Post-Op Rehab for Rotator Cuff Repair

The rotator cuff is a group of four tendons attached to the ball of the shoulder joint. These tendons surround the ball much like the cuff of a sleeve fits around the wrist. When the arm turns away from the body, the tendons act to hold the ball correctly in the socket with a smooth motion. If these tendons becomes torn, it may become difficult to use the arm in normal everyday activities. A rotator cuff tear can happen through contact to the shoulder or through repeated stress over the years. Continue reading Post-Op Rehab for Rotator Cuff Repair

National Obesity Month

Did you know that worldwide obesity has doubled since 1980? That’s only 35 years! In America alone, one in every three children and more than one third of the adult population is overweight or obese. The medical costs of obese patients totaled an average of $1,429 higher than those of patients of normal weight, according to the CDC. This isn’t totally surprising considering obesity puts people at an increased risk for a myriad of health problems including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and development of type-2 diabetes and certain types of cancers. Continue reading National Obesity Month

How Physical Therapy Can Help Runner’s Knee

Runner’s knee, also known as Patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS), is a common athletic injury. The overuse of the knee cap area causes pain just above and below the knee cap, making it painful to even walk. Some factors that lead to “runner’s knee” are weak inner quadricep muscles, hip abductors, external rotators, and gluteus muscles. These weaknesses cause the limb to internally rotate, with weight bearings, affecting the tracking of the knee cap. Other than weak muscles, poor foot training and mechanics can cause runner’s knee. The pain is most noticeable at night or in the morning due to immobility which leads to inflammation of the knee cartilage. Continue reading How Physical Therapy Can Help Runner’s Knee

Post-Op Rehab for Total Shoulder Replacement

Total shoulder replacement arthroplasty is a common and well-established type of shoulder procedure that attempts to reduce pain as well as improve function of the shoulder. In this surgery, the damaged bones and cartilage in the shoulder are replaced with metal and plastic implants. Even though it is an intimidating, large-scale operation with a long recovery period, it is most of the time very successful and has yielded plenty of positive results for patients. While you will not be able to move your shoulder as far as before, you will experience a lot less pain when doing normal activities and routines.

It is extremely important that you start doing physical therapy immediately after a total shoulder replacement. Following the operation, a physical therapist may begin performing gentle exercises on your shoulder. These exercises are passive, meaning the physical therapist moves your arm for you while you relax. During the first few days after surgery, your physical therapist will continue moving your arm to keep your shoulder loose. He or she will also show you how to use a pulley device so that you can move your arm once you are home. After a couple of days recuperating in the hospital, you will be sent home to recover. During the first six weeks you are home, you will be restricted to limited activities and will not be allowed to move any shoulder muscles.

Once you have reached the six week mark, you may begin to do some light stretching as well as exercises focusing on active use of the shoulder muscles. These exercises may include elbow range of motion, grip strengthening, scapula retraction, supported arm pendulum, and external rotation. After 3 months, your physical therapist will ramp up the intensity of your strength training exercises.

Total shoulder replacement surgery may seem like a difficult surgery to recover from due to arduous rehab that comes after, but at Enhanced Physical Therapy, we aim to make your rehab as smooth and comfortable as possible and getting your shoulder back to feeling healthy and pain-free!

Total Hip Replacement

One hip replacement can be daunting for anyone to recover from but two presents a whole new world of problems. Hip replacements are needed for various reasons, including a patient born with degenerative hips, worn down hips due to age, or an accident requiring one or more hips to be replaced. During a hip replacement, the surgeon takes out the painful hip joint and replaces it with an artificial one. The new joint is made up of a combination of metal and plastic and should provide stability for the future while also providing significant pain relief, but the rehabilitation process can also be a long and painful one.

Recovery from a total hip replacement is a slow process, and each exercise must be treated as a baby step towards normalcy, but a patient must remain confident that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Initial exercises are usually performed in a seated position, often in bed, at the hospital shortly after surgery and aim to increase blood flow and regain strength in the legs. Although they can cause discomfort as well as added pain, these exercises can speed up recovery and decrease pain in the long run. The next set of exercises are often performed with a physical therapist and add in weight and resistance, implementing both lying down and standing exercises using resistance bands, ankle weights, and specific exercise machines.

