Physical Therapy

Osteoarthritis: Care across the Lifespan

by Margaret Vence We often think of arthritis as a disease that strikes the elderly. However, research shows that osteoarthritis can be diagnosed in individuals as early as twenty five years of age. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive loss of the cartilage of joints. It is the most common joint disorder… Read more »

Physical Therapist to Educator

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT   If you asked me ask a toothless second grader ‘What I was going to be when I grew up?’ I would have told you an art teacher; that was until about 6th grade when I realized being artistic and creative were not necessarily the same and my strengths were… Read more »

Can Being Present Help your Chronic Pain?

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     The first thing to understand when talking about pain, is what the heck is it? Pain is a physical, cognitive, and emotional reaction to a stimulus that you perceive as dangerous. This shows that not only are there multiple ways that you may respond to pain, but your… Read more »

Are we teaching our children to be less literate?

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     When the word literacy is mentioned many people immediately think about reading and writing, but there has been more talk recently about physical literacy; that is, how well are our kids able to perform basic gross motor movements, such as: swimming, running, jumping, throwing, and batting. There are multiple… Read more »

Chronic Ankle Instability – Retrain the sprain!

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Chronic ankle sprains are the most common injuries in sports across the board, they account for 16 to 21% of all sports related injuries and over a six year period accounted for 21% of the visits to the emergency department. Because this injury is so common, it is… Read more »

Hippotherapy Experience: What I’ve Learned about Working with Horses

by Bailey Crook, SPT During my clinical rotation with Mia Thomas PT, DPT I’ve had the wonderful experience to shadow Kirsta Malone, OTR at her horse stables in Union Springs on Wednesday afternoons. Kirsta currently runs a nonprofit organization that offers hippotherapy sessions, as well as horseback riding lessons, called Green Goose Acres. She’s in… Read more »

What is Hippotheraphy?

by Bailey Crook, PT Student Hippotherapy is a form of evidence based practice used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists to purposefully manipulate equine movement to promote the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems to help reach functional goals of patients. This is a type of therapy that would be integrated into the… Read more »

“Emma Watch” for patients with Parkinson’s Disease

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Artificial intelligence and other advancements in technology have been impacting the medical field more than some might have expected. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a prototype for a watch that decreases tremors in the wrist and hand for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Their product uses a combination of… Read more »

Lumbo-pelvic Pain: Coming from inside?

  by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT   Based on the most current evidence, physical therapy is the first line of treatment for low back pain. This is why if you walk into most physical therapy offices, you will find that a majority of the patients being seen are coming for low back or hip pain…. Read more »

Therapist Update: Clinical Instructor Certification

Lifespan Therapies, PLLC understands the importance of participating in the clinical education programs for speech, occupational, and physical therapies. Taking students is not only a great opportunity to help our therapists revisit some of their technical skills, but it is one of the best ways to give back to our professions. Our therapists can help… Read more »

Athletes Get Back Pain Too!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     When we think about athletes that get back pain, gymnasts are probably the first that come to mind along with football players or dancers, but low back pain can also present in soccer players, wrestlers, and skiing. It is estimated that 10 – 15% of young athletes suffer… Read more »

Sensory and Motor Learning in preschool

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Sensory processing disorder (SPD) has been getting a lot of attention in the medical community recently, but it is important to note that anyone can feel over or under stimulated. Typically, those of us without SPD work within an optimal level of arousal, where we can focus on… Read more »

Creating Your Classroom

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     It can be difficult to adapt your classroom to fit the needs of all your kids, but there are certain things you might want to consider to increase the success of your students, especially if you have any with sensory sensitivities. Tuck it away – decrease any visual… Read more »

Lifespan Receives Approval as a Medicaid Service Bureau

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     In March, 2016, the Medicaid reimbursement process for the School Supportive Health Services Program underwent a dramatic change.  School districts requesting reimbursement from Medicaid for services covered by this program may no longer use the Central New York Information Center (CNYRIC) as a contractor for submitting SSHSP claims… Read more »

Stay compliant with new CPT Codes!

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Another year and another bunch of changes with coding and billing. Medicare caps continue to increase, to $1,980; Physician Quality Reporting System (more commonly known to practitioners as PQRS) is no longer required; and the biggest change of all, new evaluation and re-evaluation coding is upon us.  … Read more »

Is it Sensory or Behavior?

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     If you have children or work with children, you are familiar with the term outbursts, fits, events, or incidences. What we are thinking when we hear these terms is, “why did it happen”? Often times these events can happen if the child has a cognitive or language delay… Read more »

Holiday Toy Guide

By Lisa Lichak, OTR/L     With the holiday season in full swing, the search for the perfect gift begins. While visions of sugarplums (and elusive Hatchimals) dance in children’s heads, gift buyers wade through catalogs, store ads, websites, and aisles upon aisles of toy selections. With all of the choices, several companies and organizations… Read more »