January 12, 2016

Resistance Training for Osteoarthritis

Resistance Training for Osteoarthritis “These old bones ain’t what they used to be”. This is a common phrase that is understood as you progress with your normal activities but your body doesn’t quite work as it normally did. The wear and tear of your joints, which is commonly known as osteoarthritis, is the degenerative breakdown of the protective cartilage on your joints and leads to stiffness, inflammation and pain in areas, specifically the hip, thumb joints and knees. The pain from osteoarthritis is chronic and there is currently no known cure for the condition. Fortunately, with therapy, something can be […]
January 5, 2016

Basketball Injuries

Basketball Injuries While basketball isn’t meant to be played with the same sort of aggression and player-to-player contact as other popular sports such as football, lacrosse, and hockey, it still brings with it a high risk of injury even when played safely and correctly. Basketball related injuries led to more than 200,000 visits to the hospital each year for kids under the age of 15. There are many different physical acts performed during basketball that puts the athlete in a vulnerable position for injury, and these can lead to damage to a number of different body parts. The most common […]
December 29, 2015
Physical Therapy in Massapequa

Physical Therapy Checkup for the New Year

Physical Therapy Checkup for the New Year How did you feel in 2015? Starting to notice chronic body aches? Unfortunately, when left unchecked, pain can become the new normal. Pay attention to your body as you go through your daily activities. If, for instance, you notice knee pain or discomfort when using the stairs or back discomfort when you get out of bed or the car, it is time to take action. Whether that be investing in supportive back pillows for your home or office, or by taking control of your physical fitness, doing nothing will only persist the problem. […]
December 22, 2015

Holiday Stress

Holiday Stress Tis’ the season to be jolly…but let’s be real for a second. The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year although in reality it is actually the most stressful time of the year. The concept of bringing people together and spreading Christmas cheer is a novel idea until we take a step back and objectively assess the holiday season. We may find the holiday season isn’t so merry and bright and we can thank over-commercialization for that. The holiday stress kicks off with Black Friday, a dark day that has managed to […]
December 15, 2015

Tips on Staying Active This Holiday Season

Tips on Staying Active This Holiday Season Staying active is a major part of our physical and mental health. Exercise has been proven to boost self-esteem as well as improving concentration and aiding in sleep. As for physical health, staying active helps prevent a myriad of diseases. It is advised to find ways to keep yourself active this holiday season. While being active doesn’t have to mean spending a monthly fee on gym memberships, or waking up early to go out for a run at the crack of dawn, it simply means find alternate ways to get your body up […]
December 8, 2015

National Influenza Vaccination Week

National Influenza Vaccination Week National Influenza Vaccination Week is going on now! Be sure that if you haven’t already received your flu vaccine that you go out and get it as soon as possible. Flu season is in full swing and with all of the holiday gatherings with friends, family, and coworkers coming up, the chances of you getting sick are higher than most other times of the year. Flu season typically lasts anywhere between October and May each year, peaking during the winter months. Seasonal flu changes each year so is important that you get your flu shot at […]
December 1, 2015
Physical Therapy in Massapequa

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia Do you suffer from chronic pain? Fibromyalgia could be the culprit. Fibromyalgia is a condition consisting of muscle pain and fatigue over a longer period of time. There is no definitive cause and it is most common in women who are middle-aged or older, although this condition is seen with all walks of life. Aside from chronic pain and fatigue, fibromyalgia is also correlated with headaches, difficulties sleeping, memory cognition issues, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), and heightened sensitivity. Research has shown that the pain stems from the misfire of pain receptors in the nervous system. Fibromyalgia is thought to […]
November 24, 2015
Physical Therapy in Massapequa

Plica Syndrome

Plica Syndrome Plica syndrome is pain in the knee due to overuse. Plica is used to describe the folds that are found in the lining of the knee joint. There are four plicae synovial folds, but only the medial plica causes issues. The medial plica is attached to the lower end of the kneecap and runs sideways on the inner part of the knee to the lower end of the thighbone. Repetitive motions from exercising can irritate the plica and cause plica syndrome. Plica syndrome can also occur from a fall or any type of trauma hitting the knee. The […]
November 17, 2015
Physical Therapy in Massapequa

Chondromalacia

Chondromalacia Chondromalacia patella, or patellofemoral pain syndrome, is when damage is done to the cartilage underneath the patella (kneecap). Damage due to overuse and injury causes the cartilage under the kneecap to soften and deteriorate. The condition has been given the nickname “runner’s knee” as many athletes, especially runners, are diagnosed with this condition. There are a number of reasons why someone could be faced with chondromalacia. Injury, repetitive stress, weak muscles, and poor alignment due to a congenital condition can all cause improper kneecap movement and lead to chondromalacia. When these factors arise, the kneecap rubs against the bone […]