A Deeper Look into “Conservative Treatment” for FAI
Introduction to Personalized Hip Therapy and Conservative Treatment for FAI Femoracetabular Impingement (“FAI”) is a near and dear topic for us[...]
Mattress firmness: firm, soft, medium? How to choose the right bed
You just want a good night's sleep.Maybe your bed is super old. Maybe you're 99% sure that your current bed is[...]
Get a Deep Squat? Why bone shapes don’t matter and how to get deeper
There is an infinite number of different angles and positions you can put your legs in relative to your pelvis.[...]
Is Arthoscopic Hip Surgery for FAI better than physical therapy?
New Study Compares Arthroscopic Surgery for FAI to Conservative TreatmentIn a recent study, researchers compared the effectiveness of arthroscopic surgery[...]
How to get rid of pain in the TFL (tensor fascia lata)
Do you feel an achy, dull, annoying pain in the side of your hip that’s been there for months or[...]
PRP injections – are they worth it for hip, knee, or shoulder pain?
If you have hip pain, are PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections worth it? Will PRP injections help with knee or shoulder[...]
Why am I in chronic pain? The perspective that helped me heal
When you’re suffering with chronic pain, you search for meaning in it. Why am I in chronic pain? Why do[...]
#40 – How to get more flexible even if you think you cannot
Mitch has been inflexible (a tinman) as long as he can remember. His run-in with chronic pain as a young[...]
Why Health is Countercultural (and how to be healthy and fit)
Environment effects health This morning I had a REAL conversation with a client. She's been digging into understanding and exploring[...]
How do you fix repetitive strain and overuse injuries?
If you’ve been told you have a repetitive strain injury (RSI), you may have been told that rest is the[...]
Femoral acetabular impingement: what you need to know and what your doctor won’t tell you
If you’ve been told you have femoroacetabular impingement (FAI, femoral acetabular impingement, or hip impingement), you have probably heard that[...]
#37 – Why Americans pay so much for drugs and medical services
The same pill could cost you $1 or $10. The same medical procedure could cost you $400 or $4000. Healthcare[...]
Episode #36: The 4 1/2 Mental Mistakes Keeping You in Pain
Are you suffering with chronic pain? Could you be making mental mistakes that are leading to this suffering? Listen in[...]
Hip impingement surgery – can you return to sports and other activities?
A 2018 study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine claims that surgery for hip impingement is VERY successful. It[...]
#32 – Blowing up back pain B.S. with Cathryn Jakobson Ramin
Do stem cell or PRP injections work for back pain? What do X-rays and MRIs really mean for your spine?[...]
Shoulder Labral Tears: What you need to know and what your doctor won’t tell you
Why are shoulder labral tears important to talk about? Shoulder pain is extremely common. A 2003 study in the Netherlands[...]
#29 – The message you aren’t hearing from your doctor
Chronic pain sufferers often get conflicting information from doctors and other experts. One doctor tells you this surgery is the[...]
The FADIR test – the insane truth about this hip pain test
We work with a lot of clients who have been told they have hip impingement (otherwise known as femoroacetabular impingement[...]
Hip impingement: how does hip surgery compare with physical therapy?
We’ve talked about hip impingement, the success rates for FAI surgery, and even if surgery is worth it. But what[...]
My FAI Story – Part 1: The two big reasons why I didn’t get surgery
Thinking about surgery for hip impingement? Years ago, I met online with a young attorney named Maks in New York[...]
How do you relax tight muscles? What to do when you’re stuck and stiff
We’ve all been there. Maybe after a hard workout or some stressful weeks, your muscles are tight. You’ve had massages,[...]
Hip injection for FAI and labral tears: is it worth it? Is it accurate?
Are you considering a hip injection to test for femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)? Has a hip surgeon told you he can[...]
Special Tests for Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) are medically misleading
If you have hip pain, and you've been told you have femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), you may have had a series[...]
Femoroacetabular impingement surgery: why doctors believe it works
If you’ve been diagnosed with femoroacetabular impingement (FAI), or hip impingement, you may have been told that surgery is the[...]
