Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy

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Happy Valentine's Day!TREAT YOURSELF OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE...Life is better if you feel better.Thanks for choosing us for ...
02/14/2024

Happy Valentine's Day!
TREAT YOURSELF OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE...

Life is better if you feel better.
Thanks for choosing us for your body care!

Great meeting by Independentmd , sponsor Edwards Lifesciences  and speaker Dr. Grant Reed from Cleveland Clinic  !      ...
02/03/2024

Great meeting by Independentmd , sponsor Edwards Lifesciences and speaker Dr. Grant Reed from Cleveland Clinic !

01/21/2024

Enjoying a snow day! Laurel Mountain Ski

Discussing & answering questions about   with some fellow Rotarians at The Rotary Club Of Monroeville Rotary Internation...
01/19/2024

Discussing & answering questions about with some fellow Rotarians at The Rotary Club Of Monroeville Rotary International.
Everyone needs their own PT they know and trust when something starts causing pain- do you have yours?

Here are some tips below for shoveling snow the way a physical therapist would:-->Bend at the knees and squat down to ge...
01/08/2024

Here are some tips below for shoveling snow the way a physical therapist would:
-->Bend at the knees and squat down to get lower to the ground.
-->Keep your back straight rather than rounded forward.
-->Lean your torso forward by using your waist as a hinge so that the motion comes
from your hips, not your spine.
-->Keep your shoulders and shoulder blades back rather than letting them round forward.
Also.. warm up for a few minutes first and stretch out after to reduce muscle spasm/tightness.
"Tweak" your back or something else doing activity? Let us help you recover and learn about how to take care of your body at the same time!

Need to address some muscle, joint or nerve pain in the new year? Waiting can cause a lot more distress in the body- giv...
01/01/2024

Need to address some muscle, joint or nerve pain in the new year? Waiting can cause a lot more distress in the body- give us a call!

It's an opportunity to pause and remember the Reason for the season, cherish friends & family and hopefully enjoy some t...
12/25/2023

It's an opportunity to pause and remember the Reason for the season, cherish friends & family and hopefully enjoy some the good things in life!

Thank you for choosing Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy to help you make a successful recovery & maintain your physical health. Your health is the most important you can dedicate time and effort on! We look forward to continuing to care for each of you so you can live a healthier, happier, and more pain free life!

A little less than 3 weeks ago, Steelers' quarterback Kenny Pickett suffered a high ankle sprain during a rainy loss to ...
12/24/2023

A little less than 3 weeks ago, Steelers' quarterback Kenny Pickett suffered a high ankle sprain during a rainy loss to James Conner and the Arizona Cardinals. He underwent surgery the next day, specifically a "tightrope" procedure intended to speed up his recovery time and get him back under center as soon as possible. Although ruled out for this weekend's game against Cincinnati, Pickett was practicing in a limited fashion this week and seems to be on the verge of returning. This is great news considering that a diagnosis of a mild high ankle sprain usually comes with a projected recovery time of 4-6 weeks for NFL players, and even longer for those needing the more traditional surgical repair. A few weeks before Kenny's injury, we shared a post here about high ankle sprains. We'll summarize that below, along with newer information about the tightrope procedure he had done.

The ankle joint is functionally similar to a “ball-and-socket joint” where the two bones of the shin, the tibia and fibula, connect together form an upside-down-cup-shaped “socket” for the talus bone to fit into and roll around within to create foot and ankle movement. A traditional ankle sprain is an injury to the ligaments that help limit excessive motion of the talus within the socket. However, a high ankle sprain refers to an injury to the ligaments and connective tissue that keep the tibia and fibula themselves attached, and thus the socket intact. If that connection is disrupted and those two bones are allowed to separate, the “socket” that they form is destabilized.

The traditional surgical repair of a high ankle sprain involves using a screw to reconnect the tibia and fibula. Pickett's surgeon(s) instead drilled a hole in each bone and looped a "tightrope," or specialized kind of suture to pull and secure the bones together. There are several advantages to doing it this way. For starters, it doesn't involve a second surgical procedure down the road to remove the screw once the ankle has healed, as is often the case. The tightrope also allows for a small amount of "give" between the bones, which more realistically resembles a healthy ankle and allows for improved ankle mobility afterwards. And perhaps most importantly for Steelers fans who want to see Pickett back on the field, the tightrope procedure allows for earlier weightbearing and accelerated rehabilitation.

