Supporting Our Community Giving Back to El Paso This Holiday Season
t’s hard to not be proud of my team members, because they continually amaze me. Their actions aren’t surprising, because I’ve always known they are great people. But recently, they reminded me why I’m so proud to have them working in my clinic. Earlier this year, a few of my team members approached me concerning the Christmas party. Usually, we have a nice dinner with some dancing and team member gifts. Everyone has a great time. But these team members wanted something else. In lieu of a Christmas party, this group was wondering if we could donate the money that would be designated for the party to a local charity or organization. They said they felt like they were blessed enough in their lives, and they wanted to help others instead. As a boss, I was amazed. This is an act of unbelievable nobility, and it was such a generous thing to even consider. How did I get so lucky? Together, we all decided to take this act of giving one step further. We are hoping to continue our involvement with this organization or charity throughout the next year. We already have the beginning of a plan for an event, too. We want to put a treadmill on the roof of our building and have local celebrities sign up to walk on it for a half-hour or so. We’d set up a GoFundMe page or something similar so people could donate money to the cause. It still needs to be fleshed out, but this would be a great way of combining our love for physical therapy with our love for the community. Now, I’m going to admit something that is hard for me to say: My wife and I are passionate about donating to charities. We often make these donations silently, but we’re most passionate about donating to veterans’ groups. Mary’s brother died in the Vietnam War, and patriotism is strong in her family. Her father flew his American flag until the day he died, and I’ve always been proud of having married into her family, especially after witnessing the hardships a military family goes through.
However, I hate talking about my donations. In my mind, donations and charity shouldn’t be bragged about. It feels ostentatious and taboo. We believe it should be something you do out of the kindness of your heart if you can, and sometimes bragging can shame others who may not have enough to give. But what my clinic and my team members are doing is different. Their actions deserve to be broadcasted, and we won’t be silent about the group we plan to work with. As I write this, we are still in the selection process. But once we choose who we would like to work with, you’ll be hearing a lot more about them. We want to broadcast their mission and make more people aware of the work being done. What’s more, they’re exemplifying the work we do every day at the clinic. We want to help people, and we strive every day to make lives better. I hope you’ll take some inspiration from my team members and take time this holiday season to help your neighbors in the El Paso community. You don’t have to do much or even tell anyone about it, but it will make all the difference.
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4 Winter Illnesses You’d Rather Avoid
Know What to Look For Before They Attack
Achoo! That’s the last noise you want to hear this winter. Cold weather brings a slew of sicknesses, so be vigilant to treat these common illnesses, or better yet, avoid them altogether. The Common Cold Although there is no cure, a cold is easier to treat than other illnesses. If you or a loved one has a runny nose, low-grade fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion, or sore throat, the common cold has most likely taken hold. With the help of rest and perhaps some cold medicine, like cough drops and decongestants, the cold will come and go in about a week. Bronchiolitis Bronchiolitis appears most commonly in children less than a year old and is caused by other viruses. Of the many symptoms — nasal congestion, low-grade fevers, and coughing — wheezing is the one you should be most concerned about. If your child is having difficulty breathing and is dehydrated, they may have caught a more serious strain of the virus. Most children will recover with at-home rest, but some may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms. Influenza The flu is known for causing high fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and other symptoms similar to a cold. Often, the fever Cole was sure he was destined to become an engineer. But, he soon found that he was lacking a passion for it, and the former football and baseball athlete’s attention turned to physical therapy. In 2016, Jeremy graduated with his doctorate in physical therapy from the University of Texas at El Paso. Now, he and his brother, Joe Cole, work together at Fyzical Therapy Balance and Hand Centers, and Jeremy has been with our clinic for nearly two years. The close relationship he has with his brother is now magnified, Jeremy said, as they often bounce ideas off each other. Since making the switch to physical therapy, Jeremy has never looked back, and he’s developed a passion for orthopedics and pediatric physical therapy. Jeremy hopes to someday participate in a manual physical therapy fellowship, which involves learning hand and nonaggressive movements. He’s inspired and motivated by other therapists at Fyzical, saying that he’s enjoyed hearing about what they have learned during their fellowships. After graduating from El Paso’s Parkland High School in 2010, Jeremy
will last for around five days, but it can be shortened with the aid of antiviral medications. However, these medications
are recommended only for children who face serious complications or
hospitalization from the flu. If you want to avoid catching this, your best bet is to receive the annual flu vaccine.
Strep Throat A sore throat, headache, stomach ache, vomiting, and high fever are signs of strep. This infection is treated with antibiotics and should be addressed soon after the first symptoms appear to prevent further complications. Children with strep throat should stay away from school and other activities until they’ve been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Everyone knows that getting sick is no fun and is best avoided at all costs. However, it happens to everyone eventually. Catching a virus or infection in its early stages can help you shake the sickness much faster.
Meet Jeremy Cole!
