Sports Medicine Manhattan

If you have suffered a serious injury, your doctor may recommend that you undergo
physical therapy. On the other hand, you may also be able to refer yourself to physical therapy.

 

Whether you ask a friend who may have been to physical therapy or searching
on the internet, finding a physical therapist is quite simple. However,
which one is the best choice for you?

 

The following are important questions to ask before deciding on a physical
therapist:

 

    • Do you accept my insurance? In many cases, patients attend physical therapy without knowing whether
      or not their insurance coverage is acceptable. Ensure that your prospective
      candidate accepts your insurance to avoid paying big out-of-pocket expenses
      and suffering a huge headache.

 

    • Do you specialize in treating my injury? Many physical therapists are board-certified clinical specialists, meaning
      that they have passes rigorous tests and spent many hours treating a specific
      condition or demographic. For instance, if you are experiencing hip or
      knee pain, you should see an orthopedic clinical specialist.

 

    • How many patients do you see a day? While some physical therapists elect to commit time to only one patient
      for each appointment, others may treat several people at the same time.
      If you feel that you need more individualized treatment, make sure to
      select a physical therapist that only sees one person at a time.

 

    • Will I see the same physical therapist or a different one each time? Some physical therapy clinics schedule patients with the same therapist
      to help build a strong relationship, while others may schedule appointments
      with the first available therapist, allowing a person to try different
      treatment strategies.

 

    • What is your cancellation or no show policy? Sometimes, emergencies occur which may force you to miss your appointment
      or be late. There are many clinics who charge their patients a fee if
      an appointment is canceled without a timely notice, typically 24 hours
      ahead of time. Toa void paying extra costs during your rehabilitation,
      find out the physical therapist’s cancellation policy.

 

Asking these questions can help you make the best decision possible about
your rehabilitation, and can help you find the best physical therapist
for your specific condition.

 

If you have found yourself on the sidelines due to a sports-related injury
or pain in New York,
request an appointment with our experienced doctor at
Manhattan Sports Therapy today.

 

Pain Management Manhattan

While
physical therapy and rehabilitation can sometimes be painful, not all pain is considered
the good kind. If you’re pushing through pain, you’re putting
yourself at a far greater risk of losing what you have gained from rehab
than if you were to ease up on your exercises. There are several types
of injuries that you cannot train through whatsoever.

 

The following are injuries you shouldn’t still train through:

 

    • Stress fractures – Stress fractures occur when you place more stress on your bones
      than they can handle. If you continue stressing the bone, the microscopic
      fracture can develop into a complete break.

 

    • Achilles tendonitis – Injury to the Achilles tendon can range from mild damage of the
      tendon to a complete rupture, which requires surgery to repair. If you
      try to push through it, the injury can become a chronic degeneration,
      known as Achilles tendinosis, or a complete tear of the tendon.

 

    • Runner’s knee – Patellofemoral pain syndrome occurs when the kneecap rubs on the
      thighbone, resulting in pain at the front of the knee. This injury often
      occurs when there is a muscle and strength imbalance in the quads and
      hips, as well as excessive tightness in the connective tissues surrounding
      the knee. Training through runner’s knee can result in increased
      damage to and degeneration of the cartilage that is positioned underneath
      your kneecap.

 

    • Lower back pain – This injury is typically the result of a weak core and glute muscles,
      overworking the muscles designed to support and stabilize the pelvis and
      spine, as well as improper movement patterns. If you continue to train
      with lower back pain, the lingering pain can become a debilitating chronic
      pain that disrupts your quality of life.

 

    • Hamstring strains – This injury occurs when the muscle tears, whether slightly or completely.
      Hamstring injuries are notorious for being chronic issues, so avoid training
      until the pain subsides.

 

If you have found yourself on the sidelines due to a sports-related injury
or pain in New York,
request an appointment with our experienced doctor at
Manhattan Sports Therapy today.

