Why Do I Have Tennis Elbow?

Why Do I Have Tennis Elbow?

You may recognize this situation: The doctor diagnoses your elbow pain as something called tennis elbow–but you’ve never played tennis at all! Don’t be confused by the name – tennis elbow is a common complaint, and a background in sports isn’t necessary to be afflicted.

 

The medical term for tennis elbow is lateral epicondylosis, referring to the tendons attached to the bone in your arm near your elbow. These are the tendons that extend the wrist and fingers. But after episodes of repeated gripping or lifting, these tendon anchor muscles can become inflamed or degenerated. When this happens, the attachment of these tendons becomes weakened, and places a strain on the muscles. This can lead to intense pain. It often starts at the bony point on the underside of the elbow and radiates down your forearm. The severe pain can wake you up at night, or stop you from lifting your morning cup of coffee. 

 

Treatment and Therapy

The treatment of tennis elbow targets improving the health of these strained tendons. Restoring strength to the connected muscles is also critically important. The first thing that doctors usually recommend to treat this condition is nonsurgical management. This can include anti-inflammatory medications or steroid injections into the painful area. But in the early stages, a referral to a hand therapist is also highly recommended!

 

An occupational therapist, or a therapist who specializes in working with the hand, wrist, and elbow, will identify what is needed to alleviate the pain in the short term and restore the tendon’s health in the long term. Hand therapists use manual techniques that will help you to move smoothly and comfortably through the stages of healing. In some cases, the therapist may need to customize a splint or brace for you. They will also develop a program of exercises and stretches that you can do at home when you are ready.

 

Whether you’re Roger Federer or an Average Joe, tennis elbow can be a painful, stressful ailment. But a good therapist is key to achieving your goals when it comes to recovering, and is the first step on the road to getting you back in the action!

 

Article written by Joanne E. Petrunik, OTR/L. Joanne specializes in Hand Therapy, Upper Extremity Rehabilitation, Sports Injuries and Pre- and Post- Operative Rehabilitation. You can request an appointment with Joanne at one of our locations.

Adolescent Scoliosis Therapy

Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) is the most common type of scoliosis. Park Sports PT Schroth Method for ScoliosisIt begins
at a young age and becomes more pronounced during periods of rapid growth. Physical Therapy is a preferred specialty for treatment of adolescent scoliosis and it is available in Brooklyn. If diagnosed
early enough, there are multiple steps that can be taken to halt or slow the progression of the
curvature. Screenings performed by your child’s Physical Therapist, PCP or school nurse. It should
be performed at least once per year. It is a simple and effective tool to recognize any signs of scoliosis. Because pain does not always accompany scoliosis, screenings during adolescence are critical particularly if other
members of the family have been diagnosed with scoliosis. Screening is available at our new location in Williamsburg.

The Schroth Method is used for a diagnosis of adolescent scoliosis or kyphosis either pre/post-surgically or
when surgery is not recommended. Physical Therapy addresses the flexible, postural component of adolescent scoliosis.

Scoliosis Therapy – The Schroth Method

This type of therapy can also help individuals with adolescent scoliosis and who have pain. When a child is young and still growing, the bony component of scoliosis is still able to be addressed to halt or slow the risk of progression. The muscles of the ribcage and trunk are targeted to isometrically strengthen and stabilize the spine
for improved posture, decreased pain, improved lung capacity, and stability. Integration of these
principles of correction into activities of daily living and re-enforcement of postural correction
allows for improved quality of life and new, healthy habits. You can find more information about Schroth at the Barcelona Spine Institute https://www.schroth-barcelonainstitute.com/

If conservative treatment is recommended by your physician, a collaboration among multiple
providers such as your physical therapist, orthotist and orthopedist is crucial to ensure the most
effective treatment plan and monitoring. Physical Therapy for adolescent scoliosis is available at our Brooklyn locations in Park Slope and Williamsburg. Please visit our website for directions and office hours https://parksportspt.com/williamsburg-clinic/
This article is written by Kristin Romeo, PT, DPT, OCS, Certified Schroth practitioner

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Welcome Melissa Jesski, PT, DPT

Melissa Jesski PT, DPT with patient

Welcome Melissa Jesski, PT, DPT, our newest physical therapist to join the Park Sports team! Melissa is originally from Chicago and completed her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Saint Louis University in Missouri. Melissa’s midwest sincerity combined with her versatile background in orthopedics, pelvic floor, and aquatic therapy makes her a wonderful addition to our 6th Avenue location. From the start, it was clear that Melissa has a “can-do” attitude and a strong knack for patient education that radiates onto everyone she works with. This type of quality care will undoubtedly help our patients achieve their maximum potential during their rehab journeys. See all that Melissa had to say in her recent one on one interview:

What made you choose PT out of all the healing professions, and was there an “a-ha moment” when you realized this was your passion?

