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Michael Zazzali gets his own page on the Huffington Post!

By • Oct 6th, 2013 • Category: Blog

Michael Zazzali Huffington Post



Since the summer Mike has been writing physical therapy articles for the Huffington Post. Topics to date include articles on tennis elbow, rotator cuff injuries, carpal tunnel syndrome, knee dysfunction, and preventing ACL injuries in the female athlete.

Huffington Post- Michael Zazzali

10-11-2011: “Advanced Evaluation of the Shoulder for the Overhead Athlete” by Michael Zazzali

By • Oct 11th, 2011 • Category: Blog


As part of the NYU Hospital for Joint Disease’s Network Education Lecture series, our own Michael Zazzali will be lecturing the evaluation component of the “Shoulder Injuries in the Overhead Athlete- SLAP Tear Repair and Treatment” presentation. The program is as follows:

SLAP Tear Repair – Andrew Rokito, MD
Advanced Evaluation – Michael Zazzali, PT, DSc.PT, OCS
Rehabilitation and Microinstability – Tim Tyler, PT

Tuesday, October 11th*, 2011
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Where: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases- Loeb Auditorium
301 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

This lecture is for network members only.

Fovia Software- A Stunning Look Inside the Human Body

By • Mar 22nd, 2010 • Category: Blog

Using a Mac and Fovia software, Richard Breiman has developed a technique for rendering 2D images taken from CT scans to a more comprehensive 3D view of the body.  One look at his work and anyone would agree this is taking imaging of the human body to the next level. This advance has allowed medical professionals to provide more accurate diagnoses, plan intricate surgeries, and teach anatomy with superb fidelity.

Interview with Richard Breiman on the Apple website.

Click here to view some amazing movies of the human body created by Fovia software.

Inflatable Lumbar Pillow

By • Mar 19th, 2010 • Category: Blog, Helpful Products

I often recommend that patients use a lumbar pillow whenever sitting for prolonged periods. The inflatable McKenzie Airback is portable enough to bring to the theater, performances, and long train trips without being too conspicuous. There is also a self inflating version found below.

Original McKenzie Airback Lumbar Roll
The Original McKenzie Self-Inflating Airback

A poor fitting bra may contribute to neck pain

By • Mar 18th, 2010 • Category: Blog

Did you know?

  • 80% of women wear the wrong size bra
  • only 10-15% of the support should come from the shoulder straps.  If your straps are cutting into your shoulder you need another bra.
  • weight gain/loss may necessitate changing your bra

I’m obviously not an authority on this but a female physical therapist pointed out that when treating female patients, especially those with a larger chest, always make sure they have been fitted with a proper bra.  This can provide a profound amount of relief by decreasing neck/shoulder strain and improving one’s posture.  It may not be a complete solution, but it may reduce one of the contributing factors.

In researching this I found the process can be surprisingly complicated.  Below I have provided some information on finding the perfect  fit, but when in doubt one should see a professional who can find the right size and manufacturer for your body type.


Some websites of interest:

Three recommended bra fitters in NYC:

Bra Smyth
2177 Broadway
(corner of 77th St.)
NY, NY 10024

The Town Shop
2273 Broadway (between 81st/82nd Sts.)
New York, NY 10024
Phone: (212) 787–2762

Intimacy on Madison
Corner of 90th and Madison
1252 Madison Ave.
New York, New York 10128 USA
Phone (212) 860-8366
Store Hours
Monday – Saturday 10AM – 7PM
Sunday 12PM – 6PM

Resistance Cords

By • Feb 20th, 2010 • Category: Blog, Helpful Products

For those interested in creating a home gym or taking exercises on the road, exercise cords are a good, lightweight alternative to dumbbells.  These kits often come with an anchor which allows you to attach it in a doorway for lateral or overhead exercises.

I have included 2 links for price comparison.

resistance bands

Stackable Resistance Bands Cords Tubings

Resistance Bands Set

Aquabells- weights for exercising while traveling

By • Dec 19th, 2009 • Category: Blog, Helpful Products

For those who travel often and find it difficult to maintain a consistent exercise program, these might be the perfect solution.  They pack lightly but can give a legitimate workout when filled with water.

Aquabells at Skymall

Management tools for the patient

By • Dec 13th, 2009 • Category: Blog, What's New


We hope you find these useful:

  • Email Reminders- sign up to be reminded 1 business day before your appointment .
  • Wait List Request- Can’t get on the schedule for a desired time?  Let us know and we’ll do our best to find you that appointment.
  • Request a copy of your schedule.
  • SMS text message or leave a voicemail at (347) 637-8269.  This will get to us wherever we are.

Let us know if there is anything else we can do to improve the way we deliver health care.

Ivar Pack- Good ergonomics for a backpack

By • Nov 15th, 2009 • Category: Blog, Helpful Products, What's New

ivar_shelf_designivar comparison

Chronic neck and shoulder pain is often exacerbated by people carrying too much on their backs, especially for those in metropolitan areas that need to carry their belongings throughout the day or students that are lugging around heavy text books.

The Ivar pack attempts to evenly distribute the weight of the pack, bringing items closer to your body (to decrease the torque load) and stacking the weight vertically.  The larger packs have a waist strap which takes the stress off the shoulders and distributes the weight through the pelvis, which is even better.  Although the best strategy to relieve pain is to lighten the load, the Ivar may be a good solution for those unable change their ways.

Ivar, The Backpack Reinvented

How Health Insurance Works

By • Oct 29th, 2009 • Category: Blog


Now more than ever we, as health care providers, find ourselves trying to explain to patients how their health insurance works. I finally found a site which brings some clarity to the subject in one place.

Some topics covered:

Their articles and podcasts attempt to approach the topics in a straight ahead factual manner.

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