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What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a form of treatment for when health issues make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. Physical Therapy regularly helps you move better and may relieve pain that you have from an injury or illness. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level to get back to your daily activities.

The goal of physical therapy is to make daily activities easier after surgery or ease the issues of a chronic illness. For example, physical therapy may help with walking, going up stairs, or getting in and out of bed.

Physical therapy can help with recovery after some surgeries. Your doctor may suggest physical therapy for injuries or long-term health problems such as:

•  Back pain or injuries/illnesses of the Back such as a herniated disc.
•  Tendon or ligament problems, an example would be an anterior cruciate
ligament (ACL) injury, a meniscus tear, or plantar fasciitis.
•  Arthritis conditions such as Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
•  Injuries of the spine such as Spinal stenosis
•  Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease
•  Vestibular issues such as vertigo or post concussion syndrome

What does a physical therapist do?

At TheraSport Physical Therapy, our highly skilled physical therapists will examine you and create a treatment plan. Depending on your health and condition, your therapist will help you with flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.

If you have an injury or complication from an illness, your therapist will first reduce your pain and swelling if you have any. Then he or she will work with you to increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance.

Physical therapy almost always includes some form of exercise. Stretching, core exercises, moderated weight lifting, and walking are some physical therapy methods we use at our facilities. Your physical therapist will also construct an individual exercise program so you can keep up with your therapy at home.

Our therapists may use manual therapy, and techniques such as heat, cold, massage, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation during your therapy program.

Contact TheraSport Physical Therapy for a consultation at one of our two New Jersey locations.

TSPT WASHINGTON TWP.
14 Parke Place Blvd Ste D
Sewell, NJ 08080
(856) 256-8393

TSPT MERCHANTVILLE
30 W Maple Ave
Merchantville, NJ 08109
(856) 661-0200

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Let TSPT Help Keep Your New Years Resolution!

People try to get a jump start on their fitness as the New Year rings, however, many of are going about it the wrong way. Unfortunately some injuries don’t get better with just working out, or without a proper physical therapy routine. The main reason for most injuries lingering, of this nature: too much repetition or stress to the injury in too short of time. At TheraSport Physical Therapy, we know it is important to communicate to the individual how crucial it is to build up a fitness routine slowly and carefully, keeping in mind proper nutrition and adequate rest.

Keep your New Years Resolutions with these tips:

Eat Well. Stay Hydrated. After the holidays you may be reaching for cold weather comfort food, but eating fruits and vegetables while drinking water throughout the day can provide you with improved energy. Proper nutrition will also give your muscles the right nutrients they need to limit inflammation and facilitate increased metabolism.

Warm Up. Stretch. Give yourself at least 10-15 minutes prior to your workout to warm-up your body. Dynamic stretches are also a great way to start a workout and get your blood flowing before you move into your cardio or workout routine.

Build Resistance. Recover. If you are sore for more than 3 days following a workout than you probably went a little too hard a little too much. To avoid injury you must build up your routine and recover properly. At TheraSport Physical Therapy we provide a proper exercise program that will give your body exactly what it needs to build strength, stamina, with time for recovery.

Call TheraSport Physical Therapy today, to make an appointment with our skilled physical therapists. Our therapy team will discuss a program that is suitable for you to keep those New Year’s Resolutions! Even if you aren’t prone to injury, your therapist can give you some education on proper technique and form in order to keep you injury-free.

Let TSPT help you with your fitness New Year’s Resolution plan. Call one of our two conveniently located New Jersey facilities now, to get you started! Ring in the New Year by being healthy and injury-free and let us help you every step of the way!

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2014 Back-To-School Tips from TheraSport Physical Therapy!

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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 – Merchantville, NJ and Washington Twp, NJ

TheraSport Physical Therapy is motivated to provide patients with successful rehabilitation goals. We want our patients to reach optimal overall function in work, sports, home and recreational activities.

After we evaluate the patient’s need of physical therapy due to sports injury, surgery, or other impairments, we develop treatment programs that are unique to each individual.

Besides treatment, TheraSport Physical Therapy develops fitness and wellness programs for healthier and more active lifestyles.

For more information about TheraSport Physical Therapy: http://www.therasport.org

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5 Quick Tips for Beach Safety and Injury Prevention from TSPT

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Cape May New Jersey

1. Protect Yourself from the Sun
If you do nothing else, make sure you wear your sunscreen to the beach! Apply waterproof sunscreen before you decide to lay out in the sun this summer. You should wear at least SPF 30 if you plan to be on the beach between the sun’s peak hours, 12 – 4 pm, and read your sunscreen bottle’s instructions on reapplication. Also, you should bring sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UVA/UVB rays. Remember, even if the sky is cloudy, and the sun is not shining directly on you, you can still get burned!

2. Hydrate –
Before you hit the beach, you should be well-hydrated. Pregnant women, children, and older adults, or anyone with chronic health problems, like diabetes are at the highest risk for dehydration, so encourage everyone to drink during the day. Take a cooler with bottled water and sports drinks to replace electrolytes and rehydrate!

3. NO DIVING –
Diving in shallow shore waters is extremely dangerous! Serious injuries, especially spinal injuries, can occur from diving head first into the water and hitting the bottom. Spinal injuries can have severe, lifelong consequences for the victim. Injuries like these are preventable!

4. Be Safe with Sports Equipment –
It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Make sure you play with your sports equipment in a safe, uncrowded area, where you and your friends are not in danger of hitting someone nearby. Familiarize yourself with your equipment. Make sure your boards are the right size for you so that you are not in danger of hurting yourself and others.

5. Swim Near a Lifeguard –
Always check with a lifeguard on swimming conditions before heading into the water. They can alert you of any dangers, prevent you from venturing too far from a safe swimming area, and help you if you get into trouble out in the water.

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Be out on the links all season long…

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Summer is right around the corner, and if you love golf as much as Brad in our Merchantville office, you’ll be out on the links all season long.

Golfers are susceptible to overuse injuries, such as tennis/golfers elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, and chronic back pain. These injuries can occur due to repetitive motions such as gripping the golf club, bending over to putt, or setting up for a shot.

If you suffer from any of these chronic issues, make an appointment with Maryann in our Merchantville, NJ TheraSport Physical Therapy office. She can set you up with a consultation with, Dr. Jennifer Perno, who is a board-certified sports injury specialist, and can help get you back into the swing of things.

Keep track of us and what is new on our TheraSport Physical Therapy Facebook page!

 

 

 

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Put a little Spring in your step at TheraSport Physical Therapy!

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Spring is right around the corner, which means it’s time to tend to that garden! However, getting down on your hands and knees to plant can be difficult and hard on your back.

If you experience this kind of trouble, try warming up before you start gardening by walking or stretching. Don’t do the same task in the same position for too long as that can lead to muscle and joint pain or repetitive-motion injuries.

At TheraSport Physical Therapy, we can show you stretching techniques that address stiffness. We also teach core-strengthening exercises that can help reduce low back pain, common in prolonged kneeling and bent over positions.

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