Did you know that October is National Physical Therapy Month? Here at Island Sports Physical Therapy, we do not want your quality of life reduced by any bodily pain. That is why it is important to seek out physical therapy treatment for any discomfort you may be experiencing, especially when involving your knees! 

Your knees are two of the most important joints in your body. Not only do they bear a majority of your body weight, but they also allow for movements such as running and walking to take place. When you begin to suffer pain in this area, it can quickly drag down your quality of life. Our team can provide you with physical therapy sessions needed to correct any issue you may be experiencing including knee injuries and get you back to full strength.

Common Causes Of Knee Pain

Due to the makeup of the knee joints, various factors can lead to pain in this area. Our team is well versed in this and will perform a full evaluation to determine the problem you are currently facing. Doing so is the first step in the recovery process. Should you find yourself faced with any of the below complications, physical therapy sessions can likely be used to help:

  • ACL issues.
  • Knee fractures.
  • Torn meniscus.
  • Knee bursitis.
  • Patella tendonitis.
  • Dislocation.
  • Arthritis.

When To See A Doctor

Sometimes, the pain we experience within our body can go away on its own with a few days worth of rest. Just because you’re dealing with knee pain, it doesn’t mean a serious issue has occurred. However, when you fail to seek treatment and are dealing with an actual problem, you put yourself at risk for developing long-term complications. To prevent this from happening, be sure to reach out to our team if you find yourself dealing with the following:

  • Inability to bear weight on the knee.
  • The knee continually feels as if it is about to give out.
  • Limited mobility.
  • A visible deformity in the joint.
  • Extreme pain coincides with an injury.

What Is Physical Therapy?

Our team will likely suggest physical therapy as the first type of treatment that is tried for patients racked with knee pain. Physical therapy utilizes therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises to promote healing from within an injured area. These physical activities could be just what your knee needs to begin healing. However, that is not the only thing that can go into sessions of treatment. The following may also be used to help facilitate the healing process:

  • Massage therapy.
  • Heat and cold therapy.
  • Electronic muscle stimulation.

Why Choose Physical Therapy For Treatment?

When knee pain strikes, physical therapy is often recommended by medical professionals to correct the issue. This is because physical therapy brings so many benefits. Physical therapy is non-invasive, making it a treatment procedure that comes with little to no complications. It also allows patients to play an active role in their recovery process. Should you chose to work with our team for this type of care, you can reap all of the below benefits:

  • Reduced swelling and inflammation.
  • Elimination of pain.
  • Restoration of knee functionality.
  • Regained strength.
  • Improved flexibility and range of motion.

Preventative Care 

One final benefit we’d like to call out that was not listed above is that physical therapy can also be used as a preventive care form. What this means is that physical therapy can stop knee pain before it even occurs. By coming in for regular physical therapy sessions, our team can ensure that this joint stays strong and flexible, which is precisely what it needs to be to keep the pain away.

Schedule An Appointment 

Dealing with knee pain can be frustrating. However, it doesn’t have to last forever. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our team will provide you with physical therapy sessions needed to restore your knee’s functionality levels to normal. Being that October is National Physical Therapy Month, it is the perfect time to tackle any knee pain you may be facing. To schedule your first appointment, contact our team today.

At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our mission is to combine compassion with state-of-the-art physical therapy care to help keep our patients healthy and active. There are many conditions our team can treat, one of them being Achilles tendonitis. If you believe you are developing this condition, don’t wait to seek out help. We’ll provide you with the sessions of physical therapy needed for you to make a full recovery.

What Is Achilles Tendonitis?  

The Achilles tendon is a band of fibrous tissue that connects your calf muscles to your heel bone. When this tendon is subjected to repeated stress and strains, it can become inflamed and lead to Achilles tendonitis. This tendon tends to weaken with age, meaning those of older ages who participate in sports or other physical activities are likely to develop Achilles tendonitis. However, anyone who overuses the tendon may be at risk.

