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5 Physical Therapy Exercises for Shoulder Tendonitis Jan 24th, 2019

Shoulder tendonitis is a painful condition that can keep you from enjoying the activities you love. These five physical therapy exercises can help reduce irritation and restore full motion to the joint. Athletes whose sports rely on overhead motion, such as swimmers, tennis players, or weightlifters, often experience pain and...

Suffering from Runner's Knee? Try These 5 Physical Therapy Exercises Jan 17th, 2019

Many runners experience patellofemoral pain, but these simple exercises can help strengthen the knee joints and prevent debilitating injuries. As far as aerobic exercise goes, running ranks as one of the top methods to improve heart health and burn calories. Yet it’s also hard on our joints, particularly the knees....

4 Physical Therapy Exercises for Shoulder Impingement Dec 20th, 2018

If your shoulder hurts when you reach above your head, you may be suffering from impingement. Try these four physical therapy exercises to find relief. Many athletes suffer from shoulder stiffness and pain. If you participate in activities that involve repeated overhead motions, such as swimming, baseball, tennis, or weightlifting,...

Physical Therapy Exercises for Hip Bursitis Dec 6th, 2018

Bursitis is a common cause of hip pain. Try these four exercises to help manage your symptoms. Hip pain can be traced to a variety of sources, from overuse injuries to rheumatoid arthritis. Both of these conditions can result in hip bursitis, which is marked by irritation of the bursae,...

Should I See a Physical Therapist for My Neck Pain? Nov 29th, 2018

If you have a crick in your neck, don’t wait it out! Here’s how to determine if physical therapy is right for you. Neck pain is a common but often debilitating condition. Depending on the cause and severity, the pain may be dull or sharp, and is often accompanied by...

Can Physical Therapy Help Arthritic Knees? Nov 29th, 2018

Arthritis is a common source of pain in the knees. Here’s how you can manage the condition with non-surgical treatments. The knees are important joints that bear the weight of the body, and they undergo a lot of wear and tear in the process. Injury and overuse often lead to...

Physical Therapy Exercises for Hip Pain Nov 28th, 2018

Aching hips may mean it’s time to address flexibility and strength in your hip flexor muscles. Here are four physical therapy exercises designed to provide relief.  If you’re experiencing pain in your hips, the hip flexor muscles are likely the culprit. Physical therapy exercises that stretch and strengthen these muscles...

Posture: Do You Really Need To Sit Up Straight? Nov 28th, 2018

Posture: Do you really need to sit up straight? We have always been told ever since we were young to “Sit up straight”, “Don’t slouch.” Most of our lives we are sitting – whether we are in a car driving, sitting at our computer, sitting at the movies, etc. Our...

5 Proven Ways To Avoid Sports Injuries Nov 28th, 2018

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a serious competitor, sports injuries are a part of being a willing sports participant—even at the highest level. In the past several days alone this has been demonstrated by a large number of athletes who have been unable to compete in the Rio games...

Foods That Can Help Reduce Inflammation Nov 28th, 2018

Arthritis is a condition that can cause much discomfort and pain, and affects over 350 million worldwide. The pain is usually chronic, but can flare up and become more intense from time to time. While anti-inflammatory medications can help, there are some natural methods to reduce inflammation as well, including certain...

How to Prevent Throwing Injuries Nov 28th, 2018

As the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins to wind down, New York Mets fans find themselves preparing for a wild card clash against the San Francisco Giants in the National League Playoffs. The team’s success, however, could likely come down to one key component—its disabled list—where no less than half...

Preventing Neck And Back Pain For New Parents Nov 28th, 2018

All Sports Physical Therapy offers a BabyFit Program for ladies who encounter musculoskeletal conditions during pregnancy and postpartum (after childbirth). Aside from first-time mothers, I have also come across first-time fathers, grandparents and caregivers who have an onset of neck and back pain related to the arrival of their bundle of joy. Even...

The Neglected Thoracic Spine Nov 28th, 2018

People don’t ignore the thoracic spine willfully, they’re usually unaware of the distinctions between the different segments of the vertebral column. The thoracic spine is often the neglected section stuck between the much more talked about lumbar spine and the always-painful cervical spine. A common misconception is that the thoracic spine...

Why Do My Joints Make Popping, Cracking, Snapping (And Other) Noises? Nov 28th, 2018

One question that I get most often in clinic is about joint sounds. I’ll be performing manual (hands-on) treatment on a patient and they’ll say: “Every time I bend my knee back it makes a cracking sound…is that normal?” “I crack my back everyday when I move in a certain...

