Our Doctors of PT Honor ‘Doctor’s Day’ by Celebrating their 5th year as Direct Access Providers in NY

By Lisa Martin, PT, DPT


Do you need a referral to see a Physical Therapist?


In November 2009, New York State passed a law that allows patients to have “Direct Access” to Physical Therapists. This permits an individual to gain access to a Physical Therapist’s expertise without seeing an MD first. Physical Therapists are movement specialists that can diagnosis, treat, and work on existing pain and help you prevent future injuries. Most Physical Therapists have their doctorate degree, and are fully equipped to advise on and treat a wide range of conditions.


Can you see any Physical Therapist?


You can be seen by a licensed Physical Therapist with at least three years of experience for ten visits or 30 days without a referral (a.k.a. a script) from your physician. The majority of insurance companies support Direct Access. If you aren’t sure if you have Direct Access benefits, Sports PT can verify that ahead of time as a courtesy.


What are the primary benefits of Direct Access?


  • Prompt access to orthopedic evaluation and treatment within 24 hours
  • No need to go through the formality of seeing a Medical Doctor or Urgent Care facility first
  • Time and co-pay savings
  • A PT can quickly determine if an physician consult is required
  • Quicker recovery time


We’ve had several patients take advantage of the Direct Access benefit with great results!  Direct Access is an excellent way to speed your recovery and streamline your healthcare needs. Contact us for more information.




http://www.apta.org/StateIssues/DirectAccess/. Updated 7/23/13.



Preventing Common Basketball Injuries

By: Collene Coniglio, ATC


With the NCAA tournament in Buffalo last weekend, many of us tuned in to watch all of the basketball action. In watching these games throughout the month, we are going to see athletes either recovering from an injury or possibly getting injured.


While injuries occur in all sports, the most common basketball injuries that players sustain are ankle sprains, knee injures (sprains), muscle strains (hamstring/quad), finger injuries, and injuries to face (cuts/lacerations). Approximately 60% of all injuries are to lower extremities, with ankle sprains being the most common. Knee injuries are another common injury, which cause athletes to miss more than 10 days of participation per season. Due to the increase in physical contact in the game, there has been an increase in incidences of injuries to the head and face.


Taping, bracing, and neuromuscular training may help to prevent common injuries from the sport. Preseason training, which includes player education on these injuries, is important to help prevent the initial and reoccurrence of injuries in the sport.


To learn more about rehabbing a sports injury, visit www.sptny.com


Diabetes and Physical Therapy

By: Kate Saccocci, PT, DPT


Diabetes is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association, 25.8 million people are living with either Type I or Type II diabetes. There are several different treatment options that are used to assist people in managing their diabetes, however, exercise and diet are the most common. Physical therapy plays a critical role in the treatment of diabetes and can promote positive outcomes from an injury.


I have had Type I diabetes since I was eight years old and consider myself an expert in management and treatment. I have always been involved in athletics, and as a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I now have the expertise to combine the positive effects of physical therapy with my diabetic patients.


Exercise has a positive effect on how our bodies utilize insulin. Exercise also decreases the negative effects that high blood sugar has. Excessive high or low blood sugar can be detrimental to a person with diabetes. Modulation of blood sugar is critical and exercise can help play a role in that.


With the astounding number of people living in the US with diabetes, it is likely you, a friend, or a family member is somehow affected by diabetes. While our ultimate goal in PT is to help rehab a person from an injury, we also have a great opportunity to inspire a regular exercise routine and encourage our patients to continue to live a healthy lifestyle.


You can now seek medical advice from a Physical Therapist directly without an MD referral. Please visit us at www.sptny.com if we can help support you with a consultation for your injury.


Are you at risk for Type 2 Diabetes? See the link the below to take the test. http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk-test/


The Facts About Concussions

By:  The Sports PT Concussion Special Interest Group


A brain injury can happy at any time to anyone. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month. The purpose is to advance brain injury prevention, research, treatment, and education and to improve the quality of life for those affected by brain injury. Here at Sports PT, we have three concussion experts who specialize in rehabbing patients after they suffer a head trauma: Teresa Hall in our Tonawanda clinic, Rebecca Korosi in our Downtown Buffalo location, and Kevin Brown in our Camillus clinic. Our experts pulled the following facts together to educate the public on concussions during this month of recognition:


1. Roughly 80-85% of concussions resolve symptoms within 7-10 days. (Source: McCrea, 2006 and Ruff, 2005)


2. Most MRIs and CT scans are negative for concussion. A positive MRI would indicate something greater than a concussion. (Source: McCrea, 2006 and Ruff, 2005)


3. There is a correlation between a concussion diagnosis and whiplash of the neck. Both should be evaluated and treated simultaneously. (Source: Buffalo Concussion Group)


4. Disconnecting from the computer, mobile phone, and television is critical to recover from a concussion. (Source: Dr. John Leddy Lecture, October 2013)


5. After a concussion, people who go back to moderate activity after three days of rest do best. More than three days of only rest OR extreme activity is not beneficial. (Source: Silverberg and Iverson, 2012)


6. There is no evidence that concussion bands prevent a concussion. Helmets are shown to reduce skull fractures, not prevent a concussion. (Source: Dr. John Leddy Lecture, October 2013)


To learn more about Brain Injury Awareness Month, visit www.biausa.org.




