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New Physical Therapy Office Location Boca Raton

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Fox Physical Therapy Boca Raton

Fox Physical Therapy to Open New Office in Boca Raton, Florida May 1st, 2017

Fox Physical Therapy, Miami’s premier orthopedic and sports physical therapy center, is proud to announce that we are expanding north with the opening of our newest clinic in Boca Raton Florida on May 1. Conveniently located in the Twin Lakes Professional Center at 2900 North Military Trail, Suite 220, the new Boca Raton location will offer patients a hands-on, results-based approach to addressing a wide range of work, auto, orthopedic, and sports related injuries or post-surgery therapy.

“I am excited to now offer our patients in Broward and Palm Beach County the same specialized and innovative physical therapy services our Miami patients have come to love,” said Owner and Licensed Physical Therapist Dr. Brett Fox PT, DPT, OCS, COMT. “We look forward to becoming a part of the fabric of this great community as we work together with patients to develop a holistic, cost-effective approach to managing their aches and pains.”

Fox Physical Therapy opened its flagship Miami facility in 2014. Along with an experienced team of therapists, he has grown it into one of the top physical therapy centers in South Florida. Fox Physical Therapy received the 2015 Patients’ Choice Award as one of the Top Physical Therapists in Miami.

Fox Physical Therapy Boca Raton will accept all major insurance carriers and offers those without insurance a self-pay rate. To book an appointment, please call 561-923-8292.

Do You Have Pain in Your Knee Cap? It Could be Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

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Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome is Causing Major Issues for Athletes Living in Miami

Read our  physical therapy tips for overcoming knee pain caused from Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

By: Eric Alexander DPT,OCS,MDT,CSCS

If you are an active individual there is a good chance at some point in your life you have experienced knee pain. In one report, over the past 30 days, at least 1 in 5 adults in the United States have cited some form of knee pain¹. One of the more common types of knee pain is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). This is basically an umbrella term for knee pain that occurs at and around the patella, also known as the knee cap.

The knee cap is a bone contained within a tendon that facilitates movement at the knee. The knee cap slides within a groove in the femur during flexion and extension at the knee. It is thought that pain originates when the patella begins to ‘mal-track’ through this patellar groove in the femur and causes uneven forces through the bony surfaces. The mal-tracking is commonly attributed to muscular imbalances in the hips, thigh, and lower leg. Common populations presenting with PFPS include runners, bicyclists, and young athletes. Pain can typically intensify by sports, walking, running, stair climbing, or sitting for a long time, often called the “Movie-Goers Sign.”

One research article, in particular, has demonstrated the importance of lateral hip strength in relation to knee alignment with activity². College athletes were followed over the course of an athletic season. The athletes who experienced knee and ankle injuries throughout the season all shared two things in common: a weakness of the hip abductors and external rotators of the hip. Any weakness of these muscles during activity can allow your knee to drop-in towards the midline during motion, known as genu valgum, facilitating mal-tracking of the patella and PAIN.

The muscles in question are the gluteus medius, piriformis, and smaller external rotators of the hip. There are a few key exercises that you can add to your normal exercise routine that will help strengthen these muscles in question. These exercises include:

Side-lying Leg Raises

Hip External Rotation Clamshells

Side Planks

Three sets of fifteen reps (3×15) of the side-lying leg raises and clamshells coupled with two sets of thirty to sixty-second holds (2×30-60”) in the side plank position will target these muscles and assist in strengthening. Perform these exercises three to four times a week for six to eight weeks to allow for appropriate strength gains.

If you are experiencing knee pain or know someone who does, Fox Physical Therapy board-certified therapists deliver full biomechanical screens during the evaluation process to specifically identify which structures are at fault. Schedule you consultation today at 305-735-890 or click here.

Resources:

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Reporting Joint Pain or Stiffness, — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2006. MMWR 2008:57(17);467.
2. Leetun, DT, et al. Core Stability Measures as Risk Factors for Lower Extremity Injury in Athletes. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Vol. 36, No. 6, pp. 926–934, 2004.

Speed up Your Recovery Time with Direct Access to Physical Therpay

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New law makes it easier for patients to seek treatment from a Physical Therapist without a referral from an MD.

Direct Access to Physical Therapy can speed up the time it takes patients to receive treatment during the vital first few weeks after an injury.

By: Dr. Alexander PT,DPT,OCS,MDT,CSCS

In the state of Florida, it is no longer necessary to see a Medical Doctor to initially prescribe treatment for Physical Therapy. This law was passed to directly benefit you, the patient, in getting speedy treatment for whatever musculoskeletal injury or dysfunction you may have. As a consumer, you can directly access Physical Therapy services for up to 30 days without a prescription. This speeds up the time it takes to get you the treatment you need during the vital first few weeks after injury.

I consistently see patients who are 6+ weeks removed from an injury before they finally get a chance to get in for therapy. When I ask them why it took so long I hear stories of three-week waits for initial appointments with the physician, followed by an additional one to two-week wait period to receive an MRI. When the patient finally returns to the physician following the MRI they are often prescribed a pill and told to try Physical Therapy. Why would one wait this long?! This long wait cuts out on vital stages of the healing and remodeling process after an injury where Physical Therapy is key.