Symptoms To Watch For

Just like with any other injury, knowing when Achilles tendonitis is taking place will play a role in increasing the odds of you making a full recovery. Should Achilles tendonitis go unchecked for too long, there is a chance that the tendon completely ruptures. When this takes place, surgery will be required to correct the issue, which will increase the amount of time you spend recovering. To avoid a severe issue like this from happening to you, we recommend visiting our team should you develop any of the below symptoms:

  • Limited range of motion when flexing your foot.
  • Tighten calf muscles.
  • Discomfort and pain towards the back of your heel.
  • Swelling.
  • Worsening pain when you walk or run.    

Most Common Causes

As previously stated, the Achilles tendon weakens with age, which leaves people more susceptible to develop Achilles tendonitis, as they get older. This however is not the only way this condition can develop. Understanding the common causes of this condition may help you to avoid it in the future. Examples of the most common causes that lead to Achilles tendonitis include the below:

  • Exercising without warming up first.
  • Continuously straining your calf muscles during physical activity.
  • Working out in poorly fitting shoes.
  • Suddenly increasing the intensity of your training.  
  • Living with bone spurs.  

What Is Physical Therapy?

When you choose to work with our team when dealing with Achilles tendonitis, one of the more common treatment methods we’ll recommend is physical therapy. Physical therapy is a non-invasive form of treatment and can help prevent the tendon from rupturing in the future. Recovery is achieved by using therapeutic stretches and strengthening exercises to promote healing from within the affected area. Our staff will teach you how to perform these healing exercises, which include the below:

  • Runner’s stretch.
  • Toe-to-wall stretch.
  • Heel drop.
  • Seated heel raises.
  • Resistance band calf exercises.  

Benefits Of Physical Therapy

Due to the nature of this form of treatment, physical therapy comes with many benefits. Our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy knows this, which is why it is one of the most popular rehabilitation services we offer at our facility. It can be used to treat a wide range of treatments, including Achilles tendonitis. Additional benefits that come through sessions of physical therapy include:

  • Improved range of motion.
  • Increased strength.
  • Reduction of swelling.
  • Elimination of pain.
  • Regaining strength in the injured area. 
  • Mitigating the chances of needing surgery. 

Contact Our Team

Achilles tendonitis can quickly dampen your quality of life. When you’re unable to move around without experiencing pain and discomfort, everyday tasks can feel like they are now impossible to complete. Fortunately, our team is well versed in this issue. We can provide the sessions of physical therapy needed to help you make a full recovery. For more information on this form of treatment and how it can help with your Achilles tendonitis, be sure to contact our team today.  

Staying fit is not an easy process for everyone. However, whether you are an athlete or someone who is sedentary, you must do your part in maintaining your health levels. Failing to do so can lead to injuries taking place. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, we do not want to see this happen to our patients. That is why we would like to share the importance of creating a fitness program, and the benefits that come along with following this program.

What Is A Fitness Program?

Trying to improve your fitness levels blindly can quickly prove to be a difficult task. When you don’t have a plan, it makes it much easier to lose motivation and give up on your workout habits. That is what makes fitness programs so beneficial. A fitness program allows you to take an active role in your health by choosing the goals you want to hit and how they can be accomplished. You can come up with your program on your own, or you can work with our knowledgeable physical therapists to help create one that best suits your needs.

Determining Your Goals 

The first step in creating a fitness program is to determine the goals you’d like to achieve. Make sure the goals are not too extreme, as failing to meet them can drain your will to keep with your program. Setting reasonable, achievable goals with the help of our physical therapists improves the chances of long term success with your program. Examples of goals can include the following:

  • Losing weight.
  • Building muscle.
  • Improving your athletic performance.
  • Eating better.

Achieving Your Goals

Once your goals have been set, you can begin working toward achieving them. The exact aspects of your fitness program will vary depending on your health levels and what you are trying to accomplish. However, you can rest assured that our team will work with you to create the most optimal path to reach your goals. Below are some examples of what can be worked into your fitness program:

  • Daily cardiovascular exercises, such as running or walking.
  • A strengthening program using free weights or your body weight.
  • Circuit training or high-intensity interval training.
  • Creating a food journal to hold yourself accountable for what you are eating.

