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Thursday November 1, 2018

PHYSICAL THERAPIST OF 25 YEARS GETS PT FOR THE FIRST TIME

Matt Scotton enters Kinetic Egdge Physical Therapy in Newton

PHYSICAL THERAPIST OF 25 YEARS GETS PT FOR THE FIRST TIME

by Lindsey Klyn, Marketing Manager at Kinetic Edge

Matt Scotton Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy in NewtonStar Wars fans are familiar with the concept of the student becoming the master, but at Kinetic Edge, we’re doing things in reverse these days. Clinic Manager, Doctor of Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainer (Can we call him the master of our Newton clinic?) Matt Scotton underwent surgery to replace his ACL on October 18 after tearing it while doing a backward lunge.  Now he’s become a physical therapy client for the first time ever.

This isn’t the first time Scotton has gone through ACL surgery though. As a 14-year-old, he tore his ACL playing football. Back then, a surgeon sewed the ligament back together and then after the surgeon placed him in a cast from his mid-thigh to his ankle for eight weeks. He was on crutches for almost three months.

Matt Scotton at age 14 after ACL surgery“I didn’t receive any physical therapy after my knee surgery at age 14, but I wanted to play baseball and football again so I studied leg strengthening exercises and realized that I loved studying anatomy and biomechanics,” shared Scotton. “Turns out, that ACL tear was one of the best things that ever happened to me. It helped me find the perfect career for me.”

Since then, doctors learned much about the importance of early motion and prescriptive exercises from physical therapists so recovery from an ACL surgery looks much differently for Scotton this time around. He currently wears a locking knee brace and uses one crutch. Plus, his first physical therapy appointment occurred on October 22, just four days after surgery. Now he’s on the physical therapy schedule at Kinetic Edge twice per week, just like his physical therapy clients.

Matt Scotton Initial Evaluation for Physical Therapy in Newton“Our entire team participated in Matt’s initial evaluation,” shared Physical Therapist Jared Gerber. “We rarely do evaluations together, and we all do things a little differently, so it was cool to all work together to develop a plan.”

Scotton has worked alongside hundreds of teams in his lifetime as an athletic trainer for over a quarter of a century. Now, he’s learning another example of the power of teamwork as he experiences being a physical therapy client of the team at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy in Newton.

“I have learned that teams with great chemistry and common goals can accomplish much more than any team who has a few superstars and lacks tight-knit people who work together toward the same goals,” commented Scotton. “Both my knee and my heart feel better after working and learning from my teammates at Kinetic Edge because of how talented they are, the chemistry we share, and the genuine care they show.”

Already, his teammates have suggested modifications to some of the basic exercises that helped Scotton reduce swelling and regain his range of motion more rapidly. Scotton is confident his team will help him gain strength faster and get rid of his crutch sooner too.

Scotton’s counting down the days until he can resume his passions of biking and running without pain. Even little things like walking on uneven ground without knee instability are anticipated soon as a result of this surgery and physical therapy at Kinetic Edge. Scotton expects this ACL surgery will be even better than the one he did at age 14, giving him a stable knee for another 35 years or more.

Physical therapy is a well-kept secret from many people, and many people don’t realize you don’t need a doctor’s referral to see a physical therapist in Iowa. Statistics report that 75% of people have muscular or joint pain during the year and less than 20% receive physical therapy.

At Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy, we’re committed to transforming lives and restoring hope through movement for each person we treat, whether you know nothing about physical therapy or you’ve been practicing it for 25 years like Scotton. If you have muscular or joint pain, give us a call at 866-588-0230 to see what Kinetic Edge can do for you.

Monday October 1, 2018

COLLEGE RUNNER OVERCOMES ONE IN A MILLION BONE TUMOR

Cross Country Runner, Rachel Peter

COLLEGE RUNNER OVERCOMES ONE IN A MILLION BONE TUMOR

by Lindsey Klyn, Marketing Specialist at Kinetic Edge

Cross Country Runner, Rachel Peter Rachel Peter always loved to run. After running track and cross country at PCM (Prairie City/Monroe) High School, she went on to compete at Central College in Pella, Iowa. During last year’s cross-country season, Peter started to feel pain in her left leg. The junior dismissed the pain thinking it was a muscular problem, but when the pain gradually grew worse, she knew something more serious was going on.