My love for PT is one that grew slowly and steadily, rather than overnight. In high school, I was an athlete – mostly gymnastics and track. During that time, I, unfortunately, developed recurring ankle sprains and became a frequent flyer at our school’s Athletic Trainer. I remember doing my rehab exercises and thinking, “How is it possible that I can sprint 400 meters with my eyes closed, but I cannot simply stand on a Bosu ball with one foot?!” The whole rehab experience was both self-actuating and fascinating. My interest expanded even further at a hospital career fair night, where I learned all about the physical therapy profession. That night I realized that my own recovery with a sports injury could expand to other populations, including burn victims, geriatrics, and neurology patients. I knew I wanted a profession that could impact people’s lives for the better, and PT was clearly the way to do it. It’s safe to say that I chose this profession right out of high school and hit the ground running. I have not looked back since!

What are your hobbies outside of the clinic?

I absolutely love BIKING! Any chance I get – whether it be to and from work, exploring a new part of the city, or just en route to a restaurant – I prefer to experience the world via bike. I also love food and travel (ideally both at the same time)! It doesn’t matter where it is, as long as it is some place new I jump right on board. My next planned getaway is to Banf, Canada.

Tell us more about your background in aquatics and pelvic floor therapy!

I want to first start by saying that aquatics is such a powerful and untapped into tool in physical therapy! When I was a student, I had a hodgepodge of jobs. One was as a PT Aide that happened to be at a pediatric aquatic clinic. There I interacted with kids who had disabilities ranging from cerebral palsy (CP) to Down’s syndrome. On land, I saw that these kids were not very energetic – they were seemingly shy and did not respond well to other PT tactics. However, I could also see that deep down they wanted to just play like kids. Once we got them in a pool, it was a complete energy shift! They were free to splash all over the place and enjoy what gravity had previously weighed down. Flash forward to my clinical rotations in PT school, and I made sure to get experience in an aquatic setting. Beyond pediatrics, I saw how pools work as a good in-between for complex patients who cannot weight bear well on land. Gains for these patients might happen faster in a pool setting and instill the strength and confidence they need to get back to standard PT.

My interest in pelvic floor therapy happened while working alongside pelvic floor therapists. At first, I had no idea what it entailed. All I knew was that this group of women were exceedingly grateful to their therapists. Unfortunately, the difficulties women experience both during and after pregnancy are often not coffee table conversation. I wondered why I myself, as an educated “science person,” had never heard of stress incontinence or prolapse. I realized the disconnect between what the average person knows vs actually experiences during pregnancy and saw PT as a way to bridge that gap.

Is there anything that makes your clinical approach unique?

I certainly place a huge emphasis on creating individual goal-oriented treatment plans. Something I ask all of my patients is, “What do you want to get back to, and how can I help you get there?” With whatever I do, I am thinking about the long term! This means integrating dynamic functional movements into therapy, not just isolated exercises. For example, if a kid needs to get back to playing soccer, doing ankle pumps is only a small part of the picture. I will also analyze their core strength and endurance, so that kid doesn’t have to worry about their joints eventually failing on them. Lastly, I find it very important to educate people on WHY they are doing certain exercises.  Getting an individual to understand that X and Y lead to Z is key to building their exercise adherence.

What do you think is the most important aspect of the patient-provider relationship?

In one simple statement – it has to be a team effort. Patients deserve the opportunity to give their provider feedback about what is and is not working, just as much as providers need to be clear in their explanations. Luckily, physical therapists get to see patients throughout their entire journey and have many chances to reevaluate progress.

Why are you excited to join the Park Sports team?

