Success stories from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City: Vanessa nearly back to full strength and wrist function after six weeks of treatment

Vanessa was in a traumatic motor vehicle accident in which she experienced a fracture of the distal radius in her left wrist, which is the larger of the two forearm bones located beneath the thumb. Based on the seriousness of her injury, she needed to have a surgical procedure to repair the broken bone, and afterwards, was referred to physical therapy. It was at this point that Vanessa came in to see us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City seeking out a course of treatment to help her recover. 

After performing a full evaluation of Vanessa’s left forearm and wrist, it was found that she had severely limited range of motion in all directions, as well as increased sensitivity, pain, swelling and stiffness in the elbow, wrist and hand. She also had significant scarring and scar tissue from the surgery, decreased grip and grasp strength, an impaired ability to support herself with her left arm, and she experienced limitations with many daily activities like dressing, grooming, working and doing household chores.

Before beginning treatment, Vanessa stated that her goals were to reduce her pain and the swelling and stiffness in her wrist. Ultimately, she wanted to work towards regaining the full motion and strength of her left forearm, wrist and hand so she could teach at her out-of-state university positions as a literature professor for the upcoming summer and fall academic semesters.

What we did at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City to help Vanessa improve

Based on the evaluation, our therapist gave Vanessa several recommendations intended to help reduce her swelling and scar tissue formation. These included massage, ice, compression, elevation and kinesio taping, which is applied to the skin with the goal of reducing pain and inflammation. Vanessa’s therapist also gave her exercises designed to improve the range of motion of her elbow, wrist, hand and her upper body, as well as her grip strength. Finally, she was given an aggressive home and self-care program to be performed regularly, since she only had a limited amount of time before resuming her job.

After only six weeks of physical therapy, Vanessa regained 90% of her wrist/hand motion and strength. She was also able to return to teaching and lecturing around the country successfully, and currently maintains her home-exercise program, which allows her to continue making gains on her own.

Vanessa had this to say about the outcomes of her treatment: “I was so scared I would not return to normal, that my wrist would never come close to 100% after the accident. Your therapy helped me so much to function normally with my hand again.”

Here at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City, we understand how difficult it can be to deal with such a serious injury and the fear Vanessa had afterwards of not being able to regain her wrist function. But we are extremely pleased to see that Vanessa made such significant progress in such a short period of time and is now back in the fold with her profession. We wish her continued success with her recovery, and invite you to come in for a visit to find out how we can help you experience similar outcomes. Call us at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click here to read our last blog on distal radius fractures.

Regardless of whether or not you need surgery for your broken wrist in New York City, physical therapy will be a crucial part of the rehab process

The wrist is a complex joint in which 15 different bones meet, each one with its own specific function. The role of each bone within the wrist is important, and if a problem or injury occurs in any one of them, it can affect the entire movement of the joint. The radius is one of the bones in the forearm that connects the elbow to the other bones in the wrist, and fractures of the radius are extremely common. When the term “broken wrist” is used, it usually refers to fractures of the distal part of the radius, which is where it meets the wrist. These injuries may be serious and in some cases require surgery, but regardless of what treatment is used for your broken wrist in New York City, a course of physical therapy will be essential to ensure that you have a complete recovery.

The radius is located on the thumb side of the wrist and is the larger of the two bones that make up the forearm. Along with the other forearm bone—the ulna—these forearm bones permit movements of the elbow, hand and wrist, and the distal radius takes on a great deal of the load experienced at the wrist. This is one of the main reasons the distal radius is so vulnerable to fractures. Distal radius fractures are the most common fractures in the arm and are some of the most common fractures that occur throughout the entire body. Of all fractures seen in the emergency room, about one-sixth are distal radius fractures.

The vast majority of distal radius fractures occur after someone falls and lands with their hands outstretched, which is often called a “fall on an outstretched hand,” or FOOSH. Falls in sports like soccer and basketball, as well as biking, skateboarding or rollerblading accidents can all lead to a distal radius fracture if the person lands with enough force. Older individuals with osteoporosis are also at an increased risk for distal radius fractures because their bones are more fragile and can therefore break from even a minor fall.

