IFAST Physical Therapy Sciatica Week Book Give-away!

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DATE › April 17, 2017
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You've probably heard the statistic that about 80% of people will experience back pain in their lifetime. I'm guessing that it's actually higher. Often times, lower back pain is accompanied by sciatica, or more simply, pain that extends down the back of the leg past the ankle. This is a common symptom that I see here at IFAST Physical Therapy in Indianapolis quite frequently. To help out as many people as possible, I wrote a small book to give you plenty of information about what sciatica is and how to you can manage it or even resolve it. The book

Things You Should Know About Hip Pain due to Hip Impingement and Your X-ray Findings

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DATE › March 5, 2017
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Does this seem familiar? Perhaps you're one of the many who've experienced the onset of hip pain for some unknown reason.  It didn't start with an injury that you can remember. It started with some mild, occasional generalized aching in your groin area, but now it occurs more frequently. You may get pain in the crease of your hip when you sit in the car or at your desk.  You notice the groin pain when you squat or sit on the toilet. The pain may even radiate down the inside your thigh. Maybe you've asked Google what it is.  Google says it's

5 Quick Facts: What Indy Mini-Marathon Runners need to know about running shoes, marathon training, and running injuries

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DATE › January 29, 2017
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Your foot mechanics are like fingerprints.  Your foot mechanics are unique to you. (Stacoff 2007) No matter what type of running shoes your wear, your foot mechanics will not change. (Stacoff 2007, Dicharry 2009) Footwear tends to alter the firing pattern (sequence) of muscle activity in your legs and posture from the ground up into your body. (Nigg 1987, Ogon 2001) Fatigue alters the firing pattern of the muscles in your legs as you train.  Running injuries like knee pain, patellofemoral pain, IT band syndrome, and tibial stress syndrome or shin splints are linked to abnormal firing patterns of the

Is there really IT Band Friction Syndrome in Runners?

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DATE › January 23, 2017
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As I write this we are approaching the 100-day point before the running of one of the largest mini-marathons here in Indianapolis.  Thousands of runners are training and making their preparations to run 13.1 miles including as stretch around the famous Indianapolis 500 track. They’re also getting injured.  It’s a drawback of the inspiration and excitement of setting a goal and working toward it.  Many runners just aren’t prepared to make such drastic changes in their physical workload to tolerate such training.  Some tolerate it and finish the race.  Some don’t because of injury. One of the most common diagnoses

Core Exercises for Chronic Low Back Pain… Think Again.

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DATE › November 14, 2016
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Every week at least one of my patients will remark that they think that their back still hurts because they have a “weak core” or they just have “a bad back.” You already know that your x-ray and MRI show may have absolutely nothing to do with your pain, so it must be a problem with your “core”, right? First, there is no area of the trunk that is designated as “the core.” Many will use the term “core” as a substitution for the abdominal muscles but even these muscles are not limited to some magical protectors against lower back pain. 

What your MRI can tell you about your pain… And what it can’t tell you

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DATE › November 7, 2016
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You may have had pain for a very long time. It's not uncommon for your doctor to order an MRI to help determine the source of your ongoing complaints of pain. In the hopes of finding a cause for the pain it's not uncommon to default to the findings in an MRI as that source of pain. Perhaps they blame arthritis or a herniated disc in your spine for your back pain. Perhaps they find a torn meniscus in your knee and blame that on your knee pain. Perhaps they find a muscle tear and blame that for your pain.

Back by Request: Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop

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DATE › September 6, 2016
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Attention Back Pain and Sciatica Sufferers! Do you suffer with back or leg pain when you stand or walk? Do you have pain when you sit or drive for a long time? Do you experience pain or numbness in your butt or down your leg? Does your back “go out” when you move the wrong way? Are you afraid your pain will get worse if you don’t do something about it soon? If you answered YES to any of the above questions (or if your stubborn spouse is in denial) – the Back Pain and Sciatica Workshop may be a

What is a Reset? And Why Do We Do It?

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DATE › July 19, 2016
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As promised, I'm going to be answering a question from one of our clients each week here on the blog. Well, except for maybe next week, because I'm on vacation. But I hope you'll forgive me :) Our first question comes to us from THE Walter Norris: "What is a reset? And why do we perform resets before our workouts?" This is a fantastic, and incredibly loaded question, from Mr. Norris. And I wouldn't expect anything less ;-) You can find the answer by reading on of Team IFAST's favorite books of all time, Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers by

The Non-surgical Solution for Sciatica

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DATE › June 23, 2016
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Every year as many as 25% of the general population will experience sciatica. More often than not, the disability and pain associated with sciatica is characterized as worse than those that experience just lower back pain. In many cases, MRI findings may include herniated discs that promote patients to seek a surgical solution to their pain. Unfortunately for many, such a surgical solution provides only a minimum of relief with many patients continuing to have pain for years after the surgery. *1 What is often unrealized is that there may be a simple mechanical cause to your sciatic pain. *2 Even though we appear to

Indianapolis Physical Therapist Presents “Why does my back still hurt?” Seminar

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DATE › January 8, 2016
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http://www.ifastpt.com Bill Hartman, PT, owner of IFAST Physical Therapy in Indianapolis presents "Why does my back still hurt?" at the Roy G. Holland Park building in Fishers, Indiana. The Seminar will start at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend. Call IFAST Physical Therapy at 317-578-0998 or go to www.ifastpt.com to set up your FREE injury consult. IFAST Physical Therapy 9402 Uptown Dr. Suite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46256