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 www.macciophysicaltherapy.com
THE POWER TO CONTROL PAIN

Monday, May 14, 2018

Good Things Happen to Those Who Wait- Except in the Case of Acute Back Pain!


For the past 31 years we have been seeing acute back pain patients the same day of injury. The outcomes are quite impressive and the risk minimal as there are rarely medications, X-Rays, MRI’s, or consultations needed.

When patients are in acute pain, there needs to be a process to get them to PT immediately. If services are not available during that critical time then outcomes can certainly take a different route. In light of the ongoing opioid problem, there has never been a more important time where same day evaluation and treatment needs to be the gold standard. Here is a success story from a patient seen as a same day referral:

“I got up from my desk at work on a Monday and suddenly experienced back pain. I have never had back issues in the past. On Wednesday, when the pain did not dissipate I decided to see my primary care physician. They evaluated me and felt I had a disc issue in my vertebrae. They recommended I start physical therapy ASAP. I called a PT office affiliated with local hospital and was told they could fit me in 5 days later. I then called Maccio PT and was seen later that day. Lindsay clearly explained the mechanics behind the issue and what I would learn to counter the issue and ultimately resolve the pain. I returned several times over 2 weeks and am thrilled to say that I can comfortably walk out today with relatively no pain just slight achiness that I now have the tools to know how to continue and improve and to be able to avoid future issues.” -Anonymous


 

Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121 www.macciophysicaltherapy.com
THE POWER TO CONTROL PAIN

Friday, April 27, 2018

Back on the Slope Faster than Ever!


"When I walked into the building for my first session I could barely sit in the chair for more than 20 minutes. The pain made me pretty much useless. I couldn’t be the active happy person I usually was. Walking and working out was an issue, and I had to discontinue one of my favorite sports (slalom skiing).  
            After a few weeks of coming here I could feel the relief in my back. I could work out again and doing my school work wasn’t an issue anymore. I had gone to physical therapy before for a torn muscle and these sessions would be close to 2 hours long and were extremely painful. Every time I came here, the sessions were only about half an hour and I would walk out feeling stronger and more confident.
            I had never heard of the McKenzie Method before coming here. I had only heard of and experienced painful physical therapy. The McKenzie Method was faster, less painful, and more effective. I am truly grateful that I came here instead of somewhere else. They got me back on my feet faster than I imagined." -Chase





Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121 www.macciophysicaltherapy.com
THE POWER TO CONTROL PAIN

Monday, April 23, 2018

Worth the Trip

"I am an active person who values mobility dearly. For the past few years I have struggled with pain in my back and hips. Many times the pain has kept me from work and my favorite activities. I sought treatment through the conventional establishment and found I was caught up in a pro-drug and pro-surgery mindset. I found Maccio Physical Therapy through a nurse practitioner who had success here. After meeting Joe and listening to his knowledge of the McKenzie method, I began the exercises. From the beginning when I started the exercises I noticed dramatic improvement. Joe analyzed my motion and taught me the proper exercises for my pain. I am now back to full mobility and my pain is gone. The best part of it all is that I now have the skills to keep myself pain free without drugs or surgery. Thank you so much Joe and crew." -Michael






Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121 www.macciophysicaltherapy.com
THE POWER TO CONTROL PAIN

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Looking Good

"As a younger patient, finding a drug-free way to deal with the pain I was experiencing was extremely important. I was in severe back pain, neck pain and had extreme loss of strength in my left arm. I felt better after the first week! After 2 months, I’m working out again and feel better than I’ve ever felt. These practices are lifetime adjustments that will benefit one’s life immensely. The practices here are priceless as is the amazing staff!" -Kenneth






Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121 www.macciophysicaltherapy.com
THE POWER TO CONTROL PAIN

Thursday, March 29, 2018

The Application of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to the Ankle-Foot Complex: A Case Series






The Application of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy to the Ankle-Foot Complex: A Case Series
Lindsay Carlton, Joseph R. Maccio, Joseph G. Maccio, Andrew Braga, Elizabeth Tomanio and Anastasia Belikov
Maccio Physical Therapy, Troy, NY, USA

Background: Pain at the ankle-foot complex is a common musculoskeletal condition that can lead to dysfunction. Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy [MDT] is an orthopedic classification and treatment system based on mechanical and symptomatic response to repeated and sustained movement. There has been no investigation of the association between MDT and patients diagnosed with ankle-foot complex pain.

Case Description: This report presents four patients with a primary complaint of pain in the ankle-foot complex. Three patients had a medical diagnosis while the other was self-referred through direct access. All received classification and treatment by clinicians trained in MDT solely utilizing MDT principles.

Outcomes: Short- and long-term (4-12 months) outcomes were excellent, demonstrating rapid abolishment of symptoms and return to prior levels of function in an average of 6 visits over 21 days (4-8 visits over 14-33 days) without the use of modalities, strength, or proprioceptive training. The patients demonstrated the ability to prevent and manage re-occurrence of symptoms independently without seeking further healthcare at long-term follow-up.

Discussion: The rapid speed of recovery and return to functional activities demonstrated in this case series, raises questions about whether or not the pathologies traditionally associated with the etiology of the ankle-foot complex are actually at fault or understood. Moreover, it demonstrates that specific movements can rapidly worsen or improve symptoms challenging the current generalized rehabilitation protocols. This report provides preliminary evidence that MDT may be capable of providing more effective short-term outcomes in the management of ankle-foot complex injuries. Level of Evidence: 4.
*Keywords: Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy; McKenzie; Classification; Ankle Sprain; Derangement; Lumbar Spine; Posterior Tibialis Tendonitis; Plantar Fasciitis








Maccio Physical Therapy, PLLC
The Capital Regions ONLY Certified
McKenzie Spine and Extremity Clinic
1 New Hampshire Ave, Troy, NY 12180
(518) 273-2121 www.macciophysicaltherapy.com
THE POWER TO CONTROL PAIN