Orthopedic Issues & Disorders

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Orthopedic Issues Disorders

What Are Orthopedic Issues?

Orthopedic issues and disorders impact the musculoskeletal system, which includes muscles, bones, nerves, joints, tendons, and other connective tissues. These disorders can occur due to disease, injury, or inflammation and are usually manageable with physical therapy, medication, or surgery.

What is the Role of Physical Therapy in Orthopedic Care?

Physical therapy plays a crucial role in orthopedic care, as it helps patients recover from injuries or surgeries that affect their musculoskeletal system. Physical therapists use exercises, stretches, and other techniques to help patients regain strength, flexibility, and range of motion in the affected area. They also work on improving pain and inflammation, improving balance and coordination, and preventing future injuries. By tailoring treatment plans to each patient’s specific needs, physical therapists play a key role in helping patients achieve optimal recovery and return to their normal activities as safely and efficiently as possible.
Women doing pelvic exercise
How Does Physical Therapy Help with Injury Prevention

How Does Physical Therapy Help with Injury Prevention?

Physical therapists can help individuals identify risk factors for injury by helping the patient understand their body’s imbalances. Once these imbalances are identified, a physical therapist can come up with a plan of care to address specific strength and mobility deficits to improve physical performance and prevent injury. Incorporating proper exercise and movement techniques reduces the risk of injury that results from improper movements.

How Does Physical Therapy Help with Recovery?

Physical therapy can help with recovery by providing patients with interventions that can reduce pain and inflammation, and increase strength, flexibility, and range of motion. Through hands-on treatments, modalities, and specific strengthening and stretching exercises, physical therapy can help patients regain function in areas that may be weak and/or stiff from surgery, an injury, or deconditioning. Additionally, physical therapists can work with patients to develop strategies to prevent future injuries (see above). Overall, physical therapy is a valuable tool for those who are trying to return to their normal activities with improved function and reduced pain.

Swelling and scar tissue are concerning components when it comes to the healing process after a surgical procedure or injury. Both commonly occur and can lead to tightness in the affected area, making movement difficult. Physical therapists are knowledgeable regarding the healing process and employ different manual techniques to alleviate swelling and scar tissue, ensuring optimal functionality.

Recovering from an injury or illness often results in muscle loss. Physical therapy is an effective method to safely activate and strengthen these weakened muscles, reducing the strain that can occur on your joints. Your physical therapist will work with you to progressively build strength in all the necessary muscle groups, improving your overall physical condition and allowing you to tackle everyday tasks with confidence in your own abilities.

Physical therapy is an effective method for achieving the best possible outcomes after surgery or injury recovery. By utilizing various techniques, physical therapy can help to improve post-surgical results and reduce the likelihood of developing chronic pain or mobility issues.

How Does Physical Therapy Help with Recovery
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Impact

How Does Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Impact Other Areas of the Body?

The pelvic floor plays a vital role in the body’s musculoskeletal system beyond simply supporting the pelvic organs. By addressing underlying dysfunction, physical therapists can effectively improve movement, posture, and overall stability, thereby assisting in the treatment of orthopedic issues and disorders.

While the pelvic floor supports the pelvic organs, it also plays a vital role in assisting with postural control and core stability. Dysfunction in the pelvic floor may affect other areas of the body, and vice-versa. By addressing the underlying dysfunction, physical therapists can more effectively and efficiently treat musculoskeletal-related complaints.

LOWER BACK

Dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles can contribute to lower back pain. Weak or tight pelvic floor muscles can alter pelvic alignment and stability, leading to increased stress on the muscles and joints of the lower back.

HIP AND PELVIS

Pelvic floor dysfunction can affect hip and pelvic mechanics, leading to hip pain, pelvic girdle pain, or sacroiliac joint dysfunction. Imbalances in pelvic floor muscle tone or coordination can impact the alignment and stability of the hip and pelvic joints.

ABDOMEN

Pelvic floor dysfunction can affect abdominal muscle function and intra-abdominal pressure regulation. This may result in abdominal pain, discomfort, or issues such as diastasis recti (separation of the abdominal muscles) due to compensatory patterns of muscle activation.

