Ascent Physical Therapy Blog

Elite Training, Elite Rehab

Published on February 7, 2017

We work with all types of people and levels of athletes but every once in a while there is patient who stands out. A little more than a year ago I met Jordan Chiles for a minor ankle injury that cleared up. A few weeks later she showed up with knee pain. It quickly became […]

Don’t Walk Away From Running

Published on January 3, 2017

Happy New Year! Tis the Season to Be Running It’s that time of the year again when people make promises to eat healthy, get in shape, and turn things around after one more day of festivities. That also means that you will see more people doing the world’s most common type of exercise: running. Historically, […]

When Stretching Is A Bad Idea

Published on September 22, 2016

Stretching is an old fix that has come back into fashion recently. It is often an important strategy to common mobility problems. Something hurts; must be a problem with mobility. Better stretch it out. Lacrosse balls, foam rollers, yoga, and the stretch de jour. It makes sense, right? If your hamstrings hurt when you’re running, […]

Preventing Overuse Injuries In Athletes

Published on July 7, 2016

“I have done this for years, why did it just start hurting?” We have all been there. Minding your own business and all of a sudden your _____________ starts hurting for no good reason. You haven’t changed how much you walk, run, bike, swing, ski, or anything like that. You wait a few days, maybe […]

How To Pick Your Physical Therapist

Published on April 12, 2016

The Least You Need To Know: You can always choose your provider, even if your insurance hasn’t contracted them as in-network. Not every clinic operates in the same way and some are better suited to meet your goals. If a clinic doesn’t allow you to see the same provider consistently you are not getting the […]

For Cryotherapy-ing Out Loud…

Published on February 1, 2016

The Least You Need To Know: Ice can help control pain but it does not speed up recovery and may actually slow it down in. All ice is the same so don’t buy expensive ice or expensive icing equipment unless it is really just for convenience. If you want to recover from big activities faster […]

Skiing and Your knee: Don’t Blow It. Part II

Published on January 14, 2016

What we learned in part I: Knee injuries make up about 1/3 of all skiing injuries. There are 3 major types of falls that cause knee injuries in skiing: slip catch, dynamic snowplow, and landing back weighted. The mechanism of injury for ACL and other ligament injuries in the knee are rapid twist across the […]

Skiing and Your Knee: Don’t Blow It. Part I

Published on December 7, 2015

Authors note: Part 1 is a little daunting with facts, figures, and other nerdy body mechanics information. Feel free to skim and come back for part II, which will explain the how-to of knee injury prevention in skiing! Or better yet, read it all and impress your friends on the slopes next weekend. How dangerous […]

Happy Veterans Day

Published on November 10, 2015

We are proud to recognize the hard work and sacrifice of one of our own here at Ascent Physical Therapy. Patrick and his wife, Jenny, both served our country proudly in the United States Army while also raising their charming daughter, Emma. Pat served from 2003-2010 including 3 tours in Iraq (2004, 2005, & 2009) […]

Footwear: When The Other Shoe Drops (Part II)

Published on November 8, 2015

No Really, What Shoes Should I Wear? Firstly, if you haven’t read part I, go back and do that so we can all be on the same page, or at least refresh yourself with these finer points: Shoes should reflect what you are doing with them. Pronating or “over pronation” is not a thing, but […]