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.

Shoulder Tightness & Headaches

Can Physiotherapy help with shoulder tightness and headaches?

Shoulder tightness and headaches are common things that we deal with at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy. Shoulder tightness is often the result of poor posture, a lingering shoulder or neck injury, or general stress. Tightness in the neck and shoulders can radiate up through the head and begin to create tension headaches. Often in these cases, the headaches are the result of tightness or injury in the shoulders and/or neck.

At MOMENTUM Physical Therapy here in Okotoks, our physiotherapists are trained to assess your upper back and neck to determine the cause of your tightness. Once we have identified the cause of your tightness or pain, we will treat the source of the issue with hands on treatment and exercises. By tackling the source of your upper back tension, we can effectively resolve your postural issue or injury. After the underlying cause of your tightness has resolved, you can expect to see a reduction and elimination of your tension headaches.

Tackling the headaches before the underlying issue is addressed is usually unsuccessful.

If you, or someone you know, is dealing with upper back stiffness and or headaches, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks today to find out how we can help. 403-982-5600

 

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

Golfer's Elbow

What is Golfer’s Elbow?

At this time of year, we see an influx of golfers into our clinic. One of the most common injuries they are dealing with is the dreaded “Golfer's Elbow”.

Golfer's elbow refers to an injury to the muscles and tendons on the inside of the elbow. This injury is caused when a golfer accidentally catches a bit too much ground under the ball (and usually leaves a large divot in the tuff). This shot causes micro tears to the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the inside of the elbow that make use of the elbow, wrist, and hand painful to use (and swing a golf club!).

Fortunately, physiotherapy is an excellent treatment to help resolve any incidents of suspected golfer's elbow. At MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks, we will assess your elbow pain, determine which structure is injured, deliver hands on treatment, and provide you with specific exercises to heal your elbow and get you back out on the golf course. Most episodes of golfer's elbow can be tuned up in a few sessions.

If your golf game is suffering due to elbow pain, or you have any pain at all, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks today to find out how we can get you back into the swing of things. 403-982-5600.

 

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

Tendonitis

What is Tendonitis?

Tendons are rope like structures that connect muscles to bones. Without tendons, muscles would not be able to move the joints of the body.

When tendons are overused, they fray like a rope. This process renders the tendons achy, swollen, and stiff. This process is called tendonitis and the more the tendon frays, the worse your symptoms will become.

Common symptoms of tendonitis include morning or resting stiffness, pain with certain movements, and a slight decrease in pain if you have been moving around for a while. Common tendons that are injured in the body include the achilles tendon in the lower leg, patellar tendon in the knee, biceps tendon in the upper arm, and the rotator cuff tendons in the shoulder.

If you are experiencing a tendonitis injury, you require specific physiotherapy that includes hands on treatment and exercises to get the tendon to heal. Research has shown us that rest, passive treatments such as ultrasound, and ice will not cause the tendon to heal.

If you are dealing, or think that you might be dealing with, tendonitis anywhere in the body, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks today to find out how we can put the spring back into your tendons. 403-982-5600.

 

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

Foot Pain

Can Physiotherapy Help with Foot Pain?

Foot pain is a very common injury that we treat at MOMENTUM Physical Therapy. At this time of year we see a lot of dancers who are experiencing foot and ankle pain as a result of competition season. Likewise, we also see a lot of people who develop foot pain as they transition from wearing boots to running shoes and flip flops.

Foot pain can be caused by many different things. This can include overuse of the tendons in the lower leg, irritation to the plantar fascia, sprained ligaments, or pulled muscles. Most foot pain is the result of overuse and requires some specific treatment to help the injured tissues heal.

Fortunately, physiotherapy is an effective tool to help manage and resolve your foot pain. At MOMENTUM Physical Therapy, we will assess your feet to determine what is giving you grief, deliver hands on treatment, and provide you with exercises to maximize your recovery.

If you are dealing with any foot pain, call MOMENTUM Physical Therapy in Okotoks to find out how we can put the spring back into your step. 403-982-5600

 

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