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My Mattress Was Killing My Back

by Michael J. Velsmid, DPT, MS

I should know better, but after spending $1,500 on a new mattress eight years ago, I was reluctant to throw it in the trash.  After a seventeen year professional career helping and advising people about treatment for back pain, even I did not

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The Importance of Warm-Up

by Justin Wu, DPT

Why warm up?
Warming up allows the body to be used to and be ready for full speed exercises with decreased chances of injury. In all sports, athletes usually arrive to the athletic facility or event at least an hour prior to start time. They

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Full-Length Mirrors

by Katherine Hartsell, PTA

If you have been a patient at Boston Sports Medicine, you have likely noticed that we regularly utilize our full-length mirrors for various assessments and during therapeutic exercise. On a fairly frequent basis, patients will interact with the visual support reluctantly, or sometimes avoid it

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Hip exercises

by David Merson, PT, DPT, ATC
 
Hip strength, mobility, and flexibility need to work together in order for your body to be at its peak daily function and athletic performance.   Looking at the hip region is important for many reasons.  The hip has functions in multi-directions (similar

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Understanding Your Body for Running

by Katherine Hartsell, PTA
Service Your Stride: The Runner’s Edition

The Starting Line
As human beings, we each have our own idiosyncratic movement profiles shaped by years of activities and habits that our tissues have adapted around. You can note these personal flares through the observation of various runners.

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Anterolateral Ligament of the Knee

by Rebecca Fitzgerald, DPT
Have you heard the big news? The new discovery in human anatomy? It’s not actually ground-breaking news, but in October 2013 Belgian researchers published in the Journal of Anatomy that they found a new ligament in the knee. It was originally discussed in a publication

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Back Brace or Core Erase?

by Jennifer Mohns, DPT

I have had quite a few patients asking me whether or not a neck or back brace is beneficial after sustaining an injury.
A back brace is a device created to limit the range of motion of the cervical or lumbar spine. A brace can

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Are Your Hands Tingling with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?

by Ned Lockwood, DPT

Why are my hands tingling after I sit at my desk all day long?
There are many conditions that can cause upper extremity numbness, tingling, or radiating pain. A common condition that may cause these symptoms is thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS). TOS is a condition

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Mummy Tummy Continued – Diastasis Recti

by Jennifer Mohns, DPT

I have been receiving a lot of questions about my previous blog called “The Mummy Tummy.”  Diastis rectus abdominis (DRA) or diastasis recti affects women during and after pregnancy.  Sixty-six percent of women have DRA in the third trimester of pregnancy.
A lot of the

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Sets and Repetitions

By Evie Ullman DPT, CSCS
A set is a group of repetitions, aka reps, of a weight lifting or strength training exercise. When a set ends, the exerciser rests for a given period, then he or she begins another set of reps, and so on and so forth.

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Tension Headaches

by Justin Wu, DPT

Ahhh, my head hurts, why? [1]                                                
Tension headaches are very common ailment that many people suffer from. What exactly is a tension headache you may ask? A tension headache occurs when neck and scalp muscles become tense or contract. The contraction can be

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Alignment Matters: Meet Katy Bowman

by Katherine Hartsell, PTA
Boston Sports Medicine plays an active role in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of physical therapy. As committed healthcare providers we constantly pursue learning opportunities, and we seek discoveries that help advance our practice. Alongside our personal development, we also hunt for valuable resources to

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Top 10 Things About Physical Therapy

by Michael Velsmid, DPT, MS
Ever wonder what there is to know about physical therapy that you don ‘t already know? We bet you’ ll find at least a thing or two in this list – Top 10 Things You May Not Know About Physical Therapy:
10. Physical therapists work in a variety of settings

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Levaquin (Levofloxacin) Warning

by Rebecca Lingerfelt, DPT

If you’ve taken Levaquin (generic name Levofloxacin, part of the group Fluoroquinolone), you may be at risk for tendon inflammation, disease, and even rupture. Levaquin is an antibiotic used for respiratory, urinary tract, gastrointestinal, and abdominal infections. Some common uses are for E. coli, flu,

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Active Release Techniques (ART)

by David Merson, DPT, ATC

 

 

 

 

Over the past 2 years, I was fortunate enough to take Active Release Technique (ART) courses.   The specific techniques and treatment strategies taught in these courses have helped to transform my sports medicine treatment approach for the better.  I found

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Baseball Injuries

by Stacy Choquette, PTA
Baseball is considered America’s Pastime and thousands of people have watched, played or participated in some sort of game throughout their life.  Have you ever watched the game and wondered how these pitchers are able to throw as many pitches as they do without

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Physical Therapy and Pregnancy

by Danielle Clark-Fox, DPT

Pregnancy is a special and exciting time for moms to be, but it’s also a time of great physical change that is not always comfortable and sometimes downright painful. In almost all instances myofascial based physical therapy treatment can be very helpful in alleviating symptoms.

