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When it’s “Foot & Ankle” day in sports medicine class 😂 #AnatomyLesson #DryErase

⚠️ KNEES COLLAPSE WITH SQUATS?
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✔ Let's talk about it. The fancy term is knee valgus, or perhaps even dynamic valgus. I used the term "collapse" in the title because I feel that's how people often refer to it, although I fully recognize that the word elicits some very negative imagery. Something that I get asked a lot in the clinic is "what do I do to help my knees not collapse with squatting"? The person is referring to the knees going into valgus, or essentially pointing towards each other during movement.
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🎈 Now a huge caveat here. Dynamic valgus doesn't inherently mean your knees are doomed. Nor is it something to freak out over. Often times, some extremely strong weight lifters and Olympic lifters have great degrees of valgus. Squatting is individually specific, and is impossible to 100% characterize with universal principles. (Shameless shout out to my "everyone squats differently post")
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💡 That said if someone has pain with squatting or some knee issues, often times improving hip control can be of benefit. The context is very important in this case, as not every instance needs "correcting." In my view however, it never hurts to improve your movement control.
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⚪ Video demo of Dynamic Valgus
⚪ Valgus Squat Drill
⚪ Partner Assist Reactive Drill
📈 Use the squat drill before squatting as movement prep. Attach a resistance band to the squat rack, with the band pulling you into more valgus. The partner drill is a fun way to play around with dynamic control and to challenge different angles that would be difficult to achieve  with just the band attached to an object.
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🌈 The More You Know... Follow the Movement
Nick Helton @Dr.Nick.DPT

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During a break in a drawing demonstration at Orange Coast College the instructor joins me on the model stand to find some interesting anatomical features to point out to the class. Meanwhile the entire class is gathered at one end of the room so that they can watch the drawing demo and pay attention to the anatomy lesson. Fun fun for everyone involved including myself. #artmodel #figuredrawing #drawingdemo #anatomylesson

During a drawing demonstration at Orange Coast College the instructor stops her drawing to point out some anatomical points of interest. #artmodel #figuredrawing #drawingdemonstration #figuremodel #anatomylesson

LIGAMENTS
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Multiple ligaments support the uterus and are comprised of a unique mix of muscle and fibrous tissue that allow the ligaments to grow with the womb during pregnancy.
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The broad ligament is a sheet that attaches the uterus, ovaries, and Fallopian tubes to the pelvis. If the broad ligament is tight the baby's kicks can produce some pain and the sensation that they are kicking the ribs.
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The uterosacral ligaments connect the cervix to the sacrum and function to hold the uterus in place. Tightness in this ligament can cause issues with engagement during labor and the urge to push before the cervix is fully dilated. ⠀⠀ .
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The round ligaments originate at the top of the uterus and connect deep in the pelvis all the way to the labia majora. These ligaments stretch considerably during pregnancy, going from short and thick to very long and thin. This stretching can be the cause of some serious pain during pregnancy, often described as a "zing." A common trigger of this pain is rolling over in bed when the belly isn't supported.
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Keeping the ligaments supporting the uterus happy during pregnancy facilitates good fetal position and engagement during labor. The best way to do this is to practice good posture throughout pregnancy, to perform body balancing exercises, and to receive bodywork (in case you needed a reason to book a massage).
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CERVIX
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The cervix is the bottom portion and outlet of the uterus. While a part of the uterus, I think it deserves it's own post for all the focus it gets during childbirth!
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The cervix is typically 2-3 centimeters long and extends into the vagina. The cervix and vaginal together make up the birth canal.
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During pregnancy, the cervix is tightly closed to keep the baby safe and the amniotic fluid inside. A mucus plug forms at the cervical os (opening) to keep harmful bacteria and sperm out of the uterus. This plug is lost before or during labor as the cervix begins to dilate.
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The cervix dilates or stretches during labor to 10 centimeters. While dilation gets the most attention, the cervix must also efface and soften during labor for the baby to be born. Effacement refers to how thin the cervix is and is measured as a percentile from the starting point of about 2-3cm. The softening of the cervix is subjective and is measured as firm, medium, or soft. A provider performing a cervical check will be assessing all of these changes. As labor progresses, the cervix will continue to soften, efface, and dilate to the point when the baby is able to pass through the birth canal.
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There is so much more interesting information about the cervix! Expect follow up posts in the future.
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📷: @duvet_days
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