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TheraSport Physical Therapy – Baseball

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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 batting in proper form!

Some Common Baseball Injuries Include:

Ulnar Collateral Sprain: This injury involves spraining or tearing of the ligament that stabilizes the inside of the elbow joint. This injury often occurs due to poor mobility/strength in the shoulder or from “over throwing”. Therapy can help this condition unless there is complete tearing which requires “Tommy John” Surgery.

Labral Injury: The Glenoid labrum is a cartilage washer in your shoulder that helps to increase the stability of the joint. Symptoms of labral injury include popping, feeling of instability in the shoulder, and “dead arm” after throwing.

Rotator Cuff Strain: Overhead Athletes are at a higher risk for injury to their rotator cuffs. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles that help with stability and movement of the shoulder. Overhead motion can pinch these muscles and over stress them causing injury.

Lumbar/Abdominal Strain: Hitting and throwing involves a lot of trunk rotation, which can cause strain in the abdominal and lower back muscles. Therapy can help decrease the pain and increase the strength in this muscle with sport specific exercises.

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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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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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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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Catastrophe Averted – A Concussion Story

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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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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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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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