Daniel Prata is a physical therapist and Co-Owner of Forward Motion Physical Therapy. He graduated from Seton Hall University in 2003 with a BS in Biology and gradated form Seton Hall University Graduate Medical Program with a Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree in 2006. Since that time, Daniel has obtained his Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist (COMT) designator from the Australian Maitland Seminars. Daniel has continued his passion to learn by embracing current concepts of Pain Neuroscience and utilizing concepts from the Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA), Mulligan concept, Paris techniques, McKenzie concept, and many more. Daniel is an avid educator not only to his patients but also as a Clinical Instructor to Seton Halls Doctor of Physical Therapy program. Dr. Prata is currently waiting to sit for his Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist and has future inspiration to become a Fellow with the Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists.
Education and Training
Seton Hall University BS- Biology 2003
Seton Hall University Graduate Medical Program Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) 2006
Dr. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT's Expert Contributions
I would wait it out until next week. I wouldn't heat or ice to be honest. I would allow the injury to go through its inflammatory phase for a couple days. Gently stretch, and I would go on a stationary bike to keep it mobile. If it's the front of your thigh, you're able to straighten your knee, and your leg doesn't buckle when weight bearing, I think you just have a good old fashioned contusion. Don't heat it. After about 5-6 days, you can ice it. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT READ MORE
Without a proper examination, it would be difficult to tell you what treatment to perform. Do you feel better if you stand? Do you feel better if you sit? or any prolonged position provokes pain? Physical Therapy most of the time helps. I would get evaluated READ MORE
Great question. I am a big fan of evaluating people once a year as a yearly exam. Everyone understands the importance of being examined by their primary care physician, however, they do not perform a physical examination. Physical Therapists are movement experts and can be very helpful identifying mobility restrictions, weakness, poor stability etc that could be addressed before problems begin. That's my opinion READ MORE
Yes. Any exercise can. Keep moving and choose something you enjoy doing. READ MORE
Great question. The answer is.....a combination of both. Weight training is great for weight loss and great to improve physical capacity. Having more muscle tone increases metabolic activity. Cardio is also good to improve overall cardiovascular endurance and cardiac output. There has been a significant amount of research showing that weight training is just as vital, if not more vital, then cardio for weight loss. That being said, you have to make sure you are in a caloric deficit. If you weight train and eat more calories than you should, you will only just "bulk up" . READ MORE
It's placebo =) Some people respond well to K-taping. I do it seldomly, but for some, it helps. Theirs no harm in trying it as long you have no allergic reactions to the adhesives. Active care is the most beneficial READ MORE
It's typically used to provide support to a joint/area. It does not prevent injury, but may help with some support. If anything, it may just be providing a false sense of security. READ MORE
Yes, physical therapy can help. If the pain occurs with movement or activity, but dissipates with rest, physical therapy should help. Your knee/knee cap may be stiff and can respond well to manual therapy and certain activities. Schedule with a PT to have them evaluate you by performing a thorough physical examination. Daniel Prata PT, DPT, COMT READ MORE
Yes. The key words is managed. CP can not be cured, but it can help with mobility and function. PT will help the individual/parents on what they can do to make their child as functional as possible READ MORE
Yes. The better question is, why are you not doing physical therapy already? Make sure you go to a physical therapist who does hands on therapy or a McKenzie qualified therapist. Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT READ MORE
You can see a physical therapist to make sure you have the mobility and stability to run. You can also just educate yourself on proper exercise principle and loading principles so that way you can modify your own program. Either way, become educated. Lastly, don't forget to implement strength training/weight training into your program along with dietary changes. Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT READ MORE
Google search McKenzie cervical retraction with extension. That “usually” helps. Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT Lic#40QA01212000 READ MORE
Absolutely. You will need to be evaluated to determine the cause of your pain. Most likely in the SI area. May need some hands on treatments along with strengthening exercises. An SI belt may also be appropriate, however, you need to be evaluated. Daniel Prata, PT, DPT, COMT 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 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 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. 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. 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 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 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. READ MORE
get evaluated by a physical therapist to assess why its hurting in the first place 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 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 READ MORE
I have a 12 hour desk job and my body feels very stiff by the end of the day. Please suggest some desk exercises.
any exercises will help. Do whatever you like to do best 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. 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 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 READ MORE
That would depend on the type of injury. This is a question that you should feel comfortable asking your physical therapist. 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. 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. 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. READ MORE
Distracts your mind while you're on it. There is little therapeutic effect. 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 READ MORE
You may be having impingement of the shoulder and should seek treatment from a physical therapist. READ MORE
Dry needling is a technique where a therapist attempts to reduce spasm of a muscle using a acupuncture needle. It's not acupunctures as we are not working on these magical "meridian pathways" and are treating muscle that we are very qualified to treat. That being said, I have taken courses and utilized the treatment, but the research questions in efficacy. I tend to use techniques that are less "aggressive" in a sense where I am not penetrating through the skin. Last resort and when presentation indicated, I would use dry needling. However, that being said, if you hate needles, then don't bother, you more than likely will not have a positive experience. This is where Therapeutic Pain Neuroscience comes into play. READ MORE
It varies amongst the literature and by surgeon. I personally like to get patients going quickly (within 3-4 weeks after surgery), but you need to respect your surgeons wishes. They know exactly what they saw and what they did. Follow your surgeon's instructions. However, make sure you do physical therapy at some point after surgery. READ MORE
Once in a while I sleep on my hand and it gives me shoulder pain. Can you suggest some exercises I can do?
