AgeWell: Don't Ignore Your Back Pain

WHAT OUR PAT I ENT S AR E SAY I NG

RECEIVE THERAPY IN YOUR HOME! AgeWell PT and LiveWell OT offer in-home physical therapy and occupational therapy services. If you have difficulty traveling or leaving your home, these services are for you! These services are also covered by Medicare. I N - OF F I CE SPECIAL TEST ING SERV I CES AgeWell PT offers in-house electrodiagnostic testing and musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound testing for all of our patients. We hope our therapy patients take advantage of these tests to improve their rate of recovery and therapy outcome.

AgeWell is proud to highlight this month’s featured “Patient Of The Month”, Nicholas Smith of Floral Park. Mr. Smith is a good example of why we refer his generation as the “Greatest Generation”. He proudly served his country in the Army Air Force during World War Two and has been a positive presence at AgeWell / LiveWell since 2009. “Nick”, as he asks to be referred to, first started coming for rehabilitation at AW/ LW in 2009 after a triple cardiac bypass. He was first recommended to the office by his wife Elizabeth Ann, who at the time was recovering from hip replacement

surgery. He worked hard in therapy and made a full recovery. Once he completed his course of therapy, he joined the fitness program and to this day comes to the office multiple times per week to help optimize his health and maximize his level of physical fitness. When asked about his experience at AW /LW, Mr. Smith emphasized the value of personal rapport he has developed with all the staff and how he appreciates them guiding him on appropriate exercises which take into consideration his spinal stenosis and osteoarthritis. He is convinced that because of his work at AW/ LW over the past several years, he has been able to avoid needing hip replacement surgery. At 91 years old, Mr. Smith inspires and challenges both staff and patients alike and serves as a valuable reminder to all of us of the importance of physical activity as we age in order to maximize our quality of life. AW/LW looks forward to serving Mr. Smith for many years to come and would like to thank him for being an inspiration to all of us and for his military service to our nation. - Nick S.

T RA I L M I X

INGREDIENTS •1 cup raw almonds • 3/4 cup raw cashews • 2/3 cup raw pumpkin seeds • 1/3 cup raw sunflower seeds

• 2 tbsp unsweetened dried cranberries, chopped • 2 tbsp vegan dark chocolate chips • sea salt for taste

INSTRUCTIONS Chop any large ingredients if necessary to make everything about the same size. Give the dried fruit a light sprinkle of sea salt before you mix it in (it sticks better), or sprinkle the whole mix with salt if you prefer. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and enjoy! Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S GOOD STRETCH IF YOU SIT AT A COMPUTER ALL DAY

REFER A FR I END!

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SINGLE KNEE TO CHEST STRETCH

While lying on your back, hold your knee and gently pull it up towards your chest. Hold for 10 counts. Repeat 6 times on both sides. Always consult your physical therapist or physician before starting exercises you are unsure of doing.

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