PELVIC ORGANS

Dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles can lead to pelvic organ prolapse, urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, or sexual dysfunction. These conditions can cause discomfort, pain, or functional limitations in daily activities.

POSTURE AND SPINE

The pelvic floor muscles are integral to core stability and posture. Dysfunction in these muscles can contribute to postural imbalances, spinal misalignment, and muscle tension throughout the spine, potentially leading to neck pain, thoracic pain, or headaches.

PELVIC NERVES

Dysfunction in the pelvic floor muscles can affect nerves in the pelvic region, leading to symptoms such as sciatica (pain, numbness, or tingling in the buttocks and legs) or pudendal neuralgia (pain, burning, or numbness in the pelvic area).

PREGNANCY

During pregnancy and childbirth, pelvic floor dysfunction can be particularly common due to the increased demands placed on these muscles. This dysfunction can contribute to pelvic pain, urinary incontinence, or other issues during and after pregnancy.

ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

Pelvic floor dysfunction can impact athletic performance by affecting core stability, pelvic control, and coordination. Athletes may experience issues such as decreased power generation, compromised balance, or increased risk of injury.

POSTURE AND SPINE

Common Orthopedic Issues & Disorders We Treat:

  • HAND/WRIST: Post Surgery, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • ELBOW: Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow), Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer’s or Baseball Elbow), Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • SHOULDER: Rotator Cuff, Tendonitis, Labral Pathology, Bursitis
  • NECK: Spasm, Headaches, Trigger Points
  • BACK: Herniated Disc, Postural Dysfunction, SI Joint, Stenosis, Sciatica, Scoliosis
  • HIP: Osteoarthritis, Bursitis, Labral Tears, Impingement, Groin/Adductor or Other Muscle Strain, Bursitis
  • KNEE: Tendonitis, ACL, Patellofemoral, Meniscus, Iliotibial Band Syndrome, Osteoarthritis
  • ANKLE & FOOT: Plantar Fascistic, Sprain, Strain, Shin Splints, Achilles Injury, Balance/Gait Training
  • JAW: Temporomandibular Pain / Dysfunction (TMJ)
  • ABDOMEN: Laparoscopic Surgery, Diastatis Recti