Our Dedicated Physical Therapist
But while his coworkers are motivated, there’s another part of the job that fuels Jeremy’s passion. “Just being able to interact with the patients — that’s something that I’ve always enjoyed,” Jeremy says. “I talk to them, get to know them, and see them progress.” Certain patients leave an impression on physical therapists, and for Jeremy, it was a woman who came into our clinic after getting a full knee replacement. Unlike others who need to return to normal strength, this woman needed more, as she was the primary caregiver for her wheelchair-bound husband. Helping this patient heal meant Jeremy was also helping her husband live a full life, and he enjoyed being able to get her to that point. When he isn’t helping his patients, Jeremy can be found enjoying the outdoors, playing or watching sports, playing video games, and working out. We’re glad that Jeremy chose physical therapy, and we’re excited to see where his passion takes him. Thanks for all your hard work, Jeremy!
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Starting Over Establishing a Fitness Routine After Physical Therapy
So, you’re nearing the end of your physical therapy sessions. Congratulations! Physical therapy is something everyone can do, but it also takes incredible grit and dedication. Don’t lose that motivation by becoming stagnant after your treatment program. Instead, start a fitness regimen! Here are some tips to get you started. Why You Should Exercise is essential to living a happy, healthy life. And after physical therapy, it can help you maintain your healing. Those who exercise have better balance, more energy, and are healthier. It’s perfectly normal to fear re-aggravating an injury, but if you find a routine that’s safe and effective, you’ll see results. Plus, you just spent months learning more about your body and pushing it to its limits. You recovered from an injury by doing something difficult, and it was worth it! Keep that momentum going with a new routine. How to Do It Utilize the expert you’ve been working with for months and ask your physical therapist what kinds of exercises would be best for you. At Fyzical Therapy Balance and Hand Centers, we have our own fitness center, so establishing a fitness routine is painless — with the
exception of that good burn! Since your physical therapist will be in-house at the fitness center, they can help you
set up a routine, and they will fully understand your medical history and injuries. Your physical therapist can assist you with the startup and help you get over any bumps along the way. What to Do Depending on your injury and medical history, the kinds of exercises that would be best for you vary. In some cases, expanding on some of the work you were doing in physical therapy can make the transition to a fitness routine seamless. Strength training can be very beneficial for patients coming out of physical therapy, as well as yoga, Pilates, and similar regimens that focus on balance, breathing, and strength. Be sure to consult your physical therapist before beginning any workout routine, and always start slow. There’s nothing wrong with being a newbie!
Learn more about how our clinic can help you transition to a fitness routine after physical therapy by visiting FyzicalElPaso.com .
30-Minute Cauliflower Soup
This hearty soup is a quick, easy, healthy addition to your holiday table. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth. INGREDIENTS
1 small head cauliflower (about 2 pounds), cored and sliced
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
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1/2 cup heavy cream
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1 leek, chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon extra-virgin
1 medium onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
1. In a large pot over medium
and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes.
heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes.
3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth.
2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1
4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.
minute. Add cauliflower, broth,
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INSIDE This Issue
Helping Others This Season
What Do My Symptoms Mean?
Meet Jeremy Cole, PT, DPT
Getting Fit After Physical Therapy
Have a Laugh
30-Minute Cauliflower Soup
Holiday Decoration Tours
Get Away (or Stay) and Be Festive Christmas Tours
There’s nothing quite like the magical lights of the holiday season, and some destinations in the U.S. have perfected the craft of holiday decoration. If you’re looking to get away this December and still engage in seasonal festivities, add one of these places to your must- visit list. The Coolest Fest in the Southwest Staying in El Paso this holiday season? Then you can’t go wrong with our city’s annual Winterfest! Branded as “the coolest fest in the southwest,” this nearly two-month festival is open through Jan. 6. Take your sweetheart ice skating at The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink, or step inside a winter wonderland at the hospital’s inflatable snow globe. Etch out time during your visit to enjoy the Mini Donut Depot Holiday Café, movies at the plaza by Texas Gas, and a holiday market. It’ll be hard to deny your festive spirit after stepping
lights underneath an exceptionally tall and amply decorated tree. The tree is specially selected by Rockefeller Center’s landscaping crews, who scout out trees years in advance. It remains lit from November to
early January, so you have plenty of time to check it out. Ranch Christmas in Jackson, Wyoming
Jackson, Wyoming, takes its frontier culture to the next level during the Christmas season. All year, the city proudly displays four elk antler arches, but around the holidays, they are lit up with white string lights and flanked by snow. The Christmas decorations and lights surrounding the archway make for a Western-themed holiday pulled right out of a John Wayne classic. For holiday admirers looking for a unique spin, Jackson has you covered. Disney World’s Christmas Magic What better place to celebrate the most magical time of the year than in the most magical place on Earth? Walt Disney World’s halls are decked to the max with a parade, gingerbread homes, strings of lights, and festive parties. Plus, costs to visit Disney World can be cheaper during the Christmas season, so keep an eye out for a vacation steal.
foot in our Texas-sized holiday celebration. New York City’s Rockefeller Center
New York City is an iconic location for Christmastime. The scene is like a Hallmark card: Ice-skating lovers whiz past miles of twinkling
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