October is National Physical Therapy Month!

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National Physical Therapy Month (NPTM) is hosted by APTA each October to recognize how physical therapists and physical therapist assistants help transform society by restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.

Help TheraSport Physical Therapy Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month by taking advantage of our FREE Balance Screening by appointment only throughout the month of October.  CALL NOW!

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ImPACT Testing at TheraSport Physical Therapy

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If you’re a fitness advocate, active adult or professional athlete with a sports-related injury, the expert team of TheraSport Physical Therapy can help.

As one of the premier South Jersey sports medicine facilities, we are dedicated to diagnosing and treating sports-related injuries, from stress fractures to runner’s knee and tennis elbow, as well as sprains and more complex injuries that result from athletic activities.

Our Board Certified Physical Therapists have extensive experience in adolescent through adult, amateur or professional sports medicine. At TSPT, we also treat public and private school athletes and numerous collegiate and professional sports teams.

We offer ImPACT testing to all athletic school programs. ImPACT is the abbreviation for Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing. It is a computerized test which takes approximately 20 minutes to administer. The ImPACT test measures verbal and visual memory, processing speed and reaction time.

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TSPT – Back to School 2016

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Do you know how much your child’s backpack weighs? According to the APTA if it’s more than 15 percent of his or her body weight, then it could hurt your child’s back. Millions of students in the United States carry backpacks to and from school, often overloaded with books, supplies and equipment.  Weight of the backpack and improper use can result in injury to the skeletally immature child.

During adolescence kids are going through growth spurts and so their bones and posture are vulnerable to injury.  Injury can result when a child carrying a heavy backpack uses bad posture or shifts there weight abnormally to adapt a heavy load.  These adaptations can cause pain from disk injury, improper spinal alignment and deformity.  In addition, the muscles of neck, shoulder region and lower back can be strained leading to injury.  In more advanced cases, a child may even experience nerve compression and damage.

Some of the warning signs that a problem may be arising include back pain, fatigue, red marks on the shoulders, tingling or numbness in the arms and a shift or leaning in one direction.

The American Physical Therapy Association has set forth guidelines that should be used with backpacks to reduce the risks associated with them.  These recommendations include:

–       Backpacks should be worn on both shoulders for equal weight distribution, and the height  should fall two inches below the shoulder blades and sit at waist level.

–       It should have padded shoulder straps, which distribute the weight in the bag evenly over his/her shoulders.

–       Shoulder straps should fit comfortably on the shoulder and under the arms, so the arms can move freely.

–       The bottom of the pack should rest in the contour of the lower back.

–       Keep the load 10-15% or less of the child’s body-weight.

–       Organize the contents of the backpack by placing the heaviest items closest to the back

–       Carry only those items that are required for the day

TheraSport Physical Therapy can help you and your child choose a proper backpack that fits your child properly.  Additionally, our physical therapists can help your child improve their posture, correct muscle imbalances and manage the pain from improper backpack use.  TheraSport has two board-certified McKenzie credentialed practitioners to help with all spinal related problems.

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Swimming in the Summer

Shoulder pain is common with swimmers. When you swim, you use many muscle groups, some which are highly dependent on the shoulder for coordinated function.

Numerous muscles are all working simultaneously to stabilize the shoulder.
Naturally, the repetitive motion of swimming can tire out muscles which can
lead to pain, inflammation and a possible injury, known as Swimmer’s
Shoulder.

Call TheraSport Physical Therapy today to find out how we can help you a
create a comprehensive program to develop strength, endurance, and
flexibility so you can swim conditioned without fatigue or injury.

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Summer Activity

Now that the weather is warming up people are venturing outside to garden, tend the lawn, and play outdoor sports. It is important to keep in mind,
while enjoying outside activities to be mindful of body positioning and
extensive time doing activities to avoid injury.

Common summer activities such as gardening and lawn care can be damaging to the back and spine. Constantly bending over, twisting, pulling, while doing
these activities after a winter of being sedentary could result in an injury or aggravate a preexisting one.

Just like in sports, it is important to warm up before play, the same goes
for marathon gardening or lawn mowing. Warming up tissues and muscles before you begin working will not only help keep your body healthy it will also diminish the chance of injury.

TheraSport Physical Therapy has two locations in New Jersey. Contact us today to find out more!
WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, NJ
P.856.256.8393
14 Parke Place Blvd.  #D
Sewell,  NJ  08080
info@therasport.org 

MERCHANTVILLE, NJ
P.856.661.0200
30 W. Maple Ave.
Merchantville,  NJ 08109
info@therasport.org

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Do you feel that you can predict weather with your joint pain?

Do you feel that you can predict weather with your joint pain?

Some people with arthritis feel that their joint pain is increased when it is about to rain or with a total change to weather pattern.

The barometric pressure and temperature change (especially lowering) are key factors to why some people experience arthritic joint pain or in areas of injury. The possibility of this, is a change in the atmospheric pressure and precipitation which could increase swelling in the joint capsule for some people.

So believe it or not, predicting the weather with joint pain has some validity.

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Baseball

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Sports injuries need attention in order to heal properly. They are not uncommon and can be either acute (sprains, fractures, tears, etc.) or chronic (tendinitis, overuse, etc.)

Contact TSPT today to find out how we can help develop a program to treat your condition and get you back batting in proper form!

Some Common Baseball Injuries Include:

Ulnar Collateral Sprain: This injury involves spraining or tearing of the ligament that stabilizes the inside of the elbow joint. This injury often occurs due to poor mobility/strength in the shoulder or from “over throwing”. Therapy can help this condition unless there is complete tearing which requires “Tommy John” Surgery.

Labral Injury: The Glenoid labrum is a cartilage washer in your shoulder that helps to increase the stability of the joint. Symptoms of labral injury include popping, feeling of instability in the shoulder, and “dead arm” after throwing.

Rotator Cuff Strain: Overhead Athletes are at a higher risk for injury to their rotator cuffs. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help with stability and movement of the shoulder. Overhead motion can pinch these muscles and over stress them causing injury.

Lumbar/Abdominal Strain: Hitting and throwing involves a lot of trunk rotation, which can cause strain in the abdominal and lower back muscles. Therapy can help decrease the pain and increase the strength in this muscle with sport specific exercises.

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