Your body typically will wake you up and tell you "move out of this position please" by making your hand numb. That's not really an indicator that you need therapy. However, it may be a sign you have hypersensitivity to your nerve, which may need some neurodynamic treatments. Find a therapist that is competent in neural mobilizations (if that's the reason). You should be evaluated with a proper physical examination by a physical therapist to see what is causing your symptoms. READ MORE
Yes. It's a very common diagnosis we treat. Neural sensitivity and referred pain from cervical spine needs to be ruled out first. Then, proper grading of movement and stress to the impaired tissue needs to be done afterwards. READ MORE
If you have no trauma, then a physical can help. However, you need to be evaluated by a physical therapist to determine that. READ MORE
You heard correctly . There is no prognostic indicator or test to determine how long it will take. I am sorry I can't be of any more assistance READ MORE
Honestly, be evaluated by a PT who does SFMA/FMS assessment to determine what activities is most appropriate to start with and then how to progress it. Also, make sure you perform activities that you enjoy doing. Exercise is a great way to help with depression as it is one of the best ways to get body to create more serotonin. READ MORE
Posture has a poor correlation or predictor of pain. However, if your body is giving you pain while in a certain position, get out of that position. Listen to your body. READ MORE
You cannot selectively tone a certain area. Your body will shrink fat cells as you diet and exercise throughout your body. Most people see a reduction in fat cell/adipose cell size in the face first and then other body parts. Your increase in size on the back of the neck may be a sign of a dowager's hump. But you would need to be evaluated. READ MORE
There's a bad stigma on weight lifting. Weight training is good. However, don't push through pain. Pain is your nervous system telling you there is something going on or may be going on. READ MORE
Sciatica refers to pain traveling down the leg. Sciatica is a very loosely used term. I would highly recommend to be evaluated by a PT READ MORE
i have never come across a research paper that indicates that. Typically, exercises, loaded positions, actually improves bone strength. I would highly recommend to do more research. Eat well, exercise often, and you will be fine. Consult with you MD/PT READ MORE
Yes. You need to determine if you have a mobility problem or a stability problem. More than likely a stability problem, in my experience, but that needs to be evaluated. READ MORE
Yes, physical therapy can be quite helpful. READ MORE
It's debatable. Normally, children respond to just play, but honestly, find a reputable PT to evaluate and treat as necessary. READ MORE
Yes. Please understand there are many people in this world who have heel spurs and do not have pain, and many have heel pain, but do not have heels spurs. Heel spurs are not a good indicator as to why you feel pain. Please see a good PT to be evaluated. READ MORE
You would need to be evaluated first to see if you have good rehab potential. If you present with cervicogenic dizziness or benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, physical therapy can help READ MORE
Yes, I would try physical therapy, especially since it is conservative and there really are no side effects. Find a therapist who understands referred pain from lumbar spine, poor neural dynamics, and can rule out red flags. The faster you treat something, the faster it goes away. READ MORE
It's normal to feel sore after strenuous exercise, especially if it's your first time to push yourself to that level. Hot/Cold can help, but focus on active stretches and light workouts. If you have any significant tenderness to the calf muscle, changes in skin color, or shortness of breath, immediately seek medical attention, however. READ MORE
I highly recommend changing your workouts. If you just started to run without doing anything other exercises, you may be placing excessive stress on your knees. As always, a well balance exercise program consisting of weight training, mobility exercises, stability exercises, and cardiovascular exercises are important. Think of running like being a baseball pitcher. You wouldn't tell a baseball pitcher to throw a ball 100x a day at a 100MPH and not expect the pitcher to get hurt. The pitcher needs to be strong, mobile, good endurance, etc to be able to pitch. Same goes for a runner.....just running is not a great idea READ MORE
There is, but you would need to be evaluated by a physical therapist to make sure there is nothing else going on. Just taking pain relievers may be masking the problem. Remember, pain is a symptom, not a cause. Pain indicates something may go wrong, not necessarily something is wrong also. Tough to answer with the information provided. READ MORE
I have a pain in my hamstrings after playing baseball. Can you suggest some stretches that could help me out?
Honestly, there are some great ACTIVE stretches that you can perform. Best thing to do is YouTube Active stretches for legs and perform them before playing next time. Also, it is important to be exercising in general to allow your body to tolerate the stresses on your body from playing baseball. READ MORE
Yes it can. Also, as hard as it sounds, getting sleep, eating well, managing your stress levels will be very important. Make sure you're receiving help from your spouse, family and friends. Especially since you are a new mommy. Congratulations! READ MORE
Yes, you need to start moving to regain your motion. A Physical therapist, Certified Hand Therapist, or Occupational Therapist will be able to help you and guide you to recovery READ MORE
I would make sure there's nothing else going on and your child has been examined by his pediatrician. If nothing serious is going on (which I highly doubt), then physical therapy can help and just active play can be just as well. READ MORE
Cracking is normal in joints, but not if it's painful. That being said, i don't recommend just running for losing weight. Watching what you eat, strength training, good sleep habits, and a variety of cardiovascular exercises are important. Just don't run. Not all exercises are good for you at this given time. READ MORE
Yes, it can. Stability, stability, stability! Find a good PT in your area that is comfortable treating pregnant women. READ MORE
There's no such thing as perfect exercises or perfect posture. However, pinching your shoulders repeatedly, getting up to go to the bathroom/grab a coffee, or just changing positions frequently can be helpful. Also, make sure you are active outside of work with exercises/strength training/cardiovascular training and an active lifestyle can be very helpful. READ MORE
My brother suffered a stroke that paralysed the left side of his body. Is it the right time to now start physical therapy?
Physical Therapy is commonly started immediately after he is stable. Talk to his physician and utilize as much neuroplasticity as possible. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- American Physical Therapy Association
- American Physical Therapy Association, New Jersey Chapter
- American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapist
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