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!
Mount Sinai to Begin the Transfer of COVID-19 Antibodies into Critically Ill Patients
Mar 24, 2020 | Featured, Infectious Diseases, Research |
The Mount Sinai Health System this week plans to initiate a procedure known as plasmapheresis, where the antibodies from patients who have recovered from COVID-19 will be transferred into critically ill patients with the disease, with the expectation that the antibodies will neutralize it.
The process of using antibody-rich plasma from COVID-19 patients to help others was used successfully in China, according to a state-owned organization, which reported that some patients improved within 24 hours, with reduced inflammation and viral loads, and better oxygen levels in the blood.
Read more: https://inside.mountsinai.org/blog/mount-sinai-to-begin-the-transfer-of-covid-19-antibodies-into-critically-ill-patients/?fbclid=IwAR06MRKSUuQw-WSvHGLsVJtqgHEOJa8Kw9kY9uGcEU5yK56zw95BI_KeKag#.XnvuzfkUx5J.facebook
If you’re like me, you’ve probably been spending a lot of time watching the news these days.
And some of that news is pretty scary.
But it’s not ALL scary.
I want you to realize that.
As we collectively wrap our heads around the enormity of the situation we’ll be facing for the next few weeks or months, it’s vitally important for us to remember that:
There’s a lot of good news out there, too.
Communities are coming together like never before. Neighbors are helping each other and making sure the vulnerable individuals in their midst are being well taken care of. People are sharing moments of profound gratitude and connectedness.
It’s a beautiful thing to see.
So if you find yourself being overwhelmed by all of the negative news, look for the good!
There have been many positive developments in the past week that offer hope and proof that we will survive this experience and come through it stronger than ever.
Here are just a few of the stories I’ve seen lately:
… These are just some of the “good news” stories that are coming out every day.
That’s what we need to remember!
All over the country and the world, people are stepping up to meet this challenge.
We have the smartest people in the world working on this and there are amazing developments happening every day.
Together we WILL get through this and be stronger and more resilient than ever before.
To your health and prosperity,
By Jack Canfield
Individuals who spend hours slouched on the couch using their phones for texting, emailing, or even gaming tend to experience the most discomfort. This can also lead to constant pain in the thumbs and wrists due to inflammation of the tendons. This is a condition called De Quervains disease. Physical therapy offers a number of treatment options for patients with this type of joint pain and inflammation.
Pain in the Neck?
Your therapist can offer a variety of treatments to help patients with 'smartphone induced' symptoms, allowing them to experience pain relief and regain normal function. Medical treatment helps to reduce pain and inflammation, but physical therapy plays a vital role in the restoration of joint mobility and muscle strength.
Physical therapy treatments include:
The Smart Step
The truth is - innovation and technology are growing faster than anyone ever imagined. This makes it even more important to take care of the body, and protect it against the inadvertent, yet harmful effects of smartphones and other devices.
Give our office a call at (516) 616-0942 if you are experiencing any discomfort, swelling, or pain as a result of your smartphone. You may be surprised to find that the culprit is that tiny little device you've become so dependent upon in recent times. There is a lot that physical therapists can do for you that you probably didn't even know about. We will show you the extent to which physical therapy can change your life.
Management of Fibromyalgia with Exercise
In addition, the therapist will design a comprehensive lifestyle improvement program consisting of exercise and manual therapy techniques to help relieve pain and restore function.
There are several added benefits with the pain relief associated with a physical therapy program. Clients find that they can sleep better, focus more effectively and experience a greater sense of wellbeing as compared to individuals who do not exercise.
The Universal Role of Physical Therapy
As experts in restoring strength and improving mobility, therapists can develop a very specific and individualized plan of care based on the problems that clients are experiencing. This is true not only in the case of individuals afflicted with fibromyalgia, but those with any injury, pain, or lack of mobility and function for any reason.
As the premier providers of physical therapy in our community, our primary goal is to help you reduce pain and fatigue and improve your overall level of fitness. We want you to live a happy, healthy, and pain free lifestyle and are committed to serving you. Call us today at (516) 616 0942 or book an appointment online and give us a chance to show you what we can do for you.
Dr. A Mathew MPT, DPT
We strongly believe that everyone should have a clear understanding of what's going on with their body rather that relying on medical professionals for every little thing.
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