Potomac Physical Medicine Tag

Get to Know Your Body   Athletes know their bodies well.  Whether you are a runner, triathlete, CrossFit athlete, mixed martial arts fighter or combatives/tactical athlete, these tips are for you.   The biggest single key to completing a major athletic event like a marathon or full Ironman half...

by Dr. Matt Fontaine   A human takes an average of 2000 steps to walk one mile.  That is a significant number of repetitive movements.  What happens if poor joint movement and muscle imbalance are causing you to bare weight unevenly?  These faults can cause overload and...

WHY YOU SHOULDN’T ALWAYS STRETCH? “After an injury tissues heal, but muscles learn, they readily develop habits of guarding that outlast the injury” Janet Travell Have you ever had a muscle group that was perpetually tight and despite all your efforts at stretching, they  remain stiff?  Muscles...

by Dr. Matt Fontaine   On almost a daily basis I am asked…”So Doc, Can I Safely Return to Exercising Now?”  Or "Can I still exercise while I am treating and recovering from my injury?" Here is how this conversation typically unfolds over the course of the first few...

by Dr. Matt Fontaine Yoga> one of the secrets of High Performing Athletes and Successful Individuals Yoga is not just for athletic, extremely flexible model type women in Spanx.  Yoga has been an institution in the Eastern World for Millenniums and here in the West, we are in...

One of the most common syndromes that plague athletes and fitness enthusiasts is shoulder pain.  Most commonly the pain occurs during or immediately following exercise and is located along the front of the shoulder and slightly less common in the back of the shoulder.  Often...

Ease poor posture by setting up your computer properly. Computer related posture is often a major culprit in generating neck and upper back pain, tension and headache. To avoid looking like the guy in the picture, better known as “Computer Guy” or Girl, review the...

by Dr. Matt Fontaine "When it comes to running injuries, many think of foot, ankle or heel pain, shin splints, runner’s knee or ITB syndrome.  But poor hip mobility and function can lead to LOW BACK PAIN in runners and also cause runners to lose power...

NON-INVASIVE TREATMENT  OPTIONS FOR FOOT AND HEEL PAIN By Dr. Matt Fontaine A Common Injury for Runners and Other Active Individuals Christine’s foot and heel pain began back in college while playing soccer.  For years she suffered with recurring shin splints and intermittent sharp debilitating foot pain.  Sometimes...

In the age of information, patients need to learn to leverage the readily available scores of internet articles in order to have a better dialogue with their doctor. In the age of WebMD and Google, the average American has more and faster access to medical and...