Acupuncture

PSSM sponsors Shady Brook Farm’s *Holiday Light Show*, a Bucks County tradition

By Heather

PSSM has partnered up with Shady Brook Farm as a Top Sponsor for their annual Holiday Light Show, Bucks County’s most anticipated community event of the year!

annual Holiday Light Show

Experience the magic of millions of lights illuminating acres of farmland at the Shady Brook Farm 2013 Holiday Light Show!”

This event makes a wonderful holiday tradition for families and friends. There are incredible new displays this year, including the ‘Seven Wonders of the World’….and our very own PSSM customized light display!!

Our PSSM light display is located upfront by the ticket booth entrance. You can’t miss it, at 18′ high by 60′ wide – also seen from highway I-95! We couldn’t be more thrilled of our awesome display and, of course, our partnership with Shady Brook Farm!

Our display design pays homage to a keyword at PSSM; Performance. Its aesthetic correlates to our 3 significant graphic rings shown on the PSSM logo – our performance rings of service & achievement, acknowledging the state-of-the-art non-surgical multidisciplinary platform we offer. Our logo is lit with the animation of a flaming torch, representing PSSM’s promise to serve, treat & help heal our patients. “Our Patients Results are our Goals”.

New Sponsors of the Holiday Light Show

Here is an excerpt from the Bucks County Courier Times special edition Holiday Guide, handed to all who attend the light show:  New Sponsors of the Holiday Light Show, by correspondent Sandi Pachuta:

Percy Naranjo, Chief Executive Officer of Performance Spine & Sports Medicine, said he is excited that his medical practice is a new light display sponsor for Shady Brook Farm this year.  Naranjo’s practice is one block down the road from the farm, and he is pleased they are neighbors.  “We are in step with Shady Brook and how they interact with the community,” said Naranjo.

“We are so glad Shady Brook is having us as a sponsor for the community-oriented event of the light show; Shady Brook Farm provides a great environment for the family all year long,” said Naranjo.

Naranjo has been taking his children, now ages 5 and 7 years, to the light show ever since they were babies. “The light show is awesome, and we have been attending the show ever since we moved to the area six years ago,” said Naranjo. 

Performance Spine & Sports Medicine (www.PSSMnewtown.com) is slated to open its third location in Bordentown, NJ, in December.  The practice began in 2009 in Lawrenceville NJ, followed by the Newtown location in 2011.”

After visiting the light display show, we encourage everyone to enjoy all that the farm has to offer, including the market for their selection of nutritious fruits and nuts for added holiday health!  PSSM brochures are available all year long in the Farm Market and Garden Center, also handed out together with the Holiday Guide on special evenings during the light show event.  Spread the word; PSSM is at your service.

The Holiday Light Show is on display now through January 5, 2014 from dusk to 10PM.  Visit shadybrookfarm.com for prices.

Shady Brook Farm is celebrating 100 years in business and we couldn’t be more proud to be associated with this farm’s iconic heritage, commitment and service to Bucks County.  Enjoy some holiday light show magic ~ Doctors orders.  😉

Happy Holidays from PSSM!

Acupuncture at PSSM

By Heather

Acupuncture at PSSM

Dr. Michael Rizkalla, MD – Discusses acupuncture treatment at Performance Spine and Sports Medicine. Here our interdisciplinary clinic and approach allows us to coordinate your care and tailor make a customized treatment plan for you.

Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy, By Mahmud Ibrahim MD

By Heather

Rotator Cuff TendinopathyThe shoulder is one of the most mobile joints in the body. The rotator cuff is a group of muscles that attaches to the shoulder joint via tendons. These tendons not only control the movements of the shoulder, but also help to stabilize the shoulder joint. Over time, patients can develop “wear and tear” of the rotator cuff, called tendinopathy. Tendinopathy can range from slight inflammation of the rotator cuff to a tear of the tendon. Rotator cuff tears are rarely seen in patients under the age of 40. Other risk factors for rotator cuff tendinopathy include repetitive overhead movements, weak shoulder muscles, forward posture of the shoulders, heavy lifting, and a direct blow to the shoulder. Diabetics are at increased risk for developing tendinopathy. Symptoms can include shoulder pain, especially with overhead activities or reaching behind, pain when lying on the affected shoulder, popping or clicking in the shoulder, and limited motion of the shoulder. Initially, symptoms may improve with rest; however, as the degeneration continues, the pain can become constant and occur even at rest. Eventually, the pain can interfere with daily activities. In addition to a physical exam, rotator cuff tendonapathy can be diagnosed with an MRI or ultrasound of the shoulder. Ultrasound is useful as it is (1)noninvasive, (2)can be performed in the office, (3)does not involve being placed in a small tube like structure, (4)and takes only about 5-10 minutes. Ultrasound has actually been found to be more sensitive than MRI in detecting rotator cuff problems. In addition, the physician can show the patient the affected areas in real time.

