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Taping: Is it Helpful, or Will You Become Dependent on It?

Taping: Is it Helpful, or Will You Become Dependent on It?

If you ask 10 physical therapists or chiropractors about taping, you’ll probably get 10 different opinions about it…

Some would tell you that taping is great, others might say it’s okay in certain situations, and a few might even tell you they don’t like it…

So which is it?

Is taping actually helping you with your recovery, or is it just a “crutch”?

As you can probably guess, I certainly have my own opinion on the topic (hence the blog post and video!).

And as you can imagine, I tend to think my opinions are correct (it’s human nature, right?!).

Here’s my opinion in a nutshell:

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Repetitive Injuries: How to “Tip the Scales” in Your Favor (and make a full recovery!)

Repetitive Injuries: How to “Tip the Scales” in Your Favor (and make a full recovery!)

Repetitive injuries can be some of the most tricky types of pain to deal with.

This includes things like: tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis), rotator cuff injuries, ITB irritation and Achilles tendon issues.

Typically, these injuries happen slowly over time, as the amount of irritation and damage slowly outweighs the amount of overall healing.

You can think of these 2 opposing forces as 2 sides of the scale: irritation and damage vs. healing.

At some point, people with these injuries reach a certain threshold, and the pain becomes much more severe and/or frequent. This is when they typically start to seek treatment.

In today’s video, I’ll explain in detail how we help our patients “tip the scales” back in the other direction, and I’ll also tell you about the common mistakes our patients make when looking to fully eliminate the pain and damage.

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IT Band Pain – What It Is & How to Treat It

The IT Band (aka ITB) runs along the outside of your thigh, starting up near your pelvis and then winding up along the outside of your kneecap.

Irritation of the ITB, often called ITB Syndrome, is most common in runners and cyclists, although it can occur in just about anybody.

This is primarily due to it’s anatomy: as the knee bends and straightens, the ITB rubs back and forth over a small bone.

Overall, ITB pain is fairly easy to diagnose, since you can push along the tissue and determine if there’s any tenderness or pain. However, what’s more difficult is figuring out the true, underlying cause of pain.

Once you find the ROOT CAUSE of the pain and irritation, you can then proceed to treating it.

In today’s video, I’ll give you more information on how to tell if you have ITB pain, how to figure out the root cause, and ultimately how to eliminate the pain (so you can get on with life!).

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“Do I Need an MRI?”

“Do I Need an MRI?”

This is one of the most common questions the therapists and I get at clinic on a weekly basis, second only to “What’s going on, and can you fix it?” And while the answer varies depending on the situation, I’m going to do my best to answer the MRI question for you today.

Here’s the simple answer: No, you don’t necessarily need an MRI.

Now let me explain: Let’s say you’ve been having shoulder pain for several months, and you suspect that you have a rotator cuff (RC) tear. It might make sense to get an MRI to see if you do in fact have a tear, especially if you think you might need surgery.

But before you opt for the MRI, stop and consider a few things…

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