Monthly Archives: July 2014

CrossFit and Injury Prevention

I recently interviewed Todd Nief, a CrossFit coach from SouthLoop Strength and Conditioning in Chicago.  It’s posted over at SportsRehabExpert.com on a free page here:  http://www.sportsrehabexpert.com/public/931.cfm?sd=2.  If you’re into CrossFit, or even just thinking about it, you’ll definitely pick up some good tips from Todd.

Teaching the Olympic Lifts, power lifts like the squat and deadlift, and kettlebell lifts are some of the things I enjoy the most about my job.  Unfortunately I also see a lot of athletes, and adults, that get injured performing them. I don’t know that most people understand how complex these lifts can be, and how easily things can go wrong.

Power Clean Start Position

So whether you want to incorporate these lifts into your program, or need to recover from injury and get back into hard training, there is no better place to go than Elite Physical Therapy and Sports Performance.

Learn to do these movement correctly and you’ll see some great results!

 

Functional Dry Needling for Low Back Pain

Functional Dry Needling has been a great addition to my manual therapy ‘tool box’ especially for those with low back pain.  Recently, Nelson Min PT from Kinetacore (the group that trained me) wrote a short article on using dry needling for patients with spinal stenosis.

Spinal stenosis is one of the most common causes of low back pain in folks 50+ years of age.  The most common presentation is pain with standing and walking that is relieved with sitting down, forward bending, or lying down.

So here is Nelson’s article on Functional Dry Needling and the treatment of Spinal Stenosis:

“I listen for several things when evaluating a new patient with low back pain.  I take particular interest when my patient informs me that their pain increases with prolonged standing or walking versus pain that increases with prolonged sitting.  An older patient that tells me that their back pain increases with prolonged standing and walking, and is then relieved immediately with sitting, makes me suspect stenosis.  For someone younger, I am suspicious of spondylosis or some other instability.  I would confirm this with my biomechanical exam but this little detail in the patient’s history often steers me in the right direction.”

Listen to your patient — he is telling you the diagnosis.  – William Osler MD

To continue reading, head on over to Kinetacore.com

If you have questions on Functional Dry Needling or the treatment of back pain, feel free to email joe@elitepttc.com or call me at 231 421-5805231 421-5805