Hess PT Nov 2017

November 2017

ThankYou for Your Referrals High-fives to all of the people who referred someone! Jamie Skreptach Dr. Gary Sauer Maryanne Basinski Andrew Weimer Michael Michelangelo Kim Justice CRAFTON-INGRAM SHOPPING CENTER 37 FOSTER AVE. PITTSBURGH, PA 15205 TWO LOCATIONS: KENMAWR PLAZA 566 PINE HOLLOW RD. MCKEES ROCKS, PA 15136

We truly appreciate your referrals. They are the greatest compliment we can get. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It doesn’t have all the hustle and bustle of Christmas, but you still get to enjoy most of the benefits. Don’t get me wrong, seeing your kids on Christmas morning is tough to beat. But with all the hectic shopping in December, it’s nice to have a holiday about gratitude where you can kick back, eat some delicious food, watch some football, and enjoy the company of loved ones. The only work on Thanksgiving happens in the kitchen. In our case, we do two turkeys: one in the oven and one in the deep fryer. The latter is one of my favorite foods in the world, so I usually have a hand in preparing it. After the bird is thawed, we enrich its flavor with the best marinades and seasonings. I prefer to make it spicy, but others are more sensitive, so I keep it pretty mild. We inject it with juices, butter, and different seasonings, and then put a dry rub on the outside. When the prep is done, we slowly, carefully lower the turkey into the deep fryer. It’s a hazard for people who don’t know what they’re doing, but as long as you do your research and talk to people who have done it before, you shouldn’t have any trouble. We’ve never had a problem. Thirty or so minutes in the fryer (as opposed to hours in the oven) and out comes the most delicious meat you’ve ever tasted. It’s crisp on the outside with tender, juicy meat that falls off the bone on the inside. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. We complement the savory meal with the best desserts: pumpkin pies, pumpkin logs, and more. Besides the food, the holiday is made special by the people we spend it with and the beautiful location. Our family has a camp in Ohio we all go to, and just about everyone shows up. If the weather’s warm enough, we’ll have a little football game or skeet shoot in the morning. There’s also a pond nearby that’s nice for fishing. But if it’s too cold, we don’t complain much CAMP THANKSGIVING AT OUR CABIN IN OHIO, THE HOLIDAY IS ALL ABOUT FAMILY

Hess Family at Thanksgiving

because there are plenty of games to play inside. It always ends up being boys against girls, and we get pretty competitive. Of course, the turkey usually soothes our combative spirits. And the feast is often followed by napping. Thanksgiving highlights an important truth: Nothing is more important than family. With that, I’m grateful to have family who make getting together a priority. People have so much going on, and they have to travel from many different places, but they always make an effort to be there. They say 90 percent of life is showing up, and I’d say family is the same way. I’m also grateful this time of year for my kids and wife. I try to spend time with them throughout the year, but on holidays, we’re able to slow down and really enjoy each other’s company. Speaking of spending time together, I’m thankful to have an incredible staff at work. Co-workers spend as much time together as they do with anyone else in their lives. It means a lot to be with such positive, team- oriented people who provide such a nice atmosphere. Lastly, I’m grateful for our wonderful patients. I’m grateful that you trust us with your health and healing. Some of you have even referred us to your family, and I can think of no greater compliment than that.

John DeRuyter Darlene Harris Bob Dulski Paul Maguschak Elizabeth Kremin Dr. Ditano Janet Carnahan Joe Chesno Joe Pallotti Lynn Kriska Dr. Oriente Ditano Pam Perri Olivia Londino Donna Kustra Tracy Link

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Happy Thanksgiving!

– George Hess

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Unless you have a child auditioning for “MasterChef Junior,” you’re probably not going to let the little ones cook the turkey this Thanksgiving. Just because the kitchen might be off limits, though, doesn’t mean you can’t find a few creative ways to make the holiday extra special for your kids. Spice up Thanksgiving with these fun, family-friendly activities.

To create a holiday-themed “Stuff the Turkey” game, all you need is a few paper bags. We’ll bet you have some left over from shopping. Use two small bags stuffed with scrap paper to create legs and glue them to a larger bag folded to look like the body of a turkey. Now that you have your turkey, you need some balls to stuff it with. Anything soft and baseball-sized will work, even some balled-up paper. Kids will take turns trying to toss the balls into the turkey, scoring points for every shot made.

Coloring-Book Tablecloths If you have a big family, you are probably familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the kids’ table. It may be smaller than the grown-ups’ seating arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Turn your kids’ table into a canvas for a colorful, creative dining experience. To do this, use craft or art paper to cover the table. Tape everything down tightly and provide crayons and colored pencils for every place setting. If you want to add some extra holiday spirit, put the drawing supplies in empty cranberry sauce and pumpkin cans. Gratitude Mobiles Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious food. It’s also about reflecting on the parts of our lives we are grateful for.

Teaching kids about gratitude is the most valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Bring that concept to life with a gratitude mobile. Grab some colored paper circles — or cut them out — and have your children write down things that they are thankful for. A silver Sharpie is great for this. Punch holes in the tops of the circles and run string through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling.

Stuff the Turkey Game Want to get the kids outside so you can get to work in the kitchen? Create a Thanksgiving-themed game for them to play outside while you prep the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven.

