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If you were watching the Olympics this year wondering what were the big, red circular marks on the athletes you weren't the only one. As a physical therapist, I had to do some reading to figure out what type of treatment these athletes were going through and for what purpose. Cupping was made very popular this year in Rio, as almost all athletes were seen trying it at least once after competing. Michael Phelps, the swimmer, had new cupping marks on both shoulder and across the back every time I saw him swim.   Cupping is a type of treatment that...
itb stretch
Lately, I have been amazed at how many patients have come in with the same diagnosis of an illiotibial band (ITBand) syndrome! This can be such a painful problem of the hip and knee usually felt by runners or cyclists. But what is this syndrome and what causes it? The illiotibial band (ITBand) is a thick band of tissue that starts at the top of the hip and runs down the outside of the thigh all the way to the top of the shin bone. This band gets inflamed from overuse and lack of stretching and will create pain mostly at...
what to do about shoulder pain
Amateur or professional athletes who play tennis or baseball often need the help of physical therapists because of shoulder injuries. Often the shoulder injury is characterized by pain and weakness in the shoulder girdle, difficulty lifting the arm out to the side, and difficulty sleeping on that shoulder.   Continuing to use the arm may present more pain and cause the patient to react by starting to hunch his/her shoulders forward as if in a fetal position. This can aggravate the pain and a bad cycle can begin if the shoulder isn't properly treated by a physical therapist. Injections by orthopedists...
what to do about shoulder pain
Amateur or professional athletes who play tennis or baseball often need the help of physical therapists because of shoulder injuries. Often the shoulder injury is characterized by pain and weakness in the shoulder girdle, difficulty lifting the arm out to the side, and difficulty sleeping on that shoulder.   Continuing to use the arm may present more pain and cause the patient to react by starting to hunch his/her shoulders forward as if in a fetal position. This can aggravate the pain and a bad cycle can begin if the shoulder isn't properly treated by a physical therapist. Injections by orthopedists...

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