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How To Go Back To Lifting Weights after a Back Injury

Back pain can be a common complaint in the weight room.  It can be debilitating at times, limiting your function and not allowing you to perform your exercise routine comfortably. It may have been due to poor technique, too much weight, an improper warm up, a combination of factors, or even a total accident.  But the question is….WHAT DO I…

Early Activity After Concussion Can Be Beneficial

Traditionally, when an individual is diagnosed with a concussion, they are instructed to rest from activity of any sort for several days.  But, more recently, researchers are looking at how earlier return to physical activity affects the persistence of symptoms. Both studies listed below demonstrate how you can decrease the persistence of concussion symptoms by simply implementing earlier physical activity…

How Should You Re-fuel After a Soccer Game?

Success in Soccer: Refueling  Ever wondered if you can wait until you get home from the game to re-fuel?  A recent study by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition showed that delaying carbohydrate intake by as little as 2 hours decreases muscle glycogen re-synthesis by 50%. In other words, your ability to rebuild carbohydrate stores in your muscles…

Cutting Edge Treatment for Back Pain!

In an article published by Aspetar Sports Medicine Journal, Peter O’Sullivan discusses the challenges of treating persistent back pain and how a targeted cognitive functional approach has superior outcomes to the biomedical model.  He presents evidence that a pathoanatomical diagnosis cannot be made for 85-90% of low back pain and that in pain free populations, there is a high prevalence…

6 Things to Make your Recovery Easier

Diane Johnson is no stranger to injury.  After going through months of physical therapy for a severe injury she sustained in April 2017, she is finally back to doing the things that she loves and enjoys.  She wanted to share some insight she gained as a patient in physical therapy and we wanted to share that with you as we…

Hamstring Injury Prevention in Soccer Players

In the world of soccer, there are many factors that play into the prevention of injury.  Not only has the research investigated and dissected the importance of a proper warm up, re-warm up, and cool down, but periodization of practices/games/conditioning needs to be acknowledged as well.  Breaking it down even more, what drills a coach performs at practice the day…

“Sticking” to the facts – Dry Needling Not Effective for Knee Pain

With all the hype surrounding the fad of dry needling one would assume it is very effective. However, when you look at the quality, scientific research (and no, we are not talking case studies), the support to use dry needling as an intervention is just not there! The article below is a randomized controlled trial and it shows that people…

Individualizing Treatment for Pain

Individuals seek care at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI) in order to overcome pain, injury, and disability.  A lot of people are fearful of movement when they walk through our doors.  Why?  Because they might think that pain associated with movement indicates that they are causing more damage to the tissues in the body.  But is that really the case? …

4 Easy Exercises to Improve Ankle Stability (and Reduce Injury)!

One of the most prevalent injuries seen in sports is an ankle sprain. Whether you play volleyball, baseball, softball, basketball, football, or soccer, it can be a common injury. To demonstrate its frequency, a study published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine followed 312 amateur soccer players over a two-year period. During this time 208 ankle injuries were recorded…

Meet Braden Swanson, Physical Therapist at OPTI

“I knew that I wanted to be a physical therapist so I could be a part of a community where I could help people recover from various injuries, diseases, surgeries, and health events in their life.”   Braden Swanson has been a great addition to the team at Omaha Physical Therapy Institute (OPTI)!  He is one of the five physical…