• How a Rotator Cuff Injury is Treated

    Rotator cuff injuries are one of the most common shoulder injuries. In this video, you will learn about how a rotator cuff injury is treated .

    You can have a tear or sprain to your rotator cuff. Diagnosing the injury is the first step to rehabilitation. This often requires an MRI or other tests. Once you have a diagnosis, the rehabilitation begins. Stretches are important, particularly across the body arm stretches. Afterwards, the patient has to do rotator cuff strengthening exercises to help restore strength and range of motion. 

    If you have suffered from a rotator cuff injury and need to undergo rehabilitation, call Manhattan Total Health at (212) 832-9127. 

  • Tips for Staying Fit During Pregnancy, Myofascial Pain Syndrome Information and More

    Whether you are suffering from chronic pain, discomfort related to your pregnancy, or a sports injury, physical therapy can make your body feel and function better. Manhattan Total Health offers a wide range of health services to fit your needs. Contact us at (212) 832-9127 to learn more. For additional information, check out the following resources!

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  • What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome and How Is It Treated?

    While just about everyone has experienced pain due to muscle tension, people who suffer from myofascial pain syndrome do not experience relief after a brief healing period. If you suffer from chronic pain, it’s a good idea to learn more about this syndrome to determine whether it could be causing your discomfort. If the symptoms described in this article match yours, contact a professional physical therapist today.

    What is Myofascial Pain Syndrome?

    This chronic pain disorder is characterized by referred pain, which means sensitive muscle tissues, or “trigger points,” that cause pain elsewhere in the body. Pain generally occurs after repetitive muscle use through exercise or muscle tension caused by stress. The causes of trigger points varies, but the muscle sensitivity is often caused by overuse or injury. Myofascial Pain Syndrome results in pain that will not cease or even worsens after rest and home care.

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    What are the Risk Factors?

    If you have suffered from a muscle injury or have overworked a muscle group through repetitive motion, you may develop trigger points. Poor posture, stress, and anxiety are also common factors that increase risk, as they can lead to muscle strain and tension.

    How is it Treated?

    Depending on the cause and severity of your myofascial pain syndrome, your doctor may recommend a variety of treatment options . Pain relievers, antidepressants, or sedatives may be prescribed in order to relax the muscles, relieve pain, and improve a patient’s ability to sleep. Physical therapy is a great option, and a plan involving stretching, massage, heat therapy and other techniques can often relieve symptoms. You may also want to consider a needle procedure, either simple acupuncture or an injection of numbing agents or steroids into the trigger point.

    To learn more about treating myofascial pain syndrome or other chronic pain, contact Manhattan Total Health . Our physicians, physical therapists, massage therapists, and acupuncture specialists will work together to find a solution for you. Call us today at (212) 832-9127 to learn more about our services or schedule a consultation. 

  • Tips for Managing Pain Associated With Pregnancy

    Many women experience back pain during pregnancy in addition to fatigue and other discomfort. Depending on the severity of your pain, you may feel relief through performing stretches or exercises, or you may require professional physical therapy

    Causes of Prenatal Back Pain

    One factor which commonly leads to back pain in pregnant women is the expansion of abdominal muscles, which weakens the spine’s support system. Back pain can also be caused by the shift in a pregnant woman’s center of gravity. The additional weight in the front of the body causes strain on the back. As a woman’s body prepares for birth, tissues in the pelvis and connecting areas soften up, which is necessary for natural birth but can cause instability and soreness.

    Lifestyle Changes to Minimize Pain

    There are several small changes you can make to take the stress off your back. Focus on good posture and wear supportive shoes. If you must stand for a long time, shift your weight, and elevate one foot at a time on a stool or ledge. When sitting, make sure your chair has good back support, and consider using a small pillow to support your lower back. Lying on your side is generally the best resting position to maintain good circulation for both mom and baby, using a pillow between the knees to keep your spine aligned. Depending on how far along you are, you may find comfort in placing an additional pillow under your abdomen.

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    Physical Therapy

    Talk to a physical therapist to determine what stretches and exercises will help you minimize pain most effectively. Chiropractic work and/or massage may also be recommended.

    At Manhattan Total Health , our physical therapists and physicians work together to help patients feel their best. Our experienced specialists can help you enjoy a pregnancy with minimal pain or achiness. Contact us today at (212) 832-9127 to learn more about our services or to schedule a consultation.