TWO Locations!
Miller Place &
Wading River

 
Where caring & knowledge
can help you recover.

TWO Locations!
Miller Place &
Wading River

 
Where caring & knowledge
can help you recover.

TWO Locations!
Miller Place &
Wading River

 
Where caring & knowledge
can help you recover.

TWO Locations!
Miller Place &
Wading River

 
Where caring & knowledge
can help you recover.

TWO Locations!
Miller Place &
Wading River

 
Where caring & knowledge
can help you recover.

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

At Wading River Physical Therapy,
we have one goal –
TO GET YOU BETTER.


      To provide, in an ethical and forthright manner, individualized therapeutic physical therapy rehabilitative services, and to promote health and wellness in a welcoming atmosphere of clinical excellence and patient advocacy.

We provide physical therapy and rehabilitation services for people suffering from a variety of orthopedic and neurological conditions, recovering from auto- and work-related injuries, or rehabilitating after surgery. We also provide specialized sports physical therapy for injured athletes.

Pain control is an important aspect of physical therapy. Emphasizing a hands-on approach (also known as manual therapy), therapeutic exercises, and a variety of other modalities (treatments), we work to help you reach your functional goals and reduce your pain.

Our staff doesn’t believe in “one size fits all.” We work with you and your physician to set goals and develop treatment plans that are right for you – ones that meet your specific needs and return you to optimal function.

Since 2002, Wading River Physical Therapy has been privileged to serve the communities of Long Island’s North Shore and continues toward our goal of helping people in their recovery, to return to a pain-free and improved quality of life after injury, illness, or surgery.

We provide each and every patient with the same personal care and service we expect for ourselves and our loved ones. When you come to Wading River Physical Therapy, you’re not just a patient, you’re one of the family.

Wading River Physical Therapy is owned and operated by Walter VanCura, PT, DPT.

Low Back Pain: Why You Should Get Physical Therapy First

Over any 3-month period, about 25% of Americans will have low back pain. In most cases, it is mild and disappears on its own. But sometimes the pain lingers, returns, or worsens, leading to a decrease in function and quality of life.
In an era when back pain is often over-treated, due in part to unhelpful imaging scans (like x-rays) that may lead to unnecessary surgery, narcotics, and higher costs, physical therapy is a proven and cost-effective treatment option that you should consider as a first choice.
Studies show that early physical therapy for low back pain significantly lowers the total scope and cost of care.
Here's why you should consider getting physical therapy first:
Back Pain Often Leads to Missed Work and Overly Expensive Treatment
• According to the most recent news release (December 2014) Employee Cost Index from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 200,000 incidents related to back injury were reported in 2013, causing an average of 7 days of missed work.
• Direct costs to treat back problems totaled $30.3 billion in 2007. Of that, $4.5 billion was spent on prescription medications. The average expenditure per person for treatment was $1,589, and $446 for prescription medications.
Physical Therapy Is An Effective, Cheaper First Choice
• Scientific research overwhelmingly points to the effectiveness of conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, for low back pain. Despite this, and published guidelines suggesting conservative treatment as the best first option, physicians still often order imaging scans (like x-rays), prescribe narcotics, and refer patients to other physicians, including surgeons.
• A September 2013 study found that there was no significant difference in outcomes between patients who chose spinal fusion surgery, as compared to those who chose the nonoperative treatment (physical therapy).
• An award winning 2015 study demonstrated substantial potential for lowered costs and reduced health care utilization for patients who received, and adhered to, early physical therapy for low back pain.

Contact us at Wading River Physical Therapy, P.C. in Wading River or Miller Place to receive an evaluation or more information, 877-PTWORKS
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10 Excellent Exercises for the Pool

1. Water walking or jogging: Start with forward and backward walking in chest or waist high water. Walk about 10-20 steps forward, and then walk backward. Increase speed to make it more difficult. Also, increase intensity by jogging gently in place. Alternate jogging for 30 seconds with walking in place for 30 seconds. Continue for 5 minutes.