 

Runner’s Knee

 

Patellofemoral pain syndrome, also known as “runner’s knee,”
is considered the most common running ailment. The stress from running
can cause irritation under, slightly above or below the kneecap, which
is why runner’s knee isn’t a specific injury.

 

Common causes of runner’s knee include:

 

    • Overuse, especially if you constant perform repeated bending or high-stress
      exercises such as lunges or plyometrics.

 

    • Weak or unbalanced thigh muscles

 

    • A direct blow to the knee

 

    • Malalignment, when your bones are not lined up correctly

 

    • Issues with your feet, including fallen arches, overpronation, and hypermobile feet

 

    • Arthritis

 

    • A fractured kneecap

 

The main symptom of runner’s knee is a dull, aching pain around or
behind the kneecap, especially where it meets the lower part of the thighbone
or femur. You may feel pain when walking, running, kneeling, squatting,
climbing or descending stairs, sitting down or standing up, or sitting
for a long time with the knee bent. Other symptoms include swelling and
grinding or popping in the knee.

 

For most people, runner’s knee can be successfully treated without
surgery. The injury heals on its own with time and treatments which address
the knee issue that’s causing the pain.

 

To speed up the recovery process, those suffering from runner’s knee
should do the following:

 

    • Rest your knee as much as possible by avoiding activities which may worsen
      the pain, including running, lunging, squatting, or standing or sitting
      for long periods of time.

 

    • Ice your knee for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours for two to three
      days, or until the pain goes away.

 

    • Wrap your knee with an elastic bandage, sleeves, or patellar straps for
      extra support.

 

    • Elevate your leg on a pillow when you’re sitting or lying down.

 

    • Take NSAIDs, such as ibuprofen or naproxen to combat inflammation and relieve
      pain and swelling.

 

    • Stretch and perform strengthening exercises.

 

    • Use arch supports or orthotics for your shoes.

 

People heal at different rates, so your recovery time is based on your
body and your injury. Whatever you do, do not rush it.

 

If you have found yourself on the sidelines due to a sports-related injury
or pain in New York,
request an appointment with our experienced doctor at
Manhattan Sports Therapy today.

 

Awkward Sleep

Sleep is an integral part of our daily function, helping us recover from
the wear and tear our bodies endure after each day, as well as repairing
and growing tissue, like bone, muscle, and nerves. Additionally, sleep
positioning is just as important in order for your body to heal properly.
So if you sleep the wrong way, it can be detrimental to your health.

 

If you are experiencing any pain, numbness, or tingling in the fingertips,
it may be early signs of a nerve compression issue known as
Carpel Tunnel Syndrome (CTS). In fact, how you position yourself when you sleep can potentially lead to CTS.

 

If you have CTS already, the symptoms are often worst in the evenings since
the tissue fluid located in the arms is being redistributed when there
is no active muscle pump. In other words, when we are not moving when
we attempt to sleep, increased fluids results in increased carpal tunnel
pressure. So how patients position their wrists during sleep is one factor
which affects carpal tunnel pressure.

 

The following are two sleep positions you should
avoid:

 

    • The Fetal Position – One study discovered a strong association between people sleeping
      on their side and CTS. However, people who sleep on their side are more
      inclined to sleep in a fetal position, which includes a forward head and
      rounded shoulders posture, bent at the elbow, and the wrist bent in a
      flexed position. Not only does this position increases the risk of CTS,
      but also increases the risk of other nerve compression injuries.

 

    • On Your Stomach – This position increases the risk of CTS by placing increased pressure
      on the wrists. Furthermore, it also increases the risk of other nerve
      compression injuries at the elbow and shoulder, as well as irritating
      the neck, back, and spine.

 

The preferred sleeping positions include:

 

    • On Your Back – Less stress is placed on the cervical spine in this position. Also,
      there is less risk of nerve compression at the elbow, shoulder, and wrist.
      If your legs are propped up, it places less pressure on the lumbar spine.

