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Dr. Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT

Physical Therapist

Dr. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT is a top Physical Therapist in Fairfield, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Fairfield, NJ, Dr. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
16 years Experience
Dr. Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT
  • Clifton, NJ
  • Seton Hall University
  • Accepting new patients

What could be the cause of a painless swelling in baby’s tibia bone?

I would love to answer that question, but there could be many factors. If the baby doesn't have a bruise showing the baby kicked something, I would bring the baby to have it looked READ MORE
I would love to answer that question, but there could be many factors. If the baby doesn't have a bruise showing the baby kicked something, I would bring the baby to have it looked at by their pediatrician. Without mechanism of injury, I would always err on the side of caution. More than likely it's nothing and it was related to the baby crawling or playing but as a dad, I would have it checked out further.

Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT

Is joint pain a symptom of gout?

It can be. Typically, joint pain affects the smaller joints such as your toes. It can be in your bigger joints, but it can be other things such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, READ MORE
It can be. Typically, joint pain affects the smaller joints such as your toes. It can be in your bigger joints, but it can be other things such as rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, etc. It's in your best interest to further investigate with simple blood work. In regards to exercise, no matter what you have, exercise is always beneficial. However, speak to a physical therapist to determine which exercises are for you at this given time. The wrong exercise at the wrong time may be more negative than positive. When in doubt, listen to your symptoms. Increase in pain longer than a 24-hour period is usually a sign of either too much activity or wrong activity.

Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT

When I type on the computer I am having a pain in my wrist. What could be the reason?

Based on the information provided, its tough to tell. Do you have pain in the wrist when grabbing/carrying/manipulating things in standing or any other position then just sitting. READ MORE
Based on the information provided, its tough to tell. Do you have pain in the wrist when grabbing/carrying/manipulating things in standing or any other position then just sitting. deos your wrist pain changed with head movements such as if you look up or turned all the way to either direction? If it just when you type, you may be suffering inflammation to either your wrist flexors/finger flexors or extensors. I would try to do some wrest stretches, followed by wrist and gripping exercises. If symptoms persists, get evaluated to find out the causes of your pain.

I have increased twitching in the left thumb. Is that a sign of cervical disc herniation worsening?

twitching/fasciculations in itself is not a sign of disc herniation. Weakness, numbness, tingling, and decreased reflexes are more common signs of disc herniation. Also, remember, READ MORE
twitching/fasciculations in itself is not a sign of disc herniation. Weakness, numbness, tingling, and decreased reflexes are more common signs of disc herniation. Also, remember, many people have herniated discs without any pain or symptoms. Do not get caught up on the MRI results as most people recover with rehabilitation.

After a hip surgery, when can I resume exercise?

discuss this with your surgeon as there are many "hip bone" surgeries. 3 months of bed rest is a very long time and I am not familiar of any common surgery that recommends "bed READ MORE
discuss this with your surgeon as there are many "hip bone" surgeries. 3 months of bed rest is a very long time and I am not familiar of any common surgery that recommends "bed rest" for 3 months

My knee hurts every time I try and jog. What could be the reason behind this?

running is a activity just like pitching in baseball is a activity. Just running is like telling a Major League Baseball pitcher to just through a ball as hard as they can 100 READ MORE
running is a activity just like pitching in baseball is a activity. Just running is like telling a Major League Baseball pitcher to just through a ball as hard as they can 100 times a day......they will injure themselves very quickly. Running/jogging is a great Activity, but you need to make sure you are physical fit to tolerate the demands of running. I recommend supplement jogging with other exercises such as weight training

I get a pain in my lower back when I sit. How can I reduce the pain?

you should avoid sitting for so long during the 16 hours. For example get up for 1 minute every hour just to stretch out. Do some McKenzie standing extensions (youtube it). READ MORE
you should avoid sitting for so long during the 16 hours. For example get up for 1 minute every hour just to stretch out. Do some McKenzie standing extensions (youtube it). Also, when you are not working, i would highly recommend to exercise (weight training, cross training, pilates, yoga) any exercises that gets you moving all over to counter balance the sedentary job you have.

My shoulder hurts when I raise my arm. What should I do?

get evaluated by a physical therapist to assess why its hurting in the first place

I'm only 23 and experiencing knee pain during exercise. Why?

just knee pain doesn't correlated with Rheumatic diseases. Usually effects smaller joints like hands and feet and is bilateral. Not big joint and only 1. Also, just running READ MORE
just knee pain doesn't correlated with Rheumatic diseases. Usually effects smaller joints like hands and feet and is bilateral. Not big joint and only 1. Also, just running or swimming is not great on the body. you need to do other exercises to tolerate the stress you put on your body while running, prolonged walking, and swimming. Try weight training

I have a constant lower back pain. Can it he managed through exercise?

