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

What is a HEP and why is it important?
HEP stands for Home Exercise Program. This is usually something your therapist will go over with you during one of your first PT appointments. It usually includes exercises that will supplement your Physical Therapy program to help address your deficits and help you to quickly return you to your prior level of function. Your therapist will likely progress your program and update it to appropriately match your progress in therapy. The HEP is designed to help maintain the gains you have made in therapy during treatment, as well as when you have been discharged from treatment. Being compliant with your HEP helps to ensure a smoother and sometimes faster recovery. Once you have met your goals in therapy, and nearing discharge, ask your therapist how you can continue to maintain or progress at home.
As always, we at Atlantic Physical Therapy in Ocean Pines, MD would like to assist you in your recovery, whatever your need may be.

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

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July 19, 2017

At Atlantic Physical Therapy in Salisbury, MD we treat many shoulder injuries.

A Look at Shoulder Impingement
The shoulder is a complex joint. It is capable of motion in many directions. The movement produced is created by a complex balancing act by the muscles of the rotator cuff (RC) and surrounding muscles. Problems with the shoulder can occur when this balance becomes disturbed.
Patients frequently ask “What did I do to injure my shoulder?” The answer is not always easy. But I might offer some insight.
If there was no specific injury to your shoulder on of the most common diagnoses is impingement. This is an irritation of the shoulder that occurs at the tip of the shoulder, also called the AC joint. Part of the rotator cuff has to pass under the arch of the AC joint and attach to the arm. The area under the arch is where problems can occur.
gwyn shoulder 1
Arthritis of the AC joint can narrow the space for the bursa and portions of the rotator cuff. When this happens, irritation occurs from friction and wearing against the rough under surface. This irritation can result in tendinitis, bursitis or in the worst case scenario a rotator cuff tear. Common symptoms of impingement include but are limited to pain in the shoulder, stiffness and weakness. You may have pain lying on the shoulder at night and difficulty lifting things or throwing.
gwyn shoulder 2
Physical therapy can help shoulder impingement through the use of heat/cold, manual therapy, stretching and strengthening exercises. So if you have shoulder pain that has not resolved or has left you with trouble sleeping, or doing the things you enjoy then you may need to see a physical therapist. Come to Atlantic Physical Therapy, Salisbury MD and we will work to regain your shoulder strength and mobility.

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

Sally Picture July 2017

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Keep shoulder blades in contact with upright surface of the chair.
  5. Maintain a “retracted” position of the cervical spine by keeping the ears positioned directly over the shoulders and the chin slightly tucked.
  6. 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

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
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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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