October 10, 2017
October 10, 2017
Caution on the water, boat related hand injury!
A recent patient unfortunately did not tie off the mooring line before boarding his boat. The boat pulled away from the dock leaving the patient straddling between the dock and boat. The patient quickly lunged toward his boat and banged his left hand against the bottom chrome step to the flying bridge. The patient sustained a fracture to the big knuckle of the small finger (MP fx) . Here at Atlantic Physical Therapy outpatient Occupational Therapy Clinic we custom fabricate splints for protective healing followed by a range of motion exercise program to facilitate return back to maximum functional level.
Sally Hawkins OTR/L, CHT, CLT
October 5, 2017
October 1, 2017
September 28, 2017
This favorite picture of mine that I give to patients when they are frustrated with their progress or even a temporary regression in therapy. Often we think of recovery as linear progression where we will get better every day that goes by. I’m not saying this is not the case, however there are often hurdles and plateaus along the way and it’s important to reflect and maintain perspective.
Levi Custis, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy
September 25, 2017
Tips on managing knee pain:
–Avoid prolonged sitting/rest. This can minimize circulation and lead to stiffness.
–Exercise!! Consider low-impact activity, such as pool aerobics or stationary bike. Strengthening exercises should be included in your routine.
–Wear appropriate shoes (especially if you spending a lot of time on your feet)
–Avoid falls! Use an assistive device if your balance is compromised
–Manage your weight
–Modalities, such as ice or heat can help manage your pain. Use ice and elevation for swelling and soreness. Use heat for tightness and stiffness.
If you are concerned about your knee pain, please talk to your doctor. We are more than happy to help you with your rehabilitative needs and create an appropriate and individualized exercise routine.
Lindsay Duryea, Atlantic Physical Therapy
Ocean Pines, MD
September 20, 2017
September 11, 2017
September 10, 2017
Many people often wonder just how important stretching is on a day to day basis. It’s usually seen as something that only athletes do. That’s not entirely true, though. We all need to stretch regularly to protect our mobility and independence as well as to prevent injury.
Warming up and stretching are very natural things to do and there are many benefits to it. Stretching helps keep muscles and joints flexible, strong, and healthy. Without it, they can become tight which can put you at risk for injury. Just stretching once won’t give you flexibility, though. It can take weeks to months to gain range of motion and requires a regular stretching program to maintain it. But making a daily stretching program a part of your day can benefit you for years to come, so why wait!
Sarah Geremia, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy, West Ocean City
September 1, 2017
August 28, 2017
August 24, 2017
August 20, 2017
One of the many conditions we often treat here at Atlantic Physical Therapy is low back pain. While back pain is quite common, I found that many people have misconceptions about back pain that can lead to unnecessary fear and in some cases even unnecessary treatments that can be quite costly. To help clarify some of these issues I will be posting once a month about some back pain myths and sharing important truths about back pain that are well supported in medical literature.
First, let’s talk about cost. Did you know that back pain accounts for 10% of all primary care physician visits? According to a study published in the Spine Journal in September 2009, back pain alone accounts for $86 billion in annual healthcare spending. And more recent studies show that this number is actually increasing.
With rising health care costs, increasing deductibles and higher co-pays, this means that your back pain may be costing you a lot of money. I have good news though!
Here are some stats that I love to share:
- Individuals who receive physical therapy within the first 14 days following the onset of pain, spend $2700 less than those who wait to see a physical therapist.
- Patients who receive advanced imaging before going to physical therapy spend almost $5000 more than those who get physical therapy first.
So, if you have back pain, come see one of our physical therapists at Atlantic Physical Therapy. We can get you feeling better and save you money in the process!
Matthew Savini DPT, OCS, CSCS
Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Ocean View Clinic
August 10, 2017
August 3, 2017
I wanted to remind all of our followers on the importance of maintaining flexibility. Stretching your low back muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and piriformis muscles for 10 to 15 minutes 3-4 days per week will help improve flexibility and improve activities of daily living. If routine activities such as putting on socks and tying shoes are difficult and painful, a daily stretching routine may be all that is required to improve daily tasks.
If you are having pain with the above activity ask your doctor for a referral to Atlantic Physical Therapy.
