Sports injuries can occur to anyone taking part in athletic activities. Whether you are the weekend warrior or an elite athlete, the same principals apply in getting you back in action.
Since we function in an upright position, the entire kinetic chain must be evaluated to address all problems that could be affecting the painful site. Injury is often exacerbated by weakness of surrounding muscles, improper recruitment patterns and poor alignment placing excessive strain at the injury site. Assessment and correction of mal-alignment and/or muscle length/strength imbalances of the pelvis in relation to the hips and lumbar spine is critical in obtaining core strength.
The alignment of the lower extremity in standing and other closed chain positions is important to consider when treating both lower and upper extremity injuries. Maximum recruitment of the entire chain can be achieved with optimal alignment; increasing stability, balance and core strength.
Several different types of shoulder injuries can be sustained in both the athlete and the everyday patient. Specific knowledge of the anatomy and biomechanics of the shoulder and surrounding structures (such as the scapula, cervical region and core stabilization complex) is required to treat our patients effectively with optimal results.
- Our clinic philosophy believes in addressing soft tissue structures to decrease restriction and functional length in order to obtain optimum mechanics of the humeral head within the capsule.
- We believe that proper arthrokinematics must be established throughout active elevation. This assures proximal stability of the humeral head and allows for progression of strengthening exercises without development of impingement.
- We incorporate the use of proper scapular mechanics as well as functional use of the core stabilizers during our shoulder strengthening exercises. We feel scapular mechanics must be addressed for normalization of the movement patterns and maximal recruitment of muscles for power.
- We believe eccentric strengthening provides controlled movement through the entire available range and is important for maintenance and injury prevention in overhead activities.
- We believe that by addressing muscle strength of the regions above and below the injury site, as with the knee, often takes away the strain or torque creating the pain.
- We incorporate the alignment of the lower extremity in standing and other closed chained positions when treating lower extremity injuries. This helps to incorporate maximum recruitment of the entire chain, increasing stability, balance and core strength.