I definitely have a sense of autonomy at Park Sports that I have not experienced at other PT settings. This allows the provider to directly do what’s best for the patient without any loopholes. Also, having exposure to a versatile patient population is something that only a clinic in Brooklyn can offer. Lastly, the team effort and sense of encouragement is palpable at Park Sports. These therapists are constantly learning and bouncing ideas off one another to better themselves and their patients. You can’t really ask for more when it comes to quality patient care!

To meet Melissa in person and see her treatment in action, click below to schedule an appointment, or visit our 6th Avenue location.

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Postpartum Diastasis Recti – A Pelvic Floor PTs Perspective

As a pelvic floor physical therapist, almost every new mom I treat has concerns over diastasis rectus abdominis (DRA) or “diastasis recti.” This condition happens during and after pregnancy because of the stress placed on the rectus abdominus (the famous “six pack” muscle) as a fetus grows within the uterus. DRA typically develops in the second or third trimester, when the fetus is growing most rapidly. Certain factors, like older age and having multiple pregnancies, may make a woman more susceptible to developing DRA. Simply put, the connecting tissue between the two sides of the abdominal wall called the linea alba, stretches and separates. Some women heal on their own, but others may not.

While brushed off as commonplace (which it is!), DRA is not insignificant. Any woman experiencing changes within her body is justified in her concerns, whether they are physical or aesthetic. Concerns I often hear are, “Is this just something all women have to accept? Why did no one tell me this could happen?” And the most common one… “Will it ever go back to together?”

The good news is that women are smarter and more empowered than ever before, and many are now seeking help from a pelvic floor physical therapist. If you are affected by postpartum DRA, pelvic floor physical therapy can be a highly effective approach!

Why is it important to treat diastasis recti?

The abdominal muscles support your posture, help control movement, and protect the internal organs (i.e. bladder, uterus, and rectum). If you are affected by DRA, you may therefore be at an increased risk for injury. The symptoms associated with DRA combined with the the many stressors that come with having a new baby can negatively affect a woman’s quality of life.

What does diastasis recti or DRA feel like?

The separated abdominal muscles usually do not cause pain, but the sequela of DRA can lead to dysfunction within the body. Symptoms usually develop gradually over the course of a woman’s pregnancy, and may linger following labor and delivery. Symptoms associated with DRA include:

  • Weakness within the midsection.
  • A visible and palpable gap between the rectus abdominis muscle.
  • Pelvic-floor muscle dysfunction.
  • Urinary or bowel problems (incontinence, leakage, constipation, etc).
  • Poor posture.
  • Occasionally low back, pelvic, or hip pain.

What is a diastasis diagnosis?

A physical therapist will review your medical history and symptoms. This includes questions related to your pregnancy, labor, delivery, breastfeeding habits, and physical recovery. They will also assess orthopedic factors, including your posture, range of motion, and muscle strength. Lastly, they will do a gentle abdominal muscle examination to note the degree of separation.

What should I expect in terms of treatment?

If you do develop DRA, the earlier you see a physical therapist, the faster you will be on your road to improved function! Treatment strategies include:

  1. Education. Your PT will be your coach and your teacher. They will guide you through a safe and effective plan of care and teach you movements to avoid early on (i.e. not to perform traditional sit-ups or crunches).
  2. Bracing. Sometimes taping or bracing the abdominal region can provide external support for women with DRA. It can also work as a cue when relearning the correct position for your midsection.
  3. Postural Training.  One of the most important components when treating DRA is improving postural control. This will involve activating core muscles such as your transverse abdominus (a deep abdominal muscle) and your pelvic floor without overusing the rectus abdominus muscle. In addition to strengthening, stretching plays a big role in postural control. While we often think all the muscles become weak during pregnancy, others may actually become overactive and tight. Your physical therapist will help you restore this balance. Lastly, they will help you transfer your gains to real life and review proper form when performing daily activities, such as lifting and carrying your baby.

In sum, DRA is a very prevalent condition that can be addressed with guidance from a skilled PT. If you have any questions related to diastasis recti or would like to get started on a PT program, I am happy to help!

