What's Your Pain? Contest.

Posted by Tony Mommsen on Mar 2nd 2016

What's your pain

The Birkie's over and bike/run season are right around the corner. Many of us are a little gimpy from all those kms on the trails at Elm Creek, Wirth and Hyland. Or from running on slippery roads all winter. We can sympathize. We want to acknowledge your suffering.

Let us know what body part hurts most. One random entry will win a formal physical therapy assessment at Twin City Orthopedics with Craig Ringsven (photo and details below).

Send your pain to

Craig is the lead physical therapist for the Running and Nordic Ski Programs at Twin Cities Orthopedics.  He works with all joints in the body, both surgical and non-surgical, with a special interest in runners and nordic skiers. He focuses on manual therapy as well as therapeutic exercises to help reduce pain and restore function. Craig has a high school coaching background and a history of division one collegiate racing in running and cross-country skiing.  He currently coaches for the Minnesota Youth Ski League. 

Craig provides consultation for runners and skiers at Gear West most Tuesday evenings. 
call 952-473-0377 to make an appointment or to check availability.

The goal of the physical therapist consultation is to help skiers and runners identify aspects of their technique that may be contributing to pain and injuries associated with exercise. The physical therapist will perform a comprehensive musculoskeletal evaluation that includes:

Running: (Available Tuesdays 4:30pm - 6:00pm)

  • Postural assessment
  • Manual muscle testing
  • Flexibility testing
  • Functional movement screening
  • Biomechanical analysis
  • Instruction in running-specific exercises
  • Kinesio and McConnel taping

Craig will then work closely with our footwear experts to put you into the correct shoe for you running style. 

Skiing: (Appointment Only - $160/$80 Follow Up)

  • Postural assessment
  • Manual muscle testing
  • Flexibility testing
  • Functional movement screening
  • Biomechanical analysis
  • On-snow video(or roller ski) analysis of ski technique using Dartfish video technology

The therapist will then customize a Nordic ski specific plan to improve performance and reduce the risk of injury. This may include:

  • Ski specific strengthening and stretching exercises
  • Corrections of faulty ski mechanics
  • Corrections of postural impairments
  • Manual therapy to address joint and soft tissue restrictions

-Posted by Tony Mommsen on Mar 2nd 2016