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The 2017 School Season is approaching…

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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Merchantville, New Jersey Fun Fit Challange 2017

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TSPT and other local businesses had a wonderful turnout for the Fun Fit Challenge. The challenge took place along the bike path in Merchantville, New Jersey.

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Contact TSPT today to find out how we can help you achieve your fitness
goals!

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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TSPT NOW HIRING!

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Licensed Physical Therapist – 30 hours per week – Bilingual (Spanish) a plus

Please email resume to jperno@therasport.org or Fax to: (856) 661-0204

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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Walking

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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 walking safe!

Some Common Walking Injuries Include:

Plantar Fascitis: The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from your heel to the ball of your foot. It is a shock absorber so when the arch of your foot is strained a small tear develops and the tissue tightens causing foot discomfort. Symptoms can be pain or tenderness on your heel or the bottom of your foot. If Plantar Fascitis goes untreated it may develop a heal spur, which is a buildup of calcium around the heel. Physical Therapy and stretching can help loosen tissue and eliminate pain.

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 over-stretching 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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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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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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