How to Deal with Tennis Elbow

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What is Tennis Elbow?

Tennis Elbow, also known as Lateral Epicondylitis, is a form of tendinitis. Tendinitis is the swelling of the tendons, which in this form, causes pain in the arm and elbow. Despite its name, there is a small group of people diagnosed with Tennis Elbow that actually play Tennis. If you are straining the muscles around the elbow over and over again during any activity, it could happen. If you are looking for physical therapy in Nesconset, Island Sports Physical Therapy will help you not only feel better, but we will educate you on the injury in hopes to prevent future re-injury of Tennis Elbow.

 

Symptoms:

1. Upper Forearm Pain

This is a very common symptom of Tennis Elbow. On the outer arm, right below the elbow is where this “burning pain” commonly occurs.

2. Is Rest Bringing You Relief? 

If you are looking for physical therapy in Nesconset, rest is not bringing you relief and you cannot move your elbow or are even losing feeling in it, contact us for quality care.

3. Pain Variations Throughout Your Day

The morning is usually the time where you will experience the most pain. The stiffness and aching lessen throughout the day but will still continue at some level.

4. Too Much Activity Hurts!

If you have Tennis Elbow, common activities and tasks such as lifting your fork or holding a pen may hurt. Moving your wrist forcefully such as twisting your arm to open a heavy door or repetitive computer mouse use will also cause you pain.

 

Treatment at our Physical Therapy Practice in Nesconset

  • Reducing Inflammation
  • Rest
  • Reducing Pain
  • Ongoing Rehabilitation
    • Exercise and other physical therapy treatments to increase your range-of-motion and decrease pain at the same time.
    • Bracing/Compression by wearing a counterforce brace for Tennis Elbow. The strap used will spread pressure throughout your arm, instead of putting it all on your tendon causing your pain.
    • Working with an expert here at Island Sports Physical Therapy to fit your individual needs.

 

How Physical Therapy Could Help

DON’T WAIT! The longer you wait to see a physical therapist and perform strenuous activities, the longer rehabilitation will take. Ongoing activity to the tendon can cause damage and could someday require surgery.

 

How Physical Therapy in Nesconset Could Help

  • We will correctly diagnose you
  • We will give you “hands-on” care
  • We will educate you
  • We will give you home remedies that fit your individual need
  • We will maximize your performance

Working with one of our experts here at Island Sports Physical Therapy will help specify your injury to know the exact treatments that need to be done. We promise to educate you and give you the best care possible while giving you the information you need about Tennis Elbow and give you ways to prevent this injury from happening again in the future.

Physical Therapy in Glen Cove

Physical Therapy in Glen Cove

October is National Physical Therapy Month, and Island Sports Physical Therapy in Glen Cove is getting itself prepared for an important fall season. With many autumn sports occurring as of late, and the changing weather patterns, people may be more prone to injuries and falls. If you or your child has suffered an injury, you may think the first thing to do is to try painkillers in order to heal the pain. The physical therapists at Island Sports Physical Therapy are here to tell you why you should choose physical therapy, instead of turning to painkillers. Continue reading National Physical Therapy Month

Frequent Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder is among the most mobile joints in the human body.  The persistent utilization of this joint is common for athletes that play sports like baseball, volleyball, and swimming, which may cause dislocation. This is due to the constant wear and tear of ligaments and tendons that surround the shoulder joint.  At Island Sports Physical Therapy, our physical therapists in our many locations including Huntington, East Northport, Glen Cove, Nesconset, East Meadow, and Coram are here to create tailored rehabilitation programs that will get you back on the court, in the pool, or on the field in no time!

What are My Symptoms?
Once an athlete has dislocated their shoulder, the chances of it dislocating again increase, causing an instability in the joint. The following symptoms of such instability include:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Shoulder giving out or a feeling of instability
  • Limited motion of shoulder

Treatment With Physical Therapy in Huntington, NY
Depending on the severity of the injury, the average healing period for a dislocated shoulder is between 4 and 12 weeks. Our physical therapists in Huntington, NY will conduct a complete assessment in order to create a program tailored to the specific needs that will help you get back in the game! These programs may include exercises that focus on:

  • Strength: After a dislocation injury, the muscles around the joint may be extremely weak. Depending on the severity of the injury, our therapists may incorporate certain exercises that will build up those weak muscles.
  • Range of Motion: Our therapists will take you through the motions as well as gently stretch you in order to help you gain back that range of motion.
  • Your Specific Sport: Our therapists will create exercises that are tailored to your specific sport which can help you regain comfortability with the motions.

