The Best Physical Therapy on the Upper East Side

About Us

Maurizio is the Founder of Llin Physical Therapy on the Upper East Side of NYC.  He has a doctorate in physical therapy and is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting.  He specializes in sports medicine/orthopedics with a focus on shoulder, hip, and knee injuries.

 

As a sports enthusiast all his life, Maurizio is no stranger to injury and physical therapy. Through his past experiences as a patient, Maurizio now strives to deliver quality, one on one care with empathy and passion.  He stays on top of the

most cutting edge knowledge by regularly attending HSS, NYU, and Northwell lectures throughout NYC and Long Island.

 

Maurizio has been a physical therapist for the leading Broadway shows Avenue Q and Once on This Island; the stand-by PT for TV’s Quantico, and countless high school and collegiate athletes. He has also appeared on Eyewitness News demonstrating exercises to benefit marathon runners as well as a guest speaker on Yeshiva University’s sports physical therapy panel. As part of his practice, he continues to see his patients via his wellness program which emphasizes strength and conditioning once they complete their rehab.

Physical Therapy for Athletes

Physical therapy is such an important part of preventive care, rehab, and treatment for those with chronic conditions, illnesses, or injuries. Through state of the art exercise prescriptions, education and kinesiology, physical therapy can be one of your most important tools to increase your quality of life. Here is a quick snippet of the benefit of physical therapy:

 

  • Regain mobility. 

  • Reduced pain.

  • Prevent disabilities.

  • Improve overall health and fitness.



Who better to help you along your journey to a better life than the best physical therapy on the upper east side? That’s right, Llin Physical Therapy is best at what we do and guarantees we can help reach your physical goals!

Benefits of Physical Therapy for Athletes

 

An athlete's body is their temple. It is a tool that helps them achieve greatness. Sometimes, your temple is damaged and needs parts of it rebuilt, maybe even stronger than before. That's where we come in, the best physical therapy in the upper east side. We can help in the treatment of your injuries and even make you stronger before you start physical therapy. As an athlete, you can face common injuries quite frequently, such as sprain ankles, muscle strains, fractures, dislocations, and muscle tears. 

 

It is not fun taking care of those annoying, nagging injuries. Physical therapy will help speed up the healing process as you are ready to go and dominate your respective sport! 

 

Oftentimes the reason for an injury could be due to biomechanics and the strength of the muscle that was injured. One little part of your body that you did not focus on could be the reason for a nagging injury. With the best physical therapy on the upper east side, you can build up that muscle group as well as improve your mechanics so that you and your body are more prepared. 

 

As a younger athlete, you may not be as well-conditioned for your sport heading into the season as you would have hoped. That can be seen especially in the fall when you understandably want to spend it with your friends and family. That is when you must be careful as a lack of conditioning can lead to injuries, especially in the fall. Here are some of the other reasons athletes get injured:

  • Poor mobility 

  • Ignoring the pain

  • Poor hydration.

  • Improper warm-up

  • Poor sleep

 

You may be thinking to yourself: "I'm an athlete already; I know how to move properly and am flexible enough." That can be a dangerous way of thinking, as so many athletes who are in fantastic shape reach out to physical therapists due to the pain caused by poor mobility. Usually, the pain and tightness from the originally reported injury can cause other injuries to the body. An example of this is poor mobility with your ankle leading to an ACL tear in your knee. Utilizing a physical therapist to increase overall mobility will do wonders for your body's health and even increase your performance on the field!

 

The best physical therapy on the upper east side, such as Llin Physical Therapy, can help increase the lifespan of an athlete playing career. Tom Brady, arguably the greatest football player of all time, credits his physical therapist for assisting in ACL injury recovery and credits the man for helping prolong his career. Even after the healing process was completed, Brady joined forces with his physical therapist to improve his overall functionality and therefore help his play on the field.  

