Pain & Your Body’s Alarm System

Pain & Your Body’s Alarm System

By Kerri Laurenza, SPT   Have you ever wondered how you developed a bruise on your leg and couldn’t recall how you injured yourself? Or why you may experience more pain than your peers following a similar injury? This is because 100% of pain is produced by the...

Skiing Injuries

Skiing Injuries

Now that winter is in full swing here in upstate NY, many of you have been hitting the slopes. While being active and being outdoors is great for both your mental and physical health, sometimes ski or snowboard trips don’t always go according to plan. You may have hit...

Can more sleep help keep your bones strong?

Can more sleep help keep your bones strong?

By Sports PT Blog Team Osteoporosis risk factors include gender, bone structure and race. Physical activity and following a healthy diet can help keep our bones stronger, but can getting more sleep help too? New research published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral...

Preparing for Spring Cleaning

Preparing for Spring Cleaning

Warm weather is approaching which means it’s time to pack away your winter decorations and start looking for your cleaning supplies! Spring cleaning is under way and whether it’s indoor or outdoor cleaning, it’s important to be safe during these tasks to avoid...

Keep Your Seniors Safe From Falling!

Keep Your Seniors Safe From Falling!

This time of year can create some hazardous walking conditions. Ice, snow, and slush make it more difficult for all of us to maneuver, but those factors can be even more troubling for the seniors in our lives. The National Council for Aging Care shares some staggering...

Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention Tips

Skiing & Snowboarding Injury Prevention Tips

Skiing and Snowboarding are great outdoor winter activities. The fresh air and exercise do you well on a lot of fronts. But, like every sport, there are risks when you participate in a sport. Here are a few safety tips that will help you have fun and be safe. Always...

Urgent Care to PT ASAP

Urgent Care to PT ASAP

Many people are seeking the assistance of urgent care to assist with musculoskeletal pains. The access to orthopedic evaluations and imaging has significantly improved society. While ruling out fractures or sinister pathologies is very important in many cases, the...

Safe lifting this holiday.

With the holidays comes the lifting and carrying of numerous types of packages. Whether it’s trudging through the mall with multiple bags in hand or carrying heavy boxes to the post office, the increased demand on our bodies – to the lower back specifically – can lead...

De-Stressing the Holidays

De-Stressing the Holidays

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! Or is it? While the time between Halloween and New Year’s can be exciting and fun for many people, it can be a time of stress, depression, and anxiety for others. It’s important to understand stressors so that you can begin to...

Black Friday Shopping Tips: How to Avoid Low Back Pain

Black Friday Shopping Tips: How to Avoid Low Back Pain

It is time to begin planning your Black Friday shopping trip. With the stores releasing their deals, you may have already begun making your list of must buy gifts. Remember that a long day of shopping can lead to pain throughout the body, but especially in the back....

My Knees Crack… Should I Be Worried?

My Knees Crack… Should I Be Worried?

Katelyn Thies, SPT Besides pain, joint noises (cracking, clicking, popping) are one of the most common concerns people have about their knees. Many people wonder if these sounds mean there is something wrong. To answer this, it is important to ask yourself if these...

How Hard Should Your Workouts Really Be?

How Hard Should Your Workouts Really Be?

If you are a hard-charging weekend warrior, the answer to this question might surprise you!  On the other hand, if you have just recently joined the gym and are unsure how to appropriately execute a fitness plan, then read on, as the information below will be...

How Can a Physical Therapist Help With Turf Toe?

How Can a Physical Therapist Help With Turf Toe?

Immediately following a turf toe injury, the RICE protocol is recommended: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The goal of the RICE protocol is to decrease pain and swelling and protect the joint from further injury until it can be more thoroughly assessed. Most...

Hydration for Young Athletes

Hydration for Young Athletes

Improving performance while reducing the risk of injury and serious illness By Chad LaChance, PT, DPT, ATC, CSCS It’s hot out there in most areas of the country right now and many of us aren’t taking the proper measures to make sure we can hold up against the heat....

Early Single Sport Specialization Statistics

Early Single Sport Specialization Statistics

Less than 1% of young athletes age 6-17 years old achieve elite status in basketball, soccer, softball, baseball or soccer Highly specialized youth athletes are at 2.5x greater risk of serious injury as opposed to their non-specialized peers In one study, those who...

3 Reasons Why Water is So Important

3 Reasons Why Water is So Important

“Baby, it’s hot outside!” Just a few months ago we were complaining about the cold in Upstate NY, but now that summer has officially arrived, heat and all, it’s important to remember to stay hydrated! So what’s all the fuss about water, anyway? Here are three reasons...

The Many Benefits of Yoga

The Many Benefits of Yoga

Have you been looking to try Yoga? Here are just a few of the many health benefits that Yoga may provide. Improves Flexibility and Balance-  Yoga commonly incorporates poses and movements that work on muscle flexibility and balance training. Studies have shown that...

Men’s Health and How it Relates to Injury

Men’s Health and How it Relates to Injury

Everyone gets hurt whether they are male or female.  Did you know though that men are more susceptible to certain types of injuries than women? Achilles tears: Men are three times more likely to tear this powerful tendon in the back of the leg. This is usually a...

June: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month!

June: Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month!

