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Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS

Jeff Samyn, Physical Therapist, Board Certified in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) Jeff earned his B.S. in psychology and Master's in Physical Therapy from Central Michigan University.  Jeff has earned certifications both as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Jeff heads up our Worksite Medicine program, which focuses on ergonomics assessments, job analysis, post offer screening, and Functional Capacity Evaluations.  His expertise is in the management and treatment of back and neck pain, orthotic fabrication, and peripheral joint rehabilitation.  Jeff and his wife have a daughter and 2 dogs.  In addition to spending time with his family, Jeff enjoys mountain biking, fitness training, fishing, snow-shoeing, hiking and most other outdoor activities.
The Importance of Good Ergonomics During Computer Usage

The Importance of Good Ergonomics During Computer Usage

Ergonomics is a special interest area of mine, so I’m going to try to resist the temptation to make this post into a thesis paper. I’ve found over the course of my career that when treating someone with spine or extremity pain that works a desk job, the patient’s outcome is much better and their treatment time is much shorter when we address their desk setup within the first few sessions of PT. This usually involves making a visit to their workplace to observe their workstation. If a patient’s treatment is the very best they can hope to receive, but they’re spending their 8+ hour workday in a poor work position, it will take them a lot longer to get better.

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Dr. Todd Sheperd's 6 Things to Know About Cycling Injuries

 

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Why does my (shoulder, knee, elbow, etc.) still ache? It’s been 4 weeks since my surgery?!

 

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What Kind of Mattress Should I Buy?

mattress (Not this kind)
Image courtesy of entertainment.howstuffworks.com
This question is one we get asked quite frequently when treating patients, especially those with neck, back, and/or hip pain.  Big mattress companies have us convinced that there is a magic bed out there, and if you can just find the right one, you can finally wake up in the morning without stiff joints.  Or you can jump on the bed with a glass of wine a few feet away, whichever best helps you get your day started, I suppose.  

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Just a Quick Thought for Female Runners Over the Age of 25

Just a Quick Thought for Female Runners Over the Age of 25

by Jeff Samyn, PT, OCS, CSCS
Physical therapists, and most medical professionals for that matter, often see fluctuations in patients seeking care for certain problems.  For example, we might not see a patient with TMJ problems for 3 months, but then we suddenly have 4 referred in a week.  I had just that experience lately with female runners between the ages of 25-40.  Much of this advice is true for male runners as well.  

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Cervicogenic Headaches

Cervicogenic Headaches

Headaches are an occasional occurrence for many of us and a part of daily life for some of us. There are several different varieties of headaches; migraine, tension, cluster, and sinus. The images below show where different types of headaches tend to manifest.

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Getting Your Body Ready for Bow Season

Bow season is coming up soon, and PT’s across Michigan are getting ready to see some sprains and strains associated with drawing a bow.  Bow hunters are especially prone to shoulder strains when the season starts because they rarely condition themselves before heading out to practice.  Here are a few tips to get you in shooting-shape and avoid losing precious time during the season.  
Injury Prevention
1.  Start exercising important muscle groups at least 2 months before opening day.  This might come a little late this year, but keep it in mind next August.  
2.  Always stretch and warm-up the upper body before shooting.
3.  Ice any areas which ache immediately after shooting.
4.  If it hurts, don’t pull!
Injuries Commonly Seen in Hunters
   1.  Shoulder tendonitis/impingement- Toothache-like sensation in the shoulder joint, commonly caused by weak shoulder blade muscles; pain increases with use
   2.  Wrist or elbow tendonitis- dull ache in the wrist or on top of the elbow; caused by lots of small tears in the tendons which cross these joints
   3.  Low back strain- pain may be sharp, stabbing, achy, or just tight-feeling; many, many different causes; lots of different treatments
If you already have a sore shoulder, back, or other joint going into the season, meeting with a physical therapist can help you fix the problem before its time to start practicing.  To get started, call one of our facilities for a free consultation or see your doctor and ask for a prescription for physical therapy.

Theories and Fallacies of Muscle Cramps

Theories and Fallacies of Muscle Cramps


Just a quick post today about a subject I frequently get asked about.  I recently found a great article on The Science of Sport website which discusses some recent research about muscle cramps during exercise.  The focus is on runners, but I think the theories proposed will apply to many different types of endurance athletes.  The article gets a little technical in some areas, but I think the take away concepts are very interesting.  Enjoy!

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