Gotham Physical Therapy’s 4-Phased Approach to Care

A roadmap to getting out of pain

If you have any familiarity with physical therapy at all, hopefully you know that it’s almost never a one-shot deal. Instead, it usually requires several sessions over the course of weeks or months because the changes you want take time. That’s just the nature of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems where healing usually takes place with relative rest followed by graded exercise and exposure to previously painful or difficult tasks.

What is sciatica and what can be done about it?

At any one time approximately 3-5% of people may be suffering from nerve pain in the leg. Sciatica is a term for this type of pain that gets thrown around quite a lot but its meaning may not be exactly clear to a lot of people. What do we mean when we say you have ‘sciatica’, and better yet, what can be done for it?

Can you speed up your recovery from exercise?

All of us are familiar with the achiness and stiffness that occurs after hard exercise. We call it delayed-onset muscle soreness, or DOMS, because it usually doesn’t start until the next day or even 48 hours after exercise. It’s downright uncomfortable and if you’re trying to exercise frequently, it can really throw off your regimen. How to recover quicker from exercise is a big question on every trainer’s, athlete’s, and weekend warrior’s mind.

What is knee arthritis and what can be done about it?

Knee osteoarthritis–sometimes just called knee OA–is one of the most common knee maladies that we see in the PT clinic, and it is responsible for a big chunk of the disability that older adults can experience. It is by far the most common type of arthritis in the knee. Other types include rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis. Approximately 23% of adults over 40 may have symptomatic knee OA. Of all the joints affected by OA, about 80% of cases that seek treatment are for the knee.1