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Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning trying to pump out this article prior to patients arriving.  Today, I am going to continue with the thigh and address the Quadriceps Strain.  This injury is not seen as much in my office as the Hamstring Strain, but I do still see it quite frequently.

Quadriceps Strain

In the image above by MendMeShop, we are able to clearly see the muscles the form the quadriceps muscle group and more.  The cause of a Quadriceps Strain is due to sudden contraction of the quadriceps, which results in what we often here as a pull, or less commonly, a full rupture of the muscle.  Some reasons that would predispose someone to this injury is tight quadriceps, which generally stems from not properly warming up prior to activity as well as imbalance between the quadriceps of the opposite leg, or one leg being shorter than the other.

These patients generally come into my office complaining of a sudden pulling pain at the front of the thigh after attempting to sprint, whiffing on a kick, or stopping very rapidly.

Treatment for this condition is not very difficult, but must be done properly to avoid more serious problems.  Ice should be applied as soon as possible to control the inflammation and swelling coupled with neoprene or some sort of elastic support.  Kinesiology Tape can be applied to reduce the tension being placed on the quadriceps musculature.  Stretching should be initiated as soon as possible with very gentle stretching.  Myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique can be implemented to prevent scar tissue formation and chronic shortening of the muscle.  Complete tears or ruptures of the muscle or tendon require surgical repair.

If you are struggling with Thigh Pain, Hip Pain, or Knee Pain, call my office today at (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!

Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this afternoon to talk about the Adductor Strain also known as a Groin Pull or Pulled Groin.  This is an injury that happens quite often, and I would have to say I see it mostly in individuals who do not warm up properly.

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The cause of the Adductor Strain is generally from a sudden contraction of the adductor muscles (the muscles that pull the leg back to mid line) from a stretched position where the hip abducted out away from the body or in a flexed position.  The most common site of this injury is at the junction of the muscle and the tendon of the adductor magnus muscle.

These patients usually come into my office complaining pain in the groin area after performing movements such as kicking, sprinting, water skiing, or jumping such as high jumps or hurdles.  They also say that the pain in the groin came on immediately after the movement and was incapacitating.

Treatment for this condition sometimes includes an elastic figure eight strapping around the hip with slight extension and internal rotation of the hip.  Kinesiology Tape is often applied to decrease the amount of tension being placed on the adductor muscles, and myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique are utilized to prevent scar tissue formation and encourage proper healing.

If you are struggling with Hip Pain or Groin Pain, call my office today at (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!

Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer as we are starting to warm up outside to talk about Hamstring Strains as runners start to get back out on the roads and so forth.  This is a condition that I see a lot in the spring months as people begin to become more active to try and get those beach bodies

Hamstring Strain

In the image above by MendMeShop, we are able to to clearly see a Hamstring Strain of the biceps femoris muscle.  This condition call also occur in the semitendinosus and semimembranosus muscles.  The reason this injury occurs is from an overcontraction of the hamstring while it is in a position of being stretched.  Tearing occurs most often at the junction of the muscles and aponeurosis (A sheet of pearly-white fibrous tissue that takes the place of a tendon in sheetlike muscles having a wide area of attachment). An Avulsion Fracture (An avulsion fracture is a bone fracture, which occurs when a fragment of bone tears away from the main mass of bone as a result of physical trauma) is possible at the ischial tuberosity (sit bone) in younger athletes whose growth plates haven’t closed yet.

These patients are usually what we would call “weekend warriors” all the way to the serious athlete who feels a sudden pull or pop at the back of the thigh following some sort of forceful knee extension maneuver.

Treatment for this condition consists of rest, ice, use of crutches for several days, gentle stretching as soon as possible as well as soft-tissue treatments such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique, and a long-term goal of restrengthening beginning when 75% of the normal range of motion is available.  Kinesiology Tape can be applied to decrease the amount of tension being placed on the hamstring.  Prevention of future injury should focus on preevent stretching, maintaining a proper strength ratio between the hamstrings and the quadriceps (0.6:1), and strength balance between the two hamstrings.

If you are struggling with Hip Pain, Leg Pain, or Knee Pain, call my office today at (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!

Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning to discuss a condition called Osteitis Pubis.  This is a condition that you want to avoid like the plague if possible because it is quite painful, and many people spend a lot of time trying to get the proper diagnosis all the while being in a substantial amount of pain.

osteitis pubis

In the image above by RelayHealth, we are able to see the effected structures with Osteitis Pubis.  This occurs as a result of direct compressive or distractive injury causing pain at the pubic joint.  There is usually tenderness at the pubic joint and sometimes there is pain when squeezing the pelvis together.  Muscles tests of the adductor muscles, the muscles the bring the leg toward the mid line, are extremely painful.

