Professional Care PT. Living Life Without Back Pain


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For some, back pain is a daily occurrence that dictates the way you live your life. Every movement, every motion is determined by the pain in your back. Standing, sitting, laying down, driving, walking or running — the pain persists. In ages past, back pain was difficult to treat. If you experienced back pain, whether as a result of a work injury, trip-and-fall accident, or even just as a result of aging, the answer was almost always the same: head home, take a long rest, and give your back time to heal. This isn’t the way that things go anymore, and for several reasons. To start, the world isn’t as forgiving. Heading home and taking a long rest until your back is healed may work for some, but not for most. With deadlines and carpools and work schedules to keep up with, there needs to be an alternate solution to dealing with back pain that doesn’t require you to completely remove yourself from your responsibilities. What’s more, recent research indicates that resting may not actually be the ideal solution for long-term back care. Spending too much time on the couch or off your feet can cause the back muscles to weaken and can even weaken bone strength. This could lead to more long-term issues with back pain — not fewer. Exercise, in general, is shown to increase strength and flexibility, supporting healthy muscles and bones, and therefore supporting ideal back health. PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR BACK PAIN While rest and relaxation can help you overcome the immediate pain of a back injury, and may even be recommended by your physician in the early days following an injury, it is not a long-term solution. Physical therapy offers a long-term solution to back pain by using targeted exercises that focus on the cause of the pain. Through a combination of strength and flexibility training that focuses on muscledevelopmentand jointmovement,physical therapycanaddress the underlying cause of the pain and significantly improve your quality of life. UNDERSTANDING THE WHY AND HOW There are a lot of different reasons that back pain can develop. Even when youbreakdown injuries,whether fromoveruseorathleticpursuits, thereare different problems that can develop. Sprains and strains are common, but

so are issues with the vertebrae, blood flow, and even concerns regarding the spinal nerves. You might be amazed to discover the different factors that could be influencing your back health. Such as: • Yourpersonal levelofphysicalactivity, includinghowoftenyouexercise and the intensity of your typical workouts. • The types of shoes that you wear, in addition to how frequently you walk in different types of shoes, particularly shoes that lack support or those with high heels. • Prolonged engagement in sedentary behavior, including sitting at a desk foreighthoursormoreconsecutivedaysof theweek,orspending free time on the couch or otherwise relaxed. Aerobic activity and strength training exercises actually make it possible to reduce your risk of injury and to improve your ability to overcome back pain by strengthening the vertebrae and improving blood flow and nutrient disbursement throughout the back. When you are inactive, blood flow can actuallybecome impeded,and thiscanhaveanegativeeffecton theoverall health of your back and spine. HOW PHYSICAL THERAPY HELPS Anyone who has struggled with back pain can tell you plain and simple: When your back is hurting, there is no way to pretend that it isn’t. Simply going from sedentary activity to being active and healthy isn’t an option — at least not so easily. It takes time and effort, and when back pain is obstructing you from getting started, it requires help. Physical therapy can help you overcome back pain by giving you the knowledge and support necessary to help your back feel better, giving you the option to get off the couch and push yourself to reach new goals. Working with a licensed and experienced physical therapist ensures that you do not take on too much too quickly, but instead are guided through the process of healing with gradual steps.

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if you exercise for 30 minutes a day, being sedentary for the other 23 1/2 hours is really bad for your heart. 4. Slash saturated fats. To help your heart’s arteries, cut down on saturated fats, which are mainly found in meat and full-fat dairy products. Choose leaner cuts and reduced-fat options. 5. Find out if you have diabetes. Millions of people don’t know that they have this condition. That’s risky because over time, high blood sugar damages arteries and makes heart disease more likely.


DR. BENET BUSKETTA attended Manhattan College for his undergraduateeducationandreceived a Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise Science. During his time attending Manhattan College, Benet adopted a firm interest in competitive weightlifting, namely Power Lifting. Through his time competing in Power Lifting, Benet quickly learned the importance of caring for his body in order to maximize his performance and reduce his risk of injury. It was here where Benet developed a strong passion for the field of Physical Therapy. After graduating from Manhattan College, Benet was accepted into Stony Brook University’s Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program, where he graduated in June of 2017. During his time at Stony Brook University, Benet attained the position of Part-Time Physical Therapy Aide at Professional Care Physical Therapy where he continued to work through his graduate educational program. Through Benet’s clinical rotations, he has enjoyed Physical Therapy experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.

Benetbeganhisclinical internshipexperience in theSub-Acuterehabilitative setting with his first two clinical rotations taking place in a skilled nursing facility. Here, Benet gained experience treating general post-operative patients and Neurological cases including patients with a history of stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Benet then completed his last two clinical rotations in the outpatient setting where he initiated his accumulation of experience in treating general outpatient cases. After receiving his Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree, Benet returned to his home in Franklin Square where he worked in the Outpatient Orthopedic setting for two years. Here, Benet gained valuable experience in treating Outpatient cases including but not limited to patients post-arthroscopic surgery, patients post joint replacement surgery, patients with gait and balance limitations, patients with chronic pain, and patients suffering from Vestibular dysfunctions including Vertigo. Benet has now returned to Professional Care Physical Therapy, but now as a licensed Physical Therapist and an individual looking for further growth, bothclinicallyandprofessionally.Benet looks forward toattendingcontinuing education courses aimed at learning from some of the best researchers and Physical Therapists in order to further hone his craft.



We are thrilled to announce that PCAP Athlete and Islip High School Sophomore Kaeli McAnally was recently named one of Newsday’s Top 100 Athletes! Kaeli, the youngest of four children, always had a love for sports. She began playing the games of basketball and soccer at the young age of three years old and would eventually enter the world of softball a few years later. At just fifteen years old, Kaeli is now participating in her third year on the Islip Varsity Basketball Team.



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