Physical Therapy in Union Square - New York City


We offer much more than just Physical Therapy here at Perfect Stride. Our therapists hold numerous advanced certifications and have training in a variety of techniques. We believe this helps us stand out as Physical Therapists. We merge the worlds of rehab and performance to help you reach all of your fitness goals while staying pain free. Our team of Performance Therapists not only understand injury inside out, they understand movement better than anyone, and know how to get you back to living life at its fullest.

What Can One-on-One Physical Therapy Do For You?

Physical Therapy is helpful to people of all ages facing medical conditions, pain, stiffness or injuries that limit their ability to move and function optimally. It is important for those recovering from sports injuries, surgery or chronic pain as the benefits of physical therapy can change their lives by reducing pain, maximizing function, increasing range of motion, optimizing athletic performance and more.

A study by the CDC has shown that sports and recreational sports related injury are on the rise: sprains and strains accounted for the largest portion of injury types, fractures were next, followed by contusion, open wound, traumatic brain injury, and dislocation. How injuries are handled will determine how fast you recover and the likelihood of re-injuring. Sports injuries are an unavoidable hazard that comes with being active. Whether it’s practicing yoga, aerobics, cross-training or cycling, getting even mildly injured can dampen enjoying the activity you love. When this happens a Physical Therapist can help with your complete recovery and enable you to resume the activity you love.

Many mistakenly think physical therapy is for serious athletes or people recovering from surgery or major injuries, but sports therapy and rehabilitation is indeed a great help for everyone feeling aches or pains. Physical Therapy can provide a tailored exercise and stretching program that can keep your muscles active and healthy. Physical Therapy can also be very helpful in repairing injuries like tennis elbow, shin splints, tendinitis, or repetitive strain injuries from working in office environments, most commonly experienced in the neck, shoulders, arms, and hands.

“One on one physical therapy sessions which you rarely find. They have very extensive knowledge and provide an hour’s worth of rehab to get you back in the game. I had initially come in for ACL knee surgery recovery which took 6 months and unfortunately many years later hurt myself again from an ice hockey collision and again came back to Perfect Stride to rehab”



What Benefits Can You Get From Physical Therapy?

With the help of a Physical Therapist, you can reduce your recovery time, get back to your activity much quicker, and prevent the chances of similar injuries from occurring in the future. There are numerous benefits which can dramatically speed up your recovery from injury and or pain and help you get back to your previous level of fitness.  Some of the benefits you can experience from Physical Therapy for your sports injury include:



Reduce the Risk of Developing Injuries – Physical Therapy does not just help you heal after an injury, but also helps to reduce your risk of injury or reinjury by addressing your mobility, stability and strength deficits. If you have experienced pain, weakness or stiffness in a joint or had an injury or accident in your past you may be able to avoid problems down the line by visiting a physical therapist now. Physical therapy enables you to be proactive in identifying asymmetries in your body along with risk factors that may predispose you to injury or inhibit your physical performance. By evaluating and addressing these factors, injuries may be prevented.


Increased Mobility – Physical Therapists are experts in human movement. If you are experiencing pain or have a condition that limits the ability to enjoy your life as usual – whether that is weight training, walking your dog, or running in a 10K race, physical therapy can help. Our Doctors of Physical Therapy can assess your abilities, mindful of your goals, and structure a plan to help you increase your mobility. There are many studies, including this study from Europe, which have found a strong correlation between physical therapy and an increase in functional mobility.


Reduce Pain – Physical Therapy can help you find relief from pain or heal following an injury or illness. By progressively building up movement, exercise and educating you about pain, Physical Therapy can serve a role in retraining the brain away from pain. This process involves the brain being taught with each movement (performed in a calculated and progressive fashion to prevent causing a flare up), and does not need to cause pain. Pain signals can subside and even be eliminated in response to therapist guided treatment. This Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation of Clinics of North America research documents how Physical Therapy can reduce pain by, “resolving inflammation, facilitating tissue repair, activating temporary analgesia, altering nerve conduction, providing a counterirritant, modifying muscle tone, reducing the probability of maladaptive central neuropathic changes”.


Opioid Pain Medication Avoidance – It’s been well established that pain medications are highly addictive and commonly overused. If you are trying to reduce any pain medication use or avoid the use of pain medications altogether, Physical Therapy can help. Our therapists can help understand what is causing your pain and work with you to provide a customized treatment plan that will get you moving and feeling better. We utilize a wide range of assessment tools, manual therapy techniques, education and exercises to enhance your quality of life and in many cases eliminate the need for opioid medication.


Reduce Headaches & Stress – Stress related headaches develop due to a combination of hormonal surges and physical tension in the body, often the neck and shoulders – all which can be alleviated with a targeted treatment approach tailored to your situation. Also, changing our breathing patterns can help promote “rest and digest” aspects of our nervous system, and lessen the “fight or flight” response. This will help decrease overall stress in the body as well. Tension headaches are debilitating, and physical therapy can help you overcome that pain.


Avoid Surgery – Physical Therapists are experts in assessing a multitude of body systems, including the musculoskeletal and neurological systems and depending on the situation – may enable you to avoid undergoing surgery. For example, something called lumbar spinal stenosis is a type of lower back pain that is sometimes treated with surgery. However, Physical Therapy works just as effectively in resolving the pain, and comes with fewer unwanted complications — some of them life-threatening — than surgery, according to a study published in Annals of Internal Medicine.  

Restore Confidence – Physical health improvements have routinely been linked to stronger emotional health. According to an article published in the September Newsletter of the American Physical Therapist Association’s Private Practice Section (PPSAPTA), Physical Therapy can play an important part in your mental health. “Physical activity reduces feelings of anxiety, depression and stress by improving the patient’s cognitive function and self-esteem”


Staying Active There is a very big misconception that once you have pain or are suffering from an injury you have to stop training and rest. This is flat out wrong. You are always able to do something to stay active, it is all about finding the right entry point into the spectrum of movement for you in your current state. This means that by working closely with your Physical Therapist you will have to find what level of activity allows for you to recover while also remaining active. We know that movement is the best form of medicine that is out there and there is no one better suited than your Physical Therapist to prescribe the right form and dosage of movement while you are recovering from an injury!


We treat a wide range of injuries and conditions. However, one things remains common, we are committed to listening to you, optimizing your function and seeking the best outcome possible for you, the individual. Each patient is provided a specific diagnosis and a individualized treatment program.


We offer a lot more than just Physical Therapy here at Perfect Stride. Our therapists hold numerous advanced certifications and are industry leaders who have been reshaping how Physical Therapy and Movement Intervention is provided. Our team of Performance Physical Therapists not only understand injury inside out, they understand movement and know how to get you back into the game. 


Your Physical Therapy experience will be tailored to facilitate an efficient and healthy recovery. Every patient’s treatment plan is structured and designed based on the root cause of their problem; there is no one-size-fits-all approach. Our therapists hold numerous advanced certifications and are industry leaders who have been reshaping how Physical Therapy is provided. Treatment at Perfect Stride is always unique to the individual, click on the topic below to learn more.

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