What do sore knees, ankle sprains, hip pain, joint stiffness, and lower back pain all have in common?
When evaluating a patient with any of the above complaints, we almost always find an underlying balance deficit that was probably evident before the pain or injury was ever acknowledged.
Are you feeling brave? Try this…
Can you stand on one foot, slowly reach for the ground, then return back up to standing, without wavering? Can you do it 3 times in a row? What do you notice if you compare your right and your left?
A great way to check your balance is with the following exercise. This is also a great exercise to improve your balance and strength, making yourself more bulletproof and resilient…
Most people discover that one side is more difficult to balance on than the other. This can often be an indicator of an underlying weakness or deficit that could lead to injury.
As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, so many common issues through the leg and back can often be traced back to a hidden weakness in the hips and core muscles.
…Ankle sprains, plantarfasciitis, achilles tendonitis, shin splints, knee pain, patellar tendonitis, patellofemoral syndrome, ACL tear, MCL sprain, hamstring strains, quad strains, hip impingement, bursitis, SI joint dysfunction, disc herniations, back pain….and these are just the most obvious diagnoses that we see EVERYDAY in the clinic. Most people have no idea how weak they are in the gluteals and deep hip stabilizing muscles on one or both sides.
So, what can you do to make sure you aren’t missing a hidden weakness that could leave you susceptible to a serious injury, like a torn ACL?
And what can you do to protect your knees long-term so you don’t have chronic joint degeneration that leads to arthritis and difficulty walking?
Doing the right exercises (the right way) is the MOST EFFECTIVE way to eliminate stiff/achey knees, prevent injuries, and perform better in your sport!
It’s proven. Exercise programs work – but not just any exercises….the right ones….when you do them the right way.
I often tell my patients to focus on “quality over quantity”, because when we are retraining movement patterns and strengthening muscles to protect the body, “how” you move matters.
If you aren’t sure if you’re doing the right exercises the right way, and you want to take pressure off your joints and prevent yourself from dealing with injuries in the future, then start following a proven plan.
At ACL Strong, we have a solution that transforms people from not even realizing they were susceptible to pain or injury because of hidden weaknesses, to actually being stronger and more balanced, quicker and more flexible, and overall more confident and excited about their sport or activity.
Check out our courses and get started with a proven plan to feel better, move better, and not be limited by pain or injury.