2. Forward and side lunges: Standing near a pool wall for support, if necessary, take an oversized lunge step in a forward direction. Do not let the forward knee advance past the toes. Return to the starting position and repeat with the other leg. For a side lunge, face the pool wall and take an oversized step to the side. Keep toes facing forward. Repeat on the other side. Try 3 sets of 10 lunge steps. For variation, lunge walk in a forward or sideways direction instead of staying in place.

3. One leg balance: Stand on 1 leg while raising the other knee to hip level. Place a pool noodle under the raised leg, so the noodle forms a “U” with your foot in the center of the U. Hold as long as you can up to 30 seconds and switch legs. Try 1-2 sets of 5 on each leg.

4. Sidestepping Face the pool wall. Take sideways steps with your body and toes facing the wall. Take 10-20 steps in 1 direction and then return. Repeat twice in each direction.

5. Hip kickers at pool wall: Stand with the pool wall to one side of your body for support. Move 1 leg in a forward direction with the knee straight, like you are kicking. Return to start. Then move the same leg to the side, and return to the start position. Lastly, move that same leg behind you. Repeat 3 sets of 10 and switch the kicking leg.

6. Pool planks: Hold the noodle in front of you. Lean forward into a plank position. The noodle will be submerged under the water, and your elbows should be straight downward toward the pool floor. Your feet should still be on the pool floor. Hold as long as comfortable, 15-60 seconds depending on your core strength. Repeat 3-5 times.

7. Deep water bicycle: In deeper water, loop 1-2 noodles around the back of your body and rest your arms on top of the noodle for support in the water. Move your legs as if you are riding a bicycle. Continue for 3-5 minutes.

8. Arm raises: Using arm paddles or webbed gloves for added resistance, hold arms at your sides. Bend your elbows to 90 degrees. Raise and lower elbows and arms toward the water surface, while the elbows remain bent to 90 degrees. Repeat for 3 sets of 10.

9. Push ups: While standing in the pool by the pool side, place arms shoulder width apart on pool edge. Press weight through your hands and raise your body up and half way out of the water, keeping elbows slightly bent. Hold 3 seconds and slowly lower back into pool. (Easier variation: Wall push up on side of pool: place hands on edge of pool shoulder width apart, bend elbows, and lean chest toward the pool wall.)

10. Standing knee lift: Stand against the pool wall with both feet on the floor. Lift 1 knee up like you are marching in place. While the knee is lifted even with your hip, straighten your knee. Continue to bend and straighten your knee 10 times, and then repeat on the other leg. Complete 3 sets of 10 on each leg. For more of a challenge, try this exercise without standing against the pool wall. Authored by Julie A. Mulcahy, PT, MPT

Call Wading River Physical Therapy, P.C. in Miller Place or in Wading River to find out more about how Physical Therapy can help you or to make an appointment. 631-929-8200
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WHAT OUR PATIENTS ARE SAYING

The staff has always gone out of their way to help in any way they could. I recommend Wading River Physical Therapy when ever I have the chance. The staff is courteous and helpful all of the time…

Janet Blum

Shirley, NY

I walked into the office of Wading River Physical Therapy in Miller Place with a dislocated shoulder. After many intense visits, I am now able to move on with my life.
I would like to thank Walter VanCura…

Nicholas Mulhern

Middle Island, NY

My experience at Wading River Physical Therapy has been great. Everyone is so nice and very caring. Everything is very organized and I am always doing something to help my injuries get better.

Makayla Meeker

Shoreham, NY

Coming here has made me feel confident that my foot will recover with the best possible result I can get. Walter VanCura, PT runs a very professional office and each patient is given the best care!

Maureen Reynolds

Port Jefferson Station, NY

Two Locations!

Wading River

Wading River Physical Therapy, PC
5958 Route 25A
Wading River, NY 11792
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Miller Place

Wading River Physical Therapy, PC
159 Route 25A, Suite E
Miller Place, NY 11764
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