Client Testimonials

Carson has been extremely informative and helpful in my PT journey. She has been great at keeping me at ease and explaining to process, and being straight forward about our goals in therapy. Very glad I found Carson and Beyond Basics.
I had a great experience at Beyond Basics! I was nervous about going to physical therapy, but Sonali was so professional and nice, which made me feel a lot more comfortable. Sonali fully solved my pelvic floor issues in only a few sessions. She gave me stretches to do on my own time to move my progress along and also to ensure I don't lose any progress I've made. The receptionist Jasmine is also great-she is really helpful when it comes to scheduling appointments. I can't recommend Beyond Basics enough!
Great care - wonderful therapists. Head and shoulders above most other Physical Therapy practices.
Sonali was wonderful! Extremely knowledgeable and understanding. Excellent facility.
The waiting room--always decorated--is a welcoming space. Makela is respectful, resourceful and wonderfully clear in spoken and physical instruction. It is truly a pleasure to work with her,
I highly recommend Beyond Basics Physical Therapy. Great staff!
Danielle Santora is exceptionally well-informed, a great listener and and a great educator. She is that rare person who knows her business and has the sensitivity to deal with a delicate subject.
Eliza is amazing! I am seeing her for pelvic floor PT due to pregnancy related discomfort and in just 2 sessions she has helped reduce my pain/discomfort a lot. She has a very kind and comforting bedside manner and makes you feel very at ease. I highly recommend her.
Sonali Patel is an excellent physical therapist. She is very knowledgable about pelvic health, and has great manual therapy and communication skills. I highly recommend her.
This place is amazing!!! I worked with Sonali. She was extremely knowledgable and our sessions were very thorough. Sonali was so compassionate and helped me feel so supported. I felt like she really understood what I was going through. I saw great improvements and am very satisfied with the whole experience. Highly recommend!
Wonderful place, I've worked with Makela previously, she's "as good as it gets". Natural healer, empathetic, pleasant, smart,,,,,,,what more can u ask for?
If you’re looking for someone to address all your concerns, this is the place. Eliza is great
Vivian Zhang at Beyond Basic PT is awesome! She took my concerns seriously and, using exercises and physical releases, improved my breathing and quality of life.
My experience with Beyond Basics has been outstanding! Danielle is incredibly insightful, professional, and an excellent communicator. She is truly an expert and I am very grateful to have her in my journey!
Sonali Patel is a miracle worker! I came to Beyond Basics with really bad TMJ issues and Sonali was able to provide me almost instant relief from years of tension. I've never felt better and she taught me some really awesome tips I can use myself moving forward. Overall I had a really great experience at Beyond Basics!
I’ve now been to Beyond Basics at two different points in my life for two different reasons. They are truly the experts. I walk away from each session in awe of the deep knowledge base of my physical therapist Sonali, who I trust and respect deeply. I have dealt with other physical therapy offices in the past and nothing can compare to the level of care, comfort, professionalism, efficiency, and effectiveness of this office. I actually look forward to my appointments. Highly recommend for anyone with GI issues of any kind or has had a baby!
I highly recommend Beyond Basics for pelvic floor PT. My therapist, Vivian, was friendly, thoughtful, respectful, and knowledgeable. She knows what she’s doing and made great suggestions for exercises I could do on my own. I had great results in combination with treatment recommended by my doctor. The facility is clean and staff are welcoming. Highly recommend.
A terrific therapist who made an awkward procedure comfortable and normal. She is smart, sensitive , knowledgeable and a delight to be with during therapy
Beyond Basics is the Physical Therapy place to go for exceptional, friendly, knowledgeable, and personalized care for your physical rehabilitation, particularly following surgery and pelvic floor strengthening. Danielle, Physical Therapist, is awesome!
Incredibly caring, experienced and professional. Highly recommended.
Makela is an amazing PT. The office staff is wonderful and the space is great. Highly recommend.
Danielle Santora saved my life! I have made more progress working with her than any other PT. She’s incredibly kind, always willing to meet you where you’re at but not afraid to push you to be better. I would not be anywhere close to where I am today without her detailed and consistent guidance.
Rachel at Beyond Basics downtown is an outstanding, highly skilled, patient, kind and dedicated physical therapist. I love going to see her, she helps me so much. *Highly* recommended!
Sonali is outstanding. She is very knowledgible and helpful. Plus, very pleasant.
I was afraid to go out because of my overactive bladder.  Vivian Zhang saved my life.  My life improved tremendously after spending two months with her.She is very patient, knowledgeable, and professional.  She spends a full hour with me which I could not find in any other physical therapy.  She gave me so much attention and continued to look for the root cause of my problems.  She explains the purpose of the exercises.  She teaches me the exercises and makes sure I do it correctly.  She will check my understanding in the next session to make sure I do it correctly.  If I don’t do it correctly, she will find another way to explain to me and check my understanding.   All other physical therapy just spends 30 minutes on me and leaves me alone to do the exercises myself.  They don’t check to see if I am doing it correctly.  Before coming to Beyond Basic, I was in another physical therapy for a year and was not able correct my overactive bladder problem.  I am so lucky to have found Vivian and Beyond Basic.
