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Scientific research… Making Heads or Tails of It

An Olympia, Washington chiropractor, Kelly Golob, has a nice blog about scientific health research. In his blog, he reviews many different health articles and provides a nice summary at the end to help the lay person understand the bottom line.

Often people that don't have a scientific background feel uneasy trying to understand research and apply it to themselves. Kelly does a nice job of intrepreting the information for you. Way to go Kelly!

Skateboarder’s Ankle Sprain Gets Better!

 

Ligaments Lateral View, ankle of skateboarder

At Comstock Physical Therapy we treat all kinds of folks, younger, older, and in between. We treat athletes from club teams, recreational athletes and folks with other,  more unique kinds of injuries.  

This young man received an ankle sprain when falling off his skateboard and  had a lot of pain walking an appreciable distance when he first came to physical therapy.  He had difficulty even fully squatting to tie his shoes, or pick something up from the ground.  He was not able to skateboard, which is his long term goal.  

After he started physical therapy, it was found that he had pain with squatting due to pinching and painful feeling where he actually sprained his ankle, on the outside and front of the ankle.  The ligament is called the anterior talofibular ligament.  

The ligament swelled and got pinched.  After moving the specific joints to improve his ability to squat, and giving him strengthening exercises, he began to get better.   His exercises inclued balance exercises on a dynadisc, theraband exercises for strengthening and range of motion exercises to improve his mobility both with his foot up in the air (open chain exercises) and with his foot in the ground and him in the sitting position (closed chain with partial weight bearing).  

After about 4 weeks we put him on an IJOY machine which challenges patients in side to side motions and kind of moves like a skateboard.  Here is a picture of how he did:

 

 

After another week he got quite a bit better and actuallty did a 180 flip on the IJOY

 

 

This week I've asked him to skateboard on a dry, flat surface and he has been cut down to 1x/week.  Hopefully he'll be done sone and back to the sport he loves:

skateboarding!

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!