Peter scheduled an appointment at Pella Regional Health Center where an X-ray revealed a large black circle around her bone.

“I felt very overwhelmed and shocked when the doctor described what was wrong,” said Peter. “I mainly was just worried about when I would be able to run again and if it would ever be the same.

To Peter’s relief, Giant Cell Tumor of the Bone is a noncancerous tumor that most often develops at the ends of the body’s long bones like the femur or tibia. Given the uniqueness of her situation, Peter went on to see a specialist at the University of Iowa Hospital. Surgery was the only option she faced to remove the tumor. Without surgery, the tumor would continue to grow and destroy her bone.

They scheduled surgery for November 7, 2017, just a few weeks after the tumor was discovered. Surgeons spent hours removing the tumor from the bone and replacing the area with bone graft. Post-surgery, Peter spent six weeks without putting any weight on her left leg.

Around four weeks after surgery, Peter started physical therapy with John Lenderink at Kinetic Edge Physical Therapy. Therapy first focused on restoring Peter’s range of motion and then progressed to focus on restoring her strength and weight bearing tolerance.

“I can’t describe how happy I was during the physical therapy session with Physical Therapist John Lenderink when he took my crutches away and I was able to walk on my own again!” exclaimed Peter. “When I left physical therapy sessions with John, I felt confident and determined to recover faster. I believe I could not have recovered as quickly as I did without physical therapy.”

Cross Country Runner, Rachel Peter In March, the news Peter anticipated for four months came: she could start running again! As of September 2018, Peter happily reports she’s healthy and back to running like she used to with no pain, averaging 45 miles a week during the current cross-country season.

“I am very grateful to be back to running and competing in cross country,” shared Peter. “Reflecting back on where I was just a half a year ago, I am amazed at the progress I have been able to make.”

Peter will never take another step or stride for granted now, saying the entire experience in the past year has made her so grateful to be healthy and to be able to run again.

Monday October 1, 2018

4 CRITICAL HIP STRENGTHENING EXERCISES

Hip Stretch

How to Eliminate Back Pain (Part 2):

4 Critical Hip Strengthening Exercises

Dr. Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

In our June 1, 2018 article entitled 5 Reasons Why Your Back Hurts When You Walk, I outlined the most common root causes of this type of back pain. In September, we dove a little deeper into the topic of how you can improve hip mobility to alleviate lower back pain. This month, I want to help you work on enhancing hip strength to reduce lower back pain.

When we lack stability at a particular link in the kinetic chain, the body tends to demonstrate dysfunctional movement at that joint. This in turn creates additional movement-related stresses at neighboring regions. As a result, the body part that is experiencing pain isn’t really the true problem. It is simply the part that is experiencing increased mechanical stress because of the root problem.

Before I share some effective hip strengthening strategies, I want to remind you that there are a variety of hip muscle weakness issues that may contribute to your lower back pain. The following activities are a good start if you need to enhance hip strength, but it is always wise to seek the advice of a lower back pain specialist to assess your specific needs and find the exact program to overcome your unique issues. Remember, if you want good outcomes, it is always better to assess than to guess.

  1. Bridges – A simple bridge performed in the back-lying position provides stability on the posterior side of your core. It is great to perform this exercise after you’ve created good hip flexor mobility. If you have difficulty creating enough extension to bring your hips on a line directly between your knees and shoulders at the top of the bridge, narrow your feet and slightly open your knees.

 

 

  1. Clam Shell (Hip External Rotation) – This exercise strengthens the rotators deep beneath the gluteals, which helps provide rotary stability. To do this exercise, you can start with simple active leg movement as demonstrated in the video below, but eventually you will need some resistance, which is easy to provide with a resistance band (i.e. theraband).