These patients come into my office reporting either a sudden forced adduction injury or repetitive minor trauma as seen with kicking or running.  Pregnant women have been shown to be susceptible to this injury during childbirth.

Management of this condition when diagnosed properly is not very difficult.  Treatment includes rest with slow return to activity, and gradually increasing flexibility.  Avoiding the inciting activity is absolutely necessary, especially side-foot kicking or maneuvers that require squeezing the legs together.  An SI belt as seen in the image below can often help to stabilize the pelvis.

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If the joint becomes unstable surgical stabilization is required.

If you are struggling with Hip Pain or Pelvic Pain, call my office today at (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!

Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning trying to fit this article in prior to seeing patients today.  In keeping with the hip theme I am going to review a condition called Snapping Hip Syndrome.  A question that I get asked several times each day is why is my hip popping or snapping.  Well, today you will find out one of the main reasons for this.

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In the images above by MendMeShop, we are able to see the structures involved in Snapping Hip Syndrome as well as a little bit of how it happens.  Snapping at the hip is most often due to tendons that are tight and snap over a bony prominence or or a fluid-filled sack called bursa.  In some cases, moving the leg away from the body may cause a suction effect similar to joint gapping with manipulation, and even less frequently, a loose body may be found in the joint.  However, with loose bodies, there are also signs of mechanical movement blockage.

These patients are generally in my office for something else when they ask about there hip snapping because it does not generally cause them pain.  The location of the snapping is a good indication of the offending tendon.

Usually this is not a problem, and it is typically position dependent.  If painful or irritating strengthening exercises have proven to be more beneficial than stretching.  However, if the irritation persists stretching can be implemented as well as soft-tissue therapies such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique.

If you are struggling with Hip Pain call my office today at (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!

Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this morning to piggyback on the article I wrote the other day on Tennis Elbow and write one on Golfer’s Elbow today.  Golfer’s Elbow is also known as Medial Epicondylitis affecting the inner portions of the elbow differing from Tennis Elbow that affects the outer portions of the elbow.

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Tennis Elbow is an injury that affects the muscles that extend the wrist, and those muscles originate from the bump on the outer portion of the elbow.  This bump is where the pain is felt with Tennis Elbow.  Golfer’s Elbow is an injury that affects the muscles that flex the wrist, and those muscles originate from the bump on the inner portion of the elbow.  And, as you may have guessed, this is where the pain is felt with Golfer’s Elbow.  Golfer’s Elbow is believed to be a tendinopathy (The term tendinopathy includes both inflammation and microtears, but many doctors may still use the term tendinitis to describe a tendon injury.) of those muscles that flex the wrist as well as the pronator teres muscle.

These patients come into my office complaining of pain on the inner portion of the elbow following activities that require a lot of repetition such as hammering or using a screwdriver.  In athletes, it usually occurs when flexing and pronation (rotating the hand towards the ground) such as in serving an overhead and forehand strokes.  Golfing or throwing may also cause symptoms.  These patients occasionally complain of pain or weakness when gripping.

Treatment for Golfer’s Elbow is no different than that of Tennis Elbow other than we would apply the Kinesiology Tape on the opposite side of the arm to relieve the tension being placed on the wrist flexor muscle group.  Myofascial release techniques such as Active Release Technique (ART) and Graston Technique have proven to be very beneficial with this injury, and they are utilized to prevent scar tissue formation and encourage healing.  Manipulation of the wrist and elbow have proven to be very effective as well.

If you are struggling with Golfer’s Elbow or any other sort of Elbow Pain, call my office today (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!

Your friendly Chiropractor in Chandler AZ, Dr. Dan Rae, is back at the computer this afternoon to start writing about some common shoulder injuries.  Today, I wil start with Impingment Syndrome.  This is a very common disorder of the shoulder.  I see this several times each week in my office making it a very important disorder to review.

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There are several different structures that can become impinged with Impingement Syndrome.  The biceps tendon, supraspinatus tendon, and the subacromial bursa are all susceptible to impingement at the front or outer portions of the shoulder.  There are some structural causes that account for this impingement including variations in the collar bone, degeneration on the under side of the end of the collar bone, and inflammation directly under the collar bone.  Instability in the shoulder is also a coexisting problem, allowing for excessive upward movement of head of the humerus bone.  There may also be some tightness on the backside of the shoulder capsule, which cause migration foward and up of the humerus bone when raising the arm.

Management of Impingement Syndrome is based on the severity of the symptoms; however, stabilization of the shoulder must occur with a progressive rehabilitation program, stretching the posterior capsule, and modification of inciting activities.

If you are struggling with some sort of Shoulder Pain, call my office today (480) 366-4041.  We can Help!