 

Written By: Lacey Salberg

Lacey Salberg PT, DPT
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Dr. Lacey Salberg, PT, DPT
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Increasing Shoulder Range of Motion

Increasing shoulder range of motion after injury or surgery is key to recovery and shoulder performance. Genya Royfman, PT, DPT is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Hampton University. She’s been a part of the Park Sports team for about a year now and has a passion for treating shoulder injuries. Genya, who is a former high school football player and currently an avid rock climber, has herself had multiple shoulder surgeries and experiences with PT as a patient. When it comes to shoulder issues and recovery, Genya says clearly, “I can relate.”

GENYA ROYFMAN, PT, DPT

The Shoulder and injury.

The shoulder is a complex joint built to allow movement in many directions: forward, backward, around in a circle, and away from the body. Muscles and ligaments help keep the shoulder stable and secure in your shoulder socket. Injuries can occur whether you are an athlete, super active, or an occasionally active weekend adventurer or DIYer.

Quick overview of your shoulder.

Your shoulder joint is a ball-and-socket joint. The head of the humerus (upper arm bone) is the ball and the scapula (shoulder blade) forms the socket where the humerus sits.

The scapula and arm are connected to the body by multiple muscle and ligament attachments. The front of the scapula is also connected to the clavicle or collarbone through what is called the acromioclavicular joint.

As you move your arm around your body, your scapula must also move to maintain the ball and socket in normal alignment. Keeping this alignment steady and sturdy is a life long challenge.  Injury to the multiple muscles and ligaments that keep everything functioning is quite common. Recovery is not always so simple however.

Range of Motion.

Shoulder Range of Motion or ROM is the measurement of movement around a specific joint or body part. ROM can become limited due to joint overuse, arthritis, or sudden trauma to the joint.  Lack of ROM is a strong indicator of injury, not to mention, it can limit your daily functions and cause persistent pain and discomfort. Working with a physical therapist, you will increase your range of motion and strengthen your joint. This occurs through joint manipulation and specialized exercises.

Like all Park Sports therapists, Genya performs detailed research into her client’s history and current injury before any treatment begins. After Genya creates a plan for her patient’s shoulder injury treatment or post-op plan in conjunction with her patient’s surgeon, often she is initially focused on strengthening scapula involvement. “I make sure the scapula is properly engaged, people tend to forget about the shoulder blade.” There are a number of early stage treatment exercises she typically begins with.  These will help work the scapula and also test early treatment ROM.

Shoulder Blade Squeezes.

It is important to engage the upper trapezius muscles at the start of treatment. Genya’s shoulder blade squeezes address the mid to lower trap muscles. As a result, they loosen the upper trap muscles. This helps to relieve neck and shoulder discomfort. Your trap muscle consists of three parts and has many different functions—lifting your shoulders, holding up your neck and head and moving your shoulder blade. When this muscle is tight, it affects your entire body. Tight traps are significant enough to influence your training, recovery, and overall well being.

Scapular Wall Slide.

The Scapular Wall Slide is another early stage exercise designed to improve scapula stabilization. Genya positions her patient in front of a wall and squeezes their shoulder blades.  The patient then slides their forearm up the wall maintaining contact with the wall the entire time. Wall slides train the muscles surrounding the scapula for both dynamic and static stability – controlling the position of the scapula during arm movement.

Treatment length varies.

Treatment length varies from patient to patient depending many factors.  Very recently, Genya discharged a patient that had been with her for an extended period of time recovering from a massive shoulder injury. “It was an emotional experience for both of us, lots of laughing, crying, and hard work.  She now has full range of motion and a healthily functioning shoulder. She is pain free and active again.  I am so proud of our work together!”

Our New Williamsburg Facility.

If you have shoulder soreness, tightness or an injury call us directly for a free evaluation. We offer free consultations and direct access to all of our facilities including our brand new state of the art center at 490 Driggs Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Low Back Pain and Spring Gardening

It’s spring time!

This means time outdoors and spring-cleaning. Needless to say, it’s also a time of potential low back pain as many people who have been less active over the winter suddenly thrust themselves into fun activities and chores.

Low back pain is common.

Low back pain is one of the main reasons people visit their doctor. According to a study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine, more than 80 percent of Americans will experience an episode of low back pain at some time in their lives. This time of year is a popular one for back pain. One popular cause for low back pain is gardening.

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Gardening can cause back pain.