DON’T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT! HEAR FROM OUR PATIENTS THEMSELVES! I am a 73-year-old (young) married, retired geriatric nurse and came to Hess PT due to headaches and neck pain which were aggravated by a fall on my shoulder causing my shoulder to get weaker and painful. I also had left knee pain. Performing daily chores and even taking walks were very tiring Before I attended physical therapy, I had trouble or pain with everything from standing for more than half an hour to walking up or down steps, there was no way I could even think about running. All the therapists and assistants were so kind during my treatments and very helpful. Due to all their exercises they put me through every session, I can run and play sports just like I did previously! –Ashley McCurdy

and painful to different degrees depending on the activity. Going to the chiropractor was ineffective, and I could not volunteer to work with the children’s ministry not knowing when I would have a particularly bad day. I feel very blessed to have a therapist like Jessica who was an excellent listener and did superior assessments and individualized treatment plans. She and her staff were kind and caring and I highly recommend them! I am feeling so much better and know that continuing my exercises at home is so very important to stay strong and flexible. May thanks and God bless you all! –Anne Kownacki

On September 3, 2016, I received a hit to my ankle during a soccer game causing multiple ligament sprains and bone bruises. During the year I had to stop playing soccer and I had to walk with a brace and had a constant ache! During the 2017 summer break I came

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INGREDIENTS • 2 tablespoons olive oil • 3.3 ounces fresh, hot Italian sausage

• 1½ pounds Brussels sprouts • ½ cup water • Salt and pepper


1. Trim sprouts and cut in half. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, 3–5 minutes. 3. Add sprouts to skillet. Add ½ cup water. Add salt and pepper. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until just tender. Check them periodically and add a bit more water, if necessary. 4. When sprouts are just about done, remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring just once or twice, for a couple more minutes. The liquid should evaporate, and the sprouts should start to brown. 5. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or warm. PERFECT ATTENDANCE WINNER! to Hess Physical Therapy hoping to get my ankle back in soccer shape. By the end of my sessions here, I now can play soccer and the constant ache is gone. I no longer need a brace to walk around in or even use to train! I will always be thankful to everyone here –Amber Nolf Recipe courtesy of InTheKitchenWithKath.com.

As athletics become a bigger commitment for children of all ages, injuries happen more frequently. Nobody wants their child to suffer an injury while playing sports, but when it does happen, you want to know that your kids have safe recovery options. Physical therapy offers many benefits to athletes dealing with pain, as well as to those seeking to prevent injury in the first place. Young athletes aren’t just dealing with the strain of physical activity. They also have to cope with the fact that their bones and cartilage are growing, which increases the likelihood of tissue injuries. If your child is injured, physical therapy offers a safe, noninvasive path to recovery without the need for excessive medication. Physical therapy is a dynamic method that accounts for the unique needs of every individual. This adaptability allows for tailored treatment programs based on strength and flexibility training. In physical therapy, recovery and training techniques are coupled with education, limiting the risk of a repeat injury. This education also aids in injury prevention by teaching young athletes about body mechanics. If a child understands the tenets of safe, mechanically sound movement, they are less likely to end up on the sidelines. Sports medicine and physical therapy techniques increase range of motion, promote proper stretching, and help a child become more in tune with what their body is telling them. If you are the parent of a young athlete, consider consulting a physical therapist as your child becomes more serious about their sport. It won’t just limit the risk of injury; it can also increase performance. Of course, some injuries are unavoidable. In those instances, physical therapy is often the safest road to getting your child back on the field and doing what they love most.

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Have You Tried Deep-Fried Turkey?

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Patient Testimonials

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Brussels Sprouts With Sausage

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Physical Therapy Can Help Young Athletes

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Thanksgiving at America’s Resort

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This Thanksgiving, many Americans plan to go over the river and through the woods to sleep on the air mattress at grandmother’s house. But your family Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be crowded and uncomfortable. For generations, The Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, has brought families together for a weekend of true American elegance. CARVE YOUR TURKEY AT THE GREENBRIER THANKSGIVING AT AMERICA’S RESORT


The local hot springs have been popular with travelers since 1778, but The Greenbrier didn’t come to life until 1913. The sprawling 710-room national landmark sits on 11,000 acres of rolling hills and has been described as “‘Monte Carlo’ meets ‘Gone With the Wind.’” The blend of Colonial decor and Hollywood Regency flourishes make guests feel as if they have stepped back in time, while still offering all the modern amenities. Mom and Grandma relax in the spa, Grandpa enjoys a round of golf, the siblings all go off- roading in a Jeep, and later, the whole family will face off in a game of laser tag. With 55 leisure activities offered at the resort, make every day as busy or as relaxing as you want before enjoying a gourmet dinner at one of the resort’s six full-time restaurants.

The Greenbrier is a dream getaway anytime of the year, but America’s resort really goes all-out for the traditional American holiday, Thanksgiving. Family members from every generation can find something fun to do before the family gathers together for the massive Thanksgiving brunch in The Greenbrier’s Colonial Hall. The award-winning culinary brigade serves up Thanksgiving classics, like soft rolls and roasted turkey, alongside marinated mussels and ricotta tortellini. Make time for the horse-drawn carriage ride and evening gala, and you have the perfect Thanksgiving.

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