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MOTION PT Group is a network of clinics offering physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Here, we have one mission. To improve your mobility, help you feel better, and improve your quality of life.
With clinics throughout New York, Maryland, and Massachusetts, our goal is to get you back to daily living with less pain and lasting results. Our team of licensed therapists develop personalized treatments and follow evidence-based practices that lead to the best possible results. Many of our therapists have advanced degrees, board certifications, and are trained in innovative techniques.
Whether it’s physical therapy, hand therapy, or sports medicine… we’ll help you feel better, so you can get back to what moves you.
In The News
MOTION named Official Physical Therapy Partner for Major League Rugby’s newest member
MOTION PT Group, a leading provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy, and Rugby United New York (RUNY) announced MOTION as a multi-year team sponsor and “Official Physical Therapy Partner” for RUNY, the newest member of Major League Rugby (MLR).
The partnership represents the first major sports sponsorship for MOTION in the U.S. and includes providing personalized physical therapy for RUNY players throughout their first three MLR seasons.
“It’s an honor to work with Rugby United New York, one of the most promising new franchises in American sports,” said MOTION PT Group Chief Clinical Director Michael Fox. “It’s an exciting step parlaying our vast experience working with rugby in New York and with Men’s Eagles, the U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team.”
Fox worked with Xavier High School’s rugby team with fellow alumnus and RUNY head coach Mike Tolkin. Tolkin went on to serve as head coach of the New York Athletic Club’s Rugby Super League and the U.S. Men’s National Rugby Team, bringing Fox with him and solidifying their partnership.
“Coach Tolkin and I have been working together for almost 30 years,” Fox said. “The opportunity to now work with him and Major League Rugby in our own backyard is a real honor for our MOTION team.”
“I am ecstatic to take on the role of head physical therapist for RUNY and develop a support team of therapists to assist with coverage,” said MOTION Director of Sports Medicine Services Ethan Burger. “RUNY embodies New York and unity, and we will put forth our best efforts to keep the lads in one piece!”
MOTION therapists will provide onsite services to the RUNY players at all games and practices as well as at their flagship MOTION Sports Medicine facility in midtown Manhattan.
“We are proud to welcome MOTION as the official physical therapy partner of the RUNY team,” said James English, GM for Rugby United New York. “MOTION is an ideal partner, offering us clinical expertise in rugby fitness and injury prevention as well as access to cutting-edge sports rehabilitation technology and equipment.”
RUNY players have access to MOTION’s groundbreaking sports rehabilitation technology such as TRAZER®, with interactive testing and training programs, and AlterG®, an Anti-Gravity Treadmill™ allowing players to move without pain or interference to natural gait mechanics.
RUNY’s season runs through June, with the first home game on March 15 at MCU Park in Coney Island.
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MOTION Renames New York Clinics Under
MOTION Sports Medicine Brand
NEW YORK — MOTION, Inc., a leading provider of physical, occupational and speech therapy services in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions, is expanding the MOTION Sports Medicine brand in New York State. The company will adopt the MOTION Sports Medicine brand at all of its New York locations.
MOTION has been rapidly expanding in New York by acquiring high quality, founder-owned physical and occupational therapy practices and is now building a common brand that New Yorkers will recognize as a top provider of Physical and Occupational Therapy services.
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“We are thrilled to be expanding the MOTION brand in New York and bringing these high-quality clinics together under the MOTION Sports Medicine umbrella,” said MOTION CEO Edward R. Miersch. “We’re proud to be building such a strong family of physical, occupational, and speech therapy professionals in one of the fastest growing healthcare companies in the Northeast.”
MOTION is committed to helping patients save on healthcare costs and improving access to care. It is one of only a few companies to serve as an in-network provider for over 30 commercial insurance plans, Medicare, Medicaid, and EmblemHealth (GHI/HIP), which serves the City of New York employees.
Currently MOTION has over 30 locations in the State of New York, that will be called MOTION Sports Medicine.
- STAR Physical & Occupational Therapy, 160 E. 56th, New York
- Bradley & Monson Physical Therapy, 1841 Broadway, New York
- ProActive Physical & Hand Therapy, 2904 Bruckner Blvd., Bronx
- Westchester Square Physical Therapy, 3202 Bainbridge Ave., Bronx
- Westchester Square Physical Therapy, 1250 Waters Place, Bronx
- Community Physical Therapy, 1818 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn
- Metro SportsMed Bensonhurst, 2281 82nd, Brooklyn
- Metro SportsMed Boro Park, 4911 13th, Brooklyn
- Metro SportsMed Brooklyn Heights, 27 Smith St., Brooklyn
- Metro SportsMed Gravesend, 98 Ave. U, Brooklyn
- Metro SportsMed Williamsburg, 44 Lee Ave., Brooklyn
- MOTION Lefferts Gardens 710 Parkside Drive, 672 Parkside Drive, Brooklyn
- Community Physical Therapy, 96-14 B Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills
- Astoria Physical Therapy Associates, 27-17 Crescent St., Astoria
- Queens Physical Therapy Associates, 69-40 108th, Forest Hills
Long Island (Formerly)
- Complete Care Physical Therapy, 70 Maple Ave., Rockville Centre
- Greco Physical Therapy & Sports Performance, 430-7 N. Country Rd., St. James
- Franklin Square Physical Therapy, 72 Franklin Ave., Franklin Square
- Suydam Physical Therapy, 2209 Merrick Rd., Merrick
- MOTION Lawrence 235 Mill Street, Lawrence
Lower Hudson Valley (Formerly)
- Rye Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, 411 Theodore Fremd Avenue, Rye
- Westchester Square Physical Therapy, 1915 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers
- MOTION Airmont, 327 Route 59, Airmont
- MOTION Dobbs Ferry, 88 Ashford Avenue, 128 Ashford Avenue, Dobbs Ferry
- MOTION Monroe, 785 Route 17M, Monroe
- MOTION New City, 350 South Main Street, New City
- MOTION Orangeburg, 99 Dutch Hill, Orangeburg
- MOTION Stony Point, 25 Liberty Square Mall, Route 9W, Stony Point
- MOTION West Nyack, 2 Crosfield Avenue #422, West Nyack
MOTION is headquartered in New York City and was formed in June 2015. Today, MOTION is responsible for over 750 employees in 85 owned, managed and under LOI locations in New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Florida, Georgia, and Kentucky. The company is a leading provider of comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy for patients of all ages.
What Are The Different Types of Physical Therapy?
Perhaps one of our most popular services offered, orthopedic physical therapy works on treating your musculoskeletal system (joints, muscles, bones, ligaments, and tendons) after injury. There needs to be a careful balance between the healing process and carefully executed exercise techniques to ensure that your body gets back to its strength pre-injury.
If you suffer from migraines, dizziness, vertigo, or balance complications, we can help. The vestibular system is the sensory system responsible for maintaining proper balance and spatial orientation. It is located inside your inner ear and can become easily damaged by injury, genetics, or disease. The issue with many vestibular issues, such as Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), is that many of them do not have a physically identifiable cause.
Vestibular Balance Rehabilitation includes exercise-based treatment programs that aim to enhance the health of other particular parts of the nervous system (brainstem, visual elements, cerebellum, and somatosensory sensations) to compensate for and alleviate complications with vestibular issues. Your visit to our physical therapist in Scotland, Florida will likely include visual exercises and sensory-motor training. Some patients might be recommended BPPV maneuvers and repositioning as well as cardiovascular or total body strengthening exercises.
Our kids are our main priority. Careful care is necessary to ensure that their developing bodies don’t feel the permanent brunt of disease or injury. That’s why getting pediatric physical therapy in Scotland, Florida is one of the most important steps to take following your child’s injury. Children may have a difficult time understanding why they need physical therapy, so it’s important to make the process one that is fun and functional simultaneously.
Don’t let the complications of time slow you down. Make sure that you stay in the game for years to come with geriatric physical therapy in Scotland, Florida. Our services will keep you moving without putting too much stress on areas of concern.
With an estimated 5.3 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and an additional 1 million living with Parkinson’s, neurological disorders hamper the daily lives of many.
Many people don’t consider that physical therapy can help improve your lung health. Cardiovascular therapy can help those who have heart disease or other heart complications to improve their overall health. Regardless of genetic influence and traumatic cardiac experiences, physical therapy in Scotland, Florida can help. A carefully curated exercise plan can get your heart pumping safely!
Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow
What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is caused by repeated stress of the elbow through motions that are done over and over or overuse of the arm and wrist. The muscles and tendons can withstand a fair amount of abuse, but sometimes these repeated motions can wear them down over time from the inside. These microscopic tears grow larger and more painful with every subsequent motion.
Despite the name ‘tennis elbow’, this type of injury can happen to almost anyone. Athletes who play in arm-based sports such as fencing, weight lifting, swimming, and any type of racket sports are partaking in repeated elbow motions every time they play. Additionally, those who work labor-intensive jobs frequently develop tennis elbow from constant lifting and moving motions. If this is the case, Motion physical therapy in Scotland, Florida offers an intensive workplace injury management program to assist you with your personalized care. However, the effects of tennis elbow can be felt from even the slightest of actions.
Can I be at risk for tennis elbow if I’m not an athlete?
Some at-home causes of tennis elbow can include painting, knitting, carpentry, cooking (cutting motions), constant lifting activities like moving, and typing. Despite these motions seeming innocuous, they still put an albeit slower to form yet painful repetitive strain on the tendons in your elbow. If you have questions about what activities could put you at risk, visit Motion Physical Therapy in Scotland, Florida to meet with your local physical therapist.
What are some of the most common symptoms of tennis elbow?
The symptoms of tennis elbow are universally regarded as a slow yet painful experience. Gradual amounts of pain normally start in a mild aching form on the outside of the upper forearm with slowly worsening symptoms turning into chronic pain over time. Though the injury resides in the elbow, your pain will most likely be triggered while partaking in activities involving your hands. You might be suffering from tennis elbow if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Shaky hands.
- Pain or burning on the outside of the elbow.
- Weakened grip.
- Weakened strength of the wrist and arm.
- Difficulty with everyday tasks (holding a cup of coffee, turning a doorknob, etc.).
Determining your injury can make it easier for a healthcare professional or physical therapist to treat it and prevent further damage. These symptoms may be consistent with other common injuries, so scheduling a consultation with our staff for physical therapy in Scotland, Florida will allow you to receive a full evaluation and diagnosis of your condition.
What are my treatment options for tennis elbow injuries?
The longer that you wait on receiving treatment for your tennis elbow, the more irreversible the damage can become. Early diagnosis with prompt treatment is typically the best option for your situation. Our programs for physical therapy in Scotland, Florida can help you treat your tennis elbow. If the injury is left unchecked, your elbow could become permanently weakened as your muscles heal in a fragile manner. Should the damage be allowed to develop to a severe enough level, or you are experiencing these symptoms for around 12 months, you might be forced to undergo a surgical procedure to repair the tears in your muscles or tendons or even remove the injured muscle completely. This process is an expensive and painful endeavor with an extended healing process, and so non-surgical treatment is always the first possible option.
Here are some at-home remedies to try while you wait for your physical therapy appointment in Scotland, Florida:
- Rest and relaxation, keep the injured area stationary for a brief period.
- Recommended stretching techniques (but only those suggested by your therapist).
- Hot and cold therapy, use both heated packs and ice packs to apply for this treatment.
Many patients suffering from tennis elbow get fitted a personal brace to hold the elbow in place. This brace will be centered over the back of your arm and will force your elbow into a proper resting position. By visiting physical therapy in Scotland, Florida , you will have the opportunity to custom-fit a brace with our physical therapists in order to create an efficient seal. Additionally, ask our team about your options for a counterbalance brace. This strap reduces tension on the muscles/tendons by transferring force farther down on your arm. While this method is not the best for restricting access, it remains efficient in reducing elbow pain.
