As we go through different stages in life, from childhood, adolescence and adulthood into our senior years, it becomes even more important to adopt a healthy lifestyle. As they say, prevention is always better than cure.
Common conditions and illnesses experienced by seniors:
As one grows older, there are changes in the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, endocrine systems. Some common conditions and illnesses include:
Vitality through the years
Be proactive about your Health
A fracture can occur in one of three possible locations – at the top near where the femur joins the pelvis, in the middle of the thigh bone, or the bottom near the knee joint. The femur reaches a breaking with a fall (a particular risk for seniors), vehicle accident, or during competitive sports.
Regardless of the location of the fracture, an individual will experience extreme pain and movement restriction. Tingling or numbness in the area may accompany the pain, along with swelling and the inability to walk, stand or tolerate pressure on the leg. If left untreated, complications may include uncontrolled bleeding, blot clots, infection and pneumonia.
The femur is a major weight-bearing bone and the rate at which it heals is dependent on factors such as age and underlying medical conditions such as diabetes. Full recovery can take approximately 12 weeks to several months and may require surgical intervention.
Get Treatment Immediately - Time is of the Essence
The use of water as a medium to reduce pain and swelling, increase strength and improve mobility is also helpful. Massage under the guidance of a physical therapist also helps relieve pain and improve mobility. Several exercise programs can be prescribed to build core and pelvic floor strength to aid in balance and prevent falls. In some cases, physical therapist may recommend mobility devices such as crutches and canes.
Hip Pain Away
Let's face it - no one wants to be in crutches or have to struggle to walk. Hip pain can impact every aspect of life, from getting out of bed in the morning to driving and walking.
The good news is that physical therapy has two significant benefits for anyone with hip pain:
If you or someone you know is experiencing hip discomfort, call us today (516) 616-0942. Let us help heal your pain.
The most common symptoms related to whiplash include:
Your Key to Recovery
An article in the Emergency Medicine Journal compared two groups of individuals recovering from car accidents. The first group received mobilization and exercise therapy (components of physical therapy) and the second group was treated with medication and a cervical collar. The group that received physical therapy had significantly fewer headaches and other symptoms related to whiplash compared to the second group.
An Active Approach to be Pain-Free Again
n most cases, the potential for recovery is high, especially with the right care as early as possible. A return to activity as soon as possible helps significantly. Although symptoms may be around for a while, the pain will improve within a few days or weeks. Be sure to continue with the medicines prescribed by your doctor to aid with early movement.
Remember that prolonged inactivity does NOT help. Keep moving - it's important. Avoid staying in the same position for too long to avoid tightness and loss of flexibility.
Exercise plays a big role in recovery. Simple neck and shoulder exercises are safe and effective. Stretching, strengthening and coordination exercises should be done regularly each day.
Physical therapy, in conjunction with standard medical care, has been shown to be the best choice to decrease pain, improve mobility and help you return to normal daily activities after a car accident.
If you have had a car accident, the first step toward recovery starts with us. Schedule your risk-free appointment with your physical therapist. Let us help you return to a healthy, pain-free life once again.
How To Strengthen Your Pelvic Floor Muscles
Men and women should regularly exercise their pelvic floor muscles. It is highly recommended that women do pelvic floor exercises daily to prevent weakness and, if needed, to improve the strength of their pelvic floor muscles.
As with any muscle, consistently performing the right exercises always helps. Gentle exercises (like walking regularly) can also help strengthen the pelvic floor muscles.
Identifying and Engaging the Right Muscles
Step three = Pace yourself
You need to train your pelvic floor muscles just as you would with any other muscle group, through repetition.
If you have any questions, please get in touch with one of our skilled physical therapists and we will be happy to steer you in the right direction.
Kegels for Pelvic Pain
So how can physical therapy help women (and men) tone and strengthen muscles, especially in the pelvic area?
Physical therapists can design a full pelvic workout, including exercises called "Pelvic Clocks" and "Kegels" to strengthen the muscles in the pelvic region.
To find out how you can benefit from these and other exercises, call our office today at (516) 616-0942 to schedule an appointment. Let us help you regain control of your pelvic floor muscles.
What causes ACL injuries?
ACL injuries are common in contact sports, especially football and soccer. If your foot is planted on the ground and something causes your knee to bend backward, twist, or move from side to side, your ACL could tear. Jumping and other sudden movements can also damage the ACL. Therefore, skiers and runners are at risk for ACL tears too. An ACL tear can affect any athlete. In fact, the NASCAR title favorite Denny Hamlin tore his ACL playing baseball, as reported by the Associated Press on January 26, 2010.
Individuals who do not engage in contact sports could also suffer from an ACL injury as a result of falling off a ladder or twisting their knee while climbing stairs. As with the rest of our bodies, the ACL gets weaker and more prone to injury with age, making individuals over 40 at a greater risk for injury.
How will I know if I have an ACL injury?
Typically, the first sign of an ACL injury is moderate to severe knee pain, but there are other symptoms as well:
Use RICE For Immediate Relief
Strengthen the Knee to Get Yourself Back on Track
We can help you experience both short-term relief and long-term recovery from your ACL injury. Please call us to schedule a consultation today. We also offer preventive strengthening programs to assist you or an athlete in your family to stabilize and strengthen the knee joint, minimizing the possibility of ACL injuries. After all, "Prevention is better than cure".
Why is childhood obesity a problem?
There are several medical issues directly associated with obesity:
Is Your Child At Risk?
So what contributes to childhood obesity?
Children, like adults, can eat in response to moods. Emotions that commonly lead to overeating include sadness, loneliness, anger, and celebration. Children can learn to identify their feelings before eating and control the “misinterpreted” urges to eat.