If you like gardening, this is an exciting time of year. Here are some quick tips on lowering your chances of injury while gardening from The American Council on Exercise:

  • Use correct posture and form.
  • Warm up before you garden with a 10-minute walk.
  • Make sure all of your movements are smooth and steady.
  • Keep your abdominal muscles taut.
  • Lift with your legs (never your back).
  • Don’t twist your back while digging.
  • Breathe regularly. Exhale when you lift, and inhale as you lower a heavy load.

Even with preventative measures, back pain is a frequent injury.

Park Sports Therapy treatments focus on relieving pain, improving back movement, and fostering healthy posture. Our therapists will design a rehabilitation program to address your particular condition and work with you to help prevent future problems.

Time required for treatment varies.

The time required for rehabilitation varies among patients. If you visited a doctor prior to contacting our team, we will review your physician tests and reports as well as do our own assessments before we develop your specific plan. It is possible that after our assessment, if you have not yet visited your doctor, we will suggest you make an appointment for testing before physical therapy treatment. Our treatments are designed to ease pain and to improve your immediate mobility, strength, posture, and function. We will also teach you how to control your symptoms and how to protect your spine for the years ahead.

Get back to normal and better.

Back pain is uncomfortable. One of the most important steps is to improve your comfort so you can get back to normal activities with improved fitness and awareness. We’ll show you ways to position your spine for maximum comfort while you move, recline, and sleep. Normal activity helps your recovery.

To help calm pain and potential muscle spasm, your treatment plan may include hands-on, manual therapy techniques. To avoid deconditioning of your back, we encourage active rehabilitation. With this active approach, you’ll be shown how to lift and move safely. In addition, aerobic exercises are used to improve your general fitness and endurance including walking on a treadmill, riding a stationary bike, swimming, yoga, and pilates. These activities can relieve the stress of low back pain and they can cause your body to release endorphins into the blood stream – your body’s own natural painkillers.

You’ll take an active role in learning how to care for your back pain. We also always develop an at-home plan for your long term health.

Post surgery treatment.

If surgery is performed by your physician, our team can help you recover faster with a customized post-operative treatment plan.

Gardening can be healing.

While gardening is hard work, it can also promote healing. The Cleveland Clinic reports that it can actually help ease chronic pain in some cases because it’s good exercise and helps relieve stress.

“Gardening reconnects us to the cycles of nature. These cycles are the rhythm of life itself. When we spend time in the garden, we learn to slow down and forget our daily worries.”

We agree. So prepare your self and know there is treatment available if your feel discomfort.

Happy Gardening!

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Shoulder Injuries: The Rotator Cuff

Shoulder injuries and pain are frequent complaints we encounter at Park Sports Physical Therapy. There are many factors involved in the diagnosis of shoulder pain. A skillful clinician looks at the whole picture – your posture, the entire kinetic chain including your core and lower extremities musculature, the spinal alignment and most importantly, your shoulder blade mechanics. After all, shoulder pain is most often just a manifestation of a deeper problem.

One problem we often see concerns shoulder injuries to the Rotator Cuff.

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

Shoulder injuries to the Rotator cuff such as Rotator Cuff tendinitis affects the tendons and muscles that help move your shoulder joint. It is often preceded by the shoulder impingement syndrome, when the tendons of the rotator cuff get “squeezed” by the bony elements. It is a result of faulty mechanics during shoulder elevation, which leads to irritation and inflammation of the tendon and eventually to tendinitis. This condition usually occurs over time and reflects a certain athletic lifestyle or profession that requires repetitive arm and shoulder movement.
Sometimes rotator cuff tendinitis can occur without any known cause. Most people with rotator cuff tendinitis are able to regain full function of the shoulder without any pain.

Symptoms

The symptoms of rotator cuff tendinitis tend to get worse over time. Initial symptoms may be relieved with rest, but the symptoms can later become constant. Symptoms that go past the elbow usually indicate another problem.

Some symptoms include:

  • Pain and swelling in the front of your shoulder and side of your arm
  • pain triggered by raising or lowering your arm
  • a clicking sound when raising your arm
  • stiffness
  • pain that causes you to wake from sleep
  • pain when reaching behind your back
  • a loss of mobility and strength in the affected arm

Rotator Cuff Tears

There are two kinds of rotator cuff tears. A partial tear is when the tendon that protects the top of your shoulder is frayed or damaged. The other is a complete tear. A complete tear goes all the way through the tendon or pulls the tendon off the bone.

