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Spring into Health in Merchantville, New Jersey.

TSPT_Spring_Header.jpgJoin TSPT and other local businesses for the Fun Fit Challenge.
The challenge will take place along the bike path in Merchantville, NJ
on March 25 from 10am-12pm. Come out and spring into health with us!

For the month of March, TheraSport Physical Therapy will be providing free
balance and postural screenings! Call today at one of our two New Jersey
locations to schedule your screening.

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Happy Holidays From TheraSport Physical Therapy

TheraSport Physical Therapy is an independently owned, private practice Physical Therapy facility located in Merchantville, New Jersey and Washington Twp., New Jersey. Our physical therapy practice is driven to make your rehabilitation, therapy and recovery a success.

Physical Therapy aids in pain relief, improved motion and a greater quality of life. At TheraSport Physical Therapy, our approach is friendly, evidence-based and innovative. You will get direct attention and hands-on treatment from our highly-skilled Physical Therapists during every visit. Being an active participant in the treatments you will become more educated about your body, so you will understand how to manage your condition or treatment routine.

TheraSport Physical Therapy concentrates on your wellness and provides exceptional therapy services.

We look forward to getting to know you, helping you achieve results and becoming your preferred Physical Therapist.

Contact TSPT 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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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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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Running

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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 running safe!

Some Common Running Injuries Include:

Iliotibial Band Syndrome: The ITB is a band of fascia that starts in the hip and crosses the outside of the knee. This band can become inflamed due to tightness and repetitive motion. Symptoms include achy pain on the outside of the knee that can become sharp pain with activities like running and stairs. Physical therapy helps to decrease the inflammation and increase ITB flexibility.

Shin Splints: This syndrome is caused by ischemia of the muscles in the anterior compartment of the leg and by small tears in the tissue, following strenuous exercise. Therapy can help to decrease irritation as well as balance flexibility and leg strength, preventing pain.

Stress Fractures: Stress fractures are micro-fracturing of the bone due to repetitive trauma. Common sites of stress fractures include the tibia and in the metatarsals of the feet. These fractures can be caused by stress from training, poor footwear, insufficient ROM/strength, and hard running surfaces. Following a period of immobilization/NWB (non-weight bearing), therapy helps to return the runner to their normal work-out routine.

Hamstrings Strain: More common in the sprinting athlete, a strain of the hamstrings is caused by overstretching and tearing of the muscle. This injury can range from slight tightness/pain in a Grade I strain to a Grade III season ending rupture in which there often is an audible pop! Therapy is paramount in regaining ROM/strength to return the athlete to running.

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Hip Injuries and Hip Impingements

All physical therapists are prepared through education and experience to treat hip injuries. At TheraSport Physical Therapy, our therapists are experienced in treating hip injuries and hip impingement.

We have programs designed strictly for orthopedic and musculoskeletal therapy. Our Board Certified Clinical Specialists in Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy will create a program especially for your condition.

 How Can TSPT help with my hip condition?

Once you have been diagnosed with a hip injury or hip impingement from your doctor, our physical therapy team will work with you to develop a plan to achieve your specific goals.

Your Physical Therapist will select a treatment plan in any of the following areas:

Pain Management
Movement Re-Education
Manual Therapy
Muscle Strengthening
Functional Training
Exercise Education

We will set you on a course to maintain the appropriate  lower extremity mobility and muscular strength needed to avoid further injury or to aid in recovery from surgery.

Contact TSPT 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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Happy Holidays From TheraSport Physical Therapy

TheraSport Physical Therapy is an independently owned, private practice Physical Therapy facility located in Merchantville, New Jersey and Washington Twp., New Jersey. Our physical therapy practice is driven to make your rehabilitation, therapy and recovery a success.

Physical Therapy aids in pain relief, improved motion and a greater quality of life. At TheraSport Physical Therapy, our approach is friendly, evidence-based and innovative. You will get direct attention and hands-on treatment from our highly-skilled Physical Therapists during every visit. Being an active participant in the treatments you will become more educated about your body, so you will understand how to manage your condition or treatment routine.

TheraSport Physical Therapy concentrates on your wellness and provides exceptional therapy services.

We look forward to getting to know you, helping you achieve results and becoming your preferred Physical Therapist.

Contact TSPT 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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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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Vestibular Neuritis: Navigating the Real World – A Case Study

On The Level – A Quarterly newsletter of the Vestibular Disorders Association
Vestibular Neuritis: Navigating the Real World – A Case Study
By Jennifer Liss, DPT (Editor: Sherron Laurrell, vestibular patient)

This case study outlines challenges facing clinicians when treating vestibular neuritis in patients who continue to work full-time in highly stimulating vestibular environments.

