Thursday, June 20, 2019

MDT: The other option to relieve pain

MDT: The other option for pain relief!

When I first went to physical therapy at Maccio Physical Therapy, I was very doubtful that physical therapy alone was going to be able to help my pain. I was in excruciating pain to where I could not work, sleep or function. My neck, cervical spine and left arm were causing me to have severe, constant pain to where there was no comfortable position. I was given steroid medication, medication for nerve pain and then narcotic pain medication so that I could sleep, and none of it seemed to help. I also went to pain management, where the next step would be epidural injection if physical therapy did not help. Thankfully, my physical therapy with Lindsay Carlton was successful to where I could work and carry on in my life without extreme pain, and I regained strength in my hand that I was worried I would not do. I would highly recommend Lindsay and Maccio Physical Therapy to anyone!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Knee Pain? A Must Read!

Do you have knee pain?
Then, this is a must read patient success story, with notes from one of our therapists, Joseph R. Maccio, DPT, Dip. MDT

How to Avoid Unnecessary Surgery 
“I suffered a sports injury, and was first told by a doctor that it will get better over time. Nine months later, my knee was still in pain and I couldn’t get through the day without wearing a brace and icing at night. I went to an orthopedist who eventually performed a surgery to clean up my knee, but 3 months later the pain was still prevalent. I got a second opinion and this doctor sent me to physical therapy. I was skeptical, as I had already worked on strengthening my muscles. Nothing seemed to have helped and I simply wanted to function, to exercise and to play sports without a brace and pain. After a completely new diagnosis, at Maccio Physical Therapy, of referred pain from my spine and corrective movements my pain began to go away. Within about 2 months, I was brace-free, ice-free and able to exercise and play sports again without pain. It felt good to finally have a reason behind the pain and to not have another surgery and to be hopeful for my future!”

Clinical Commentary
This patient is an unfortunate example of what happens when the spine is not properly screened. We have been increasingly seeing patients who have a surgical procedure and 6 months to a year later still have the same or worse pain. In our 2018 study, Directional preference of the extremity: a preliminary investigation, we found that by using a MDT assessment, almost half, (45.9%) of patients with isolated peripheral pain, actually had pain referred from the spine and got fully better from treatment of the spine. This finding was echoed in a Japanese study which found 44.6% of patients with the medical diagnosis of knee OA, with pain referred exclusively pain from the spine.
Contact Maccio Physical Therapy, the Capital Regions only certified MDT clinic, to make sure your knee pain isn’t referred from your spine to avoid unnecessary surgery and treatment.
Joseph R. Maccio DPT Dip. MDT

Maccio Physical Therapy

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

"Right from the start, I could tell that the McKenzie approach was totally different..."

Do you suffer from Hip or Knee Pain? 
Do you know someone who does? 
Read about how Maccio Physical Therapy helped Andres reduce his Hip Pain 
and get back to living his life to the fullest!
Then, don't forget to sign up (or refer a friend) to our FREE Hip and Knee Pain Workshop! 
Call us: (518) 273-2121
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"Maccio Physical Therapy was my last resort after countless orthopedists, chiropractors, other physical therapists and even a surgery on my right hip. Right from the start, I could tell that the McKenzie approach was totally different from anything I had experienced previously. Sam and Joe worked with me closely to identify exercises that reduced my symptoms and I hit those exercises HARD. This treatment plan was infinitely better than the treatment plans I had experienced at precious clinics, which consisted of repeating minimally effective exercises over and over, and then wondering why the patient wasn’t getting better. I have never felt as personally cared for as I did at Maccio Physical Therapy. Even if someday my symptoms return and I have to come back, I am confident that their therapists will be able to get me back on my feet swiftly. Thank you Maccio Physical Therapy for giving me my life back."

Thursday, September 27, 2018

"I feel like even though I'm done with treatment I am able to mitigate symptoms myself..."

Before coming to Maccio Physical Therapy, I was experiencing a lot of frustration/pain in my lower back. The professionals here helped me understand what was going on and what the goal of treatment was. Slowly, but steadily, I got better through their direction and attention to what I was experiencing. Before I didn’t know what to do on my own to manage/make the condition better but now I feel like even though I am done with treatment, I am able to mitigate symptoms myself and care for my back myself as well. Seeking treatment with Maccio Physical Therapy was a good decision, in the short term and for the long run.

Crossfit Athlete 

Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Sciatica pain in lower back is gone!!!

“I was having bad Sciatica pain in my lower back. I learned how to properly move, sit and stand by recommendations from the physical therapist, which helped my balance as well. Also, I learned that sitting on the bed with no support wasn’t helping my back and it was making my Sciatica pain even worse. The therapist was very nice and patient with me. I would recommend anyone to the Maccio Physical Therapy, it has helped me work through my pain without prescription pain medicine or taking Tylenol. By going to Maccio Physical Therapy, I am back to the work and doing my normal activities.”
- Maccio Physical Therapy

Thursday, July 26, 2018

16 months of pain gone… with one move! Unbelievable!

Image result for pilatesI was in constant pain for about 16 months and it was getting progressively worse. My lower back hurt when sitting down, lying down, and when walking. I had to do things in small intervals of time before the pain got to be too much to handle. I couldn’t get through washing dishes and I would have to take a break and take pain pills. Until one day I couldn’t lift my leg to walk without excruciating pain and I had to go to urgent care. They discovered I had a slipped disk. I was frightened because to me that meant surgery. They recommended physical therapy and my doctor told me about Maccio Physical Therapy. I made an appointment and it was life changing. 
Dr. Maccio was very kind and understanding, he explained what can be done to help. I was in his office crying because of the pain and by this time I would try anything. I’m so glad I did. I couldn’t believe how much the pain was holding me back from my every day routine. My quality of life has much improved. I am now pain free. Thank you Dr. Maccio and his staff.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Another Reason Why MDT Assessments is More Revealing Than X-Rays

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"I had been experiencing severe pain and tenderness in my knee. When I went to my orthopedist, I was told there wasn’t much I could do and that I should take Motrin and lose weight. He pointed out that I didn’t have a great deal of cartilage left in my knee and that a knee replacement was something that I would have to face at some point. He told me to avoid walking and taking stairs but the pain continued for another two weeks so I went to see Joe Maccio. He did an assessment and gave me one very easy exercise and I felt better after the first visit. By the following week I had virtually no pain and was able to resume my exercise routine. He is a miracle worker!"

Wow, another reason why you don't want to rely on X-rays. Knee derangements are very common and typically respond very quickly regardless of an X-ray finding. The patient was seen for her initial visit, given the corrective exercises for the positive response, and seen for one follow up. She is now back in the gym doing what she wants to do!

Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121