Vital Care PT - November 2017


TOTAL S houlder R eplacements

embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling. Stuff the Turkey Game Want to get the kids outside

WHY PHYSICAL THERAPY IS ESSENTIAL BEFORE AND AFTER SURGERY A total shoulder arthroplasty (TSA), often called a total shoulder replacement, is a surgical procedure in which part or all of the shoulder joint is replaced. TSA is not as common as hip or knee replacement surgery, but according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, it is estimated that 53,000 people in the United States have shoulder replacement surgery each year. Those who undergo a TSA do so because they experience severe shoulder pain and limited mobility from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, severe shoulder fracture, rotator cuff disease, or osteonecrosis of the shoulder. A TSA involves removing the ends of the bone of the shoulder joint and replacing them with artificial parts. Physical therapy plays a vital role in ensuring a safe recovery by improving shoulder function and limiting pain after surgery. Physical therapy improves your shoulder’s condition prior to surgery, which makes recovery that much easier. Your physical therapist will teach you exercises to build strength and improve your shoulder and upper back movement. The stronger and more mobile you are before surgery, the better. After surgery, your therapist will have you wear a sling. You will stay in the hospital for a couple of days, and the sling will inhibit your mobility for the next two to six weeks. It’s important not to move your shoulder on your own before you are told to do so. As you recover outside of the hopsital, physical therapy will be crucial to a full recovery. You will learn range-of- motion exercises, which, at the beginning, may include your physical therapist passively moving your shoulder in different directions. You will learn home exercises and exercises to keep your hand and elbow joints loose. As mobility returns, you will work on regaining strength and then function. If you are about to undergo a TSA, call Vital Care Physical Therapy at (623) 544-0300. Not only will we make sure your body is completely ready for surgery, we will ensure your recovery is smooth and efficient.

so you can get to work in the kitchen? Create a

Thanksgiving-themed game for them to play outside while you prep the stuffing and put the turkey in the oven.

To create a holiday-themed “Stuff the Turkey” game, all you need is a few paper bags. We’ll bet you have some left

B russels S prouts W ith S ausage Looking for an easy, delicious Thanksgiving side dish? This gem requires only a few ingredients. over from shopping. Use two small bags stuffed with scrap paper to create legs and glue them to a larger bag folded to look like the body of a turkey. Now that you have your turkey, you need some balls to stuff it with. Anything soft and baseball-sized will work, even some balled-up paper. Kids will take turns trying to toss the balls into the turkey, scoring points for every shot made.


• 1/2 cup water • Salt and pepper

• 2 tablespoons olive oil • 3 1/3 ounces fresh, hot Italian sausage • 11/2 pounds Brussels sprouts


1. Trim sprouts and cut in half. 2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, stirring occasionally, 3–5 minutes. 3. Add sprouts to skillet. Add 1/2 cup water. Add salt and pepper. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until just tender. Check them periodically and add a bit more water, if necessary. 4. When sprouts are just about done, remove cover and raise heat to medium-high. Cook, stirring just once or twice, for a couple more minutes. The liquid should evaporate, and the sprouts should start to brown. 5. Add more salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or warm.

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