Physical Therapy Services in Manhattan and Brooklyn NY
Miller Physical Therapy in Manhattan and Brooklyn NY knows that outcomes and recovery are different for everyone, but we can commit to bringing you the best possible expertise in treating everything from back and neck pain to balance issues to sports injuries. Our services include, but are not limited to, the following:
Head and neck pain
There are a number of causes of head and neck pain ranging from whiplash in motor vehicle accidents to poor posture to muscle strain or even the impact of certain diseases.
Our one-on-one approach to treating head and neck pain starts with a whole body evaluation so that we can determine the root cause of your pain. Then we will work with you through physical therapy and prescribed exercises to help reduce pain and inflammation and restore movement as quickly as possible.
We have had considerable success in dealing with whiplash cases, caused by the sudden jerking motion of the head forward or backward in a car crash. When the head is moved about so violently, it can damage intervertebral joints, discs, ligaments and even nerve roots.
Shoulder, elbow and wrist pain
Shoulder pain, which can manifest itself as tendonitis, impingement syndrome and bursitis, is often the result of repetitive strain (as in golfer’s overdoing their swimming motion) or poor posture. It can also hit people who decide to paint a ceiling, for example, and are not used to their arms being held above their heads.
We take a hands-on approach to treating neck pain coupled with therapeutic exercises prescribed for the patient to do between visits so they can be a partner in their own recovery process.
Shoulder pain is common because the shoulder, a ball and socket joint, has the greatest range of movement in the body and because of that, it is more include to be injured if certain muscles surrounding it are not working properly.
Some patients come in with a condition known as frozen shoulder used to describe the pain and restricted movement they are enduring.
We work with each patient one-on-one to ease the shoulder pain and then provide them with exercises and a regime to keep it from recurring.
Wrist pain is sometimes linked to repetitive strain injuries and can manifest itself as carpal tunnel syndrome as well. Besides treating the injury, we inquire about the work and home environments of our patients to ensure that they are not setting themselves up for recurring injuries because of improper seating and working situations.
We treat all variations of back pain, from thoracic to rib and low back pain, whether it is chronic or acute.
Back pain is a serious problem that impacts more than 80 percent of Americans at some point in their lives.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes, lower back pain is actually the leading cause of disability around the world. In the United States, at least 85 percent of people below the age of 50 report at least one recurrence of back pain and it is the second most common illness-related reason for missing work.
Back pain is frequently the result of short-term stress on the muscles and ligaments that support the spine, which means that it can frequently be treated successfully, allowing sufferers to live without pain again and return to normally active days.
S1 Joint Pain
S1 joint pain, also known as sacroiliac joint dysfunction, is a common cause of complaints about lower back and leg pain. That is because the sacroiliac joint connects the hip bones to the sacrum, the triangular bone between the lumbar spine and the tailbone.
It is prone to injury because its job is to absorb shocks between the upper body, pelvis and legs.
The pain can often result from either too much movement, or too little movement.
We will work with patients suffering from S1 joint pain to help determine the source and cause of their pain, and then prescribe of program of physical therapy and exercise to alleviate the pain and heal the problem.
There are numerous reasons for hip pain, and the physical therapist will take some time to evaluate and consider whether the issue is the joint itself or if the pain is being caused by some of the other structures around it. Sometimes hip pain is actually a kind of referred pain from a back issue.
We are determined with each patient suffering from hip pain to persist until we isolate the source of their pain, and that dedication to finding the true cause is the reason we are so successful in treating hip pain.
Among the many things hip pain may be covering are an inflamed sciatic nerve or vertebral joint, for example. Once we know the problem, we can prescribe an effective course of treatment.
As more people run, jog, cycle and enjoy other forms of physical activity, we are seeing more and more cases of knee pain.
Our approach is to do a thorough assessment followed by hands-on therapy and prescribed exercises to reduce pain and inflammation and regain strength and motion.
It is important to get knee pain under control and healed so that patients can stay healthy and fit and return to the wellness programs they enjoy without the hindrance of knee pain.
Ankle and foot pain
Plantar fasciitis, irritated nerves, bone spurs and sprains and fractures are just some of the causes of ankle and foot pain that prompts people to visit a physical therapist.
The foot and ankle are particularly susceptible to injury from overuse and accidents that can damage the bones, tendons and ligaments of the foot. Sprained ankles mean that the ligaments of the ankle are injured and they partially or completely tear because of sudden stretching.
We are experienced in treating all of these conditions as well as Archilles tendinitis, bunions, bursitis, and stress fractures among the many things that cause ankle and foot pain.
We are conscious that once an ankle has been injured, it can more easily be sprained again, so our physical therapy includes strategies to strengthen ankles to help prevent ongoing issues.
Gait and balance disorders
About 42% of Americans experience dizziness or some kind of balance disorder at some point in their lives. In fact, for patients 25 years and older, it is a primary reason why they seek physical therapy.
At Miller Physical Therapy, we are trained to handle issues related to the vestibular (or balance) system from vertigo to dizziness to unsteady or compromised gaits.
Our treatments and specialized exercises are designed to result in gaze and gait stabilization.
We treat semi-professional and recreational athletes at all levels who have sustained sports injuries. We have experience in covering a wide range of sports injuries include those sustained in running, weightlifting, CrossFit, dance and tennis.
Our goal is to determine the cause of the injury, reduce pain and inflammation and being the healing process. We also work to educate the athlete to prevent recurring injuries.
Sports injuries we commonly treat are known on the sports circuit as runner’s knees, golfer’s shoulder, tennis elbow and sprains, strains and fractures.
Our goal is to reduce pain and promote rapid healing as well as prescribed exercise aimed at strengthening the injured part of the body to protect it in the future.
We work to get you back to the sport of your choice as quickly as possible.