Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the second most common degenerative brain disorder affecting adults, after Alzheimer’s disease. But did you know that Physical Therapy is key to slowing down the disease? And it helps those affected to stay as independent as possible.
Parkinson’s disease was first defined as only a “motor” (movement) disease, but research has shown that it also causes “nonmotor” symptoms (such as lightheadedness when standing up) in other systems of the body. People with PD are at risk of falling and sustaining other injuries due to their movement and balance challenges. Treatment includes a combination of medication and physical therapy—and in some cases surgery.
The timetable for disease progression is different for each individual. For some, symptoms may develop gradually over the course of decades, while for others it may happen more quickly. At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, we understand that in all stages, staying mobile and self-sufficient is the primary goal for people living with Parkinson’s disease.
An experienced Scerbo therapist will guide the Parkinson’s patient through moves and stretches to increase mobility, strength, and balance. Training to help slow progression may include:
• Amplitude Training: To help slow the development of shuffling
• Reciprocal Patterns: Side-to-side, left-to-right movements
• Balance Work: Promotes increased independence and reduces the risk of falls
• Stretching and flexibility: How, and how often, to stretch properly throughout the day to avoid tightness
• Strength Training: Strengthen muscles through resistance training
• Maintaining daily independence: Routine physical therapy can help conquer daily challenges that often become overwhelming.
• Getting out of Bed, Getting Dressed, Getting in and out of Cars: Specific training to increase flexibility and strategize approaches to these tasks
• Grocery shopping: Work on the motions and confidence needed to avoid anxiety and risk of injury
Living with Parkinson’s has many challenges, but Scerbo therapists partner with PD patients and their families to manage their symptoms, maintain their fitness levels, and help them stay as active as possible.
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, usually progressive, disease that primarily affects young adults. Approximately 400,000 people in the United States and 2.5 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with MS. Its effects vary widely. Although there is no known cure for the disease, it can be successfully controlled with medical management and rehabilitation. Physical therapists help people with MS regain and maintain strength, flexibility, and general fitness, and to live active, productive lives.
Physical therapists play an integral role in the management of MS throughout the disease course – at diagnosis, during and after relapses, during periods of progression as well as periods of stability, and when the disease becomes more advanced. For more details download here the MS resource guide.
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Who Are Athletic Trainers?
We see them on playing fields, we see them in gyms, schools, physical therapy, and health facilities, performing arts venues, police and fire departments, companies, just about anywhere you find people engaged in sports and other physical challenges. They are the athletic trainers, (ATs), and in March we at Scerbo PT join the The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) in celebrating National Athletic Training Month to recognize the important work our ATs do for athletes of all levels.
Did you know?
Athletic training is recognized by the American Medical Association, Health Resources Services Administration, and the Department of Health and Human Services as an allied health care profession. ATs are health care providers on-site!
Athletic trainers are multi-skilled health care professionals who may treat a variety of injuries, including orthopedic and concussion, as well as health issues such as cardiac emergencies, eating disorders, diabetic episodes, substance abuse, dental and oral injuries, and many more. ATs can address improper techniques to reduce the risk of injury or address a small injury to prevent it from becoming worse. For more details visit nata.org.
February is American Heart Month, a time when all people can focus on their cardiovascular health. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, claiming the lives of more than 650,000 people each year. The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention is shining a light on hypertension (high blood pressure), a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
The most important thing that we can do to keep our hearts healthy is exercise! Staying physically active keeps the heart and blood vessels healthy. Only one in five adults meet the physical activity guidelines of getting 150 minutes a week, of moderate-intense activity.
An exercise program, including aerobic conditioning and strength training, is a critical intervention that can prevent death and disability from cardiovascular disease. Adding a simple routine of walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, or biking for at least 30 minutes every day is a great start to improving your heart health. When we take care of #OurHearts as part of our self-care, we set an example for those around us to do the same.
Additionally, physical therapy is beneficial for those already affected by cardiovascular disease. At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, our physical therapists are experts in prescribing programs as part of a structured, safe, and effective program in conjunction with your physician and other healthcare providers. We can help you return to work and previous lifestyle activities. Call us to schedule a private consultation.