Jen Beasley, a 37-year old first grade teacher, was referred to me by her ENT in December, 2014. She had awakened a month earlier with severe dizziness and nausea. After attempting to push through, holding on to the walls at school as she went through her day, she was diagnosed with vertigo by her family doctor and sent home with anti-nausea medication. Two weeks later, Jen saw an Urgent Care doctor who saw fluid in her ears and attributed it to allergies. Jen eventually ended up in bed as the dizziness and nausea exhausted her. Her ENT referred her to me with a diagnosis of BPPV.

During our first meeting, we spent time talking about her symptoms and situation. I suspected Jen was not dealing with “simple” BPPV and was likely suffering with either vestibular neuritis or labyrinthitis.

The most important component of any patient evaluation is getting a good history.

Key subjective elements a clinician should look for to differentially diagnose vestibular neuritis include:
•    Onset – 2 to 4 days extreme nausea, vertigo, and imbalance. By the time they see the physical therapist they should be  SLOWLY improving. Episodes usually follow a cold/flu or sinus infection.

•    Hearing loss distinguishes labyrinthitis from vestibular neuritis. Treatment plans from a PT perspective are the same. An    ENT/ audiologist should be consulted about the hearing loss.

•    Increased symptoms with movement in visual fields, such as computer use, crowded places, TV.

•    Balance – impaired stability with gait especially with un-level or darkened environments.

•    Motion sensitivity – increased symptoms with position changes, quick turns. THIS IS USUALLY THE ONLY SYMPTOM WITH A BPPV PATIENT.

•    Dizziness Handicap Inventory (DHI) – usually in the moderate disability range.

Key objective elements include:

•    Most important tests are Head Thrust and Dynamic Visual Acuity (DVA). If these 2 tests are positive and you have normal oculomotor & neurological exams; this is usually a peripheral vestibular insult verses a central insult such as stroke.

•    Frenzel goggles to rule out BPPV with Hallpike maneuver, performing the test at slow to medium speed. Hallpike test is negative if there is no sign of a torsional nystagmus.

•    Dynamic Gait Index (DGI) After a comprehensive work up we concluded that
Jen’s diagnosis was vestibular neuritis.

As we put together the plan for her vestibular rehabilitation, the biggest challenge was limiting stimulation in her work environment. Jen’s job responsibilities involve constant head movement, frequent turning and excessive visual & auditory stimulation.

Early on, she had to modify her work duties as much as possible. One of her “extra” responsibilities was supervising children during bus duty. A medical excuse note eliminated this from her daily schedule. Because her work environment was heavily loaded with vestibular stimulation, it was difficult to progressively load her vestibular system during therapy as I would normally recommend. I had to be careful with her home program. Visual retraining is essential to recovery of normal function but it has to be progressed more slowly for active patients like Jen than for patients who are retired or in less stimulating work environments. I taught Jen strategies such as limiting head movement and focusing her eyes when she felt “overloaded.”

It is essential to teach patients that vestibular exercises should increase dizziness for 5-10 minutes but if the symptom increase lasts, they are overloading an impaired system.

Jen needed to accept that this would not be a smooth recovery because of her work environment. She hit her first setback at week 4, which is common. Many patients are driven to see steady weekly progress. At about week 4, they increase their home exercise program and try to do more at work because they are feeling better. Consequently, they will have a 2+ day spike in symptoms from doing too much. This is when we have “emotional chat” days for encouragement and counseling to accept that the road to recovery isn’t always easy and modifications need to be made along the way.

Jen has learned to modify her activities while continuing her VRT exercises in my office and at home. She has seen overall improvements and is feeling hopeful. Although it may take longer than she would like, I expect Jen to make a full recovery of normal vestibular function.

I want to emphasize that patient education is essential for ALL vestibular patients. They need to know the reasoning behind what they are doing, be warned about pitfalls that may happen along the way, and most importantly, that compliance is key to vestibular success!

Editor’s Note: Jennifer Liss is certified in vestibular rehabilitation by Susan Herdman’s VRT certification course at Emory University. TheraSport Physical Therapy offices are located in New Jersey, where Jennifer has practiced for 16 years. Jennifer can be reached at JLiss@Therasport.org

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March Madness at TheraSport Physical Therapy!

March Madness at TheraSport Physical Therapy

March Madness is in full effect at TheraSport Physical Therapy!

March Madness 2015 is NCAA basketball’s prestigious championship tournament, and now it is in full swing!

Basketball players are susceptible to Achilles injuries. The Achilles is the strongest and longest tendon in the body. It attaches to the heel bone, and causes the foot to push off the ground when the calf muscles tighten. When overused, your Achilles can become inflamed and cause tendinitis.

Make an appointment at TheraSport today to find out what preventative measures you can take to avoid tendinitis and other injuries!

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