You don't take my insurance.
Very clean. Therapists are super friendly and extremely professional. Very knowledgeable and walk you through everything.
Excellent in all respects. The therapists are dedicated professionals who go above and beyond to help you deal with your issues.
Top notch therapists, excellent care, Carson great.
When I came to Beyond Basics I had already been to a couple PTs before with limited success.Working with Carson Judkins, PT, DPT, PRPC was completely different from my previous experiences. Carson took the time to listen to my specific concerns and develop a program of exercises that helped me meet my personal goals.I have regained so much functionality by working with Carson and have become much more confident in my body and myself. Cannot recommend her enough as a PT!
Great care
One more session of relief and the promise of more flexibility and mobility and the fulfillment of all the goals I set out to achieve with Iris! At her gentle coaxing, and calm, careful and CARING concern for my well being now - and as we continue on our journey toward healing, the happy future - I feel heard, understood and so well taken care of that I, for the first time in such a long time, I can't count - feel that I am going to feel better enough to celebrate and rejoice! THANK YOU, IRIS! You make me feel like I've got a whole better future ahead of me - and I so appreciate you!
Stopping putting this off and just make an appointment! Extremely knowledgeable and caring staff who want to see improvement in their patients lives. I saw Shana and would highly recommend her.
Superb and attentive care. Highly recommended!
I've been going to Beyond Basics since 2018. Their team has been great. They've helped me with several of my severe chronic health conditions, as well as recovering from a surgery. Right now I'm working with Devon, and I highly recommend her.
Shana is incredible at what she does! Seeing her weekly at Beyond Basics has been pivotal in my pelvic floor physical therapy journey. Plus this office is incredibly conveniently located. 10/10 would recommend!
Kind, compassionate therapist!
I've really appreciated my experience so far at Beyond Basics, working with Makela. I was nervous going into pelvic floor physical therapy and she was respectful and considerate of my hesitation. She also makes a great effort to connect with other members of my treatment team, which makes me feel like I'm being supported holistically. I have already noticed improvement in my daily life, and I'm very grateful!
I’ve been seeing Vivian Zhang for almost a month now for chronic lower back pain. Her approach from the get-go has been based on translating my narrative of symptoms into a comprehensive treatment plan, combining targeted exercises, corrective behaviors, and skillful musculoskeletal manipulation. After almost a year of suffering pain I can finally see the end! Beyond Basics justifies their name. To speak nothing of those rockstar plants in the waiting area!
Beyond Basics has the best physical therapists I've been to in NYC. They've provided the best treatment for chronic fibromyalgia, reducing my pain & increasing my functionality enormously. Highly recommended.
I had known about pelvic floor therapy for more than year before making my first appointment. My only regret is not booking my appointment sooner. Pelvic PT has helped me overcome a long-standing issue, and it has been life-changing.From the moment I walked in, the team made me feel welcomed and supported. They took the time to understand my concerns and designed a personalized treatment plan just for me.Vivian used a holistic approach, combining various techniques and exercises to address my pelvic floor concerns. With her guidance, I regained control and experienced a remarkable improvement in my symptoms.What impressed me the most was her caring and empathetic approach. She created a safe space where I could openly discuss my concerns, and she provided exceptional support throughout the entire journey.I am forever grateful to Beyond Basics. If you're struggling with pelvic floor issues, don't hesitate to seek their help. They are truly outstanding in their care and commitment to patient well-being.
I am working with Devon who is the epitome of expertise. She is knowledgeable, caring and patient. My experience at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy has been outstanding.
I can’t stress how amazing this facility and their staff is. Always with an abundance of knowledge to offer. PT via Beyond Basics is life changing and brings the client hope.