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Boston Bike Lanes: A Solution or Death Trap?

by Michael J. Velsmid, DPT, MS

 

I have been thinking about this subject for years.  First, let me give you my perspective.  I have lived and worked in Boston since 1999.  I bike and have a child old enough to follow me around the city.  I also own and

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Why Do Custom Orthotics Cost So Much?

Why Do Custom Orthotics Cost So Much?

August 2, 2013

By Michael J. Velsmid, DPT,

(Part II in a series on orthotics)

Are you faced with getting a new pair of custom orthotics?  Whether your doctor prescribed them or they were recommended by a family member or friend, you

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When Should I Stretch?

When Should I Stretch?

August 9, 2013

by Michael J. Velsmid, DPT, MS

Our patients often ask us when they should stretch, before or after exercise.  It seems that everyone has a different opinion on this.  You see athletes stretching as part of their warm-up.  Trainers will tell you

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The Lactic Acid Myth

The Lactic Acid Myth

August 16, 2013

by Evie Ullman, DPT

Many of you avid exercisers out there complain of muscle soreness post workout and blame it on lactic acid hanging around in the muscles. “I need a massage to clear out the lactic acid,” you may say.  This

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Maintaining Fitness Into the Fall Season

Maintaining Fitness Into the Fall Season

August 30, 2013

by Sara Bresnick, PT

Sad to say, the summer is coming to an end.  Fall is a great time to be outside, but daylight is starting to noticeably dwindle.  I find that this is a time when many of my

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The Shin Bone is Connected to the Thigh Bone

The Shin Bone is Connected to the Thigh Bone

September 6, 2013

by Stacy Choquette, PTA

Why does my low back hurt if I have an injury in my knee?  I have heard this question along with many different versions regularly throughout my years as a PTA.  Why do

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Guidelines to Travel – a Sports Medicine Perspective

Guidelines to Travel – a Sports Medicine Perspective

September 25, 2013

by David Merson, DPT, ATC

Travel is an inevitable part of life. Whether a short car drive or a long plane ride, for business or pleasure, traveling is almost sure to come with some discomforts. And if you’re

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Understanding the Shoulder Capsule

Understanding the Shoulder Capsule

September 27, 2013

by Andrew Provost, PT

In the world of anatomy, the word capsule is defined as a tough sheath or membrane that encloses something in the body. In the treatment of athletic injuries, the shoulder’s capsule or covering can directly or indirectly be

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Boston Bike Lanes: A Solution or Death Trap?

by Michael J. Velsmid, DPT, MS

 

I have been thinking about this subject for years.  First, let me give you my perspective.  I have lived and worked in Boston since 1999.  I bike and have a child old enough to follow me around the city.  I also own and

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Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA): What is it?

by Edward Lockwood, DPT
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease that effects .5- 1 % of people in North American and Northern European. RA can have associated symptoms such as muscle weakness, fatigue, and can cause joint pain / inflammation. 1 Rheumatoid arthritis has been shown to cause decreased

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Understanding the Shoulder Capsule

by Andrew Provost, PT

In the world of anatomy, the word capsule is defined as a tough sheath or membrane that encloses something in the body. In the treatment of athletic injuries, the shoulder’s capsule or covering can directly or indirectly be the cause of shoulder pain. When capsular

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Guidelines to Travel – a Sports Medicine Perspective

by David Merson, DPT, ATC

Travel is an inevitable part of life. Whether a short car drive or a long plane ride, for business or pleasure, traveling is almost sure to come with some discomforts. And if you’re in the middle of recovering from an injury, it is especially

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The 4 Letter Words of Winter: Back & Snow