Whats The Difference Between Pilates and Yoga? Nov 28th, 2018

Are yoga and pilates the same thing? This is a common question that I hear from patients as they seek other forms of safe exercises outside of their physical therapy regimen. The answer is no- they are very different forms of exercise and are not indicated for certain musculoskeletal conditions....

Overuse Injuries of the Elbow, Wrist, and Hand Nov 28th, 2018

With the advancement of technology, we have seen the evolution of hand-held devices that are designed to aid in making our daily lives easier.  However, corollary to this, physical therapists and occupational therapists have also seen a rise in overuse injuries which we also call repetitive strain injuries or cumulative...

Your Home Exercise Program and the Learning Process Nov 28th, 2018

When learning new tasks, like your exercises on the first day of physical therapy rehabilitation, there is a learning process that takes place. This learning process can be further understood by describing its main three stages: cognitive, associative and automatic. In the cognitive stage, the learner is first introduced to...

Why It’s Important To Do Your Physical Therapy Homework Nov 28th, 2018

Anyone who’s ever been to Physical Therapy knows that there are prescribed exercises to be done at home. It is outside of a physical therapist’s scope of practice to prescribe medication, but they can recommend therapeutic exercise. It should be taken as seriously as taking prescribed medication. One of the...

The Knee Joint: The Usual Suspect, but Rarely the Perpetrator Nov 28th, 2018

In our practice, we see many patients with knee pain. What surprises a great number of these patients, however, is that the source of their problem is rarely the knee itself. Let me explain. The knee joint is a fairly simple hinge joint, meaning it moves in two directions (bending...

Physical Therapy for Shoulder Pain Nov 28th, 2018

Shoulder pain is a common symptom for athletes and office workers alike. These simple exercises can improve flexibility and prevent future injury. The shoulder’s complex structure makes it susceptible to injury, especially from one-too-many many weightlifting exercises. Whatever the cause of your pain or discomfort, the healing process often involves physical therapy...

Manipulation and Adjustments 101: What Are They and Are They Safe? Nov 28th, 2018

You have probably heard of or even received a manipulation or adjustment from a physical therapist or possibly a chiropractor. Your clinical practitioner may have positioned you on a table, moved your body in a particular manner and applied a quick thrust where a ‘popping’ sound may have occurred. If...

Your QL Muscle May Be The Cause Of Your Low Back Pain Nov 28th, 2018

Do you ever experience sciatica pain? Or feel a deep back ache when you try to rest? You may also notice pain that is worse with standing, sitting, or with side bending and twisting movements. These are just some of the symptoms that your tight QL muscle might be causing....

Physical Therapy After Knee Replacement Surgery Nov 27th, 2018

Pursuing knee replacement surgery can be a daunting decision, but physical therapy will get you back on your feet in no time. After knee replacement surgery, physical therapy is an important part of the rehabilitation process. You’ll likely begin with circulation exercises while you’re still in the recovery room in...

Physical Therapy After Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery Nov 26th, 2018

Got a wall or a resistance band? That’s all the equipment you need for these stretching and strengthening exercises, which can help quicken the healing process after your shoulder surgery. If you suffer from chronic shoulder pain and have not found relief through nonsurgical interventions, your doctor may recommend arthroscopic surgery....

4 Physical Therapy Exercises for Knee Pain Nov 25th, 2018

If knee pain has you sitting on the sidelines, these exercises may provide relief. Many athletes experience knee pain, often due to overuse and injury. Whether you’re dealing with chronic aches or recovering from trauma, physical therapy exercises can help quicken the healing process. The following list includes light stretches,...

Physical Therapy for Upper Back Pain Nov 23rd, 2018

If you’ve been experiencing upper back pain, physical therapy exercises may help relieve your discomfort. These exercises can counteract bad habits such as slouching at your desk, neglecting to stretch before working out, or overtraining certain muscle groups. Building muscle strength can also help to support the spine and prevent...

4 Physical Therapy Exercises for Lower Back Pain Nov 22nd, 2018

Lower back pain is often related to tightness in the surrounding muscles. Here are four exercises and stretches that can offer relief. Common everyday habits, like sitting at your desk for long periods of time, can leave you with lower back pain and decreased mobility. While we recommend consulting an...

5 Physical Therapy Exercises for Neck Pain Nov 21st, 2018

Non-invasive treatments should be your first line of defense against neck pain. Workouts, sports, and even sitting at a desk all day can put strain on the neck, leading to pain and discomfort. While some conditions may require orthopedic surgery, non-invasive treatments often lead to better long-term outcomes, and should...

BabyFit Program Nov 20th, 2018

Several changes in a woman’s body occur while carrying a baby.  Such changes can result in pain and discomfort in the musculoskeletal system.  We marvel when we learn of athletes who win in their respective sports even when they were pregnant: archers Khatuna Lorig (Soviet Union) and Cornelia Pfohl (Germany) won...