Charles Curran, PT
Atlantic Physical Therapy; Ocean Pines, MD
July 31, 2017
Is running bad for my knees is a common question physical therapist are often asked. Thankfully there has been a recent systemic review and meta-analysis that gives us answers and insight. Non-runners have about a 10% incidence of knee osteoarthritis (OA), competitive runners 13% incidence, and lastly recreational runners (the category which most all of us fall into) have a 3.5% incidence of knee OA. This means the risk of developing knee OA is not a reason to stop running or never start. Recreational running is healthy and prevents the development of arthritis in the lower extremities. Here is an easy to read info graphic summarizing the recent study.
If any motivation is needed, here is a recently popularized image of a 70 year old triathletes leg vs. a 74 year old sedentary individual.
Levi Custis, PT, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy; Laurel, DE
July 21, 2017
With school starting in a month or so and fall sports season right around the corner I wanted to take a moment to talk about the dangers of single sport specialization in young athletes. Did you know that the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, PGA, and nearly every other major sports organization endorses multi-sport play?
Early specialization greatly increases the risk of overuse injuries in children and adolescents and often leads to burn out, with the athlete often quitting sports altogether. What may be surprising to some of you is that playing only one sport, especially year-round, actually decreases overall athletic development and performance. In fact, early sport diversification is linked to a longer sport career with fewer injuries.
Please see the infographic for more information on the benefits of diversification.
If your child has suffered from a sports related injury, schedule an appointment at Atlantic Physical Therapy where one of our highly trained Physical Therapists will not only treat your athlete’s injury but can also perform a movement screen to assess for other imbalances and impairments that could be hindering your young athlete’s performance. We at APT are here to support all of your sport rehabilitation and physical therapy needs!
Matthew Savini DPT, OCS, CSCS
Atlantic Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine, Ocean View Clinic
July 19, 2017
At Atlantic Physical Therapy in Salisbury, MD we treat many shoulder injuries.
July 11, 2017
Hey everyone, It’s Sarah Geremia at Altantic Physical Therapy in West Ocean City, MD. Dizziness and vertigo are some of the most common symptoms people go see their physician for. It can be very unsettling to feel like the room is spinning when you lay down or turn your head. In addition, many of those with vertigo will feel nauseous and off balance. But did you know that often times there is a simple treatment that your Physical Therapist can do for you to alleviate those symptoms? If you think you might have vertigo, ask your physician about Atlantic Physical Therapy for Vestibular Rehabilitation.
July 10, 2017
Hello all from Atlantic Physical Therapy! From our very own outpatient Occupational Therapy clinic in Berlin, Md. Sometimes in conjunction with soft tissue massage, passive Range of motion, and strengthening we come across individuals that benefit from an assistive device such as a Dynasplint. This device aids in achieving more range of motion. My current client is using a Dynasplint for two hours a day to help increase supination (palm up motion). Today this client stated with the use of their Dynasplint, that he can now hold a book better with just his left hand after a period using this device. The goal of Occupational therapy is to promote self-care, Independence, and leisure activity. -Sally Hawkins, OTR, CHT, CLT
July 6, 2017
This is Charles Curran PT at Atlantic Physical Therapy in Ocean Pines, MD. I wanted to remind everyone that we give free balance and fall risk screenings in our Ocean Pines office on a Biodex fall risk assessment machine. If you are interested in a free screening please call 410-208-3630 to schedule. We will determine if you are at high risk for falling and help you receive a referral for therapy. Thank you.
June 30, 2017
POSTURE your spine.
A common risk factor contributing to back pain is poor posture. At Atlantic Physical Therapy, we use postural education, in addition to other treatment methods to address back pain, including lower lumbar pain, cervical-spine and thoracic-spine pain.
Here are just a few tips to remember that may help prevent future back pain or aid in resolving back pain:
- Avoid sitting on soft surfaces, such as a couch or recliner, for prolonged periods. These surfaces cause the lower spine to “slouch” which places stress on lower lumbar segments and associated lumbar discs.
- Try sitting on firm surfaces that allow the trunk to be in an upright position. Place feet so that the hips are at a 90 degree angle.
- A small pillow or lumbar roll can assist in facilitating the natural curve of the spine. This should be placed between the upright portion of the chair and the small of the back.
- Keep shoulder blades in contact with upright surface of the chair.
- Maintain a “retracted” position of the cervical spine by keeping the ears positioned directly over the shoulders and the chin slightly tucked.
- If possible, the elbows should be rested on arm rests so that the shoulders are relaxed and not “shrugged” toward the ears.
If you are suffering from neck or back pain, talk to your doctor. Atlantic Physical Therapy may be the perfect start for helping you get back into shape!