Physical Therapy Treatment

If you have a shoulder injury to the rotator cuff such as rotator cuff tendinitis or a rotator cuff tears, you’re not alone. It happens to millions of people every year. It’s a common cause of shoulder pain. The right treatment can make you feel better, keep a small injury from getting worse, and help you heal. For many people, physical therapy (PT) is the answer. It may be all you need to treat an injured rotator cuff.

At Park Sports our program includes personalized exercise, monitored application of ice and heat, detailed massage from a trained specialist, and specific equipment to help return your shoulder back to its normal range of motion. Our role is not just to treat your pain. We want to help you get back to doing the things you enjoy pain free and with a new understanding of how your body functions to help reduce future injury.

According to WebMd, “one study shows that people who got PT for a rotator cuff tear did just as well as those who had surgery.”

Surgery

If nonsurgical treatment isn’t successful, your doctor may recommend surgery. Most people experience full recovery after having rotator cuff surgery. We also treat many patients after rotator cuff surgery to help them recover quickly and in a way that sustains their health and the healthy future of their rotator cuff.

Please contact us for more information about Park Sports and rotator cuff injuries.

Park Sports PT is a Participating Member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network.

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Scoliosis Treatment: Schroth Method for 13 Year Old Female

The Schroth Method for Scoliosis

Scoliosis affects 6-9 million Americans. The primary age of onset for scoliosis is 10-15 years old, occurring equally male and female. At Park Sports PT, we treat scoliosis using the Scroth Method. This specialized form of treatment has shown to greatly ease pain and improve current and potential quality of health for younger and older patients.

One recent case here at Park Sports involved a 13 year old female named Kathy. Kathy was a highly energized, busy, and athletic young teen. She danced ballet, played lacrosse, and was a competitive swimmer. As is often the case, Kathy discovered she had scoliosis at a regular check up at her doctor’s office. As a result, her doctor monitored Kathy with x-rays every 6 months for a year. They determined that her spine displayed a curve progression over the 12 months. Kathy was also in pain and had to greatly reduce her activities.

Her Diagnosis.

The diagnosis Kathy received from her medical doctor was as follows:

  • Right Thoracic convexity with 11 degree Cobb angle
  • Left Lumbar convexity with 16 degree Cobb angle

Treatment at Park Sports PT.

Kathy and her family decided they wanted to pursue physical therapy. After researching Park Sports PT and visiting our clinics, Kathy began working with our Scroth Method specialist Dr. Kristin Romeo. One of the many aspects of Park Sports Kathy and her family liked was that Dr. Romeo is also an athlete and competitive soccer player and has a personal understanding as to how important body function and health is to athletic performance and everyday activity.

At the start of treatment, Dr. Romeo reviews all medical records pertaining to her patient’s scoliosis. She then performs her own examination, re-taking measurements and preparing her own evaluation. After Dr. Romeo performed these important tasks for Kathy, she designed a treatment plan and schedule.

Excellent results.

Kathy visited Park Sports PT 22 times over the course of three months. After these three months, Kathy was pain free and resumed her full slate of activities. In fact, her Left Lumbar convexity, which was 16 degrees when treatment began, was 11 degrees after three months. Kathy’s family purchased most of the Schroth equipment we used in her sessions at our clinic for home use to help Kathy continue her at-home plan.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Scoliosis, the Schroth Method might be a perfect solution for less pain and better future health. For more information on the Schroth Method, Park Sports PT, and a consultation, please visit us HERE. Park Sports PT is a Participating Member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Rehabilitation Network.

Treating Scoliosis with The Schroth Method

The Schroth Method for treating Scoliosis

Park Sports PT offer patients who have been diagnosed with Scoliosis a highly experienced team focused on the Schroth Method. This specialized form of treatment has shown to greatly ease pain and improve current and potential quality of health for younger and older patients.

We treat a wide variety of patients at Park Sports PT and one case involved an active 67 year old female named Abby. Abby was used to playing tennis three times a week and walking three miles per day. Pain from her scoliosis rendered these activities impossible. As a result, Abby tried conventional physical therapy on two separate occasions, both leaving her in more pain and desperate for a solution.  Consequently, these events lead her to seek the Schroth Method from Park Sports PT.