Your Doctor of Physical Therapy is the best-equipped health care practitioner to provide the treatment you need for a musculoskeletal injury. We specialize in ensuring a full return to function without lingering issues. The majority of patients we see at Fox Physical Therapy start to see positive results within the first two weeks of treatment. If you have not been to Physical Therapy recently or have been left with disappointing results in the past I challenge you to give Fox Physical Therapy a try. Dr. Fox and I, Dr. Alexander, are Board-Certified Orthopedic Specialists and our passion is getting you back to the pain-free life you want as quickly as possible.

They say Health is Wealth. After working with an entire spectrum of patients ranging from the ages of two months to 106 years I couldn’t agree more. Don’t put off an injury until it becomes a chronic issue because you don’t want to deal with the hassle of waiting weeks to see an MD only to be prescribed a pill and an MRI. At Fox Physical Therapy you will receive personalized treatment that directly addresses the root cause of the problem.

To take advantage of Direct Access give us a call today. We will set up an initial evaluation and figure out exactly what is causing your pain. If you have a Primary Care Physician or favorite MD that you are concerned about being left out of your treatment, worry not. You provide us the name and we will ensure that our initial evaluation is faxed over to them in order to maintain lines of communication and a complete medical record. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Has direct access to physical therapy benefited you or a friend? We would love to hear about your success stories. Leave a comment below, call us at 305-735-8901, or click here to schedule an appointment.

Learn How this Ancient form of Alternative Medicine Can Help You Heal Faster

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Heal Your Injuries Faster with the Ancient Form of Alternative Medicine known as Cupping Therapy

By Tim Alemi

Cupping Therapy originated in ancient Egyptian and Chinese medicine, however, it has since made its way into the world of western orthopedic medicine. It is commonly used today in orthopedic physical therapy for the treatment of pain, trigger points, and myofascial adhesions. Cupping therapy has seen a dramatic rise in popularity recently due to increased media exposure secondary to an increase in athletes and celebrities supporting this ancient form of alternative medicine. Cupping therapy describes the act of placing a plastic, glass, or bamboo “cups” onto the body to create negative pressure, or a vacuum, to pull the skin away from the affected area. Once the cup is placed on the skin, the “vacuum” is created by suctioning the air out from the cup. The underlying tissue is pulled away from the body, resulting in improved perfusion to the affected area. Cups can be fixed on one localized area or moving to drag cups across a larger area to create a skin-rolling, massage-like effect. Treatments typically last for about 5-15 minutes before cups are removed from the skin. Cupping therapy in the orthopedic physical therapy setting typically uses suction, but it is common in other professions to use fire as a modality to create a negative pressure vacuum. Prior to treatment, it is crucial to ensure that your patient is aware of circular bruising and mild discomfort that may occur as a side effect of this treatment.

Cupping Therapy Benefits

Cupping therapy in the orthopedic setting has contributed to beneficial outcomes for the reduction of pain. It helps to remove toxins, decreasing the presence of adhesions, mobilize subcutaneous connective tissue, stimulate the autonomic nervous system, and provide improved circulation to affected area. Regulation of the immune system and reduction of high blood pressure are two other benefits that have also been proposed as a result of this treatment. Cupping is an ideal alternative for patients who have soft-tissue dysfunction but do not tolerate palpation, soft-tissue mobilization, instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization, or cross-fiber massage.

Much of the research and evidence on cupping therapy is unreliable due to high risk of bias (84.44% of 135 RCTs)1. However, the results of a systematic review performed by Cao et al found that cupping may be an effective treatment for herpes zoster, acne, facial paralysis, and cervical spondylosis. An overview of systematic reviews performed by Lee et al suggests that cupping may be an effective alternative treatment for the reduction of pain.2 Cupping therapy is a good alternative to reduce pain in patients who cannot tolerate palpation or soft-tissue mobilization.

Patient Testimonial:

“ I was experiencing right hip pain that would increase each time I ran. Dr. Fox worked on my hip with manual therapy and cupping which reduced my symptoms 50% the first 2 visits”.

Have you used Cupping Therapy in the past? Tell us about your experience and tips you can share in the comments section below.

Welcome To Our Website

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Fox Physical Therapy Miami

Thank you for stopping by our new website. We are excited to open our physical therapy office in Miami, Florida in January 2015. Join our mailing list to stay up to date with important news around the office and tips for improving your rehabilitation experience.

Fox Physical Therapy is a premier Orthopedic and Sports Injury Rehabilitation Center located in downtown Miami at the 25 Mirage Building inside Miami Performance Sports Institute, owned by licensed physical therapist Dr. Brett Fox PT, DPT,OCS, COMT.

Our modern Physical Therapy facility and outstanding team can provide the best environment for patient success. Combined with our hands-on, results-based approach, Fox Physical Therapy creates an enjoyable and motivating atmosphere to address a wide range of work, auto, orthopedic, and sports related injuries.

We look forward to working and serving the Miami community.

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