Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy, boxing is so much fun. It used to be that you could only hit heavy bags or hit pads, if you went to a boxing gym, like a place that only did boxing. But now it's becoming increasingly more popular to have boxing kind of sprinkled into the workouts, or have your trainer be able to box with you. Which I think is fabulous. But it has brought in a lot of people asking me why their knees hurt when they're pivoting. Everybody that comes to me with this problem, has been shocked their knees hurt. Naturally when you think of boxing, you think of it as being an upper body activity. Even though they tell you to stay on this way, you are moving your whole body. You really only think about injuries of boxing being an upper body, specifically more shoulder and wrist. Right? Well, it isn't that uncommon to have knee pain when you're pivoting.
And so in this video, I want to go over what can be causing the knee pain and then how you can get rid of that knee pain. That way we can all calm our minds down and not blame our poor knees on just being weak because that's what a lot of people do. They try boxing because they know that their legs are weak and they’ve always had knee problems or knee pain. And this is just one more thing that gets added onto their bad knees. Well, it's not your knees. Okay. So let's talk about a few reasons that your knees would have extra stress while you're boxing.
Hi I’m Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy, in this video, I wanted to talk about front hip pain when you're kicking. A lot of these wonderfully fun gyms are popping up where they do kickboxing. It's a circuit and they’re a lot of fun and they're high intensity and they're absolutely super fun. They help you make friends ‘cause everybody works out at the same time. So you meet everybody that's in your class. Absolutely fabulous. But sometimes what happens is you get into those classes, it gets really intense then the front of your hip starts to hurt. This hip pain starts to slow down your workouts. Hip pain is very common, it's a hip flexor strain. What that means is the muscle that runs from the front of your hip bone down to your knee, ends up getting a little bit overworked.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical therapy. Recently, my family invested in bikes. My son is six and I was able, up until very recently, to run next to him while he was riding his bike, to make sure he's safe, but he can now bike faster and for longer distances than I'm able to run to keep up with him. So we have decided to buy bikes so now everybody in the family has them. My daughter is a little young, so she now rides on the back, but this opened up a whole other world that I had almost forgotten about because I'm such an avid runner. Bike riding is a lot of fun, especially when you have green space around your house. So you don't have to deal with traffic and your six year old.
This new adventure reminded me of a patient I had about two years ago named Nicole. Nicole was 47. Nicole had three boys that were in high school and their favorite thing on the weekend was to go for bike rides, probably along the same kind of green green spaces that are behind my neighborhood as well. She called very frustrated that she wasn't able to bike without her knee popping and clicking. It was kind of freaking her out because sometimes it would swell up afterwards. Just thinking about all that popping and clicking was taking the joy out of spending time with her family. She was telling me that she just wants to find out what the problem is. And her doctor told her “there was nothing wrong with her ligaments, there was nothing wrong with the muscles. They just couldn't find anything on the x-ray, it's probably just arthritis.”
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical therapy, January is one of my favorite months. This is the month that everybody decides that they want to try to get healthy. They go out and they try to improve their body. They'll pick up a sport. They'll start walking around their neighborhood. They'll join a gym. All these amazing things that are just wonderful for your health and your overall well being. The unfortunate truth is though, whenever you start something new, especially if you haven't done anything recently, or for several years, a lot of people end up with injuries. Over the years I noticed that about February or March, I get a lot of injuries related to running.
In this video, I'm going to talk about five common running injuries that I see and then how to prevent them. Because ultimately what I really enjoy is helping people get and stay active.
It is so common to go full force and start a training program and then have an injury. And it breaks my heart. Every time I hear somebody say, “You know, I'm 40, it was bound to happen.”, “I haven't worked out in forever because my knees are bad. (or my back is bad.) And here I went and tried to go running. What was I thinking?” or “Of course I'm not built for running.” Of course, because I'm this age now I wish I hadn’t tried.” This is very sad to hear. Running is an amazing activity. It is true, however, if you have not done anything in a while, running isn't as easy as it was when you were five or six at the age of 40. You need to do a little prep work to make sure that you do not have an injury.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy, have you ever reached to grab for something and felt a pop in your finger? And been freaked out by that pop; then this video is perfect for you. Maria called me right around Thanksgiving with that exact same problem. Maria was getting ready for Thanksgiving when she walked by the eggnog aisle. And she was like, “Well, thank you. Yes, I will. I will have some eggnog while I'm preparing Thanksgiving dinner.” She knew that she was going to be chopping and mixing and whatever all day. So she was like, “An eggnog drink sounds great!” But when she went to grab the carton out of the freezer, she felt a pop, it wasn’t a sharp pop but it was a very definitive pop in her finger and it freaked her out
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Dr. Molly McDonald