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Lonzo Ball and Justin Verlander - Groin Injuries: Risk Factors & Prevention

Lonzo Ball and Justin Verlander - Groin Injuries: Risk Factors & Prevention
(Photo: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports) With summer in full swing, people are spending more time outdoors enjoying their favorite recreational activities. In the past few weeks, I've noticed an increase in groin pain complaints, especially in soccer and ultimate Frisbee athletes. I've also noticed several occurrences in sports media mentioning at...
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A better way to recover from your ankle sprain - Part 2

A better way to recover from your ankle sprain - Part 2
In the last couple of posts we've been discussing the details of ankle sprains and rehab. The major issue with the treatment of this injury is that it's often left incomplete before athletes head back into action. The good news is that there is a better way to rehabilitate this injury. We hope that by shedding light on the issue we can get everyone...
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A better way to recover from your ankle sprain - Part 1

A better way to recover from your ankle sprain - Part 1
Unless an ankle sprain is particularly debilitating, the treatment for this injury is usually ice and rest. Last post we explored the anatomy of the ankle and the different types of ankle sprains. Now that we've covered the basics, we're going to take a closer look the current state of treatment and then how to build on this current regimen. Many ...
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What does it mean to sprain your ankle?

What does it mean to sprain your ankle?
This is probably one of the most common injuries incurred in sport. Inversion ankle sprains (the most common type) make up 25% of injuries affecting bones and muscles. Primary care physicians see about 1 million ankle sprains annually. So this injury happens a lot and most people tend to manage this injury themselves with some ice, some rest and ma...
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Back Pain: Why are back pain guidelines being ignored for our athletes?

Back Pain: Why are back pain guidelines being ignored for our athletes?
If you've been involved in any high level of sport you know that athletes have excellent access to medical attention. Usually there is a sports medicine team staffed with athletic therapists, doctors, physical therapists, and sometimes even massage therapists. These professionals often travel with the team and are focused solely on their care. When...
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Try These Dynamic Warm-Ups

Try These Dynamic Warm-Ups
Does warming up and stretching mean the same thing? The two are often thought to be interchangeable, but when it comes preparing for exercise they have very different function. Clarifying the difference between the two could be the difference between suffering a running injury and staying healthy. Based on the scientific evidence, a dynamic warm up...
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Knee pain – could it be your fat pad?

Knee pain – could it be your fat pad?
​What is a fat pad!? Despite common beliefs about fat, in actuality fat in your body is really functional and necessary – you just don't want it in excessive amounts. Even if you already knew that, we don't usually consider fat as an anatomical structure. Well it is! And it is actually a really sensitive type of structure found throughout the body....
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Does stretching before a run prevent injury?

Does stretching before a run prevent injury?
​What does it mean to you to warm up before exercising? How does stretching fit into this picture? A quick trip to Central Park will reveal that for most runners warming up and stretching are the same thing. The two have traditionally been linked when it comes to preparing for exercise, but are they the same? Let Base Physical Therapy help you ...
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Adrian Peterson Tore His Meniscus...A Bucket Handle Fantasy Tragedy

Adrian Peterson Tore His Meniscus...A Bucket Handle Fantasy Tragedy
​From what we already know, Minnesota Vikings' running back Adrian Peterson has torn a meniscus in his right knee. More specifically, a bucket handle tear. Recent reports indicate that Peterson underwent surgery Thursday September 22nd to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee. That is what we know. But do we know what a meniscus is? What is it...
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Is barefoot running right for me?

Is barefoot running right for me?
Welcome back to our post on barefoot running. This has been a really interesting topic for me to follow over the past few years, especially as the research has really grown in the area, so I'm excited to get into some practical recommendations this post. Last post we discussed some of the arguments put forth by barefoot running enthusiasts. We also...
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What’s the deal with Barefoot Running?

What’s the deal with Barefoot Running?
In our discussion of footwear so far, we've talked a lot about what shoes to put on your feet. We saw how those in the shoe industry developed the modern day cushioned and supportive running shoe. Although the intention all along has been to reduce running injury, this hasn't been the case. So could the solution to reducing running injuries be the ...
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Direct Access – Taking Control of Your Healthcare

Direct Access – Taking Control of Your Healthcare
You are in the gym and you hurt yourself while lifting. No big deal right? It's just a pulled muscle and it will go away in a few days...or so you think. You leave the weights and head to the elliptical to complete your workout. Afterwards you feel tight but otherwise okay. A few days later you realize that the muscle you pulled continues to be sti...
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Can the right shoe prevent injury?

Can the right shoe prevent injury?
Welcome back to the world of shoes! It's a messy world when it comes to making sense of finding the right fit, but we're going to try and simplify things today. In the last blog post we got a sense of where the modern cushioned shoe came from and what all that terminology in running stores means for you. We also learned that as all of this shoe tec...
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Which running shoe is right for me?

Which running shoe is right for me?
One of the most common questions I hear in my clinical practice, as well as from family and friends is what type of shoe should I buy? Follow up questions ensue: Do I need to get my foot evaluated? Can I trust the advice of the running store employee? Should I use that machine that tells me my foot type?Every running shoe store has a display spanni...
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Base PT now offering Graston Technique IASTM

Base PT now offering Graston Technique IASTM
IASTM (Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization) is a manual therapy technique that utilizes tools, plastic or metal, to address soft tissue restrictions instead of the clinician's hands. These are not meant to replace the clinician's hands, but instead act as an adjunct to enhance the clinician's ability to detect and treat many soft tissue re...
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Pain – Is it all in your head? - Part 2

Pain – Is it all in your head? - Part 2
In our last post we talked about the foundations of pain. In a snapshot, pain is not an input, pain is an output. This means that the brain actually creates pain in response to the information it gets from sensors in the body, previous experiences already stored in the brain and your general emotional state. We also covered some of the structures i...
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Pain – is it all in your head?

Pain – is it all in your head?
​Pain. No one likes it. So what if you could opt out of pain? Would you do it? There are actually reported cases of people not being able to feel pain – it's called congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis (CIPA), and it's a rare genetic disorder. Though this might sound nice at first, it's actually a very debilitating condition. Ashlyn Blo...
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"It's Running Season"

"It's Running Season"
Transitioning Tips – Running in the Winter to Running in the Spring We will be running from the frozen tundra to the blooming flowers. Running into warmer weather from here on out sounds pretty good. This means that if you made it through running in the winter you can expect your pace to increase slightly and distance to be greater without the fati...
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So What Do You Mean By The "Core"?

So What Do You Mean By The "Core"?
If there's anything we all want; it's a better version of our core, right? The media seems to tell us that it's important for everything we do – from fitness to fashion to heart health and beyond. But based on our conversations with folks at BASE everyone seems to have a different idea of what the "core" actually is. So before we jump into our "ab ...
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What happens when ‘your back goes out’?

What happens when ‘your back goes out’?
Back pain in constantly in the headlines – why? Because according to the National Institute of health 80% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lifetime. Here at BASE we see patients of all ages and all activity levels struggling with back pain. So today we're going to answer the question – what's happening when 'your back goes out?...
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