Physical Therapy

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 »

Low Back Bracing Options

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Approximately 50% of working American’s report low back pain, and approximately 20% of persons with acute low back pain will go on to get chronic low back pain. One may think with these numbers there are a plethora of options available to help manage arthritis and low back… Read more »

Bracing Algorithms

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Are you Unsure of your Bracing Choices?   It can be difficult as a new practitioner, whether it be physical therapist, occupational therapist, orthotist, or physician, to be completely confident when you recommend a orthotics to one of your patients. Fortunately, there are multiple online platforms now available… Read more »

Standing, Walking, and Sitting Hip Orthoses

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Orthotics are typically thought of as rigid braces that restrict mobility, however that is not always the case. A parent of a child with cerebral palsy created an orthoses to help their child in standing, walking, and sitting by controlling their hip joint.   The design of the… Read more »

Losing a Limb, But Not a Life

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Our Pediatric and Outpatient Physical Therapist, Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, was able to attend the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this year; this even not only offered a plethora of lectures about all different areas of orthotics and prosthetics, but it also gave her the… Read more »

Arthritis is Growing in Everyone

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Today one in every two people in the United States have osteoarthritis (OA), that is twice as much as the one in every four in Europe. This number is especially high right now as our baby boomers are aging and obesity rates are rising.   Upon being diagnosed… Read more »

Physical Therapy Assistants Specialize

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) just announced Advanced Proficiency Pathways for Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA’s) to help them specialize in different fields. This post-graduation program offered by the APTA will replace the PTA recognition program, which would recognize PTA’s that took continuing education courses addressing a single… Read more »

Arm and Shoulder Clinic Hosted by Ithaca College PT Department

The Ithaca College Physical Therapy Department teamed up with local manual therapist and chronic pain specialist, Michael Costello, PT, DSc, OCS, MTC to provide a course centered around treating the intricacies of the arm and shoulder complex. This was Ithaca College’s first time holding an educational event for the New York Section of the American… Read more »

Kinesiology Taping: Flip or Flop?

By Mia Thomas     In April, outpatient physical therapist, Mia Thomas PT, DPT, attended a full day lecture and workshop regarding kinesiology taping techniques for the hand, wrist, elbow, shoulder, neck, back, knee, lower leg, and foot.   Kinesiology taping, sometimes referred to as KT tape, Kinesiotape, or Rocktape, has been a growing fad… Read more »