Constant? Does your symptoms change with position or activity? If there is no change in your symptoms, you see your MD as it can be something more than just a orthopedic problem. READ MORE
Constant? Does your symptoms change with position or activity? If there is no change in your symptoms, you see your MD as it can be something more than just a orthopedic problem. If there is change, that's great. That means its more than likely orthopedic/musculoskeletal related. Specific exercises? you would need to be evaluated. Call a reputable physical therapist in your area to be evaluated and see what they recommend

Knee replacement therapy

depending on what kind of work you do. If you do office work, you can be back to work 4-6 weeks however you still will need to undergo physical therapy. Walking normally is usually READ MORE
depending on what kind of work you do. If you do office work, you can be back to work 4-6 weeks however you still will need to undergo physical therapy. Walking normally is usually 6-8 after surgery. It all depends on how well your body responds to the surgery.

Is there a way to reverse osteoporosis?

There are some studies show that there can be a reversal but there definitely can retard or stop the progression. Medications, healthy diet, and regular exercise is key. Being READ MORE
There are some studies show that there can be a reversal but there definitely can retard or stop the progression. Medications, healthy diet, and regular exercise is key. Being evaluated by a physical therapist is a good idea as the physical therapist can evaluate you and understand where to begin with your exercises based upon the assessment.

Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT

What are the main factors causing sciatica in people?

Symptoms radiating down the leg, which is commonly known as sciatica, can be caused from 3 main factors. Vertebral disc herniating and compressing nerve, stenosis causing compression READ MORE
Symptoms radiating down the leg, which is commonly known as sciatica, can be caused from 3 main factors. Vertebral disc herniating and compressing nerve, stenosis causing compression of the spinal nerves and if symptoms don’t cross below the knee it can be facet arthritis . If it’s your mom, and she is over the age of 50, it’s more than likely stenosis. Good thing is that physical therapy that helps improve mobility and stability that can significantly help. And just being active is very helpful. Some people may need epidurals/facet injections, medications, and surgery however that should be the last resort considering there is a growing body of evidence showing physical therapy is as good or even superior to more aggressive treatments. If your mother’s legs are giving way, she has had changes in bladder and bowel function, or she has sensory changes to her genitalia, you need to seek medical treatment immediately. If not, get evaluated by a competent physical therapist

How long should I be on physical therapy to ease my injury due to lifting weights?

That would depend on the type of injury. This is a question that you should feel comfortable asking your physical therapist.

I have a very painful ankle due to an injury that occurred last week. What should I do?

If it's been 1 week and the pain is very severe, seek treatment. A PT can evaluate and determine if you have any instability or potential fracture. If you do not have good rehab READ MORE
If it's been 1 week and the pain is very severe, seek treatment. A PT can evaluate and determine if you have any instability or potential fracture. If you do not have good rehab potential, they will refer you out for X-rays for fractures and, depending, MRIs for soft tissue injuries.

Can disc hernia cause issues with hands and legs?

Your neck affects your arms. Your low back affects your legs. If your arms and legs are both symptomatic, you may have either something going on or you have central component like READ MORE
Your neck affects your arms. Your low back affects your legs. If your arms and legs are both symptomatic, you may have either something going on or you have central component like a myelopathy. You should seek medical treatment.

Is it normal to have pain and swelling after an arthroscopic surgery?

You should consult with the surgeon. It can be normal. If your dad is greater than 40 years old, more than likely he had an arthritic knee. If they did a meniscectomy, then it READ MORE
You should consult with the surgeon. It can be normal. If your dad is greater than 40 years old, more than likely he had an arthritic knee. If they did a meniscectomy, then it can be normal. Studies show the only reason why you have a meniscectomy is if you failed conservative treatment (physical therapy, cortisone injections, viscosupplement injections) or if your knee gets stuck. The older you are, the worse your prognosis following a knee replacement.

What is electrical stimulation for?

Distracts your mind while you're on it. There is little therapeutic effect.

What could be the reason behind mid back pain?

If your mid back pain changes with movement or positions, than its more than likely a musculoskeletal problem (joint, ligament, disc, nerve, muscle). If its constant and you are READ MORE
If your mid back pain changes with movement or positions, than its more than likely a musculoskeletal problem (joint, ligament, disc, nerve, muscle). If its constant and you are unable to alleviate your pain, than you should immediately consult your physician as it can be related to your heart or other visceral/organ referred pain such as stomach, gallbbladder, kidney etc. It can be temporary but I am unsure unless i was to perform a physical examination. Also, pain itself is not a predictor of whats going on. If your pain goes away, you still may have the causes of your pain such as restrictions to your muscle, joints, nerves or weakness/lack of stability. Hopefully this helps and points you to the right direction. See a physical therapist for a evaluation. If you are located in North New Jersey area, give us a call