Discussions on Runner’s Knee, Orthotics and Labral Tears

Episode 14.11 

Segment One – Runners Knee

runnersknee.medicalDiscussion with David Rivera, Facility Manager from Accelerated Rehab, on ‘Runners Knee’. Causes, Symptoms, Avoidance and Treatment. Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS) is one of the most common overuse injuries among runners. It occurs when the iliotibial band, the ligament that runs down the outside of the thigh from the hip to the shin, is tight or inflamed. The IT band attaches to the knee and helps stabilize and move the joint. When the IT band isn’t working properly, movement of the knee (and, therefore, running) becomes painful. IT band pain can be severe enough to completely sideline a runner for weeks, or even longer.

Segment Two – Athletic Orthotics 

orthotic.medicalDiscussion with Dr. Robert Weil about his experiences in working with well known elite athletes and young athletes in a variety of sports and how the use of orthotics can help improve alignment & performance and avoid injuries.

Robert Weil, D.P.M. specializes in podiatric medicine, orthotics and sports medicine.  He has written a column for the Naperville Sun and Aurora Beacon since 2007 as “The Sports Doctor”. Additionally, he hosts a weekly radio show, “The Sports Doctor” on Healthy Life.net. He addresses current topics in medicine and sports. He has worked with prominent local athletes, including reigning Olympic Figure Skating champion Evan Lysacek, four-time IHSA state tennis champ and acclaimed UCLA player Liz Lumpkin, and the current girl’s state tennis champion Jasmine Minor.  Many of the top volleyball players at Sports Performance in Aurora have sought his services as well as top athletes in all sports.

Segment 3 – Labral Tears in the Shoulder Dr. Brian Cole and Steve Kashul discuss Labral Tears affecting NBA and MLB players. Definition, Causes, Diagnosis, Research and Treatment. labraltear.medicalThe shoulder joint has three bones: the shoulder blade (scapula), the collarbone (clavicle), and the upper arm bone (humerus). The head of the upper arm bone (humeral head) rests in a shallow socket in the shoulder blade called the glenoid. The head of the upper arm bone is usually much larger than the socket, and a soft fibrous tissue rim called the labrum surrounds the socket to help stabilize the joint. The rim deepens the socket by up to 50% so that the head of the upper arm bone fits better. In addition, it serves as an attachment site for several ligaments. Injuries to the tissue rim surrounding the shoulder socket can occur from acute trauma or repetitive shoulder motion. Examples of traumatic injury include:

  • Falling on an outstretched arm
  • A direct blow to the shoulder
  • A sudden pull, such as when trying to lift a heavy object
  • A violent overhead reach, such as when trying to stop a fall or slide

Throwing athletes or weightlifters can experience glenoid labrum tears as a result of repetitive shoulder motion.

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