Aquatic Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Lynda Huey Physical Therapy

“Aquatic therapy has made me more independent.”  This is a quote from a former patient who had approximately twelve weeks of aquatic therapy for low back pain.  She had a history of lumbar spine surgery in 2012 but continued to have significant pain and decreased activity tolerance, which eventually put her in a wheelchair.  She had tried land physical therapy …

Lumbar Disc Replacement Surgery Goes Outpatient!

Lynda Huey Physical Therapy

By Lynda Huey At 5 AM on Thursday morning, March 16, 2017, spine surgeon Alex Rasouli, M.D. performed the first outpatient surgery to replace a lumbar disc with an artificial disc at levels L4/L5. Although Dr. Rasouli humbly called it “the first in this area,” a search of the internet and phone calls to leading spine centers in Los Angeles …

Win-Win: Prevention of Hip Surgery or Prehab

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By Robert Klapper, M.D. and Lynda Huey Just as in the world of business, we like to talk about a win-win situation. Working to prevent hip surgery can create several wins for you. The ultimate win, of course, is that you follow the programs in this book, relieve your hip pain and dysfunction, and never need hip surgery of any …

Heal Your Hips: How to Prevent Hip Surgery and What to Do If You Need It

Lynda Huey Physical Therapy

Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Klapper and aquatic rehab specialist Lynda Huey have been collaborating since 1994. That was the year NBA star Dr. Klapper arthroscoped Wilt Chamberlain’s painful hip. Dr. Klapper was one of the pioneers in doing arthroscopic surgery in the hip joint, and Wilt wanted what was then an advanced technique. Wilt told Dr. Klapper he was going to …

Pool Rehab Instead of Knee Surgery

Lynda Huey Athletics, Physical Therapy

Twenty-some years ago, I helped an active woman who lived in Los Angeles stay fit during the last five months of her pregnancy. Her doctor had discovered a meniscus tear in her right knee, but didn’t want to do surgery until after the baby was born. She turned to me and the gorgeous pool in her back yard overlooking the …

Aquatic Therapy Symposium in Brazil

Lynda Huey Athletics, Physical Therapy

The three previous times I went to South America, I changed planes or spent the night in Miami.  This time I was pleased to see there was a 12-hour, non-stop flight from Los Angeles to Sao Paulo.  I took it.  Physical therapist Douglas Gil met me at the airport and as we drove into town, he explained with great pride …

Cool in the Pool: Summertime Cross-Training

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.   Cross-training for your sport in water becomes more and more appealing as the days get hotter during the summer.  You can’t always train in the cool early-morning hours or evening, but you may live somewhere that there simply isn’t a cool time of morning or night.  So on particularly hot days, stay cool in the pool while you …

Meet Sports Orthopedic Surgeon Bert Mandelbaum, M.D.

Lynda Huey Athletics, Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Therapy

How many doctors do you know who have spent time with U.S. Presidents?  How many are so excited about sharks that they fly around the world to scuba dive with them?  And how many have been official USA team doctors at the Olympics and the World Cup?  Well, you may known some that have worked at the Games or World …

10 Rules for Building a Fitness Lifestyle

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Fitness doesn’t come overnight, although it can certainly disappear quickly.  Ask any competitive athlete who was injured how soon they felt out of shape and they’ll tell you it happens within days.  Research shows a loss of both muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness within a week of becoming inactive!  From that, you can see how important it is never to …

Jason Snibbe, M.D. and the Hottest Topic in Orthopedics

Lynda Huey Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Therapy

Chances are, if you are under 50 and experience sudden, sharp hip pain, you’ll eventually hear the name Jason Snibbe.  You may go to an orthopedist in New York, San Francisco, Nashville, Vail, or elsewhere, and you’ll find there’s a close-knit band of young surgeons who are all members of the same group – the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy …

Meet Orthopedic Surgeon, Robert Klapper, M.D.

Lynda Huey Athletics, Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Therapy

This starts a new series about the Top Doctors of Los Angeles.  For the past thirty years, I’ve been interacting with doctors in the L.A. area and helping their patients rehabilitate.  The top doctors very quickly rise into view both from what their patients say about them and from how well the patients do after treatment or surgery. This first …

What to Do If You Sprain Your Ankle

Lynda Huey Athletics, Physical Therapy

An ankle sprain can happen so easily:  jumping up for a rebound and coming down on another player’s foot, stepping in a hole that you didn’t see in the thick grass of a big field, twisting an ankle when stepping off a platform in the gym or an aerobics class.  Collegiate and professional athletes have athletic trainers to help them …

6 Rules for Rehabbing Hamstrings

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Florence Griffith Joyner is the athlete who comes to mind whenever I work with anyone in a pool with a hamstring strain.  Florence was nearly sidelined prior to her huge 1988 Seoul Olympics success with a “pulled” or strained hamstring.  Since she was the fastest woman in the world, she set the bar pretty high as to what was possible …

When You Can’t Run on Land

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When you can’t run on land, you CAN run in the water. And you, like hundreds of skeptical world-class athletes before you, will change your mind about the pool being for sissies once you feel the power of water.  Here are a few of the top runners who have benefited from my program: Mary Decker Slaney was America’s premier middle-distance …

Common Golf Injuries

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You’re outdoors at dawn, the golf course looks beautiful in the sunrise and the grass smells great, but pain distracts you.  Here are some helpful quick fixes for while you’re on the links. Back Pain: Bend your knees when retrieving your ball Considering using a putter with a longer shaft Slow down the backswing to reduce rotational stress on the …

Stay Off That Foot!! (And Stay Fit While It Heals)

Lynda Huey Athletics, Physical Therapy

Injury often strikes suddenly and wipes out your sports plans.  It happens all the time to runners who increase speed while training for races.  It happens to basketball players as the season starts to heat up.  And it can happen to you when you’re feeling in great shape for tennis, soccer, baseball, volleyball or any other recreational activity.  Maybe you …

How to Prevent Knee Surgery for a Meniscus Tear

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If your doctor just told you that you have a torn meniscus and you need knee arthroscopy, you may decide you want to do more research before going straight into the operating room.  What to do about a meniscus tear depends on the kind of tear, the location of the tear, and the quality of the meniscus that is left.  …