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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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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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TSPT – Back to School 2016

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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 – Soccer

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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

MCL/ACL Tear:

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.

Ankle Sprain:

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!

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Catastrophe Averted – A Concussion Story

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.”

Jennifer Liss with concussion patientWhen 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.
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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.

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Keep Cool with your Summer Exercise! – TheraSport Physical Therapy

Summer exercise is great, but some days the conditions may not be ideal. The sweltering sun, high humidity, and blazing hot temperatures are all factors you must consider with your summer exercise routine. You can learn tips to enhance your exercise routine this summer, without compromising your health.

• Time your exercises around the hottest points of the day. Beat the heat.

• Take breaks and rest in shaded areas. If you are doing cardio, remember to take in account the levels of heat and stress on your body.

• Protect your skin from over exposure of UV rays. Use a sunblock when exercising outside. Make sure you reapply when necessary.

• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water before and after your exercise routine.

• Make sure you eat well. You need to have a well rounded diet to perform your best, especially in harsh weather conditions.

• Be mindful of how long you are exposed to the heat. It takes very little time in the sun for our bodies to get overheated. So manage your exercise time properly.

• During the hottest exercise days, consider wearing loose,  and UV protective clothing. You want your clothes to breathe to ensure you won’t overheat.

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