Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. If you're a runner, then I bet that you’ve tried rolling your it-band. You probably have a big foam roller, or maybe it's a little foamer. Anyway, you have a foam roller that you religiously try to stretch that IT-band because it gets tight. Then your hip or your knee bothers you, from running. You've been taught that stretching your it-band will help eliminate that pain. And to be fair, it probably does help at least temporarily to get rid of that pain. That pain can be a very intense nagging pain in your knee or hip. I'm always impressed with the people that can get those foam rollers that have the knobs on them, and really get in there with those foam rollers on the it-band. (click here if you want to see my favorite way to stretch my ITB on a foam roller)
If that's helping you by all means that is fabulous because sometimes just stretching does help. But if this is something that's been persisting and it's been months, and maybe you're stuck. You're not able to run as fast as you want, or you're not able to make it as long as you want, because this pain is persistent, it's not going away. Then I'm gonna suggest that it is actually more of a hip or an ankle strength or state stability problem. When your foot is hitting the ground, if it's not stable or your hips are not stable, it puts a lot of strain on your knee.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Let's talk about running. So I absolutely love running. Anybody who has ever gotten the running bug knows how addictive it is. And it is very hard even when you're hurt or injured for you to want to stop running. But what do you do if you have pain and the front of your hip after you're done running, or even during your run, how do you get past that? Having hip pain, especially in the front is very, very common when you're running and honestly, it doesn't even matter if you're new to running or if you’ve been running for a long time, that kind of pain can happen basically whenever. I just wanted talk about this because I have met a wonderful woman, Sarah, who completely was in love with running.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy is your shoulder slowing you down? Is it not really hurting, not really achy, but it interferes with a lot of things that you're trying to do. For instance, this young woman that I met, she's early forties, she's 42. Her name is Christina, and she is very active. She's got kids that are between the ages of five and 10, so she runs around with them. She has a full-time job and she loves to work out. She was doing pretty well balancing all of these things. Until about six months before she called me when she went to one of her favorite aerobics classes. She was doing her normal routine, there was a motion where you raise your arm up, and when she did it this time, it was the one moment where you’re like “ oh that didn't feel good”. She modified her workout the rest of that day, she figured it would just go away. Who hasn't moved their arm in a weird way in a day and had some little achiness. So she rested. But she never could quite go back to that same class and raise her arms. She's been modifying how she does that class. Again, it doesn't hurt when she's doing it. It just doesn't feel good so she's been modifying how she moves. Then she was telling me that she's had to change how she puts her bra on, she's had to change how she moves anytime she has to raise her arms above her head like putting away dishes and not to mention how she carries the laundry basket. She has even started to have to change her sleeping position because it just felt weird.
It didn't hurt and it wasn't achy and there's nothing that really wrong: It just doesn't feel good.
Hi, I'm Dr. Molly with Your Goals Physical Therapy. Okay women, let's have a very real conversation. Your monthly period does not have to come with back pain. I have heard from several women that say that their back hurts every month. They thought it was just part of the deal. The pain changed monthly. Sometimes it would be kind of an ache across their low back, sometimes the pain was at just one point. They just thought this was normal and there was nothing they could do. One woman, Rose, went into a lot more detail. She told me that she actually went to one doctor and they told her that her hips were misaligned, one leg was longer than the other, but that was just her state of being. She's just going to have one leg longer than the other, or she'd have to keep coming every couple months to have an adjustment done so that they would get rid of it for her. Her general practitioner did an x-ray of her back and told her, “Well, there's not really anything going on in your back. So you just kind of have to live with this back pain every month.” And so here she is at the age of 50, and now she is just fed up and she's been scouring the internet to find out how to stop this back pain, because it's not about the pain anymore.
WE HELP ACTIVE ADULTS OVERCOME THEIR ACHES AND PAINS TO GET THEM BACK TO THEIR FAVORITE ACTIVITIES WITHOUT MEDICATION, INJECTIONS OR SURGERIES.
Dr. Molly McDonald