After experiencing a distal radius fracture, a person will usually experience immediate pain, swelling, tenderness and bruising. Many individuals will also have a wrist that hangs in an odd or bent way (called a deformity), as well as difficulty moving the wrist and fingers. Upon examination, these injuries are usually divided into the following three types:

  • Type 1: a “nondisplaced” fracture in which the bone is broken but still rests in a normal position
  • Type 2: a fracture where a fragment of bone is shifted from its normal position
  • Type 3: the most serious type of fracture, with multiple breaks of the bone or bones

How physical therapy can help you recover from your broken wrist in New York City

In most cases, type 1 and 2 fractures are treated non-surgically with a cast being worn for a period of time until the bone heals, while type 3 fractures are usually treated with a surgical procedure to repair the fractured bone. But regardless of which type of treatment is used, a course of physical therapy will be necessary to help the patient regain the motion, function and strength of the wrist. To give you an idea of what this process looks like, here are some highlights of a typical treatment program for a broken wrist in New York City:

  • While the wrist is still in a cast: during this period of time, your physical therapist will likely prescribe some gentle exercises the keep the shoulder, elbow and fingers moving so that these parts of the arm don’t lose their abilities while the wrist is immobilized
  • After the cast is removed/after surgery: once the cast is removed, the wrist usually feels stiff and the arm feels weak, so your physical therapist will prescribe treatments to address these issues and restore the function of your wrist with the following:
    • Hands-on techniques (manual therapy) to help your joints and muscles to move more freely with less pain
    • Ice and heat therapy to address the pain in your wrist
    • Stretching and strengthening exercises to help you regain your ability to move your wrist normally
    • Exercises that are specific to your sport or physical activity of choice to help you return to the things you love

A broken wrist in New York City is often a serious injury that can set you back for a while, but seeing a physical therapist during the recovery period will help ensure that you’re making your way back to full strength in the safest and fastest manner possible. So if you’ve recently broken your wrist, we strongly recommend contacting us today to find out how we can help you. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment, or click here for more information on distal radius fractures.

Success stories from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City: Andrew recovers from long-term back pain after completing physical therapy

Andrew had been experiencing lower and upper back pain that came and went since 2015. Occasionally, the pain would also travel down his left lower leg and further worsen his condition. This pain, combined with the fact that Andrew worked a sedentary desk job, caused him to become very inactive and constantly tired, which is what led him to come see us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City.

With his initial evaluation, it was noted that Andrew had a great deal of weakness in his core muscles, as well as poor movement patterns during squatting, stepping up and sitting, and a loss of flexibility in his legs. He also reported that he would have random back spasms without any cause, which highly discouraged him from doing his normal activities of daily living. Based on these findings, Andrew’s therapist diagnosed him with chronic upper and lower back pain.

Before beginning treatment, Andrew stated that he was hoping to be pain-free on a regular basis and capable of participating in physical exercise once again, which his condition had prevented him from doing. Based on his diagnosis, treatment started with a course of core and gluteus strengthening exercises to help him regain his strength in the muscles surrounding the spine. This was combined with upper and lower back stability training, which was intended to improve Andrew’s posture while sitting and standing at work all day. The final ingredient was a home-exercise program that consisted of stretching, core exercises and activity modification, performed on a regular basis at home.

Along with the work completed within our clinic, Andrew was also very diligent about completing his home-exercise program as instructed. Currently, he is still coming to physical therapy consistently to continue improving the strength of his core and upper spine. Most importantly, Andrew eliminated the daily pain he was feeling in his back, started participating in a weekly boxing class, improved his physical fitness and endurance, and has changed the outlook on his life!