Keep Your Program Fluid

Just like with anything else in life, aspects of your fitness program should always be changing. When you meet your goals, you shouldn’t just stop your program. You should set new goals to meet so you can constantly improve your fitness levels. Changing the workouts you perform will also be beneficial. Those who stick to a routine for too long increase their chances of plateauing, making it harder to make progress. By keeping your body guessing, you’ll ensure that your fitness needs are always being met.

The Importance Of Fitness    

Some people fail to realize that fitness is about more than just looks and athletic performance. While those two things are certainly perks that come with going through with a fitness program, they shouldn’t be your priority. Our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy knows about the benefits that fitness can bring. When you regularly partake in physical activity, you’ll be able to improve the below:

  • Sleep.
  • Mood.
  • Energy.
  • Metabolism and brain function.
  • Bone density.

Working With Island Sports Physical Therapy

If you’re a novice to working out, the beginning phases can often be the most stressful. Not knowing where to start can doom your journey before it truly begins. That is why we want to stress that there is no shame in asking for help when creating a fitness program. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our team is highly trained and can help patients and clients reach their goals. Our team will perform the necessary fitness evaluations required to create a launching point for your fitness program. To learn more about how we can help, and why fitness programs are so important, contact us today.  

Although most offices have reopened, many of us are still working from home some days of the week to maintain safe social distancing. While the elimination of a daily commute may be positive, if you do not have the right setup, working from home will cause more harm than good. Fortunately, our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy can help with this. We’d like to share some tips on how to make your work from home setup more ergonomic, so you can avoid injury.

The Importance Of Posture

It’s easy to overlook how important posture is when it comes to the workplace. Whether it be at your office, or from your own home, when your setup is not ergonomically sound, issues are not far behind. Having poor posture while you’re working can lead to a wide array of issues, which include:

  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Spinal misalignments
  • Weakness
  • Limited range of motion

Focus On Eye Level

The first step in improving your work from home setup is to focus on having your computer screen at eye level. Many have traded desks for living room tables as a sudden shift in the workplace was not expected. While this may seem like no issue, your tables at home were likely not designed for work. To make up for this, our team recommends stacking books under your laptop to raise it to eye level or purchasing a laptop stand.

Avoid The Bed

The urge to spend your workday in bed or lying on the couch can be great, but you must do your best to avoid this. Working while lying down offers little to no support for your body. It also puts your body in awkward positions when trying to look at and type on your laptop. Doing this will be detrimental to your posture potentially leading to pain or discomfort.

Pillows And Rolled Up Towels

Just like the tables at your home were not designed with work in mind, your seats more than likely were not designed to be sat in for an entire workday. Trying to do so will lead to many bouts of pain. If you’re not willing to purchase an office chair for your home, there are ways to make your current chair more suitable. Below are two examples of how to do so:

  • Place a thin pillow underneath you to make the chair more comfortable.
  • Place a rolled-up towel behind your lower back to help keep your spine straight.

Make Sure To Take Breaks

Even when you’re working from home, it’s important to remember that you’re entitled to breaks. These breaks should become a part of your workday routine to help prevent pain. Taking a three to five-minute break every 30 minutes to move around will allow you to remain healthy and avoid complications.

Schedule An Appointment

Unfortunately, even if you take all the steps to make your work from home setup ergonomically friendly, issues can still arise. If this happens to you, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment for physical therapy with our team. By allowing us to evaluate and treat your bodily discomfort, you’ll find the relief you desperately need. Some of the benefits you’ll receive from working with us include:

  • Regained strength
  • Improved flexibility
  • Increased range of motion
  • Elimination of pain

Contact Us

If you’re unsure how to make the most out of working from home, our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy is here to help. We’ll provide you with advice on making your home more ergonomic, and can offer treatment should pain ever arise. For more information or to schedule an appointment for treatment, contact us today. 

What is Whiplash?

Whiplash is caused by an abrupt, forceful back-and-forth movement of the neck, most often caused by car accidents. When whiplash occurs, intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments, cervical muscles, and nerve roots may become damaged. 

Physical therapists at Island Sports Physical Therapy are able to diagnose and treat your whiplash so that you can return to your comfortable, everyday life! Our staff has plenty of experience working with patients who recently experienced a car accident and have suffered whiplash, soft tissue damage, and other ailments. 

