Tuesday, August 27, 2013

You need surgery?

A patient ask me last week if "How can Physical Therapy can help if I have arthritis in my knee".  Timely information comes from some research this week on just that situation.
Consider PTW for your Physical Therapy needs.
Over 21,000 new patients since 2002, 5 locations, 15 providers, one goal:
Helping you achieve higher levels of function and performance.

Bodies under repair!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Catch and release

Yesterday, dropped my first one off at college.

He offered the obligatory 2 second man hug.

He walked out the heavy glass dormitory doors.

I watched him leave, as he looked right, looked left, looked down at his phone, then proceeded to walk down the cement stairs onto the large open area already filled with incoming freshman.

Truism in the small fish in a big pond, life's catch and release.

Best of Luck Justin, I'll always be looking for the meaning.


Sunday, August 18, 2013

Charlie Manual needs Physical Therapy....Three reasons for him to go!

Just read the story of Charlie.  After all these years, we may have taken for granted the sacrifices this man put forth to manage baseball.

I read that he was already in the park when most the executives were coming in at 9 or 10 in the morning, I read that he often left hours after the night games (guessing that's about midnight).

Combine that with the long days on long road trips, for up to 9 months a year, eating out on most days, trying to motivate his team to perform at a high level, keeping them healthy, keeping them focused, all takes a physical toll on the man at the top.

Three reasons why Charlie would do well with a dose of Physical Therapy!

1.  Charlie, the past 9 years, have you suffered w/ lack of sleep ??

We are told a man over the age of 65 generally needs 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night.  Research demonstrates a lack of sleep is directly proportional to:

  • Body Mass Index increases – creates a greater likelihood of obesity
  • Diabetes and heart problems:  He is more at risk with poor sleep habits
  • More likelihood for depression and substance abuse is well documented with poor sleepers
  • Poor attention abilities and poor memory span is noted in the research

2.  Charlie, over the past 9 years, have you gotten your exercise in? 

Lack of exercise leads to a host of medical problems that could arise. Weigh problems take a hefty toll on the body and mind, and a healthy weight sets the tone for smooth and efficient utilization of bones, muscles, brain, heart, lungs, and the soft tissues to perform.  Significant evidence is available to demonstrate the postive effiects of weight training with older adults, including improved functional performance and less joint pain. 

3.  Charlie, do your joints ache?
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting millions of people around the world. Often called wear-and-tear arthritis, osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over time.  While osteoarthritis can damage any joint in your body, the disorder most commonly affects joints in your hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips.  Osteoarthritis gradually worsens with time, and no cure exists. But osteoarthritis treatments can slow the progression of the disease, relieve pain and improve joint function.  This include joint conservation exercises.

Charlie, do yourself a favor, ..Go see a Physical Therapist today!

You Deserve it!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Life as a Baby Boomer

I just turned 50!

Got pain in both my feet.

Lost my father a few years back

I have my first kid headed to college next month.

I am in the prime of my life

My life with my wife, my daughter, and my sons is a busy time.

My business keeps me reading, studying, and challenged.

Through all this, my expectations rise of my performance and others. 

I see customer service skills, poor and strong, in every corner of the community.

I see active listening skills and ignorance, I see eye-to-eye talk and pie-in-the sky promises.

I am a baby boomer. 

I will take peanut butter and jelly with a smile over steak and a frown.

I will jump higher for someone who listens or turn my head from those who don't

I will take "the best" service over "the best" provider, since one provider does not make a clinic

I am a baby boomer, and so are my patients (for the most part).

Rise to the demands of those around you, and achieve greatness in your chosen path.

Mighty expectations

"PTW is rated one in my book"
Saw an old friend from 2003 yesterday.

Ends up she was one of our first patients here at PTW Lansdale.

She remembered the music challenges, she remembered the fellow patients she was introduced to during her treatment time, one now a friend of his for life.

She thanked me for helping her so much for her shoulder in 2003, and hopes we get the same result on 2013 for her aching neck!

That's some mighty expectations to live up to!