Today I got my Dynamic Movement Assessment results from my physical therapist. She recommended it once my neck was feeling more mobile so we can identify any other imbalances that may be causing the pain in my lower legs.
The test consisted of squats, step ups, hops, and planks. I passed the full squat and prone plank tests with flying colors. However, my single leg squat and hops showed:
Corkscrew deviation, retrotrendelenburg deviation, excessive trunk flexion, and knee adduction to midline 4 times noted which is suggestive of significant gluteus medius weakness as well as possible poor core stability, decreased proprioception, or poor anterior tibialis strength.
Translation: I have a weak ass!
I had the whole office cracking up when I said that but hey, I call it like it is. lol
Overall my score on the test as a whole gave me a moderate risk rating. Meaning: these imbalances can lead to injury.
My PT believes this is why I’m having lower leg and ankle pain while running longer distances. My weaknesses are causing those areas to compensate affecting my form and endurance overall.
Again, there’s a bit of Diagnosis Relief Effect happening here. I’m just happy I now know what to work on to help!
Today she had me doing some lateral exercises and side planks in addition to my neck exercises. She gave me a band so I can work on them at home too. They are such simple movements I’ll be incorporating them while watching my evening TV!
#wycwyc! Am I right? :)
If any of you are experiencing some issues with your workouts or even if you aren’t but have adopted more regular activity in your life I highly recommend seeing a physical therapist and having one of these tests done. As someone who didn’t start exercising until an older age I really had no idea things like this were even an option or how beneficial they could be. I’ve been consistently working/lifting out intensely for about 6 years now and even though I fear calling myself an athlete I am. Treating myself as such will help me prevent injuries so I can keep doing the activities I enjoy doing for as long as possible.
Now I feel really old. Only old people think that that way, right? But it’s true!
I wish I realized it a lot sooner.