We hope you had a relaxing holiday weekend with your family and friends! We are back in the office with the following hours heading into the new year:
We are officially accepting new patients at our Clintonville location, located within the CrossFit Clintonville building. Whether you are an existing patient or prospective patient at Columbus Spine and Sport Center, you can schedule at either of our current locations.
Give us a call at 614-459-0700 or shoot us an email: firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule at either location.
We look forward to hearing from YOU!
The newest CrossFit gym in Columbus is going strong since opening December 1st! If you're looking for a great workout and an even better community, check out @crossfitbexley. Visit their website, www.crossfitbexley.fit, for more information.
@columbusspineandsportcenter is proud to announce that we will be accepting new patients at our new satellite location within CrossFit Bexley Wednesday afternoon/evenings and Thursday mornings starting February 1st, 2018. By appointment only.
Go to http://www.columbusspineandsport.com/contact/ for our contact information or send us a message on social media. Dr. Schneider and Dr. Vogel are looking forward to helping you!
**To anyone seeking help for muscular/skeletal problems (aches, pains, injury in your joint or muscle) from a sports chiropractor, this is very important!**
Chiropractors are not created equal.
Some chiropractors insist on performing x-rays on your first visit and will even offer you a “free initial exam and x-rays.” X-rays should only be performed when indicated (recent injury/trauma). In very few cases, family history of cancer that spreads to bone could result in the provider wanting to be extra cautious and taking x-rays before care. For the most part, x-rays are not necessary and your treatment will be the same WITH or WITHOUT receiving these. If someone is offering “free” x-rays before ever seeing you as a patient, you have to question the validity of this service.
It breaks my heart when a patient comes in worried that their body is “out of alignment” and that their nervous system is “not functioning optimally” because they have a hip that is high on the right, some rotations in their vertebrae, and arthritis (or loss of disc space, loss of joint space, degeneration, degenerative disc disease, etc.). Our joints work together to provide us with our optimal range of motion. The provider should be more concerned with those joints that are not moving properly and why. If x-rays are indicated and flexion and extension studies are compared to the neutral spine, you may be able to see joints that are not moving independently of one another (hypomobile) or moving too much in relation to the adjacent joints (hypermobile). This is an example of abnormal joint motion and something that should be addressed. Does that mean that you have to be concerned that you are falling apart and need to undergo a 6 month 60 visit treatment plan? Or a 3 month 24 visit treatment plan? And if you don’t do this you are going to stop functioning and end up with a lifetime of discomfort, pain, neuropathy, disease, digestive issues, loss of function? NOOOO.
It just isn’t that easy. Your time is valuable and visits cost money. Each patient is different and your clinical findings (history and physical examination) should correlate with positive x-ray findings. Treatments should be adapted to each patient specifically and should take into account your individual needs. Don’t be pressure into a long term treatment plan. If you have questions or concerns, get a second opinion from another healthcare provider and voice your concerns, talk to your friends and family, do some research on your own. You are always in control of your health!!
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One of the movement relationships we highlight in the office is between the thoracic spine and the shoulder. When a patient lacks thoracic extension and/or rotation, so much of this is put on the shoulder girdle - This added stress on the shoulder leads to overuse injuries and instability. When we focus on mobilizing these areas together, there is a decrease in thoracic spine pain and an increase in shoulder stability.
If you are a throwing athlete, or frequently load the shoulder in an over head position (overhead press, Olympic lifting, etc.) try adding this mobility exercises to your rehab routine!
More congrats are due to our patients who completed the Louisville Ironman this past weekend! A 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.22-mile run is no easy feat, and you guys rocked it. We are proud of your hard work and glad you were able to complete this goal injury free!
We had a chance to cheer on some of the runners as they finished the Columbus marathon/half marathon yesterday. We are so proud of your hard work and glad you were able to achieve this goal injury free! Congrats!!
The CSSC team will be out of the office from Wednesday October 4th until the afternoon of Monday October 9th. We will be seeing patients from 12-6pm on the 9th. Please email the office with any questions or scheduling needs!
See you next week!
Today our spotlight is on a move that highlights an important relationship in the lower body, hip tightness and glute activation. All too often when a patient presents with hip issues, they have a lack of glute activation or they are firing the glute at the wrong time. This allows the hip flexor to be over dominant and leads to range of motion issues and possible injury.
Many times we have explained a tight muscle as the outcome of another muscle not doing its job well enough. Our hip joint is caught in a constant "tug-of-war" between flexor/extensors (front and back) and abductor/adductors (inner and outer) of the hip. In a tug-of-war, if you don't pull back the other side will quickly win. With tight hips we can easily stretch the hip flexor all day, but if we do not activate or "pull back" with glute activation the hips will always be tight.
The "Numbers on a Clock" Hip Range of Motion exercise combines mobility of the hip in multiple ranges of motion while encouraging glute activation. We like to combine this exercise with other glute rehab like glute bridges and monster walks. Check of the video below:
Today our spotlight is on serratus anterior activation and strengthening. This muscle originates on the upper ribs and attaches to the medial (midline) border of the shoulder blade.
