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Tracy Zukowski, our Director of Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, is publishing a series of articles in local papers to share news and insights in Physical Therapy. Check back frequently to read the articles reposted here. You can also contact us today to sign up for our email newsletter to ensure you don't miss out on any Club or Physical Therapy news.  If you have specific questions for Tracy, you may contact her directly at

If you have any questions or would like to make an appointment, please call 732-636-5151 today. We accept most insurance and are happy to contact yours to determine your benefits. And remember, you have the right to choose your own therapy facility. Choose the one that will treat you the way you want. You can find us at The Club at Woodbridge – 585 Main Street. Where Medicine and Fitness Meet.

PT Spotlight

The Home News Tribune, 9 January 2017. Print.


The classic “push-up” is an exercise that can be performed anywhere and at any time. Convenience aside, this old-school exercise provides a good measurement of strength and is still used by the U.S. Army to assess strength and endurance. This all-around exercise works the arms, chest, abdomen, hips, and legs. It can be modified to fit the exerciser’s ability and adjusted  as performance proficiency increases. For instance, chest-muscle activity increases  when push-ups are performed with the hands placed halfway inward from their normal position. In addition, by placing their hands in more outward positions, exercisers can work more on their triceps. If you haven’t already attempted to do a push-up, try working on it now.  

Understanding the mechanics of a proper push up and how different positions work different parts of your body is just one part of a complete work out. If you would like to begin or improve your exercise regimen, let our experienced therapists help. We will work with you to create a routine that takes into account your unique goals.

P.S. If you cannot perform a push-up the traditional way, try doing it on your knees.

The Home News Tribune, 23 January 2017. Print.


Most women recognize that working out regularly produces a number of health benefits, both physical and mental. Yet, some women begin exercising and then quit. To find out why, researchers looked at a database containing information about 13,000 people ages 12 and older. Particular attention was paid to people who began exercising when they entered the study, but chose to stop exercising later. When they looked at a variety of factors (socioeconomic status, lifestyle, and health) during the two years before they stopped exercising, researchers found that the most common reasons for women to become sedentary were obesity, pain, and even becoming healthy. Surprisingly, some women decided to quit once they reached their goals instead of maintaining their gains.

Our experienced therapists understand the unique needs of women. We can provide the personal attention and motivations that you need to get fit and stay in the groove.

P.S. It is recommended that anyone interested in taking up regular exercise find a form of exercise that can be sustained through pain or body changes. Physical therapists are experts in this area.

The Home News Tribune, 6 February 2017. Print.


Every 25 seconds, a child is taken to the emergency room for a sports-related injury. One possible reason for this may be that young athletes ignore their injuries and feel pressured to play even when hurt. According to a survey of 3,000 athletes, coaches, and parents by Safe Kids Worldwide, 42 percent of children admitted to downplaying or hiding their injuries so that they could go on playing. Fifty-three percent of coaches indicated that they felt pressure to place injured players back in the game. And, nearly one-third of the kids surveyed said that they felt it was “normal” to play rough in games in order to “send a message” to their opponents. These attitudes place players at unnecessary risk.   

That said, even in best sports cultures, sometimes kids get hurt. If your child needs help recovering from a sports injury, please call our office to make an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists. We can provide the personalized hands-on care that your little one needs to get back into the swing of things.

P.S. It is not a good idea for children with growing bodies to subject themselves to a professional-sports mentality that places such a high emphasis on winning at any cost. 

The Home News Tribune, 20 February 2017. Print.


Wear-and-tear osteoarthritis not only strikes the knees and hips, but it can also affect the hands. As a result of the breakdown of the cartilage in the finger joints and the consequent inflammation and pain, arthritis sufferers may find it difficult to perform daily tasks. At this point, hand therapy may be a good treatment option. A certified hand therapist is an occupational or physical therapist with specialized training, who can evaluate and treat conditions affecting the hands. After assessing the needs of those afflicted with hand arthritis, the hand therapist can provide advice on modifying or avoiding activities that cause pain and recommend gentle range-of-motion exercises that can be performed when the joint is not inflamed or painful. 

Painful hands can affect every aspect of your life. No matter what the cause of your pain, let our experienced therapists help you. We will work with you to create a personalize regimen based on your body and your needs.  We also help if you’re dealing with pain in your shoulders, knees, ankles, or back.

P.S. Hand therapy includes advice on icing techniques and instruction regarding splints to support the hand in less painful positions and enable it to rest. 

The Home News Tribune, 6 March 2017. Print.


The primary tenet of Darwinian Theory recently received added credence when a study found that poor physical fitness is second only to smoking as a predictor of early death. The research involved nearly 800 men, who underwent exercise testing at age 54 to assess their aerobic capacity. They were then placed in one of three groups, depending on their level of fitness. The study participants were followed until the time of their deaths or 45 years. The researchers found that those in the group with the lowest aerobic capacity faced the greatest risk of death from any cause. Each group above the lowest benefited from a 21% lower risk of death from any cause than the group immediately below it. 