We’re all wishing Kenny a speedy and successful recovery. If you ever find yourself dealing with either kind of ankle sprain, or any other injury, please reach out to the experts at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy, where we can help you get back to doing what you love! -R.Hudson

The injury bug continues to bite the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense as they lost yet another defensive back during Sunday’...
11/21/2023

The injury bug continues to bite the Pittsburgh Steelers' defense as they lost yet another defensive back during Sunday’s demoralizing last-second loss to the Cleveland Browns. After already being without safeties Minkah Fitzpatrick (due to a hamstring injury, which we wrote about back in Week 6) and Keanu Neal (due to a rib injury), the Steelers placed back-up safety Elijah Riley on Injured Reserve today with a high ankle sprain. We hear about these a lot during the NFL season, but what exactly is a high ankle sprain, how does it differ from other ankle sprains, and what is the recovery from one like?

In general, the term “sprain” refers to an injury of a ligament, which is a band of connective tissue that attaches to the bones on either side of a joint to help give it increased stability. A mild sprain might just mean that the ligament got stretched out a bit, but more severe sprains involve partial tears, or even full ruptures, of the ligament.

The ankle joint is functionally similar to a “ball-and-socket joint” where the two bones of the shin, the tibia and fibula, connect to form an upside-down-cup-shaped “socket” (highlighted in yellow in the diagram) for the talus bone to fit into and roll around within to create foot and ankle movement. There are ligaments all around the joint (only some of which are shown in the diagram) to help prevent the ankle from rolling too far in any direction.

The most common kind of ankle sprain involves someone “rolling” or “twisting” their foot, so that their ankle turns too far and too forcefully inward. This stresses the ligaments along the outside of the ankle, such as the anterior talofibular and calcaneofibular ligaments. For a pro athlete, this tends to be a relatively minor injury, where they can wear a brace or get the ankle taped up, and play through the injury as it heals.

However, a high ankle sprain refers to an injury of the ligaments that keep the tibia and fibula connected, such as the anterior tibiofibular ligament. If that connection is disrupted and those two bones are allowed to separate, the “socket” that they form is destabilized. A severe high ankle sprain will need surgery, and even a more minor one will likely need 4-6 weeks of recovery for a pro athlete (probably even longer for you and me). This recovery will involve some time in a walking boot to immobilize the ankle to protect it while it heals, but the downside of immobilization is increased stiffness and muscle atrophy. The injured player will work with their trainers and physical therapists to regain ankle mobility, strength, and stability.

We’re all wishing Elijah a speedy recovery and successful return to the field later this season. If you ever find yourself dealing with either kind of ankle sprain, or any other injury, please reach out to the experts at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy, where we can help you get back to doing what you love! -R.Hudson

Pain-free living=more to be thankful for. Give us a call!       ptpittsburgh.com
11/20/2023

Pain-free living=more to be thankful for. Give us a call! ptpittsburgh.com

The Steelers’ defense was dealt another blow on Sunday when inside linebacker Kwon Alexander went down with an injury in...
11/14/2023

The Steelers’ defense was dealt another blow on Sunday when inside linebacker Kwon Alexander went down with an injury in the first quarter of their win against the Green Bay Packers. Reports are that he suffered a torn Achilles, which is considered a season-ending injury. Achilles injuries have been in the news this NFL season, notably knocking out Baltimore Ravens’ running back J.K. Dobbins, New York Jets’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers, and Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins, among others. What is your Achilles anyway, why is it such a dreaded diagnosis for athletes, and what does the road ahead look like for Alexander’s recovery? Obviously, we haven’t had the chance to evaluate or treat Alexander ourselves, but here’s what we know about Achilles injuries in general.

The Achilles tendon is a thick cord of fibrous connective tissue that connects the calf muscles to the heel bone. When the calf muscles contract, they pull on the tendon which in turns pulls on the heel causing the foot to point downwards, such as when pushing down on the gas pedal or rising on your tip-toes when standing. If one’s Achilles tendon ruptures, they lose all ability to push off with their toes, making it nearly impossible to walk, much less run or jump.

