Facts

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What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D can be categorized as both a vitamin and a hormone.  It can be consumed from your diet the way a vitamin can (in this case, mostly through fatty fish).  It can also be made by the body, the way a hormone can.  When your skin is exposed to UVB […]

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Carpal tunnel syndrome is particularly common in women who are pregnant.   Some studies estimate that as many as 50% of pregnant women will experience carpal tunnel syndrome.  The true incidence is still unknown, but experts agree that it is very common, second only to lower back/pelvic pain during pregnancy (Smith et. al 1998).   Carpal […]

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03 Jul July 03, 2018

Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is largely a lifestyle disease, not nearly as common in the archaeological record of our primitive ancestors as it is in today’s modern societies.  Insidious and asymptomatic during its initial development, osteoporosis silently develops without much alarm in its early stages. The resultant pernicious bone loss turn our bodies into “fragile, handle with care” […]

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We don’t often think about our shoulder blades but perhaps we should. The technical name for the shoulder blade, is scapula. These bony blades on your mid and upper back region are the attachment points for 17 different muscles! That’s a lot. These muscles act to coordinate the movement of your scapulae as they slide over […]

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13 Jun June 13, 2018

Low Back Pain and Athletes

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The spines of athletes are under particular stresses not commonly seen in day to day life, such as: -Higher spine forces due to the physicality of their sport -Sports-specific postures and positions not commonly performed in day to day life -Sports-specific repetitive loading, leading to fatigue and overuse -Longer cycles of activity, more frequency of activity, […]

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08 Jun June 08, 2018

Pregnancy Related Low Back Pain

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Lower back pain affects about 69% of pregnant women in the United States, yet studies show that only 32% of those affected report their lower back pain symptoms to their health care providers.  A misunderstanding exists as to what can be done to relieve low back pain during pregnancy, not only by patients, but also […]

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Since 1963, the month of May has been recognized as Older American Month.  It is a time to acknowledge the contributions, both big and small, of older Americans (60 years old and above) to their communities.  The population of older Americans is rapidly growing: In 1963, 17 million Americans were 65 or older.   In […]

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21 May May 21, 2018

Shin Splints, Explained

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Shin splints are one of the most common running injuries, affecting 5%-35% of runners at any one time (Newman 2013).  It is more formally known as medial tibial stress syndrome, and it is believed to be a stress reaction to the outer layer of bone (periosteum) as it connects to the muscle, tendon and fascia […]

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