Do I Have Whiplash?

If you have recently been in a car accident, or suffered from an involuntary hyperextension of the neck, and are experiencing strain or pain in your neck, you may have developed whiplash.  The symptoms of whiplash are usually delayed up to one day after the accident. These are just some of the common symptoms associated with whiplash:

  • Stiff neck.
  • Headache.
  • Neck ache.
  • Lower back pain.
  • Dizziness.
  • Difficulty concentrating.
  • Shoulder pain or pain between shoulder blades.
  • Irritability/Trouble sleeping.
  • Tingling or numbness in the limbs.
  • Memory problems.

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, consulting with one of our expert physical therapists could be your solution. Of the many services that we offer, strength training and fitness programming could be an avenue for you to pursue. 

How is Whiplash Diagnosed?

In order to determine whether or not you are suffering from whiplash, the doctors at Island Sports Physical Therapy will do a physical examination of your head, arms, and neck. They will assess where your pain or discomfort is and which movements trigger this discomfort. In diagnosing whiplash, your physical therapist will assess just a few of the following:

  • Your range of motion in your neck and shoulders.
  • The degree of pain and tenderness in your neck, shoulders, and back.
  • The strength of your muscles, reflexes, and sensations in your limbs.

Next, your therapist may provide a further evaluation with the use of image testing. X-rays, computerized tomography (CT) scans, or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are tests that may be used.

If it is determined that you are suffering from whiplash, your physical therapist will construct a treatment plan of special exercises to ensure that you recover properly.

How Physical Therapy Helps With Whiplash?

Whiplash can cause severe and, at times, debilitating pain. If left untreated, there is a risk for chronic pain and soreness in the neck for extended periods of time, and over-exertion of the muscles affected. While over-the-counter pain medications like ibuprofen may help to temporarily relieve pain, it is important to get the proper treatment to ensure a healthy recovery, and most doctors recommend seeing a physical therapist.

At Island Sports Physical Therapy, we will assess your pain and the extent of your injury. With whiplash, our main goal is for you to return to your normal range of motion, and to alleviate your pain. We will use a variety of exercises like neck rotations or bending to help stretch and strengthen the damaged muscles, as well as deep-tissue massage to help soothe them.

With some whiplash cases, doctors will use hot-and-cold therapy. The heat helps to get increased blood flow to the affected area, which brings needed oxygen and helps to remove waste byproducts. When cold temperatures are introduced, inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain are reduced. 

Additionally, your physical therapist will recommend certain at-home treatments like icing, heating pads, proper rest, and at-home exercises.

Where to Get Physical Therapy for Whiplash?

With six locations across Long Island, Island Sports Physical Therapy is here to help. Our dedicated team at Island Sports Physical Therapy has been treating patients who suffer from whiplash and guiding them to recovery for years. Proper treatment is essential to relieving neck pain and ensuring healthy muscle and nerve recovery.

Don’t continue to suffer and don’t leave your whiplash untreated! Visit our website for more information on our treatment plans, or give us a call to make an appointment today!

The team at Island Sports Physical Therapy encourages a healthy lifestyle. As spring blooms, the outdoors beckon us. The longer days, ample sunshine, and warmer temperatures provide us with an excellent opportunity to follow that calling. Add a good friend or spouse to your session and you’re primed for success. Walking is an excellent starting point to get re-adjusted to an exercise routine. Studies have shown that simply walking creates both physical and psychological benefits, such as improving cardiovascular health and increasing mood. Walking does not require equipment or special skill and can be performed at any time.

What are some factors I should consider before taking a walk?

