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Physical Therapy and Diabetes

What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce, or properly use insulin. When your body doesn’t produce enough insulin, glucose builds up in the blood causing abnormally high blood sugar levels. Diabetes can affect anyone at any age and can cause many problems in one’s life. If you have Diabetes and are searching for ways to combat the effects it has had on your life, contact Island Sports Physical Therapy in East Northport, Huntington, Glen Cove, Nesconset, East Meadow, and Coram to see how we can help you today.

How Can Physical Therapy Help?

Physical therapy at Island Sports Physical Therapy in East Northport can improve your ability to move, perform daily activities, reduce your pain, and possibly lower your blood glucose levels. Before starting physical activity, our specialists will conduct a complete assessment of your strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. This will help us design an individualized treatment program that addresses your specific problems and needs.

Motion. Our physical therapists will choose specific activities to help restore normal movement. These might begin with passive motions and eventually progress to active exercises that you are able to do yourself.

Flexibility. Our physical therapists will determine if any of your muscles are tight and will begin to help you gently stretch them while teaching you the stretches to do on your own.

Endurance. If you are suffering from weakness due to inactivity, we will teach you exercises to improve endurance, so that you can return to your normal activities.

Balance and coordination. Regaining your sense of balance and coordination is important in many aspects of life including preventing you from falling.

Walking. Our physical therapists can improve your walking ability and comfort by adjusting and refitting your shoes or by adding inserts. If you need a walker or cane, we will also teach you how to use support equipment.

d Glucose levels. Physical activity can help lower your blood glucose levels. An individualized exercise program designed for you can help control and lower your blood glucose levels each day.

There are many benefits to starting physical therapy for people who have Diabetes. At Island Sports Physical Therapy in East Northport, Huntington, Glen Cove, Nesconset, East Meadow, and Coram, we focus on each patient’s individual needs in order to help you heal and get back on your feet as quickly as possible. Call us at 631-462-9595 today!

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