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Manhattan Physical Therapy

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center is a leader in pain relief and injury recovery located in Midtown New York City. The four specialized physical therapists on staff go beyond standard physical therapy by challenging their client???s bodies to build core strength, flexibility, and increase range of motion.

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center has an excellent track record of success treating back pain caused by strains, degenerative disc disease, piriformis syndrome, spondylolisthesis or whiplash injuries.

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Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow: What You Should Know

Tennis elbow is actually the common name for elbow tendonitis or tendinosis resulting from overuse due to repetitive motion events. It gets its name from the fact that nearly half of all tennis players eventually suffer from it, but this group makes up less than five percent of all cases. Lateral elbow tendinosis occurs in the outside of the elbow, while medial elbow tendinosis (sometimes called golfer’s elbow) occurs in the inside of the elbow.
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Physical Therapy for Neck Pain: How We Can Help

Neck pain is generally caused by a temporary or permanent abnormality in the structures of the neck, upper back, and/or shoulders. Muscle spasms are incredibly common, especially among those who sit at a computer all day or play certain sports. Strains, injuries such as whiplash, herniated discs, and pinched nerves are also common possibilities. Regardless of the cause of pain, though, physical therapy can usually help.
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Physical Therapy for Sciatica: How Exercise Can Help

Sciatica is pain that originates in the lower back and then travels down the sciatic nerve into the leg. It can also cause numbness, tingling, and weakness. Sciatica generally causes one-sided pain that is worsened by sitting but can also make standing and walking difficult. It is important to note that sciatica is not a medical condition on its own. Instead, it is indicative of another condition, from degenerative disc disease to spinal stenosis.

The first step in treating sciatica is to identify and treat the underlying condition. However, physical therapy is almost always considered a vital part of treating the pain. Research shows that gentle exercise can help patients recover more quickly from active sciatica, and can reduce future incidences of acute pain. Here’s how it can help.
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Physical Therapy for Pain Management: What You Should Know

Chronic pain can be caused by many factors, from illnesses such as fibromyalgia to poorly healed injuries. Regardless of the cause of your pain, it can be life-limiting. You might plan your days around your pain or even cancel events at the last minute because the pain is simply too much to bear. Fortunately, physical therapy can dramatically reduce all forms of chronic pain.

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Plantar Fasciitis Physical Therapy: What to Expect

If you have plantar fasciitis, you are likely all too familiar with the excruciating heel and foot pain it can cause. You might need to take ANTI-INFLAMMATORIES for the pain and inflammation, and even wear a brace or splint for a period of time. However, healing the condition ultimately requires you to stretch and exercise your foot. Physical therapy can be an extremely important part of this process.

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Sore Muscles: Should I be using a Foam Roller?

Chances are you have seen a foam roller a few times, and chances are better you are not 100 percent certain how to use one. This blog will help give you an idea of what it is for and how it works.

The number one cause of muscle tightness is stress, and stress is something that we all have to one degree or another. Muscles can also be tight because of injury or overuse.

Muscle tightness will also put pressure on nerves which can lead to numbness, tingling and pain. These impairments can be a real detriment to physical therapy and eventual healing of the body and body part.

Like any other tool, proper use of a foam roller is paramount. There is a chance of discomfort over tight muscles and the knots, locations of particularly tight muscle tissue. The user’s body weight is used to break the knots, but the discomfort should not be to the point of excruciating pain. Those who may find pain too much could be using the roller incorrectly.

At Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center, we may use a foam roller as a part of the required therapy for a patient. The goal is two-fold: break muscle tightness and improve flexibility. This can be in conjunction with stretching or independently. Regardless, there are benefits to a foam roller when used as a part of overall physical therapy.

We have a variety of rollers available here, ranging from soft to firm and some with spikes. All rollers have their specific purpose and the therapists have extensive knowledge in their usage.

It is not a wise decision to go out and randomly purchase a foam roller with the idea of doing personal physical therapy. This can be counter-productive and even dangerous. Improper use of a foam roller can actually impede the therapy and hard work you have already put in with us.

Should you need physical therapy and are interested in adding a foam roller to your current therapies, be sure to ask. We are always ready to accept new patients. Our goal is to return you to your previous state and activity level as quickly as possible. Need more information? Feel free to contact Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center today!

Manhattan Physical Therapy and Pain Center has been providing professional therapy in New York, NY. Call (212) 213-3480 to talk to a therapist today.

Therapy before Joint Replacement Surgery Shows Benefits

Joint replacements are no fun. Neither is the recovery period after surgery.

The good news is physical therapy before a joint replacement speeds up recovery, saves money and cuts down on the amount of post-operative care.

The American Physical Therapy Association looked at a recent study involving 4,733 Medicare patients who had knee or hip replacements. “A new study has found that as few as 1 to 2 sessions of preoperative physical therapy can reduce postoperative care use by 29% for patients undergoing total hip or knee replacement, adding up to health care cost savings of more than $1,000 per individual,” states the article.

The study in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery said the apparent benefits don’t come from strengthening muscles. That makes sense. One or two physical therapy sessions are not going to build a lot of muscle tissue.

The sessions made a difference in “the way it prepared patients for postoperative rehabilitation.”

In other words, people went to therapy once or twice before their surgery. They learned what would be expected after the operation. They came out of the operation ready to work.

That makes sense too. If you know what’s expected, you can better rise to meet the challenge. If you know what you are going to do, you can mentally prepare yourself ahead of time.

If a joint replacement is in your future, talk with your surgeon about pre-operative therapy. Mention the American Physical Therapy Association article, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery study and this blog. If you think one or two sessions of therapy, to get ready for what is to come will help, then contact us to set up an appointment.

We’ll walk you through everything you can expect to do after the surgery. We’ll explain what therapy you’ll do and what that is supposed to help.