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A Young Athlete Turns to Physical Therapy to Treat Pain

When you’re 13 years old and all you want to do is play basketball, it’s tough to sit on the sidelines because of pain. Grady understood this feeling all too well. The pain he felt in his knee, both during and after physical activities, kept him from running and playing basketball. An all-around athlete, and typical kid, the last thing Grady wanted was to sit out due to adolescent knee pain. That’s when he and his family turned to physical therapy.

“When Terri tested my muscle strength I was very surprised at how weak I was,” said Grady. “She explained why my hip and stomach muscles were important to my overall physical abilities and said that if we worked hard together, I could get even better at my sport because I would have more control of my body.”

Grady Before

Grady performed a set of exercises before his physical therapy treatment began. Adolescent knee pain is evident – throughout the exercises his knee is positioned poorly, bows inward, and collapses.

Grady was determined to get better, so together, he and Terri worked consistently on a personalized set of exercises to help strengthen his whole body, with the ultimate goal of strengthening his knees to prevent further pain and injury.

“Grady was such a trooper,” said Terri. “He knew he had pain and did the exercises I asked him to do to get better – even planks, which were his least favorite exercise of all!”

As a strong an dedicated athlete, Grady was anxious to get back to playing basketball, football, and running. Once his physical therapy treatments were complete, we compared his before and after videos and saw  an improvement in his body awareness, coordination and neuromuscular control which will allow him to be a safer athlete.

Upon completing his physical therapy treatments, Grady showed improvement in his strength, coordination, and endurance.

In Grady’s case, physical therapy was an excellent treatment choice to relieve his adolescent knee pain. After just a few weeks of physical therapy treatments he was back to playing the sports that he loves, running around, and enjoying all the perks of being a kid.

At some point in our lives, we all experience unexplained pain. Typically caused by a weakness or imbalance in the muscles, these types of issues can often be successfully treated with physical therapy. If you’re repeatedly feeling pain while running, exercising, or moving in general, consider giving physical therapy a try. We even offer free consultations where you can sit down and talk with a physical therapist, one-on-one, to see if physical therapy is the right choice for you.

 

To learn more about how physical therapists treat adolescent knee pain, click here.

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My Physical Therapist Does That??

Many people visit a physical therapist because they recently had surgery or have a nagging pain they want to get rid of. What most people don’t know is that physical therapists are highly-trained to treat a wide variety of conditions. Here are a few things that may make you say, “I didn’t know my PT did that!”

My Physical Therapist Does That??Headaches
Some headaches are frequent and recurring while others come on just by turning your head the wrong way. Either way, they can make it difficult to get through the day. Oftentimes headaches originate from the musculoskeletal system and the good news is that headaches can be treated with physical therapy. To learn more about how physical therapy can treat headaches, click here.

Dizziness and Vertigo
Vertigo is a common condition that creates the sensation of being unbalanced. Vertigo is not a specific disease but rather a symptom that results from an issue in the inner ear or brain. Oftentimes, people experiencing vertigo suffer brief episodes of mild to intense dizziness. What you may not know is that many instances of vertigo can be treated and eliminated in as little as one visit with your physical therapist. Learn more about vertigo here.

Jaw Pain or TMJ
Temporomandibular joint and jaw disorders often result in popping or pain in and around the mouth and jaw. Popping in your joint is not normal, it’s actually a sign of the protective disc being displaced prior to the lower jaw sliding forward. This could be a sign that the muscles that control the joint are in constant tension  with the joint. The popping may cause head, neck and back aches that you may not have associated with your jaw. Learn more about TMJ treatment here.

Pelvic Health
Pelvic issues don’t discriminate. Teens and men may feel unexplained pain in the hips or low back, new moms might experience urinary leakage, or menopause might bring on pain in the pelvic region. Often misdiagnosed, the pain can go on for years, but there is a way to treat these conditions, learn how.

Concussions
Concussions are defined as a traumatic brain injury that results in disrupted brain function. Symptoms can include headache, dizziness and cognitive difficulties. The CDC has shown that 5-10% of athletes will experience a concussion in any given sport season. A physical therapist plays a valuable role in the treatment of concussions because equilibrium, the vestibular system, the central nervous system, and the visual system are affected. Learn more about how physical therapy can treat concussions here.

