we fix whatever hurts.
- Illiotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)
ITB pain is felt on the outside (lateral aspect) of the knee that gradually increases with running. A clicking sound may be heard, and pain is sometimes described as stabbing. It can get so bad that runners are forced to hobble with a straight leg. We see ITB pain frequently in runners newly increasing their distance, particularly among the ladies.
- Patella Femoral Syndrome (PFS), a.k.a. Runner’s Knee, a.k.a. GRRRRRR!
Knee pain that is usually felt around the kneecap (patella). It often shows up out of nowhere when running. Pain worsens with running, walking down steps or sitting for a long time. Being stuck at a desk or going to the movies can be just as painful as your long run.
- Plantar Fasciitis (Morning Foot Pain, First Step Pain)
Usually worse in the morning, this “first step” pain is felt in the foot, usually along the arch or in the heel of the foot. It’s a bummer when you can’t put your foot flat on the floor when you crawl out of bed!
- Shin Splints, a.k.a. Anterior Tibialis Tendonitis
Pain felt on the front (anterior) or inside (medial) part of the shin. Pain may start at the beginning of a run, then fade. Or, it may get worse while running and stick around after you stop. That’s definitely not OK. Don’t run again until you’re evaluated by a medical professional. If you’re using orthotics to mask the root cause of shin splints, please, come see us.
- Low Back Pain
Radiating or shooting pain in the low back can occur with any number of activities, from running to swimming to yoga to strength training. It can also be caused by a disc issue or scoliosis. The cause of pain may ultimately not be in the back, but only an evaluation with a medical professional can provide clarity. Chronic low back pain can be very frustrating; we’ll find the root cause.
- Shoulder Impingement
Usually experienced in the outer part of the shoulder, this pain comes from repetitive overhead motions like swimming and tennis.
- Achilles Tendinitis
Pain, swelling or thickening of the achilles tendon. Generally painful with ambulation (walking), going up and down stairs, or calf/heel raises.
- Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis
Often mistaken for an achilles problem, pain exhibits in the side or back of the lower leg. New orthotics for over-pronators and running in new shoes with less support are frequent culprits for causing this kind of pain. If you’ve taken up “barefoot” running recently or are trying out minimalist shoes, and are experiencing pain, this could be the reason.
Sciatica pain presents as tingling or numbness down the legs, often caused by piriformis syndrome, herniated or bulging discs, stenosis or degenerative disc disease. It also causes an increased range of motion of the lumbar spine, leading to instability.
- Hip Impingement, Labral Tears, Bursitis
These issues with the hip are often the result of anatomical abnormalities (is one of your legs longer than the other?), or decreased range of motion secondary to capsule or labral tightness. No bueno. If you’re experiencing tightness in the hip, come in for an evaluation before a more serious problem develops.
- Piriformis / Glute Pain — quite literally, a pain in the you know where.
Indicated by tightness and pain in the gluteal region, it gets worse with standing, sitting long periods or standing on one leg. Runners? This pain often occurs when your glutes aren’t firing properly.
- Neck Pain
Usually felt as stiffness or tingling, chronic neck pain is often caused by an elevated first rib, herniated or degenerative disc, or decreased range of motion at the shoulder. Active Release Technique (ART) is especially helpful in relieving this condition and increasing range of motion. Commonly seen in yogis and triathletes who spend a lot of time in aero position.
We manage post-op care for all types of back, shoulder, achilles, labral, ACL, MCL, LCL and PCL repairs.
- Tennis Elbow, a.k.a. Lateral Epicondylitis
This pain occurs with the twisting motion of racket sports as well as in those with careers involving repetitive-use like painters, assembly line workers, butchers, plumbers, etc. It’s an aggravation of the tendon insertion of the forearm muscles, which Active Release Technique (ART) is very successful in treating.
- Golfers Elbow, a.k.a. Medial Epicondylitis
Often occurs when a golfer hits the ground too hard on a swing. It’s an aggravation of the tendon insertion of the forearm muscles, but to the inside of the elbow. Active Release Technique (ART) to the rescue!