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Injury Management

IT Band Syndrome - Causes and Treatment

Iliotibial Band (IT Band) syndrome is one of two conditions with the nickname “runner’s knee”. The other, patellofemoral syndrome, also comes from overuse, so it’s easy to confuse the two. While patellofemoral syndrome results in discomfort around the knee cap, IT band syndrome causes pain on the outside of the knee. Combine certain muscular imbalances with the daily dedication of runners, and you can get lateral knee issues. IT band syndrome brings anywhere from mild irritation to extreme pain for some. But what exactly causes it, and what can you do about it? [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention

Elastic Bandages: a Thing of the Past

Posted on June 30, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

Many of us are familiar with the RICE (Rest Ice Compression Elevation) method of treating an acute injury, such as an ankle sprain. The compression component of this method is intended to help reduce swelling and inflammation, as well as increase blood flow to the injured tissues, tendons, and/or muscles. For years, many people have simply grabbed the traditional Ace Bandage from the medicine cabinet. However, the advancement of fabric science technology through the years has made the good, old-fashioned Ace Bandage rather obsolete. Fortunately for athletes and patients alike, Body Helix is at the forefront of this fabric science movement and has much evidence to support why Body Helix wraps and sleeves are a more effective method than Ace Bandages in acute injury management. [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention, Knee

Which is Better for Me: a Knee Brace or a Knee Sleeve?

Posted on June 28, 2019 by Thomas Parker, MD

We receive many questions about the various types of knee braces and knee supports that are available on the market today. There are several types of knee braces that provide a myriad of stability, support, and pain relief for individuals. We recommend that you discuss with your doctor the type of knee brace that would offer you the most benefit. In the meantime, though, we have put together some information to help educate you on the different types and various uses for knee braces and knee sleeves. [...]

Injury Management, Tennis

2019 French Open Injury Report

Posted on June 04, 2019 by Body Helix

We are more than half-way through the 2019 French Open and injuries among the pros are as prevalent as ever.  Last  year, we updated you with an injury report of the 2018 French Open.   As you can see, year after year, injuries are no stranger to the pros.  [...]

Injury Management, Youth

A Physical Therapist's Take On Sever's Disease

Posted on March 21, 2019 by Amy Mierzwa, PT, DPT, CKTP

In this post, friend of Body Helix, Amy Mierzwa, shares with us her expertise on Sever's Disease, which is something that affects many young athletes as they experience growth spurts during adolescence.  Mierzwa is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is the founder of Performance Solutions Physical Therapy in Charlotte, NC.  Join us as she shares her knowledge of this painful disorder and how she is able to help young athletes recover.  [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention

The Most Common Injuries in Pickleball and How to Manage Them

“You can’t get hurt during pickleball, can you?” Of course you can! While its popularity in recreation has risen due to the slower, lower-intensity nature, any regular pickleball player knows it can get challenging in the heat of the moment. According the the USA Pickleball Association, pretty much every joint from shoulder down can be injured while playing, and the best way to avoid this is a good warm-up. If these common injuries do happen while playing pickleball, what do you do about it? [...]

Injury Management, Calf

Top Injuries For Runners And How to Avoid Them

If you’re a runner, you either have personal experience, or know someone who has had a run-in with shin splints. Shin splints, also known as Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, are usually characterized by general pain in the anterior leg that continues post-exercise. This pesky pain can hinder any runner’s stride and sneak up on your training. Fortunately, there’s a way to prevent them. [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention, Youth, Ankle/Foot

Six Ways to Prevent and Manage Ankle Injury in Youth Sports

Let’s face it - having a kid around is asking for a bump or bruise at some point. Yet there are certain steps you can take to avoid a more debilitating injury to keep them happy and healthy. [...]

Injury Management

Recover and Recover Stronger

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Lizl Kotz

The physical pain one endures through an injury is only a small part of the pain that the injury inflicts. There is also emotional pain. In this guest post, Lizl Kotz, physical therapist, describes the stages of Kubler-Ross’ "stages of grief" when processing and coming to terms with injury. I recovered from a serious back injury.  My road to recovery was tedious and it felt long, but I recovered stronger than I was before.  I don’t want to be injured again but being injured has helped me to start each practice and competition with gratitude for my skill and my health.  I know I am not fully in control of my health or really anything for that matter.  This truth has helped me to train and compete as if it could be my last.  And if it could be my last, you better know I am going to make it count and enjoy it. [...]

Injury Management, Injury Prevention, Tennis

We Advocate for Change.

Posted on July 10, 2018 by Thomas Parker, MD

Wimbledon 2018 is coming to a close.  As tennis players and avid fans, we love to watch the grand slam tournaments. The pomp, the circumstance, the prestige - all of it makes for great tennis.  However, it's becoming more and more difficult to watch how injuries are plaguing the professional players with each passing tournament.  [...]