Over the years, we've all heard many recommendations on how to injury-proof lower backs in both sports and industry. Warehouse workers wearing "lifting belts," football teams doing yoga for flexibility, and multiple versions of "core strengthening" exercises. Physical therapists look at the information to analyze the best way to interpret it, individualize it, and apply the information for specific sports and clients. With spine injuries we know the discs are best able to cushion and provide shock absorption when the back is in "lumbar neutral."
Many people are increasing their physical activity levels during the summer. This may range from recreational activities like hiking and swimming, to sport related activities such as weight training and conditioning. Why does my body hurt and feel sore after starting new activities?
My athlete has pain in the front of his/her knee, that worsens with activity. What might that be, and how do we deal with it?