We Are Currently Offering Telehealth

We Are NOW Offering Telehealth PT Services!

Breakthru can now provide Physical Therapy VIRTUALLY from the comfort of your own home!

We are committed to your quality of care and your quality of life. As you know, continuity with your care is crucial to your recovery, therefore, we will be offering Telehealth PT services as an option to work with our patients as we navigate through this pandemic.

Telehealth allows a Breakthru Doctor of Physical Therapy to connect with you virtually on a computer/tablet/smart phone by simply clicking on link here! We’ll be able to demonstrate stretches, exercises and techniques to address any aches and/or pains that you may be experiencing.

For directions, click here.

To make a telehealth appointment, please call our Breakthru Telehealth PT Hotline @ 856-872-7212 or click here to schedule your priority appointment.

3/19 Update from Team Breakthru

Dear Breakthru Family,

Beginning next week, we are establishing a core group of providers made up of our team’s Partners and Facility Managers who will remain on-site at our Medford, Voorhees, and Mt. Laurel locations in order to help all our patients with essential medical needs.

Throughout this time, we are focused on maintaining our heightened sanitation and infection control efforts by strict adherence to the CDC guidelines throughout our facilities. We are assessing the situation daily and will update everyone promptly with notification of any changes.

For the rest of our Breakthru Family, we will be offering Telehealth PT services to virtually help you as we navigate through these challenges together!

To contact a Client Experience Representative about Breakthru’s Telehealth services, please call our Telehealth PT Hotline @ 856-872-7212.

In health,
TEAM BREAKTHRU

 

3/17 Update: Attention PT Clients

Dear Breakthru Family,

At this moment, we remain OPEN for PHYSICAL THERAPY.

We are actively addressing our position and will update everyone promptly with notification of any changes.

Our resilience is owed to our Mission of Optimizing the Health, Quality of Life, and overall Well-being of all those we serve.

We are committed to the health and safety of our clients and our staff, and we appreciate all of your support as we navigate through this!

In health,
Team Breakthru

Healthy Living Strategies

With all of the ongoing news streams about COV-19, it is important to not look past our body’s natural immune boosting mechanisms and strategies that we all have at our disposal.  Your first line of defense for your immune system is to choose a healthy lifestyle.  Here are some healthy living strategies that can make a difference:

* Stop smoking
* Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables
* Exercise regularly
* Maintain a healthy weight
* If you drink alcohol, drink in moderation
* Get adequate sleep
* Wash your hands frequently 
* Cook meats thoroughly
* Try to minimize stress
* SMILE AND LAUGH DAILY

Continue to take care of yourself, and listen to your body!  Diet and exercise can go a long way to building immunity.

We can share a smile or a laugh to brighten someone’s day. We are constantly on media outlets seeing the negative, but no one is talking about the jokes or stories that made them smile or the memories that bring joy to your face.

We are privileged to serve you and your community and look forward to seeing you for physical therapy or a workout and have some good laughs. We have taken a number of extra steps to keep our facilities clean and safe. We will make sure we do our part to make sure you are healthy, safe and having fun!!

Breakthru’s resilience is owed to our Mission of Optimizing the Health, Quality of Life, and overall Well-being for all those we serve, through our commitment to Providing Innovative, Personalized Care, Achieving Rave Outcomes, and Changing Beliefs about What’s Possible!

Five Things To Check Off Before Running

  1. Make sure you are hydrated well throughout the day prior to the run, as well as, after
  2. Make sure you warm up adequately from head to toe
  3. If you run at night, wear bright clothes so you are noticed
  4. When running in extreme temperatures, make sure to dress appropriately in loose clothing
  5. Make sure you have shoes that fit properly

Interested in getting involved with running in the spring but do not know where to start?

Come see us for an evaluation or consultation!

Fitness, with a Side of Dysfunction?

This time of year, many people are focused on fitness so it’s worth taking a look at what fitness really means. The dictionary defines fit as “sound physically and mentally, healthy.” Using that definition, many “fitness” routines fall short of the goal. If you don’t enjoy running and dread every workout, you’re probably falling short of the “sound mentally” portion. Exercise should be enjoyable, reduce stress, and leave you feeling better, not worse.

