Friday, May 22, 2015

Desirea D. Caucci

Myofascial release offers whole body healing

Thursday, May 21, 2015, 5:30 AM
Myofascial release is taught in medical education programs as an effective hands-on approach for many pain syndromes, including those related to: sports injuries, childhood/aging disorders, traumatic and surgical scarring, acute and chronic pain, head and birth injuries, strokes, scoliosis, menstrual... Read more

Think PT first

Friday, March 13, 2015, 5:30 AM
When you are injured or experiencing pain, what should your first steps be? Medical education and the most recent scientific evidence concur that the more conservative treatment approaches are always the preferred first steps, with more invasive treatments reserved for a minority of people who fail... Read more

Fit to run or run to be fit?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014, 5:30 AM
All too often, when my patients enter my office with a running-related injury, on day one their first question is "how soon can I get back to running?" While this may seem like a reasonable question, there are many factors that influence a safe return to running. Depending on the severity of the pain/injury... Read more

Slow motion analysis improves outcomes for athletes

Friday, October 3, 2014, 5:30 AM
As physical therapists, our eyes are trained to spot movement dysfunctions and bio-mechanical deviations from the time our patients walk in the door, sit in the waiting room and throughout our examinations. We can see the big picture of muscle imbalances, range of motion deficits, mobility problems... Read more

6 common fitness myths dispelled

Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 5:30 AM
Fitness Myth #1: Muscle turns to fat if you stop exercising. Fact: Muscle and fat are two different types of tissue. One does not become the other. When you stop exercising, your muscles shrink, or atrophy, so over time, the percent of body fat increases while muscle mass decreases. Fitness Myth... Read more

2 area PT clinics expand services for athletes

Saturday, September 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Conshohocken Physical Therapy in Conshohocken and Total Performance Physical Therapy in North Wales have been going through some growing pains lately as they renovated, expanded and added new talent to their roster in order to offer more comprehensive rehabilitation and sports training services. Conshohocken... Read more

Balance: Importance of getting steady on your feet

Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 5:30 AM
Do you walk to get around? If the answer is yes, then you need to know more about balance. Balance is a necessary component of walking; with each step you balance momentarily on only one leg. All of us have experienced times when our balance wasn’t good enough to keep us from tripping over something... Read more

Treating pain in the home

Tuesday, June 3, 2014, 9:24 AM
Almost everyone knows to use ice packs right after an injury to prevent swelling, but time and time again I see patients in my office who are unsure whether to use heat, cold, both heat and cold or neither. I’ll set it straight for you now so that when you find yourself injured or in pain, you... Read more

Tools for pain relief and enhanced performance

Thursday, February 13, 2014, 5:30 AM
Pain and dysfunction of any body part has many possible causes. I would venture to say that every single one of us can identify with nagging muscle pain or muscle “knots.” In medical terminology, this is a myofascial restriction of the actual muscle fibers and the connective tissue, fascia... Read more

Pain during exercise: How much is too much?

Monday, January 6, 2014, 10:33 AM
The topic of “no pain, no gain” is one that arises almost daily in my practice. Is pain during exercise appropriate? When is it too much, leading to muscle strain and injury? We tend to follow a simple pain number scale (0-10) for determining the “allowable” amount of pain... Read more
About this blog

Whether you are a weekend warrior, an aging baby boomer, a student athlete or just someone who wants to stay active, this blog is for you. Read about our growing list of expert contributors here.

J. Ryan Bair, PT, DPT, SCS Founder and Owner of FLASH Sports Physical Therapy, Board Certified in Sports Physical Therapy
Brian Cammarota, MEd, ATC, CSCS, CES Partner at Symetrix Sports Performance
Ellen Casey, MD Physician with Drexel University Sports Medicine
Desirea D. Caucci, PT, DPT, OCS Co-owner of Conshohocken Physical Therapy, Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist
Michael G. Ciccotti, M.D. Head Team Physician for Phillies & St. Joe's; Rothman Institute
Julie Coté, PT, MPT, OCS, COMT Magee Rehabilitation Hospital
Justin D'Ancona Philly.com
Peter F. DeLuca, M.D. Head Team Physician for Eagles, Head Orthopedic Surgeon for Flyers; Rothman Institute
Joel H. Fish, Ph.D. Director of The Center For Sport Psychology; Sports Psychology Consultant for 76ers & Flyers
R. Robert Franks, D.O. Team Physician for USA Wrestling, Consultant for Phillies; Rothman Institute
Ashley B. Greenblatt, ACE-CPT Certified Personal Trainer, The Sporting Club at The Bellevue
Brian Maher, BS, CSCS Owner, Philly Personal Training
Julia Mayberry, M.D. Attending Hand & Upper Extremity Surgeon, Main Line Hand Surgery P.C.
Jim McCrossin, ATC Strength and Conditioning Coach, Flyers and Phantoms
Gavin McKay, NASM-CPT Founder/Franchisor, Unite Fitness
Heather Moore, PT, DPT, CKTP Owner of Total Performance Physical Therapy, North Wales and Hatfield, PA
Kelly O'Shea Senior Producer, Philly.com
Tracey Romero Sports Medicine Editor, Philly.com
David Rubenstein, M.D. Sports Medicine Surgeon, Rothman Institute
Robert Senior Event coverage, Sports Doc contributor
Justin Shaginaw, MPT, ATC Athletic Trainer for US Soccer Federation; Aria 3B Orthopaedic Institute
Thomas Trojian MD, CAQSM, FACSM Associate Chief of the Division of Sports Medicine at Drexel University
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