 

Increased mobility, increased overall fitness, and an increase in your career. That is what physical therapy can do for an athlete. Whether you are taking preventive measures or working on getting back to full strength utilizing the best physical therapist on the upper east side will be sure to help reach whatever goal you have set for yourself!

Physical Therapy for Common Shoulder Problems

Shoulder pain is just not a good time. Being in so much pain from just raising your arm is a cause for concern, and if you have found yourself in this situation, reach out to a physical therapist immediately as we can help improve whatever shoulder ailment you may have. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Through the means of physical therapy, one can increase their quality of life and, in some cases, even help you prevent surgery. Whether your doctor decides to perform surgery on your shoulder or not, physical therapy for it will almost certainly be a part of your recovery process. Generally speaking, the more educated, stronger, and dedicated you are to your shoulder will dictate how long the recovery process is. Taking physical steps before surgery is very important and can reduce the recovery process dramatically. 

 

As the best physical therapy on the upper east side, we take care of a wide variety of shoulder injuries:

  • Rotator cuff repair and/or tear

  • Labral Repair and/or tear

  • Shoulder replacement 

  • Superior capsular reconstruction

  • Biceps repair

  • Tendonitis 

  • Scapular dyskinesis

  • Shoulder arthritis

  • Shoulder Instability

 

The muscles you can expect to be targeted for the recovery program include your deltoids, trapezius, rhomboid, teres muscles, and all supporting shoulder joints. Methods that will be included are the RICE method: Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. And your customized workout plan. To help improve strength and range of motion, your physical therapist is likely to recommend these exercises:

  • Doorway stretch: Warm-up shoulder muscles by standing in an open doorway, spread your arms out side to side. Grip the sides of the doorway and lean forward through the doorway until you feel a little stretch in the shoulders

 

  • Reverse flys: Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart and your knees bent. Keep your back straight and then bend forward slightly at the waist. With a very lightweight in both hands, extend your arms out while you squeeze your shoulder blades together. Repeat three sets of 10.

 

  • Lawnmower pulls: Standing with your feet shoulder-width apart, place one end of the resistance band underneath your foot, opposite of the injured shoulder. Hold the other end of the band with your injured arm and proceed with a slow pull of the band diagonally across your body, like starting a lawnmower. 

 

Whether it is preventive measures to not require surgery or part of the healing process after an operation, at Llin Physical Therapy, you will get the best physical therapy on the upper east side and help you reach your physical goals.

When initially coming in for physical therapy for a shoulder injury, your therapist will first examine your strength and range of motion. You will then discuss your goals, and from there, your therapist will create a customized treatment plan for you to relieve the shoulder pain and restore your strength. Treatments that you could encounter on your journey can include:

  • Stretching

  • Joint mobilization

  • Heat and ice application

  • Electric stimulation 

Physical Therapy for Common Hip Injuries

If you have been experiencing hip pain, it would be wise to consult with a physical therapist. A therapist can help you get your pain under control and help improve the hip's functionality. 

 

The hip is a ball and a socket joint consisting of many important parts of the body, including the: femur, pelvis, and numerous muscles attached to the hip to help aid in movement. Because the hip is one of your most major weight-bearing joints, arthritis and repetitive strain can be commonplace.  

 

At Llin Physical Therapy, we help our patients with multiple ailments, including:

  • FAI

  • Labral tear and/or Repair

  • Hip replacement 

  • Bursitis 

  • Arthritis 

 

FAI or Femoroacetabular Impingement, is a condition where the bones of your hip joint come too close and pinch tissue or cause too much bone to bone friction. The pinching occurs when the femoral head and neck contact the socket of the hip, resulting in damage to the hip joint. Symptoms experienced include

  • Locking or clicking sensation at the location of the hip joint

  • Pain from sitting too long

  • Difficulty putting on socks and sneakers

  • Low back pain 

 

 

  • Pelvic tilt: Lie on back with your knees bent and both feet flat on the floor. Tighten your core and proceed to lift and then lower one leg up, holding the position for 6 seconds each time. Repeat 8-12 times. 