In order to repair this, the surgeon essentially “sews” the two ends of the ruptured tendon back together. In the aftermath, there is a risk of the repair becoming undone if the Achilles and/or connecting calf muscles are stretched or tensioned too soon. Therefore, the typical post-operative patient is not allowed to put weight on the leg for at least 4 weeks and has their lower leg immobilized in a cast and/or walking boot for at least 6 weeks (depending on the specific surgeon’s instructions). By then there will already be a significant amount of muscle atrophy and scar tissue build-up (which significantly limits the ankle’s flexibility), and the patient will still be restricted for a few more months in what they can do to stretch and strengthen the leg for rehabilitation. All told, it could be 4-6 months before a patient is even cleared to begin doing higher impact athletic activities (although obviously the timeline for pro athletes tends to move a little faster than it would for you and I). It could be 8 months to a year before an NFL player has regained the full strength, speed, and explosiveness to play at their pre-injury level.

We’re all wishing Kwon a successful and speedy recovery and can’t wait to see him back at full-strength next season. If you ever find yourself dealing with an injury to your Achilles, or anything else, please reach out to the experts at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy, where we can help you get back to doing what you love! -R. Hudson

11/11/2023

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11/02/2023

We'll see you there!

It's about that time again for the PSC Vendor Showcase!
WHEN: Thursday, November 9th
WHERE: The Cornerstone at The Tonidale Pub in Oakdale, PA
www.thetonidalepub.com
WHAT TIME: 7-10PM
Join us and some premiere ski vendors and let's talk all things skiing 2023!
Vendors will be on hand to show off their latest, equipment, clothing and more!

There will be plenty of information, giveaways, door prizes and more. PSC will also provide snacks during the evening and there will be a cash bar. PSC members are free, & guests are $5.
So make your plans and join as as we ramp up to another exciting ski season.
We can't wait!

10/31/2023
After we evaluate patients, we advise in treatment options and also discuss other procedures including injections, regen...
10/23/2023

After we evaluate patients, we advise in treatment options and also discuss other procedures including injections, regenerative medicine, and surgery if applicable.

10/18/2023

A new study shows physical therapy outperforms alternative treatment options for painful cramping in the lower body caused by restricted blood flow (known as claudication). Learn more about the value of physical therapy: https://loom.ly/QhFKLPM

The Week 6 bye comes at a good time for the banged-up Steelers. Three players they hope to get back healthy for their ne...
10/13/2023

The Week 6 bye comes at a good time for the banged-up Steelers. Three players they hope to get back healthy for their next game against the Los Angeles Rams— wide receiver Diontae Johnson, tight end Pat Freiermuth and punter Pressley Harvin— are all dealing with hamstring strains. Why are hamstring injuries so common in football and what are their recoveries like?

“Hamstring” is a term for the group of three muscles that make up the back of the thigh, connecting from the bottom of the pelvic bone in the buttock down to just below the back of the knee. These muscles are particularly susceptible to injury when sprinting. Imagine someone running full-speed and freeze the mental image just before one foot hits the ground. That leg will be extended out in front of the runner, a position where the hamstring muscles are being stretched pretty far and experiencing a lot of tension. Shortly before this point, that leg had been moving forward forcefully to take that step, but now all of a sudden as it hits the ground, must push backwards in order to propel the rest of the body forward. The hamstrings are responsible for much of the powerful deceleration necessary for the leg to quickly change direction from striding forward to pushing off backwards. So we have this split second of a muscle stretching out and getting longer while simultaneously contracting to generate force. PTs call this an “eccentric” contraction, one that can put a lot of stress on muscles and tendons. Forceful eccentric contractions can be a point where hamstring “strains” can occur, meaning that the muscle fibers get overstretched, or even torn. Hamstring strains are notoriously common non-contact injuries in sports that require sprinting such as football, soccer, and track and field, and are notoriously stubborn: some studies have shown that over 30% of hamstring strains get re-injured.

When rehabbing a muscle strain, athletic trainers and PTs will first emphasize combating inflammation through rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Once the pain and swelling are under control, therapists can focus on using hands-on manual therapy techniques and stretching exercises to break up excessive scar tissue and restore flexibility, and introducing therapeutic exercises to restore muscle strength. Particular emphasis is placed on “eccentric strengthening,” that is, exercises that help prepare the hamstring to better handle its responsibility during activities like sprinting.