 

 

  1. Side Planks with a Tweak – This more advanced exercise is done on your side with the knees bent. Place a pillow or foam pad under your elbow and try to lift your hips up until the top hip is on a line between your knee and shoulder. If you can hold this position without rolling the trunk forward or backward, then you can add the clam shell motion (as demonstrated). This exercise can produce some stress on the weightbearing shoulder, so do not perform the exercise if you feel pain there during the exercise.

 

 

  1. Functional Hip Loading – Performing great hip strengthening exercises laying on the floor or your bed is only beneficial if it helps you function better on your feet. To bridge the functional gap, attempt the following three-dimensional stepping motions demonstrated at the 2:15 mark of the video by Andrew Gorecki, our good friend at Superior Physical Therapy in Traverse City, MI.

 

 

In upcoming installments, the Kinetic Edge team and I will continue to provide practical information on how to eliminate back pain by improving mobility of the upper back (Part 3), enhancing foot and ankle mobility (Part 4), and managing spine arthritis and/or stenosis (Part 5). If you can’t wait for that information to be released, I welcome you to take advantage of our free injury screen day that we’re planning for Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 7:00AM-6:00PM.

Ames: 515-337-1037

Centerville: 641-856-2515

Des Moines: 515-309-4706

Newton: 641-791-9675

Oskaloosa: 641-676-3535

Pella: 641-621-0230

 

We’re excited and blessed to be celebrating 20 years as a company, and this is another free gift that we are giving our faithful clients to thank you for helping us reach this milestone. Take advantage of this offer to get personal recommendations of exactly what you should do to eliminate your pain. And feel free to get your family and friends to sign up too, regardless of the type of pain they’re experiencing. All you have to do is call and get signed up today.

Remember, the biggest predictor for lower back pain is a past experience with lower back pain. So, even if you’re not experiencing lower back pain currently but have dealt with it in the past, you’d likely benefit from the help of a knowledgeable physical therapist who can find and fix the issues that contribute to the pain. Fixing those root problems will reduce the likelihood that your lower back pain will return.

Friday September 28, 2018

FREE PAIN & INJURY SCREEN DAY ON OCTOBER 23

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Free Screen Day on October 23 graphic

2018 marks our 20th year in business! We’ve been doing all sorts of things to celebrate all year long! In April, we offered our first ever free screen day and people loved it! So since October is National Physical Therapy Month, we’d thought we’d offer one last day of free screens this year to thank you, our valued clients, and continue our 20th year celebration. These free screens are for:

  • All past clients who have not been seen in physical therapy in more than three months
  • All present clients who have another problem currently not being treated
  • All loved ones, family, friends, neighbors and co-workers of our past and present clients.

The day of free screens will be on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 from 7 AM – 6 PM.

Call 866-588-0230 to schedule your free screen.

Your free screen consists of a 20-minute one-on-one appointment with one of our movement experts! That expert will ask you about the history of your problem and then test your strength and how well you move.  After a thorough screening, they will give you a written copy of:

  1. The cause of your pain or problem.
  2. A plan for successful treatment.

The appointments are free but limited as each clinic only has 33 spots available.  Call 866-588-0230 now to schedule your free screen.

This free screen is ideal for people suffering with:

  • Lower back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Shoulder pain
  • Knee pain
  • Problems walking
  • Balance
  • Hand pain
  • Wrist pain

If you are having pain or problems with day to day activities such as walking, standing, sitting for long periods, going up or down steps, getting in and out of the car, sleeping or driving, then this is an excellent opportunity to see one of our expert therapists and find out the cause of your problem.

Call 866-588-0230 to schedule your free screen for October 23.

PS – As a special bonus, all people attending a free screen on October 23 will receive a free report: “The Three Culprits that Cause Lower Back Pain”.

PPS – In honor of our 20th anniversary, we’ll also be giving away five free CamelBak water bottles.  These are going to the first 5 people to schedule a free screen for October 23.

