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knee pain management
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Ask an Upper Manhattan Physical Therapist: Best Techniques for Managing Knee Pain

Healthy knees make it possible to do basic activities without any pain or discomfort. If you struggle with stiff joints while using stairs or walking, consider implementing expert-approved techniques for managing knee pain. The professionals at Park North Physical Therapy in Morningside Heights and Harlem share their preferred methods for reducing knee pain in this helpful guide. 

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minda dentler park north physical therapy patient
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Park North Patient Feature: Q&A with Ironman World Champion Qualifier & Wheelchair Athlete, Minda Dentler 

Minda Dentler is an Ironman World Champion Qualifier and Wheelchair athlete, who was also a former patient at Park North Physical Therapy in Harlem. Minda describes how the skills she learned in PT helped her train and recover from injury. In addition to her athletic career, Minda is also a TEDX speaker and children's book author. Check out our interview with her to learn more about her incredible life experience.

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youth athletes physical therapy
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Helping Young Athletes in Upper Manhattan Get Back in the Game With Physical Therapy

At Park North Physical Therapy, we're passionate about helping young athletes reach their full potential. Yet, the pressure to perform can lead to pushing through pain, risking lasting injuries. Dr. Sam Morjaria, owner of Park North Physical therapy in Harlem and Morningside Heights, explains the unique challenges young athletes face and how we guide them on the path to recovery.

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change your habits
Dr. Sam Morjaria

How To Change Habits and Achieve Your New Year Resolutions

Many people set New Year's resolutions to improve their mental and physical health. Do you have any changes you’d like to make? Learn how to change habits with the following tips from the Park North Physical Therapy team in Upper Manhattan.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Drive Away Common Golf Injuries with the Power of Targeted Physical Therapy

Spending time on the golf course or at the driving range can be a great way to improve your health and well-being. However, suffering from common golf injuries can keep you away from the green and limit your movement. Learn how physical therapy exercises can alleviate pain caused by common types of injuries for golfers. At Park North Physical Therapy in Upper Manhattan, we help avid golfers hit the green with confidence. Visit us if you want to strengthen your golf game and have a speedy recovery. 

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exercises for hip bursitis
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Discover Pain-Free Living With These Exercises for Bursitis in the Hip

Do you experience frequent pain due to hip bursitis? This common condition impacts those with inflamed bursae or fluid-filled sacs in the hip. Bursitis tends to cause muscle aches or stiffness which can keep you from doing what you love. Even standing or sleeping is much more difficult because of the inflammation. Here are 6 helpful tips to reduce your hip pain.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Sweet Dreams, Not Shoulder Pains, Relieving Night Time Shoulder Discomfort with Park North Physical Therapy in NYC

At Park North Physical Therapy, we believe that restorative sleep is not a luxury but a cornerstone of your health. If shoulder pain is keeping you from the peaceful slumber you deserve, it's time to address it head-on. Let's explore how physical therapy can be your ally in overcoming shoulder pain caused by sleeping and help you greet each morning refreshed and pain-free.

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active recovery techniques in new york city
Dr. Sam Morjaria

8 Active Recovery Strategies You Should Try After the NYC Marathon

With the NYC Marathon scheduled for Sunday, November 5th, the excitement and preparation are reaching their peak. But equally important to your race strategy is your recovery plan. Proper post-marathon recovery is crucial in avoiding injuries and ensuring quick healing. Park North Physical Therapy is dedicated to aiding your recovery with some insightful tips and techniques, specially tailored for the aftermath of the demanding race. 

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nutrition physical therapy
Dr. Sam Morjaria

The Role of Nutrition in Physical Therapy Treatment

Ever thought of your meal plate as a secret weapon to supercharge your rehabilitation in physical therapy? While mobility, strength and muscle release are essential components of recovery, many people overlook the powerful benefits of nutrition.Dive in with us as we uncover the relationship between what you eat and how it can accelerate your body’s recovery time. To help you make more informed nutritional decisions that will compliment your physical therapy treatment plan, our team at Park North Physical Therapy has put together a short guide.

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Relieving Chronic Lower Back Pain Through Deep Core Strengthening
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Relieving Chronic Lower Back Pain Through Deep Core Strengthening

From office seats to work-from-home, studies show we may sit up to eight hours a day while awake. Our bodies have developed for movement, so constant sitting and lack of exercise can often lead to chronic back pain.To address chronic lower back pain, we have to define the cause and build solutions from there. For example, you can reduce your low back pain by developing your deep core with targeted exercises.

