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Upper & Lower Extremity Lymphedema

At Atlantic Physical Therapy Outpatient Occupational Therapy Clinic in Berlin we specialize in Upper & Lower Extremity Lymphedema . Lymphedema is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system, which normally returns interstitial fluid to the bloodstream. Causes of lymphatic dysfunction includes 1) congenital malformation of lymphatics, 2)… Read more »

National Hand Therapy Week

June 4-10th was National Hand Therapy week. Throughout the week the goal was to raise awareness to the benefits of Hand Therapy. During the week , the American Society of Hand Therapy (ASHT) had their yearly photo contest . The contest was open to members only. Voting was to the public June 4-10. The top… Read more »

Falling Concerns

Each year, millions of older people—those 65 and older—fall. In fact, more than one out of four older people falls each year, but less than half tell their doctor.1 Falling once doubles your chances of falling again.2 There is no reason to remain quiet about your concerns when prevention is achievable. With a proper medical… Read more »

Occupational Therapy

Outdoor activities are abundant as nice weather returns here on the Eastern Shore. Skateboarding is a popular sport. Skateboarders are recommended to wear standard safety gear. As with any sport, accidents can occur. In 2015 125,145 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms after being injured skateboarding. Enclosed are pictures of a patient who fell… Read more »

Paddleboarding

As the weather begins to warm up often people will change their exercise routine from the gym to being outdoors. A popular option is to use stand up paddleboarding for strength, endurance, flexibility, and creating a caloric deficit. Stand up paddle boarding is a great low impact option to reap the benefits for the cardiovascular… Read more »

American Stroke Awareness Month

May is American Stroke Awareness Month Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in America; but according to the National Stroke Association, up to 80 percent of strokes are preventable. Prevention is key! There are many things you can do to decrease your risk of stroke. Lowering your blood pressure and keeping your heart… Read more »

Using Crutches

Crutches are so simple to use or are they? Everyone has different body proportions requiring a slightly different setup of their crutches. Your physical therapist can assist with optimizing your crutches for your unique situation. This will ensure appropriate use with the correct gait pattern. Correct usage of crutches may decrease energy expenditure, decrease risk… Read more »

Why Try Therapy

Why Can’t I just have surgery? Wouldn’t that just solve the problem? Why should I try therapy? These are questions I hear often when a patient has struggled with pain for a while and is frustrated. But the reality is that for many conditions, physical therapy can be just as effective as surgery in reducing… Read more »

Dislocated Elbow

An elbow dislocation occurs when the bones of the forearm ( radius and ulna ) move out of place compared with the bone of the upper arm( the humerus). The elbow joint, formed where these 3 bones meet, become dislocated, or out of joint. A dislocated elbow occurs when the bones that make up the… Read more »

Preventing Falls

Are you worried about a loved one falling? Are you worried about yourself falling? A physical therapist is trained to identify a person at risk for falls and create a plane of care to decrease that risk. Falls can unfortunately result in a fatal injury. According to the Center for Disease Control’s statistics: One out… Read more »

Exercise Benefits for the Aging Population

In adults, age 75 and older, only 8% meet the recommended guidelines for aerobic activity and strengthening. Studies show that an increase of up to 15 minutes a day of physical activity can correlate to a decrease of an additional 4% in mortality from any cause. Here are just a few benefits of physical activity… Read more »

Workplace Wellness Program

The United States spends more money on healthcare than any other county, but this hasn’t necessarily translated into better health outcomes. Clearly, some major changes need to happen in the way healthcare is managed. We need to look at ways that we can effect widespread change in entire populations of patients to prevent some of… Read more »