Experience similar results from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City

Andrew’s story is a great example of what’s possible when you take action: he had a bothersome problem for several years, decided to finally do something about it, and is now living a much more enjoyable, pain-free life. So if you’re dealing with any sort of pain that’s been bugging you for a while, there is no better time than now to step up and conquer it. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click here to read our last blog on back pain.

The best way to overcome back pain is through a comprehensive treatment program from our New York City physical therapists

Back pain, especially in the lower back, is one of the most commonly seen medical conditions. In fact, if you’ve never experienced low back pain, you’re actually part of the minority, and there is a strong chance you’ll encounter it at some point. The statistics on the subject should put help put matters in perspective: as many as 85% of Americans will face low back pain at least once in their lives, which can lead to varying degrees of disability. The good news is that our New York City physical therapists are extremely familiar with these types of cases, and can help address any type of back pain you may be having with a non-surgical treatment approach.

Most people who have dealt with back pain in the past or are dealing with it currently should be well aware of how their pain can make it more difficult to complete everyday tasks that are normally completed without much thought. This is one of the main reasons low back pain is also one of the leading causes for missed work due to disability.

In most cases low back pain is short-lived—or acute—and only lasts for a few weeks before gradually subsiding. For some individuals, however, the pain lasts for more than three months and is then considered to be “chronic,” which requires a much more intense treatment approach. Anyone can get low back pain and it can develop for a variety of reasons, but there are certain factors that increase one’s chances of getting it. These risk factors include older age, poor physical fitness, a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, other diseases like arthritis and cancer, risky occupations that may strain the back, smoking, depression and anxiety.

Non-surgical treatment from our New York City physical therapists recommended for most cases of back pain

Though it can be a bothersome condition that may interfere with your daily life, fortunately most cases of low back pain will improve with time and with non-surgical, or conservative treatment. Conservative care is strongly recommended in nearly all cases of acute low back pain, and one of the most essential components of this treatment approach is physical therapy. Our New York City physical therapists deal with low back pain patients on a regular basis, and we are experts at determining what may be causing the pain and creating treatment plans to address it. The goal of each treatment program is to decrease pain, increase function and prevent further recurrence, and usually includes:

  • Passive physical therapy: techniques that are performed on the patient without any action on their part, such as ice and/or heat therapy, and ultrasound
  • Active physical therapy: exercises the patient physically performs on their own
    • Stretching exercises for the buttocks, back, spine and hamstrings are helpful for keeping joints flexible and should be done twice a day
    • Strengthening exercises are needed to build the muscles in the back and core, and should be done for 15-20 minutes every other day
    • Low-impact aerobic exercises like walking, biking and swimming are also important and should be done for 30-40 minutes, three times a week
  • Education: we will also provide tips and guidance on how to improve your posture and make other necessary changes that may be contributing to your pain

Back pain may be a burden for many people, but this doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can do about it. Take action by coming in to see our New York City physical therapists for a complete evaluation and a personalized treatment program that’s designed specifically for you, and you’ll be on your way to less pain and better functioning. Call Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click here for more information on back pain.

Success stories from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City: Patrick experiences significant improvements after only six acupuncture sessions

Patrick underwent surgery to repair a hernia that was bothering him, but after the procedure, he continued having problems. He experienced pain and a sensation of the presence of a “ball” on the right side of his pelvis, which together was giving him an uncomfortable feeling.   Doctors were unable to determine the cause of Patrick’s symptoms, which led him to visit us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City seeking out some better answers.

At his first visit, Patrick explained that he often felt the pain and “ball sensation” in his pelvis upon waking up, and that the symptoms would usually continue throughout the day. Walking and sitting were the most uncomfortable actions, and some days were worse than others for Patrick. One of the most frustrating aspects of his condition was that Patrick was unable to figure out what would set his symptoms off, which made it even more difficult to reduce them.