Beyond Basics has been nothing short of transformative in my health journey. After years of having my pain dismissed by various doctors, I found an OBGYN who identified that I had a hypertonic pelvic floor and should seek pelvic floor physical therapy.I searched on Google and am so grateful I came across Beyond Basics - this is truly an outstanding place if you are looking for pelvic floor experts. I have never encountered such holistic, patient-affirming care before.I was fortunate to be matched with Joanna, one of their incredible physical therapists. Joanna is so knowledgeable and an absolute joy to work with. She is not only a very skilled pelvic floor therapists, she is also patient, incredibly emotionally intelligent, and funny, and could brighten up even the worst day in my long healing journey with the crack of a joke.Thanks to Joanna and Beyond Basics, I have learned so much about my body and have developed concrete tools and pelvic floor relaxation techniques. I feel empowered in my own journey and it was worth every cent !I will say that while the price of sessions can feel daunting, they do make an effort to make pelvic health more accessible through a sliding scale and spacing out sessions. Their goal is not to make you dependent on their physical therapists, but to help you develop tools and skills so you can take control of your own health and live a pain-free life.I cannot recommend Beyond Basics enough. I hope one day all women will know about pelvic floor physical therapy and be able to access this amazing practice !
At Beyond Basics I found the help I needed for my Postpartum recovery after a traumatic delivery. Little did I know all the benefits I could get from pelvic floor PT. Here I learned a lot of tools to have a better pelvic health and improve my wellbeing. I really recommend pelvic floor PT to all women! This will help you for life.Vivian has been my PT and she is great! She has helped me in a lot of ways, physically and emotionally, she’s caring and very knowledgeable.Also, the girls from front desk are very kind.Beyond basics is a great place!
My experience with Beyond Basics has truly been life changing!After having a variety of symptoms without a true diagnosis for months, I found Beyond Basics, and, while I was completely unfamiliar with pelvic floor physical therapy before going there, I quickly realized the benefits even after my first session.I've now been working with Vivian Zhang for almost a year, and I am continuously amazed by her work. Out of all of the medical professionals that I've worked with in the past, Vivian has shown the most care and interest in my well being. Healing is definitely a journey, and Vivian has shown the utmost respect and patience for me as I work through ups and downs of my personal path. With Vivian, I feel like I have a trusted resource and someone who genuinely listens to me, and that has made such a difference in my recovery.I cannot thank Vivian, and Beyond Basics as a whole, enough for the improvement that they've made to my quality of life and I highly recommend this practice to anyone who is even remotely considering pelvic floor PT!
My therapist, Sonali Patel has a very thoughtful approach. She gives time and attention to my treatment plan. I am in very good hands. And most importantly I've had positive results. Thank you so much.
I had a great experience with PT Eliza (recommended by my pelvic rehab Dr.) She found out the source of the problem and helped with massages and simple but very effective exercise plans. I still keep doing them at home and even my chronic headaches are gone! She’s also kind, knowledgable and a great listener.
Eliza was so great to work with. She was very helpful. She is caring and compassionate. She helped me feel better. Grateful for all of her support. Can’t say enough good things. Would be better if they accepted insurance though.
Beyond Basics PT identified my needs and listened to my concerns as well as planned a treatment regimen that addressed the fundamental causes of my issues. Makayla knowledge regarding body mechanics is extraordinary.
Beyond Basics is the pelvic floor PT by which all other therapy should be judged. They are professional, kind, organized, accommodating and innovative. They helped my daughter rehab from very involved pelvic floor surgery and got her to a great place. We moved to L.A. and it was nothing but a struggle to find someplace that even came close to Beyond Basics. If you have the opportunity to go to Beyond Basics do!
I needed a specialized pt called pelvic floor therapy following rectal surgery. I found Vivian Zhang a very able and knowledgeable therapist at Beyond Basics Physical Therapy on William Street in lower Manhattan. After six weekly one hour sessions, I had a significant improvement in returning to a normal life. Vivian was very clear in her instructions, provided illustrated email instructions for at-home exercises and was available via email as needed. She was also very patient and kind with this 87 year old client.
Dr. Spielman and the Beyond Basic staff are amazing. The front desk is kind, friendly and very helpful when booking appointments.Dr. Spielman is a life saver. She helped me at a time when I had experienced months of debilitating pain. I had seen multiple specialists and tried various medications to no avail.Dr. Spielman was the first doctor to diagnose me with an overly tight pelvic floor. She has helped me with workouts, stretches and provided me with important anatomical information on my road to recovery.I am so grateful for her and I can't recommend both Dr. Spielman and Beyond Basics enough!
They took me from a high level of discomfort to pain free and I am very grateful! Beyond Basics is a highly professional and talented group of people in a field that often goes undiagnosed and should have broader reach and recognition. From the front office to the healthcare providers they are terrific. Thank you all so much!
Very caring and knowledge PT. Clean and efficient office. Learning alot!
I received excellent care at Beyond Basics
A lot of things going on in the pelvic floor. It’s interesting to learn how to relax and heal muscles in this area. My PT Carson Judkins is great, she is an excellent physiotherapist and listener.
