Comstock Physical Therapy

165 Lilly Rd NE, Suite B, Olympia • 360.455-8014

Back Pain runs in families!

I am often asked as a physical therapist, "Do herniated discs run in families?" I often respond that I don't know, but it seems that way.

Well, now we know!  It does run in families, and people who have a cousin or grandparent who have had a herniated disc have an increased chance, according to this article:

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/back-pain-runs-in-families/?ref=health

What does that mean for YOU if you have relative with back pain?  

  • keep in good physical condition overall and exercise regularly
  • keep your core muscles firing correctly and your MusclesInSync
  • make sure to squat to pick up things from the floor
  • step out and lunge with your forward leg if you have to reach (such as vacumning) and avoid bending at the back with your legs together

 

Are you looking for good physical therapy in Olympia?

What makes  good physical therapy?  Have  you had a good experience?  Did your problem get resolved?  We help you by putting you on an exercise path that is specifically designed to correct your issue.  Precision exercises customized to you for your exact problem.  Physical Therapy in Olympia is getting better all the time!

Weak Scapular Muscles make P90X Shoulder Workout Hard

Is your arm or pushup P90X workout difficult? Did you order your P90X to come to Olympia, Lacey or Tumwater, only to find out you are having problems?   Are you struggling but not sure why?  Do you have shoulder blade or middle back pain?   You might have weak shoulder blade muscles that make your shoulder wobbly on your ribs.  Here is what this looks like (the left side is the weak side) when you lift your arms up overhead :

 

 

 

Here is what it looks like when you try to do a push up:

 

 

 

Tune in the next few days to see a couple of exercises to fix this!

 

Weak Hips Cause Knee Pain

It is an odd thing, and it doesn't really make sense, but it's true that weak hips can cause knee pain.  "How is that?"  you may wonder. 

Look at this video taken about a week ago.  This patient had a a new hip put in, so she is weak on her right (left side of the video).  Watch her step down, and you will see her right hip shifts to the outside, and her right thigh and knee roll in.  Because her right thigh rolls in her kneecap is tugged to the outside of its normal groove causing knee pain. 

 

Check back tomorrow to see if her hip gets stronger and her knee pain goes away!