Announce on February 1, 2022
November 3rd is National Stress Awareness Day
National Stress Awareness Day, on every first Wednesday in November — November 3 this year — is 24 hours of reinforcing the fact that you’re not doing yourself a favor by stressing about situations you can’t control. In fact, according to science, chronic stress leads to impaired cognitive and physiological functions.
National Stress Awareness Day is a sponsored event by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA), which is a registered charity promoting knowledge about stress, best practices for stress management, well-being, and performance that are recognized nationally and internationally as well.
Chronic stress, that is, failure to deal with it for a long time and remaining in a prolonged and constant feeling of stress can lead to life-threatening problems. From hypertension, heart diseases, decreased immunity, loss of sociability, and decreased mental vitality, stress is not to be taken lightly!
At Scerbo, our physical therapists are movement experts who specialize in hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. Call us to learn how our physical therapists can help assess your stress levels, reduce pain and improve your overall well-being.
Announce on November 3, 2021
October is National Physical Therapy Month
Scerbo Raises Awareness About The Many Health Benefits Of PT
During National Physical Therapy Month in October, the American Physical Therapy Association encourages you to learn about the many benefits of physical activity.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services Facts & Statistics on physical activity, more than 80% of American adults do not get enough physical activity despite the proven benefits, such as a reduced risk of chronic disease, improved bone health, cognitive function, weight control, and increased independence.
At Scerbo, our physical therapists are movement experts who specialize in hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement. We design evidence-based physical activity plans for people of all ages and abilities.
Physical therapy a critical component while recovering from breast cancer surgery
Many patients who undergo surgery incorporate physical therapy into their recovery plan, especially if the procedure involved arms, legs or central nervous system—parts of the body that move or regulate movement. But physical therapy also is a critical component for patients who have undergone breast surgery, including surgery to treat breast cancer and or radiation to the breast. Whether it’s a lumpectomy or a double mastectomy, most breast cancer treatments involve some type of surgery, or even multiple surgeries, which often come with side effects, such as pain and lymphedema. “Physical therapy after breast surgery may help in three areas.
At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation our expert physical therapists will design a program for you based on these three areas range of motion and strength, lymphedema, and pain.
The U.S. Pain Foundation seeks to raise awareness on the critical issues facing 50 million Americans living with chronic pain this September during Pain Awareness Month.
Understanding more about the underlying causes of pain can help improve treatments and alleviate suffering. Chronic pain is pain that persists for most days or every day for six months or more — for some, it can last a lifetime. Chronic pain is different for every person, from the initial underlying cause to what it feels like. Chronic pain can take your energy and prevent you from doing the things you want or need to do.
However, physical therapy can play an important role in pain management through the various types of therapies and techniques that are used daily. The exercise specialists, at Scerbo Physical Therapists & Sports Rehabilitation, can use various forms of exercise as a therapeutic modality that not only promotes and restores normal function of all bodily systems but as a primary pain management tool as well.
Dr. Kyle McDonough is the newest Physical Therapist to join the team at Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation in Edgewater, New Jersey. Dr. McDonough has particular interests in outpatient orthopedic and sports rehab.
The Jersey Shore native enjoys working out, sports activities, and visiting the beach. As an undergraduate, he was a member of the Mercy College Lacrosse team. Dr. McDonough credits a high school shoulder injury as the source of his keen interest in physical therapy to help people reduce pain and restore, maintain and optimize physical function.
Strong Posture keeps your body looking good and moving well! During the month of May, we recognized National Correct Posture Month. However, correct posture is something we need to be mindful of all year long and today we are looking at some tips to help improve your posture. By correcting your posture, you may also be able to reduce back pain and other health risk factors.
Sedentary activities such as sitting, reading, playing video games, using a computer sedentary activities, and more physical activities like gardening, bending, or lifting objects, are often performed with poor posture. Learn about the impact posture has on your health.
This April 7th, World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day!
Building Better Health
Each year on April 7th, the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates World Health Day. In 2021, the WHO is taking this opportunity to remind people all over the world that physical activity, such as walking, cycling or participating in sports, has significant benefits for health. Conversely, physical inactivity has been identified as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, increasing the risk of fractures, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.
