Masefield & Cavallaro Physical Therapy is proud to be a sponsor of the 10th annual Staten Island Slim Down. The Slim Down is a free program designed to provide members of the community with information, strategies and tools to affect positive changes in their lifestyles. The program includes nutrition lessons, fitness coaching and weight loss advice from professionals. Participants are invited to take part in weekly fitness "surprises" on Wednesday evenings and Staten Island Mall walks on Sunday mornings. Members of our staff have been volunteering at the weekly mall walks, leading the group in warm up and cool down sessions. More information on the program is available at

For the last two years, in October, the staff of Masefield & Cavallaro Physical Therapy held raffle to raise money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Staff members, secured raffle items and distributed information to patients on the importance of early-detection cancer screenings. Successful on all levels, it raised over $500.00 for the American Cancer Society.

Thank you to all participants and sponsors.

Physical Therapy: A Reasonable Alternative to Surgery for Patients with Meniscal Tears and Arthritis

A recent New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) study which demonstrated that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery in patients with meniscal tears and osteoarthritis of the knee should encourage health care providers to reevaluate their approach to the management of this common medical condition.

Patients who suffer from osteoarthritis and who also have a meniscal tear represent a challenge to medical providers because it is often not clear which condition is more adversely contributing to pain as well as their disability.

The METEOR study, (Meniscal Tear in Osteoarthritis Research) demonstrated no significant difference in functional improvement after 6 months between patients who underwent surgery with postoperative physical therapy compared with those who received standard physical therapy alone. read more...

Operation Sandy Claus

In December, the Staten Island office participated in Operation Sandy Claus, a toy drive that benefitted children displaced by Hurricane Sandy. Holiday gifts were delivered to more than 300 children in the hard-hit neighborhoods of Staten Island, thanks, in part, to the generosity of our patients and staff.

Giving Circle

Also in December, the Staten Island office adopted a local family displaced by Hurricane Sandy. We were able to provide Christmas gifts to a family of five, giving them a more festive holiday season.