I went to the 42nd Street unit of Beyond Basics and found the whole experience excellent. Carson was my physical therapist.She is knowledgeable and easy to be around while learning exercises to get the pelvic floor working better.
I have been a patient at the Beyondbasics PT for almost 3 years and they successfully helped me with both the pelvic floor and orthopedic issues.I have health issues and I have used several physical therapists in the past.Beyond Basics is the best!!They were recommended to me by my doctorsAnd I am grateful for the recommendations.Beyondbasics PTs are knowledgeable, attentive, patient and kind.Front desk representatives are very friendly and kind.Thank you
I am extremely grateful for Ekta's work. She figured out a complex problem within 2 visits. Importantly, I now understand the problem and know what to do to fix it. I went to so many medical specialists and Pelvic PT's and they couldn't figure out problem. I highly recommend Beyond Basics a perfect name.
Carson Judson is my therapist and my hero. Getting to the office from NJ is a challenge by car, but other transportation is not currently an option for me. Carson is why the trip is worth the effort. She is totally adaptable to whatever my condition is on a given day. Having had numerous surgeries over time, getting to a starting point for working my body back to a fully functioning machine feels overwhelming to me. But Carson just smiles and says, "Do you feel like trying this?" And there she is with exactly the right suggestion. As a result, I am so optimistic!
Iris was so caring and gentle with me (even sending me advice and pictures of exercises) I can't thank her enough!
Excellent treatment, knowledgeable therapist. Very informative and comfortable experience.
Joanna was super helpful, knowledgeable, and caring. Would absolutely recommend!
Eliza Etter is a wonderful physical therapist: knowledgeable, skilled, empathic, eager to help. I had a great experience working with her and recommend her enthusiastically.
My experience at beyond basics physical therapy has been great. My weekly sessions with Vivian have been extremely helpful. She is kind and patient, as she takes the time to answer any and all questions you may have.
I can’t say enough about what a valuable experience it has been starting Pelvic PT at Beyond Basics with Vivian. I finally decided to try pelvic PT after 6 yrs post partum! I had been told several times it was unlikely to be effective and was hesitant to even try. I am utterly amazed by what a difference it has made after only a few months. Vivian helped to educate and correct a lot of misinformation I received over the years and was incredibly encouraging with very clear and doable instruction. I can’t thank her enough! This has really changed my quality of life and given me hope.
I'm having a wonderful experience at Beyond Basics. The secretaries are so sweet and PT Joanna is exceptionally knowledgeable, compassionate, patient and thorough!
This place is awesome! I attended their functional wellness event and all of the doctors were so nice. The admin who organized the event made everything run smoothly and organized little gift bags for us. Everything was done with care and I so appreciate the focus on preventative approaches to wellness. I learned so much about my posture, balance, and movement patterns. Highly recommend visiting here!
I’ve been seeing Iris Platt, and my experience has been excellent. Not only is she super knowledgeable, she also makes you feel comfortable, listens to you, and makes sure the plan works for you. Everyone so far has been great, but Iris is amazing!
The therapists at beyond basics are extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I have seen a lot of progress since I have started treatment there.
the most attentive care and informative sessions. Provide lots of at home exercises. Been a month an already seeing progress. The front desk staff are kind and helpful just as the therapists! Worth every penny!
This place is a dream and an oasis of rest for anyone with endometriosis. I cannot recommend BB highly enough and the billing department and Yarisa are saints for the way they’ve helped me be able to receive physical therapy. Everyone I’ve interacted with there has been kind, compassionate and empathetic and have gone above and beyond what I expected from Memphis at the front desk to Stephanie, my PT, to Yarisa, the billing director. I feel like I can finally breathe so much more easily because they’ve made it possible for me to receive the treatment I need and I’m so grateful. Also, the space is so beautiful and well thought out and soothing. I’ve had nothing but good experiences and I always thought Beyond Basics was out of reach for me but the billing department have proven that they will work and advocate for anyone who needs treatment to be able to receive it and I so appreciate it. They’re wonderful allies and angels for women with endo. It’s so hard getting the treatments needed in NY and even harder to get them covered but Yarisa worked so hard for me and was able to get my treatment covered and I’m still in shock. Women with endo all need angels looking out for them like Yarisa. She has my deepest gratitude.
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Treatment for Orthopedic Issues & Disorders

If you are experiencing pain in your musculoskeletal system, Beyond Basics Physical Therapy can help. Request your appointment by giving our Midtown office a call at (212) 354-2622 or our Downtown office at (212) 267-0240.
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