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warm up for your workout
Dr. Sam Morjaria

How to Properly Warm-Up for Your Workout from a Physical Therapist Perspective

Warming up before exercise can prevent injury, boost performance and mentally prepare you for your workout. We are breaking down some essential warm-up tips for tp make the most out of your next workout.

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recovering after joint replacement
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Recovering From Joint Replacement Surgery, Physical Therapists Answer Your Most Commonly Asked Questions

After surgery, the most critical phase of your recovery journey begins. In order to regain full range of motion and strength, physical therapy is essential for joint replacements. A comprehensive post-operative PT care plan includes mobilization, strengthening of the surrounding muscles and tissues around your joint and pain management. We know that undergoing surgery can be an overwhelming process, so we’re breaking down the most frequently asked questions we get from our patients about joint replacement care to help you feel more at ease.

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sleep and physical therapy
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Improving Your Odds For Injury Recovery and Athletic Performance By Getting Better Sleep

Learn more about how sleep affects your recovery in physical therapy and your overall athletic recovery. Plus, a few tips from Samuel Lu about how to get better sleep.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

10 Ways to Practice Self-Care and Stay Healthy on Vacation this Summer

Summer vacations may be known for fried festival food, cold dairy treats and lazy days spent by the pool, but that doesn’t mean you have to take a vacation from your self-care practices. Actually, your vacation can be an excellent time to break away from office life and be used as an opportunity to incorporate even more movement into your day. In order to stay healthier this summer, your friends at Park North Physical Therapy put together this guide to help you maintain an active lifestyle while still enjoying your getaway. Check out our Physical Therapy tips for staying active on vacation without sacrificing your trip.

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Dr. Sam Morjaria

Overcome Tech-Induced Back Pain by Improving Your Posture and Spine Health

Say goodbye to tech-induced back pain and poor posture with physical therapy technology that unlocks the power of core strength for a pain-free back. Schedule a spinal assessment in Harlem or Morningside Heights, NYC.

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Causes and Tips for Addressing Muscular Imbalance
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Handbook to Healthier Movement: Warning Signs, Causes and Tips for Addressing Muscular Imbalance

Muscular dysfunction can wreak havoc on your body causing pain, weakness and stiffness. If left unaddressed, they can interfere with your daily activities and even lead to chronic conditions. In this blog post, we'll explore warning signs and causes of muscular imbalances, as well as tactical ways to fix and prevent them. Ultimately, these solutions will help you restore balance, alleviate discomfort and improve your overall well-being.

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New Year New You - Health and Wellness in 2023
Dr. Sam Morjaria

Create a New You in the New Year without Pain or Dysfunction

Everyone wants to get in shape as January approaches, but if you’re currently in pain or limited in your movement and functionality, you may be working twice as hard to reach your goals for a new YOU in the New Year. Don’t let pain or dysfunction slow you down or hold you back - address it FIRST so you can clear the obstacles standing in your way.

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Flexable Spending Accounts
PNPT

Use Your Flexible Spending Account Before You Lose It This Year

A flexible spending account (FSA) gives you tax-free funds for medical expenses outside your annual insurance coverage. It’s essentially the “use it or lose it” version of insurance. While these accounts may be helpful for hidden costs throughout the year, they do expire when your plan resets. 

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PNPT

Giving Thanks for PTs Who Make Your Health Their Mission

In this season of gratitude, we’re thankful for our dedicated team of physical therapists who have chosen your health and wellness as their mission. When you’re in pain, suffering from an injury or struggling to move due to your age or condition, it matters who you surround yourself with. You need a helper. A compassionate carer with the expertise to identify the root cause of your issue, develop a personalized program of care and then work alongside you to improve your recovery and functionality as quickly and safely as possible.

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Patient using the NEUBIE
PNPT

Incredible Rehab Benefits of the NEUBIE Device for Physical Therapy

Did you know that Park North Physical Therapy features one of the most innovative, effective e-stim machines currently available to target neurological conditions, remove pain and return movement and functionality in patients after just one use?

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Merrithew Pilates Reformer Training and Stability Chair
PNPT

The Benefits of Merrithew Pilates Reformer Training and Stability Chair

We all know that pilates is a form of body conditioning that targets diverse muscle groups to help build strength, stability, flexibility and coordination. But did you know that Joseph Pilates first developed the Pilates system in an internment camp during World War I as a physical rehabilitation method for his fellow inmates and injured soldiers?

