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Do You Know Why You Have Back Pain? Here’s How You Can Find Out Is the source of your low back pain a mystery?

You’re Not Alone Nine out of 10 patients don't know the primary cause of their back pain. The problem is that most people seek treatment after they’ve begun exhibiting symptoms of back pain. While this may seem logical on the surface, we’re here to tell you that there’s a better way. The key is to [...]

By | September 19th, 2018|Health, physical therapy|Comments Off on Do You Know Why You Have Back Pain? Here’s How You Can Find Out Is the source of your low back pain a mystery?

Risk Factors for ACL Injuries

 ACL Injuries You’ve likely seen ACL injuries happen, or you’ve heard about it: the dreaded audible “pop” followed by an athlete collapsing to the ground, clutching their knee. These are the tell-tale signs of an ACL tear that we see all too often in sports involving cutting, pivoting, and dynamic change in direction. Most ACL [...]

By | August 31st, 2018|Fitness, Health, physical therapy|Comments Off on Risk Factors for ACL Injuries

Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish’s Elbow Injury

Cub's Pitcher on the Disabled List Just when some excitement started to brew with Yu Darvish’s return for the 2018 playoffs, Yu has been placed on the Cub’s disabled list yet again this year. All it took was one inning and 19 pitches in his “rehab start” in the minor leagues for him to realize [...]

By | August 22nd, 2018|Health, physical therapy|Comments Off on Chicago Cubs: Yu Darvish’s Elbow Injury

Common Overuse,  Lower Leg Injuries in the Runner

Plantar Fasciitis, Medial Tibial Stress Syndrome, and Achilles Tendinopathy in runners are all often caused by training errors and poor mechanics throughout the kinetic chain and are common running injuries. Increased mileage without proper training, without proper shoes, over-striding, and over-pronation could be the end of your running season. Pronation and Supination Common [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|Fitness, Health, physical therapy|Comments Off on Common Overuse,  Lower Leg Injuries in the Runner

Team Success Story

Team Success Story "Stephanie was pivotal in preparing me for the aftermath of sustaining an ACL injury" "I became a patient of Stephanie Ferro, DPT, in August 2018 when I was being treated for shoulder pain. She was able to pinpoint what was causing the pain and provided a successful treatment plan.  A few months later, I [...]

By | July 2nd, 2018|Fitness, Health, physical therapy|Comments Off on Team Success Story

Pups – Your Best Fitness Pal: 5 Reasons How a Dog Can Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Warm weather is FINALLY here for running! Even though Chicago has been seeing its fair share of rainy days, the temperature is up and here to stay (for a couple months at least). Take full advantage of these summer months by amping up your run, getting outside, and increasing your overall happiness. Now that race [...]

By | June 13th, 2018|Cardio, Fitness, Health|Comments Off on Pups – Your Best Fitness Pal: 5 Reasons How a Dog Can Improve Your Mental and Physical Health

Golfer’s Elbow? Tennis Elbow? What’s the difference? And why do I have this injury if I am not an athlete?  

Medial and/or Lateral epicondylitis Both injuries involve the muscles and tendons of your forearm, and can cause significant pain and frustration with difficulty completing daily routine, sport and leisure.  Epicondylitis is the irritation of tendons that attach to the epicondyle - part of the bone on the inside (medial) or outside (lateral) part of the [...]

By | May 23rd, 2018|Fitness, physical therapy|Comments Off on Golfer’s Elbow? Tennis Elbow? What’s the difference? And why do I have this injury if I am not an athlete?  

Massage Therapy:  Effective in Alleviating Muscle Spasms and Cramps

Any  runner at one point or another has had a varying degree of a muscle spasm or a cramp.  Spasms are painful and uncontrollable in the moment. Sometimes they can take your breath away.  Soft tissue manual therapy is an effective technique to relieve spasms and the soreness caused from them.   Spasms Defined A [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Fitness, Health|Comments Off on Massage Therapy:  Effective in Alleviating Muscle Spasms and Cramps

Summer Fun Runs

Spring into summer and sign up for a 5k!  After the long and cold winter in Chicago it can be difficult to find the motivation to start working out again.  One of the best ways to help kick start your training is by signing up for a race.  Below is a list of TFI’s best [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|Cardio, Fitness, Health|Comments Off on Summer Fun Runs

ITBFS and PFPS in the Runner

Overtime, with increased mileage, less than optimal mechanics,  and inadequate recovery there is often tissue failure resulting in an injury.  “Runner’s knee” is not one condition. Runner’s, let’s chat about your knee pain…”   ITBFS and PFPS in the Runner Training errors are believed to be one of the most common causes of overuse injuries. [...]

By | April 18th, 2018|Fitness, Health|Comments Off on ITBFS and PFPS in the Runner