As with any exercise routine, be sure to have your physician clear you to begin. Next, having goals, both short-term and long-term, are key. It’s even more important to progressively plan each of your sessions so that it leads to the achievement of the ultimate goal. Here are some factors to consider:

Distance and Pace

How far and how fast your walk should be is a matter of personal choice and your goals.  While many studies advocate for 30-minutes of brisk walking (3-4 mph), five days per week, others look to heart rate as the primary factor. Typically an individual’s heart rate, or pulse, can be detected with two fingers just below the jawline. Activity that raíses heart rate within 55%-70% of an individual’s maximum heart rate or beats per minute is effective in developing physical benefits. The maximum heart rate can be determined using the equation: 220 minus age = maximum heart rate/minute. For example, a 55-year old’s maximum heart rate is 165. So, ideally, their walk should elicit a heart rate range of 90 – 115 beats per minute. Wearable technology, such as watches, monitors, and bands, has been a tremendous help in accurately detecting proper heart rate ranges. Physiologically, an increase in heart rate also leads to an increase in perspiration, increased blood flow and increased breathing rate. That means, if you’re engaged in a conversation, you may have some level of breathlessness. An inability to talk most likely means your pace is too vigorous. Lastly, the number of steps can help determine the level of intensity. Studies indicate that a walking pace of 100 steps/minute is moderately intense.  

Outdoor Surface

Depending on the location of your walk, the option to choose the type of surface or terrain will play a role in your exercise intensity. Often, running up hills will increase the exercise intensity. Further, the ground surface plays a role in the stresses that are placed on the body.

Here are some options for your consideration:

  • Road/Sidewalk: Perhaps the easiest and most convenient location to start walking is right outside your door. Roads and/or sidewalks, while convenient, do pose a traffic safety concern. As an alternative, many Long Island golf courses allow residents to walk the circuitous cart paths during certain hours. Be aware that continual walks on hard pavement may exacerbate lower-body injuries, like shin splints, or lower back pain. The Island Sports Physical Therapy team is available to provide an evaluation of those injuries before implementing a walking exercise routine.
  • Track: Another safe option for many is an outdoor track. Local Long Island communities have athletic facilities that often include a 400-meter track open for public use.  Four laps total one mile. This flat, forgiving surface is ideal for beginners.
  • Grass/Trails: Long Island has diverse landscapes and a multitude of parks that allow you to enjoy scenery and nature. As a benefit, the softer terrain creates less impact on joints.   
  • Beach:  Whether it’s the North Shore or South Shore of Long Island, the beaches can enhance the benefit of your walks. Sand will challenge your balance and increase the amount of work your muscles and joints, especially your calves and ankles, require to propel your body over the ground.  

Apparel

Spring weather can be fickle with temperatures changing quickly. Be sure to layer both your upper and lower body. Choose lightweight, moisture-wicking materials that are closer to your skin with a breathable, water-repellent or water-resistant layer atop that.  Hats and gloves are still advisable for brisk mornings. Opt for reflective clothing when walking during the dawn or dusk hours.

Consider your shoewear. The foot and lower leg distribute the forces that the ground places upon them during activity, especially when on the pavement. Properly fitted and appropriate shoewear is a vital extension of your foot. It helps correct any biomechanical abnormalities that your foot and lower body may have. Your shoe selection may be dependent on the terrain, but should probably include:

  • The proper outsole, the undersurface of the shoe that makes contact with the ground, should only bend at the ball of the foot, also known as the transverse metatarsal arch. Rubber is usually the best. Trail walking shoes may incorporate a more rigid outsole.
  • Mid-sole: This gel, air or foam portion is responsible for the distribution of forces from the ground. Some shoes incorporate a reinforced medial layer for those individuals who tend to overpronate and/or have flat feet, also known as pes planus.
  • Lacing system: How you tie your shoe may help the shoe fit better, ultimately preventing overuse injuries. Be sure that the toe box (the front portion of the shoe) fits snuggly but isn’t too tight, which may cause blisters and neuromas.

New Activity Considerations

Proper walking cadence and patterns are key to incorporate efficient muscle sequencing. The muscles located in the rear of your lower body – calves, hamstrings, and glutes – should work as a unit to control effort, balance, and stability. Thus, as the walking pattern progresses, consider these tips: 

  • Foot and Ankle: Land on the heel, rolling through the foot and push off the inside two toes.
  • Knee and Hip: When landing, maintain a “soft” knee and hip to aid in your body accepting the ground forces. When pushing off, focus on contracting the gluteus muscle (buttock). It’s the primary muscle group responsible for forwarding movement.
  • Shoulders, Head and Neck: Maintaining a head straight, eyes forward posture will keep your spine aligned. Focus on keeping the shoulder blades (scapulae) pitched backward, yet allow for a natural swing. To increase the walking pace, bend the elbows to a 90-degree angle and swing the shoulders comfortably. This technique is especially useful on hilly terrain.

