Physical Therapy Services of Tennessee December 2018

DECEMBER 2018 (423) 543-0073

EastTennessee Physical Therapy News

Here we are again with the holidays rapidly approaching. Where did the summer and, particularly, the fall go? We at PTS continue to be busy with athletes from all the surrounding schools and rehabilitation from sports- related injuries. These student-athletes are trying to get ready for winter and spring sports and we are doing our best to get them back to playing as quickly and safely as possible. Our pediatric and orthopedic case loads continue to increase. The pediatrics, especially, with our work in the Elizabethton City School System and the Carter County School System. We see children with a variety of physical and learning disabilities. Our orthopedic case load increases this time of year with individuals who have elective surgery after their deductible has been met. Remember, you DO NOT need a physician referral to see any of our staff for evaluation or consultation. FROM THE DESK OF Dr. Smith

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“Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 — a date which will live in infamy — the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the empire of Japan. […] It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. [...] With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us, God. I ask that the Congress declare that, since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 led to the severe destruction of the United States Pacific Fleet, but it lit a flame in the hearts of Americans. The sudden strike by the Japanese forces destroyed 20 American vessels, eight of which were battleships, and over 300 were airplanes. Over 2,000 military and civilian American lives were lost, and another 1,000 suffered injuries. The following day, President Roosevelt gave his Pearl Harbor address to the nation, urging Congress to take action and declare war on Japan. This event brought the citizens of America together for the first time since WWII began. It was time to go to war. Although the attack caught America by surprise, the war had seemed unavoidable for some time. In 1937, Japan declared war on China to seize its import market for financial gain and to expand Japan’s territory. The Japanese government had been struggling with economic and social issues, and its leaders sought to solve these problems by taking the land of neighboring countries. In retaliation, America attempted to intimidate Japan by banning further trade with them. Instead, this action only made the Japanese government


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