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Physical Therapy Cited As An Alternative to Opioids for Treatment of Pain

The epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States has pushed the CDC to establish new guidelines for providers to prescribe opioids to patients with chronic pain. Among the guidelines to use restraint when prescribing these medications that cause dependency and more times than not, addiction, the CDC is also encouraging providers to try other alternatives. Physical therapy can help patients not just relieve the pain, but also manage it and improve the quality of their patients’ lives. (more…)

Total Hip Replacements

By: Dr. Nicole-Bortniker-Wolfin. PT DPT

Your hip joint is a ball and socket joint, consisting of the femur (the ball) and the acetabulum (the socket).  The hip is designed to withstand an incredible amount of force. In fact, an activity as simple and low impact as walking, can impart 1.3-5.8 times your body weight onto your hips!  

Located between the two bones, which make up your hip joint, are articular cartilage and synovium.  The synovium is a thin lining that produces fluid for the cartilage, minimizing friction and allowing for smooth movement of your bones.   The articular cartilage provides a protective cushion which accepts and dissipates the forces imparted on the hip joint.  These structures are crucial in maintaining hip health. (more…)

Common Athletic Injuries

By: Danielle Spagnolo, PT, DPT, OCS

We are going to discuss and review chronic/overuse injuries that occur in athletes and have a direct impact on sports training and performance.

Chronic or overuse injuries develop over a period of time.  A common consequence of high level training is repetitive micro-trauma to the involved tissues.  Provided the bone or soft tissue gets adequate rest and nutrition, no real injury occurs.  However, if the recovery period is inadequate or deficient in any way, these micro-traumas can develop into a much more involved injury.  This injury takes a longer time period to heal and can subject the athlete to the detrimental side effects of inactivity. (more…)

Veteran’s Day

This post is dedicated to all the servicemen and women who have committed their lives to protecting their fellow citizens here and abroad. We want you to know that we appreciate this immense sacrifice you and all of your families make.

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Falls Prevention in the Elderly

Falls Prevention in the Elderly

1 in 3 adults over the age of 65 fall every year.  These falls can lead to tendon tears, fracture, or worse, head injury.  After falling, the individual may experience pain, limited mobility, and difficulty performing daily activities.

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Top Three Workstation Adjustments to Reduce Neck and Back Fatigue

T3 Workstation Adjustments_092015_11. Monitor adjustment – Make sure to adjust your computer monitor so the top of the screen is at eye level so you do not feel the need to tilt your head down or up to read the screen. Monitor stands are available online and can make a big difference.

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2. Adjust arm rests – Having a computer chair with adjustable armrests is useful because when adjusted properly there is a significant reduction in stress on the shoulders. The arm rests should be adjusted so when you are using your mouse/keyboard your elbows rest comfortably on them. A table attachment can also be useful if you are unable to purchase a new chair with adjustable arm rests.

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Metabolic Advantage Program

Exercise is tremendously beneficial to all individuals, especially for those with diabetes. It is proven that exercise helps reduce blood glucose levels, lowers blood pressure, and increases strength to maximize an individual’s quality of life. Our concern for patient health inspired us to implement a physical therapy and exercise program geared towards patients with diabetes.

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Baseball Injury Prevention

Presented by: Nicholas Daniels PT, DPT, ATC

Our colleague, Nick Daniels, “stepped up to bat” at the Leonia Recreation Center just before the seasonBaseball pitchbegan in April! (more…)