What we did at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City to address Patrick’s problems

Upon further examination, it was found that Patrick had tightness in his oblique, iliacus and abdominal muscles. There was also a bit of puffiness and swelling in the groin area, as well as scar tissue that felt thick and immobile. Based on this information, Patrick was diagnosed with piriformis syndrome, a neuromuscular disorder in which the piriformis muscle in the buttocks spasms and causes a number of symptoms. The exact cause of the condition has not yet been identified, but most agree that it’s either due to a spasm in the piriformis muscle itself or because of some irritation of a nearby structure like the hip.

Once he was given the diagnosis, Patrick stated that his goals of treatment were to simply be symptom-free, so that we could and sit once again without any issues. To address his condition, Patrick received weekly acupuncture and cupping treatments, and after only six visits, he reported being able to go days without experiencing much discomfort. He also realized how stress contributed to his symptoms and was advised to adopt practices that helped him manage stress.

Patrick’s story points out that in some situations, seeing a physical therapist is the smartest possible choice for figuring out what’s wrong and then deciding the best way to treat it. He had a condition that was difficult to diagnose, but our team was able to get to the bottom of it and send him to our very own acupuncturist, which we correctly believed would be helpful. So if you’re dealing with any sort of pain—especially if it’s been bothering you for a while and you can’t seem to get an answer why—your next move should be to contact us. Call Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists today, or click here to read our last blog on piriformis syndrome.

New York City physical therapists break down a condition in which muscle spasms in the buttocks causes radiating symptoms down the leg

Most of us have experienced a muscle spasm at one point or another, and for some, having them may be a regular occurrence. In most cases the spasm comes and goes fairly quickly, without creating much more than a minor inconvenience or a short break from activity. Other types of muscle spasms, however, can be much more serious and lead to bothersome symptoms that won’t go away. One example is called piriformis syndrome, which is a spasm of a muscle in the buttocks. Though uncommon, this condition can be easily missed and create more problems down the road, which is why our New York City physical therapists would like to help you better understand how to recognize and treat it.

The piriformis muscle is a flat, band-like muscle located in the buttocks, behind the gluteus maximus and near the top of the joint. It starts at the lower spine and connects to the upper surface of each femur (thighbone), and it runs diagonally, with the sciatic nerve running vertically directly behind it. The piriformis muscle’s main function is assisting in hip rotation and turning the leg and foot outward.

Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder in which the piriformis muscle spasms and causes a number of symptoms. The exact cause of piriformis syndrome has not yet been identified, but experts believe that it’s either due to a spasm in the piriformis muscle itself or because of some irritation of a nearby structure, such as the hip. It may also be due to a tightening or swelling of the piriformis muscle that can be due to injury, or bleeding around this muscle.

Any one or a combination of these problems can affect the piriformis and cause pain that is confined to the buttocks. But for some individuals, the pain can be more severe and extend down the length of the sciatic nerve into the leg and foot. This may happen when the spasming piriformis muscle presses on the sciatic nerve right next to it during movements like running or sitting, and this will often result in pain, tingling or numbness in the back of the thigh, calf or foot. When this occurs, it can be easily mistaken for spinal problems that cause sciatic pain like a herniated disc, and many patients are incorrectly treated for the wrong condition because of this.

See our New York City physical therapists to receive the proper diagnosis

This shows why it’s so crucial to see an expert in the field to properly diagnose a condition like piriformis syndrome. At Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy, our New York City physical therapists are well aware of the symptoms and indications of piriformis syndrome, and will focus carefully to identify it and then treat it appropriately. Stretching and strengthening the piriformis muscle is the best way to address this condition, and our treatment programs usually consist of the following:

  • Pain relieving modalities like ice, heat, ultrasound and iontophoresis
  • Stretching exercises that focus on the outer hip and piriformis muscle
  • Strengthening exercises for these same muscle groups such as the hip extension, side-lying clam and resistance band exercises
  • Deep massage and soft-tissue mobilization to alleviate pain and increase flexibility
  • Acupuncture, which will help to increase blood flow and promote soft tissue release and healing
  • Education on lifestyle changes that will reduce symptoms, like sitting less, standing more, taking frequent breaks when driving and stretching daily

So if you’re dealing with symptoms that may suggest piriformis syndrome, find out how our New York City physical therapists can help you. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists today, or click here for more information on piriformis syndrome.

