We Are Currently Offering Telehealth

Fitness is BACK and we missed you!

During this time, our focus is on maximizing the health and safety of our patients, training clients, and fitness members by providing care through a number of different options while also adopting CDC-guided, best practice screening methods, exposure protection, sanitization and social distancing standards throughout our facilities!

Mask is a must!

  • Client’s will need to wear a mask at all times.  We want to prevent the spread of COVID-19.One of the biggest questions we have been receiving regarding the use of face masks while exercising is:
    • “Is it safe to perform cardiovascular exercises while wearing a face mask?”
  • While our team understands that it is not necessarily comfortable, it is important due to the heavy breathing during cardio to keep all of those around you safe.
  • If you begin to feel short of breath and/or dizzy, please take a short break to regroup. Please be extra sensitive if you have any cardiac and/or respiratory issues.
  • Our Doctors of Physical Therapy and Personal Trainers are here for you and available to help with monitoring.

Screening

  • Everyone who enters any of our facilities is being screened to reduce any risk.
  • Anyone with questionable findings during the screen will not be permitted to perform on-site physical activity that day. Better to play it safe!

Sanitization

  • We are asking our fitness members to wipe down any and all fitness equipment/machines that they’ve used/touched.
  • We are ensuring that all equipment and therapeutic areas are being disinfected after each use and between clients.
  • All high touch surfaces, common areas, entry and exit doors are being disinfected at least once every hour.
  • We have enhanced our employee’s hand washing policy.
  • We have enhanced the frequency of our professional cleaning services which perform full-facility cleaning during off-hours.
  • We are encouraging all patients to bring their own water, as all community water fountain use will be temporarily off-limits.

Capacity limitations

  • Per Gov. Phil Murphy, our current max capacity in the facility is 25 people at any given time. Therefore, we are asking that you limit your workout to one hour for the time being. We appreciate your patience while you wait.

Practice social distancing

  • Please remember to stay a safe distance (at least 6 feet) from other fitness enthusiasts. Let’s all be as safe as possible.

Locker rooms & drinking fountain

  • Please bring a water bottle with you! At this time, our drinking fountain and showers are currently marked “out of service” until further notice.

For any fitness related questions, please email Lisa at LWHITE@BREAKTHRUPT.COM

The Importance of Regular Wellness Checkups

August is National Wellness Month, the perfect time to focus on personal health and investing in yourself. All too often, busy and hectic schedules cause us to put our own health on the back burner until we end up with chronic aches and pains, stress and anxiety, poor sleep, or illness. When we finally do go to the doctor, the remedy for such issues can be expensive and time-consuming, causing even more stress.

On the other hand, scheduling regular wellness exams can help to ease the burdens these issues have on us, or even prevent them in the first place. Not only can doctors get an idea of how a person’s body is functioning with basic screenings and blood tests, but they can also help with stress, anxiety, or sleep issues. The earlier any problems are detected, the better the chances are that we can reduce or prevent chronic health conditions.

– General exam: At this exam, your practitioner will perform preventive care, review your health history, and perform any physical examination procedures necessary based on your gender, age, and information gathered in the clinical history. Lab or diagnostic tests may be ordered.

– Eye exam: You’ll be asked about your medical history and any vision problems you might be experiencing. Several different tests may be performed during the eye exam which are designed to check your vision and to examine the appearance and function of all parts of your eyes.

– Skin exam: Having your skin checked by a dermatologist is extremely important for the early detection of skin cancer. Ideally, a skin check should be performed each year. A dermatologist can also identify any other potentially problematic skin conditions.

– Dental exam: Regular dental exams are a critical part of preventive health care.
During a dental exam, the dentist or hygienist will clean your teeth and check for cavities and gum disease as well as evaluate your risk of developing other oral problems. A dental exam might also include dental X-rays (radiographs) or other diagnostic procedures.

In addition to these traditional exams, it is a great idea to get a Physical Therapy Wellness Assessment. At Breakthru Physical Therapy, we believe that everyone should have their joints, muscles, and movement patterns assessed regularly to ensure continued physical health. That is why we have launched a campaign to promote a lifetime of pain free movement by offering wellness screens to members of our community!

During your assessment, one of our skilled therapists will:
– Take a complete musculoskeletal history and learn about your goals.
– Perform a movement screen and selected physical tests to see what is working well and what needs some help.
– Develop a plan to improve any areas of concern and help you achieve your goals.

Schedule yours today! Click Here!

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.

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.

Your Physical Therapist Can Help You Keep Your Resolution

As one year comes to a close and another begins, people begin to set goals and make
resolutions. Losing weight, getting to the gym more often or getting into “better shape” are all
common. These all require increasing your amount of physical activity. More activity is great for
your health, energy levels, sleep, and mood. However, ramping up your activity level too quickly
after a holiday season of eating, drinking and being merry can lead to pain, injury and
disappointment if your body isn’t ready for it.

Your physical therapist is an expert in human movement, and can help you safely reach your
fitness goals. People think of PTs as the person to see after an injury, but a visit before you
change your activity level could prevent injury in the first place. An evaluation by your PT will
include assessment of your strength, range of motion, and functional movement patterns – think
jumping, running, squatting, carrying. Some PTs even like to use a standardized assessment,
such as the Functional Movement Screen.