Why We Chose The American Red Cross As Our Corporate Charity

By: Lynn Steenberg, President


Community involvement is as much a part of the Sports PT culture as therapeutic exercise! At Sports PT, we believe that we are responsible for helping make the world a better place. There is no better charity that helps in times of personal crisis or disaster than the American Red Cross. We know this first hand. Our staff across New York State immediately took action after Hurricanes Irene and Katrina by raising much needed funds to support the relief effort. When Super Storm Sandy hit our 15 downstate locations in 2012, devastating homes of our employees, patients and colleague healthcare professionals, our staff didn’t hesitate—we were once again connecting with the Red Cross. Our connections continued to hit closer to home. In late 2013, the Philippines was hit by Typhoon Haiyan. And, our employees with family who had been displaced due to the Typhoon immediately jumped to action to raise much-needed dollars. Shortly thereafter, upstate New York was hit with flooding.  Many vans were filled with cleaning supplies collected in our clinics. Then, one of our Sports PT employees experienced a house fire, resulting in the total loss of her home and displacement for over 4 months. We know the importance of the services of the American Red Cross. We have needed them numerous times.


It’s not enough for companies to raise funds and supplies. Volunteer engagement is also key. Our employees have volunteered at numerous Red Cross events and two members of our Executive Team currently serve in roles on a Chapter Board and a Regional Board. Providing leadership and guidance helps non-profits accomplish tasks they might not be able to afford on limited budgets. In addition, we hold blood drives in our clinics and do year-round fundraising. Every little bit helps.


With March being Red Cross Month, we encourage you to join us in supporting their efforts. Your gifts and talents help much-needed services like blood donation, emergency preparedness, resiliency, services to the Armed Forces, and disaster relief continue in our neighborhood, our state and across the globe. Clara Barton saw the need for the American Red Cross while she was providing medical care on a battlefield. We salute her efforts and continue her legacy in fulfilling these important services. Visit www.redcross.org to get involved!


A Pioneer for Sports Medicine

By: Drew Jenk PT, DPT


Have you ever heard of Dr. Frank Jobe? If you don’t know the name, he was the surgeon who performed the first ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction when he operated on major league pitcher Tommy John 40 years ago. He is quite literally responsible for saving the collective pitching lives for hundreds of current major league pitchers. Although there are varying surgical techniques currently in the literature, they all had their birth from the one Dr. Jobe performed in 1974.


Dr. Jobe has also influenced the world of physical therapy in many ways. He understood that rehabilitation was an extremely important part of the process, and that his surgery could not fix it all. His research helped PTs across the world who work with baseball players to understand the influence of the rotator cuff and prime movers on the throwing motion. Thanks to his work, we’ve been able to qualify the concept of training the small muscles for endurance and the large muscles for power.


Although I never had the opportunity to personally meet Dr. Jobe, I feel like I knew him.  The relationship that I built through reading his research and understanding his teachings helped to make me the PT that I am today. I am deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and perhaps I am even more saddened because I will never have the chance to say thank you for the influence that he has had on my life and my career.


Thank you, Dr. Jobe.  You will be missed.



Photo credit: Insidesocal.com / April 24, 2012


The Value of Physical Therapy

By: The Sports PT Clinical Team


Attending the Combined Sections Meeting (CSM) in Las Vegas this February has made us reflect on the value that physical therapy provides for the future of healthcare and general quality of life. As physical therapists, we are excited to be engaging in such a vital role by improving patients’ overall function, naturally.


Physical therapists are doctors of movement and can effectively assess biomechanical challenges and movement patterns, as well as design a treatment plan to restore function. Hence, the greatest opportunity lies with seeing a physical therapist directly for those movement and pain-related injuries. This is called “Direct Access” in New York State, and it allows the community to seek a visit from a physical therapist without a referral (http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/pt/ptfaq.htm).


At a great seminar at CSM by a fellow physical therapist, Tannus Quatre, PT, MBA, we were able to see a broad view on the value of physical therapy in this chaotic healthcare environment.


By 2020, there will be a shortage of 91,000 physicians in the U.S., creating the need for primary care movement specialists a need for our active population. This is a tremendous opportunity for physical therapists to serve the community and improve the efficiency in wait time and medical appointments.


In the age of social media and increased access to medical information on the internet, the general population represents a strong educated consumer. Copays, medical premiums, and deductibles are at an all-time high, and each health care visit is taken with tremendous scrutiny. Consumers of health care want value, convenience, and results.


Physical therapists are working hard to share more of their valuable information with the general public in an effort to help them understand the unique benefits of physical therapy. For years, physical therapists were jokingly referred to as “PT” – which stood for “pain and torture.” However, thanks to significant research contributions, doctoral degrees, and outstanding patient satisfaction, the profession has gained tremendous respect.


Physical therapists are now experts not only in movement, but also in areas such as manual (hands-on) therapies, concussions, vestibular (dizziness), and physical therapy during pregnancy.


To take a look at the value a physical therapist can provide you, please visit us at  www.sptny.com.