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Posted by on Mar 17, 2020 | 0 comments

Pre-habing For ACL Or MCL Surgery

Today we actually have a real live patient to go over some techniques with. She was kind enough to tear her ACL and her MCL in a skiing accident. Now according to HIPAA, we’re not supposed to reveal this person, but we don’t like rules anyway, so we have April!

So, she has been coming in here every day working on pre-habing her knee prior to getting surgery. We’re not sure how soon they’re going to do surgery. A lot of times they don’t want to do surgery immediately because there’s still swelling in there, and we’re trying to get the range of motion back. So, April has a full ACL tear, she’s got a torn MCL, medial collateral ligament, so a ligament on the inside of the knee that is side to side stability. Both of these are torn. So they’re going to go in, they’re going to repair that, and then she’s going to have a long rehab road ahead of her, but she’s going to come out good.

So what we’re going to do is talk about some of the strategies we’ve been using for her prior to getting this surgery. She’s actually training for this surgery just like you would an athletic event. She wants to go in there with her range of motion max and she wants to go in there with her muscles stronger. Research has shown you come through these surgeries a lot better when you have trained for them. So if you’re out there with an ACL injury, you may want to consider some of the things we’re going to go over prior to having your surgery. If you have further questions, contact us today!

Follow my YouTube channel where we are going to be demonstrating some exercises designed to help strengthen muscles and prepare a person who is about to have ACL surgery.

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Posted by on Feb 17, 2020 | 0 comments

What Happens After An Arthritis Diagnosis

There is a diagnosis that I get a lot in our clinic from people, and I wanted to explain my take on it and what I think is going on, and that diagnosis is arthritis.

Many times I get people in here that wake up one day and all of a sudden they’ve got shoulder pain, or hip pain, or ankle pain, and they go to their doctor, they get x-rays, they get tests done, but their doctor can’t find anything, so then they’re given a diagnosis of arthritis. My thought on that is they didn’t just develop arthritis that day, they’ve had it for months or years. However,  they must have done something to irritate it, because they’d been living that way for a long time without any problems. Typically what I have been finding in here is that the mechanics have broken down or they aren’t moving enough, and when they do move  – their mechanics aren’t good, which causes the arthritis to get flared up.

A diagnosis of arthritis is not a death sentence. Most everybody has some form of arthritis as we age. Now it’s a matter of learning how to manage the pain, and how to move correctly so you don’t keep things irritated all the time. This will go a long way. This is what I tell people that are told they’ve got a degenerated joint. Let’s say you have 20% degeneration in that joint, what you’re working on now is the other 80%. You may not be able to reverse that degeneration, but we will look at what you can do to at least not progress any further, move comfortably, and be able to do everything you want without pain.

Don’t let just being told you have arthritis stop you from doing things, think that it’s a death sentence, or there’s nothing you can do for it. Follow my YouTube channel where we are going to be demonstrate some ways of movement to get range of motion and  stability through the body that can help with some of these problems. If you get further questions, contact us a FyzicalofEdwardsville.com.

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2019 | 0 comments

Proper Technique when Getting Up & Down From Sitting

Today what we want to talk about is how to get up and down from a chair, or, more specifically, a sitting position. It could be a chair, a bleacher, a toilet because that’s one motion and movement that everybody has to do. If you lose that ability, you won’t be walking anymore. And that’s, unfortunately, one of the things that a lot of older people have trouble with. They quit moving, then pretty soon they can’t get up and down from sitting and then they find themselves parked all day long.

Lisa and I see a lot of back pain patients, and that’s typically from poor back mechanics. Usually we don’t see them because of traumatic injury. It’s because their back has been breaking down from incorrect postures from how they move, sitting too much, getting up and down from sitting, and using poor techniques and postures. This was putting the stress all on their back.

So, we feel showing you how to get up and down properly is a very important move. It’s something that everybody needs to maintain throughout their life, just because they are going to sit and have to get back up from it. That’s a movement that we can’t get away from. All sit to stand is, or getting up and down from sitting, is a squat. People panic when they hear the word “squat”, but the bottom line is that’s a squat. It’s a body weight squat, and it doesn’t matter whether you call it a gym squat or getting up and down for sitting, the technique needs to be the same. What we’d like to do is show you a few different progressions to build yourself up to getting up and down from sitting.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel where we will show you three ways to properly get up and down from a seated position.

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As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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Posted by on Nov 18, 2019 | 0 comments

Posture & Corrective Exercises

Posture and corrective types of exercise are very important. It’s no secret to anybody that we live in a basically seated society anymore, for a lot of people anyway. They have desk jobs, they work at computers, they sit slouched all day. Very rarely do they get out of their seat because they get so engrossed in their work, they look up at the clock and two or three hours have passed and they realize they haven’t moved. These postures, a lot of times, can lend itself to other problems because joints aren’t in good positions, muscles aren’t in good positions, some muscles get over stretched and weak, some muscles get tight, some muscles don’t work at all, and so on. One way of helping to correct this is by doing posture specific exercises that can lend itself towards helping to take care of these problems.

As with any exercise program, exercises are important, but the exercise itself only becomes important and good if it’s done correctly. What people have to realize is that it’s not good enough just to walk into a gym or follow a videotape or exercise unless you’ve got your mechanics correct and your exercise techniques are perfect. Otherwise, you’re just working into more types of dysfunction and also working muscles and joints in positions that they aren’t supposed to be in or aren’t going to work well for you. A lot of times people start an exercise program, they haven’t corrected their techniques or their postures and how they move, and then they wonder why they’re getting worse instead of better. The first place you always have to start is correct movement patterns.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel where we will show you  three exercises that are very good for posture, especially for people that sit.

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As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2019 | 0 comments

Meet The Staff At Fyzical Therapy & Balance Centers of Edwardsville

Patient care and attention is of utmost importance to our patients. Mark would like to formally introduce some of the other faces that help with your care while you are in our clinic.

Sharon Stassi, who is a Physical Therapy Assistant, has been with us for a while, and Lisa Tolle, who is also a physical therapist, joins us from Louisville, Kentucky.

Help us give them a warm welcome!

Make sure to keep following our videos on our YouTube channel to learn our new series on knee pain exercises and so much more!

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As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2019 | 0 comments

What is Connective Tissue Or Fascia?

Connective tissue, or fascia, covers your whole body. It should always move nice and smooth, but that is sometimes affected by injury or other reasons.

Mark talks about what to do when this happens, and how to deal with it during injury.

We have assembled three stretching exercises, and Mark will show you how to do them properly.

Make sure to keep following our videos on our YouTube channel to learn these exercises and so much more!

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As always, contact us here if you have any questions or concerns!

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