Our therapists understand the unique needs of athletes. We can provide the hands-on help that you need to get back into the swing of things, no matter what sport you play.  

P.S. A physical therapist can help you to develop a fitness regimen that allows for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week. 

The Home News Tribune, 20 March 2017. Print.


Even people who work out regularly sometimes find that they hurt themselves while performing everyday tasks around the house. The fact is that even comprehensive exercise routines often miss key areas of the body that are needed to execute some of the simplest everyday movements. In recognition of this problem, physical therapists can recommend as well as guide clients through “functional fitness” exercises that train their muscles to work together and prepare them to undertake required work. In short, functional fitness helps individuals so that they are better able to reach, bend, stretch, squat, lift, rotate, and extend through their normal range of movement. These abilities become increasingly important as we age.  

If you’re interested in improving your functional fitness or your fitness level in general, then please make an appointment with one of our experienced physical therapists. We can work with you to create a regimen specifically designed around your unique goals and limitations, whether that’s improving overall fitness or just increasing your core strength.

P.S. If you have trouble getting in and out of a chair, the problem rests with weak hips, not achy knees. 

The Home News Tribune, 3 April 2017. Print.


Because falling often leads to broken bones that can dramatically increase seniors’ risk of surgery, hospitalization, and disability, it’s important for them to take steps to prevent falls. Aside from fall-proofing their homes (slip-proofing rugs, adding lighting, etc.), seniors should do what they can to strengthen their muscles. Loss of muscle conditioning (especially in the legs) can render seniors unsteady on their feet and more susceptible to falls caused by tripping. It takes “muscle power,” the ability to exert force quickly, to remain upright on slippery or uneven surfaces. Abnormalities in the way that a person walks can also contribute to falls. A physical therapist can assess gait and prescribe a strengthening program that improves balance and/or prescribe a cane.

If you’re interested in reducing your fall risk, please call 732-636-5151. We can work with you to improve your balance and muscle power and overall health. We can also help if you are recovering from a nasty fall or surgery. Let our experienced therapists provide you with the personalized care that you deserve.

P.S. One-quarter of seniors who suffer hip fractures will die within the following year. 

The Home News Tribune, 17 April 2017. Print.


Because hips are among the largest weight-bearing joints in the body, they are particularly vulnerable to injury and damage. On top of that, osteoarthritis of the hip is a progressive, degenerative disorder that affects one in ten adults, with symptoms ranging from pain (after intense joint loading) to morning pain/stiffness and impaired everyday mobility. While there is no cure short of hip-replacement surgery, appropriate exercise therapy can delay the disease’s progression and alleviate symptoms. Stengthening surrounding muscles can help protect hips from excessive wear and tear.  In addition to exercises such as hip stretches, squats, and range of motion movements, the physical therapist may recommend “trigger point therapy” to address any “knots” in surrounding muscles that may be affecting mobility.

Whether you’re trying to recover from hip replacement or trying to put off surgery, our experienced therapists can help. We will work with you, one on one, to create a regimen that is tailored to your unique needs and limitations. Then we’ll provide the personalized guidance and motivation that you need to meet your goals.

P.S. By manipulating painful hip joints, the physical therapist can release pinched joint capsules, break down adhesions (scarring) that are restricting the joint, and unlock stiff areas that are causing pain. 

The Home News Tribune, 1 May 2017. Print.


A groin strain is a stretch, tear, or complete rupture of the muscle that extends from the pubic bone to the inside of the thigh. Soccer players, who often suffer groin injuries, should know that a 20-minute warm-up (performed two to three times a week in the pre-season) can cut soccer players’ groin injuries by nearly one-third. The exercises, which include warm-up, dynamic stretching, and strengthening moves, reduced groin injuries by 28 percent in the professional soccer players who were enlisted in the prevention program. It is important that soccer players of all types perform proper warm-ups to ensure that groin injuries do not reach the chronic stage, at which point surgery is often required.

Whether you’re a soccer player or a marathon runner, your particular sport puts you at risk for particular kinds of injuries. Our experienced therapists know that athletes have unique needs and we can provide the personalized care that you need to get healthy again, no matter what you play. In addition, we can help if you’re recovering from surgery, a bad fall, or a car crash.

P.S. A strained groin can be caused by overuse of the primary inner thigh muscle while sprinting, changing directions, jumping to catch a ball, running uphill, and landing after a jump. 


The article for May 1, 2017 will be the final article in print. For more helpful physical therapy tips or to schedule an appointment with Tracy Zukowski, our Director of Physical Therapy and Sports Rehab, or our amazing PTSR staff, contact us today at or call 732-636-5151. Thank you.

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