We're all hoping Diontae, Muth and Pressley all come back next week at full strength and stay healthy the rest of the year. If you ever find yourself dealing with a hamstring strain, or any other injury, please reach out to the experts at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy, where we can help you get back to doing what you love! - by R.Hudson

10/13/2023

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As Steeler Nation already knows, QB Kenny Pickett went down with a knee injury in the 3rd quarter of yesterday’s loss to...
10/02/2023

As Steeler Nation already knows, QB Kenny Pickett went down with a knee injury in the 3rd quarter of yesterday’s loss to the Houston Texans. But what exactly happened to his knee and what might his recovery look like? Obviously, we haven’t had the opportunity to evaluate or treat Pickett ourselves but here’s our reaction:

Pickett is scheduled to undergo an MRI today to determine the extent of his injury, so we should know more soon about his exact diagnosis. But we can make some educated guesses based on what could be seen on game footage. As he was being sacked by Houston’s Jonathan Greenard on the unsuccessful 4th and 1 play, the defender’s bodyweight appeared to come down against the outside of Pickett’s planted left leg, forcing his knee to bend awkwardly a bit in an unnatural inward angle. PTs refer to this as a “valgus force,” which puts the knee in a position where it’s susceptible to several kinds of injuries, particularly of several ligaments.

Ligaments are bands of connective tissue that connect to the bones on either side of a joint to help give it increased stability. If a ligament is sufficiently damaged, or “sprained,” the joint may be left unstable and at risk of worse injury. Of the four main ligaments of the knee, the MCL and the ACL are most likely to be injured by a valgus force. An athlete can usually avoid surgery if the only injury is an MCL sprain, but most football fans already know that an ACL injury almost certainly means surgery and the end of a pro athlete’s season.

When rehabbing a ligament injury, athletic trainers and PTs will first emphasize combating inflammation through rest, ice, compression, and elevation. Once the pain and swelling are under control, therapists can focus on using hands-on manual therapy techniques and stretching exercises to break up excessive scar tissue and restore flexibility, and introducing therapeutic exercises to restore muscle strength. Especially with knee ligament injuries, particular emphasis will be placed on helping the athlete gain the coordination and stability to minimize the chances of their knee again going into unnatural and unhealthy positions like valgus.

We’re all wishing Kenny the best possible prognosis and a speedy recovery. If you ever find yourself dealing with a sprained knee, or any other injury, please reach out to the experts at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy, where we can help you get back to doing what you love! -by R.Hudson

Musicians of Steel 5K Run/Walk We are happy to have a small part in supporting the event and cause. There's still time t...
09/30/2023

Musicians of Steel 5K Run/Walk We are happy to have a small part in supporting the event and cause. There's still time to support, sponsor or sign up for the race tomorrow!

A charity race organized by the Musicians of the Pittsburgh Symphony to benefit music education in our community through the PSO Musicians Care Fund

A special THANK YOU to our wonderful and hard working staff at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy! Great things are...
09/04/2023

A special THANK YOU to our wonderful and hard working staff at Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy! Great things are done with great teams! ptpittsburgh.com

We are very excited to have Ricardo Hudson Jr. PT, DPT ("Ricky") join the Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy team! ...
08/29/2023

We are very excited to have Ricardo Hudson Jr. PT, DPT ("Ricky") join the Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy team! A great PT dedicated to excellence in therapy and care for patients. Call if you need to take care of pain or an injury! 412-924-8424 ptpittsburgh.com

Great race! Fun day! Thanks to all the friends/former patients who stopped by to say hi (and show off that they RAN!) Ya...
08/26/2023

Great race! Fun day! Thanks to all the friends/former patients who stopped by to say hi (and show off that they RAN!) Yay!
Preview: Winner of the basket...is STEVE!! Congrats, you'll get an email with info for pick up.
In case we don't hear back within the week we have a runner-up selected. Thanks to the lovely Claire for (blindly)selecting the names!

Racers in Run Around the Square -stop by our table to enter the raffle for fitness prize basket!         Pittsburgh Perf...
08/26/2023

Racers in Run Around the Square -stop by our table to enter the raffle for fitness prize basket! Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy

Who's in for race day Run Around the Square this weekend? Look for our table Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy in ...
08/24/2023

Who's in for race day Run Around the Square this weekend?

Look for our table Pittsburgh Performance Physical Therapy in the hollow after the race and USE or SHARE the below link to sign up for a personal 10 minute consultation with the doctor! https://calendly.com/e-wheeler/pt-consultation

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