John Dugan, a noted leader in the Long Island physical therapy community, and a lifelong member of Farmingdale, founded Farmingdale Physical Therapy East. We are dedicated to improving the health of our patients through state-of-art physical therapy and rehabilitation services. While at the same time, we are committed to helping the members of our community live their day-to-day lives feeling higher levels of physical comfort and strength than they ever have before.
As each day passes by, summer slowly begins to arrive. Through the cold winter months, you may have found yourself cuddled up on the couch with popcorn and a movie playing on the television. With summer and exercising in mind, you check the weather app for the following week; sunny and beautiful. In this moment, you think to yourself, “I need to get back to my passion of cycling.” You begin to gaze back to the television, but then snap back into reality and remember the benefits of cycling: a feeling of fit and healthy. It is also fun, especially when you bring friends along. A flashback repeats in your head of your doctor reminding you that cycling is an easy, muscle workout that you can make as intense as you want. It even helps prevent obesity, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and mental illness. Time to get back on the bike!
It is unpleasant and embarrassing to experience a slip and fall. To admit that you momentarily lost your balance and ended up on the floor can be frightening and quite humiliating. With this in mind, it is essential to understand that falling once and refusing to tell anyone only increases your chances of falling again. It is truly common in society, especially for senior citizens, to slip and fall. Therefore, it is necessary to be aware of the dangers of falling and learn how to avoid them.
Working out and exercising can be great for you. It provides countless health benefits that can improve cardiovascular health and lower risk for diseases. In some cases, however, exercising can be harmful or even dangerous. Working out can become harmful to us when we overtrain, making it crucial to know the signs and symptoms of overtraining syndrome to prevent injury and avoid the potential negative effects that come with it.
Physical therapy is a cost-effective treatment that helps to improve mobility and relieve pain. PT has the potential to reduce a patient’s need for surgery and prescription drugs by allowing them to follow a recovery plan designed for their specific needs. Throughout the treatment, the patient is in full control and with time and patience, they should be able to get back to their normal selves again. Arguably, physical therapy should be your first option before choosing surgery or opioids.
The MCL, or medial collateral ligament, runs down the inner part of the knee from the thigh bone to about five inches from the top of the shinbone. The MCL prevents the leg from over-extending inward, helps to stabilize the knee, and allows it to rotate.
At Farmingdale Physical Therapy East, we treat patients with both presurgical and postsurgical care.
A surgery such as a total knee or hip replacement can mean a long recovery process. This often leads patients to reconsider surgery, thus putting it off and allowing the injury and pain to worsen. What most people don’t realize is that you can undergo physical therapy before your surgery. Seeking pre-surgical physical therapy can help patients return to their normal, active lives at a quicker rate following the operation.
Myositis refers to any condition that causes muscle inflammation, a condition that has several causes. Myositis can be caused by an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own tissues, viral infection, or vigorous exercise. Myositis is accompanied by joint and muscle pain, lung issues, fatigue, and trouble breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, it may be a good idea to get tested for myositis. A doctor will administer a blood test, MRI scan, or muscle biopsy to determine the actual cause.
The shoulder is a very complex ball-in-socket-joint surrounded by bones, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons, making it capable of a wide range of motion. With its versatility and complex makeup, the shoulder can be injured easily. Manual labor, sports, and using the shoulder in a repetitive motion can increase the risk of shoulder pain and injury.
Back pain is a commonly reported condition that can affect anyone. Therefore, it may come as no surprise that an estimated 65 million Americans report experiencing back pain per year. For many, the pain can be truly debilitating, limiting day-to-day activities and making it difficult to accomplish even the smallest of tasks. While back pain can occur for different reasons, it is important to take it seriously and seek treatment as it can potentially shorten your life.