Most common injuries from new fitness routines are caused by underlying weakness, range of
motion deficits, or compensatory movement patterns. Your PT will find these during your
assessment. They can then prescribe exercises or movements to address the issues found and
get you safely moving into the new year!

The other common way people get injured working towards their resolution is with over-training,
or doing too much too soon. Physical therapists are also experts in exercise prescription and
program design. Your PT can help you create a routine specific to your needs and goals that will
progress appropriately and keep you out of trouble.

So stop only thinking of your PT after you’re injured. In this case, it’s true that an ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure. Seeing your physical therapist before you start on your
resolution can keep you on track, injury free, and help you reach your goals for the new year!

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Monday, September 23rd is Falls Prevention Awareness Day!

Did you know, according to the CDC, at least 3 million older adults visit the ER for fall-related injuries every year?1 Factors such as lower body weakness, difficulty walking, poor balance, and foot pain can all increase a person’s risk of falling, but are preventable with proper rehab therapy.

 

Check out these 5 tips to decrease your chance of falling!

1. Practice Strength and Balance
Strength building programs are key to preventing falls. If a patient’s lower body is weak or in pain, it can negatively effect their balance, leading to a higher risk of falling.
2. Strengthen Spatial Awareness
Many older adults have difficulty performing tasks while remaining mindful of where their body is in relation to other objects or surfaces. This lack of spatial awareness can often result in falls. An effective solution is “dual-task” training, or having your patients practice doing two things at once, like walking while talking, standing on one foot while reaching for an item, or moving while holding an item.2
3. Create an Exercise Routine
Physical activity can improve balance, coordination, and flexibility in your patients. Recommend easy workouts, like walking, swimming, or aerobics to promote exercise without increasing an older adults risk of injury.
4. Adjust Assistive Devices
Assistive devices like canes and walkers are only helpful when they are the correct height for your patient. Make sure that your patients are comfortable with the height of their device and make adjustments if needed.
5. Check for Foot Pain
Foot injuries that heal incorrectly can cause pain and poor balance. If your patient has suffered from a foot injury and is still experiencing pain, they likely have developed restricting scar tissue that is interfering with movement and causing pain. Treat these types of patients with a treatment that is proven to eliminate unwanted scar tissue, like Astym therapy. Astym therapy is proven to remove unwanted scar tissue and regenerate healthy soft tissues, effectively eliminating pain and movement restrictions.

2019 Be Fearless Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 🎓
We would like to give a special round of applause to our “Be Fearless” Scholarship Winners — Cherokee Soccer Player, Lauren Gravlin and Lenape Cross Country Athlete, Zaven Kazandjian 👏🏼👏🏼

Breakthru’s scholarship is in remembrance of our friend, ETA Coach, Jason Kilderry. Jason lived life fearlessly and to the fullest every single day! We appreciate his dedication and the high standards he demonstrated within his coaching. Breakthru is hoping to continue to impact future clinicians to ensure Jason’s legacy lives on! ETA Coach Open Water Swims: Camp Ockanickon

#Get PT 1st For Back Pain

Chances are, you or someone you know has had back pain. Each year 15% of the population has their first episode of back pain, and over the course of our lives, 80% of us will have back pain. Even though back pain is common, the medical community does a poor job managing it.  Stories of chronic pain, opioid use, multiple surgeries, and a lifetime of disability are far too common.

Let’s look at some of the common treatments for low back pain and see how they stack up against physical therapy:
Medication Low back pain is the #1 reason for opioid prescription in the US, however in 2106, the CDC recommended against the use of opioids for back pain in favor of “non-drug treatments like physical therapy.”

Imaging

Having an X-ray or MRI for back pain is common, however it’s rarely needed or helpful.
Research has NEVER demonstrated a link between imaging and symptoms. As we age,
degenerative changes on imaging is common.
● 90% of people age 50 to 55 have disc degeneration when imaged, whether they have
symptoms or not
● In 2015 a study that looked at 1,211 MRI scans of people with no pain found that 87.6%
had a disc bulge
● Just getting an image increases the chances that you’ll have surgery by 34%

Surgery

The US has sky high rates for back surgeries – 40% higher than any other country and 5x higher
than the UK. You’d think that with all the back surgeries we do, we’d be pretty good at it but the
outcomes are terrible!

A worker’s comp study looked at 725 people who had spinal fusions VS 725 people who didn’t.
The surgical group had:
● A 1 in 4 chance of a repeat surgery
● A 1 in 3 chance of a major complication
● A 1 in 3 chance of never returning to work again

Physical Therapy

● Current clinical practice guidelines support manual therapy and exercise
● Research proves that early PT lead to better outcomes with lower costs, and decreases the risk of surgery, unnecessary imaging, and use of opioids
● A study of 122,723 people with low back pain who started PT within 14 days found that it decreased the cost to treat back pain by 60%
● Unfortunately only 2% of people with back pain start with PT, and only 7% get to PT within 90 days.

Despite the data showing that PT is the most effective, safest, and lowest cost option to treat low back pain, most people take far too long to get there. Almost every state has direct access, meaning that you can go directly to a physical therapist without a doctor’s referral. If you see your doctor for back pain, and PT isn’t one of the first treatment options, ask for it!