 

    • On Your Side – If you prefer to sleep on your side, you should gently hug a pillow
      or a body pillow to prevent going to the fetal position. If you have CTS,
      wear a wrist brace to keep the wrist in a neutral position. Lastly, put
      a pillow in between your legs for proper hip support and spine alignment.

 

If you are suffering from Carpel Tunnel Syndrome in New York,
schedule an appointment with our experienced doctor at
Manhattan Sports Therapy today.

 

Chiropractor in Midtown

We all have a few bad behaviors we wish we’d kick, but did you know sports chiropractors have a few habits they wish their patients would break, too? Even if your health is important to you, it’s very possible you are doing at least one thing that puts your back, and overall health, at risk. Read through our list of common poor practices and find out what you can do to improve your wellbeing.

1. Wearing Bad Shoes

Your feet are a vital part of your overall health. If you choose shoes for looks rather than support, as many people do, you aren’t doing yourself any favors in the long run. Especially if you are active, having supportive shoes that fit your foot properly are vital. Some specialists even claim that many injuries start when a person doesn’t wear the right shoes for their feet.

2. Poor Posture

Many things can cause bad posture. It could be working at a desk all day and hunching over paperwork or a computer screen, a bad desk chair, carrying a heavy purse, or sitting lopsided in chairs. Regardless of the how or the why, bad posture can negatively affect your back health, and cause even more problems.

3. Static Stretches Before a Workout

Contrary to popular belief, static stretches before a run or other type of workout can actually take away from your muscle power. Your muscles aren’t yet warm, so stretching them can slow you down and even lead to small injuries which could lead to more serious issues. Dynamic stretches, ones that warm up your muscles and get your blood flowing, are far more beneficial, and safer.

4. Foam Rollers

The phrase “good in moderation” is perfect for this particular issue. While using foam rollers can work out knots and refresh muscles, too much can actually cause more damage. If it starts getting too painful, you probably aren’t just working blood into the area, you might just be hurting muscles. Use moderation, and only use a foam roller for a minute or two after a hard workout, when you feel problem areas that need a little extra work. If you feel a spot hurting more after time, don’t use the roller.

5. Failing to Communicate with Your Doctor

If you have an issue, don’t keep quiet. Some patients feel shy about giving their chiropractor their opinion because they aren’t a doctor, but if you have a problem area, speak up. Athletic people understand their bodies better than most, because they are constantly pushing and working them. If you notice something changing, even if it seems minor, tell your doctor. It could help them help you.

6. Refusing to Seek Help

When you notice a pain or problem that exercise, stretching, or rest, alone won’t fix, don’t wait to seek help. Trying to push through pain is all well and good when you’re dealing with tired or sore muscles, but not when your body has an injury that needs attention. Take care of yourself and see a chiropractor for help before your underlying issue has time to get worse.

Whether you’re experiencing back pain, joint issues, or pain from an old knee injury, our facilities can help. We offer chiropractic care, sports medicine, pain management, as well as many other treatment options for whatever pain or injury you are dealing with.

Contact Manhattan Sports Therapy to discuss your medical issue, and schedule an appointment to see one of our trained chiropractors.

 

Sciatica

Do you experience frequent or chronic pain or numbness in your buttocks
and legs? If your answer is yes, you may be dealing with sciatica. Sciatica
is a nerve issue that can affect the butt and legs, making them go numb
or prickly painfully. Although nearly 40% of the populate deals with,
or has dealt with, sciatica, this condition is often very misunderstood.
Discover 4 need-to-know facts about sciatica and how it could affect your life.

 

1. Nerve Pain May Vary

 

Individuals dealing with sciatica may experience nerve pain or numbness
in a few different areas. The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in the
body, and individuals suffering from sciatica may experience pain anywhere
along the nerve. This means you could feel pain in the lower back only,
it could be radiating pain down the buttock, or it could go all the way
down to the foot. Each patient experiences sciatica pain differently.
Just as the areas affected be sciatica may vary, so too can the symptoms.
Some individuals may feel pain, other numbness, though some others may
experience muscular weakness.

