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Prolotherapy for cartilege growth in severe knee osteoarthritis December 4, 2016 - Chondrogenic Effect of Intra-articular Hypertonic-Dextrose (Prolotherapy) in Severe Knee Osteoarthritis Gasto´n Andre´s Topol, MD, Leandro Ariel Podesta, MD, Kenneth Dean Reeves, MD, FAAPM&R, Marcia Mallma Giraldo, MD, Lanny L. Johnson, MD, AAOS, Raul Grasso, MD, Alexis Jamı´n, MD, Tom Clark, DC, RVT, RMSK, David Rabago, MD Abstract Background: Dextrose injection is reported to improve knee…
The Dormant Butt Syndrome June 6, 2016 - http://www.cbsnews.com/news/dormant-butt-syndrome-a-cause-of-common-aches-and-pains/ Multiple news sources last week have reported on a physical phenomenon labeled as a “dormant butt syndrome”. This is a condition where postural muscles become deconditioned from too much siting and cause problems in the lower back, knees and hips. Although it sounds like it is something that has been newly discovered, medical, sports…
Soft Tissue – Why Is It Important April 28, 2015 - The soft connective tissue, located just under the skin, is a white membrane that wraps and connects the muscles, bones and blood vessels of the body. Soft tissue is also called fascia. This of it like the white fuzz inside an orange peel, connecting the "skin" and the "meat" of the orange. Learn More
Spring Clean the Diet April 22, 2015 - Spring is a time of regrowth and renewal. As the sun begins to shine and the temperature rises, we begin to open windows or clean the yard in order to prepare for a new season. Tis’ also the perfect time to “spring clean” your diet, transitioning from common comfort foods of winter to nutrient dense…
Physical Therapy Outdoor Walking Season April 13, 2015 - Spring marks the opening of “outdoor walking season” in western New York. Like any other activity, walking has its own specific injury profile often involving the foot and ankle. Learn More
Prolotherapy Prolotherapy Stimulates Tissue Repair March 23, 2015 - Prolotherapy is injection of any substance that promotes growth of normal cells, tissues, or organs. Studies have shown that it stimulates tissue repair.
Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Understand it and Beat it! February 23, 2015 - The typical lumbar spinal stenosis patient has difficulty with walking, standing and occasionally reaching overhead. You are not doomed to a life of leg pain and weakness. We can guide you through a progression of non-surgical options.
What exactly is the practice of Yoga? February 23, 2015 - The practice of yoga is for keeping in shape, but it creates fitness in more then just the physical sense. Learn more about what the practice of yoga is.
Hypoglycemic Index helps determine what kind of foods are good for you! February 13, 2015 - The Glycemic Index is a way to categorize carbohydrate rich foods and classifies foods from 0 to 100, based on how quickly glucose is absorbed after foods are consumed. Learn more...
PRP Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Treatment for Knee Osteoarthritis: Study shows significant pain reduction and improvement in function December 14, 2014 - The purpose of this study was to investigate whether platelet-rich plasma therapy for early knee osteoarthritis is associated with good clinical outcomes and a change in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) structural appearances.

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Conquer the Twist!

There’s a lot of rotation in our movement.  Whether it’s the athletic challenge of swinging a golf club, tennis racket, or softball bat, or working in the yard digging a hole to plant a shrub, success depends in large measure on our ability to twist and where the twist takes place in the body.  Some joints are designed to help generate rotation and should have good mobility, such as the ankles, hips and rib cage while other joints, in particular the knees and low back, should play more of a stability role.  The likelihood of a substandard performance on the links or tennis court or injury in the yard may be a result of role confusion of your joints: your low back and knees are getting tweaked because they move too much as you twist because your ankles, hips and rib cage are simply too stiff or haven’t been put through the paces in training to use their available motion to help make you successful at the twist.  So let’s do the twist, in fact conquer the twist by starting with a few basic mobility drills:

The Half Kneel Calf Stretch:
Ankle mobility is essential for total leg rotation.  In this picture the calf of the front leg is stretched. The key is to keep the front heel firmly pressed into the floor as the shoulders, torso and hips move as one unit forward (in other words don’t tip your shoulders ahead of the hips).  Keep the pelvis parallel to the wall to avoid twisting the spine.


The Side Step Down:
This will help improve the outward roll of the heel, which is the first link in the chain of joints necessary for rotation:








The Woodpecker:
Most of the rotation that generates our movement happens by the pelvis rotating on a stable femur so training your nervous system to do this without twisting the spine goes hand and hand with having mobility in the hip.
Check out Dr. Heller’s explanation and demonstration:

The Scap(ula) Stick:
This is an excellent exercise to improve rib cage and shoulder girdle mobility with a twist that drives hip rotation. The key is the foot pivot on the ball of the foot, which allows the pelvis to turn on the femur (thigh bone) and limits lumbar spine twisting.  Make sure to keep the elbows extended (straight) throughout the twist to drive rotation of the shoulder blades and rib cage.



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Lumbar Spinal Stenosis: Understand it and Beat it!

Physical TherapyLumbar spinal stenosis is a narrowing of the necessary spaces that act as tunnels for the nervous tissue of the spine and its blood supply. It’s more common after age 50 but we see it in younger patients as well. Your nervous system is designed to stand up to a good amount of compression but for those with a history of injury to the structures of the back, particularly the lumbar disc, this narrowing can become a problem.

The typical lumbar spinal stenosis patient has difficulty with walking, standing and occasionally reaching overhead. Because of this there is a decline in overall fitness, vigor and unfortunately, but not uncommonly, self worth. Staying engaged in life becomes a challenge if a simple walk feels like a steep uphill climb.

Some very unfortunate terminology is associated with lumbar spinal stenosis particularly the description “spinal degeneration”. You need to know that “degeneration” can be a problem but it is often the normal boney remodeling of spine that is typical of aging. Also consider this: There are folks with stenotic spines on MRI who are symptom free in the areas that receive their nerve supply from the compressed nerve!

You are not doomed to a life of leg pain and weakness if you suffer from lumbar stenosis. A wheelchair is not in your future! There is a wealth of options to help you get over this obstacle. These include specific corrective exercises and manual techniques to help decompress nerve; Walter Brown PT has developed many of these. These are performed in coordination with techniques offered at Osteopathic Wellness Medicine of Western New York such as prolotherapy to help stabilize spinal ligaments or lumbar spine epidural injections that calm down the nerve.

The take home message: You can return to walking and the activities you enjoy. We can guide you through a progression of non-surgical options to get rid of numbness, pain and weakness from spinal stenosis and teach you how to exercise in a way to keep these problems from disrupting your life.

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