Shoulder pain and X-rays – do shoulder x-rays mean anything?
You've got shoulder pain. Should you get a shoulder X-ray? Is what you see in a shoulder X-ray useful? What[...]
Ted Hsu, Former Canadian Member of Parliament (no relation to Matt Hsu!)
Last year I was struggling with a shoulder injury caused by exercise and my motion was significantly restricted. Jumping jacks,[...]
Hip labral tears: what you need to know and what your doctor won’t tell you
Why are hip labral tears important to talk about? Hip pain is becoming an extremely common complaint in this age[...]
Injuries, surgeries, and hip pain recovery: life after the NFL
Today we are looking at the story of BK - his life during and after the NFL, and how hip[...]
The best shoulder stability exercise you aren’t doing
There are a lot of people out there with painful shoulders searching for that magic shoulder stability exercise. As someone[...]
How to setup your ergonomic workstation in a hotel
These days, a lot of us travel for work. Business consultants, software engineers, and even trainers like me find ourselves[...]
Does shoulder impingement surgery work for shoulder pain and mobility issues?
If you’ve been told you have Shoulder Impingement that needs to be surgically repaired, you may have a lot of[...]
Shoulder pain from labral tears: are labral tears really causing the problem?
When you have shoulder pain, often doctors will have you get an MRI. They want to see if a labral[...]
The worst home shoulder pain remedy ever: what not to do!
I know how frustrating shoulder issues can be. And I know sometimes out of frustration people make bad choices. I[...]
When should you get surgery for your back, shoulder, knee, hip, etc. pain?
As a corrective exercise trainer and an orthopedic massage therapist, I talk with a lot of people with chronic pain.[...]
Does surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome actually work?
If you’ve been diagnosed with Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), and someone has suggested surgery to you, you may be a bit[...]
A Big Lesson From Orthorexia: When Good Eating Goes Bad
or·tho·rex·i·a || an obsession with eating foods that one considers healthyFor a period of time at the very beginning of[...]
How effective is shoulder surgery for common shoulder pain problems?
If you have shoulder pain, you may be seriously considering surgery to correct your problem. And you're probably asking yourself, does shoulder[...]
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Is it a bone problem that needs a surgical solution?
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome: Is it a bone problem that needs a surgical solution? You head to the doctor because you[...]
Another study on the success of surgery for FAI (not good news for patients)
When people are considering surgery for femoroacetabular impingement, they often hear some extraordinarily positive predictions of success. I had one[...]
Why principles matter more than your diet when it comes to weight loss (and life)
I gave a lecture today about the concept of "principles over methods." Principles should drive your understanding and execution in everything.[...]
X-rays and MRI’s on the shoulder: the truth about shoulder pain
If you have shoulder pain, you may have been told that you have an issue that's caused by something you[...]
Is Surgery My Only Option for My Rotator Cuff Tear?
You’ve been told you have a rotator cuff tear, and you are scared that your shoulder is going to hurt[...]
Surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome – Is It Worth It?
Maybe you've been told you have Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS). Maybe you've got numb, cold, tingling hands, and you can't seem[...]
How to maintain arm strength even with a shoulder problem
You’ve got shoulder problems, and you want to improve your comfort levels - BUT you don’t want to lose the[...]
Pain while trying to lift your arm out to the side?
I was working with a client the other day who has had years of issues with his shoulder. At seemingly[...]
Constant hand, wrist, and elbow pain made life nearly unbearable
Anyone who knew me in the last two years of high school and the last two years of college knew that[...]
How to Shop for a Pilates Class That Will Help (not Hurt) Your Posture
This is a guest post by Zeena Dhalla. Zeena Dhalla is a Certified Posture Specialist and self-proclaimed posture geek. She specializes[...]
Getting diagnosed with FAI – does the diagnostic process make sense?
Femoracetabular impingement - also known as hip impingement - has become the go-to diagnosis for anyone who has hip pain and range[...]
