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Dr. Schenkman’s First Spartan Race

IMG_1285Lately everywhere I turn, I hear of people doing obstacle course races. It seems to have been the fad for this decade. So, I finally jumped on the bandwagon and signed up for my first race – the “Spartan Sprint” – which is between 3-5 miles containing 20-23 obstacles. The obstacles include rope climbs, spear throws, wall climbs, heavy bucket carries, monkey bars and more!  Even though the sprint is the shortest of the Spartan races, there is still a lot of endurance and strength required to finish.

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Physical Therapy Through the Years

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Curated by Dr. Marnie Wortman, PT, DPT October is National Physical Therapy Month! To kick things off, we thought it would be fun to take a look at how much physical therapy has changed and progressed over the years.  Physical … Continue reading

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Get to Know IronPT Manager, Claudia

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What do you like most about working in a PT clinic?  I love seeing the before and afters! Some patients come in thinking they’ll never get back to normal, and the best part is seeing them recover sooner than expected and HOP on out of … Continue reading

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Rutgers Unite Half Marathon & 8K – 4.17.16 (1st 150 Registrants Get in for $17.66)

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RUN. RAH. RUTGERS HALF Your Chance To Get in for $17.66 – 9.30.15 Summer may be ending but before you know it Spring will be here and you know what that means, time for the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon and … Continue reading

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Back on the Golf Course after Two Injuries!

Patient of the Month Our patient of the month, John, probably got to know us a little better than he would have liked this year! Just as he was finishing up therapy for one injury, he had an accident that caused … Continue reading

Ironman Triathlete: How she got back on her feet…literally!!

Congratulations Stacey!! When you meet this Ironmother, you know you’re crossing paths with someone special. If you’ve seen her spring up a rope, throw weight over her head or whiz past people in a triathlon, you know she’s tough as nails, but she is also one of the kindest and most gracious people you will ever connect with.Quinn

Like many competitors, the hardest part of injury is often mental. When you thrive on movement, being sidelined can be devastating and sometimes paralyze your recovery. I had to give my CrossFit buddy some tough love at the beginning, but once she committed, I got nothing but the best. I’m so proud of every bit of effort she put into therapy, and I could not be more excited to see her get back out there. She’ll be passing me on the roads again in no time!!!!

In her Own Words…

Three Words to Describe Me: Grateful, Loyal and Determined

What brought you to PT? Two broken bones in my foot coupled with a sprained ankle on January 1st landed me in a boot for 2 months. When the bones did not show proper healing, I was put back on crutches for another month. Finally in April, three months after my accident and still in a boot, I limped into Iron PT.

How have you benefitted from PT? I consider myself a physically active person busy raising three daughters.  My injury caused everything in my life to come to a grinding halt. I could drive but not much else.  Basic household chores and errands became very challenging. The longer the injury lingered, the less activity I was allowed and the more my frustration grew. After one particular doctors appointment, I was told to go home, sit on the couch and do nothing else.  After 10 weeks, that was not what I wanted to hear. After weeks of sitting on the couch, I got the ok to start physical therapy. It was such a relief to just start moving again and begin the process of regaining normal function. Having Dr. Mayes and the Iron PT staff with me every step of my treatment to support and challenge me is the main reason I am back running, riding and swimming today.

What would you say to someone with the same injury? Some breaks don’t heal as well as others. And when you break the navicular bone in your foot, the healing process can be long and arduous and surgery is sometimes necessary. I would suggest someone with the same injury to see a specialist and line up your physical therapy appointments. After being in a boot for as long as I was caused a lot of mobility issues once the breaks healed. I was at my lowest mentally for my first appointment at Iron PT as it just didn’t seem like my foot would ever heal. It was swollen to twice its size and I was walking with a limp. Dr. Mayes told me it was going to be fine, he had seen worse and to change my attitude. It was what I needed to hear. I had to check my negative attitude, get busy working and be patient with my injury. The healing process takes time and you can not hurry it along.

What are you most excited about getting back to? It was an agonizingly long winter which dragged into Spring. I am just so excited to get back to moving without any pain or limitations! I coached my first several lacrosse practices this spring on crutches while trying to maintain some measure of fitness. I had to pull out of my favorite triathlon in Avalon last weekend but knew it was the right decision. I am on the road back and happy to just be lacing up my running shoes again. Although I’m not ready to race, I’m looking forward to doing a few triathlons and working out with Dr. Mayes again at CrossFit. I miss the workouts and the wonderful community of friends there. As I continue to regain my strength and fitness, I am so thankful to have Dr. Mayes and the Iron PT staff in my life!

Positive Attitude + Physical Therapy – Back Pain = Wellness

Patient of the Month

Meet Mark, our May 2015 patient of the month! Mark is someone who exemplifies the power of a positive attitude amidst life’s challenges. He not only brings enthusiasm to every session, but he is one of the funniest people I have met. He literally has the entire clinic laughing by the time he leaves. 
As a doctor, I most appreciate Mark’s ability to receive and apply the information we discuss. I know that he will really utilize the knowledge and skills he’s learned in therapy as he moves forward. It was a true pleasure to support Mark in his journey towards wellness! 

In his Own Words…

Three Words That Describe You:  Artistic – Amiable – Altruistic

What brought you to PT? Word of mouth recommendation
along with a bulging disk that prevented me from doing
movements that I took for granted.

How have you benefitted from PT? Mentally, I realized
how important a daily regimen is. Physically, I recognize and
understand how important core strength is as well as balance.
All in all, I now realize how important it is to keep moving and
not become complacent or sedentary ever.

What would you say to someone with the same injury?
I would (of course) recommend Iron PT to anyone I come across who is suffering. Actually I already have. In the 3 months that I have been a patient, I have seen many different injuries or ailments come through the door that needed resolution. For example, my wife was a patient for her painful wrist. Now, she not only has no pain, but also knows what she did wrong that created the situation and strives to implement the corrective measures learned at Iron PT. So at Iron, you not only get pain relief, but also get educated on top of it…a win/win in my book.

What are you most excited about getting back to?
I am excited to get back to the links. I drove 20 or so practice
balls the other day pain free. I’m just excited to get out of bed
and stand without much pain anymore, and of course I will use
all of the education I learned going forward.