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3 of the Most Common Throwing Injuries

3 of the Most Common Throwing Injuries UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) Sprain: Pain on the medial (inside) of the elbow Need to assess elbow flexion and trunk to elbow angle in the late cocking to acceleration phase Prevention: regulate and monitor pitch counts and awareness of arm self-care as well as have proper throwing mechanics Little League Elbow: Typically seen…

The Importance of Time In ACL Rehabilitation

At Omaha Physical Therapy Institute, we see a LOT of patients who have suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury.  Many times these patients are athletes and are anxious about returning to their respective sport(s) as quickly as they can.  Return to play can be dictated by a lot of different factors including the surgeon’s protocol and assessment, return to…

8 Important Things to Know About Your ACL Reconstruction Surgery Recovery!

1. First of all, this is your individual journey. Do not compare your healing and progression to other people. Everyone’s body is different in how it responds to trauma and tissue damage. 2. Your progression during ACL reconstruction rehabilitation is not just dictated by how far out of surgery you are. Many people think that just because they are 3…

How Effective is Blood Flow Restriction in Rehabilitation?

Blood flow restriction (BFR) training is a training method that utilizes a pneumatic cuff (like what’s used when taking blood pressure) or elastic straps to reduce blood flow to muscles during low load strength training. While wearing the cuff with moderate pressure (40% arterial occlusion), patients exercise at 30-40% of their one rep maximum. During heavy load strength training patients…

Resistance Training in Older Adults

National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Position Statement on Resistance Training in Older Adults Resistance training can be intimidating to anyone with limited experience in a gym. There are obvious concerns about technique, parameters, exercise progression, and ultimately safety. For anyone who has not had the luxury of a professionally-assisted introduction to managing these variables it can be overwhelming to know…

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…