What is Alzheimer’s Disease? Alzheimer’s Disease is a form of dementia that occurs due to degenerative neurological changes in the brain and primarily affects those who are over the age of 65. The most prominent effects caused by Alzheimer’s are loss of memory,...

Arthritis Awareness

Arthritis Awareness

Approximately 50 million Americans are affected by arthritis and it has become one of the leading causes of pain and disability world-wide. With May being “Arthritis Awareness Month”, it seems appropriate to discuss a few areas of this condition. As a physical...

National Women’s Health Week

National Women’s Health Week

Happy National Women’s Health Week! This year marks the 20th anniversary and runs from Mother’s Day to May 18, 2019 with a focus of encouraging women to be as healthy as possible. #NWHW Celebrate YOU! Take this week to make a step toward improving your physical or...

Ride Your Bike! Good Form Matters!

Ride Your Bike! Good Form Matters!

Bike riding is an excellent form of exercise and brings many health benefits. Today is National Ride Your Bike to School Day and we are excited to see all the students riding their bikes today! Bicycling has increased in popularity over the years. There are outdoor...

WNBA MVP Injuries Achilles Tendon- Now What?

WNBA MVP Injuries Achilles Tendon- Now What?

Breanna Stewart, a WNBA MVP, former Syracuse native and recipient of just about every women’s basketball honor during her career, was helped off the court on Sunday during Dynamo Kursk’s EuroLeague title game vs UMMC Ekaterinburg. It looks like Breanna will need...

Physical Therapy & Parkinson’s Disease

Physical Therapy & Parkinson’s Disease

What is Parkinson’s Disease? Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive brain disorder that affects movement. It involves malfunction or death of neurons in the brain that produces dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical that controls movements to be smooth and...

Concussion Management

Concussion Management

I was just diagnosed with a concussion, what now? Most evidence suggests resting for the first 24-48 hours. This includes both physical rest and cognitive rest, avoiding activities that are physically strenuous as well as mentally stimulating (television, electronics,...

Chronic Ankle Instability

Chronic Ankle Instability

What is Chronic Ankle Instability? Chronic ankle instability can be broken down into two categories: Mechanical instability and Functional instability. Mechanical instability is when there is a laxity in the ligaments of your ankle joint and you have a history of...

The Resolution Solution

The Resolution Solution

The New Year provides an excellent opportunity for us to inventory our lives, reflect on our wins and losses, and set new goals.  When it comes to making lasting improvements in our lives, sometimes good intentions just aren’t good enough.  The truth is that only 8...

The Benefits of Tai-Chi & Qigong

The Benefits of Tai-Chi & Qigong

Tai chi & Qigong have been part of eastern culture for thousands of years and has slowly made its way into the western world. If you are new to the idea of tai chi or qigong, they have their origins as martial arts and have been utilized as both a way of activity...

5 Tips to Improve Your Turkey Trot Run!

5 Tips to Improve Your Turkey Trot Run!

Be light on your heels. This doesn’t mean you have to run on your toes, but you should have quick transitions from your heels to your toes. Keep your strike under your hips. You want to strike under your center of mass. Prevent over striding by keeping your ankle...

ACL Injuries and Prevention

ACL Injuries and Prevention

(Photo credit: https://www.skysports.com/nfl/news/12040/11507127/jimmy-garoppolo-suffers-potential-season-ending-injury-in-san-francisco-49ers-defeat)  The San Francisco 49’ers quarterback Jimmy Garrapolo’s worst fears were confirmed Monday when an MRI revealed that...

Falls Risk Prevention

Falls Risk Prevention

How Can a Physical Therapist Help? A physical therapist can conduct a brief check (“screening”) of your fall risk. If the screening shows that you are at risk, the therapist will perform a thorough evaluation, including: Review of your medical history Review of your...

3 Tips for Backpack Safety

3 Tips for Backpack Safety

Now that kids are back in school and homework is in full swing, children and parents should follow these 3 key tips to prevent injury from those heavy backpacks: Wear both straps. Using just one strap causes one side of the body to bear the load of the backpack and...

What is Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation?

What is Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation?

Proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF) is a specific manual technique used by physical therapists to help improve a patient’s functional status. Traditionally, PNF was used to treat patients with neurological conditions such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, and...

What to Expect on Your First Visit to Sports PT

What to Expect on Your First Visit to Sports PT

Welcome to Sports PT! Thank you so much for choosing us! What can you expect? In one phrase, its our mission …which is, “To be the premier provider of quality physical therapy services in a positive, professional, and compassionate environment.”  That’s our culture,...

A Man’s Changing Body

A Man’s Changing Body

As a man, you’ve seen your body change with the years. Maybe you’ve put on a few (or more) pounds, or perhaps you’ve started to notice that your hairline isn’t quite where it used to be. Understanding all of the unique ways in which a man’s body ages can open up new...

Hydration Facts: Drink Up!

Hydration Facts: Drink Up!

With the warm weather finally making an appearance in Upstate NY, it’s more important than ever to make sure you are drinking enough water & staying hydrated! Did you know… Water makes up around 60% of our body weight!! It’s important for vital bodily function...

When Pain is for Your Gain

When Pain is for Your Gain

Oftentimes in physical therapy, one of the primary goals of treatment is to alleviate pain. Due to this, many activities that patients take part in are specifically designed to avoid generating pain. However, there are a few instances where pain is not only expected...

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