Physical therapy is an effective treatment method dedicated to improving movement and functionality in people whose age, disease or injury has restricted them. These programs help patients recover through the use of restorative exercises that focus on developing muscle strength, flexibility, balance, posture, coordination and overall pain relief. With our physical therapy services on Long Island, NY, we strive to promote overall health and fitness to aid in the patient's recovery, and also to prevent re-injury and maximize the patient's quality of life. We have two locations in Nassau County providing physical therapy services - Oceanside and Valley Stream.
Evaluation, Diagnosis, Treatment Plan
During your first physical therapy session, your doctor will perform a physical examination and discuss your needs and goals for treatment. A customized physical therapy plan will then be developed, which can include a unique combination of exercise, massage, and minimally invasive treatments to help restore you back to health and allow you to once again partake in your favorite activities.
For the most effective results, it is important for patients to maintain open communication with their therapist to determine which exercises are most useful to each individual patient. Many patients experience successful rehabilitation from this form of treatment.
Sports Injury Physical Therapy
Sports injury physical therapy deals with the treatment and rehabilitation of injuries suffered during athletic activity. The goal is to heal and rehabilitate the injury so patients can return to their favorite activities quickly, whether it's Little League, recreational play or a high school, college or professional sport.
Because of the frequent use, wear-and-tear and risk of a fall or accident associated with sports activities, athletes are often susceptible to injury, including chronic pain and/or the stretching of internal structures.
Common sports injuries we treat include:
- ACL Injuries
- Muscle Contusions (Bruise)
- Muscle Cramps
- Shin Splints
- Sprains & Strains
- Torn Tendons & Ligaments
Orthopedic Physical Therapy
Orthopedic physical therapy deals with the rehabilitation and prevention of injuries to the musculoskeletal system - the network of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles and nerves that gives the body its shape and allows us to move.
Many of the problems our patients face involve the joints, places in the body where two or more bones meet. Humans have three different kinds of joints: fibrous (in the skull), cartilaginous (in the spine) and synovial (the neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet). This last type is what we usually refer to when we say "joint." Ligaments connect bones to each other, and tendons connect muscles and bones.
These parts of our bodies can be damaged from a traumatic injury, disease, or the natural aging process. Commonly treated conditions include arthritis, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, sprains and strains, knee and shoulder problems, and pediatric conditions such as club foot.
Manual Physical Therapy
Manual physical therapy is a type of hands-on treatment that involves tissue and joint manipulation. The goal is to increase mobility and reduce stress and pain in the muscles, joints and connective tissues. The practitioner manually applies pressure, tension and sometimes vibration to the targeted tissues and structures.
Manual therapy is not a one-size-fits-all procedure. Rather, we create a treatment plan to meet the specific needs of each patient. A treatment session can include several different techniques, including deep-tissue massage, spine mobilization, and joint manipulation.
Kinesio Taping® Method / Muscle Strapping
The Kinesio Taping Method uses a special, elastic tape to relax and support muscles and to reduce pain and inflammation. Applied directly to the skin, this “muscle strapping” technique is used to deal with sports injuries, carpal tunnel, back pain, and much more. Unlike traditional athletic tape, the Kinesio Taping Method allows for full range of motion,
Common application sites include:
Post-Trauma Physical and Manipulative Therapy
Injuries like a fall or car crash can take a serious toll on our bones and soft tissues. In the aftermath of an accident, patients may be experiencing pain, loss of movement, weakness, loss of sensation, exaggerated reflexes and difficulty breathing, depending on the type and severity of their condition.
To reduce pain and increase stability, our physical therapy practice on Long Island NY addresses these sorts of post-trauma injuries with a comprehensive treatment plan drawing from several disciplines. These can include a physical therapy regimen, manipulative therapy including massage, and much more.