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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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2014 World Cup Fever at TheraSport Physical Therapy!

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TheraSport Physical Therapy has World Cup fever! The staff at TheraSport is supporting our nation competing in Brazil and watching as we take on the nations of Portugal, Ghana, and Germany.

In our first match against Ghana, the U.S. starting striker, Jozy Altidore made a long sprint to the ball and severely strained his left hamstring.

The hamstrings are a group of 3 muscles located on the back of the thigh. The hamstrings are the powerhouse of your legs, as they control bending your knee, and play a pivotal role in walking, running, jumping, swimming, and cycling.
A hamstring injury can disrupt a training regimen and leave you sidelined, if not treated properly.

At TheraSport, we teach you proper warm up, stretching, and injury prevention techniques to keep you in the game.
Let’s support our soccer team in Brazil and let’s bring the World Cup back to America!

#USMNT #WorldCup2014 #physicaltherapy #injuryprevention

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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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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.

 

 

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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.

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

Orthopedic Injuries:
Post Acoustic Neuroma Removal
Pre-/Post-Operative
Sacroiliac Joint
Sciatica

Sports Injuries:
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
Vestibular Neuritis/Labryinthitis
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)

Other Treatments Available:
Bell’s Palsy
Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)
Concussion
Degenerative Joint/Degenerative Disc
Difficulty with balance training
Falling Episodes
Dizziness
Facet Joint
Headaches
Herniated Disc
Ligament Sprains/Tears
Low Back Pain
Meniere’s Disease
Muscle Strain
Muscle Tears
Neck Pain
Adaptation/Habituation Exercises
Aerobic Conditioning
Assisted Stretching
Balance Retraining
Biofeedback
Brandt-Daroff Exercises
Core Stabilization
Cryotherapy
Electrical Stimulation
Epley Maneuver
Ergonomic Advice
Fall Prevention
Joint/Soft Tissue Mobilization
Manual Physical Therapy
Modalities
Moist Heat
Muscle Energy Techniques
Postural Education
Range of Motion
Strengthening
Stretching
Therapeutic Exercises
Traction
Ultrasound
Vestibular Rehabilitation

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