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September 17, 2021

Today we are going to shed some light on where your hip pain is coming from, show you a very quick 30 second self-test so you can check your hip function, and go over some of the common causes of hip pain. You might be surprised to know that a good physical therapy program can fix most hip pain issues. Bursitis The first most common issue that we see with patients is called hip bursitis. Typically pain is located on a lateral aspect (or outside) of the hip. It’s painful to the touch or when you lay on that side. In the image, blue circles identify the bursae. Bursae are fluid-filled sacs. When they become inflamed and irritated, they can cause pain. The most common bursa to become inflamed is the lateral trochanteric bursitis, but the others can be effected, including the sacroiliac joint (SI joint). SI joint bursitis is a hip condition, but often it can be confused with lower back pain. Self-Test WATCH THE VIDEO There are simple movement tests we can do to determine the cause of hip pain: With your left foot planted, take a big step forward with the right leg, then step back. Perform

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August 27, 2021

by Dr. Andrew Gorecki, DPT, Owner of Superior Physical Therapy If you’re out there struggling with knee pain, and you’re looking for a natural solution, and you want to avoid injections medications and surgery this article from the Pain-free Living Series will help you. I’ve spent 16 years of my life studying how the body moves, including the bones, joints, nerves, muscles, and bio-mechanics. So I want to simplify all that for you and describe what the knee is designed to do. All joints in the body are where two bones come together to create a space. That space is designed for movement. Different joints like to do certain movements, and they don’t like to do other movements. The first movement the knee is designed to do is to bend and extend – about 140 degrees of bending and extending. It’s very comfortable with those movements. The second movement the knee can do is move side to side. The knee can move side to side about 15 to 20 degrees depending on an individual’s body type. That’s much less movement than bending and extending. 140 degrees versus 15 to 20 degrees. So the knee doesn’t like to move side to

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The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

July 8, 2021

Today we’re talking about the most common type of low back pain called stenosis. Stenosis is also known by other names, most commonly arthritis, and the big scary one – degenerative disc disease. Between each segment of the spine there’s a space where the nerve comes out. That space starts to get narrow as we age. That narrowing is called stenosis. I have a really easy test that will help you understand whether or not your back pain is related to stenosis. The test is actually four questions. If you answer “yes” to all four questions, there’s a ninety-seven percent chance that you actually have stenosis. The questions: are you over the age of 50? do you have pain in your back when you’re standing? do you have pain in your back when you’re walking? does that pain go away when you sit down? Symptoms in addition to pain in your lower back could indicate you have sciatica stenosis. These are: pain that travels down our leg; numbness and tingling in one or both legs; weakness or heaviness in one or both legs. Let’s talk about the common cause of stenosis. Those openings in your spine, let’s call them “spaces”

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The information, including but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material contained on this website are for informational purposes only. The purpose of this website is to promote broad consumer understanding and knowledge of various health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment and before undertaking a new health care regimen, and never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

June 25, 2021

Dr. Drew O’Donnel graduated from The University of Toledo in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. He then continued at The University of Toledo where he received his Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy. He moved to Traverse City with his wife, Maren, who grew up here. Drew is a long-time patient of physical therapy and is thankful for the opportunity to become a movement specialist and give back in such an active community. He is enthusiastic about any outdoor activity, especially rock climbing, hiking, frisbee, and slacklining. He also rides his bike around town so feel free to say “hi” when you see him! View the video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/N3_wMO_5pL0

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Superior Physical Therapy does not recommend or endorse any specific tests, physicians, products, procedures, opinions or other information that may be mentioned on this website. Reliance on any information appearing on this website is solely at your own risk.

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