Physical Therapy Doctor - September 2019

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Like with most medical treatments, many people find it difficult to make the call to go into physical therapy. Sometimes we learn that a person was in pain for weeks before they decided to come pay us a visit, which is absolutely heartbreaking for us to hear. Ideally, we want to help people feel better as soon as possible to make sure they recover quickly and to keep their pain from getting worse. Here are some common misconceptions that keep people from seeking the help they need. ‘I NEED TO FEEL BETTER BEFORE THERAPY’ Some people have the perception that PT is only an outpatient procedure. While it’s true that therapists can help rehabilitate you after surgery, this is just one facet of the practice. If you are experiencing pain and/or limited mobility, you shouldn’t wait until the problem “gets better” to go to a clinic. Often, PT can do the most good when conditions like herniated disks or frozen shoulders are at their worst. Waiting only prolongs the problem. ‘I NEED TO BE REFERRED BY A DOCTOR’ This may have been the case at one time, but not anymore. Most states, including New York, allow you to visit a PT clinic of your own volition — no doctor’s note required. Even better, most insurance covers physical therapy treatments, meaning you can focus on getting better without breaking the bank. Just search for a clinic you trust, look Sometimes you are in so much pain or so immobile that going to see a therapist is impossible. It’s easy to feel helpless in this situation, which is why we bring the therapists to you! Through our home care PT program, you can schedule one of our licensed and experienced clinicians to meet you where you are most comfortable: your home! Not only will they go about helping you recover, but they’ll also make suggestions to make your home safer for mobility. We know the decision to seek PT is a big one, but there’s no reason to live in pain. If you’ve found yourself making any of the above excuses, please give us a call. It will be your first step on the path to a more comfortable and mobile life. Misconceptions Keeping You From Recovery WHEN TO COME IN at the insurance providers they accept, and go! ‘I CAN’T GET TO THE CLINIC’

Recipe of the Month: BASIL BERRY SORBET

Inspired by Good Housekeeping

Unlike standard ice cream recipes, this delicious sorbet doesn’t require fancy equipment or difficult prep. It’s also entirely dairy-free, making it the perfect vegan treat for the end of summer.

INGREDIENTS

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1 cup sugar

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6 cups frozen mixed berries 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup fresh basil leaves

DIRECTIONS

1. In a saucepan over high heat, combine sugar with one cup of water, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves, creating a syrup-like consistency. 2. Remove syrup from heat, add basil, cover, and let stand for 15 minutes. Strain syrup into bowl and refrigerate until cold. 3. In a blender, combine syrup with frozen berries and lemon juice. Purée until smooth. 4. Transfer to a square baking pan, cover in plastic wrap, and freeze until set, about 2 hours. 5. Scoop and serve.

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