Above all, it is important that you give your body a chance to rest once you’ve had a shoulder dislocation injury. Failure to do so will only prolong the healing process and cause the injury to recur. Our physical therapists in Huntington, NY at Island Sports Physical Therapy are dedicated to helping you heal and get you back to your top performance levels. Please visit us at our many locations in Huntington, East Northport, Glen Cove, Nesconset, East Meadow, and Coram or call us at 631-462-9595 today!

 

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Recovering from ACL surgery

An ACL tear happens when the knee experiences sudden twists or changes in direction. People who play high-impact sports are especially susceptible to ACL tears. These sports include but are not limited to soccer, football, basketball, volleyball, etc. When an ACL is torn, there is typically a popping sound, swelling, and pain.

ACL surgery typically features a graft that involves taking a ligament from another part of the body to replace the torn ACL. Recovery from an ACL tear can take anywhere from 6 to 12 months. The help of a physical therapist is crucial to the success of your recovery. Island Sports Physical Therapy has offices all over Long Island in East Northport, Huntington, Nesconset, Coram, East Meadow and Glen Cove. They specialize in sports specific therapy and are more than capable of helping you return to playing soccer after ACL surgery.

ACL surgery recovery features:

  • Right after the surgery, you should immobilize your knee to aid the healing process.
  • After surgery, you should use ice to reduce swelling of the knee.
  • Gradually placing weight on the knee with or without the aid of a knee brace or crutches.
  • Your physical therapist will then help you achieve full range of motion with the recovering knee.
  • Muscle strengthening exercises will be incorporated into your recovery to help regain strength lost during the immobilization phase.
  • The later stages of recovery involve advanced strengthening techniques, advanced cardio exercises, and balance/stability exercises to strengthen the new ACL.

Even though a physical therapist is crucial to your ACL tear recovery, misinterpreting their advice or pushing yourself too fast can do more harm than good. In fact, it can make your recovery longer as well as lead to additional surgeries.

Contact us!

If you’ve had ACL surgery and wish to have a speedy recovery to be able to return to soccer contact one of Island Sports Physical Therapy’s Long Island offices today!

 

Tips to reduce the risk of injury this fall sports season

Fall season is back and Island Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington, NY wants to ensure you stay as healthy as can be all throughout! Everyone is excited to be playing their favorite seasonal sports such as soccer, football, volleyball, and field hockey. While getting ready to get back on the field it’s important that we also build awareness to the importance of injury prevention.

9 tips to reduce the risk of injury:
  • Take time off. Plan to have at least 1 day off per week and at least one month off per year from training so the body can recover. If your body is feeling weak, take yourself out of the game.
  • Wear the right gear.  Players should wear appropriate and properly fit protective equipment such as pads (neck, shoulder, elbow, chest, knee, shin), helmets, mouthpieces, face guards, protective cups, and eyewear. Young athletes should not assume that protective gear will prevent all injuries while performing more dangerous or risky activities.
  • Strengthen muscles. Conditioning exercises during practice to strengthen the muscles used in play. Strong muscles can handle injuries better.
  • Increase flexibility. Stretching exercises after games or practice can increase flexibility. Stretching should also be incorporated into a daily fitness plan.
  • Use the proper technique. This should be consistent with your training during the playing season.
  • Take breaks. Rest periods during practice and games can reduce injuries and prevent heat illness.
  • Play safe. Strict rules against headfirst sliding (baseball and softball), spearing (football), and checking (in hockey) should be enforced.
  • Do not play through pain. It will only make the potential injury worse.
  • Avoid heat illness by drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after exercise or play. Decrease or stop practices during extreme temperatures, wear light clothing.
Your health should be the number one priority during the season for every athlete. In order to help your team win you need to help yourself! If you leave your injuries unattended it will only result in more time being off the field. Make sure to visit Island Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington, NY to take care of your sports injuries today.

Men’s Lacrosse Injuries

Lacrosse is America’s fastest-growing sport, in the past decade, high school lacrosse has exploded. The sport has four major versions that have different sticks, fields, rules, and equipment: men’s field lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, box lacrosse, and intercrossed.