The serratus is often an overlooked muscle when it comes to neck, upper back and shoulder injuries. This muscle is a stabilizer of the shoulder blade while it performs upper extremity motions. Some common actions of this muscle are pushing an object away from you, punching, or performing a pushup. One of the main movements it assists with is the upward rotation of the shoulder blade at you raise your arm to the side. This is important in the prevention and treatment of shoulder injuries like impingement and tendonitis.
Check out the video below for an exercise to target this muscle. We like this exercise because it helps you activate the muscle and stabilize the shoulder blade while you perform an accessory motion. See the text below the video for our suggestions on frequency.
Today our spotlight is on the "Side Lying Shoulder and Thoracic Rotation" exercise. We were introduced to this move earlier this year at System of Strength, where Dr. Vogel teaches classes, and we have been using it ever since!
May people overlook the relationship between thoracic spine (upper back) mobility and shoulder range of motion. We often see impingement, tendonitis and other shoulder injuries in people who lack proper motion in the their thoracic spine.
If the upper back is restricted and rounded forward (as most of us are in our "computer postures"), the shoulder blade will not be able to achieve its desired positioning during shoulder movements. This lack of shoulder blade mobility puts unneeded stress on the shoulder and surround musculature which leads to the injuries previously mentioned.
The best way to prevent overuse injuries in the shoulder is to make sure you are focusing on mobility as much as you focus on stability and strength. The body is all about balance, and this movement is a great way to regain that balance between the shoulder and thoracic spine.
Keep an eye out for future Rehab and Range of Motion Spotlights!
We deal with this injury often in the office, and it can be difficult to treat. It takes the patient's understanding and willingness to "give in" a little bit when it comes to their hamstring health. We always do everything we can to keep our patients moving, but unfortunately sometimes an injury involves taking a step back to focus on rehab and coming back even stronger!
"The purpose of the initial phase of the treatment process is focused on cross-training and general hip and leg strengthening (quad, calf, gluteal muscles, hip abductor). Special care should be taken early in the reconditioning process to avoid too much stress on the healing tendon. Direct hamstring work, as with a hamstring curl machine, can be aggravating to the tendon and should be avoided at this stage. Direct hamstring stretching should also be avoided or done cautiously to prevent overstretching an inflamed sciatic nerve or hamstring tendon."
A great example of how strengthening one's core through glute activation and strengthening helped one athlete overcome a history of ankle injuries. I have posted the link to the full article below:
At CSSC, we spend a lot of time focusing on activation of 2 important muscles for healthy function of the upper and lower extremities, respectively: Lower Trapezius and Gluteus Maximus.
I had a smile on my face as I read this article last year during the NBA Finals, when Golden State took down Cleveland. Whether we are dealing with low back, hip, knee, or ankle conditions at CSSC, glute activation is always addressed and THE key factor in stabilizing the core to prevent recurrence of these conditions and improve function/performance. We have a saying we like, "If you have a body, you are an athlete." Glute activation and strength is important for everyone, whether you sit at a desk all day or perform at a high level as a professional athlete.
I've highlighted some key excerpts from the article:
"When Lyles joined the Warriors' training staff two summers ago, he asked Curry to perform a simple stationary pose you might find in a yoga book: the single-leg hip airplane." -- a lot of the exercises we give patients are, in fact, exercises you would probably find in a yoga book
"Lyle's prognosis was simple, yet perhaps a little counterintuitive. He hoped Curry's issues could be mostly solved not by strengthening his ankles, but his hips and glutes." -- this illustrates the importance of looking at full body function, not just the area of complaint
""The remedy is balance and core strength to make those movements fluid and stable. "I think Steph really liked to use his ankles to control everything," Lyles said. "But now he's using his hips instead. You know how everyone laughed at Tiger Woods saying he just needed to activate his glutes?" Well, Tiger's right."" -- I remember Tiger saying that more than once during a press conference after not playing well.
"To leverage those skills, Curry needed to strengthen his core so he could move with conviction and power. Don't be fooled by a lanky body with a listed weight of 190 pounds." -- stronger core=more power
"The exercise the Warriors prefer is the trapbar dead lift, which is basically a safer way to mimic lifting a giant boulder off the ground. One of the primary muscles that it works? Yup, the gluteus maximus." -- stronger core=more power / stronger glutes=stronger core / stronger glutes=more power -- We spend a lot of time explaining to patients how glutes are part of the core.
"Curry and the Warriors don't think they can prevent a sore ankle with 100 percent certainty. That stuff happens no matter how strong your core is. But they've found ways to ensure Curry isn't so dependent on his ankles like he used to be. Now, as Curry weaves through defenders, he's not counting on his ankle to provide all the stability--instead the larger muscles of his core are doing a lot of the work to hold his leg in place."
------- This pretty much sums it all up. This is why these exercises we give patients are so important! We want to improve your condition first. Then, we want to give you the tools to prevent it. Although we can't guarantee you won't have problems in the future, we can greatly reduce the chances of recurrence (which decreases the amount of time and money you spend at the doctor's office) while improving overall function/performance!
It was below freezing, but it didn't discourage these runners! It didn't discourage Dr. Schneider or Dr. Vogel either, who were there providing post race ART treatments. Copy and paste the link to see the video (recorded from the Columbus Spine and Sport Center treatment tent in front of COSI):