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Trapezius Muscle – December Newsletter

Muscle of the Month: Trapezius Jesse Dupre, DPT The trapezius is a large muscle spanning from the upper back and into the neck. It is a relatively flat muscle with a diamond like shape, and it spans multiple joints. It has many attachments with origins at the nuchal line at the back of the skull, […]

Winter Safety Tips – November Newsletter

Winter Safety Tips to Reduce Falls and Injuries John Fiore, PT Winter weather has arrived in Montana along with endless winter recreational opportunities. Although skiing and snowboarding have inherent risks, shoveling your driveway or crossing the street are hazardous in the winter. A 2010 retrospective research study looking at the incidence of snow shoveling related […]

Bone Stress Injuries in Runners – October Newsletter

Bone Stress Injuries in Runners Holly Warner, DPT Sapphire PT just returned from a weekend course that focused on bone stress injuries in runners. The course defined the female triad spectrum and provided screening tools to assess athletes’ risk of developing bone stress injuries. A stress fracture diagnosis is a diagnosis no runner wants to […]

High Ankle Sprains – September Newsletter

The Bright Future of the Physical Therapy Profession John Fiore, PT September 8th was World Physical Therapist Day. The profession of physical therapy has grown and changed over the past 97 years. Despite the challenges of today’s health care system, 2018 is an exciting time to be a physical therapist. The physical therapy profession was […]

Patellofemoral Joint Pain – August Newsletter

Effectively Treating Patellofemoral Joint Pain John Fiore, PT Patellofemoral joint pain (PFJP) is familiar to individuals of all ages and activity levels. Named for the joint formed by the patella (knee cap) and the trochlear groove of the femur (thigh bone), PFJP may be referred to as runner’s knee, anterior knee pain, or chondromalacia. Patellofemoral […]

Ankle Sprains – July Newsletter

Ankle Sprain Basics Guest article by: Doug Reeves, SPT Many of us have experienced a “twisted”, “turned”, or “rolled” ankle at some point while participating in the activities we enjoy. In fact, sprained ankles may account for up to 30% of all sports injuries1. But what is really happening to our ankles when we suffer […]

Calf Weakness – June Newsletter

Implications of Age-Related Calf Weakness John Fiore, PT The trails and roads of Missoula confirm the following fact: 30 million people ran at least 50 days annually in the United States in 2012-2013.i Running efficiently and injury-free, however, is more elusive. Nearly 79% of all runners experience a running injury annually.ii As runners age, the […]

Achilles Tendon – May Newsletter

In this issue we discuss Achilles Tendon Pain in Runners and the Muscle of the Month: The Obscure Plantaris Muscle.

Hamstring Pain – April Newsletter

Proximal Hamstring Tendinopathy:A literal pain in the butt Holly Warner, DPT Proximal/High hamstring tendinopathy is literally a pain in the butt. Symptoms are characterized as deep gluteal pain that is localized at the ischial tuberosity (sit bones) and can radiate down the posterior thigh/hamstring 1,2. It is fairly common for distance runners to experience this […]

Stress Fractures – March Newsletter

Stress Fractures and Spring Running John Fiore, PT Warmer temperatures, longer daylight hours and bare ground are signs that spring is here. Spring is also a time when more running athletes develop lower extremity stress fractures. While all athletes who run, jump, or cut are susceptible to stress fractures, distance runners have the highest incidence […]