A user’s guide to maintain spine health during snow removal
by Andrew Provost, DPT
Not trying to be the bearer of bad news, but the winter months are closer then we are willing to admit. With consideration for the heavy winter of last year, let’s be proactive and maintain

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Boston Sports Medicine is the Official Physical Therapy Provider for Boston Derby Dames

Boston Sports Medicine is the Official Physical Therapy Provider for Boston Derby Dames

March 22, 2013

by Rebecca Lingerfelt, DPT

 

 

We are proud to announce that Boston Sports Medicine is now the official physical therapy provider for the Boston Derby Dames Women’s Roller Derby League! What is

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Knuckle Cracking: Good, Bad, or Just Annoying

by Justin WU, DPT

Does cracking my knuckles lead to arthritis?
This is a question that has been asked, taught, and sought after for generations. When I was little my parents used to say, “stop cracking your knuckles, it’s bad for you.” Me, being young and obviously obedient, sort

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The Shin Bone is Connected to the Thigh Bone

by Stacy Choquette, PTA

Why does my low back hurt if I have an injury in my knee?  I have heard this question along with many different versions regularly throughout my years as a PTA.  Why do other parts of our bodies become achy or painful when we have

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Maintaining Fitness Into the Fall Season

by Sara Bresnick, PT

Sad to say, the summer is coming to an end.  Fall is a great time to be outside, but daylight is starting to noticeably dwindle.  I find that this is a time when many of my clients are having difficulty with motivation.  It is getting

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Soma System for Balance

by Katherine Hartsell, PTA

Like many healthcare providers, I am well aware that limited time with my patients cannot create lasting improvement without awareness, alignment and self-care strategies integrated beyond our brief partnership. As important as manual treatment is, my manual skills are only applicable in the clinic. All

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The Lactic Acid Myth

by Evie Ullman, DPT
Many of you avid exercisers out there complain of muscle soreness post workout and blame it on lactic acid hanging around in the muscles. “I need a massage to clear out the lactic acid,” you may say.  This is actually a myth. I will give

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When Should I Stretch?

by Michael J. Velsmid, DPT, MS
Our patients often ask us when they should stretch, before or after exercise.  It seems that everyone has a different opinion on this.  You see athletes stretching as part of their warm-up.  Trainers will tell you to spend fifteen minutes stretching after cardiovascular

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Why Do Custom Orthotics Cost So Much?

By Michael J. Velsmid, DPT,

(Part II in a series on orthotics)
Are you faced with getting a new pair of custom orthotics?  Whether your doctor prescribed them or they were recommended by a family member or friend, you are about to get sticker shock.  I have had my

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Yes, You Can Get Outside and Move to Slim Down

by Meaghan Harwood, DPT
Most of us are aware that waistlines have been increasing.  You may have heard that two thirds of American adults are now considered overweight or obese.  However, do you know how significantly the epidemic is striking our children?  Recent statistics show that 1 in 3

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Rehabilitating an Achilles Tendon Repair

by Meaghan Harwood, DPT

Protecting an Achilles surgical repair in the rehabilitation process is extremely important. Using water therapy, exercises can begin sooner with reduced stress on the repair.

Please visit the Hydroworx website to see the content of Dr. Harwood’s blog.

Rehabilitation of the Achilles Tendon Repair

Dr.

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Injury Prevention Program

By Jennifer Mohns, DPT
 
Does your child complain of pain after playing sports? Is your child the smallest or slowest player on the field? Do you worry that your child will sustain a sports-related injury?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions, it may be

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Do I Really Need to Keep Up with My Home Exercises?

by Erin Looney, DPT

One of the most frequent questions I am asked by both new and established patients is: “Do I need to continue my home exercises?” or “How long do I need to continue my home exercises?”  My hope is to shed a little light as to

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Beat the Heat and Still Keep Running

by Danielle Clark-Fox, DPT

 
Welcome to mid-summer in New England! When the temperature is up, humidity is off the charts and I’m trying to keep my running schedule going, I won’t feel bad about the ice cream in my freezer disappearing after dinner! Turns out, I’m not the

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Stretching the Minds of Dancers

Third in a planned series on ballet

By Katherine Hartsell, PTA
As a physical therapist assistant and yoga teacher, I am both invested in and inspired by the continuing education opportunities that come my way.  This past weekend I began a Dance Medicine Practicum,  joining a diverse, intimate group

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