TMJ Series: How Specialized Physical Therapy Can Help With the Treatment of Patients With TMJ

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT In dental and oral health care, referring patients to physical therapy services may not often be a common practice.  Physical therapists can be a vital part in the treatment and management of patients with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) dysfunction. In fact, minimum competence of entry-level trained physical therapists includes knowledge and practice of the TMJ anatomy, function, biomechanics, and pathology, as well as clinical examination and treatment.  Advanced trained physical therapists are well equipped to collaborate with oral health care practitioners to help treat TMJ and other biomechanical related dental pain and dysfunction. Below are some key areas that our advanced trained physical therapists at Motion Stability are able to help with.     Relationship between…

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Managing Pain After a Total Knee Replacement

Written by Dhara Shah PT, DPT, OCS  The decision to get a total knee replacement can be a process.  Initially, you notice knee pain, but it does not change your daily routine. Then, you notice it affecting the things you enjoy doing – playing golf, going for long walks, or  difficulty getting off the floor after playing with your grandkids. You go to the orthopedic surgeon, and he says “you’re eventually going to have to get a total knee placement”.  You consult with your physical therapist, try conservative treatment to improve your quality of life or even “prehab” before surgery, and then you finally decide it’s time.  You undergo surgery, and you “get it fixed” – VOILÁ! It’s almost like…

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Motion Stability was recently featured on the Wall Street Journal discussing how small businesses, like ourselves, have continued during these pandemic times. We hope this video article serves as an encouragement to other small businesses to fight the good fight to find creative ways serve your clientele. We would like to thank our patients who have trusted us to take care of you during this time. We would also like to thank each of our staff members for working cohesively together as we continue to operate. We hope you enjoy this video!

Motion Stability Featured on The Wall Street Journal

 Motion Stability was recently featured on the Wall Street Journal discussing how small businesses, like ourselves, have continued during these pandemic times. We hope this video article serves as an encouragement to other small businesses to fight the good fight to find creative ways serve your clientele. We would like to thank our patients who have trusted us to take care of you during this time. We would also like to thank each of our staff members for working cohesively together as we continue to operate. We hope you enjoy this video!

TMJ Series: How Working from Home Can Affect Your Jaw Pain

Written by Stephanie Lievense Cohn PT, DPT, OCS Since the global pandemic of COVID-19 took off in March, many people have been working from home to slow the spread of the virus and avoid exposure. From the looks of things, this may be the case for quite awhile, if not permanently for some. I am treating many patients in the clinic who are still working from home and will be until at least the end of the year. I have noticed that many of them have experienced worsening symptoms not only due to absence from physical therapy during the shelter in place order, but because many changes to your body and mind come with working from home. Let’s get more…

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FUNCTIONAL FRIDAY: SINGLE LEG SERIES

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT Single Leg Series  As first mentioned in the first Functional Friday blog, physical therapists will often ask their patients to perform a number of whole body movements that may seem irrelevant to the patient’s condition. Previously we discussed why PT’s will watch patients perform a squat motion, today we will discuss two other common functional movements, the single leg stance, and the single leg squat.  Single Leg Stance: While this seems like a simple task, the ability (or lack thereof) and the quality of performing a single leg stance provides PT’s a lot of information. This is a functional skill required for basic level daily activities. Think about walking for example, when walking we…

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Functional Friday: Body Weight Squat

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT Body Weight Squat  You may have noticed that your physical therapist often asks you to perform a number of different movements such as walking, squatting, standing on one leg, and bending in different directions during the initial evaluation, or perhaps even during every visit.  Sometimes these motions seem completely irrelevant to the condition you are being treated for.  For example, why does my therapist need to watch me walk and squat if I have shoulder pain? Assuming you don’t walk on your hands, that is a completely rational thought.  Motion Stability’s new functional movement blog and Instagram series can help explain.  Let’s stick with the squat example.  Regardless of what injury or ailments you…

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Postpartum Back Pain: The straw that broke the mama’s back

Written by Deanna Camilo PT, DPT, OCS, FAAOMPT When I was pregnant, I wanted to do everything possible to prepare for the arrival of my little one.  I read the popular pregnancy and baby books, combined that information with my background in physical therapy, and thought that I was ready for anything that parenthood could throw at me.  The seasoned parents are likely laughing out loud right now.   No amount of reading can prepare you for the joys, surprises, and stresses of becoming a parent!  That being said, as a physical therapist, I believe the literature could have done a MUCH better job of warning me about the aches and pains related to caring for an infant.  In this first…

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COMMON REASONS WHY YOU MIGHT HAVE MORE PAIN DURING THESE PANDEMIC TIMES

Written by Brian Yee PT, DPT, MPhty, OCS, FAAOMPT   “Why is my back and neck more sore when I am doing less while I stay at home and social distance?”  “I have never worked so hard in my life trying to make my business survive, take care of my kids as they are doing virtual homeschool, and just adjust to the every daily changing things that seem to happen! So why do I feel like my back pain is so much worse than before this pandemic started?” “Life is so much easier now as I am home more. I am in my kitchen a lot now making things like homemade bread or taking care of things I did not…

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Take a minute to breathe

Written by Tom Christ PT, DPT The start of this decade has been a challenge for everyone.  The Covid-19 pandemic has been unpredictable and has changed the way all of us approach each day.  With the overall uncertainty of when our lives can get back to normal, these past few months have been some of the most stressful times our world has endured.  Now more than ever, it is important to find strategies to manage stress and anxiety in a productive healthy manner.  Now more than ever, it is important to remember to take a break from your daily stressors and just breathe.   While that sounds simple there is quite a bit of science behind the importance of proper breathing…

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Recovery is a Rollercoaster

Written by Stephanie Lievense, PT, DPT, OCS I have been a competitive athlete for twenty years – much longer than I’ve been a physical therapist! Growing up, I participated in softball, volleyball, basketball, tennis, golf, dance, and gymnastics. I did some swimming, biking, and running if I had any sort of off season but was never serious about it. When I started college and no longer had team sports to keep me in shape, I regularly started swimming, biking, running, lifting weights, and doing yoga and Pilates. By the time I graduated college, I started playing with the idea of triathlons. Right before I started my first year of physical therapy school, I competed in my first triathlon – The…

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