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Dr. Todd Sheperd's 6 Things to Know About Cycling Injuries





Why does my (shoulder, knee, elbow, etc.) still ache? It’s been 4 weeks since my surgery?!



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What Kind of Mattress Should I Buy?

mattress (Not this kind)
Image courtesy of entertainment.howstuffworks.com
This question is one we get asked quite frequently when treating patients, especially those with neck, back, and/or hip pain.  Big mattress companies have us convinced that there is a magic bed out there, and if you can just find the right one, you can finally wake up in the morning without stiff joints.  Or you can jump on the bed with a glass of wine a few feet away, whichever best helps you get your day started, I suppose.  

Just a Quick Thought for Female Runners Over the Age of 25

Just a Quick Thought for Female Runners Over the Age of 25

by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS
Physical therapists, and most medical professionals for that matter, often see fluctuations in patients seeking care for certain problems.  For example, we might not see a patient with TMJ problems for 3 months, but then we suddenly have 4 referred in a week.  I had just that experience lately with female runners between the ages of 25-40.  Much of this advice is true for male runners as well.  




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Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches are an occasional occurrence for many of us and a part of daily life for some of us. There are several different varieties of headaches; migraine, tension, cluster, and sinus. The images below show where different types of headaches tend to manifest.


Postpartum “Jelly Bellies”
By Sandy Willoughby PT, CSCS, CAPP-OB

“Jelly Belly” is not a medical term found in the literature but any woman who has had a baby knows what “Jelly Belly” means.    During pregnancy, we understand that the uterus enlarges with the growing baby and, along with that, the abdominal muscles stretch.  Once the baby is delivered, the uterus gradually shrinks down to its pre– pregnancy size (breast feeding assists with this) but the abdominal muscles need some help to return to their pre-pregnancy tone and length.  Abdominal muscles are skeletal muscles – they need to be contracted and used to restore tone and function.  It is for this reason that abdominal exercises become necessary; but don’t start with crunches just yet!  Yes…..you read that correctly.  Let’s talk about why.


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Getting Your Body Ready for Bow Season

Bow season is coming up soon, and PT’s across Michigan are getting ready to see some sprains and strains associated with drawing a bow.  Bow hunters are especially prone to shoulder strains when the season starts because they rarely condition themselves before heading out to practice.  Here are a few tips to get you in shooting-shape and avoid losing precious time during the season.  
Injury Prevention
1.  Start exercising important muscle groups at least 2 months before opening day.  This might come a little late this year, but keep it in mind next August.  
2.  Always stretch and warm-up the upper body before shooting.
3.  Ice any areas which ache immediately after shooting.
4.  If it hurts, don’t pull!
Injuries Commonly Seen in Hunters
   1.  Shoulder tendonitis/impingement- Toothache-like sensation in the shoulder joint, commonly caused by weak shoulder blade muscles; pain increases with use
   2.  Wrist or elbow tendonitis- dull ache in the wrist or on top of the elbow; caused by lots of small tears in the tendons which cross these joints
   3.  Low back strain- pain may be sharp, stabbing, achy, or just tight-feeling; many, many different causes; lots of different treatments
If you already have a sore shoulder, back, or other joint going into the season, meeting with a physical therapist can help you fix the problem before its time to start practicing.  To get started, call one of our facilities for a free consultation or see your doctor and ask for a prescription for physical therapy.

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Northern Michigan Sports Medicine Center is pleased to announce the launch of our new website!

Theories and Fallacies of Muscle Cramps

Theories and Fallacies of Muscle Cramps

Just a quick post today about a subject I frequently get asked about.  I recently found a great article on The Science of Sport website which discusses some recent research about muscle cramps during exercise.  The focus is on runners, but I think the theories proposed will apply to many different types of endurance athletes.  The article gets a little technical in some areas, but I think the take away concepts are very interesting.  Enjoy!


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