Ben Shatto, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Ben Shatto, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS

Hello, my name is Ben Shatto!  I am a physical therapist and entrepreneur.  With the cost of healthcare on the rise, I help proactive adults of all ages to understand how to safely self-treat and manage common musculoskeletal, neurological, and mobility related conditions in a timely manner so they can reach their optimal health.

I was born and raised in Idaho, USA.  My professional education includes an Associate of Arts degree from Lake Tahoe Community College in Natural Science; a Bachelor of Science in Health Science with a minor in Gerontology from Boise State University; a Master of Physical Therapy Degree and a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree, both from Idaho State University.  I am a board certified Orthopaedic Certified Specialist in Physical Therapy and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Associations (NSCA).

My physical therapy practice is primarily dedicated to helping clients learn how to self-treat orthopaedic conditions and how to manage chronic health issues.  I work with people of all ages and abilities ranging from office workers to runners, CrossFitters, to those with fibromyalgia or severe arthritis.  My passion is to empower people with education, guidance, and motivation, so that they may achieve optimal health.

I am the director of operations for MultiCare Home Health & Personal Care Services.  I assist in caring for and directing the care of individuals, who are either temporarily or permanently home bound, to recover from surgery, illness, and debilitation.

In addition, I am a care management consultant.  I help clients as they navigate an overly complex health care system that is designed more to maximize profits than good health.  My goal is to insure clients receive the best possible care from his/her clinicians.

I have always enjoyed participating in athletics and sporting activities.  I have spent most of my adolescence and adulthood participating in martial arts, including Tang So Do, Ninjutsu, Dan Zan Ryu Jujistu, and Gracie Brazilian jujitsu.  I have spent most of my life as an avid outdoors man and continue to participate in the outdoors in Idaho’s beautiful back country.

I run recreationally and occasionally compete (as time allows) in races ranging from the 10k to the marathon.  I am always experimenting with different training protocols and training methods.  I also regularly participate in CrossFit and weightlifting.

My most favorite activity is to spend my free time with my beautiful wife, Alana (who serves as editor and web designer), and our amazing daughter, Alexis.

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  1. Ben,
    I am a deployed Air Force person that uses the “extra time” to get back to the gym. I have a continuous problem where after a period of time once the weight gets heavier my wrists tend to get insured. The injury kind of feels like a sprain where if I do curls with a straight bar with something over 70 pounds it hurts. The pain is located on top where the hand meets the wrist starting where the bone bump is. The exercises I like to do makes it hard to progress with this injury.

    I tried wrist wraps, gloves, and a combination of both. Using wraps seem to make it worse. I try to keep the wrist straight during lifts, but some exercises it is difficult.

    My question is what are some things I can do to strengthen the wrist and/or rehab it to get it to heal… faster?

    Thank you,

    • Hi Seth,

      Thank you for the question! It’s always difficult to give advice without seeing you firsthand (no pun intended), but I’m assuming that since you are doing curls that they are a standard curl and that by the top the hand you mean the palmer side or front of the hand, not the back of the hand.

      I have had clients who have experienced this type of pain before. It’s typically from a combination of limited mobility within the bones of the wrist which causes other bones of the wrist to have to compensate and move inappropriately which leads to pain. I have found that in combination with the mobility issues, there will be imbalances in strength of wrist flexion versus wrist extension as well as an imbalance of strength between pronation and supination of the wrist.

      My advice would be to look at how the wrist/hand is moving. Does one direction feel more tight or restricted than the other? If so, then slowly work on stretching into the restricted direction. In addition, palpate the small bones in the wrist and wiggle them back and forth. They should wiggle easily. If you feel that one feels tighter than the others or won’t wiggle as easy, then spend time wiggling that one bone back and forth. I would also search YouTube for wrist extension, wrist pronation, and wrist supination exercises. Start working on those as part of your typical exercise routine.

      Let me know how it goes, and if I can help you with anything else! Take care!


  2. Hi Dr. Shatto,

    I enjoyed hearing you talk with Trevor on the “Marathon Training Academy” podcast. My question is related to the abdominal section. It seems I put quite a strain on my abs recently. I have lost approx. 80 lbs since Jan 2015 doing simple exercises at home. I do push-ups, ab crunches, and marathon training. I ran my first marathon last April. The pain in the abdominal didn’t occur until towards the end of this summer so I had already backed off from the long runs leading up to the marathon in April. I still run 5 to 6 miles at a time and about 5 times per week. But I think I may have gotten too aggressive with the ab crunches, where I lift my legs about 45 degrees, bring my shoulders off the ground and crunch several repetitions. Kind of like a C-sit crunch. After getting the pain which felt simply like a muscle strain, I backed off the ab crunching. Currently I have not done ANY ab crunching in several weeks. But I can’t get the pain to go away. I’ve even taken 2 weeks completely off from exercise as I went on vacation. But, immediately upon return and getting back into push-ups and running (no ab crunch), the pain in the abdominal returned. I recently had a physical and told the MD about the pain. She did a physical check for hernia (the humiliating probe to the genital area) and found no evidence of hernia. She said it takes a long time for abdominal strain to heal. But I wanted to get your opinion on this as well. Just something that will pass in time or is there another way I can check if this is more of a serious injury? I’m a 52 yr old male. Thanks!

    • Wow! An 80 pound weight loss is truly impressive. Keep up the good work!

      My question is about location of pain. If the pain is lower in the abdominals, then the hernia check completed should be adequate. If the pain is higher in the abdominals, then a physical palpation may need to be performed to assess for a hernia up higher.

      Other possible diagnoses that need to be ruled out include: abdominal strain; psoas (deep hip flexor strain); and more seriously, a screening of the abdominal aorta. I don’t know if these were performed as part of your physical, but since the pain is persistent even after an extended rest break, you should probably have it investigated further.

      Either start with a physical therapist whose specialty is more myofascial and hands-on work or consult with your medical physician to insure that there isn’t anything more serious prior to seeing a physical therapist.

      The goal is to ensure that you continue your health and fitness journey by addressing these lingering aches and pains. Good luck!

      Ben Shatto, PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS