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Four Tips for Preventing Little League Elbow
Medial epicondyle apophysitis -- better known by its street name "little league elbow" -- is an inflammation of the inner elbow that affects an alarming number of youth baseball players...
Breast Implants: Physical Therapy for Capsular Contracture
American women are getting breast implant surgery more than ever before. In 2010 alone, 296,203 American women had breast augmentation. And all of these women should be aware of a side effect that...
What’s Best: Heat or Ice After Exercise?
Football and soccer moms ask me all of the time: “Is it better to use heat or ice for an injury?” This is an age-old argument; in short, ice is the best treatment for acute post-exercise recovery...
Backpacks: Chronic Pain Waiting to Happen
As a physical therapist, my job isn't just to treat my patient’s injuries. I've also got to advise them on how to avoid similar injuries in the future. A good physical therapist doesn’t just heal...
Luke Bongiorrno is managing director of NY SportsMed & Physical Therapy. One of New York City's most prominent physical therapists, Luke practices a "hands-on" approach, combining his advanced manual skills, including trigger point therapy and myofascial release with neuromuscular/exercise re-education, optimizing his patient's recovery and performance. Because of his impressive success rate, New York City's leading surgeons refer their most difficult cases to Luke to help their patients return to optimal function and prevent recurrent injury.
Among the most highly regarded in his field, Luke is in demand internationally as an educator, certifying other therapists at a mastery level in advanced manual skills. This year Luke has been booked to teach advanced skills courses to elite physical therapists in Lisbon, San Paulo, Houston, Dubai, Rio de Janeiro, Australia, Johannesburg, Holland and New York City. Luke is a trusted provider for athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLS leagues.
Luke has a strong belief that education improves the quality of his industry. He teaches courses on Manual Therapy, myofascial release, trigger point therapies, Neurofascial mobilization, and spine pathology.
As an avid athlete, Luke is at the cutting-edge of helping fellow athletes return to their sport after an injury. He has extensive experience in the management of acute and chronic sporting injuries, and has both completed marathons and been part of the medical team for marathons and triathlons around the country. Luke is also affiliated with football and triathlon teams. He treats professional and Olympic athletes, as well as touring performing arts/dance company members.
Luke graduated with honors from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and has since received the Mastery Certification in Manual Therapy. Luke also has training in McKenzie Method mechanical diagnosis and therapy, McConnell knee and shoulder treatment, and advanced taping techniques. He is currently involved in clinical research focused on injury management and is developing guidelines for injury prevention in sports medicine and in the workplace.
Luke is certified as a personal trainer by the International Sports and Fitness Training Association (ISFTA) and an active member of the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as the Sports Physical Therapy Association.