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
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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
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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
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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 […]
November 10, 2015
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Tommy John Surgery

Tommy John Surgery Tommy John Surgery (TJS), or it ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, is a medical procedure where a ligament in the medial elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The replacement tendon is from either the hamstring, forearm, or foot of the patient. This surgery is extremely popular in the world of collegiate and professional athletes, most notably baseball, as it has proven to be very successful in providing the athlete with the power and range of motion they possessed prior to their injury. At our physical therapy in Massapequa, we can treat you today! […]
November 3, 2015

Cross Country Injuries

Cross Country Injuries Cross country is a competitive sport combining a repetitive motion with repeated force on the body over an extended period of time and physicians estimate that nearly 80 percent of runners become injured each year. Cross country injuries are most likely impact, motion, or bone related. Top injuries that most cross country runners face are: 1. Runner’s Knee Runner’s knee, or patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is pain around or behind the kneecap. The knees receive extra stress from to the consistent pounding force of running, whether it be from the pavement, from running downhill, or because of […]
October 27, 2015
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Compartment Syndrome

Compartment Syndrome Compartment syndrome develops when swelling or bleeding occurs within a compartment in a limb. If blood flow to the muscle and nerve cells are disrupted, it can increase pressure on the capillaries, nerves, and muscles in the compartment. Compartment syndrome usually occurs in the front compartment of the lower leg, but can also occur in different compartments of the leg, arms, hands, feet, and buttocks. Compartment syndrome is classified as being either acute or chronic. Acute compartment syndrome is a medical emergency, usually due to a traumatic injury, and must be addressed immediately to avoid irreversible consequences, such […]