Success stories from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City: Allison overcomes shoulder pain and prepares for her baby after six weeks of treatment

Allison came in to see us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City during her first trimester of pregnancy. She explained that she had a history of chronic shoulder instability and pain that had been particularly bothering her lately. She also told us that she had tried physical therapy in the past but had mixed results from it, pointing out that many of the exercises she performed tended to flare her up.

After conducting a complete evaluation of Allison’s upper spine, shoulder and posture, her physical therapist determined that she had pain in her neck and the front of both shoulders, which was greater on the left than the right side. Allison also had limited shoulder range of motion when performing overhead motions and internal rotation, as well as weakness in her rotator cuff and thoracic extension/rotation, increased muscle guarding, poor scapulohumeral rhythm with overhead arm movements and forward rounded shoulders. Based on this evaluation, Allison’s therapist diagnosed her with bilateral biceps tendinitis and began to construct an appropriate treatment program to address her condition.

Before beginning treatment, Allison stated that her treatment goals were to return to the gym and work out there safely without sustaining an injury. On top of that, she wanted to be stronger and live with less pain so that her shoulders would be stable for all the lifting/carrying/caring she’d be doing for her new child as a first-time mom.

How Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City addressed Allison’s condition

Considering Allison’s condition and treatment goals, treatment began with a series of exercises intended to strengthen her rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer muscles, as well as her thoracic spine extenders in her back. To improve her posture, Allison’s therapist also released her pectoral, biceps, upper trapezius, levator and subscapularis muscles. Once Allison began to improve in her flexibility, the treatment gradually progressed to focus on strengthening her upper body and core. Throughout her sessions, the therapist also paid close attention to Allison’s physical changes during pregnancy and modified her exercises accordingly.

After six weeks of physical therapy, Allison was able to work out at the gym and participate in both overhead weighted exercises and prenatal yoga without shoulder pain or instability. She also felt stronger during her first to second trimester of pregnancy, which alleviated her concerns about being able to manage caring for her coming baby.

Allison had this to say about her experience with us: “I have no problems with my shoulders and exercising with weights and planks. I feel more confident that I’ll be able to pick up my baby and manage carrying the car seat/stroller/diaper bag without injuring myself.”

Find out how our physical therapists can help you experience similar outcomes

Allison recognized that she needed to make a change in order to properly prepare herself for the baby on the way, and after only six weeks of committed treatment, she regained her shoulder strength and was confident in her abilities to pick up and carry her newly arriving child. If you have a similar concern and feel that you also may need to make a change, now is the time to do so. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment with one of our skilled physical therapists today, or click here to read our last blog on biceps tendinitis.

Your shoulder pain in New York City may actually be caused by a condition called biceps tendinitis, but we have the tools to manage it

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, and it is used in the majority of movements and tasks that involve the upper body. For this reason, if any type of issue affects the shoulder, it can severely affect your ability to function normally. There are a number of problems that can develop within or around the shoulder, and one of these is called biceps tendinitis. This condition is an inflammation or irritation of the biceps tendon—which connects the biceps muscle to bones in the shoulder—and it results in shoulder pain in New York City. Biceps tendinitis can make lifting objects or rotating the shoulder difficult, but our physical therapists know how to effectively address it from several angles.

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint that is made up of three bones: the upper arm bone (humerus), shoulder blade (scapula) and collarbone (clavicle). The biceps muscle is located in the front of your upper arm, and it has two tendons that attach it to the bones of the shoulder: a long head that attaches to the top of the shoulder socket, and a short head that attaches to a bump on the shoulder blade.

