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Transitioning to Healthy Habits

Transitioning to Healthy Habits

By Jeffrey Humphrey, MPT, CHT

 

People of all ages, with many different types of musculoskeletal problems, turn to physical therapy for help in regaining function and range of motion. Whether you have had joint replacement surgery, suffered a soft-tissue injury, are struggling with arthritis, are injured at work or while playing sports, or have balance or gait issues following an injury or stroke, physical therapy can be a tremendous help.

 

Specific exercises prescribed by a physical therapist over the course of several visits will help you build strength, flexibility, and agility, all of which can help you become more fit. When you have made sufficient progress in your recovery and no longer need the services of a physical therapist, the remaining challenge is to maintain the level of activity you established during your therapy.

 

 

 

Making the transition

Many people completing physical therapy find it beneficial to begin work immediately with an athletic trainer or exercise physiologist. These fitness professionals can help you develop your own routine of independent exercise. In this way you can maintain the gains you made during physical therapy and establish a healthy lifelong habit of regular exercise, which will reduce the likelihood that you’ll get hurt again.

 

Cayuga Medical Center offers a transition program for people having physical therapy at the Island Health Center and at the medical center’s Brentwood facility in Ithaca, off Warren Road. Both the Island Health Center and Brentwood are spacious and fully equipped with state-of-the-art exercise equipment. At either site, your exercise physiologist can consult directly with your physical therapist to understand what transpired during your physical therapy and to determine an appropriate progression for your exercise routine. Additionally, the transition program gives you a discount on your initiation fee at Island Health and Fitness.

 

Helping student athletes

Cayuga Medical Center physical therapists also work closely with school athletic trainers to provide comprehensive services to student athletes. Sport-specific training is available throughout the year at the schools, and also during the summer months at the Brentwood site, to help athletes prepare for their upcoming sports seasons. Students who were injured previously, who are working hard to avoid injury, or who just want to get better in their sport can get one-on-one training with a certified athletic trainer.

 

Right now, the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training at Cayuga Medical Center provides athletic training services to the high schools in Ithaca, Cortland, Lansing, Newfield, Spencer, Moravia, Watkins Glen, Trumansburg, Whitney Point, Odessa, and Marathon. In addition to helping students prepare for the season, athletic trainers are on hand to assess injuries as they occur during practice and play. If a student athlete needs to be seen by a sports medicine physician or a physical therapist, our athletic trainers can facilitate this quickly. This continuum of care helps injured athletes return to their sport as quickly and safely as possible.

 

Jeff Humphrey, MPT, CHT, is a supervisor in Cayuga Medical Center’s Department of Physical Therapy, Sports Medicine, and Athletic Training and is certified in hand therapy, ergonomic assessment, and functional capacity evaluation. He is located at the Brentwood Physical Therapy Office at 10 Brentwood Drive, Suite A, just off Warren Road, Ithaca. He can be reached at (607) 274-4159.

 

 

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