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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR FALL-RELATED INJURY? GET BACK ON YOUR FEET WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR FALL- RELATED INJURY? GET BACK ON YOUR FEET WITH PHYSICAL THERAPY
Did you know that 1/3 of the population over 65 falls each year? Every 11 seconds, an older adult is rushed to the emergency room for a fall. Every 19 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), over 2.5 million adults were treated fornonfatal injuries inemergencydepartments in2013. Inolder adults, falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries. Most people don’t think about keeping their balance in shape until it is too late and they suffer a harsh fall. The good news is that most falls can easily be prevented, simply by the regular exercising of your balance system. If you have recently sustainedabalance-related injury, it is importanttoseek thehelpofaphysical therapist immediately, in order to avoid additional injuries in the future. It is important tonote thatyoushouldalsocontactaphysical therapist ifyouhave any of the following symptoms:
injury? If so, contact Accelerate Therapy today so we can help you figure out the root of your problem and treat it accordingly. AM I AT RISK OF FALLING? Some people have a higher risk of falling than others. Certain risk factors include:
• Diabetes. • Previousstrokeorheartattack. • Arthritisoralternative jointpain. • Problems with vision. • Problems with walking or staying balanced. • Fatigue. • Overall poor health.
• Advanced age. • Being female.
• Living a sedentary life. • Previous history of falls. • Vertigo or dizziness. • Parkinson’s disease. • Alzheimer’s disease. • Heart disease.
• Nausea or vomiting • Arm or leg weakness
• Dizziness or vertigo (“spinning” sensations, even when remaining still) • Inability to focus or remain alert • Double vision or tunnel vision
• Abnormal eye movements • Difficulty standing up from a seated position or standing for prolonged periods of time
Your physical therapist will assess your medical history to determine how manyrisk factors toward fallingyoumayhave.Theywilleducateyouonwhat these factors mean, as well as steps you can take to decrease your risk. After this, they will perform a thorough physical evaluation to figure out what the best treatment plan for you will be.
Doyou frequentlynoticean imbalance,dizziness,orunsteadiness thatmakes you feelas ifyoumay falloveratanygiven time?Haveyousuffered froma fall in thepast?Areyouworried thatyoumaybeatriskofsustaininga fall-related
Y O U ’ R E I N V I T E D T O O U R C O N S E R V AT I V E C A R E H E A L T H F A I R !
Becky Noell, Nurse Practitioner 12:30 – 1:00 pm • Benefits of Dry Needling Dr. Jesse Reynolds, PT DPT, ATP 1:15 – 1:45 pm • Natural Treatment for Incontinence & Pelvic Floor Pain Dr. Jesse Reynolds, PT DPT, ATP 2:00 – 2:30 pm • Benefits of Yoga Gail Poulton, SoFul Yoga Health and Wellness 2:30 – 3:00 pm Check out more details and sign up for the sessions above at tinyurl.com/y358dzbb or call 704.630.9656 to register!
Learn everything you need to know about improving yourhealthconservativelywithoutpainful injections,side effectriddledmedications,andunnecessarysurgery.We will have vendors, giveaways, free food and some great door prizes. Join us Saturday, October 19th from 10 am - 3 pm and learn from a variety of workshop events,
including from Nurse Practitioner Becky Noell (pictured left) :
• How Laser Therapy Can Reduce My Pain Dr. Brittany Clodfelter, PT DPT, ATP 10:15 – 10:45 am • Efficient Exercise: Workout Smarter, Not Longer Matt Marsh, The Forum 11:00 – 11:30 am • Preventing Running Injuries. Tips, Tools, & Tricks That Work Dr. Delaine Fowler, PT DPT ,ATP 11:45 am – 12:15 pm • How To Outsmart the Aging Process with Nutrition & Science
This event is sponsored by The Forum , SoFul Yoga & Wellness , Stacey Madden,
Massage Therapist , TenderHearted Home Care , & GNC .
O C T O B E R I S N AT I O N A L P H Y S I C A L T H E R A P Y MO N T H
WHAT IS NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH ALL ABOUT? For almost 40 years, physical therapy has been celebrated by official proclamation. And since 1992, October is themonth forhonoringphysical therapists and the important role they play in healing people in pain. In the modern era of social media, hashtags like #UsePhysicalTherapy and #ChoosePT have helped spread the word. Physical Therapy Month allows patients to share their stories about how PT has changed their lives for the better. It also gives physical therapists a forum for spreading the word about the different kinds of treatment patients can receive. Many
members of the general public don’t realize that aside from specialized exercises that build strength and flexibility, PT also offers pain management through massage, heat and cold applications, and specialized electronic-pulse devices. If you have any questions about whether you should #UsePhysicalTherapy ,callouroffice today todiscuss your condition and to set up an evaluation. Sources https://www.moveforwardpt.com/choose-physical-therapy-over-opioids-for-pain-management- choosept https://www.moveforwardpt.com/Resources/Detail/physical-therapy-vs-opioids-when-to- choose-physica https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/160645.php https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-physical-therapy-month-october/
WH AT O U R P AT I E N T S A R E S AY I N G :
“Before I started therapy, my pain in my hips would wake me up while sleeping. I hurt walking and doing stairs. I have no pain now! Jesse was very good to work with. She is patient with her clients and very nice.” - Naomi D. “I have no pain now!”
C O M M U N I T Y H E A L T H F A I R SATURDAY, OCT. 19
S TA F F S P O T L I G H T
DR. BRITTANY CLODFELTER is the Vice President of Operations at AcceleratePhysicalTherapyanda treating therapistatbothofour locations. BrittanyreceivedherBachelors inBiology in2005andDoctorateofPhysical Therapy in 2008, both from Elon University. She had experience in several arenas in the therapy world, including work at retirement communities, assisted living centers, and skilled nursing facilities, before joining the Accelerate PT team 6 years ago. Since joining the Accelerate PT team, Brittanyhasobtainedhercertifiedergonomicassessmentspecialist training. She completes industrial therapy with several businesses in Salisbury, NC and is working to complete an injury prevention program with those businesses to help maintain safe and healthy employees.
KNEE PAIN WORKSHOP
TUESDAY, OCT. 22 6 pm at the Salisbury Location
Learn how you can avoid knee pain by following simple tips to help you throughout the day. Also discover
Brittany treats patients at both of our locations, Salisbury and Lexington. She enjoys the vast array of patients that our clinics get to assist in their rehabilitation journey. Her youngest patient has been 2.5 years old and her oldest patient has been 103 years young! Dr. Clodfelter lives with her husband and two daughters in Winston- Salem, NC. When not at work, she enjoys keeping her daughters active by playing at the park and getting in a game of tennis whenever she can!
stretches and exercises you can performan throughout the day to help relieve knee pain and keep you staying flexible!
E X E R C I S E E S S E N T I A L S IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE! Hip Balance Strategy
Feel free to call us and ask to speak to your therapist. Your therapist can discuss with you why your pain is bothering you again and what you might do about it at home. H A S Y O U R P A I N C O M E B A C K ? 1 2
Stand up straight with good posture. Shift your weight forward and backwards while keeping your knees straight. To better increase your balance, over time, you may perform this exercise while keeping your eyesclosed,standingonasoftersurface,orwhile doing arm circles.
Alwaysconsult yourphysical therapistorphysicianbeforestarting exercises youareunsureofdoing.
If further assessment is warranted, your therapist might recommend you come in for an appointment.Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4
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