Our patients find that hot and cold therapy is an efficient non-invasive physical therapy treatment for their pain and can provide sufficient relief. Which therapy you receive depends on your personal situation and time passed since the injury occurred. Because of this, it’s essential that when you attend physical therapy in Scotland, Florida that you alert your therapist of this information and give prior notice. In general, ice therapy is the preferable option during the start of the injury. The cold will be efficient in reducing swelling and numbing the pain that has been experienced as a result of your tennis elbow. Do not use ice prior to any sort of workout or stretching activity however, as this can be counterproductive to the healing process and should only be used afterward. Likewise, heat therapy is useful from about 3 days onward after an injury. The heat helps to increase blood flow and relax the muscles, placing them into a more flexible state. This therapy should be used alternatively with cold therapy, so use heat therapy prior to exercise and during your long-term healing process. Working with one of our experts here at Motion Physical Therapy in Scotland, Florida can offer further personalized help to educate you on proper temperature based techniques and when it is best to use them.
Physical Therapy for Tennis Elbow
While these techniques are naturally effective in their own way, applying physical therapy in addition to them can only further aid your healing process. A physical therapist can properly train you on exercises that gradually move your forearm muscles in a comfortable fashion. During your visit to physical therapy in Scotland, Florida, your physical therapist will work closely alongside you to develop a personalized treatment schedule. They will create a customized regiment that selects specific exercises to pinpoint your injury. Overall, the goal is to increase strength or improve movement within the supportive muscles of your arm without further aggravating the stressed muscle. You may be assigned special modalities to help with your condition, some of which might include ice massages and muscle-stimulation programs.
Sports Specific Physical Therapy at MOTION
If you are an athlete, consider enrolling at one of our services for sports specific physical therapy in Scotland, Florida. Since you will be anxious to return to the field as soon as possible, our sports physical therapy regimens zone in on how we can treat your injury and potentially return you to your full strength. You will be guided through various strengthening and movement techniques to allow the elbow to become reacclimated to the harsh movements associated with your sport. We also provide educational training for athletes by means of positional correcting and suggesting more efficient techniques for play to prevent future wear and tear.
Contacting MOTION Sports Medicine & MOTION PT Group
At MOTION Sports Medicine, our team of dedicated physical therapists are always ready to help. If you are in need of a physical therapist near Scotland, Florida to help treat tennis elbow, contact us today and get started on your treatment plan.
Physical Therapy for Scoliosis
What is Scoliosis?
Scoliosis is defined as an unnatural curvature of the spine. The vertebrae in your spine can sometimes develop incomplete or fused together at wrong angles. This can be seen in the form of unusual bends or angles. The bend can become visible in their appearance, creating uneven shoulders or hips. Additionally, it can affect the lungs’ ability to function making it much harder to breathe.
Causes and Symptoms
80% of Scoliosis cases are idiopathic with no reasonable cause. However, there exist three additional designations that stem from other causes. Functional scoliosis is a condition in which the spine appears to be the status quo, but abnormalities develop as a result of other underlying issues in the body. This may be caused by one leg being shorter naturally, carrying heavy unequal loads, or by any form of muscle spasms located in the back. Neuromuscular scoliosis is where the bones of the spine encounter problems during formation. Usually, the bones of the spine fail to separate during fetal development or fail to form completely. Finally, Degenerative scoliosis is caused by age and changes in the spine due to spondylosis (a type of arthritis). Weakened tissue and ligaments within the spine can lead to an inevitable curvature and other health risks. Osteoporosis, disc degeneration, and compression can all lead to this type of scoliosis.
What can MOTION do for you?
Here at Motion Sports Medicine, our team of professionals will help you to designate your scoliosis for better treatment and work with you to figure out what your next course of action should be. Our physical therapy in Scotland, Florida and the Long Island area can help manage any scoliosis symptoms of any type before they grow worse.
What are the Development and Risks Involved?