 

2. Anyone Could Be Affected

 

People from all walks of life can be affected by sciatica. This painful
condition could be caused by some traumatic event, or it could be the
result of sitting at a desk all day, repetitive stress, an old injury,
or a number of other issues. Because these causes vary so greatly, the
athletic and non-athletic alike can experience sciatica.

 

3. It Is Important to See a Specialist

 

When you have a toothache, you see a dentist. When you have sciatica, it
only makes sense that you see a musculoskeletal specialist. Chiropractors
receive special training in the musculoskeletal system and have a thorough
understanding of how the body works. If you experience pain or numbness
in your legs or buttock, make sure you see your chiropractor for an expert opinion.

 

4. There Are Several Treatment Options

 

Sciatica can be treated by physical therapy, special injections, or through
correcting the behavior that is causing the pain. Typically more conservative
treatments will be used first, though severe cases may require more long-term
treatments.

 

To learn more about sciatica, visit womenshealthmag.com.

 

If you are dealing with sciatica, contact Manhattan Sports Therapy
to schedule an appointment.

 

Carpal Tunnel

For many Americans who suffer from
carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), daily tasks such as typing on a keyboard or gripping a coffee mug
can be extremely painful. Although many rely on medications or wrist braces
for relief, one of the most effective forms of treatment is massage therapy.

 

What is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

 

Carpal tunnel is a condition that can cause pain and numbness in the wrists,
hands, and arms. If often occurs due to excessive pressures placed on
the median nerve, which passes through the carpal tunnel located on the
wrist. Repetitive hand movements and tasks are the most common cause for
the development of CTS.

 

When CTS is caught and treated in its early stages, symptoms are often
reversible. But if left untreated, however, the damage may be permanent.

 

How Massage Therapy Can Help

 

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for pain relief, soothing the
muscles, tendons, and nerves contained in the wrist. Physical therapists
possess an extensive knowledge of the inner-workings and anatomy of the
human body and can apply remedial techniques with maximum effect. The
type and length of treatments depend on the injury.

 

Reach Out to Manhattan Sports Therapy Today

 

Dr. Nemirovsky will conduct a thorough evaluation, assessing your pain
symptoms, range of motion, and hand grip strength. He is able to examine
the median nerve directly and determine the exact site of compression
or dysfunction.

 

Through hand therapy and carpal tunnel exercises centralized on soft tissue
mobilization, he relieves the inflamed median nerve and restores proper
function to your wrist, hand, and arm. By skillfully incorporating state-of-the-art
therapies and the Graston Technique®, Dr. Nemirovsky can be successful
in helping you obtain wrist pain relief and restoration.

 

Contact us and
request an appointment immediately.

 

Chronic Headaches

For those who experience chronic
headaches, over-the-counter medication is typically considered a reliable solution.
However, pain medication can take a heavy toll on the body over time.

 

Fortunately, there is an alternative and drug-free treatment. Physical therapy.

 

How Physical Therapy Alleviates Headaches

 

Headaches can be caused by various conditions, including the muscles and
the joints. Physical therapy can treat headaches which are caused by musculoskeletal
problems, such as muscle tension, poor posture, restricted neck motion,
and tightness.

 

Patients who receive therapy with neck conditions will also experience
headaches as one of the symptoms. Many are unaware that the two issues
are connected. On the other hand, some patients receive therapy exclusively
for headaches.

 

How Manhattan Sports Therapy Can Help

 

Treatment can be considerably effective and work fairly quickly. Some patients
enter our facility with a headache in their initial visit and leave without
one. But when it comes to addressing more severe motion and strength conditions,
a few weeks of therapy may be necessary.

 

If you suffer from chronic headaches, our professional team will conduct
a thorough evaluation to determine the source of the problem and all available
solutions. If we determine that the headaches originate from muscle injury
or tension, a variety of treatment methods may be sued.