Why learn self-massage? Why the science doesn’t matter (that much), and why not everyone needs to do it
There are a lot of things you have to learn to keep your body happy. Whether you're an athlete, a[...]
A review of the Bodycraft F660 Hip Sled – one of our new favorite training toys
We are quite happy with the Bodycraft F660 Hip Sled. A few months ago, we got a new piece of equipment at[...]
What do you need to do to fix anterior tilt? Should you squat and deadlift?
As personal trainers, we see anterior pelvic tilt a lot. And as a result of our YouTube videos on different approaches[...]
How do you get rid of your hunchback? An exercise to improve hunchback posture
You look at yourself in the mirror. You turn to the side. You see the scourge of the 21st century.[...]
What are real success rates for surgery for femoroacetabular impingement?
When you do research on FAI surgery, you often come across numbers that sound spectacular. You find claims that the[...]
Bias in early femoroacetabular impingement research
I've been doing a lot of digging and reading lately, so I wanted to share some quick findings in terms[...]
Are hip injections 90% reliable for finding the cause of hip pain?
Why am I talking about hip injections?In a previous post, I shared an orthopedic physician's objections to what we've been talking about[...]
#25 – What absorbs impact? Is it your cartilage? Your bones?
In today's episode, Matt discusses the prevailing ideas of how our bodies absorb impact and how these ideas affect the[...]
Diagnostic injections and femoroacetabular impingement
If you suspect you have hip pain from feomoroacetabular impingement, you may be considering a hip injection. Should you get[...]
Does an alternative explanation for femoral acetabular impingement make sense?
A while back, I made this video to provide a preliminary outline of my ideas about hip pain and the recently[...]
Is femoroacetabular impingement something to worry about?
A while back, I started looking into femoroacetabular impingement because I started reading about it and hearing about in hockey[...]
#15 – Does hip surgery actually improve your quality of life?
Find out how flawed measurements of improvement in hip surgery patients make hip surgery seem like a great idea. Resources:[...]
Torn About Your Meniscus?: My Experience with Knee Surgery
(From Matt: I'm pleased to welcome Naushad Godrej (AKA "Naush") to the Upright Health family. Naush has recently made a[...]
#9 – Can your quadriceps save your knee from arthritis?
Why does everyone think quadriceps strength will stop knee pain? Find out how this idea got popular and why the[...]
#3 – Posture. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing?
Is good posture actually good? Does it really matter whether you have good posture? What does posture tell you about[...]
#2 – Why you shouldn’t meditate AND the binary nature of your body
In today's episode, learn why meditation is good for your mind but might not be for your body, and discover[...]
Does a pistol grip deformity (cam impingement) mean you will get arthritis?
As I continue to go through a long list of research studies on femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), I keep coming[...]
The ridiculous truth about femoral acetabular impingement diagnoses
A while back, I wrote a long post about femoral acetabular impingement (FAI) and how I think the diagnosis sounds[...]
Julia T., Associate Dean at Stanford Medical School
I have a job that requires me to sit in meetings and at a computer for long periods of time,[...]
Why I don’t buy FAI: a personal look at femoral acetabular impingement.
I recently watched Coach Kevin Neeld’s DVD set on mobility. He’s an intelligent coach and trainer with education in a[...]
Is massage always good for neck and shoulder pain?
If you've ever had aches and pains in your neck and shoulders, you have probably been told that you need[...]
Are standing desks the solution to all your problems?
These days standing desks are all the rage in ergonomics. Everyone and his or her mother is asking for a[...]
Terry nixes the back pain and gets his golf swing back
After years of constant pain, four sessions of Rolfing® Structural Integration and a few months of consistent adherence to a[...]
If a muscle feels tight, does it need to be stretched?
One of the most challenging and confusing parts of training a person (or yourself) to be able to move better[...]
How I insulted Stuart McGill and learned what a herniated disk feels like
I was at the Perform Better Summit in Long Beach this past weekend, and I had the pleasure of sitting[...]