Bladder Health
If you’re experiencing bladder leakage, frequent urination, constipation, or pelvic pain, you’re not alone. Bladder issues are common, but that doesn’t mean they’re normal. Childbirth and getting older can be contributing factors, but the symptoms are often correctable or manageable through education, exercise and physical therapy. Learn more about how physical therapy helps with bladder issues.

Running Analysis / Running Pain
When our feet strike the ground it sends a force through our bodies. The impact to the musculoskeletal system can result in wear and tear of the joints, muscles, and ligaments and contribute to injury development while causing pain in already tender areas. We offer a running/Gait Analysis program that caters to anyone who wants to improve their running performance. This doesn’t just apply to athletes and lifelong runners looking to improve their personal records or run longer distances. Patients who suffer from lower extremity injuries such as knee, leg, hip, ankle or foot pain can benefit, as well. Learn more about our running and gait analysis program here.

What Next?
Do any of these conditions apply to you? If you’re dealing with jaw pain, running pain, concussions, headaches, vertigo or dizziness, we offer free consultations at all of our locations. There’s no reason to live with pain any longer, schedule your appointment today!

 

We have multiple physical therapy clinics throughout west Michigan, there’s always one close to you!  We’re helping patients who are dealing with vestibular issues, running pain, concussions, physical therapy, vertigo, and TMJ.

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Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse City

Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse City

This fall 6 of our most dedicated team members and supporters took place in an event that can only be described as a wild combination of fall colors, sandy beaches, massive dunes and lots of wild Ragnarians. For those not familiar, Reebok Ragnar is a 200 mile relay that starts in Muskegon at Pere Marquette Beach. The path follows runners past historic ships and lighthouses, apple orchards, cherry blossoms and rolling hills – all with a van full of teammates cheering them along each leg of the course. As the sun sets, the race keeps going through the night with nothing but a starlit sky and a bouncing line of headlamps to light the way.

Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse CityAmy, Diana, David, Alexandria, Josh, Stan 

The 200 mile journey concludes along the shores of Traverse City where a Ragnar wouldn’t be complete without a finish line party, an immense sense of accomplishment, and stories to tell for years to come. It wasn’t easy, but at the end of day 2 our team reached the finish line!

Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse City

“Finished my 6.7 miler at around 3am… perfect night weather made for an awesome run!” – Diana Painter (pictured far right)

When David Sefton first heard about Ragnar, he thought it was a great thing for someone else to do, but not for him. But, standing at the finish line, he’d now say that he couldn’t have been more wrong. Throughout the race he learned he really enjoys running at night, under the stars. And he found a sense of gratitude for his teammates. In fact, the more he thought about it, the more gratitude became a fitting theme throughout the event.

“I’m grateful for my friends Diana, Alex, Amy, and Josh. Friends like these are truly remarkable. I’m grateful for my brother Stan who rocked out this race with the least time to prepare. I’m grateful for my wife and family who supported me even when they thought I was crazy for doing this, and I’m grateful for the ability to run, knowing that it is a gift to push the limits, confront my weaknesses, and encounter God’s grace there.” – David Sefton

Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse CityProud doesn’t even begin to describe the way we feel about our awesome rock stars. This was an amazing accomplishment, to say the least. At the end of the day, Alexandria Hoffman described it best:
• 6 crazy runners
• 1 small van
• 3 hours of “sleep”
• 0 showers
• dehydration and upset stomachs
• beautiful views with steep hills
• 200ish Michigan miles
• 1 million laughs
• 1 Ragnar race complete

Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse City

Way to go, team Northern…you rock!

If you’d like to get started on a running program, Northern Physical Therapy offer sports rehab and a gait analysis where we’ll show you where your weaknesses lie and how to overcome them so you can perform at your best, run faster, and with less chance for injury. You can also check back in the spring when we’ll be hosting a Precision Running Workshop and RunFit Couch to 5k training program. Learn more about the Reebok Ragnar relay here.

Northern Physical Therapy & Ragnar Relay : Muskegon to Traverse City

Northern Physical Therapy is now open in Norton Shores, serving customers in the Muskegon, Spring lake, and Grand Haven areas.

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