  • Scissors: While lying on your back with your knees bent, slowly straighten your one leg and hold the position. Switch legs and hold every position for 6 seconds. Repeat 8-12 times. 

  • Hamstring stretch: Lie on your back with both legs straight. Grab the back of your affected leg and proceed to lift your leg straight up until you feel a stretch in your thigh. Hold the position for 30 seconds and repeat 2-4 times.

 

These are just some of the basic stretches your physical therapist will likely incorporate into your routine. Regardless of severity, these exercises will likely be incorporated. 

 

The hip is one of the most important parts of the body. Without it bearing any weight on our feet and legs would be impossible. When you get the best physical therapy on the upper east side, you can be guaranteed to be given the proper treatment plan to get you back to doing and enjoying your everyday activities. 

FAI can be confused at times with different conditions such as back pain, tendinitis, and hernias. It is important to consult with your doctor and your physical therapist to get the correct diagnosis. FAI can result in cartilage and labral tears and could eventually cause arthritis in younger age groups than usual when untreated. Those who are most likely to suffer from FAI include high-level athletes and active individuals. The sports most associated with FAI include ballet, cycling, rowing, golf, soccer, football, and powerlifting activities. 

 

Once evaluated by your physical therapist, they will then create a course of action to treat your issues with the hip. You will first be evaluated doing basic exercises such as walking and see how comfortable you are. Next, your therapist will help increase your range of motion with some of the following exercises: 

Physical Therapy for Common Knee Injuries

Knee injuries are one of the most common injuries you can have. From physical activity to a wrong step while on a walk, your knees control a lot of movement for your body. As the best physical therapy on the upper east side, we specialize in a multitude of knee ailments that can affect your life. We have treatment plans for the following:

 

  • ACL reconstruction

  • PCL reconstruction

  • MPFL reconstruction

  • Meniscal tear

  • Quad tendon repair

  • Patellar tendon repair

  • Tendinitis 

  • Patellar instability 

  • ITB syndrome

 

When first evaluating your injury, your therapist will look at your leg and see how well your knee moves. They will also make note if it's hard for you to balance, it's hard to stand on, and how much pain you are in. You will then be asked to do simple exercises such as taking a short walk on a treadmill, hopping on one leg, etc. from there; your therapist will see just where you are at the beginning of the recovery process.

 

Strength exercises are incredibly important when it comes to rehabbing the knees. You will be asked to do basic exercises such as: 

  • Step-ups: Starting with a 6-inch step, step back with one foot to tap your toe on the floor below, then step back up on the box and straighten the leg on the step. Perform 15-20 steps for each knee.

  • Straight leg lifts: with one leg bent and the other completely straight, raise the straight leg and lift and hold to the height of your bent knee. Hold for a few seconds and repeat.

  • Wall squats: With your back pressed against a wall, step forward and bend your hips and knees to bring your thighs parallel to the floor beneath you. Keep your back straight and keep knees lined up over your feet, not in front of them. 

 

Those are just a few of the exercises likely to be incorporated into the regime. Remember that everyone is different, and depending on your injury/situation, your physical therapist might recommend modifications to the exercises. Thankfully, you will have the best physical therapist on the upper east side, so you know that you will get the highest quality care possible!

 

Gentle stretching exercises can help support the muscles that were not injured. Doing this can lessen the impact and stress you will have on your knee. Stretching is always important and is sure to incorporate it into your home life. Remember that this is a process, and it takes time. With consistency and willingness to put in the effort, your knees will be much better off, and so will you!

 

Always remember to tell your physical therapist about any pain or discomfort you are experiencing. Feeling stiff and sore after PT is very common, so be sure to give your body the rest it deserves after exercising. You're now just one step closer to achieving your physical goals! Contact us today, the best physical therapy on the upper east side

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