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Welcome To Our Newest TeamMember CURTIS KIME, DPT Wisconsin, where he enjoyed a lake-front cabin and stunning scenery. Curtis is working hard to make sure that 2018 goes on record as one of his best years yet. One of his goals for the near future is to take his family to the Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois to explore the stunning natural rock formations in the Shawnee National Forest. Curtis is now accepting patients. Please call (815) 614-2100 to schedule your appointment with him today!

Curtis Kime is a Doctor of Physical Therapy at Axcess PT in Kankakee, Illinois. Curtis has a true passion for helping his patients through their recovery and wellness journeys, and he genuinely loves what he does. Curtis met his wife, Bethany, at Kankakee Trinity Academy, and they were married the year after his graduation. Curtis and Bethany are proud parents to two little boys, Christopher and William. Some favorite family activities include bike rides, exploring local parks, basketball, and weekend drives. One of Curtis’s favorite vacations ever was his visit to Minocqua,

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Aaron Fuerst PT, DPT, CWCE, FAAOMPT If you have pain, you shouldn’t ignore it. We can help you feel better fast!

Prevent Injuries By Improving Balance

strain. In turn, your back is able to function appropriately without irritation and inflammation.

Being able to balance well can significantly reduce the number of back and lower extremity injuries. Consider this: Your body is far more able to handle unexpected changes, and uneven ground if you have a good sense of balance. Being able to do so results in far fewer falls, which are the number one cause of back injuries. In addition, better balance allows your ankle, knee and hip joints to function better, without as much strain that can cause abnormal wear and tear. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports, “In 2000, falls among older adults cost the U.S. healthcare system over $19 billion dollars or $30 billion dollars in 2010. With the population aging, both the number of falls and the costs to treat fall injuries are likely to increase.” Additionally, by increasing muscle stability and coordination, your spine will have greater support and guidance, thereby reducing

Protect yourself from injuries by improving your balance and strength. It doesn’t matter how old you are, everyone can benefit from stronger balance reflexes, just ask top athletes. Isn’t it time you handled your balance, before it becomes a bigger problem? At Axcess Physical Therapy, we will get you feeling steady on your feet again.

Call us today to speak with a physical therapist, or come on in for a consultation.

Institute of Medicine Report from the Committee on Advancing Pain Research, Care, and Education: Relieving Pain in America, A Blueprint for Transforming Pre- vention, Care, Education and Research. The National Academies Press, 2011.

Quote of TheMonth: “When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” - Franklin D. Roosevelt

3 Activities To Improve Your Balance!

You can benefit from better coordination and balance activities at any age. A stronger, more balanced body relieves aches and pains, while improving your ability to move faster. Here are some activities to improve your balance: 1. Standing Glut Set Stand with feet hip width apart and knees slightly bent. Squeeze buttocks together gently, knees should turn out a little. Do not squeeze so hard that you tilt your pelvis. Hold for 10 seconds, repeat 10 times. • Progression - Repeat this exercise standing on one leg. This exercise should be done near a counter or in a doorway for support as needed. Balance for as long as you can up to 1 minute, 3 times on each leg. 2. Single Leg Stance Stand on one leg with knee slightly bent. Make sure your hips remain even. This exercise should be done near a counter or in a doorway for

support. Balance for up to 1 minute using assistance as needed, repeat 3 times on each leg. • Progression - Repeat single leg stance standing on a pillow or cushion to increase difficulty. 3. Visit A Physical Therapist Physical therapy is very important to strengthening joints and learning the right exercises to improve balance. A professional can help you develop a program that plays into your strengths while increasing your ability to balance and reduce back injuries. Back injuries plague the majority of people in the United States, yet you don’t have to be one of them. Strengthening and improving the flexibility of your spine along with better balance most often completely relieves symptoms. Contact Axcess Physical Therapy for a balance screening today! Discover the root cause of your problem, before it’s too late!

October Is National Physical Therapy Month!

October has arrived, and with it comes its share of official “national day” designations, including whimsical days like “National Pumpkin Seed Day.” But did you know that the entire month has been dedicated to National Physical Therapy Month? So, as the leaves are turning and you’re working on your jack-o-lanterns, take the time to learn more about the many benefits of physical therapy. What Is National Physical Therapy Month? For almost 40 years, physical therapy has been celebrated by official proclamation. And since 1992, October is the month for honoring physical 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 thebetter. 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, & specialized electronic-pulse devices.

Yet, the number of people reporting chronic pain has not gone down. So how can you tell if physical therapy is a better choice than prescription opioids? The CDC suggests that if you fall into any of these categories, physical therapy can be beneficial: • Pain comes from fibromyalgia, low back pain, knee arthritis or hip arthritis. These conditions, in particular,areknownforrespondingwelltophysical therapy when it comes to pain management. • The pain has lasted more than 90 days, meaning that it has gone from “acute” to “chronic.” • The benefits of prescription opioids don’t outweigh their risks. In the early days after an injury or an operation, painkillers help patients function without crippling pain. But with each day that passes, the risks opioids pose outweigh the rewards. If you’ve become afraid of the pain. Obviously, nobody welcomes physical discomfort. But some people become overly dependent on a pill’s ability to remove all aches and twinges. In PT, pain is a way to determine exactly what needs to be worked on, in order to reduce discomfort down the road.

What Symptoms and Conditions Does PT Help? Physical therapy tends to be associated with sports injuries, along with chronic problems such as back pain, surgery recovery, and balance issues. Yet, you may not realize the range of problems which physical therapy can help - both for pain management and to help ease other symptoms. Do you have hand pain and stiffness? Physical therapists treat hand and wrist conditions ranging from carpal tunnel to “trigger finger.” Tennis elbow and rotator cuff injuries can also be aided through PT. Among other conditions the general public may not associate with physical therapy are pelvic floor dysfunction, TMJ, cardiopulmonary disease, Parkinson’s, and traumatic brain injuries. Why #ChoosePT? In recent years, National Physical Therapy Month has also focused on the alternative PT offers over opioids. With opioid abuse at an all-time high - and tragic overdoses on the rise - alternatives to this class of prescription medication are even more important. The National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates that opioid prescriptions have quadrupled in recent years.

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