Saturday September 1, 2018

TOP 6 HIP MOBILITY EXERCISES

Hip Stretch

How to Eliminate Back Pain:

The Top 6 Hip Mobility Exercises

Dr. Troy Vander Molen, PT, DPT

In our June 1, 2018 article entitled 5 Reasons Why Your Back Hurts When You Walk, I outlined the most common root causes of this type of back pain:

  1. Poor hip mobility
  2. Decreased hip strength
  3. Stiff upper back
  4. Limited Foot and Ankle Mobility
  5. Spine Arthritis and/or Stenosis

Continuing on in our How to Eliminate Back Pain series, let’s dive deeper into poor hip mobility and how you can overcome this problem.

Before I share some simple hip mobility drills, I want to emphasize that there are many different reasons you may develop a feeling of hip tightness (or any tightness for that matter) including but not limited to shortened muscles, tight hip capsule, neural tension, bony alignment issues, previous tissue injury, and protective muscle spasms.

When you lack mobility at a particular link in the kinetic chain, your body tends to compensate for that by increasing movement in neighboring regions. As a result, the body part that is in pain isn’t really the true problem. It is simply the part that is experiencing increased stress because of the root problem.

The following hip mobility drills can be effective if you have tight muscles or limited hip capsule mobility. If your hip tightness is the result of other factors than what’s on this list or you don’t experience benefit after performing these hip mobility drills, please consult a rehab professional equipped to assess your personal situation. If you want good outcomes, it is always better to assess than to guess.

One of the colleagues I respect greatly, Mike Reinold, a physical therapist with Champion Physical Therapy and Performance in Massachusetts, created an online primer entitled “6 Hip Mobility Drills Everyone Should Perform.” These are hip mobility exercises I use with many of my clients with lower back pain, so I welcome you to watch these brief videos to see those exercises in action:

 

  1. Quadruped Rockbacks – This simple exercise loosens up the hip joint to move better into flexion. You may want to consider doing these barefoot to enhance both ankle dorsiflexion (i.e. moving your foot so that your toes get closer to your knee) and great toe extension.

 

  1. Adductor Quadruped Rockbacks – This drill is a slight variation on the previous one that emphasizes flexibility of the groin muscles. Perform this and the following movement drills on both sides.

 

  1. Half Kneel Hip Flexor Stretch – To stretch the front of your hip and not overload other areas, be sure to keep the trunk vertical from your hips to your shoulders while you move forward into the stretch.

 

  1. Posterior Hip Stretch – To perform a deep gluteal stretch, this exercise on all fours does the trick.

 

  1. Figure 4 Stretch – The most basic and safest way to start the Figure 4 stretch is while you are on your back.

 

  1. Spiderman – This is an advanced exercise that requires you to be able to bear weight on your hands in a prone position, like the start of a push-up. Don’t try this exercise until you’ve perfected the previous ones, and stop it if you have any upper extremity pain while attempting the drill.

 

In upcoming articles, the Kinetic Edge team and I will provide practical information on how to eliminate back pain by enhancing hip strength, improving mobility of the upper back, enhancing foot and ankle mobility, and managing spine arthritis and/or stenosis. If you can’t wait for that information to be released, I welcome you to attend one of our upcoming free workshops later this month where you will learn about the root causes of your low back pain and how we have successfully helped hundreds of people from right here in Iowa eliminate their pain and get their lives back.

 

Thursday, Sept. 20 @ 6:00 PM in Oskaloosa – 1412 A Ave W, Suite A

Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 10:00 AM in Ames – 4700 Mortensen Rd. Suite 101

Saturday, Sept. 22 @ 10:00 AM in Des Moines – 516 3rd St. Suite 100 

Tuesday, Sept. 25 @ 5:00 PM in Newton – 1715 1st Ave. East 

Tuesday, Sept. 25 @ 7:00 PM in Pella – 604 Liberty St. Suite 227  

 

Remember, the biggest predictor for lower back pain is a past experience with lower back pain. So, even if you’re not experiencing lower back pain currently but have dealt with it in the past, you’d likely benefit from the help of a knowledgeable physical therapist who can find and fix the issues that contribute to the pain. Fixing those root problems will reduce the likelihood that your lower back pain will return.

 

If you’re ready to fix the root problems of your lower back pain and move on with your life, give us a call at 866-588-0230 to schedule a free 20-minute back pain screen today.

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