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Daniel Baumstark
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Owner & physical therapist at PhysioDC of Washington, D.C.
Owner & physical therapist at PhysioDC of Washington, D.C.

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Our patient and favorite medical exercise trainer has been full weight bearing for several weeks. She reports that her hip and lower back pains are decreasing along with her increased acceptance of weight on the surgical leg. Hooray for symmetry!

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Janaye is now past the six (6) week window of non-weight bearing required for her meniscal transplant surgery. She is thrilled to be walking, to say the least.

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It has stood the test of time and is a staple in just about every physical therapy clinic. It is the beloved “clamshell” exercise.

This exercise is relatively simple, portable, safe, and effective in regards to recruiting the often-neglected gluteal muscles. Let’s take a quick look at the start and finish positions of this exercise.

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Despite her brief moment of smiling in the photo, Janaye is “over this.” She self-reports this surgery as the most difficult one that she has had to date. Recall that Janaye has had many, many knee surgeries.

Here are a few interesting points in regards to her progress:

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Our willing subject, Janaye, is now approaching two (2) weeks post-operative meniscal transplant surgery. Overall, she is reporting that things are going well. Her pain levels are under control. 

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One of the medical exercise trainers affiliated with our practice, Janaye, has just undergone a meniscal replacement surgery. We thought (with her permission) that this would be a great opportunity to chronicle what she is going through during her path to recovery.

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For as long as I can remember, I have been addicted to anything that is sweet. My parents tried to raise their children on healthy foods, but I always seemed to find a way to get around it. Secret trips on my bicycle to the general store, eating snacks at friends’ houses after school, and splurging at the school cafeteria were just a few ways that I fed my need for sugar.

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Tennis Elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is a very common problem that involves pain and inflammation along the outer aspect of the elbow. It is arguably one of the most nagging problems that we see here at the clinic, and it is most likely caused by repetitive activities involving extension of the wrist and the fingers.

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The rotator cuff muscles provide stability to the shoulder joint and are responsible for coordination of the fine movements of the shoulder. The rotator cuff muscles originate on the scapula (aka shoulder blade) and taper down into tendons as they attach onto the head of the humerus.

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As a follow up to our previous article entitled “Why Are My Ring Finger and Pinky Finger Numb?” we thought that it would be worth addressing one of the other major nerves that innervates the hand, namely the median nerve.
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