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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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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 – 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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Are you a Fall Risk? Contact TheraSport Physical Therapy Today!

ARE YOU A FALL RISK?
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!

Balance Screening Will Include:

• An evidence-based functional outcome
assessment tool used to assess fall risk

• A brief customized home exercise program
with pictures and written instructions

• A FREE fall prevention giveaway item

• An educational magnet to reduce fall risk

• Educational handouts & brochures will
be available for various conditions

Screenings will be provided by Doctors
of Physical Therapy who Specialize in:

• Vestibular Rehabilitation

• Orthopedics

• Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment of the Spine

• Sports Medicine

(Certified Specialists in Vestibular, Orthopedics and Spine)

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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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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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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