Although lacrosse is growing at a rapid speed, it also comes with a lot of potential injuries. Due to the different rules between the men and women, it is important to understand how injuries can occur in both versions. Lacrosse injuries are also more common in males because it’s a contact sport. The women’s game does not allow body contact but does allow the stick to stick contact.

 

Common Lacrosse injuries include:

  • Ankle Sprain
  • Head and face contusion
  • Concussion
  • Knee sprain (ACL, MCL)
  • Wrist fracture
  • Hip flexor strain
  • Low back pain
  • Shoulder separations
  • Shoulder subluxations
  • Quadriceps strains

 

Overall, lacrosse is a moderate risk sport in which the vast majority of injuries can be corrected by a physical therapist. That being said, a number of common injuries do occur in both men’s and women’s lacrosse as a result of contact with a player, another stick, or the ball.

Some ways to prevent injuries are, wear the right equipment, know the rules of the game, take a break, and report all injuries. Also stay in shape all year round and warm up properly by thoroughly stretching and gradually increasing the intensity of the workouts.

With any injury, participation should be stopped until an assessment is made by a qualified health professional. For athletes who have experienced a sports-related injury such as lacrosse, Island Sports Physical Therapy will help to speed up recovery and restore function. So the player is ready to get back in the game.

At Island Sports Physical Therapy we believe that patients need to coincide with their physical therapy and treatment.

Physical Therapy in Huntington

The shoulder is an essential joint for sports players. Used in overhead reaching motions, the shoulder is most used in tennis, baseball, and swimming. What makes the associated movements possible is the rotator cuff. The rotator cuff is a series of muscles and tendons that keep your arm in your shoulder socket. The most infamous injury associated with the shoulder is the rotator cuff tear. This tear occurs when force is placed on the rotator cuff muscles to accelerate the arms, such as the front stroke in swimming, or pitching in baseball, and then suddenly decelerated. If you are looking for treatment for a rotator cuff injury in Huntington, East Northport, Nesconset, East Meadow, Glen Cove, and Coram, contact us today!

To get back to playing your sport you must follow the stages of recovery:

Acute

  • During this phase, the shoulder must be immobilized. In some cases, a sling is used. A licensed Huntington physical therapist like Island Sports Physical Therapy can use ultrasound and other techniques to help start the healing process. After properly icing the shoulder, a physical therapist will begin teaching you mobility exercises and strengthening exercises.

Recovery

  • Once your shoulder is operating at 3/4ths efficiency the recovery phase can begin. This phase focuses entirely on strengthening exercises that work the four main muscles in the rotator cuff. Exercises in this stage will focus on correcting the ranges of motion.

Functional

  • The functional phase is designed to facilitate your return to athletic competition and involves exercises designed to increase explosiveness and regain coordination. For a baseball player, these exercises will involve throwing light/small balls. Eventually, the exercises will increase in intensity and involve real baseballs.

After your recovery phases have been completed you should get back into practice by completing your standard practices and make not of any shoulder pain experienced. If you experience no pain your Huntington physical therapist will clear you for official participation. If you would like the services of a physical therapist to facilitate your recovery, contact Island Sports Physical Therapy in Huntington, East Northport, Nesconset, East Meadow, Glen Cove, and Coram today.

With soccer being a contact sport, players are at high risk of injuries involving strains and sprains to the lower extremities. Ankle sprains are the most common injury soccer players suffer from. Why? The uneven surface, sharp turns while running, collisions with other players and landing from a jump all contribute to the high risk of an ankle sprain. Are you seeking Ankle Injury Treatment in Huntington, NY? Contact Island Sports Physical Therapy today!

If you have suffered an ankle injury as a soccer player and live near East Northport, Huntington, Nesconset, Glen Cove, Coram, or East Meadow, our physical therapists at Island Sports Physical Therapy can help you recover!

5 exercises you can do to strengthen your ankle and prevent injury:

  • Ankle circles
  • Ankle alphabet
  • Calf raises
  • Shin raises
  • Single leg balance

Click to learn more about these exercises!

Our physical therapists in East Northport, Huntington, Nesconset, Glen Cove, Coram, and East Meadow appreciate the importance of wearing proper soccer shoes. Players often choose too narrow of shoes because a tight shoe makes them feel more in control of the ball. Unfortunately, this is a direct cause of players’ ankle injuries. At Island Sports Physical Therapy, we will measure your foot and give an expert recommendation on which size/style will be best for you.