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Running with Digisole
PNPT

Increase Athletic Performance and Reduce Running Injuries with Digitsole

Digitsole Pro technology is an FDA-approved Class II device that has been developed for healthcare providers to measure objective biomechanical data in order to assess and improve mobility disorders. Park North Physical Therapy is proud to be one of the first clinics to put this into practice for our patients!

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PNPT

Physical Therapy Technology Brings the Future of Patient Care to NYC

With the status quo long left trailing in the rearview mirror, Park North Physical Therapy has ushered in a new era of state-of-the-art physical therapy technology and innovative patient care programs to our local community of Uptown Manhattan.

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Woman demonstrating a back stretch
Samuel Lu

Overstretching

Can you stretch too much? A common misconception that people have is that stretching is always necessary to prevent injury. People believe you should always be more flexible, and that the more flexible you are the lower the likelihood is of getting hurt.

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Telehealth demonstration on a tablet
Samuel Lu

Telehealth

The opportunities that telehealth provides for physical therapy. Telehealth is an integral part of healthcare, and it has become vital during times of social distancing.

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Samuel Lu

Creating the Ideal Environment for Telehealth Physical Therapy

How do you prepare yourself for Telehealth? Participating in a telehealth physical therapy session does not require as much to set up as it may seem. True, it’s not in a clinic that’s fitted out with all the equipment and machines that are commonly used, but there are many alternate ways to still receive effective treatment and perform exercises.

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Man demonstrating lower back pain
Samuel Lu

Acute Low Back Strain

Techniques used after pulling your back. “I pulled my back and can’t move” is a phrase many of us have said at some point in our lives. It happens. Lifting heavy boxes during a move, doing yard work, or cleaning your floor are common ways.

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Woman exercising back after injury
Samuel Lu

Rehabbing and Preventing Low Back Injuries

Most of us have hurt our backs at some point in our lives, as referenced in our previous post (see: acute low back pain). After the acute inflammatory stage is over (usually within 1-2 weeks), and most of the pain has subsided, the question is what is the next step?

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Telehealth physical therapy session with client
Samuel Lu

The Potential of a Hybrid Treatment Plan

As we all are learning more about telehealth and how to implement it, we also want to look to the future it holds for us. It opens up the possibilities to how we can take care and maintain our health. There is a strong potential and future for a hybrid treatment plan.

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Samuel Lu

Improving Your Ankle Mobility

Ankle mobility is very important for many functional activities. While ankle stability and strength are often addressed during ankle injuries, mobility plays a big role as well.

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Athletic man running outside
Samuel Lu

Quad Strength

The quadriceps are one of the most important groups of muscles for having good healthy knees.

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Samule Lu

The Benefits of Squats

There is a reason why squats are commonly called the king of exercises.

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Samuel Lu

How deep should you squat?

We’ve covered the benefits of squats. Now the next question many have is how deep should you be squatting?

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Man over stretching example
Samuel Lu

Stretching to prevent injuries is a misconception

A common misconception that people have is that stretching is always necessary to prevent injury. People believe you should always be more flexible, and that the more flexible you are the lower the likelihood is of getting hurt.

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Senior couple stretching in front of computer using telehealth exercises
Samuel Lu

Stretching: Dynamic vs. Static

When you wake up first thing in the morning or before a workout after sitting at work all day, your muscles are stiff and cold, and to suddenly hold a stretch for a period of time can actually cause more harm than good.

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Senior exercising at home in front of computer using telehealth
Samuel Lu

Finding motivation to stay in shape with closed gyms

Everyone has the same questions. How can I continue to be motivated to stay in shape and stay active with the gyms closed during this time? There are still many ways you can challenge yourself physically.

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Couple strength training with light weights
Sam Morjaria

Misguided perception: More weight means stronger

When I say weight training or strength training, what goes through your mind? Most of you will probably think of elaborate machines in the gym, weighted plates and dumbbells. If you aren't much of a 'gym' person, it can all be very overwhelming and intimidating.

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A diverse group of people fitness training
Samuel Lu

Changing a weakness to a strength doesn’t happen overnight

Despite having high-pressure jobs, families and/or a busy New York social calendar, they find the time to come in and we work together to achieve goals and improve quality of life.

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A woman strength training to get in shape
Samuel Lu

Respect, admire and attend to our physique

Self-confidence begins with a foundation of respect and needs constant attention and care to maintain and build one's unique self.

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