The Activcore Blog

Dr. Elizabeth Dalrymple, Physical Therapist and Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist at Activcore

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I've Always Been Tight, Why Don't My Stretches seem to get me Anywhere?

You stretch, you feel better, and then the tightness comes right back. What gives?

Many of you have been told that your upper traps are like rocks, your hamstrings are like bricks, or your calves are the tightest your trainer has ever seen. Usually these muscles also hurt. And typically the first remedy is stretching. While stretches aren't necessarily harmful, there is a reason why you would seek out a physical therapist for help. You're still in pain even though you've been doing your stretches regularly. But why?

It all comes back to balance. Your body requires balance in many dimensions. You need balance between your left and right sides. You need balance between your core and extremities. You need balance from the contribution of your smaller muscles that stabilize the joints, versus your larger muscles that move the joints. You also need balance between being strong yet flexible, and being stable yet mobile.


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Performance training, Strength Training, Balance, Postural Restoration

Now That I'm Playing Travel Baseball, Why Does My Elbow Hurt When Pitching?

First, there is a lot of evidence showing that pain on the inside of the elbow is only becoming more common in baseball players, particularly pitchers. So, you’re not alone here. The elbow has several structures that become irritated with overhead throwing:  the wrist flexor tendons, the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), and the ulnar nerve. The set of symptoms you have will vary depending on which of these structure is irritated, but all will create pain on the inside of the elbow that gets worse with throwing.

We never want to see a trend of increasing injury rates, so let’s unpack what might be going on here. There are a few main reasons why you are experiencing elbow pain...


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Strength Training, The Strength Athlete, The Overhead Athlete, Postural Restoration

5 Reasons to See a Physical Therapist if You’re an Overhead Athlete

Have you ever wondered: What does a physical therapist actually do? Aren’t they just for people who have had surgery? Don't they just do massage? How can they possibly help me with my overhead sport? These are some of the questions we hear all the time from athletes.

Well, let's clear this up. Physical therapists are movement experts who optimize quality of life through prescribed exercises, hands-on care, and patient education. Some physical therapists pursue advanced specialization in helping athletes with overhead sports, like volleyball, baseball, tennis, swimming, gymnastics, and track & field events.

Many of these "sports injury specialists" got into physical therapy as a career, after sustaining and recovering from their own overhead injuries. I can include myself among this group. As a former varsity softball player at Cornell University, I have a special interest in overhead athletes of all levels, genders and ages. You can read more about my story here.

As an overhead athlete, you put unique stresses on your body. Therefore, you could benefit from the observant eyes, skilled hands, and thoughtful exercises of a physical therapist in order to stay healthy and at the top of your game. A qualified physical therapist can be your "go-to" person to work on your musculoskeletal system on a preventative basis, not just when an injury crisis strikes.


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Topics: Movement Assessment, Pain Relief Treatments, Performance training, The Value of Physical Therapy, The Overhead Athlete, Postural Restoration