Patient Profile: Abby, 67 Year old Female

Abby met with our Schroth Method specialist Dr. Kristin Romeo. At the time of her evaluation, Abby presented with a L lumbar convexity of 42 degrees. Because of this, she was experiencing sever pain in her lower back, both hips, and pain in her neck region. She was in agony and questioned whether she would ever play tennis or walk more than a few blocks unaided again.

After conducting a thorough examination and reviewing all of Abby’s medical records pertaining to her Scoliosis, Dr. Romeo created a customized program of treatment for Abby. They met two times a week for eight weeks. After these eight weeks, Abby started to feel better. For example, she began to walk lengthy distances, first one mile, then two miles, pain free. Dr. Romeo focused on postural changes, specific breathing techniques based upon Abby’s posture and altered the way Abby sat and performed routine physical activities. By meticulously strengthening soft tissue, Abby was able to redefine and re-strengthen her posture.

As of this article, Abby is planning a tennis weekend and is confident she will be pain free.

If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Scoliosis, the Schroth Method might be a perfect solution for less pain and better future health. For more information on the Schroth Method, Park Sports PT, and a consultation, please visit us here.

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Pelvic Floor Therapy

Pelvic Floor Therapy and Dysfunction.

Pelvic Floor Therapy can be an important part of a healthy life.  So when it comes to posture, comfort, intimacy, and wellness, a healthy pelvic floor is one of the most vital parts of your body. Many women face daily discomfort, lack of intimacy, physical pain, and more due to a dysfunction of the muscles, ligaments, and nerves that support the pelvic region.

A healthy and re-energized pelvic region can greatly restore your well-being and help to eliminate symptoms that are negatively effecting your life.

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (PFD) may be brought on by a variety of reasons. These include pregnancy, childbirth, menopause, prior surgery or radiation, heavy lifting and straining, obesity, and congenital weakness. This can lead to vulvar pain, localized pelvic discomfort, prolapse, low back pain, leakage, incontinence and much more. Most do not seek advice from a physical therapist. Those who do however, can see life changing results.

At Park Sports, we are dedicated to life changing results.

Park Sports Therapy Approach to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction.

What to Expect When Getting Started.

At Park Sports, we understand the seriousness of your decision to seek help. We offer evidence-based and individualized treatment plans backed by a wealth of knowledge and a history of success.

Our pelvic floor therapist Lacey Salberg PT, DPT has received extensive training from the Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute, a leader in pelvic floor education and awareness. Lacey will take the time to discuss your health concerns. She will also fully evaluate your condition and create personalized plan, uniquely designed for your comfort level, your lifestyle and your body. You will receive one-on-one sessions in our private treatment room as she coaches you towards your health goals.

Working Together.

We consider your health a team effort. Part of your therapy will include an at home exercise program that will help you progress through your treatment plan. As you make advancements, it is possible that your initial plan may need some adjustments. Your therapist will listen carefully to your body and closely monitor your functional gains. If necessary, she will discuss modifying your treatment plan to better achieve your health goals.

Long-Term Planning.

Once you reach your goals, your therapist will provide an at home plan. This plan will help you maintain your new functional gains and pelvic floor health. Of course we will always be available to provide advice and assistance. As your health and wellness partner – our goal is your long-term happiness.

Pelvic Floor Therapy at Park Sports Brooklyn

Park Sports Pelvic Therapy Floor Services.

Our practice offers a full range of services for Pelvic Floor Dysfunction including:

  • Comprehensive musculoskeletal and orthopedic evaluation, including assessment of the pelvic floor muscles and hip alignment.
  • External and/or internal manual therapy techniques such as myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, neuromuscular facilitation, and scar massage.
  • Biofeedback for muscle re-training and recruitment.
  • Bowel and bladder training and diaries.
  • Therapeutic exercises such as postural re-education, muscle relaxation, core stabilization, and flexibility exercises.
  • Home exercise program instruction.
  • Self-management techniques to improve overall quality of life.

Contact Park Sports.

Contact us today to learn more about Pelvic Floor Therapy at Park Sports and to schedule an initial appointment. Let’s meet and discuss your questions, concerns and needs. We offer a premiere service with proven life changing results and we look forward to serving you.

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