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Licensed Physical Therapist – 30 hours per week – Bilingual (Spanish) a plus
Please email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to: (856) 661-0204
The Soccer season is in full swing, and with such a dynamic sport many injuries can occur without proper stretching or injury prevention activities. Soccer injury prevention consists of strengthening and conditioning for optimal physical performance while on the pitch. Most soccer training sessions have well-designed practice plans for skills and tactics, with a solid warm-up before play. A healthier team with fewer injuries comes from a well prepared fitness plan and training schedule.
Most time loss injuries in soccer are due to ligament injuries (to the ankle and knee) In a high energy fast-paced soccer match, ligament injuries are very common. In lower levels of play, injuries that lead to the most concern, especially amongst middle and high school areas of play knee injuries, specifically to the anterior cruciate ligament.
Some Common Soccer Injuries Include:
Hip Flexor Strains:
Common in the soccer population due to the kicking involved, strains occur when a muscle is overstretched causing tearing in the muscle. Therapy is an excellent way to decrease swelling and increase flexibility, strength, returning the individual to playing soccer.
Patello Femoral Syndrome:
A more common problem in female soccer players, it involves poor tracking of your patella in the femoral groove. Therapy helps to re-align the patella and decrease pain in the knee joint
Soccer players often injure the ligaments in the knee due to the cutting and pivoting required in the sport. The medial collateral ligament and anterior cruciate ligament are two of the four major knee ligaments. Following a tear of one or more of these ligaments, treatment varies from therapy to surgical reconstruction.
Common in Soccer players, it involves over stretching of the ligaments that stabilize the ankle joint. This injury responds well to a therapy program that is designed to increase strength, flexibility, and propricopetion in the ankle joint.
Contact TSPT today to find out how we can help develop a program to boost your sports performance and overall fitness goals!
On The Level
A Quarterly Newsletter of the Vestibular Disorders Association
By Jennifer Liss (with Sherron Laurrell)
There are all kinds of events that have the potential for disrupting our lives. A near fatal car accident certainly fits that description. A resulting concussion interrupts life for both the sufferer and for those who love them.
That is exactly what Deana Leonard faced on a December afternoon in 2014. As she and her mother were on their way Christmas shopping, a man “late to work” blew through a red light and hit their car on the driver’s side, demolishing the front end. Deana’s mom was injured by the seat belt and fortunately healed without issue. Deana, however, was not so lucky.
After the collision, Deana jumped out of the car and instantly felt nauseous. Her head was hurting. Her focus was on her mom. And she was scared! The police wanted her to go to the hospital. She said “no.” She was terrified, she thought, but not hurt. She just wanted to go home and go to bed.
Two days later she was “talking crazy” and not making any sense. Her husband and her twin sister began insisting that she go to the hospital but she continued to resist. Finally they didn’t offer her the choice. When they arrived at the ER the doctors asked why she had waited. They ran tests and did a CT scan and then told her, “You have concussion like symptoms. You need to follow up with a neurologist.”
On December 19th, Deana saw a concussion specialist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), who confirmed that Deana had a concussion. “Time is your friend Deana, but vestibular rehabilitation therapy will help you recover more quickly.”
When Deana came to see me, she felt like her head was in constant motion. Clinically she presented with motion sensitivity, dizziness, imbalance, light sensitivity, head pressure and cervical stiffness. Her injuries were the result of the air bag deployment. During the balance exam her BESS (Balance Error Scoring System) score was a 22 (normal is 10 or less); her timed heel/toe walk (10 feet with turn) was 21 seconds (normal is less than 14 seconds without losing balance). Her MSQ (motion sensitivity quotient) showed a severe handicap at 52 percent. All other tests supported the finding of concussion. Her first appointment with me was December 31, 2014, seventeen days after her accident.
She had continual dizziness and balance issues over the holidays, but being a mom she didn’t want to spoil the Christmas season for her two children, Megan, age 14 and Brett, age 9, by starting VRT. For many years before her accident, Deana had suffered from moderate to severe car sickness. Concussions can exacerbate previously existing conditions. After a thorough examination and case history I was able to say to Deana, “I have good news for you. After you complete VRT, you will feel better from the concussion and your long standing motion sickness issues may subside too!”
Deana began VRT twice a week at my office with homework she did on her own. It was a struggle at first. She continued to have severe headaches for the first few weeks. As her vestibular rehab progressed she began to feel better. When
she went for her check-in with the concussion specialist at CHOP in early February she was able to report that she felt much better – fewer headaches, more balanced.
