So You Strained Your Groin - Now What?

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Groin strains are among the most common disabling problems in sports, comprising up to 5% of all sport-related injuries.

Rehab generally consists of gradually loading the muscle/tendon and then progressively strengthening the adductors. 

This week's article educates your patients all about groin strains and how to recover with some great exercise videos.  

Also, strengthening the adductors has been shown to significantly prevent groin strain injuries - with programs currently in place in the NHL and MLS that have seen major results.  

If you are treating or training athletes - especially in sports like hockey or soccer - adductor strengthening is key.  

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Piriformis Syndrome Can Be a Pain in the Butt

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Piriformis Syndrome is a controversial diagnosis...

For one thing: there are several other diagnoses that could contribute similar symptoms.  Plus, there are several theories as to what actually causes Piriformis Syndrome in the first place. 

This is where it is so crucial that we, as clinicians, treat each patient individually. 

It's possible that not every patient needs a Piriformis stretch.  If the patient has a stiff Piriformis, sure a stretch is appropriate.  But if movement patterns are faulty and glutes are weak maybe maybe those need addressing

Here's an article that will educate your patients on what Piriformis Syndrome is, making sense of the different theories, and offering some exercises that address common impairments.  

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The Shocking Truth About Hip Labrum Tears

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I didn't know how common Hip Labrum Tears were until I did some research...

Turns out, they are incredibly common, affecting 20% of athletes with hip or groin pain

And, by some reports, up to 96% of older people may have some degree of a hip labral tear...

I was shocked, too.  

With hip labral tears being so prevalent, it's important you know not only how to treat them, but also how to potentially prevent them from occurring in the first place - especially if you're treating the older population with hip pain or athletes with hip or groin pain that participate in sports like:

  • Distance Running
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Ballet
  • Soccer

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3 Tips To Improve Your Hip Mobility

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Are you educating your patients with hip OA about weight loss?

A recent study looked at the effect weight loss – through diet and exercise – had on people with Hip Osteoarthritis. The participants were successful – with an average of 5% body weight reduction after 8 months. This resulted in a 17% improvement in physical function and a 25% decrease in pain.

Here's more evidence behind the most effective treatments for hip OA including 5 exercise videos you can send your patients home with...

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Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy

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How can we best treat the pregnant and postpartum population with pelvic pain? 

Pelvic girdle pain occurs in 56% to 72% of the pregnant population.  It can even continue after pregnancy is over – occurring in 7% to 25% of women.

Studies show pregnancy-related joint laxity leads to an inability to manage loads.  

Therefore, some of the best treatment we can provide is through pelvic stabilization exercise.

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4 Keys to Treat Your Chronic Low Back Pain

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So many patients come and see us with a long history of low back pain. 

We've heard it all, haven't we?

"I fell when I was 8 years old and ever since then..."

"I woke up one morning and had this pain that was on-and-off at first, now it won't go away..."

"I tried chiropractic, massage, accupunture, I've done PT, I've been to 4 different doctors..."

So, how are YOU going to be the difference maker?  Is it really going to rely on you?  Maybe these patients don't need another person to try and "fix" their low back pain.  Maybe they need someone to guide them to take ownership of their recovery for themselves.

Here is an article you can share with your patients that presents 4 keys to treating chronic low back pain - understanding pain, exercising, sleeping well, and setting positive goals...

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PNF in Action!

Learning Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF) is a highly visual and tactile experience. It is also highly cognitive, as the clinical reasoning behind each choice of movement needs to be carefully thought out for proper patient response.

The PhysioU PNF App cover introductory to expert level PNF techniques, approaches, and clinical reasoning — continuing with our mission to reimagine medical education by bringing clinicians from entry-level to expert, the easy way.

The first and only online/mobile resource for Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation. This app is designed to help you understand the principles and perform the techniques for this highly acclaimed form of movement reeducation and facilitation. Taught by an expert in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation, hundreds of high definition, multi angle videos help the clinician learn appropriate hand placements and body positioning.

This app will include:

  • Introduction to PNF and basic principles
  • Progressions
  • Techniques
  • Patterns
  • Rolling
  • Treatment in sitting
  • PNF Gait

Mentoring Minutes: Neck Pain and Shoulder Position

Welcome to PhysioU’s Mentoring Minutes! Each episode of Mentoring Minutes directly applies a clinical approach with relevant research for effective results.

Did you know that 4 out of 5 patients with neck pain will benefit from unloading their shoulders? In today’s episode of Mentoring Minutes, Dr. Marshall Lemoine will be discussing how you can apply this unloading technique in the clinic!

Thank you for watching!  

The newest Mentoring Minutes get posted on Facebook every Monday.  If you are not on Facebook, you can find most of our videos on YouTube.  See you next week!

Low Back Pain: How To Turn Down the Volume

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This week's Patient Education article is all about how pain works.

We've all heard and read the inspiring Pain neuroscience articles, books, and lectures by the greats...Moseley, Butler, Louw...

But how are we implementing Pain Neuroscience Education in our everyday treatment?

Here is an article for your patient's - for YOU to share with your patients - all about Low Back Pain and how our experiences, fears, anxieties, and coping styles, all play major roles in how we experience pain.

It also lets patients know how they can improve their outcomes by having positive expectations, incorporating graded exposure, and graded activity to get back to the functions they may have thought were impossible...  

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Finally, you can share a PhysioU page to others!

(It's only available on the web version.)

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Noticing a little email icon on almost every page of your PhysioU web account? Yes, we have recently added this new SHARE feature that you can easily email a specific treatment, finding, or exam to your patients or peers. 

It's super easy to use.

1. When you come across a topic that is related to your patient's condition or a class discussion, simply click this button on the upper right corner of the page. 

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2. An email draft with an embedded URL to the specific page will pop up. Plug in the email address that you wanted to send to and click 'SEND'! 

Not yet a PhysioU user? Try out our 14-day  web app free trial and join the thousands of PhysioU users to enhance your clinical practice and make the lives of the patients we serve better!