• How Long Should Patients Attend Physical Therapy After an Injury?

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    Physical therapy is a commonly recommended treatment modality for patients who have sustained musculoskeletal injuries. The length of your course of physical therapy depends on the type and severity of your specific injury, and your pace of progress. The physical therapist will start by doing a thorough evaluation. Then, he or she uses this information to develop a customized treatment plan. Your treatment plan will explain how many times per week you’ll attend physical therapy and how long you can expect it to last.

    Every patient experiences a different rate of progress. In general, soft tissue injuries may heal in about six to eight weeks. The average fracture should heal in about eight weeks. If your injury results in chronic pain, such as chronic lower back pain, then it’s generally recommended that you continue to attend physical therapy for as long as you continue to experience improvements in your symptoms, strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

    For professional physical therapy in New York, NY, you can turn to Manhattan Total Health. Call (917) 720-2689 to find one of our sports medicine facilities near you.

  • Questions to Ask During Your First Physical Therapy Appointment

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    Physical therapy is good option for dealing with both acute and chronic pain. It can help to reduce or even eliminate the need for pain medication while ensuring a healthy recovery from musculoskeletal issues. With physical therapy, you don’t just focus on alleviating the pain but also on building up muscle strength and learning movement techniques that will reduce the risk of future injury. If you’re starting therapy for the first time, asking your physical therapist these questions during your appointment will help you get a better idea of what to expect from the process.

    Why am I in pain?

    By asking this question, you can discover two important things about your pain. First, you will learn exactly what kind of injury your physical therapist thinks that you have, so you can better understand the source of your pain. Second, you will learn some of the reasons the injury may have happened. For example, your physical therapist may blame a repetitive motions or exercising without stretching or conditioning appropriately. This information will help you understand ways in which you can avoid another injury in the future.

    How long do you think I will need physical therapy?

    Physical therapy doesn’t cure pain and injuries overnight. It usually requires committing to a few sessions per week for an extended period of time. Your physical therapist may not be able to give you a precise treatment timeline, but having an idea of what to expect will help you to plan accordingly.

    What will I need to do between appointments?

    Only part of your physical therapy will happen at your appointments. Your physical therapist will also give you tasks to do at home, such as certain exercises or instructions to use heat or ice on your injuries. It’s important to know what is expected of you and to follow these instructions, in order to get the best results from therapy.

    Find out more about how physical therapy can help you manage chronic and acute pain by contacting Manhattan Total Health. To schedule an appointment for professional physical therapy in New York, NY, please call (917) 720-2689.

  • Could You Benefit from a Medical Massage?

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    When many people think of massages, they envision spa days and relaxation. However, massages can have many health benefits, particularly when it is performed by a provider who is experienced in delivering medical messages. Medical massage is frequently used as part of a physical therapy treatment plan to deliver fast pain relief.

    Medical massage could be right for you if acute or chronic pain is impacting your ability to engage in your normal activities. It helps to boost circulation while reducing inflammation. It can deliver an instant reduction in discomfort and be an important part of achieving long-term pain relief, since it can be targeted specifically at the source of your pain. Many people experience improved range of motion as well as less stress, which in turns helps to alleviate their other symptoms.

    Manhattan Total Health provides medical massage in New York, NY alongside our physical therapy services for a wide range of conditions. Find out more or schedule an appointment by calling (917) 720-2689.

  • What Are Some Common Causes of Torn ACLs?

    A torn ACL is a common sports injury that is suffered by athletes in a wide range of sports. Part of the typical recovery plan for torn ACLs is usually physical therapy that helps athletes recover their strength and rebuild the muscles that support their knees. There are a number of different things that can cause torn ACLs. Here is a look at some of the most common causes.

    ACL injuries usually occur during the course of athletic activity in which pressure is put on the knee. This includes activities that require pivoting, those that require stopping and quickly changing direction, and those that require stopping suddenly. ACL tears can also occur after a direct blow to the knee.

    The physical therapists at Manhattan Total Health can help you strengthen your core and leg muscles to recover from ACL tears and prevent the risk of future injuries. To make an appointment with a sports medicine provider in New York, NY, call (917) 720-2689.