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  1. The human body is, in essence, a machine. It is a combination of multiple systems that interconnect to create certain actions/movements that require an energy expenditure to produce a desired outcome. Stress from repetitive activity to the system is inevitable, regardless if it is a human or, let's say a sport car. Maintenance & conditioning is the key to whether the stress can be reduced to produce an environment of healing to the system. Providing the body not only proper nutrition to refuel itself and rebuild its needed stores as well as properly strengthening/stabilizing the proper areas of the body that will be required to perform the desired repetitive action once again tomorrow.
  2. Hello Typhoon92....what's happening with the shoulders? With the off season here, it may be a good time to see what might be possible to rehab as much as possible and put off any further problems so you can keep with playing and living with less pain. Let me know if I can help in any way.
  3. PF is, in simple terms, the tissue that connects from the ball of the foot, under the heel and then becomes the Achilles' tendon. Poor arch support from bad shoes/barefoot walking can increase the symptoms of irritation to this tissue but this is merely the symptoms being provoked, it may not be the true problem for the PF. Couple things to try..... 1. Freeze a water bottle, golf or racket ball. Sit in a chair and place the frozen object under your arch and use your body weight to press into the object while you roll the foot back and forth (5-10/minutes a day) 2. Calf stretches. Gentle stretches without pain cause you don't want to over irritate the tissue and make it worse (3 sets/30-second hold/daily) 3. Arch support. Simple things like " super feet" can be easily inserted in all shoes you wear. I use them and get them from REI, or any other sports store. 4. This is the hardest to do, but if you want a pain to stop then you need to change your habit briefly to allow the area to calm down, otherwise it will never reduce. Chronic PF can lead to bigger problems. 5. Strengthening is another topic to consider. The foot is merely the last point of contact for the leg on the ground with the smallest muscles. It is dictated by the larger muscles of the hips and buttocks to be specific. If you have foot/ankle problems, one place to start strengthening is the hips and glutes. let m know if you have any other questions and I will do my best to help. thank- mike
  4. Hey Tim. I just had a couple questions to see if I may be able to help any. 1. How long ago was the injury? 2. Any hip/knee injuries prior? 3. What had you been doing with the PT that worked and didn't work? 4. Any prior strengthening/stretching routine? Any current strengthening/stretching routine? 5. How is your range of motion of the knee, hip, hamstring? Do you feel tight or limited in your motion? 6. Lastly, what motion or activity will you notice the pain and what do you do to relieve it? Thanks.
  5. Tendon injuries due to overuse, particularly in the hands where the muscles are small to begin with, need rest to heal. I agree that a glove that provides a "wider" grip will help some but really your conditioning is due to over use of an extensor tendon (which is why it probably hurts, yet feels good, to stretch the thumb down). In order to stop the pain, you just eliminate the motion that provides the pain. You need to brace to heal a tendon injury, use ice to reduce inflammation, stretch but not to the point of pain (since pain will only make the problem worse). Lastly, you need to strengthen the area to prevent it from returning. Tendons don't contract and relax, they only connect muscles to bones. If a muscle needs to be repeatedly used for a specific task, the. It needs to be trained/strengthened on a regular basis to offset the strain that the activity places through it and the tendon. I recently spoke about the use of anti inflammatories, they merely "block" the pain but will never heal the true underlying problem unless the problem is addressed to eliminate the pain from returning. If the problem is never addressed, then each additional injection " never seems to do anything like the first one did". Have you visited a PT for an assessment? Thanks and keep swinging!
  6. Good luck with the surgery, I am sure you will come out of it well and ready to rehab! Meniscus injuries are all different and depends on the location of the injury and what need to be cleaned or repaired in determining rehab prognosis. Typically, there is some restriction in weight bearing for 1-4 weeks (again depends on surgery and what was done). Meniscus having very poor blood supply which slows down healing and leaves the area at risk for further injury if activity/stress is impose to early. Likely you will,have some PT following your surgery and they will know how to safely progress your activity. Once weight bearing is full, putting is usually were people would begin since minimal rotation is required (rotation is the main reason causing meniscal injuries). it would be safe to say anywhere from 6-8 weeks before swinging a full club safely. Follow your PT and MD and you will be back out quickly and safely for this season. Thanks and keeping swinging!
  7. This provides some good food for thought. Cortisone, or any other anti inflammatory medication for that matter, does have its place to help keep those of us who are active.....moving! However, all an anti inflammatory is doing is providing immediate pain relief of pain chemical causing discomfort and inflammation to an injured area. This does not mean it FIXES the actual problem that is giving you the pain symptoms, which is what is making you seek out the medication in the first place. Anti inflammatories provide a window of opportunity to allow for pain relief in order to attend to the original problem. If not attended to, the pain relief inhibits one from experiencing further discomfort while continuing to overuse a "broken" part of the body. Ever notice how some people say "the first shot worked great, but the next 1 or 2 didn't do anything". Well, by ignoring the true underlying problem and continung to break down an injured area, the problem becomes worse and the pain threshold now becomes higher so that the next dose of medication is unable to reach that threshold and therefore "it didn't do anything this time around". Pain control is good and needed at times, but be careful to remember that pain is the body's way of saing something is not right. The pain is not the problem; don't make it worse and shorten your season by ignoring your alarm system. Thanks and keep swinging!
  8. Few sports are as individually specific as that of golf! Do you ever look at your golf game and wonder....What is missing from allowing me to reach my goal? I am curious of what those questions are that seem to frustrate you from achieving your golf performancce goals. So I am posing this question: IF YOU COULD HAVE 1 INDIVIDUAL GOLF RELATED QUESTION ANSWERED, WHAT WOULD IT BE? I can't wait to see what is on your mind!
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