Knee pain is one of the most common symptoms with running and accounts for about half of running-related injuries. If you are a runner who is experiencing knee symptoms or you are a runner who wants to prevent future injuries, there are several ways you can reduce impact or load on the knee joint. One of the most common causes of movement impairment in running is lack of control or strength of the hip extensors, which can ultimately lead to knee pain.


Even with ligamentous and muscular support in place, the hip is a common area that is susceptible to pain and irritation. While there is no singular explanation for hip pain aside from direct trauma, we can point to a myriad of different causes associated with pain, such as faulty movement patterns, imbalances within the body due to underlying muscle weaknesses, or abnormal joint motion within the hip or neighboring areas of the body, such as the low back.

Please Welcome Jari, the Newest Member of the Thrive Team

Hello Everyone! My name is Jari Haile and I’m so excited to be joining the team at Thrive Integrated Physical Therapy! With experienced and skilled clinicians, amazing patients and a beautiful clinic located in downtown, what more could I ask for! I am an east coast native – born and raised in Maryland. After high school, I moved to Pittsburgh to study Athletic Training at Duquesne University. I was ready to trade in the east coast winters for the sunny beaches of Los Angeles, so I moved across the country to obtain my Doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. After practicing in healthcare for nearly a decade, I decided to move back east and relocate to New York City. People often ask me, “Why in the world would you leave Los Angeles?” Being from Maryland, I always felt as if the east coast was calling for me. I missed the hustle and bustle, the daily interactions with new people, and most of all the proximity to my family. However, there are things that I dearly miss about LA: nearly perfect weather year-round, easy access to amazing hiking trails and mountains, and an abundance of delicious international […]

The Physical Challenges of Curling

When the winter Olympics showcases Curling there’s always an uptick of interest in the sport. Being married to a US Senior National Curling Champion, I’m always intrigued, and have considered trying it, but I don’t want to (literally) hit the ice. Although Curing can appear sort of silly, with all that sweeping of the ice, it’s actually QUITE physically and mentally challenging. It’s literally a game of “chess on ice,” both brawn and brain are required for a successful outcome! On top of strategy and teamwork, you need strength, cardiovascular endurance, balance and flexibility to successfully compete. First, a little about the game:  There are 2 teams of 4 players or in the newer mixed doubles game, 2 players, that “deliver” or slide a 42lb granite stone across a sheet of ice toward a circular target of concentric circles dubbed “the house.” Points are scored for getting these rocks closest to the house’s center with both teams throwing stones in “ends” which are similar to baseball innings. Each game consists of 8-10 ends. Each team throws their stones trying to get as many rocks into the center while knocking their opponents rocks out, similar to shuffleboard. But why do they […]

Snowboarding: Pregame Warm-Up

Winter is here and we have finally had our first real snow! With more snow on the horizon in the next few months, more and more people will be hitting the slopes and snowboarding. While it’s great to head out there and have fun, it’s equally as important to do some activities that prepare you for the challenges associated with snowboarding to limit your risk of injury. Whether you’ve been snowboarding forever or this is your first time, a good routine will help keep you on the slopes enjoying winter longer. In this post, New York City based Physical Therapist Philippe Corbanese, PT, DPT, will go over a warm-up routine that will target the most commonly used muscles in the sport. When snowboarding, the most commonly engaged muscles are your core, quads, calves and shins. You need to be able to get up from low surfaces, rock back and forth, rotate from your core, and get up from a forward and a backward position. The following is a list of the exercises Philippe would recommend as a warm-up routine to be performed prior to heading out. These exercises do not need to be performed in the order listed. And, as […]

Let’s Get Technical: Ankle Sprains

At some point in your life you may have rolled and sprained your ankle. It’s the most common athletic injury in the U.S. with an estimated 30,000 sprains occurring each year. Whether your sprain is due to tripping in a pothole (my specialty), cutting and pivoting to hit a tennis ball, running, or falling in high heels, it’s essential to completely rehabilitate your ankle to avoid a progression to chronic ankle instability (CAI).

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: Fit Tip #3

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so for the rest of the month we will be bringing you simple fitness tips to keep you moving free from injury. A photo posted by Thrive Integrated PT (@thriveptnyc) on May 26, 2016 at 7:53am PDT Tip #3 STICK TO A SCHEDULE Set aside a time which suits you and stick to it! Try writing it into your calendar and don’t move it. After a few short weeks of sticking to the plan it will become an easy part of your daily routine.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: Fit Tip #2

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so for the rest of the month we will be bringing you simple fitness tips to keep you moving free from injury.   A photo posted by Thrive Integrated PT (@thriveptnyc) on May 23, 2016 at 4:45am PDT   Tip #2 START OUT SLOWLY Although your ego may want you to push yourself further experts say to listen to your body. They recommend starting with light weights and gradually building up. The same goes with running and walking. Start with short distances then gradually build up the distance as your muscles get used to the activity.

National Physical Fitness and Sports Month: Fit Tip #1

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, so for the rest of the month we will be bringing you simple fitness tips to keep you moving and free from injury.   A photo posted by Thrive Integrated PT (@thriveptnyc) on May 17, 2016 at 8:20am PDT   TIP #1 FORM: It’s important to use proper form during an exercise to ensure the right muscles are being worked during the exercise and to avoid injury. Try scheduling a session with a physical therapist or a trainer to learn how to do certain exercises properly and how to use machines correctly.

Encouraging Multi-Sport Participation in Youth Athletics

The appeal of having your child specialize in a specific sport has been ever increasing in recent years. Some of this has been spurned by Malcolm Gladwell’s book Outliers which states that in order to be an expert at an activity one must log at least 10,000 hours of deliberate practice. Many parents encourage their children to specialize early on without the knowledge of the risks that are involved. For some, success in a sport is seen as a channel through which they can advance and potentially earn a scholarship to attend college. Before choosing a specific sport for your child it is imperative to familiarize yourself with the positives and negatives of doing so. Although the majority of parents know that children should have a balanced exercise and recreational activity regime they frequently set that aside in fear that their child with “fall behind” those that are specializing. As a parent, I completely understand that fear but with the facts shared in this blog I hope to change your mind set. When making the decision for your child to specialize one must take into account the physical, emotional and social costs to children who play a specific sport. SOME […]