Ascent Physical Therapy Blog

Tennis Elbow Happy Valley

Published on September 22, 2017

Most people think Tennis Elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and Golfer’s Elbow (medial epicondylitis) are caused by playing tennis or golf, but actually they can be caused by any repetitive tasks such as typing, lifting, gripping, and carrying objects. Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow are essentially the same issue, but one occurs on the outside of the […]

Shoulder Pain Treatment Happy Valley

Published on August 6, 2017

Shoulder pain is a common problem for many people at some point their lives. One of the most mechanisms for shoulder pain onset  we see most often is related to shoulder impingement. Shoulder impingement is the leasing contributor of shoulder pain, can cause grinding and mechanical irritation/inflammation of the shoulder tissues, and may lead to […]

Cervicogenic Headache Relief Happy Valley

Published on June 5, 2017

Millions of people suffer from headaches every year. For some people headaches may be mild and rare, for others headaches may be consistent and debilitating. If you suffer from headaches that feel like they might cause your eye to pop out, there is a good possibility that they may be stemming from neck pain. Cervicogenic […]

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 […]