Guest Blog For PT Pintcast: 5 ways to reduce risk of ACL tears in soccer players

Over 200,000 ACL ruptures occur in the United States annually.  Women’s soccer has the highest ACL injury rate followed by American football.  While no injury is entirely preventable, there are 5 key things you can do to decrease risk of ACL injury in soccer players:   STRENGTH.  Spending time in the weight room is imperative.  A robust strengthening... Continue Reading →

Iliopsoas Syndrome: impingement, snapping & tendinopathy

Iliopsoas tendinopathy, iliopsoas bursitis, coxa saltans (“Internal Snapping Hip”) and iliopsoas impingement (IPI) are collectively described as iliopsoas syndrome because of the likelihood they coexist and the difficulty of discriminating one from another.  Iliopsoas syndrome is also very difficult to discern from femoroacetabular impingment (FAI) and acetabular labral tears (ALT), and is a frequent complication... Continue Reading →

Femoroacetabular Impingement: interpretation of radiographs for the physical therapist

Radiographs are used to diagnose femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) in addition to clinical exam and history.  Three different views are generally used: AP Pelvis, Dunn Lateral, and False Profile.  Proper interpretation is essential as it is necessary for accurate diagnosis, treatment planning, and surgical decision-making.  Physical therapists do not typically have access to radiographs, let alone... Continue Reading →

Microinstability of the Hip: recognition & management

Microinstability of the hip is a recently recognized source of hip pain in young patients and athletes. The etiology of hip microinstability includes bony abnormalities, residual laxity after traumatic dislocation, connective tissue disorders resulting in ligamentous laxity, repetitive microtrauma associated with athletic activities, iatrogenic injuries to the hip capsule and idiopathic.1  The pathomechanism begins with... Continue Reading →

The Growing Athlete: recognition and management of apophysitis

An estimated 30 to 35 million children aged 5 to 18 years participate in organized sports annually.1 Sports are the leading cause of injury among school-aged children and there has been an overall increase in both acute and overuse injuries in young athletes over the past three decades.2,5 The increase in injuries may be explained... Continue Reading →

ACL Injury in Alpine Skiers: Mechanism of Injury & Prevention

The snow has started to fall here in Bozeman, Montana and skiers are anxiously awaiting opening day at both Big Sky Resort and Bridger Bowl. Many people live here to take advantage of the outstanding skiing conditions accompanied by cloudless bluebird days. Skiing related anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears are unfortunately all too common, and... Continue Reading →

Nearly 300,000 ACL reconstructive surgeries are performed in the US annually.1 Up to 24% of people do not return to sport following ACL reconstruction due to fear of re-injury.2  Fear of re-injury is also known as “kinesiophobia” and is related to knee function after surgery.3 Psychological measures are not typically used in return to sport... Continue Reading →

The Making of a Better Athlete: Diversifying Sports During Youth

More and more children are becoming involved in organized sports at younger ages.  There is an increasing trend in younger children playing single sports year-round as well as training for elite levels.  Although some believe early specialization is imperative to be competitive in certain sports, such as gymnastics 1, the reality is, chances to achieve Pro or Olympic... Continue Reading →

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