Rehabilitative Exercise Library

One of the most frequent questions I am asked is “What stretch can I do, Dr. Nick?”  Remembering that this is generic advice and that you should always consult a health-care practitioner (like me!) before engaging on any exercise program, here are some important take-home points:

  1. A stretch is not what you may need!  You may indeed require strength, balance, proprioceptive or stability training.  A stretch may make your condition worse!
  2. Exercises don’t really help too much with pain, but they are critical for the strengthening part of your injury rehabilitation and are good for prevention as well.
  3. In general, once an injury has rehabilitated, one’s exercise program should incorporate all aspects of fitness training – flexibility, strength, balance, etc.  If not, then these exercises can complement the lacking areas.

Here is a link to a fantastic exercise library.  If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Here are some specific exercises for the hamstring and posterior chain of muscles, a commonly weak area for most people.