Submitted by Lindsay Duryea, PT, DPT
Atlantic Physical Therapy, Ocean Pines, MD
June 28, 2017
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
“Exercise is king. Nutrition is queen. Put them together and you’ve got a kingdom.” – Jack Lalanne
“Small disciplines repeated with consistency every day lead to great achievements gained slowly over time.” – John C. Maxwell
Hello, my name is Levi Custis, I am a physical therapist at the Atlantic Physical Therapy Laurel Delaware location. I enjoy reading quotes from the great thought and industry leaders throughout history. Most everything that has been thought or said in the past applies to our current problems. The above quotes when combined simply mean small changes in our daily habits with consistent exercise and healthy food can result in a lifetime of health, mobility, and longevity. Come see us at any of our locations and learn how we can help you reach your goals!
June 21, 2017
Hi everyone, this is Gwyn Benny from the Atlantic Physical Therapy Salisbury, MD location. A lot of patients have so many questions when it comes to Physical Therapy.
“How do I know if I need physical therapy?”
- Most simple musculoskeletal injuries resolve on their own in 10 days.
- RICE- Despite rest, ice, elevation and compression is the condition not fully resolved or is unchanged?
- Have you had this problem before?
- Does your condition seem to resolve and then return? Is it getting more limiting?
- Is pain or stiffness limiting you daily activities or recreation?
- Does your pain change with position or activity?
- Do meds just seem to mask the pain?
If you answered yes to any of these questions you would benefit from physical therapy.
How to choose a physical therapist.
Does the therapist take your insurance?
Is the office convenient for you?
Does your therapist have special skills?
Have you had previous success and a good rapport with a certain physical therapist?
What to expect at your first visit.
Paperwork- bring ID and insurance cards, medial history, functional questionnaire form.
Physical therapist will evaluate the problem-
Questions about your conditions. What are your limitations? Other pain related information.
Assess movements and strength in the area and possibly above and below.
Physical tests will be done to help pin point areas of limitations. Dress comfortably and prepare to have area of concern exposed.
Palpation- which means touching to pinpoint the area of concern and determine tolerance for treatment or reactivity.
Discussion of findings and education regarding home exercises and self-care.
Choosing a physical therapist can impact you success. So choose wisely and choose Atlantic Physical Therapy in Salisbury, MD.
June 20, 2017
June 12, 2017
Hello everyone, this is Sarah Geremia, PT at Atlantic Physical Therapy from our West Ocean City clinic. I often see people in chronic pain as a result of poor ergonomic workstation set ups. If you are unfamiliar with it, Ergonomics deals with the relationship between a person and their work environment. Specifically, it is fitting a person to their job, instead of making you conform to the job by putting you in awkward positions and postures that contribute to chronic musculoskeletal pain. If you think your work station is causing you more pain, stop by any Atlantic Physical Therapy clinics for an assessment and recommendations for changes to make your life easier!
June 8, 2017
Today a patient I’ll call “Rich” came into our Atlantic Physical Therapy and Rehab services outpatient Occupational Therapy clinic in Berlin, MD. Rich competes in the Mid Atlantic Motor Cross Association and is currently ranked #1 (masters) as well as being ranked in the top four nationally.
In November 2016 , Rich fractured his left wrist. Plates and screws were surgically put in his wrist. He attends OT several days a week for rehabilitation. Rich is compliant with his home exercise program and is anxious to get back on the track, but understandably concerned about injuring his left wrist again.
Recently upon walking in the clinic with his handlebars to his motor cross bike he asked” Hey Sally can you help me out here? I need to be able to grip on to these handle bars really tight this weekend. I’ve decided to enter my first race post surgery.
I replied with” Absolutely let’s see what we can do to make that goal happen for you”.
I remolded his wrist custom made splint to the hand position necessary during the 12.5 mile , 5 lap dirt track race he was scheduled to participate in in just two days.
Today I’m happy to share Rich’s story as he returned for more therapy and announced a first place win in the race.
Below a picture of Rich with his left wrist splint modification coming in for the win.
Sally Hawkins CHT
June 1, 2017
Hi everyone it is Charles Curran, PT at Atlantic Physical Therapy in Ocean Pines. I wanted to let every one know that some physicians have BMI requirements prior to performing joint replacement surgeries. You may want to check with your physician if you feel a knee or hip replacement is in your future. Please remember here at Atlantic Physical Therapy we provide pre and post surgical rehabilitation for all joint replacements. If you have any questions please call 410-208-3630, or stop in to our facility for a guided tour.