Self Care after Activity

As with any new activity or increase in exercise intensity, there may be some initial soreness or discomfort in the stressed areas of the body. While this is usually temporary, gentle stretching and the use of a cold application for 20-30 minutes (no longer) every 60-90 minutes can help alleviate this discomfort. Should the pain or discomfort last longer than 24-48 hours, the Island Sports Physical Therapy team can help identify the cause and create a physical therapy plan to get you back on track.

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physical therapy in commack

For many people, walking is an easy and uncomplicated activity. However, the people who fall into this category should not take their ease for granted. Some patients suffer from what is known as abnormal gait, which makes walking a more arduous task than expected. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our team of experts will work diligently to correct your gait issues. If you are noticing walking difficulties, we recommend going through a regimen of physical therapy in Commack to help get the care you need.   

What is Abnormal Gait?

The word “gait” refers to one’s ability to walk. Abnormal gait occurs when your body is unable to walk without issue. After being diagnosed with this condition, there is a range of outcomes you can face. Some patients will see their gait problems resolve themselves on their own. For others, abnormal gait may be permanent. However, physical therapy in Commack can be used to limit the chances of permanent issues and discomfort from taking place.

Types Of Abnormal Gait 

As previously stated, abnormal gait is an unfortunate circumstance that limits your body’s ability to walk without issue. Something as simple as suffering from a limp will be classified as abnormal gait. However, there are five types of abnormal gait you can be categorized into. These types include:

  • Spastic Gait: This gait issue will make a person appear stiff as they walk. It is the result of a person being unable to walk without dragging their feet.
  • Scissors Gait: If a person suffers from a leg that bends inward, this is a likely gait problem they will face. Scissors gait takes place when a person’s legs cross or hit each other as they’re walking.
  • Steppage Gait: When dealing with steppage gait, a person’s feet point down as they’re walking, often causing their toes to drag against the ground.
  • Propulsive Gait: Those living with propulsive gait walk with their head or neck perpetually pushed forward.
  • Waddling Gait: The name of this gait abnormality lays out exactly what takes place on people suffering from it. It involves taking small steps while swinging the body side to side.      

Common Causes Of Abnormal Gait

With there being multiple types of abnormal gait you can suffer from, it stands to reason that there are also many causes. Our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy knows this, which is why we offer physical therapy in Commack to help patients recover from the many common causes of this condition. Below is a list of the most prevalent causes:

  • Birth defects.
  • Broken bones in the legs and feet.
  • Arthritis.
  • Tendonitis.
  • Shin splints.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Strokes.

How Physical Therapy In Commack Will Help

Physical therapy is a treatment method that relies on the use of physical-based activities to promote healing from within. If your condition is being caused by muscle tightness or imbalance, physical therapy in Commack can be used to help eliminate this! By focusing on increasing your strength, flexibility, and range of motion, our physical therapist can help get you back to walking straight and without issue in no time. They may also recommend the use of assistive devices, such as crutches or braces, to help with your movement while you’re still recovering.

Contact Us

Gait abnormalities can quickly drag down your quality of life. To help avoid gait problems stopping you from living life to your fullest potential, be sure to contact our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy. We will provide compassionate and individualized care that will vastly improve the outlook of permanently eliminating your abnormal gait. When you’re looking for physical therapy in Commack, there is no better team than ours in the Long Island area.

With spring right around the corner, many athletes have begun to shift their interests to the start of baseball season. The prospect of running onto the field for opening day is an exciting one for athletes and spectators alike. However, an early-season injury can turn this excitement to dread at the drop of a dime. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our team of physical therapists wants to stop athletes from suffering a premature end to their season due to injury. By working with the experts at our sports injury clinic near Smithtown, you should be able to avoid falling victim to many common baseball injuries this season.