Biceps tendinitis describes inflammation of the long head of the tendon. In its early stages, this tendon becomes red and swollen, and over time as the condition progresses, it eventually thickens and grows in size. This inflammation leads to pain and tenderness in the front of the shoulder that tends to get worse with any type of overhead lifting or activity. The pain may also move down the humerus, and some patients experience an occasional snapping sound when moving the shoulder.

In most cases, biceps tendinitis occurs along with other shoulder problems, such as arthritis of the shoulder joint, chronic shoulder instability or dislocation, or damage of the rotator cuff. The condition is primarily a result of the normal aging process, as tendons generally tend to weaken slowly over the course of time from everyday wear and tear. But individuals who participate in lots of overhead activities in their occupation or from overhead sports like baseball, tennis and football also have a higher chance of developing biceps tendinitis.

How our physical therapists can address your shoulder pain in New York City

For shoulder pain in New York City due to biceps tendinitis, it’s best to see one of our physical therapists as soon as possible for a comprehensive evaluation and appropriate treatment program. The contents of your program will depend on your specific condition, abilities and overall goals, but most consist of the following components:

  • Stretching exercises: since abnormal shoulder motion can lead to biceps tendinitis, physical therapy will assess this and prescribe exercises to increase your flexibility
  • Strengthening exercises: the balance and strength of all upper body muscles is crucial to making sure the shoulder is protected and moving efficiently, and strengthening exercises will help to ensure that strength is at an adequate level
  • Manual therapy: this type of treatment consists of a physical therapist gently moving and mobilizing the shoulder joint and surrounding muscles to improve motion, flexibility and strength
  • Pain management: modalities like ice and heat will be used to reduce pain levels
  • Functional training: for athletes and those whose jobs involve overhead movements, this part of treatment will consist of exercises specifically designed for the sport or occupation of interest

If shoulder pain in New York City that may be due to biceps tendinitis is holding you back and making simple activities feel like more of a chore, now is the time to take action. Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists today, or click here to for more information on biceps tendinitis.

Success stories from Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City: Mary overcomes her scoliosis to live a more active life with less pain

Mary, who is 79-years old, came in to see us at Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City complaining of low back pain that occasionally radiated down to her left leg after long periods of standing or walking.  As a result of this pain, she was unable to walk for long distances. Mary also reported that she had a significant fear of falling, which was making her activities of daily living more challenging and limiting her activities outside of the home.

After hearing Mary describe her symptoms and the resulting problems she was experiencing, her therapist performed a full evaluation to determine what was causing these issues.  The evaluation revealed that Mary had scoliosis, which was diagnosed based on a 30° curve to the left in the mid-to-lower portion of her spine, as well as a right-sided hip shift.  Mary also showed significantly decreased balance—especially on her left side—as well as decreased core stability and some limitations in her lower spine extension and hip strength. Finally, it was discovered that she had a difficult time with diaphragmatic breathing, especially into the right side of her lower thoracic and upper lumbar spine.

How Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City addressed Mary’s issues

Once she was informed of her diagnosis, Mary stated that her primary goal was to improve her ability to perform activities both inside and outside the home without feeling pain or exhaustion.  She also wanted to increase her range of motion and balance, and have less fear of falling when going about her days.

Mary started specific scoliosis exercises based on the Schroth Method, which focused on elongation of her spine and utilizing breath to expand specific parts of her spine opposite her curve.  Mary was able to learn how to perform these exercises while lying on her back, abdomen and side, always with the goal of creating space and driving her breath into specific areas of the spine.  In order to make the improvements she was gaining last, Mary was instructed to incorporate these exercises into her daily routine on a regular basis. Her physical therapy program also included core stability, balance and lower extremity strengthening exercises to address some of her other impairments.

Now that she has completed her treatment program, Mary reports that she has minimal complaints of low back pain, and is currently able to walk for significantly longer distances throughout New York.  She feels that her balance and strength have all improved, and while recently moving apartments, she surprised herself with her ability to pack and move boxes. Mary still comes in to Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City to check in, progress her exercise program and ensure that she’s using proper form with her Schroth exercises, which shows that she realizes the importance of staying diligent with her homework.

