Brian Yee

Bio

Brian Yee, PT practices in Atlanta, Georgia working with orthopaedic and sports injuries. Specialties include chronic neck and back pain, nerve rehabilitation, myofascial pain, and extremity injuries. Brian also works with the spectrum of athletes including in the PGA tour, NFL, USTA, triathletes, and Olympians. Brian is an adjunct clinical assistant professor at Mercer University Physical Therapy program, primarily involved in the orthopedic residency curriculum. Publications include book chapters on nerve rehabilitation in Orthopedic Rehabilitation Clinical Advisor by Sueki and Brechter, GOLF magazine, and tennis injury related articles. Brian is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and certified in Intramuscular Manual Therapy.

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  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What exercises can help to alleviate my lower back pain?

    Usually low grade/oscillatory exercises can help alleviate low back pain. This includes stretches such as knees to chest, knees side to side/trunk rotation, prone press ups (like a Cobra position in yoga), pelvic tilts/clocks. Please consult with a qualified health practitioner to assess your causes...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    I have always gotten hurt when I start an exercise program, why is this?

    If that's the case, it is important to consult with a Physical Therapist, Physician, and/or personal trainer that can assess your causes of your injuries. There may be an underlying medical condition, possible muscle imbalance and injury history, as well improper progression/introduction back into...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What can I do to ease back pain?

    Accurate diagnosis of the sources of back pain will indicate the type of treatment you should receive. However, after structural reasons of back pain have been ruled out (such as a herniated disc), the majority of patients are diagnosed with 'non-specific low back pain'.

    What we find clinically is...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    How does posture affect back pain?

    The way you sit and stand significantly affects your back. Especially for prolonged duration, the tissues around the spine experience what clinicians call 'creep phenomenon'.

    Think of a cold piece of taffy. As you hold it, warm it up, and then hold it by its ends, it slowly stretches and lengthens....Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    How are tennis elbow and golfer's elbow treated?

    Depending on what is causing the elbow pain should determine the type of treatment you should receive. Classically overuse of the wrist extensors causes tennis elbow and the wrist flexors causes golfer’s elbow. Soft-tissue massage can alleviate symptoms along with isolated stretching of the muscles.

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  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What are ways to relieve morning back pain?

    Pelvic tilts: Laying on your back with knees bent - rock your pelvis back - flattening your back against the bed and return to neutral, and if it doesn’t bother you progress to arching your back a small amount. Oscillate back and forth.

     

    Knee to chest: Bring one knee up to your chest, stretching your

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  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What is tennis elbow?

    Tennis elbow is traditionally due to repetitive overuse of the forearm musculature, tennis elbow being on the lateral aspect. Tennis elbow is common with people performing repetitive tasks with their hand and arms. This can include manual labor jobs, repetitive typing, or sporting activities.

    Lateral

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  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Is it normal to have knee pain after running?

    It is very common for runners to have knee pain, to say thats normal should not be expected. Running places a huge deman on the legs and trunk. Any muscle imbalance or joint restriction or hypermobility in the gait mechanics can manifest itself by causing increase shearing/torque to the knee and

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  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What can I do to prevent an ACL injury?

    An ACL injury is usually due to the knee going into excessive valgus (knee turning inwards) and/or some type of rotary /pivot force. Many people focus on training the musculature around the knee such as the quad and hamstrings. This does help, but one must also consider the stability of the joints...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    How is plantar fasciitis treated?

    Pain in the arch or heel of your foot is commonly diagnosed as 'plantar fascitis'. However, there are several reasons that can cause pain at the bottom of the foot. Accurate diagnosis of the source of symptoms is needed to direct the proper course of action. This includes:

    Plantar Fascitis: Usually due

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  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Why does my hip hurt?

    There are many reasons why hips can hurt. If significant arhtritis has been ruled out, then usually hip pain is of a mechanical nature. One key thing we see in most hip pain patients is the lack of proper gluteal (buttock) muscle strength. These key muscles provide proper stability: gluteus medius...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What should I do if I feel pain when I do a resistance training exercise?

    It depends on the type of pain you are experiencing. If it is muscle fatigue then thats one thing, if its sharp pain, limiting your motion or causing dysfunction you should discuss with a qualified health practitioner about your training program. Many times experiencing pain with resistance training...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    How does stretching prevent injuries in people who work out?

    Stretching of the proper muscles that are shortened or are in tonic spasm may help restore proper muscle balance. Stretching of muscles that are lengthened or around joints that are hypermobile should be limited. Please consult with a Physical Therapist or other qualified health practitioner that...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    Why can sitting lead to back pain?

    Sitting, especially for a long time, can put undue stress on the lower back structures. There is a clinical term called ‘creep phenomenon’ which is like holding the ends of a piece of taffy and watching it slowly stretch out. Similarly, with prolonged sitting the structures of the lower back can...Read More
  • Brian Yee - city, AK - Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
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    What exercises can help relieve hip pain?

    Typically hip pain patients have restricted hip motion. We usually find the gluteal muscles are restricted with trigger points and fascial tightness.

    1. Use of foam rolls or trigger point balls along the back and side of the hip can release the muscles around the hip.

    2. Lunge stretches to the anterior

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