As a middle school guidance counselor, Deana tried not to miss too much work. In total she missed only six days. Her principal was very supportive of her situation. Her students were terrific! In her role, she had always handled accommodations of concussion cases for students but now she has a deeper appreciation of how to coach teachers who “resist” the reality that a concussion is serious business.
Her advice to others? If you are in a car accident, GO TO THE HOSPITAL! Don’t wait. Concussions are no joke!
Deana graduated from VRT on April 30. She is doing well and is grateful that her fear that she would never be normal again has been replaced with regained balance and no car sickness!
Jennifer Liss is “Susan Herdman certified” in Vestibular Rehabilitation. She is an Adjunct Professor of Kinesiology at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. TheraSport Physical Therapy offices are located in New Jersey, where she has practiced for 16 years. She can be reached at JenLiss@Therasport.org.
Sherron Laurrell is a vestibular patient who has been treated by Dr.Liss. They now collaborate on case studies to educate and help others.
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!
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.
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.
Keep in touch with us on the TheraSport Physical Therapy facebook page! We look forward to getting to know you, helping you achieve results and becoming your preferred Physical Therapist.
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.
At TheraSport Physical Therapy our Doctors of Physical Therapy and Physical Therapists are experienced with the following:
Arthritis | Back pain | Balance dysfunction | Bursitis | Carpal Tunnel Syndrome | Chronic pain | Dizziness | Dislocations | Fibromyalgia | Fractures | Hand injuries | Headaches | Herniated discs | Incontinence | Knee injuries | Neck pain | Osteoporosis | Pelvic pain | Plantar fasciitis | Posture dysfunction | Rotator Cuff injuries | Sports injuries | Strokes | Musculoskeletal disorders | Sprains | Tendonitis | Walking dysfunction
Vestibular Therapy | Therapeutic Exercise | Therapeutic Activities | Electrical Stimulation | Ultrasound | Moist Heat and Cryotherapy | Iontophoresis | Neuromuscular Re-education | Fitness Conditioning | Sports Therapy
Call us today to set up a consultation. We have to convenient locations in the South Jersey area.
Or visit our website: http://www.therasport.org
TSPT Washington Twp. – 14 Parke Place Blvd Ste A Sewell NJ 08080 (856) 256-8393
TSPT Merchantville – 30 W Maple Ave. Merchantville NJ 08109 (856) 661-0200
Post Acoustic Neuroma Removal
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
Other Treatments Available:
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Degenerative Joint/Degenerative Disc
Difficulty with balance training
Low Back Pain
Joint/Soft Tissue Mobilization
Manual Physical Therapy
Muscle Energy Techniques
Range of Motion
TheraSport Physical Therapy is a privately owned physical therapy practice with two clinic locations—one in Merchantville, NJ and one in Sewell, NJ. We pride ourselves on the clinical expertise of our therapy staff. All of our therapists have 12 or more years of experience treating patients. We have worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings so we are familiar with the many complications which may arise post-operatively with orthopedic patients who are now seen very acutely in outpatient clinics. With the aging population, many medical factors influence our clinical decision making and must be taken into account when providing therapy services. With our extensive experience with both cardiopulmonary and neurological populations in the inpatient setting, we feel that our clinical expertise is far beyond most other outpatient therapy clinics.
We offer four unique subspecialties within the field of physical therapy at our practice. We have a Sports Certified Specialist who is credentialed by the APTA for detailed diagnosis and treatment of the injured athlete. There is an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist also credentialed by the APTA in the evaluation and management of orthopedic and post-operative patients. These two certifications require at least two years of experience treating those specific populations and passing rigorous written examination. We also have two clinicians Certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT) by the McKenzie Institute USA. This certification requires over 100 hours of continuing education in the mechanical evaluation and diagnosis of the cervical spine, lumbar spine and the extremities. We offer a final subspecialty certification in Vestibular Rehabilitation through the Susan Herdman program based out of Emory University. This is one of the most intensive, nationally recognized training programs currently offered in the field of vestibular therapy. Both the MDT and Vestibular certifications require passing written and practical examination.
TheraSport Physical Therapy prides itself on faster, more effective long-term patient outcomes. We are highly trained diagnosticians who perform detailed physical examination and establish individualized treatment plans based on clinical findings. We encourage extensive continuing education and pride ourselves on the superior clinical skills of our staff. We consistently deliver the highest quality care to our patients and tailor each and every therapy program to the specific needs of the individual. We thank you for allowing us to participate in your care.
14 Parke Place Suite D
Sewell, New Jersey 08080
30 W. Maple Avenue
Merchantville, New Jersey 08109