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The Importance of the Hamstrings

The hamstrings consist of four muscles in the back of the thigh and upper leg—the biceps femoris (long and short heads), semitendinosus, and semimembranosus—that connect the ischial tuberosity to the knee area. This collection of muscles performs a variety of functions including bending or flexing the knee joint; extending the hip joint; internal hip rotation; [..]

Hands-On Care for Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Shoulder impingement syndrome (SIS) is a very common cause of shoulder pain that affects about half of adults at some point in life. Essentially, the condition describes the pinching of pain-sensitive structures in the shoulder that restricts normal use or function, with raising the shoulder being a very common activity that triggers a painful reaction.  [..]

Runner’s Knee

Running is a popular recreational activity, and it’s an effective form of aerobic exercise for both young and old. It’s estimated that 50-60 million Americans regularly run or jog on tracks, city streets, or trails. However, running also carries a risk for injury. It’s estimated that at least half of recreational runners will sustain an [..]

Long-Standing Hip and Groin Pain

Simply put, long-standing hip and groin pain (LHGP) is discomfort in the hip and groin region lasting six weeks or longer that often limits physical function and reduces quality of life.  For some patients, simple activities like walking, climbing stairs, and sitting for prolonged periods of time can feel impossible. Unfortunately, LHGP tends to come [..]

The Scapula’s Role in Shoulder Function

When a patient seeks care for shoulder pain, they usually point to the ball and socket glenohumeral joint as the source of their problem. However, a contributing cause of the patient’s shoulder pain and disability may actually be the scapula or shoulder blade and if scapular dyskinesis is present and untreated, the patient may not [..]

The Noisy Knee Joint

It’s common for the knee joint to be very noisy, especially when performing activities such as squatting, climbing steps, or repetitive knee extensions. Patients frequently present to their chiropractor and ask, “Is that noise normal and should I be concerned?” In most cases, crepitus (noise) emitted from the knee—which can include clicking, cracking, catching, snapping, [..]

Snapping Hip Syndrome

While chronic hip pain can affect individuals of all ages and activity levels, 30-40% of those who have a history of playing sports and 12-15% of adults over age 60 may develop the condition. Although hip pain can result in a variety of diagnoses, a common form is coxa saltans, or snapping hip syndrome (SHS). [..]

Best Treatment Approach for Knee or Hip Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis of either the knee or hip is characterized by a long period of progressively increasing pain and disability that may eventually result in the need for joint replacement surgery after several years. Before considering surgical intervention, clinical guidelines recommend utilizing non-surgical treatment options first, of which there are many choices available to a patient. [..]

The Multifactorial Problem of Frozen Shoulder

The condition that’s often referred to as frozen shoulder goes by many monikers: adhesive capsulitis, painful stiff shoulder, periarthritis, and idiopathic restriction of shoulder movement. Regardless of the name, frozen shoulder presents itself as a stiff, inflexible, and painful shoulder joint and it often arises in a mysterious way that’s sometimes difficult to trace. The [..]

What Is Tennis Leg?

The term tennis elbow is widely known because it’s a common malady associated with tennis (and more recently, pickleball), primarily due to the use of a back-hand stroke. For those who play racquet sports, there’s another common orthopedic condition that includes the word tennis: tennis leg. The condition is characterized by a popping noise in [..]