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Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
December 2014
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Physician's Focus:
Dr. Jamie Baines,DO

Board Certified Family Practice and Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician

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Are you trying to get faster? Stronger? 
Often times, lack of power or speed is not due to strength deficits but to miscues of your biomechanics. 

Our Physical Therapists will perform a full biomechanics evaluation specific to your needs. For instance, swimmers often lack the core, flexibility, and/or joint motion to perform skills properly. Biomechanics evaluations can be performed for any sport-specific need. 

We offer a $250 self-pay rate or in some cases we can bill through your insurance. 

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 December 15: 7:30pm 
The Science of Flexibility: Truths and Myths
INTENT Multisport Training Center
10210 Werch Dr. Suite 201
Woodridge, IL 60517
Join Sports Medicine Director, Gina Pongetti, in discussing why, how, how long, and when to incorporate flexibility into your fitness routine. 

Endure it! Time Trial Series
Jan 18: Register
12.48 mile 2 person 
team trial

Riders compete head to head vs other cyclists on our 14 person Computrainer Stage.  All racer data including speed, watts, average watts, and distance are displayed in real time on flat screens TVs.  

Have an event going on in the Burr Ridge/Naperville areas?  Let us know so we can add your event! 

Did you know???
Facts about Swimmers

That is more than 2500 shoulder revolutions in each training session. Think about how all that movement can impact your shoulder and surrounding structures. 

  •  Over 50% of world-class swimmers suffer from shoulder pain
Making sure you have adequate overall strength (core, scapular stabilizers) through a dry land training program can help you to stay healthy. 

Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute Sports Medicine focuses on educating our patients, coaches, and parents on issues that we see all too often. We are a concierge medical team, connecting you with all professionals who you may need to help.  If you're unsure of the next step to take for nutrition information, sports performance, or any other issue pertaining to you or your athlete, feel free to contact ANY of our clinics! We work with many other doctors, specialists, and leaders in their field of practice and would be happy to set you up with appointments if needed. 

Ugly Sweater Contest

 December 19: ALL DAY
Wear your ugly sweater to either of our Sports Medicine Clinics! 
Each participant will have a photo taken and a panel of judges will vote on the ugliest/most creative holiday sweater. A prize will be given to our winner!  
 (For you former patients that are healthy now, no appointment necessary!)

The Importance of Posture in preventing 
Swimmer's Shoulder
Taylor Millican, PT, DPT, ART

The holiday season is a time for family, friends, parties and (over) eating for most. For the competitive swimming community, it is a little different. If you are a male high school swimmer you are in a lovely time of year that we shall just call "HECK" week. Which means two-a-day practices Monday-Friday and long Saturday practices because you have no school to work around on winter break! For the age group athletes and female high schoolers coming off their season, it is also time to increase yardage and time in the pool in order to prepare for the upcoming winter and spring short course seasons. It is common during this ramp up period for shoulder injuries to increase. I often get questioned on why this happens as well as how to prevent this condition from reoccurring.


The easy explanation is simply that because of posture issues, overuse and the complexity of the shoulder joint, tissues get "pinched" in the shoulder joint, causing pain, and altered swim stroke. Athletes will change how they reach and lift their arm to avoid the pain, but by all means, to continue to swim (maybe not the best idea...).  The deep, medical explanation is that  "Swimmer's Shoulder" (SS) is a condition that occurs from mechanical (physical) impingement between the soft tissues and the bony coracoacromial arch (the bone bridge formed from the shoulder blade). It is the chronic inflammation of the supraspinatus muscle of the rotator cuff, the long head of the bicep, and the subacromial bursae that are the structures typically involved. Pain is usually deep in the front of the shoulder and is increased with overhead positions and at night...


Read on to learn more about how you can prevent Swimmer's Shoulder. 


Taylor Millican is a Doctoral PT and one of Achieve's Endurance Sports Medicine Physical Therapist. Taylor has an extensive competitive aquatic background, swimming and water polo, and has also completed in short and long distance triathlons, road races and marathons. To read Taylor's Bio and receive more information about our services click here. 