Biofeedback In Rehabilitation – Cutting Edge Physical Therapy Technology Nov 19th, 2018

Biofeedback has been used in rehabilitation to improve health and performance for many years. Biofeedback is a process of providing information to an individual about physiological activities. Biofeedback devices are able to measure diverse physiological parameters like heart rate, muscle activity, pain perception or biomechanical parameters like range of motion,...

What Are The Metal Tools Physical Therapists Use? Nov 18th, 2018

You may notice your Physical Therapist using different stainless steel tools for soft tissue release while working on your range of motion or mobility. These are the tools used for Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). One of the techniques used in IASTM is the Graston Technique. The Graston Technique...

The Wimbledon Controversy: Environmental Safety in Sports Nov 17th, 2018

The recent incident during the Women’s Division of the 2017 Wimbledon tennis tournament sparked controversy because several players had been complaining about the court conditions claiming it was slippery on the thin grass. One of the female contenders slipped and sustained a dislocated kneecap/patella with a ruptured patellar tendon requiring...

What Is Manual Therapy? Nov 16th, 2018

Orthopedic physical therapists are trained in the management and treatment of injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system. When you come in for your physical therapy evaluation, a physical therapist will formulate a plan of care based on examination findings, which address impairments and functional limitations. Within this plan of...

Don’t Let Plantar Fasciitis Slow you Down! Nov 14th, 2018

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often persistent kind of repetitive strain injury afflicting a lot of New Yorkers. As New Yorkers, we walk a lot more than the standard person. It also can happen to runners, hikers, and nearly anyone who stands a lot for a living — cashiers, nurses, physical...

Paul Mostoff, DPT, on How to Treat and Prevent Wrist Pain, from Health.com Nov 13th, 2018

Paul Mostoff, DPT, Chief of Physical Therapy at All Sports, spoke with Health.com about workout-related wrist pain, and how to prevent and treat it. Here is an excerpt, and you can read the full article, “Why Planks and Push-Ups Are Killing Your Wrists (and What to Do About It)” on Health.com:...

Sports Specific Training Nov 11th, 2018

Sport-specific training has recently received a lot of attention from the media as it is currently being incorporated into training programs for many A-list celebrities and high-level athletes. Gone are the days where athletes solely use methods such as distance running, wind sprints, high-resistance strength training using barbells and machines....

How To Choose The Best Bike For You Nov 10th, 2018

Summer is coming and so is the time for biking. There are many types of bikes that will have a different influence on your back and neck position as well as stress they put on your knees. So before you go for a ride, double check which bike will be...

What is Runner’s Knee (Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome)? Nov 9th, 2018

As the weather is getting warmer, people are running outdoors to enjoy the scenic views.  The occurrence of knee pain as a result of running may increase along w/ activity levels. A common diagnosis that I see amongst runners is Runner’s Knee (Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome).  Patella Femoral Pain Syndrome...

Stars Get Hip Pain Too! Nov 8th, 2018

Superbowl LI may have been several months ago, but we all can remember how Lady GaGa crushed it at the halftime show.  She came flying in on a harness suspended above the crowd and performed squats, splits and twirls all over the stage.  What many people do not know, however,...

What is the McKenzie Method And How Can It Help Manage Pain? Nov 7th, 2018

Pain can be frustrating for many people as it affects the activities that they perform daily. Simple activities such as sitting can be disrupted by neck and/or back pain. Reaching for an object can be painful due to a shoulder problem. Walking to work can be painful due to a problem...

These Sleep Positions Will Help Ease Your Back Pain Nov 6th, 2018

Sleep plays an important role in our health and well-being, it’s time of relaxation and regeneration we all need to maintain physical and mental health. When you experience low back pain or neck pain you may have difficulty finding comfortable sleep position. In consequence, you don’t sleep well and you...

How Heavy Is Your Head? Can Your Neck Carry The Load? Nov 5th, 2018

Whenever we work with patients who complain of pain and related symptoms on the neck and upper back, posture is most often incorporated in the session.  In our office, we have a diagram posted in front of our workstations to remind ourselves of the impact of posture on muscle efficiency....

Paul Mostoff, DPT Interviewed In Paste Magazine Nov 4th, 2018

In an interview with Paste Magazine, Paul Mostoff, DPT, Chief of Physical Therapy at All Sports, answers some of the most common questions that runners have about a range of running-related injuries. From the interview in Paste Magazine: Dr. Paul Mostoff: Running is a sport that uses a great majority of...

