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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…

Important Info for Coaches on ACL prevention

Over the past 20 years, there has been an increase in the number of anterior cruciate ligamant (ACL) injuries in the knee.  With that increase has come more research on how to reduce the risk of an ACL tear.  It is evident that performing a neuromuscular training program and possibly implementing this program into a warm up and/or cool down,…

The Effectiveness of Soccer Headgear in Reducing Sports-Related Concussions

Does wearing headgear actually protect you from sustaining a concussion? Furthermore, does it limit the severity of a concussion? Check out this study that was in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2018. Over 2700 high school soccer participants were included in this randomized controlled trial investigating the effectiveness of wearing a headgear while playing soccer in reducing the…

Improve Your Posture, Improve Your Mood!

Posture & Mood: An Interesting Approach There are correlations between posture and certain moods, feelings and even pain. For example, when someone is sad or in pain, they tend to posture in a slumped position.  But on the other hand, if someone is feeling happy or confident, they tend to posture in more of an upright position and look outward….