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body mechanics

Why are some people knocked knee-ed on one side?

Here is an interesting case of a patient who injured her right knee with a cartilage tear about 15 months ago.

Her hip responded to the right knee injury by twisting in at the thigh and out at the shin.  The angle between the upper leg and lower leg is about 25 degrees, and on the left, her normal leg is about 10 degrees.  

After one treatment, and some home exercises her knee looked like this:

If you are interested in knee rehabilitation, here is a link

http://www.patellofemoral.org/pfoe/PDFs/Case_study_Mascal_Landers_Powers.pdf

Also a link to last week's blog post:

Surprising exercise for kneecap pain: hip rotation!

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