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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

Do you suffer from persistent pain in the bottom of your foot or heel? If so, you may have plantar fasciitis. While this is common, it can be a very painful experience that can affect your daily life and ability to participate in the activities that you really enjoy. In fact, one out of 10 Americans will suffer from plantar fasciitis at some time in their life.
 
If you think you have plantar fasciitis, here are some common symptoms:
1. Heel pain following a period of inactivity, such as the first few steps in the morning
2. Heel and foot pain with prolonged weight bearing activities, like standing for a long time or being on your feet all day
3. Pain when you press on the bottom inside of your foot where your arch starts
 
If this is you or someone you know, there is good news. Physical therapy can help! Studies show that people with foot pain who receive physical therapy treatment recover more quickly and with fewer costs than those who do not receive physical therapy.
 
What to expect:
During your initial appointment, you will first be evaluated by a licensed physical therapist. They will ask questions pertinent to your symptoms followed by a detailed physical exam. Based on their findings they will devise a treatment plan that will include relevant stretches and exercises as well as hands on treatment and modalities that will help to ease your pain.
What you should do:
This part is easy! If you are suffering from heel or foot pain, request a referral from your provider for physical therapy treatment at Atlantic Physical Therapy. Give us a call and we will help you with your pain!
 
Matthew Savini PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS
Atlantic Physical Therapy, Ocean View, DE
matt planter fasciitis
 
Image source: http://www.jospt.org/doi/pdf/10.2519/jospt.2017.0501

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

Dirt Racer Sally June

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.

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