Do you want to run without back pain? Of course you do! Who enjoys running with back pain? So why do some people just keep pounding the pavement, enduring their back pain without a plan for resolving it? Back pain doesn’t have to keep you from your runs. And you don’t have to just live…

Do you have sciatica symptoms when you sit or bend forward? Part 1 in this series states the best treatment is spinal extension. Or do you have symptoms when your stand or bend backward? Part 2 tells us the best treatment would be spinal flexion. But what if neither is the preferred direction? Then what…

In part 2 of the series on assessment and exercises for sciatica pain (See Part 1 here), we take a look at another postural issue. Last in part 1 we looked at the sitting position and how sitting back onto the tailbone can lead to sciatica symptoms. Today we look at the opposite scenario and…

Sciatica is one of the most debilitating forms of low back pain that you can have. But sciatica can be significantly more complicated than “The pain shoots down my leg!” Here I want to share the first of three assessments and exercises for sciatica pain. Assessment #1: Sitting The first assessment that I want you…

I hear all the time that people don’t go to see their physical therapist because it just isn’t worth it. “It costs too much, and I can do the exercises at home.” This is a common complaint. These days, going to see a physical therapist is no longer valuable in the eyes of the patient….

You may have heard people talk about their “SI joint” being out of place. So what is the sacroiliac joint? What causes it to be painful? Can it really be “out of place”? And how can it be treated? As there are many different ways that the SI joint can become painful, I want to…

Achilles tendinitis/tendinosis is the literal achilles heel of many runners. It causes pain and limits runners’ ability to perform at their best. In this post I look at how such an injury occurs and I offer a very simple explanation of how to treat it. I will use a graph called the tissue deformation curve…

So you have low back pain and possibly radiating pain into the lower extremities. It gets better when you sit, but worse when you stand or lay yourself flat in bed. It sounds like a simple enough explanation, but what exactly is the mechanism behind why this happens? Foraminal Stenosis. Let’s start with a definition…

So I saw a patient recently who came into my office after feeling a pop and pretty intense pain in the bottom of her glute. She was running her last sprint of her workout early in the morning. My initial response was, hamstring strain all the way! You can tell a lot just from the…

If you have never had a calf strain that prevents you from running, then you are missing out on one of the greatest frustrations known to all of mankind! So that might be a slight exaggeration. But if you are a runner, this can be a debilitating injury, taking you away from your training and…