Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS)

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome is a disorder in which the Brachial Plexus (Nerve supply to 
Upper Extremity) and/or subclavian vessels (main arteries and veins supplying the upper extremity) are compressed as they exit the neck and travel into the arm. Symptoms of TOS include but are not limited to: pain/numbness/tingling into the ring and little finger as well as the inside of the forearm, grip weakness, arm heaviness, fatigue, or coldness, and possible headaches, pain in neck or behind the ear. These symptoms may also be evoked with other cervical spine disorders or upper extremity disorders.

At King Physical Therapy and Fitness we are able to recognize and treat all symptoms whether they originate from a disc, stenosis, thoracic outlet syndrome, shoulder disorders or even carpal tunnel. Our therapists are trained with the most up-to-the-minute therapeutic techniques available. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns. We are currently accepting most major insurances.

Youth Resistance Training

It was once believed that resistance training in pre-adolescents and adolescents was too dangerous and could cause injury, but the current consensus from exercise scientists and clinicians is that youth resistance training is beneficial. Strength gains through resistance training in children is more due to factors such as increased motor unit activation, and changes in motor unit coordination, recruitment and firing rather than muscle hypertrophy. This correlates to reduced sports and recreational injuries as well as improvement in motor skills and sports performance.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness our fitness staff, physical therapists, and exercise scientists will develop a program specifically for your child whether their goals are sports related or general wellness.  We will introduce resistance training gradually and will monitor your child to minimize and prevent injuries.  We currently have a 1600 square foot area dedicated to our youth speed and personal training. Please call or stop in to one of our two locations for more information.  We also offer special group and team rates.

 

Knee Pain

Do you have difficulty ascending/ descending stairs, squatting, or walking up/down hills? Do you have pain in your knee that increases during these activities? If so, you may be suffering from patellofemoral pain.

Patello-femoral pain is the result of mal-tracking of the patella, usually caused by one of more of the following: weak musculature around the knee, decreased flexibility around the knee, decreased patellar mobility, and/or muscular imbalances around the knee.

No matter what the cause of your knee pain, King Physical Therapy & Fitness can assist, diagnose, and develop a program to return you to your full functional level. Contact us today for an appointment, we accept most medical insurances.

Attending Physical Therapy Without a Referral

In most instances physical therapy is prescribed and suggested to an individual by theirphysician following an injury or surgical intervention. With the prescription the individual is able to choose any physical therapy clinic that they desire and then be evaluated and treated by the licensed physical therapist for the frequency and duration prescribed. In many instances there may be a delay following seeing your physician and being evaluated by the therapist.

This has changed in the state of Pennsylvania and 43 other states in the country. You are now permitted to be evaluated and treated by a Direct Access licensed physical therapist of your choosing for a total of 30 days without a physician’s referral. The physical therapist has the discretion and education to choose if your injury is capable of being treated by physical therapy or if you need referred to a specialist for further testing. King Physical Therapy & Fitness currently has two locations that are able to provide Direct Access. If you are unsure if your insurance allows Direct Access, please call to find out.

Gait Dysfunction

Abnormalities in the way you walk/ambulate is considered a “Gait Dysfunction”. A gait dysfunction can be caused by many things including a recreational injury, following a surgery, muscle weakness, joint injury, or improper footwear. If your gait dysfunction is prolonged, you may develop additional injuries including low back pain or other lower extremity injuries. That is why ambulating normally is a vital part of remaining healthy and avoiding injury.

At King Physical Therapy & Fitness we will evaluate your gait by observing you ambulate several times concentrating on several areas of your body. We will evaluate your ankle heel strike and toe off, assess your knees and hips for adequate flexion/extension, your trunk for sufficient rotation and shoulders for proper arm swing. We will also evaluate your foot for excessive supination/pronation, your Great Toe for adequate extension, and also your footwear for wear patterns. If you are concerned about your gait causing you injuries please stop in and talk to one of our expert therapists or fitness specialists.

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