Hip replacement is often the last resort when all other treatment options have failed due to the difficulty of the surgery and the length of rehabilitation. The professionals at Enhanced Physical Therapy aim to make the rehabilitation process as quick and pain free as possible while providing optimal care for all patients.

Post-Op Rehab Total Knee Replacement

Total knee replacement surgery can be a scary procedure to go through. However, it is an extremely common operation performed on many people. For most people, it takes up to 3 months for a person to resume daily activities, after total knee replacement surgery and from 6 to 12 months to regain full strength and endurance. Thanks to modern advances in medicine and science, it is very easy for people to recover from a total knee replacement with the proper care and rigorous physical therapy.

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ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation

ACL injuries can be devastating and are becoming all too common in high impact sports or those in which there is a lot of stopping and starting. Those that play stop and go sports or those in which quick cuts are more susceptible to ACL injuries. Although recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery seems like a daunting task, medical advances have made it quicker and easier than ever. Continue reading ACL Reconstruction Rehabilitation

The Mulligan Concept for the Hand

The Mulligan Concept is a newer technique being used in Physical Therapy.  The secret behind the Mulligan Concept is applying a skillful, moving pressure to a stressed or painful target area.  Now do not be put off by ‘stress’ or ‘painful’, because the concept is not a painful one.  The Mulligan Concept results in a feeling of relief more than it introduces any pain.  Consider any time your shoulders have ached whether it is from lifting boxes or sleeping too hard or one side.  Think back and remember how you might have stretched that shoulder down and rubbed your fingers along the joint to relieve tension and pain, the Mulligan Concept follows the same idea. Continue reading The Mulligan Concept for the Hand

Headache Treatments in Mineola: Introducing the Mulligan Concept

Are you suffering from migraines and are looking for headache treatments in Mineola? Headache pain can be a tricky health issue. Sometimes, all you need to do to alleviate your pain is to take some ibuprofen. Other times, the pain can be so excruciating that you cannot see straight or move. There are many different headache treatments that can be used to resolve your pain. Many of these headache treatments can be done at home with remedies such as: Continue reading Headache Treatments in Mineola: Introducing the Mulligan Concept

PT for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrome is a painful condition that can hinder your ability to complete your daily routines. The “carpal tunnel” is a channel on the palm side of your wrist that protects the nerves and tendons that are responsible for your fingers to bend. When pressure is applied to this nerve you will start to experience pain or a numbing sensation in your wrist. This pain, and other pains associated with carpal tunnel syndrome, can be relieved by your physical therapist!

Carpal tunnel syndrome can affect people in many lines of work. Whether you are working in an assembly line or in an office, carpal tunnel is a reality that you might face. During the first stages of carpal tunnel syndrome you will start by feeling a tingling or burning sensation in the palm of your hand. As it progresses, things will become harder to do and your daily activities will be affected. Things as easy as holding a hairbrush will become a pain. If you do begin to feel this pain, you should contact a physical therapist or healthcare professional to plan out your treatment options.

Your physical therapist will start out by performing several tests on your wrists in order to conclude that you do have carpal tunnel syndrome. Once it is determined that you do have carpal tunnel syndrome, your physical therapist will come up with the perfect treatment plan for you. A physical therapist can provide you will education on how to take care of your carpal tunnel during your everyday life. They will also provide you with several exercises to help your wrist and hand. The exercises will include various stretching and strengthening exercises. The stretching exercises will improve your flexibility while the strengthening exercises will increase the strength of your wrist muscles. A physical therapist can perform nerve glides to increase the flexibility of the nerves.  You will also receive hot and cold treatments as well as ultrasound as a way to relieve the pain.

Besides providing physical therapy, your physical therapist can also provide you with information on how to adjust your workplace to better suit your wrists. By adjusting your office to fit your height and posture you can decrease your risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. Next time you are beginning to feel pain in your wrist and think it may be from carpal tunnel syndrome, contact your physical therapist right away. Your physical therapist can be your best asset in relieving the pain associated with carpal tunnel syndrome!