NO PAIN NO GAIN?
Exercise should also leave you feeling better physically. If you can run a good time in a 5k, but have aches and pains for days after, you’re not “sound physically.” If you are increasing your PR in the squat rack, but your joint pain is increasing right along with it, you’re not “sound physically” either. Sure, some muscle soreness and fatigue after a hard workout is normal. But if you’re having pain that doesn’t go away, sore joints, or trouble moving after exercise, you’re probably developing movement dysfunction along with your fitness.

MOVEMENT DYSFUNCTION
Go back to the dictionary and you’ll find that dysfunction is “impaired or abnormal functioning.” So movement dysfunction is impaired or abnormal movement. When someone has a movement problem like a sore joint, limited range of motion, or strength loss, the brain finds a way to get the body to do what it wants. That usually means moving in a way that is less than optimal. For a while, it works. But eventually it leads to injury. As a concrete example, think of someone who has trouble bending one knee doing squats. When one knee bends further than the other, it will cause one side of the pelvis to drop lower than the other. Now that the pelvis isn’t level, the spine bends towards the high side to stay balanced. When that one side of the pelvis drops lower than the other one, it also usually rotates. Now the spine has to bend to the side and twist to keep you upright. This works for a while, but as weight gets added to the squat, and the repetitions add up so does the risk for a back injury.

PREVENTATIVE MEDICINE
Pain during workouts, or pain and soreness that don’t go away after can be warning signs of a movement dysfunction. If you’re experiencing any of these, your physical therapist is a movement expert who can help. PTs are trained to analyze movement, and figure out the root cause of problems. They can then design a program to treat the cause and correct the abnormal pattern. There is no need to wait until you’re injured to see your physical therapist. In fact, it’s preferable not to. Getting minor problems fixed early means fewer visits to the PT, less pain, and not having your workouts put on hold by injury.

Jaw Pain?

Physical therapy can help individuals suffering from jaw and facial pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is one of the most used joints throughout the body, as it is responsible for chewing, talking, and yawning. This joint consists of the temporal bone of the skull and the mandible (jaw bone) and is separated by a small disc that allows the joint to glide properly. However, alterations in the TMJ such as too little or too much movement can result in pain and disability. Jaw pain has also recently been associated with neck pain and headache as well causing an update in the name of the disorder to Temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) or craniofascial pain. 

TMD can result in the following symptoms: 

  • clicking/popping of the jaw 
  • facial pain 
  • headaches 
  • pain around the ear 
  • pain or discomfort with chewing 
  • locking/catching of the jaw 

TMD can be caused by frequent clenching or grinding of teeth, trauma, and poor posture. Poor posture causes the jaw to be pulled posteriorly due to the attachment of muscles surrounding the joint. As a result, this leads to altered teeth contact, changes in joint space, and increased stress on the muscles responsible for chewing. There is research supporting physical therapy as a treatment to improve jaw pain and function. 

If you are experiencing symptoms that appear to be related to the temporomandibular joint, schedule an appointment at Breakthru Physical Therapy today for an examination! 

Casey Lohne Scholarship

Casey was an active member of the Shawnee High School Community: he was a 4 year participant on the track and
field team, as well as a yearly participant in stage crew for the annual play. However, it was his outstanding effort serving as a manager of the football team that made Casey famous!

Partnering with Patrick McGlynn as a Manager, Casey was an important member of the Shawnee Football Championship team for the past 3 seasons. Always positive, always enthusiastic, Casey was the ultimate team manager – never missing a practice or team event. Casey handled his responsibilities professionally and proudly. At games, Casey provided a constant source of motivation as he passionately cheered on his teammates and encouraged the crowd to get involved.  Casey just graduated in June and was eager to start at Salisbury University this fall.

He will be missed by the entire Renegade family, and our thoughts go out to his Mother, Beth, Father, Craig, and brother, Aidan. 

Any amount is welcomed and appreciated by the players coaches and parents of the Shawnee football program.

***We are accepting donations at our Medford Taunton Forge and Medford @ Medford Fitness offices.***

ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE SHAWNEE END-ZONE CLUB, IN MEMORY OF CASEY.