Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome

What is Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome?

Patellar Femoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS) is a very common, but complicated way to describe, pain that occurs from knee cap issues.

Do you have pain when climbing stairs? Do your knees get sore if you walk for prolonged distances? Do you have knee pain when you jump or hop? You likely are dealing with some level of PFPS!

PFPS occurs when the knee cap does not track perfectly in the groove it was designed to. This poor tracking causes pain and limits activity.

Fortunately, physical therapy is an effective tool to resolve PFPS!

At MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab, located in Okotoks, our physical therapists are trained to evaluate sore knees to determine if knee cap tracking is the cause of your pain and how to best manage your discomfort. With some hands on treatment, specific exercises, and corrective taping, we can teach your body how to better control your knees and prevent your knee pain. Most people are often surprised to find that their knee pain is actually caused by weakness in the hips!

If you are dealing with PFPS, or any knee pain, call MOMENTUM today to find out how we can get that knee feeling better again. 403-982-5600

Stephen Uhrbach is the clinic owner and lead physiotherapist at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab Ltd. located in Okotoks, AB.

Swimmer's Shoulder

What is Swimmer’s Shoulder?

Swimmer’s shoulder is a common condition that many professional and recreational swimmers develop. Swimmer’s shoulder occurs when rotator cuff muscles begin to get irritated with poor swimming strokes.

If poor swimming mechanics go on for a prolonged period of time, the tendons of the rotator cuff muscles begin to fray and get inflamed. This often leads to increased pain and forces the swimmer out of the pool for an extended period of time.

Fortunately, physical therapy is an effective treatment to resolve swimmer’s shoulder and return our athletes to the pool.

At MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Spots Rehab, located in Okotoks, our physical therapists are trained to evaluate sore shoulders to determine what tendons are irritated and how to best manage them. With some hands on treatment, specific exercises, and corrective taping, we can teach the body how to heal the irritated shoulder tendon. Once the pain has resolved, we can then talk about strategies on how to prevent swimmers shoulder from returning.

If you are dealing with swimmer’s shoulder, or any other shoulder pain, call MOMENTUM today to find out how we can get your shoulder feeling 100% again. 403-982-5600

Stephen Uhrbach is the clinic owner and lead physiotherapist at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab Ltd. located in Okotoks, AB.

Can Physical Therapy Help Me BEFORE Surgery?

Can Physio Help BEFORE Surgery?

Sometimes we are faced with the unfortunate reality of needing a surgery. Maybe you have torn your ACL and need a knee surgery, arthritis in the hip and are awaiting a hip replacement, or have a dislocating shoulder and are awaiting a shoulder stabilization surgery.

There are numerous pre surgical conditions that are usually accompanied with discomfort and a long waiting period between the injury date and the surgical day.

We often get asked if there is something that can be done before surgery to assist in the recovery. The answer is a resounding YES!

Pre surgical rehab is a type of treatment that we specialize in at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy. Our goal is to teach you about your upcoming procedure, provide you with some hands on treatment to ease your discomfort, and to get you started on some specific exercises to maximize your healing potential for after surgery.

We find that the stronger your body is before surgery, the better the recovery is after.

If surgery for a joint or muscle is on your horizon, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy, in Okotoks, today to find out how we can help set you up for surgical success. 403-982-5600 

Stephen Uhrbach is the clinic owner and lead physiotherapist at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab Ltd. located in Okotoks, AB.

Rolled Ankle

What is a rolled ankle?

A Rolled ankle is an injury to the tough bands of tissues that connect and support the bones of the leg to the foot. These connective tissues are there to stabilize the joint and have a specific range of motion. If these tissues are pushed pass this range a sprain or roll will occur. This is more common on the outside of the ankle than the inside.

The ankle can be injured typically when it is accidentally twisted, turned or rolled in an awkward way. This is common when walking on an uneven or slippery surface, when a lack of balance is present or when turning or landing from a jump during sports (such as a hard pivot or jump shot in basketball). The ankle can be injured in many ways and it is important to seek help to be sure it isn’t something more serious.

Individuals with rolled ankle injury may experience swelling, bruising or skin discoloration and may feel pain or discomfort when placing weight on the affected ankle. People often say that their ankle feels tender, painful or stiff.

Treatment for rolled ankle injuries involves a comprehensive assessment, hands on treatment, and specific exercises. Some rolled ankle injuries may require a referral to a sports medicine doctor, however, this will be determined at your assessment.

If you are dealing with any ankle, rolled ankle or not, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks today to find out how we can get your lower leg back to 100%. Call us at 1-403-982-5600

 

Stephen Uhrbach is the clinic owner and lead physiotherapist at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab Ltd. located in Okotoks, AB.

Running Pain

Can Physiotherapy help with my running pain?

With the summer well underway, we begin seeing more and more running related injuries through our clinic doors.

Anytime runners change their running surface, distance, shoes, or environment, injuries tend to occur. Hip, knee, achilles, and foot pain become frequent symptoms that can quickly put a damper on the summer running and race season.

Pain while running indicates that either an injury is forming or there is a minor technique issue with your running.

If you are beginning to feel any pain either during or after running, you are at risk for developing an overuse injury to your leg muscles, achilles tendon, or plantar fasciitis. If not addressed quickly, these injuries can develop into long term injuries that require more than just a few weeks of rehab.

If you are experiencing any pain with your running, we recommend visiting one of our Physical Therapists at MOMENTUM. Here we will evaluate your symptoms and create an action plan to prevent your pain from turning into a season long running injury. Don't delay, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy, located here in Okotoks, today. 403-982-5600

 

Stephen Uhrbach is the clinic owner and lead physiotherapist at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab Ltd. located in Okotoks, AB.