Mary had this to say about her experience with us: “At DSPT, I’m learning how to manage my scoliosis and while I can’t reverse it, I can work at stopping its progression. I learn fun things I can do every day to lengthen my spine, like hanging and breathing, and how to increase my core strength and leg strength. What I learn also helps my balance and agility. I’m a big fan of DSPT!”

Come in for a visit and experience similar outcomes

Mary’s story shows that even at an older age and with a number of limitations, sticking to a focused physical therapy program can lead to positive outcomes.  So if you’re dealing with any pain or physical impairments of your own, we invite you to come in for an evaluation so we can figure out what’s bothering and create a program that will work best based on your abilities and goals.  Contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy in New York City at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click here to read our last blog on scoliosis.

Don’t take a ‘wait and see’ approach when it comes to scoliosis—come see our New York City physical therapists for treatment instead

Many people don’t realize that their spine is actually shaped with natural curves. If you were to look at your spine from the side, you would notice an appearance that resembles the letter “S,” which is due to three curves. While this type of curvature is completely normal, your spine should be straight vertically from the base of your neck to your tailbone. When the spine does curve to the side, however, it means scoliosis is present. This condition can lead to problems if it is not properly addressed, but fortunately our New York City physical therapists can effectively evaluate your curve and set you up on an exercise program designed specifically for you.

Scoliosis is not a disease, but rather a term used to describe this abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. When scoliosis occurs, the spine usually curves in one of three ways:

  • To the side, as a single curve to the left (shaped like the letter “C”)
  • To the side, as a single curve to the right (shaped like a backwards “C”)
  • With two curves (shaped like the letter “S” when looked at from the back)

Scoliosis can develop at any age, but it is most commonly seen in adolescents between 10-18 years old, and is often detected by school screenings or regular physician visits. During screenings, medical professionals look for abnormal curvature of the spine, uneven shoulders, asymmetry of waistline or one hip higher than the other.

Idiopathic scoliosis, which means that it has no known cause, is the most common form overall, as it affects about 2% of the population. Patients with idiopathic scoliosis rarely experience pain and the curve is usually minor when first detected, but this can change over time.

Why our New York City physical therapists use the Schroth and SEAS Methods

After scoliosis is detected, some doctors recommend waiting and regularly monitoring the spine to see if the curve gets worse. Our New York City physical therapists typically recommend using a specific set of exercises instead, which includes the Schroth Method and Scientific Exercises Approach to Scoliosis (SEAS) Method for the best possible results.

Under the Schroth Method, patients perform a set of exercises that are designed to address breathing and positioning. Its goal is to teach patients to improve their alignment in an attempt to halt or slow curve progression. These exercises are taught in the practice but will also be put to use at home to have the best chance of long lasting effect.

There are numerous Schroth Method exercises, and the combination of exercises each patient performs is based on their unique scoliosis and the curves of their spine. Unlike conventional exercises that are performed on both sides of the body, scoliosis exercises are generally applied on one side only in order to correct the imbalances of the spine by lengthening and strengthening muscles.

The SEAS Method is another type of exercise protocol that has been used for over 30 years, with continuous updates being added to it ever since based on advances in research. Therapy typically includes at least two weekly exercise sessions lasting about 40 minutes each, and exercises focus on helping patients recover posture control and improve the stability of their spine. This is accomplished with exercises that strengthen the muscles of the spine and through education that teaches patients how to maintain proper posture in all positions they hold throughout the day, which in turn will improve their functioning, too.

Visit Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy to find out how to treat your scoliosis

By utilizing the Schroth Method and SEAS, our New York City physical therapists are helping patients with scoliosis everyday. If you or your child is dealing with scoliosis, contact Dynamic Sports Physical Therapy at 212-317-8303 to schedule an appointment today, or click here for more information the Schroth Method.