Common Baseball Injuries:

Baseball is a sport that requires athletes to partake in various throwing and twisting movements throughout each game. These motions can put mass amounts of stress on different parts of the body, potentially leading to devastating injuries and the need to visit our sports injury clinic near Smithtown. Some of the most common injuries faced by baseball players each year include:

  • Elbow tendonitis.
  • Oblique strains. 
  • Rotator cuff issues.
  • Labral tears.
  • Shoulder instability.   

Preventing Injuries From Occurring:

Throughout the entirety of any sports season, the chance of sustaining an injury is always present. While at times they are unavoidable, it does not mean that athletes cannot take preventative methods to help reduce the risk of one occurring. The team at Island Sports Physical Therapy knows this, which is why we’d like to provide you with quality care. Below are a few options to consider to help prevent many common baseball injuries:

  • Offseason Fitness Training: To prepare for the rigors of each season, athletes should spend the off-season training so they can avoid injuries. At our sports injury clinic near Smithtown, our physical therapists can develop the perfect off-season training program to help baseball players stay in shape and increase their athletic output. Since our physical therapists are trained to understand how the body works, it makes them the perfect trainers!   
  • Physical Therapy: For many athletes, the desire to play through minor bumps and bruises sustained throughout a season is very common. However, this decision can prove to be detrimental, as it increases the likelihood of an even worse injury taking place. Through the use of stretches and strengthening exercises, our physical therapists can help stop minor injuries in their tracks, getting you back to competing without the need to miss a significant amount of game time.
  • Take Time To Warm-Up: While the baseball season extends into the hottest months of summer, the first few weeks take place in March. The cold weather experienced this time of year can cause the muscles to become stiff. Trying to compete in this state is a surefire way to sustain an injury, which is why it is so imperative to always make time for a proper warm-up. By performing a few dynamic stretches and exercises, you’ll increase the blood flow to and flexibility of your muscles, preparing them for the stresses that will be placed on them during the game.  
  • Use The Right Form: Muscle and ligament injuries are commonplace in baseball. To help limit the amount of stress placed on these areas, make sure you’re using the proper mechanics for your position. Whether you’re running through the outfield tracking a fly ball, or zipping the ball from third base to throw out a runner, using the form you’ve spent countless hours practicing will go a long way in keeping you on the field. 

Sports Injury Clinic near Smithtown

At Island Sports Physical Therapy, we combine competence, compassion, and hard work to provide each athlete that comes to our sports injury clinic near Smithtown, with individualized care. We know how upsetting it can be to miss time from your sport due to injury, which is why we strive to do everything in our power to stop this from happening. If you’re interested in learning more about what can be done to prevent common baseball injuries or discovering exactly how our team will be able to treat them, be sure to contact us today!   

Like adults, children are susceptible to injuries and conditions that can greatly impede their quality of life, if left untreated. As a parent, the last thing you want for your child is for them to experience pain that prevents them from living their life to the fullest. When you don’t know where to turn, you can put your trust in our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy to treat your child’s injury with quality care and service. We offer physical therapy in Ronkonkoma NY as a treatment method for a wide variety of injuries and conditions that may be affecting your child.

What Is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is a natural form of treatment that works to ease pain and improve the overall functionality and movement of the body. While it can be paired with other forms of treatment to achieve more optimal results, this form of treatment can also be the primary source of care depending on the injury or condition being treated. During a session of our physical therapy in Ronkonkoma NY, your child will be taught a variety of exercises and stretches by one of our therapists. While first being done at our facility, some exercises and stretches can also be performed at home to expedite the healing process. The main goal of our staff at Island Sports Physical Therapy is to help your child regain strength and range of motion in the area of injury and we will work to develop a personalized plan to do so. 

Helping With Development:

While each child develops at their own pace, there are certain developmental milestones that should be achieved by a certain point in their lives. While being a month or two behind the average development curve can be completely natural, you should consider our physical therapy in Ronkonkoma NY if your child is displaying any of the below developmental warning signs:

  • Unable to bear weight on their legs after 6 months.
  • Only able to turn their head to one side.
  • Walking only on their tiptoes for more than 6 months.
  • Unable to sit on their own after 8 months.
  • Not yet crawling after 12 months.
  • They have not begun to walk after 18 months.

