Rick Olderman

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  • Denver, CO

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  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    How can I prevent knee and hip pain from a sedentary lifestyle?

    To help prevent knee pain when sitting, periodically check how you are bearing weight while sitting in your chair. Is one cheek loaded more than another? Is one leg rotated inward? Does one hip seem to be more hiked up than the other? When bending down to sit, are one or both knees collapsing in?

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  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    What can cause neck pain and headaches in women?

    For women, there are two issues that particularly contribute to shoulder and therefore neck problems and headaches. The first is an ill-fitting bra with straps that loop over the outer shoulder or where the collar bone meets the scapula. To understand how this affects scapular positioning, hold your...Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    What is Pilates?

    Pilates is a method of exercising using springs for tension; it can also be taught as a mat class, similar to yoga. Pilates can be a safe method for strengthening the body in the presence of an injury. Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    What can I do to ease back pain?

    Back pain treatment is dependent on the causes. Not all back pain is caused by the same thing. You must be individually assessed for your back pain and given a plan of treatment according to the issues that are found causing it. Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    How can I help prevent knee pain while exercising?

    While running, working on an elliptical machine, cycling, or rowing, notice whether one or both knees tend to collapse inward and correct it. It may be time to slow down or reduce resistance to fix the mechanics of your movement. Once corrected, you can gradually increase weight or speed again as

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  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    How does posture affect back pain?

    Some people's posture is too erect while others' are too slouching. Both can contribute to back pain. Often these variations in posture have more to do with our idea of how we should be standing or sitting, or at least what we think is more comfortable. Because our posture is something we adopt uncons

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  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    What exercises can help relieve knee pain?

    If you find an exercise that feels good, then do it as often as you can. Trust your body, it knows what it likes! In particular, stretches should always feel good.

    During the first week or two, I typically begin with stretches such as All-Fours Rocking Stretch (passively restores normal hip mechanics)

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  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    What causes tennis elbow and golfer's elbow?

    Nothing in the body works in isolation. This holds true for tennis and golfer's elbow. Often elbow pain is a response to a series of problems beginning with the shoulder blade. When the shoulder blade is not functioning well the arm bone (humerus) then rests and moves abnormally. The forearm then...Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    What are treatments for acute back pain?

    I often hear clients say they've "thrown out" their backs. This phrase is applied to sudden, crippling pain caused by any number of factors that often relate to vertebrae that are moving too much. In my experience, manipulation or mobilization of the spine only adds to the problem. Stabilization...Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    How can I relieve severe back pain?

    To relieve your worst back pain, lie on your back with your knees bent and lower legs propped up on a chair or stool. Place ice under your lower back and/or take an anti-inflammatory medication if it is safe for you to do so. Remain in this position and just try to relax and let the irritated nerves...Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    Can I get tennis elbow if I do not play tennis?

    Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is an inflammatory issue resulting from poor upper extremity mechanics beginning with the shoulder blade and arm bone and resulting in poor forearm function. Therefore any activity can create this issue, even typing! Read More
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    I just finished delivering a keynote speech and two hands-on clinics at the first annual Yoga Source conference in Simi Valley, CA this past weekend. What a...Full Post
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
    Rick Olderman has posted a blog entry:
    I was recently working with a woman with a 20-year history of back pain and who had thrown it out in December of 2015, 3 months ago. His MRI showed...Full Post
  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    How is plantar fasciitis treated?

    Like any area of the body, you must first understand why your plantar fascia is irritated. There are several possible causes of stress to this tissue: 1. the overall mobility of the foot into pronation or supination, 2. footstrike patterns, 3. the structural nature of the femurs (retroversion or

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  • Rick Olderman - Denver, CO - Physical Therapy
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    How can the way I move cause me chronic pain?

    Most chronic pain is the result of years of poor movement habits -- habits that have taken on the guise of "natural" movement, even though these are actually unnatural and harmful habits (also called movement dysfunctions or movement faults). For instance, you will discover that many people who e...Read More