Thursday, October 30, 2014

Why You Should Stretch Your #HipFlexors #PhysicalTherapyNYC

Tight hip flexors also often goes hand-in-hand with anterior pelvic tilt, i.e. where your butt sticks out (more than it should) and, if there’s too much tilt it isn’t great for your posture and as a result can contribute to back pain. Not to mention a negative effect on your athletic performance and just about every activity you do. #FitBodyHQ

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Preoperative #PhysicalTherapy #CentralParkPT

The goals of the preoperative evaluation are threefold:
1. To educate the patient about the surgery and rehabilitation process.
2. To instruct the patient on pre-operative strengthening.
3. To collect data necessary to compare pre-operative and post-operative motion and function.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Be prepared for a focused evaluation #PhysicalTherapyNYC

- Gait: assessment of how you are walking. Physical therapists are trained to notice small changes in the motion around the knee during different phases of walking.
- Palpation. This involves using the hands to touch various structures around the knee to feel for abnormalities or to assess if a structure is painful to touch.
- Range of motion measurements. Range of motion refers to how far the knee is bending or straightening. The physical therapist may use special instruments to measure how your knee is moving to help direct treatment.
-Strength measurements. There are many muscular attachments around the knee and a measurement of strength can help determine if muscular weakness or imbalance is causing your knee pain.
- Girth or swelling measurements. Occasionally, swelling may be present in the knee joint after injury. A physical therapist may measure the amount of swelling to help direct treatment.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Learn how ditching your shoes can reduce pain and prevent future injuries #PreventionMag

1. Do: Get Hands-On With Your Feet.
2. Don’t: Try To Do Too Much At Once.
3. Do: Focus On Your Foundation.
4. Don’t: Be Afraid To Land Heel First
5. Do: Scout For Safe Surfaces
6. Don’t: Be Afraid Of Germs
7. Do: Become A Barefoot Tourist
8. Don’t: Go Bare All At Once

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Osteoarthritis #PhysicalTherapyNYC

Good cardiovascular exercises for people with knee and hip osteoarthritis include walking, swimming, and cycling. Adding some strength training exercises to your routine also lessens the risk of falls. Remember to do activities without force that bring the hips and knees through the full range of motion in a general, unforced manner, allowing the joint to lubricate itself and help to heal the damage.