So if you feel sidelined by an injury, post-surgical pain or problems such as arthritis or other chronic illness, don’t give up on physical activity. Your physical therapists at Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation are here to help you get moving – and feel better and stay healthier!
Our team of expert physical therapists and aides would like to encourage breast cancer patients to consider physical therapy rehabilitation as part of their chemotherapy, radiation, pre-surgery, and post-surgery recovery treatment care plan. Physical therapy can go a long way toward relieving the painful ailments that many women encounter following breast cancer surgery. Learn More
At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation our Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistant and Aides play a critical role in helping patients of all ages and abilities achieve their physical activity goals, and improve their quality of life.
September is Pain Awareness Month and during this month pain specialists and advocates across the country raise awareness about issues related to chronic pain. Help us raise public awareness and join us in supporting this important cause.
It is estimated that 116 million Americans have chronic pain each year. Chronic pain can interfere with your day-to-day work and recreational activities, and it may have a profound effect on your ability to concentrate, relax, and enjoy life.
At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation we can help manage your chronic pain and regain your normal mobility. Our physical therapist will work along with your physician to give you strategies to keep the pain away so that you can return to your normal activities.
We encouraged you to share your experience and bring new golfers to the greens, take the time to show someone new to the sport everything they need to know to get started. Whether it’s just addressing how to book a tee time, picking the right club, or gifting a TPI certified session every new golfer needs someone to guide them along the way.
We are proud to announce that Dr. Michael E. Pomykala PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS has earned the professional designation of Orthopaedic Certified Specialist (OCS).
The Specialist in Orthopedic Physical Therapy (OCS) board certification is granted by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) and involves a rigorous application and examination process. Less than 5% of the physical therapists in the United States are certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialists.
The advanced clinical knowledge and skillset required to sit for and pass Certification allow therapists to better treat patients in their specialty and keeps them up-to-date with cutting edge research and technology. This allows patients and the health care community in identifying these physical therapists.
Announce on July 8th, 2020
Returning to the New Normal
We are reopening our facility on June 1st!
We have missed all of you and look forward to navigating physical therapy during this pandemic together!
In an effort to practice social distancing and follow safety precautions, we have modified our treatment schedule and hours of operation. We will be scheduling one patient per hour, with no more than one person at a time allowed in the waiting room. We will leave extra time between appointments to ensure thorough cleaning/disinfecting.
Announce on May 26, 2020
Finn Hodgins: Sport Injury
Finn Hodgins bounces back to the game after having post-operative physical therapy
Getting off the crutches takes patience to aid recovery, hard work with a specialized physical therapy team such as Scerbo PT. For Finn, it was all about getting back into the game. Rehabilitated by Dr. Michael E. Pomykala, PT, DPT of Scerbo Physical Therapy LLC.
Video Published on August 14, 2017
Dr. Lombardo's Crossfit video: Coaching and workouts
Dr. Nicole Lombardo, PT DPT
Gives a brief lecture about how to find your neutral spine zone at Mobility class at Brazen Athletics Hoboken, NJ. by Dr. Nicole M. Lombardo of Scerbo Physical Therapy LLC.
Video Published on August 10, 2017
Amber Fernandez Mobilizing the Trauma Team After a Car Accident
Amber Fernandez Mobilizing the Trauma Team After a Car Accident
Cliffside Park High School student Amber Fernandez undertakes surgery which was performed by Chief of the Trauma Center, Dr. Sanjeev Kaul at Hackensack hospital and rehabilitated by Michael E. Pomykala, PT, DPT of Scerbo Physical Therapy LLC.
Video Published on April 6, 2016
Scerbo Media Spotlight
Marvin Scott’s news report on his Rotator Cuff surgery and rehabilitation
WPIX news anchor Marvin Scott discusses his Rotator Cuff surgery which was performed by Dr. Christopher Ahmad and the Columbia Orthopedics team and rehabilitated by Dr. Frank J. Scerbo of Scerbo Physical Therapy LLC.