Scoliosis can develop in early childhood, but may still get worse with growth or age to the possible point of permanent disablement. If you think your child may be developing a curvature within their spine, it may be time to contact Motion Sports Medicine to learn about your options for pediatric physical therapy in Scotland, Florida. Children who have been diagnosed at a young age are taught to wear a brace, which can be a helpful preventative measure to prevent the spine from becoming too curved as they grow older. When you visit our physical therapy in Scotland, Florida, Motion Sports Medicine will discuss with you some of the potential causes of the condition, which include:
- Severe infections in the spine.
- Congenital disabilities.
- Birth defects.
- Age (Puberty or Old Age).
- Genetic predisposition.
- Sex Predisposition (Women are at higher risk).
- Injuries to the spine.
- Marfan syndrome.
- Down syndrome.
Since scoliosis usually begins in early infancy, it’s essential for parents or caretakers to identify some of the symptoms for early detection. The key to early treatment of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis is the prompt early identification of the condition. Adolescent symptoms that parents and caretakers can be on the lookout for may include the following:
- The child leans to one side.
- Their head appears slightly off center.
- A bulge appears on one side of their chest.
- One-shoulder blade appears to be higher than the other.
- Their clothes do not fit properly in the shoulder.
- Their legs are uneven in length but not size.
- They suffer from chest pain or breathlessness due to pressure on the heart and lungs.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s health, please contact your family doctor for diagnosis and our physical therapy in Scotland, Florida for treatment options.
Treatment for Scoliosis
Physical therapy is the key to scoliosis treatment. In severe cases, invasive surgery might be required to correct the issue. Given that scoliosis is a degenerative disease that worsens with time, early detection and treatment can save you from an expensive surgical procedure. The pain that accompanies your scoliosis can also be treated and managed. Physical therapy in Scotland, Florida is a great option to manage scoliosis symptoms in all sorts of individuals regardless of age or other complications.
An examination with your doctor will help to analyze things like muscle strength, reflexes, and any areas of numbness. You may be subject to imaging tests and diagnostic image tests to rule out any other problems that could be causing the spinal curvature. This will help to determine if your scoliosis is caused by age or by an external factor. There is no cure for scoliosis, only preventative measures, and reactive measures can assist the condition. From there, your diagnosis will help our team for physical therapy in Scotland, Florida to determine the right care routine for you.
The most common practice for treating a child suffering from scoliosis is to implement a brace for support. Juvenile idiopathic scoliosis has the highest risk of complications over time. By far, bracing might be the best option for long term treatment in order to minimize future issues. The significance of wearing a brace is that it can potentially prevent further progression and development of the spinal curve. The most common type of brace is made of contoured body-confirming plastic. Consult with your provider, but oftentimes, braces can fit discreetly underneath your clothing.
Sleep Positioning – Important for Scoliosis Management
Sleep positioning is an efficient method to decrease your discomfort. Whether in a brace or not, a curved spine or stiff brace can cause you to toss and turn at night, unable to get comfortable. That is why special sleeping positions or techniques might be useful for alleviating that worry. You will want to invest in a firm mattress with a fair amount of pillow support. A sagging or soft bed will not provide you with the necessary support for your back. Your main objective is to close any gap that exists between your body and the mattress. Sleeping on your side can keep the spine straight and neutral, which can minimize strain on the spine’s nerves while sleeping on your back distributes your weight evenly across your body’s widest surface. Using pillows to fill in the gaps in these positions can cause instant relief. For guidance on proper sleep positioning techniques, contact our physical therapists in Scotland, Florida for more information.
At-Home Treatment for Scoliosis
When managing scoliosis, our physical therapists in Scotland, Florida will manipulate your spine into a comfortable range of motion. By performing careful bends on key pressure points, your physical therapist can more properly align the spine to manage pain and discomfort associated with scoliosis. Chiropractic manipulations and exercise therapy can help to straighten and strengthen your back muscles that surround the spine to increase stability. Lower back pain is commonly treated with the assistance of physical therapy. Our spinal services include massages, stretches, and exercises carefully curated to help your spine move without pain. By undergoing these treatment methods, your pain could subside and you may feel more comfortable.
Here are some exercises that you can do at home that might be included in your physical therapy regiment:
- Step down and one-arm reach
- Split stance with arm reach
- Upward and downward dog
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