Achieve WebsitePhysician's Focus:
Dr. Jaime Baines,DO
Board Certified Family Practice and 
       Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician          DuPage Medical Group

Dr. Baines works as a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine. She focuses on prevention, education, and exercise to help her patients lead a healthier life. Read an excerpt of our interview below. 
Q: What is osteopathic medicine? How does seeing a general practitioner differ to seeing a DO? 

Dr. Baines: " Osteopathic Medicine (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, DO) is a medical training that is similar to a medical doctor, however it goes above and beyond traditional training.   Your Osteopathic Family Physician is trained to think of your whole body and life situation

to help diagnose, treat and prevent disease..." Read more

Q: How can our active patients benefit from seeing a primary care sports medicine physician verses an other specialty? 
Dr. Baines: "Primary Care Sports Medicine physicians are specialty trained for total care of athletes and active individuals.  It is a separate fellowship after family medicine residency.  We are not surgeons, so training is focused on non-operative care as well as an intensive understanding of musculoskeletal structure and function, exercise physiology, ergonomics,  rehabilitation, nutrition, mental well being, and disease management.

Q: What is manipulation? How do patients benefit from them? 

Dr. Baines: "Osteopathic Family Physicians are trained to perform Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment (OMT). This is a non-invasive hands-on treatment that is based on the belief that all parts of the body are connected and that manipulating the musculoskeletal system helps to make your body function better..." Read More

Be sure to Read the entire interview with Dr. Baines on our webiste.

To learn more about Dr.Baines or schedule an appointment, feel free to contact her, here

Achieve WebsiteAthlete Spotlight: 
             Amanda Wendorff                             
Amanda Wendorff is an Ironman Triathlete, most recently completing IRONMAN Arizona. Amanda completed Arizona in 9:59:33 1st in Age group, 1st Overall Amateur. When thinking of an athlete who truly has been through ups and downs, Amanda was first to mind. We were able to ask her some questions about her most recent redemption, overcoming obstacles, and how she is a successful Ironman! 

Q:Tell us about your most recent win, "redemption" in Arizona. 

Amanda: "Ironman Arizona (2.4 mile swim/ 112 mile bike/ 26.2 mile run) was one of the best days of my life as a triathlete! From a results perspective, it was a huge success- I finished in 9:59:34 seconds, which was a big personal record, my first time under ten hours, and good enough to take the overall amateur title.   We faced challenging winds, which made for a tough day, but everything came together at the right time for me and I couldn't be more thrilled. " Read More
Q:What is the biggest hurdle you have had to overcome as an athlete?

Amanda:"I've been an athlete in some form since age 7, so the hurdles have been numerous, but two stand out. First, just recently, was my collapse at the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii in October. I went into that race feeling incredibly prepared and fit, and with great confidence after winning my age group at the 70.3 (Half Ironman) World Championship in Canada in September.   And despite all that, I collapsed 15 miles short of the finish line." Read more

Read our entire interview with Amanda! 


  If you're interested in what Amanda is up to next, visit her blog, The Traveling Athlete.
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Trigger Point Dry Needling..Does it really work? 
Trigger Point Dry Needling

        Working in the health-care field, we have a lot of patients asking questions about different techniques. Their questions often times end with, "Well, does it really work?" You will never hear a response of "hopefully" or "I don't know". Any technique that we use with patients is purposeful. Dry needling is a great example of a technique that may not be as well known but still serves an enormous purpose.
        In a recent article published by The Washington Post, the author argues that he is not sure whether the technique actually helped him or if his condition would have resolved itself either way. Regardless of the answer, his technique was resolved after he included dry needling. 
          Trigger point dry needling involves the insertion of a thin filament needle (similar to Acupuncture needles) to stimulate the healing process of soft tissues resulting in pain relief and restoration of healthy physiology. Essentially, the needle breaks up any "knots" that may be causing the pain you're feeling. 
          As a physical therapist mentioned in the article , dry needling is not a fix all solution. Similar to all of the modalities, exercises, and techniques we use, trigger point dry needling is another tool to help with your treatment. So, when questioned about trigger point dry needling and its success rate, we always let our patients' outcomes speak for themselves.Some may include a combination of trigger point dry needling, therapeutic exercise, and manual therapy techniques...not every treatment plan works the same way for every individual. 

To learn more about trigger point dry needling visit our sports medicine clinics or read about it here. 

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