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Preparing for Your Visit With a Physical Therapist

Preparing for Your Visit With a Physical Therapist

Physical therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who help patients improve or restore mobility, and in many cases helping patients reduce pain, and avoid the need for surgery and the long-term use of prescription medications and their side effects. Physical therapists examine, evaluate, and treat patients whose conditions limit their ability to move and function in daily life. Your physical therapist’s overall goal is to maintain, restore, or improve your mobility and help reduce your pain. In most states, you can make an appointment with a physical therapist without a physician referral. Whether this is your first visit or you’ve been treated by a physical therapist in the past, there are things you can do to make your visit as successful as possible. Before Your Visit: Make a list of any questions that you might have, so that […]

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One of the top injuries in the workforce – Slips, Trips, and Falls

One of the top injuries in the workforce – Slips, Trips, and Falls

As the physical therapist at Spectrum Physical Therapy and in industrial settings, my staff and I treat patients for a variety of aches and pains—including injuries resulting from slips, trips, and falls. They happen at work. They happen at home. Regardless of where they occur, they’re preventable. How do falls happen? Sixty-five percent of falls occur when a person slips or trips while on a single “level,” such as a sidewalk, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The remaining 35 percent are falls from height. To understand what contributes to slips, trips, and falls so we can better avoid them and the injuries that often follow, it helps to understand what causes a slip or trip. Slips: Where there is too little friction or traction between footwear and a walking surface, people slip. Sounds simple enough, yet there are […]

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When swimmer’s shoulder grabs hold, local physical therapist keeps summer swimmers above water

When swimmer’s shoulder grabs hold, local physical therapist keeps summer swimmers above water

Patchogue, NY (June 27, 2013) – With warmer summer days, approximately 80 percent of Americans will take to water-related activities with an expected 200,000 swimming-related injuries requiring medical attention. The most common swimming-related injury is swimmer’s shoulder. “Among Olympic swimmers and recreational swimmers alike, the most common injury keeping swimmers out of the wahttpter is rotator cuff tendonitis, more frequently known as swimmer’s shoulder,” said Gary Welch, a physical therapist and owner of Spectrum Physical Therapy in Patchogue, and a member of the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. “In most instances, swimmer’s shoulder is preventable by strengthening muscle groups surrounding a weakened rotator cuff.” Welch offers the following strengthening and stabilizing exercises to prevent or minimize the effects of swimmer’s shoulder: 1) External Rotation with Elastic Band – attach one end of an elastic band to […]

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