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February is American Heart Month

March is National Nutrition Month and The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invites us to join them in promoting a healthy lifestyle and developing healthy eating habits along with introducing physical activity to our daily routines.

At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation we educate our patients about the benefits and effectiveness of a good nutrition plan in their recovery process. We know that inflammation is a vital aspect of the recovery process and that it is essential to minimize it. The fact is nutrition can play a critical role in doing so by incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into your diet. Furthermore, muscle loss is common among physical therapy patients, and it is important to utilize the physical components of rehabilitation as well as the nutritional components to help rebuild muscles.

It’s essential to ensure that the body receives adequate nutrition during physical therapy treatment, as it helps to support the healing process. We advise our patients to support their recovery with a low-carb diet to minimize the risk of weight gain. As such nutrition plays a key role in the recovery process and physical therapy.

Contact us today to schedule a personal physical assessment and join us in celebrating National Nutrition Month.

February is American Heart Month

This Month of February, the Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP) encourages women to listen to their hearts and speak up for their health. Women in the United States are experiencing unacceptable and avoidable heart-related illness and death, and nearly half of U.S. women do not recognize that heart disease is the leading cause of death for women. In addition, heart health disparities specific to women widen and deepen when combined with race, ethnicity, and other social factors.

On February 2, the American Heart Association also celebrates Wear Red Day to help save lives by eradicating heart disease and stroke conditions. At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, we encourage all our patients to join these organizations in their efforts to create awareness about the prevention of heart strokes and other heart conditions.

If you or a loved one has experienced cardiac issues, our expert physical therapists can help address your recovery and design an individualized preventative treatment. In our February blog, you will find important information about the benefits of cardiac rehabilitation and how our physical therapists can help with your cardiac condition.

Contact us today to schedule a personal physical assessment.

January: National Winter Sports Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month

During the winter months for many, this means snow, and with snow, there are plenty of winter sports and fun. Although there is much to do, safety is highly encouraged, as winter sports are often associated with many accidents, leading to injuries.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), traumatic brain injury is an acquired type of brain injury that takes place as a result of a sudden trauma that causes injury to the brain. For example, during skiing, if someone were to collide with a tree and hit their head at full-on impact that could certainly cause them to develop traumatic brain injury.

If injured while participating in any extreme sport, seek diagnosis and treatment from a sports medicine physician or a specialty-trained orthopedic surgeon.

For more information on TBIs or to schedule an appointment with one of our physical therapists, visit our websites or contact us at (201) 941-2240.

April is Sarcoidosis Awareness Month!

Sarcoidosis is a multi-systemic inflammatory disorder with a wide range of symptoms, including fatigue, dyspnea, pain, reduced exercise tolerance, and muscle weakness. A Physical Therapy training program can improve exercise capacity and muscle strength and reduce fatigue.

According to the Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, 90% of diagnosed cases are pulmonary Sarcoidosis. Patients are most commonly affected between the ages of 20 and 40, and women are more affected than men.

The good news is that physical therapy can help increase ventilation through strategies that include breathing exercises, strength training, and endurance exercises. Patients are encouraged to complete a 12-week, supervised physical training program.

At Scerbo Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation, we understand that each patient’s journey with Sarcoidosis is unique. That’s why we design comprehensive training programs tailored to the patient’s individual needs, focusing on giving every patient the personal care they deserve. Contact us at (201) 941-2240 to learn how we can support you on your Sarcoidosis journey.