Obese children report a greater number of life changes (indicative of stress) compared with other adolescents. Depression, anxiety, social and behavior problems are commonly reported by obese children.
Exercise As The Solution
Encourage daily activity in obese children. Sports participation contributes to improved fitness levels, specifically increased endurance, strength, self-esteem, energy, and often, improved mood. Family involvement is crucial.
A physical therapist can identify what (if any) changes family members must make to improve the health and fitness level of everyone in the family—not just the obese member. The parents must become good role models with their eating, exercise, and stress management. Strive for an attitude of "we're going to do this together."
As we get older, the chances of suffering from a fall increase. The severity of a fall can range widely. Some falls can cause minor disability, while others can have more serious consequences. Chances are that someone you know may be at risk for a fall.
Shed Some Light
Balance Exercises Help Decrease Risk
Your physical therapist can teach you the appropriate balance exercises, which can help prevent falls by increasing your stability. Here are a few you may want to try. For best results, please consult your doctor and physical therapist before your start any exercise routine.
A WORD OF CAUTION:
If you (or a loved one) feel unsteady on your feet, see one of our skilled physical therapists for reducing your (or your loved one's) risk of falls. Our therapists can also recommend balance exercises that are just right for you, based on your current physical condition. Call us today to learn what we can do for you. Healing Touch Physical Therapy's client representatives are standing by to assist you.
Call today at (516) 616-0942 to see how we can help you be more mobile and be more independent with your daily activities.
You know that exercise is important and has several health benefits. However, there are hidden benefits of exercise that you may not be aware of. Here are the top 5 reasons to exercise:
Reason #2: To Increase Muscle Tissue
Increased strength allows you to complete your day-to-day tasks with ease. Imagine if simple things like walking, going up the stairs, picking up groceries, or playing with your children became easier and more enjoyable. What would that do for you?
A well-designed, progressive exercise plan helps tone your muscles.
Reason #3: To Drop Pounds of Fat
The best benefit of exercise is fat loss. It is no secret that a combination of exercise and a balanced meal plan is the best-known way to lose fat. Here's what fat loss can do for you:
Regular exercise helps stabilize blood sugar levels. If you or someone you know has type 2 diabetes (or is at risk for type 2 diabetes) exercise will help your body to better utilize sugar since exercise positively impacts insulin sensitivity. A combination of weight loss and improved blood glucose control has several health benefits. You should consult your doctor before you begin any exercise with the intention to control your blood sugar.
Reason #5: To Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol Levels
Exercise helps your heart in 2 ways:
Exercise Boosts Your Energy Levels
Call (516) 616-0942 or email our office today to get started on a program that will give your health a "jump-start" in the right direction.
Your Primary Motivation
Use pictures of family or any other image that creates a positive association with your health goals. Share your goals with family and friends, which makes you accountable to them. Being reminded constantly of your primary motivation will help you achieve your goals faster.
Pick up the phone and schedule an appointment with us today if you are looking for expert supervision and accountability. Give us a chance to help you get started with exercise.
During this pandemic period, we should focus on getting you and your loved ones back to your normal life as safely as possible.
We want to help you to become active again
These reduce the quality of life and also cause some prolonged complications. Studies also suggest that there may be a high risk of kidney disease, heart disease, and stroke among COVID-19 survivors.
Presently, researchers are yet to uncover the long-term implications of SARS-CoV-2. However, the implications resulting from acute respiratory distress syndrome have shown the importance of establishing early recovery and intervention exercise programs. Doing so will mitigate the risks associated with ARDS and will help with Post COVID-19 recovery including physical function, respiratory function, emotional well-being, and strength.
Deconditioning: Our clinic can address the inconvenience associated with deconditioning and inactivity. Due to the prolonged sedentary lifestyle associated with the COVID-19 lockdown and lack of maintenance and preventative services, most people have decreased their aerobic activity.
Symptoms of chronic ailments may be caused by inactivity and stress, thus increasing the risk of pain, falls, depression, and low quality of life.
We have designed unique recovery programs that will prevent chronic complications, hasten your recovery, and help you get back to work.
Your Health is of utmost importance
According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity maintains or improves muscular and cardiorespiratory fitness, bone health, and minimize your risk of cognitive decline, depression, and chronic diseases.
Post COVID-19 therapy programs at our facility are fully customized. We design these programs according to the individual needs of each patient. Visit us today or call us at (516) 616-0942 - we are eager to assist you to get back on your feet!
It's common knowledge that stretching and exercising are great ways to improve flexibility and posture, but did you know that a physical therapist is the perfect professional to teach you the proper techniques to encourage healing and prevent further injury?
Many of us are our own worst enemies, pushing our bodies beyond their limits. Certain activities such as moving furniture, lifting heavy boxes, gardening, or shoveling the driveway can all lead to pain and/or injury to the lower back. Back pain can also occur without overexertion. Staying in the same position for too long is a common trigger. In some cases, low back pain increases with stress and lengthy bouts of inactivity.
If you or someone you know has low back pain, we can help.
While you wait for your appointment, which we always provide in a timely manner, here is a helpful suggestion. If you find the pain unmanageable in between appointments, you can find short-term relief by laying flat on the floor and placing your feet on a chair. Make sure your shins are parallel to the floor (place a pillow under your ankles if the chair is too low). Staying in this position for 10-12 minutes will ease tension in your lower back. Also, avoid strenuous activity untill the pain subsides.
If a slipped disk or another type of problem is the root of your pain, you may have a harder time finding relief at home. In this case, we need to evaluate you and identify the best course of action. Follow our advice as your expert physical therapy providers and perform the exercises prescribed to you, staying conscious of your physical limitations. Listen to your body!
Dr. A Mathew MPT, DPT
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