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Returning to Running after ACL reconstruction Surgery

Have you torn your anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)? Have you had reconstructive surgery on it?  When is the BEST time for you to return to a jogging/running program? When you have ACL surgery, running might not be the first thing you want to do right after the surgery.   But, as you progress with your rehabilitation, you might begin to ask…

Can Running Backwards Improve Speed and Power Measures?

Can Backward Running Training Effectively Improve Speed and Power Measures In Adolescent Male Athletes? A recent study published in 2018 in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research titled “Sprint -Specific Training in Youth:  Backward Running vs Forward Running Training On Speed And Power Measures In Adolescent Male Athletes” by Uthoff, et al,  has shown that speed and power measures…

Climbing to the Top Despite the Pain

“I am far overdue in thanking you for the PT you provided from a back surgery I had in February 2018.  At that time, I was also at one of the most challenging points in my life.  It took until February 2019 for me to realize I needed to make a change both mentally and physically if I was going…

Diet, Exercise, and Knee Osteoarthritis

The link between obesity and knee osteoarthritis is well-established in the literature and makes perfect sense when considering forces incurred at the knee joint during weight-bearing activity.  It is a classic cycle that far too many people face.  An obese individual has knee pain and are told they must exercise in order to lose weight to allow for less pressure…

Reacting Less and Feeling Better

There are several different areas of our lives that can contribute to our pain experience. Having stress from conflict with others is just one of these areas that can increase the amount of physical pain we feel. Here is a refreshing article below that might help you take a deep breath and allow for not only less emotional pain but…

Can Meditating Help Your Pain?

Understanding pain can be complex.  What pain science research has revealed is that pain does not always mean there is actual tissue damage or injury.  Furthermore, intensity, duration, and quality of pain are not consistent with amount of tissue damage or injury.  What is now understood is the significant impact other common variables in our lives can actually play in…

Tough Injury But Tougher Patient – Reagan’s Comeback Story

Injury is challenging at any age.  If it happens to you when you are younger, it is more difficult to understand how important it is to be consistent and compliant with your rehabilitation to not only be able to return to your sports but to be healthy and well for the rest of your life.  Reagan Hickey was only in…

5 Tips To Staying Healthy as a Runner

Summer is here and more and more people are out running.  If you look closely, you will see a great deal of variation in HOW people do such a natural, basic activity.  Unless you are watching a group of elite runners, you are likely to see many different trunk positions and movements, arm swings, stride lengths, cadences, and types of…

Finding the “Strength” to Overcome Injury – JJ’s Comeback Story

Injury is both a physical and mental struggle and no one understands this more than J.J. Gums.  His strength throughout his rehabilitation journey has been inspirational for not only our staff but for other patients at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute.  Check out J.J.’s comeback story below! What was your injury?  Patella tendon rupture (with a surgical repair). How did you…

Sprinting to a State Championship- Sydney’s Comeback Story

Tearing your ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) and having to have surgery is tough!  Sydney Miller knows this all too well but she also knows that working hard and being diligent with her rehabilitation is essential in making a full recovery.  Sydney went from not being able to walk after surgery to winning a State Championship in track upon her return…