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Staying safe on the pickleball court: good advice for every age

Staying safe on the pickleball court: good advice for every age

Although it’s been around over 50 years, pickleball has really taken off in the last decade. According to USA Pickleball, nearly 4.3 million Americans play regularly. Of that total, some 67 percent are 55 or older.

Picking up a racket sport in middle age is not without risk. If you play or are planning to start, it’s important to do it safely.

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For pain: heat, ice or neither?

For pain: heat, ice or neither?

It’s one of our most frequently asked questions. For muscle and joint pain, what’s best—heat or ice? As in much of medicine, the answer—it depends.

First, it’s important to make the distinction between treating the problem and the symptoms. For the most part, heat and ice work on symptoms. It’s been studied and some research suggests a therapeutic benefit, but those results are very limited and not well established.

Neither will do much to mitigate the cause of the pain. But for a pulled muscle, back spasms, twisted ankle or soreness after intense activity—ice or heat can help you feel better. And there’s a third option: nothing. Sometimes it’s best to just leave it alone.

Let’s break it down.

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Heel pain: the tip of the plantar fasciitis iceberg

Heel pain: the tip of the plantar fasciitis iceberg

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. When it gets inflamed, it typically causes heel pain, the classic symptom of plantar fasciitis (PF).

Anybody can get it, but runners are particularly susceptible. The fascia is stretched tight across the bottom of the foot and the repetitive stress of running can cause small tears. Over time, those tears can lead to long-term inflammation and heel pain. 

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Common causes of foot pain – plantar heel pain versus plantar fasciitis

Plantar Heel Pain – soreness or tenderness of the heel that has a location restricted to the UNDERSIDE (heel pad) of the heel bone. Pain often times radiates from the central part of the heel pad towards the BACK OF THE HEEL itself… VS… Plantar Fasciitis – involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue […]

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The New York Times – Bring On the Exercise, Hold the Painkillers

Over the weekend a fantastic article that speaks to a team of chiropractors like we have at the office appeared on my social feeds! On The New York Times Running Newsletter the following article was published about exercise and why some forms of NSAID’s and Painkillers and endurance athletes like runners, swimmers, and cyclists should […]

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Rocktape – Kinesiology Tape Instructions – Plantar Fasciitis ( Video )

Here at the office we see Plantar Fasciitis “limp”, “stumble”, and “trot” in just about everyday and now that “running season” has sprung with SPRING, we expect plantar to start coming in even more as we progress towards summer here in South Jersey.  Here at the office we use Active Release Technique, IASTM with SMART […]

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Prevention.com – 4 Things You’re Doing That Are Ruining Your Joints

Dr Tim Legath forwarded me this article the other day and stated he thought it would be important if we linked it up on our blog! Before you go reading some of what has been copy and pasted below, you need to realize that we share this information for everyone’s benefit and that we are […]

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Calling all Philadelphia and South Jersey manual therapists! We are hosting SMART Tools with The Training Room!

Dr. Mark Kemenosh and Associates with the help of our good friends at The Training Room Physical Therapy group of South Jersey are proud to announce we are hosting the SMART Tools Level 1 IASTM certification at our shared facility in Washington Township aka Sewell, NJ.  We are putting the word out to everyone in […]

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So tell me about these Aline Performance Insoles all you Docs are testing out!

So for about the past month we have been testing and tuning our own Aline Orthotics (Performance Insoles) as we prepare to start fitting them semi regularly for our patients.  For the first time in a long time we are excited about an orthotic because Aline truly has a product that works very well with […]

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SMART Tools – ITBand Treatment (Short Version)

So a lot of our patients have issues with pain, tenderness and tightness in and around the Iliotibial Band, often times referred to as the ITBand.  While in most cases there are various reasons why our patients present with pain in this particular tissue, treating it has been done various ways in the past, some […]

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