Your return to function is our highest priority, therefore, each treatment will be aimed at helping you meet your goals. With your therapist, you will undergo what many patients describe as the most thorough evaluation they have ever experienced. In treatment, your highly trained therapist will utilize a wide variety of manual therapy techniques to decrease your pain with movement and improve your muscle and joint mobility to reduce muscle spasms. Through neuromuscular re-education and exercise, your therapist will help you to retrain your muscles to promote proper posture, efficient movement and better body mechanics that you need throughout all of your activities of daily living. Instruction in self-management strategies will help you to maintain your functional status. Our philosophy is that these approaches are the key in developing a comprehensive physical therapy program that helps you return to pain-free living.
All professional staff are members of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) the national organization representing physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. Connect to the national APTA web site here: APTA Home Page
Spine & Sports Rehabilitation Center uniquely offers the following:
- Therapists recognized by the medical community for their expertise in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal pain.
- Outcomes which greatly diminish or eliminate pain and improve function in over 95% of patients who complete their rehabilitation programs.
- Advanced and comprehensive treatment programs designed to maximize a return to the highest level of function possible.
- Therapists who undergo rigorous training in manual therapy and neuromuscular re-education techniques that is above and beyond the standard professional requirement.
- One therapist working with each patient throughout their course of treatment.
- A professional and motivating clinical environment.
- A dedicated administrative staff knowledgeable in current insurance policies and changes in health plan coverage.
10 Health Tips for Autumn Leaves Clean-Up
In many parts of the country, raking leaves is a necessity during the fall months. Both for those unaccustomed to physical activity and regular exercisers, the dynamics of raking can lead to strain and injury to the back, shoulders, and wrists, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS).
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that over 76,000 people were treated in hospital emergency rooms, doctors' offices, clinics and other medical settings for injuries related to non-powered garden tools, including rakes in 2006. Raking requires a number of different activities, including twisting, bending, lifting, and reaching, that utilize several different muscle groups. Improper use of lawn tools along with the potential for tool-related accidents further compounds the risk of injury to the bones and muscles.
You can ease the strain and pain of raking -- fall's most taxing task by taking the following precautions to minimize your risk of sustaining an injury:
- Avoid twisting your body while raking. Use your legs to shift your weight rather than twisting your back. Throwing leaves over the shoulder or to the side while raking involves twisting movements that can overly strain the muscles in the back.
- Use a properly-sized rake for your height and strength.
- Wear gloves to help prevent blisters on the hands.
- Bend at the knees, rather than the waist, to pick up items.
- Do some form of light exercise for ten minutes to warm up the muscles prior to raking.
- Try to vary your movements as much as you can to avoid overuse of muscle groups.
- Wear shoes with skid-resistant soles to minimize the risk of falling. Sturdy shoes can also reduce the risk of injuries to your feet.
- Don't overdo. Raking is an aerobic activity - you may need to take frequent breaks or slow your pace if you are an infrequent exerciser. (It's better to live with the leaves tomorrow than with a sore back!)
- As with any form of exercise, be sure to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration.
- When you're done, gentle muscle stretching can help relieve tension in the muscles. A hot bath can relax muscles.
Medical Author: Melissa Conrad Stoppler, MD
Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Spine and Sports Rehabilitation Center is please to welcome Lizzie Bellinger, PT, DPT to our staff.
Lizzie graduated with distinction with per Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is currently undergoing advanced training in Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy. For her undergraduate degree, Lizzie studied Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh, bringing a strong neurological perspective that enriches her PT practice. She looks forward to incorporating Neuro Rehab for high-level functioning patients with neurological conditions into the SSRC area of expertise.
In her spare time, Lizzie practices, teaches, and performs flying trapeze and other circus arts around the Baltimore/DC area. She also enjoys yoga, running, cycling, and rock climbing, from which she draws experience to treat patients with a variety of interests, including gymnastics and the performing arts. She believes that everyone should be in control of their health, and works to give patients the tools and knowledge they need for wellness and prevention.