Injuries and Conditions:

Whether your child is a developing infant or they are old enough to have started playing school sports, physical therapy in Ronkonkoma NY may be necessary. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, we are committed to doing everything in our power to help your child heal and develop properly. Our staff will develop a personalized care plan if your child is affected by any of the below injuries and conditions:

  • Delays in development.
  • Cerebral palsy.
  • Sports injuries.
  • Acute trauma.
  • Genetic conditions.
  • Effects of in-utero drug or alcohol exposure.
  • Limb deficiencies.
  • Muscle conditions.

Benefits Of Physical Therapy In Ronkonkoma NY:

As you already know, physical therapy helps to increase strength and range of motion in the affected area. However, there are additional benefits that are commonly associated with physical therapy in children, including:

  • Avoid and recovery from surgical operations.
  • Treat or prevent sports-related injuries.
  • Prevent injuries from reoccurring.
  • Relieve pain.
  • Increase balance to avoid slips and falls.
  • Adapt to an artificial limb.

Physical Therapy In Ronkonkoma NY

As a parent, you never want to see your child suffer from a debilitating injury or condition for an extended period. To help avoid this and improve your child’s quality of life, we offer physical therapy in Ronkonkoma NY is an effective and natural form of treatment. When your child requires this type of care, make our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy your first call. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take every step possible to ensure that your child can remain happy, healthy, and pain-free!

Physical Therapy in East Meadow
Physical Therapy in East Meadow

Recovering From A Torn ACL

Your anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is an essential ligament that provides stability to the knee joint. This ligament is one of the most commonly injured areas of the knee, so proper care and precautions are vital for maintenance. Regardless of how you sustained a tear in your ACL, our team at Island Sports Physical Therapy will be there for you throughout the recovery process. We offer personalized treatment plans for a variety of sports-related injuries and other conditions. 

ACL Surgery:

Most commonly, an ACL tear requires surgery. For example, if your knee buckles when putting weight on it or if you are an athlete, your doctor will most likely determine that surgery is necessary for proper treatment. During the procedure, the surgeon will remove the ligament and use a graft as a replacement. This graft will be comprised of tendon taken from another part of the body, usually the knee or hamstring. In most cases, you will be able to return home later that day, depending upon the severity and the preferences of yourself and the surgeon. Once the surgery has been completed, the next steps towards recovery will be to partake in physical therapy in East Meadow.   

Length Of Recovery:

Depending on the severity of the injury, recovery time will vary from patient to patient. For some, the typical recovery period is six to nine months after surgery. For others, it may take between eight months and a full year to make a complete recovery. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, you can undergo physical therapy in East Meadow to help expedite your recovery time and get you back to doing what you love.    

Treatment – Physical Therapy in East Meadow:

Taking part in physical therapy after surgery will help to restore strength and stability in the knee. The goals of physical therapy in East Meadow are divided into four phases, which are outlined below:

1. Helping To Heal the Knee: Phase one is all about protection and healing. The main goals are to start the process of restoring range of motion and regaining correct usage of your quadriceps muscles. You will learn to walk properly with your crutches and may even receive neuromuscular electrical stimulation to improve your ability to gently contract your knee.

2. Tossing the Crutches: The goal of this phase is to limit the use of crutches while still protecting the knee. During this phase, exercises to improve control of your quadriceps and increase the strength of your hips and hamstrings will be incorporated into your routine. Hopefully, performing these exercises will allow you to begin walking normally again. 

3. Getting Stronger: During this phase, the goal is to build up enough strength to begin walking or even lightly jogging. This will be the time where your physical therapist will test the integrity of the repaired knee. If you are pain-free and it is determined that your knee is stable, you may be allowed to begin jogging.

4. Almost Back To Normal: In this final phase of physical therapy, running and normal physical activity can slowly be incorporated back into your life. However, it is important to remember not to overdo this, as pushing too hard can often reverse any progress you have made.   

Island Sports Physical Therapy in East Meadow:

Throughout the rehabilitation and recovery process, it is important to listen to your body. Some patients may be ahead of schedule while recovering, while for others it may take longer than usual. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our team will work to develop the perfect recovery plan to get you back on your feet. We can help you reach your recovery goals within a safe and appropriate timeframe. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us to begin your journey to recovery today!