physical therapy

The Gaiety of Gait

As a physical therapist, I love reading people’s posture and analyzing people’s gait. The manner in which someone walks can tell you so much. It is fun. It is like a puzzle waiting for you to solve.

The gait pattern is a result of three different components: stiffness, weakness and compensation. If the knee joint is stiff, you cannot bend it. If the quadriceps is weak, you cannot stand on your leg without buckling. However, many people have stiff joints and weak muscles and yet they can still function. How? Because their body figures out a way to compensate for their problem. Let's examine three gait patterns to illustrate this point.

Stay Safe While Shoveling Snow

Winter is here, and the inevitable snowfalls that accompany it. While shoveling snow can be a good exercise when performed correctly and with safety in mind, many people are shoveling with incorrect biomechanics—which put them at risk for injury.

Snow shoveling is a repetitive activity believed to cause tens of thousands of back, neck and shoulder injuries each year, ranging from muscle strain and sprains to significant medical emergencies requiring emergency room visits.

To protect yourself from potential injury, shovelers should follow these common-sense tips:

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