there are consistent similarities that athletes struggling with persistent lateral knee pain share. So for those of you who haven't been able to fix your IT Band problems for years, and for those of you who are looking to try to prevent this kind of problem while running, biking, or CrossFitting in the future...here is exactly what I recommend to my patients...
Episode 2: A Mobility or Stability Problem?
Episode 3: Five of My Favorite Shoulder Position Exercises
Because if we want to have strong, resilient, versatile bodies--bodies that can still do pull-ups at 70 years old, that can pick up and throw our kids in the air without pain well into our 40's and 50's, that can run a sub-7 mile for years on end, that can compete with the best of other CrossFit athletes...
then we have to start with self-awareness and knowing where our current capacities are at...so we can make them better!
"I have an osteophyte," she said, on the verge of tears.
"The doctor told me I have an osteophyte right in the lumbar spine...I'll probably need injections at least, and maybe even surgery."
This patient had been making excellent progress so far. Her back pain had been progressively diminishing over our past few sessions, and she had been noticing significant gains in her ability to do things like lunge down to the ground to play with her pet and walk outside on the local trail. And then she came in after a follow up physician visit to share with me the news of an uninvited, terrifying osteophyte which was now attacking her body.
But here's the thing.
Exercise and I have had a fickle relationship...
You see, my mom would tell you that I learned to walk with a soccer ball on my foot. I’m the youngest of four soccer players. When it came to soccer in our family, my dad was our coach, my older siblings were assistant coaches, and my mom was the manager. When I was five, I got to watch my oldest sister, along with the rest of the Rochester Adams High School soccer team, win the state championship.
Ryan is a wanderlust at heart, and one of (if not THE) most adventurous people I've ever known. He surpassed being an adventure-seeker a long time ago, he's more of an adventure-maker. I reached out to Ryan because he has a unique perspective on health, wellness, and fitness. As a MTB tour guide on the west coast at Moab Cyclery in Moab, Utah. He relies on his health daily to be able to function and perform optimally both out on the trail and while prepping and caring for those he's guiding along the way.