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Injured in New York, but treated in New Jersey

on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Posted in Therapy, Safety Practices, News

Don’t let your workers comp adjuster dictate your treatment options

By Dr. Frank Scerbo PT, DPT, MS, CSCS

Our mission here at Scerbo Physical Therapy is always to improve people’s quality of life. But we’ve noticed that many people who could benefit from physical therapy for work-related injuries don’t seek it, because they have misconceptions about worker’s compensation.

I’d like to dispel a couple of myths that will hopefully help more people find the care they need, in the location that works best for them:

Myth: Workers comp is only for people with physically strenuous jobs.
Fact: That’s a common but mistaken impression. While injuries on these kinds of jobs certainly qualify, this benefit is actually for everyone who is injured while working.

Some less obvious on-the-job injuries that may qualify for worker’s compensation are accidents, which can range from something as simple as tripping at the office or getting hurt while lifting a package, to having a car accident during a work-related trip.

And although many don’t realize it, those who suffer from office-related conditions, such as cumulative stress disorders, postural syndromes, carpal tunnel syndrome or neck pain could claim worker’s comp, as well.

Myth: Workers comp options are limited by state.
Fact: While your employer or adjuster may lead you to believe this, I’m happy to share that this is not actually the case. This is especially important to know if you live here in the tri-state area, where it is quite common to live in one state and work in another.

Many of our patients, neighbors and friends here in Bergen County and other parts of New Jersey have a daily commute that takes them across state lines. For example, we have a patient who lives in Edgewater but works at NYU in Manhattan. Another lives in Fort Lee but works for the transit authority in the city. Even our own affiliation with the Hospital for Special Surgery links our Edgewater-based practice to a New York facility.

Each state does have certain rules regarding insurance and worker’s comp. But what I want to emphasize is that people who get hurt while working in Manhattan do not have to be further inconvenienced by returning to Manhattan over and over for their rehab. They can come to a practice closer to their home in New Jersey.

Myth: Workers comp patients are limited to the practices designated by the adjuster.
Fact: While it’s true that workers comp is a unique system in which your adjuster does have some control over your case, most patients have more say in the matter than they realize.

Oftentimes, when someone undergoes surgery, the workers compensation adjuster will try to dictate who can do the surgery and who can do the post-surgical rehabilitation. But when it comes to the treatment of injuries, there are many areas of expertise, and it’s very important to go to the right type of expert for your particular injury -- even if that expert is not on the adjuster’s list, and even if you have to be pushy about it.

It is crucial to find a high quality practice that suits your individual needs, even if the adjuster tries to direct you to a preferred provider. This is especially true in the case of post-operative rehabilitation.

To find the most appropriate practice, you’ll have to do some homework. Research your options online, read patient reviews and do some site visits. Find out who has the right experience to handle your particular injury. For instance, a patient would be able to infer from our affiliation with HSS that we are accustomed to handling complex cases and are highly experienced with post-operative rehabilitation.

We are also well versed in what needs to happen for workers comp to be approved. The red tape is not insignificant, but our experienced our staff can help make that process more seamless for our patients.

You only get one body, so I urge you not to take this lightly. Don’t let your workers comp adjuster dictate your treatment options. Take the lead, and insist on the best possible care.

Contact: Dr. Frank J. Scerbo, PT, DPT, MS.  Director of Clinical Operations

We are always available if you have any questions or need assistance. Call us at 201-941-2240 or visit us atwww.scerbopt.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, 725 River Road, Suite 60 (Marketplace), Edgewater, New Jersey 07020.


Golf: Not Just for “The Other Half”

on Thursday, 07 September 2017. Posted in Therapy, Safety Practices, News

New venue makes it casual, accessible and fun

When it comes to sports injuries, experience matters


By Dr. Michael E. Pomykala, PT, DPT,

As a lifelong athlete and fitness enthusiast, I love to play golf – and as a doctor of physical therapy with Titlelist Performance Institute Certification, I recommend the game for anyone who wants to improve their fitness, reduce stress and have fun.

But I find that many people are reluctant to give this great sport a try. Some still associate golf with high-priced country clubs and assume the whole scene will be too expensive and proper. Others believe the game must be too inconvenient and time-consuming for anyone but retirees to learn.

That really isn’t the case. There are numerous municipal golf courses throughout New Jersey; that are open to the public, with plenty of tee times, reasonable green fees and rental equipment available. For instance, Monmouth County, where I golf, has six courses that are open to the public, located in Wall, Millstone Township, Colts Neck, Farmingdale, Manalapan and Neptune. Yet those old misconceptions persist, and people are still intimidated.

That’s why I was excited to test out Topgolf Edison recently. It’s a new venue that dispels those old myths, removes the intimidation factor and makes golf accessible, entertaining and fun for players of all levels, from serious golfers, to those who just like going to the driving range for some casual practice, right down to total beginners.

Groups of one to six players can rent a bay by the hour, and use the provided clubs to hit microchipped golf balls into giant targets to score points. Hourly rates range from $30-$50 per bay – not per player. So when splitting a bay with friends, an individual player might pay as little as $5 per hour. Food and drink service is available the whole time, and the bays are even climate-controlled.

All this adds up to a fun, social experience that really just removes the barriers to entry and makes the game available to everyone, whether you want to take the kids on a weekend morning, or play a quick round after work, complete with dinner and drinks. You can even take lessons there with a PGA pro.

In short, I’m a big fan of anything that encourages more people to try out this enjoyable sport, so I recommend giving Topgolf a try. But as a PT, I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a reminder to limber up before you let the good times roll. The golf swing is such a dynamic movement – from the neck down to the ankle, every joint plays a role. The right warm-up can help prevent common golf injuries such as lower back pain, meniscus (knee) injuries, or hip injuries like muscular imbalance, labral injury or arthritis.

I’d rather see you at Topgolf or on the course than in my office. So I’ll leave you with this: Here are five simple moves I recommend to loosen up muscles and avoid putting stress on the joints.

Arm circles
Roll the arms forward and back, in small circles and in big circles. 

Knee raises
Stand on one leg, raise your knee to your chest, and hold. Repeat on the other side.

Neck rotation
Turn the head left, right, up and down.

Trunk rotation
Gently twist the waist left and right.

Forward trunk bend
Bend at the waist to stretch the back and hamstring muscles.

Contact: Dr. Frank J. Scerbo, PT, DPT, MS.  Director of Clinical Operations

We are always available if you have any questions or need assistance. Call us at 201-941-2240 or visit us atwww.scerbopt.com. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Scerbo Physical Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation, 725 River Road, Suite 60 (Marketplace), Edgewater, New Jersey 07020.