Rolfing, Chinese weightlifters, and what I didn’t know I didn’t know
When I first became a Rolfer and subsequently started studying with Egoscue University, it was because I had a certain[...]
An exercise to reactivate your hamstrings, reduce hip popping, and wake up your feet
During the dark days of my life when I was “resting” my injuries and waiting for the heavens to rain[...]
Something you should never do for a shoulder injury
In junior year of college at UCLA, I went snowboarding with a buddy in Big Bear. We both liked barreling[...]
Will Rolfing Structural Integration help with knee pain?
People seek out Rolfing® Structural Integration for all kinds of painful conditions, not least of which is pain in or[...]
A couple Egoscue exercises that can be a big help with shoulder issues
If you've got shoulder pain this short routine may be helpful for you. It's a pretty low-demand routine, so it[...]
How do you foam roll adductor brevis and pectineus?
Okay, most people don't sit around on the weekend wondering "is it possible to foam roll adductor brevis or pectineus?"[...]
What’s the proper height for your computer monitor?
One of the most common ailments for the modern worker is chronic tension in the back of the neck and[...]
4 posture improving stretches you can do while on the road
If you've ever complained that you don't have time to do stretches or exercises while you're traveling on business or[...]
Hunchbacks hurt your shoulders — why this Rolfer is tired of your rotator cuff problem
It gets old hearing that rotator cuffs are the source of all shoulder problems. Nobody ever talks about how other[...]
Hard to walk up and down stairs? A non-deadly effect of long-term sitting
If you've seen the studies on sitting reducing your life expectancy, you know that sitting a lot isn't great for[...]
What does good posture look like to a Rolfer and a personal trainer?
As a Rolfer and corrective exercise specialist, I think about and talk about posture a lot. But it's one thing[...]
Kinesis keyboards – the perfect ergonomic gift for the office worker
Even though I do a lot more standing, squatting, leaning, balancing, and walking around than most people get to do[...]
What can you learn from an NHL goalie about stretching?
As many of you know, I like getting hit by pucks in my spare time. I was reading an article[...]
Why Strength Training, Not Surgery, Is Probably the Solution to Shoulder Clicking and Popping
If you have snapping, popping, and other cracking noises in your shoulders, you might be wondering what’s causing these sounds[...]
Do orthotics relieve foot, knee, hip, and/or back pain?
People with foot, knee, hip, and/or back pain are often told that they need orthotics. Whether it's the doctor, chiropractor,[...]
Sue beat her hip pain and walked away from pain killers
Sue wasn't able to walk anymore because her right hip and knee hurt too much. She didn't know what to[...]
San Diego’s Doctors and Surgeons want to improve their posture too
When I was younger, I used to think that everyone in the medical world was immune to pain. I spent[...]
A simple technique to help when you’re frustrated with your progress
Getting out of pain can take time. You might feel frustrated at times. When those times hit, it's important to[...]
Weekend warrior? Why acetaminophen might not be a great idea.
A lot of people have their favorite pain killers. But if you like being able to breathe well, you might[...]
Plantar fasciitis and its treatments don’t make sense
Imagine waking up in the morning, putting your foot down on the floor, and feeling like someone had replaced your[...]
Sleeping on a bad shoulder is like rocks rubbing together
I was lying in bed the other night on my side, and I realized just how far my body has[...]
Will surgery on the wrist really fix a wrist problem?
Carpal tunnel. Scary words. Everyone knows what it means at this point. But do you know what carpal tunnel surgery[...]
Research says surgery is not the answer to knee osteoarthritis
If you've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, and your doctor and your friends and family have been putting[...]
Rest, Ice, Pills (R.I.P.) doesn’t work for bursitis
If you've ever been medically diagnosed with "bursitis" in your hip or your shoulder, you have come across the mysterious[...]
Nix those nagging running injuries in one easy step
If you suffer from aches and pains in your feet, ankles, shins, calves knees, hips, and back as a result[...]
Medical Imaging for Diagnoses: Not all it’s cracked up to be
It's one thing for alternative health practitioners to proclaim that standard medical procedures are no good for your health, but[...]