 

TREATMENT

First line treatment for rotator cuff tendinopathy usually includes physical therapy to help strengthen the rotator cuff muscles, correct the poor posture, and teach proper form for lifting and overhead activities. Medications can include oral anti-inflammatories as well as other pain medications. Ice is also helpful to reduce inflammation. When oral anti-inflammatories are not enough, it may be necessary to perform a corticosteriod injection into the shoulder to help reduce the inflammation. Ultrasound can also be used when injecting the shoulder as it allows the physician to directly visualize the needle and ensure the medication is being injected directly into the affected area. Newer treatment options also include Platelet Rich Plasma, also known as PRP. This treatment involves taking the patient’s own blood, spinning it down, concentrating and extracting the growth factors in the blood, and injecting those growth factors directly into the affected area. This has been shown to actually promote the healing of degenerated tendons. There are also several surgical options available, but they are more invasive and are therefore rarely considered first line treatment options.

Shoulder pain is a common problem. With the proper treatment, the pain can be significantly reduced and improve a patient’s quality of life.  For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call our office in Lawrenceville, NJ at 609-588-8600.

Orthopedic Doctor of Lawrenceville NJ talks about how to market Physical Therapy and Chiropractic Clinics in NJ

By Heather

Marketing our expertise Sports Medicine,  Non Surgical Orthopedic Medicine and Physical Therapy Clinics and Chiropractric Medicine in Lawrenceville New Jersey and now in Newtown, PA  

It is tough to do but there are so many moving parts in marketing and promoting our clinic.  The irony is that even though I am Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, aka a Physiatrist, hardly anyone really knows what I do!

In this light, I went back to my residency program and showed the future docs how to market themselves

 

Timeline to Recovery: Performance Spine and Sports Medicine’s Get Better Faster, Stay Better Longer

By Heather

Orthopedic Doctors, Physical Therapists and Chiropractors work together with our service mark: “Get Better Faster, Stay Better Longer”

The timeline shows how the disciplines of the practice integrate orthopedic non-surgical care under one roof producing an unparalleled patient experience and superior outcomes.

We use the latest technology, equipment and procedures to help patients with their injury such as work-related injury or sports injury and pain (back pain, neck pain, sciatica, stenosis, herniated discs, foot/ankle, and joint pain). We do all our services under one roof WITHOUT surgery!

ENJOY THE SLIDE SHOW AND REMEMBER TO SWITCH TO FULL SCREEN!!

Acupuncture PROVEN for Pain: Back Pain and Sciatica Treatment in Lawrenceville NJ

By Heather

MEDICAL STUDIES show Acupuncture helps with Back Pain!!

MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE using the Integrative NeuroMuscular Acupoint System (INMAS) combines modern Chinese acupuncture theory with Western medical approach to TREAT BACK pain without drugs or surgery. The most recent studies have shown that ACUPUNCTURE EFFECTIVELY TREATS BACK PAIN (see references at the end)

Acupuncture Points Posterior
Acupuncture Points FRONT

Acupuncture can help relax muscles, calm inflamed nerves, improve blood flow to the body parts immediately. Over time, acupuncture sessions change how the mind perceives pain and help:

RESTORE BALANCE in both Mind and Body

MAXIMIZE one’s Own HEALING POTENTIAL

TREAT Ailments as well as Symptoms

References:

1) Carlsson C, Sj˜lund B. Acupuncture for chronic low back pain: a randomized placebo-controlled study with long-term follow-up. Clinical Journal of Pain 2001;17(4):296-305.

2) Haake, M. Archives of Internal Medicine, Sept. 24, 2007; vol 167: pp 1892-1899. Heinz G. Endres, MD, Eric Manheimer, MS, research associate, Center for Integrative Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, College Park

Chiropractor Lawrenceville shares intermediate level abdominal exercise.

By Heather

Involves no equipment.

This exercise works the abdominal, oblique internal/external, iliopsoa muscles.

The purpose is to increase abdominal strength and muscular endurance.

The benefits include improved stability, functional strength and injury prevention.

Begin lying on floor.

Lift knees so that a 90º position is attained at hip and knees. Place hands beside ears. Activate core.

Lift shoulder off floor approximately 6 inches attempting to bring elbow toward opposite opposite knee so that both simultaneously meet.

Return to start position and repeat on opposite side. Continue alternating sides until recommended repetitions are complete.

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