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Blog 2019-04-03T17:12:33+00:00

Sports Physical Therapy in Kenosha seeks to keep our patients, staff, and professional network informed by maintaining a blog about our industry. This includes articles from our providers, training tips, news about upcoming therapies and products, and more. Click on the titles below to read more on each topic.

Signs of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Carpal Tunnel is one of the most common diagnoses. What happens is the median nerve gets compromised in the wrist – usually caused by repetitive wrist motion or bending it forward too often. Signs of Carpal Tunnel include: Waking up at night from pain, numbness, and tingling in the hand Numbness in the thumb, index, middle, and half of the ring finger Painful hand cramping in the muscle Hand weakness What to do if you have these symptoms? See a hand therapist for an evaluation and to teach you how to properly do median nerve glides. This gets that entrapped nerve gliding and can reduce adhesions. Get a wrist splint. Our OT’s and Hand Therapists make custom splinting for our patients at Sports Physical Therapists. Wear your splint at night and when you’re doing heavy activities. A lot of times

February 26th, 2019|

Why Physical Therapy is About More Than ‘Getting Better’

When a patient makes an appointment with a physical therapist to rehabilitate after a shoulder injury, for example, it’s because he wants to get better, right? Well, yes, but what exactly does that mean? As it turns out, “getting better” means different things to different patients. To some, proper recovery from a shoulder injury means being able to carry a golf bag and swing a club while to others, it means being able to lift their children in and out of their car seats. Here’s the thing: Helping your physical therapist know and understand your own personal goals is the key to success. As a patient, that means speaking up early and often about how the injury is limiting the everyday activities that are most important to you. With this knowledge, your PT can adapt her approach and individualize aspects

February 25th, 2019|

Welcoming Michelle Shamash, Certified Hand Therapist (CHT)

Sports Physical Therapists is thrilled to welcome Michelle Shamash to our team of experienced, dedicated therapists.  Michelle works in our Fox Lake location and brings 20 years of training and patient care as a dynamic Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). Michelle graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1992 with a degree in occupational therapy. Six years later, after completing the required five years of therapy experience, she passed a rigorous exam to obtain her certification in Hand Therapy.  She has been a Certified Hand Therapist ever since. During her early years as a CHT, Michelle built very strong connections to several highly regarded surgeons who practiced at Northwestern, Rush and Loyola hospital systems in downtown Chicago. She eventually opened her own therapy business in Fox Lake, IL, where she served patients for 15 years. During this time, the group of

February 22nd, 2019|

Benefits of receiving treatment from a Certified Hand Therapist.   Accurate Assessment of Injuries A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) has the highest level of hand therapy certification for treating arm and hand injuries.  We are dedicated to providing high quality care in a friendly and encouraging environment.  We take pride in the level of personal and compassionate care that is delivered; emphasizing a “hands-on” approach to rehabilitation and exercise.  We perform comprehensive evaluations and encourage patient input for treatment planning and goal-setting.  Our personalized approach ensures patient cooperation and understanding that enhances proper treatment progression to achieve the best outcomes for our patients.   Non-Invasive, Conservative Treatment Plans CHTs provide movement-based therapeutic solutions. Many people looking for the most conservative, least-invasive treatment plan possible will find great success with a CHT.  If you want to explore every possible avenue before going the surgical

February 4th, 2019|

7 ways to exercise on a busy schedule

Are you ready to hit 2019 running? The hustle and bustle of the holiday season may be over, but many of you are still very busy with your everyday schedule. Here are 7 simple tips to help you stick to your New Year’s Resolution. 1) Integrate exercise. It’s much easier to accommodate if you find ways to incorporate activity into your daily routine. Climbing the stairs to the third floor instead of waiting for the elevator, or parking further away to get more steps in. 2) Take a fitness class. Instead of roaming the gym looking for a machine, get together with a workout buddy and join a fitness class. 3) Clean more often. Make your household chores into a workout session by incorporating ankle weights or squats. 4) Wake up earlier. Morning workouts will boost your metabolism and have

January 3rd, 2019|

Injury Prevention: What Is It?

Zach Koba, MS, CSCS Injury Prevention: What is it? Most of my current and former clients have the same goal- to be able to perform activity without pain. Overall, to summarize injury prevention in its simplest form, prevention is nothing more than systematically progressing your bodies tissue tolerances gradually to be able to perform the exercise or sport specific functions of your choosing with the least chance of injury. Clinically this may mean that we are working on your “tissue tolerance” to activity while a strength and conditioning coach may refer to the same concept as periodization of a training program. Let's think about this from a strength and conditioning standpoint. Many of my clients come to me after the insult or injury has already happened. Whenever I evaluate a new client everything starts with an assessment. If we don't

December 27th, 2018|

What is a Physical Therapist?

When we overstep our abilities to heal, when we ignore the warning signs our bodies are desperately sending us, when we do not allow the appropriate time our bodies need to recover we create injury. What is a Physical Therapist? By Joe Ford PT, DPT, FAAOMPT, OCS The human body is in a constant state of change. Whether this is breaking down old tissue or building new tissue we are built to repair, renew, and rejuvenate. The way in which this happens is known as the SAID (Specific Adaptation to Imposed Demands) principle. Stress on the body can do two things; stimulate it to grow stronger and be more resilient, or, when too chronic or too high an initial dose, break us down past our healing capabilities and create an injury. The ability to heal from any stress is dependent

October 30th, 2018|

Plantar Fasciitis – Symptoms and Treatment

Who am I? First, I’d like to introduce myself – I’m Mike Leitza. I’m a Licensed Physical Therapist with 20 years of experience treating outpatient orthopedics (injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones).  I had the idea to start a blog to provide you with some helpful information about common injuries we see on a regular basis in the office.  This may include basic information about the soft tissues (e.g. tendons, muscles, ligaments), bones involved with injuries, possible ways you can help yourself at home prior to seeking professional medical advice (e.g. appointment with physician or physical therapist), and advice on when and why it would be beneficial to seek medical attention. Today’s topic - plantar fasciitis! Plantar Fasciitis: Do you dread getting out of bed in the morning or standing up after extended sitting due to severe pain on the

October 26th, 2018|

Treatments for Tennis Elbow

My name is Mike Leitza and I am a licensed physical therapist with 20 years experience treating in  outpatient orthopaedics.   I am starting this blog to give the consumer some general information about common injuries we see in physical therapy including;  basic information about the soft tissues (tendons, muscles, ligaments) or bones involved with these injuries, some possible ways the consumer can help themselves out at home prior to seeking professional medical advice (appointment with physician or physical therapist), and some advice on when/why it would be beneficial to seek medical attention.   Tennis Elbow/Lateral Epicondylitis Do you have a nagging/persistent pain on the outside part of your elbow that seems to be aggravated with use of your hand and resisted gripping/lifting.  If you do then you may have tennis elbow.    The proper medical term is lateral epicondylitis.     Even though

September 26th, 2018|

6 Balance Exercises You Can Safely Perform at Home

Dangerous falls are increasingly common in people over 65 years of age and can result in serious injury, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2.5 million older people are treated in the emergency room for fall injuries each year. The average health care costs related to falls is $35,000 per fall. Performing safe exercises at home can help strengthen your lower body to reduce your overall fall risk. The following are 5 easy exercises that you can do at home. Always check with us before beginning any home-exercise program. For all of the following exercises, position yourself near a counter top or sturdy surface that you can hold on to for support. 1. Standing March Stand in place and start marching in place slowly for 20-30 seconds. As this becomes easier, challenge your balance

March 1st, 2018|
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