 

Treatments can include the following:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chronic headaches which are musculoskeletal in nature and have been occurring
for long period of time may not go away completely until physical therapy
treatment is used. Physical therapy is worth a shot when you experience
headaches frequently on a daily basis.

 

Contact Manhattan Sports Therapy and
request an appointment today.

 

Common Sports Injuries

While there are hundreds of sports injuries, some parts of the body are at higher risk of injury than others. In fact, there are 3 categories that account for more than 80% of all sports-related injuries. Manhattan Sports Therapy provides specialized treatment for all kinds of sports injuries. Here are the most common sports injuries and how they can be prevented.

Shoulder Injury

Shoulder injuries are some of the most common in sports. These include strains, sprains, and dislocations. We have found them to be most common in sports such as swimming, baseball, volleyball and others. The injury occurs as a result of overuse of the shoulder muscles and bones. The symptoms of shoulder injury include weakness, stiffness, slipping, and pain in the shoulder.

Prevention and Treatment

  • People with weakened rotator cuff muscles are at greater risk of shoulder injury. Manhattan sports injury doctors at our office can suggest exercises to strengthen this area in order to prevent potential injuries.
  • Resistance band routines, shoulder shrugs and push-ups are also good for shoulder strengthening.
  • If you have dislocated your shoulder in the past, wearing a brace or shoulder support is recommended.

Ankle Sprains

Ankle sprains are common sports injuries and can occur in any type of sport. There are about 25,000 cases of ankle sprains each day in the U.S. The severity of ankle sprains is heightened as the force and speed increases. There are 3 grades of severity in an ankle sprain:

  1. Minimal ligament damage and slight stretching
  2. Loosening of the ankle joint and partial tearing of the ligament
  3. Complete tear of the ligament and an unstable ankle joint

Prevention and Treatment

  • We recommend regular strengthening exercises and ankle stretches to prevent the injury.
  • If you have had a sprained ankle before, consider wearing preventative braces to reduce the risk of re-injury.
  • Make sure you wear proper footwear for the surface and the activity.
  • Balance exercises and training increase your ankle joint, as well as help your body take control of all movements and positions.

To speak with a Manhattan sports doctor at our office, call 646.798.1330.

 

Sports Medicine Doctor in NYC

In an interview late last year, the co-director of the New York University Spine Center, Dr. Anthony Frempong-Boadu, gave an interview about spine health. During the interview, he indicated any well-trained professional could contribute to the overall health of the spine.

According to Dr. Frempong-Boadu, as a spinal surgeon, very few people need his services. He is in a highly specialized field, and people with severe spinal damage might come to him in an attempt to fix a slipped disk or pinched area of the spinal cord. More people require different “modalities” of spinal care.

Chiropractors are practitioners of the more holistic area of spinal care and body health. The doctor indicated they could be a particular benefit to the process of healing the spine or maintaining spinal health.

The only word of caution Dr. Frempong-Boadu gave was to be smart and wise with your choice of a chiropractor, as you would with any health professional who will be in charge of your medical care and well-being. If you’re not getting what you need from a particular treatment or method of care, it may be time to move on to other modalities.

If you’re in need of a chiropractor, don’t hesitate to call us. Our physician, Dr. Nemirovsky, continually pursues the cutting edge of sports medicine techniques to improve clinical outcomes and reduce treatment duration in order to get his patients back on their feet and in the game. Our sports medicine practice focuses on physical rehabilitation, which means we are well-trained in how to treat your particular injury. We also accommodate the needs of athletes of all levels and individuals of all abilities to help ensure effective recovery and treatment options. Let us see what we can do for you at our state-of-the-art facility. Contact us at (646) 798-1330 or fill out our online form to schedule an appointment with our experienced New York sports medicine doctor today. We look forward to seeing how we can help you achieve your goals.