What Does A Physical Therapist Do And How Do I Know If I Should See One? Nov 3rd, 2018

When people ask me what I do for a living, it is rare that I need to explain my job title with such detail.  Simply put, “I am a physical therapist.”  Most of the time, people nod in understanding, and some even have stories to relay if they have had...

Is Your Neck Stiffness Related to Your Shoulder Pain? Nov 2nd, 2018

Ever had shoulder pain or a stiff/achy neck that occurred without any specific injury? Do you experience shoulder discomfort when sitting for a long time? Does your shoulder still feel weak and painful even after performing exercises to strengthen it? If so, then your neck may be contributing to your...

ASPT Chief of PT Talks Foam Rolling In Men’s Journal Oct 31st, 2018

Paul Mostoff, DPT, Chief of Physical Therapy at All Sports, recently lent his knowledge and experience to Men’s Journal, giving insight into foam rolling. Here is an excerpt, and below you will find the link to the full article: To paraphrase Dr. Paul Mostoff, Chief of Physical Therapy at All Sports Physical...

I Never Play Tennis But My Doctor Says I Have Tennis Elbow! Oct 30th, 2018

Yes, it’s possible – you don’t have to be a tennis player to suffer fromTennis Elbow. Tennis Elbow is a painful condition and can happen to anyone including handyman, painter, butcher, assembly line worker, maid, weight lifter, homemaker or a sedentary individual having a desk job. The condition is caused...

Quick Tips For Proper Lifting Mechanics Oct 1st, 2018

We are constantly running around the house performing chores, such as cleaning, moving clutter and boxes, picking things off the floor, and doing laundry. We do these things on a regular basis without even thinking about how our movement patterns affect our bodies, both in the short and long term....

Off To The Greens – Stretches For Golfer’s Elbow Sep 28th, 2018

Now that the weather is warming up and golf courses are opening their gates, we see a rise in complaints of elbow pain. Many golfers may experience pain in the inner part of the elbow once they’ve picked up their clubs to play another season. A common injury we see...

Keep Cool; Stay Hydrated Sep 28th, 2018

Understanding the concept of dehydration will allow us to protect the health and safety of all athletes and individuals participating in physical activity. Recognizing the symptoms of dehydration is important so that the individual can receive the appropriate treatment necessary to fully recover.  The Mayo Clinic outlines warning signs of...

Backpack Safety Aug 9th, 2018

Next time you’re outdoors, look around you for a moment. You’re bound to see someone carrying a backpack in the busy streets of the city. We all come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and it is important to take the time to fit a backpack specifically to your...

Rest – Ice – Compress – Elevate (RICE) Approach Aug 4th, 2018

When we are participating in vigorous exercise or merely carrying out daily tasks sometimes we encounter unwanted injuries. On occasion we wonder what is the best course of action to take in response to an injury?  Understanding initial injury prevention measures can help to aid in making a healthy and...

The Truth About Stretching Jul 16th, 2018

I am often asked the questions, “Should you stretch a tight muscle? Can you overstretch? Is it best to stretch before or after exercise, or both?”  Today, I am going to break down the indications and contraindications of stretching, and when stretching is most beneficial to reduce the risk of...

Healthy Cycling Nov 29th, 2017

New York City has always encouraged the use of bicycles as an alternative to get around town. In recent years, cycling has become more popular with the emergence of spin cycle classes and pay-per-ride or membership bicycles ready for use in visible parts of the city. Most pain and injuries...

Stay On Track This New Year Nov 13th, 2017

The start of the year sparks New Year’s resolutions and goals to get physically fit and healthy. Many people will start a new exercise routine or try the latest fad or trend in fitness. Whether you are looking to try a spin or yoga class for the first time or...

Diastasis Recti: What is it, and how can it be prevented? Nov 29th, 2016

by Joann Nunez, PT Many changes occur to a woman’s body during pregnancy. Some are permanent while others are treatable with the right help and assistance. As a woman’s belly grows it stretches, so it not surprising that there can be an issue with the abdominal muscles. One common occurrence...

How To Properly Do Kegel Exercises Nov 29th, 2016

by Helen Kim, DPT The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that work together to support the pelvic organs. They are most often described as a “hammock” or referred to as the pelvic diaphragm. When trauma to these muscles occur, such as through childbirth or surgery,  muscular  imbalances can...

Lower Back Pain During Pregnancy Nov 30th, 2014

Back pain or discomfort is very common during pregnancy. Statistics show that 50-70% of pregnant women experience back pain. During pregnancy,ligaments loosen from pregnancy hormones and core muscles have to work harder to protect the spine and pelvis. In addition, the increased weight from your developing baby will shift your center of gravity, leading to...