When soccer players suffer from ankle injuries, the area will often swell and bruise at a fast rate. Icing the ankle will help to reduce inflammation and prevent further bruising. Treatments for ankle sprains due to soccer injuries often include the following:

  • Use of crutches for the first few days after injury
  • Taping the ankle
  • Wearing a compression boot
  • Wearing a soft cast

If the game you love has caused you to suffer a painful ankle sprain, give us a call at ISPT. In East Northport, Huntington, Nesconset, Glen Cove, Coram, and East Meadow, our physical therapists will help to heal your ankle and get you back in the game!

Frequent Shoulder Dislocation

The shoulder is among the most mobile joints in the human body.  The persistent utilization of this joint is common for athletes that play sports like baseball, volleyball, and swimming, which may cause dislocation. This is due to the constant wear and tear of ligaments and tendons that surround the shoulder joint.  At Island Sports Physical Therapy, we provide treatment for shoulder dislocation in Huntington, NY as well as across Long Island. Our physical therapists are located in Huntington, East Northport, Glen Cove, Nesconset, East Meadow, and Coram are here to create tailored rehabilitation programs that will get you back on the court, in the pool, or on the field in no time!

What are My Symptoms?
Once an athlete has dislocated their shoulder, the chances of it dislocating again increase, causing instability in the joint. The following symptoms of such instability include:

Treatment With Physical Therapy
Depending on the severity of the injury, the average healing period for a dislocated shoulder is between 4 and 12 weeks. Our therapists will conduct a complete assessment in order to create a program tailored to the specific needs that will help you get back in the game! These programs may include exercises that focus on:

  • Strength: After a dislocation injury, the muscles around the joint may be extremely weak. Depending on the severity of the injury, our therapists may incorporate certain exercises that will build up those weak muscles.
  • Range of Motion: Our therapists will take you through the motions as well as gently stretch you in order to help you gain back that range of motion.
  • Your Specific Sport: Our therapists will create exercises that are tailored to your specific sport which can help you regain comfortability with the motions.

Above all, it is important that you give your body a chance to rest once you’ve had a shoulder dislocation injury. Failure to do so will only prolong the healing process and cause the injury to recur. Our therapists at Island Sports Physical Therapy are dedicated to helping you heal and get you back to your top performance levels. Please visit us at our many locations in Huntington, East Northport, Glen Cove, Nesconset, East Meadow, and Coram or call us at 631-462-9595 today!

 

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Knee Injury

The knee is a complex, large and major joint in the human body. It is composed of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. The knee has a great responsibility for us as it is required to support the full body’s weight when standing, walking, and running, therefore it is to no surprise that many athletes experience knee injuries while playing sports.

Knee injuries vary in type as well as severity. Some common knee injuries that athletes can face include:

  • Patellar fracture
  • Patellar dislocation
  • ACL tear
  • PCL tear
  • Meniscal tear
  • Tendon tear
  • Ligament injuries

While these injuries may not be life-threatening, they can very well be life-altering if not treated properly or cared for immediately. When first injured, it is imperative that the athlete ceases activity and follows the RICE method immediately:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Compression
  • Elevation

If symptoms persist or worsen, it is suggested that the injured athlete visits a medical professional immediately. Depending on the severity of the injury, the doctor will suggest one of the following treatments:

  • Immobilization
  • Physical Therapy in East Meadow
  • Anti-inflammatory medication
  • Surgery

In order to treat knee injuries, physical therapists induce a variety of techniques, including, but not limited to, heat and ice therapy, stretches and exercises, ultrasound therapy, and electrical nerve or muscle stimulation. The goal of physical therapy in East Meadow for a knee injury is to strengthen the knee and the affected area and restore full mobility to the knee. Treatment duration depends on the severity of the case, but it is likely that the patient will be required to undergo a couple of sessions per week for about two months. The end goal is to restore the knee to full health, all the while avoiding the complications of surgical intervention.

At Island Sports Physical Therapy in East Meadow, our therapists have the skills and knowledge necessary to fully heal your injured knee. If you’re looking for an experienced PT that will give you a personalized treatment plan and be with you every step of the way, look no further. Call us to schedule an appointment today and relieve your pain!