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August 2018 Inside This Newsletter

• Balance Awareness Month • Patient Spotlights • Spinach Dip Recipe • How's Your Balance?

Our goal is to serve you with such a great experience that you:

1. Thank the person who sent you here AND 2. Refer people that you care about to us

September Is National Balance Awareness Month

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Dear Friends,

September is National Balance Awareness month! Close your eyes and stand on one foot. It’s hard, right? Now imagine having that same disoriented feeling on two feet, and with your eyes open. Balance is something most of us take for granted. We don’t often think about our balance—until of course, we lose it. If you find yourself feeling dizzy or are unsteady on your feet

Be the first 10 to call with the misspelled word and receive a $10 Gift Card Call in and Win Hotline: 219-548-8770 Misspelled Mania Edition Judy Butkovic Matt Bukovac David Wolfe Winners: Connie Jannssen Jan Surowiec Pat Hildebrand Vicky Kurouski Christine Greenburg Magery Perrott Diane Androskaut

Arlan Alburo, PT, DPT, MTC

you are not alone...and you can do something about it. Please check out this special newsletter geared toward those who may suffer from balance issues. Check out the insert about our free Balance Consultation All Day Event. You won’t want to miss it!

To your unhindered life,

Arlan Alburo


#UnhinderedLives #OBTSCares

"Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists is proud to have helped Melissa return to an unhindered life!"

Meet Melissa! Melissa worked as a second grade school teacher and retired early due to joint issues dealing with Lupus. During the start of her Lupus treatment, Melissa dealt with multiple doctors, medicines, and surgeries, but always felt physical

therapy benefited her. Over the past ten years Melissa has chosen Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists for her physical therapy treatment. Melissa struggled walking and standing for a long period of time. This strong pain affected her ability to walk down the school hallways, even causing her to miss out on family trips to the beach! After completing her personalized plan of care, Melissa has reached her goal of walking on the sandy beach! Melissa later started laser therapy treatment, which controlled her inflammation allowing her to reach another goal of sleeping through the entire night! Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists is proud to have helped Melissa return to an unhindered life!

"Good experience with Dr. Noel and Dr. Joe in giving their expertise to any problem of muscle weakness and loss of balance. I have improved quite a bit in my strength and could walk now without my walker, but still use it to prevent falling. Thank you to all the competent and nice people working in their office." - Dr. Rustica Delumpa "Thank you to all the competent and nice people working in their office."


Special Thanks to Those Below Who Gave the Gift of Health, by Referring a Friend or Family Member

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Dennis Richardson Ada Hiller Nancy Barone

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Do You Suffer From Vertigo Or Dizziness? Your ability to balance is an incredibly complex action that requires millions of nerves, hundreds of muscles, your brain, and your inner ear all working together to stop you from falling onto your face. Many people think having poor balance happens in just older people. However, poor balance is one of the leading causes for sports injuries, chronic back pain and much more. Having poor balance often goes undetected until it is very severe and puts one at exceptional risk for injury. It is even worse for older adults, especially over age 65, of which one third fall each year. People who experience a fall are at increased risk for future falls too. Some balance problems are caused by joint tightness or muscle weakness. For example, when there is a loss of the mobility in the

5 ankle joint and multiple joints of the foot, you cannot adapt well to uneven terrain. Balance is also affected with an injury to the brain like a stroke or a concussion. Vertigo and dizziness can be due to a problem in the inner ear. All these balance problems can be helped with the right kind of rehabilitation. Vertigo and dizziness caused by inner ear problems and brain injuries can be helped by special exercises called Vestibular Rehabilitation. These exercises were first designed by NASA to help the astronauts get used to gravity once they returned from space. We can help you regain your balance, walk and even run better! To learn more about our Balance and Vestibular program and how we can restore you to the life you want, call us today! 4 5 2 7 2 3 8 6 4 2 1 7 9 5 7 3 2 1 4 5 8 9 4 7 8 2

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Not surprisingly, the chart shows that the number of seconds decreases with age. That’s because as we get older, our eyesight tends to diminish, muscles tend to shrink, and our reaction time may be a bit slower. But there’s good news, because… You can improve your balance regardless of age! FREE Balance Consultation All Day Event September 17 and 18, 2018 In celebration of National Balance Awareness Week, Orthopedic and Balance Therapy Specialists will host

a FREE Balance Consultation All-Day Event on the following dates and locations: • Monday September 17, 2018 at our Valparaiso office (3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8) • Tuesday September 18, 2018 at our Crown Point office (11055 Broadway, Suite B) • Tuesday September 18, 2018 at our LaPorte office (1404 E. Lincolnway, Suite B) • Tuesday September 18, 2018 at our Highland office (2144 45th St.) During the event, each attendee will receive:

1. One on one consultation time with one of our Balance Therapy trained physical therapists. 2. An exclusive FREE test in our state of the art NASA Balance Technology equipment that will reveal your own Balance Score relative to people your own age. You will also find out if any of your 3 main components for balance control is not functioning at optimum levels. 3. Our fresh-off-the-press Breakthrough Balance Report on “The Top 8 Secrets to Maintaining Good Balance and Avoiding Falls.” We have 13 FREE consultation spots available for each location. To hold your spot, please call 219-202-2500 in Valparaiso, 219-203-3100 in Crown Point, 219-380-0809 in LaPorte, or 219-301-7961 in Highland.


Dr. Arlan Alburo, PT, DPT, MTC PS-Call 219-202-2500 in Valpo, 219-203-3100 in Crown Point, 219 380-0809 in LaPorte, or 219-301-7961 in Highland to hold your spot for the FREE Balance Consultation All Day Event on Sep 17 and 18 in celebra- tion of National Balance Awareness Week.

Have you ever lost your footing on wet or icy pavement causing you to fling your arms out and your heart to race? Or have you ever gotten up in the middle of the night stumbling in the dark to the bathroom only to catch yourself from falling by grabbing the furniture? If you have, then you know how frightening losing your balance can be... Hello Fellow NW Indiana Resident, Each year, one in three seniors fall. That’s 33% of people over 65 years old who will fall THIS YEAR ALONE! These falls can lead to serious injury such as fractures or head trauma. They are also a leading cause of de- creased mobility and dependence on others for day-to-day living. Use this simple 30-seconds test to determine your risk of falling... SINGLE LEG STANDING BALANCE TEST • You may want to have someone nearby to watch you as you try this. • Stand on a hard floor near a table or countertop for support. • Bend one knee and lift the foot – if you’re left-handed, stand on your left leg and lift the right foot; do the opposite if you’re right-handed. You don’t need to lift it high, just enough to keep it off the floor. • Now without holding onto anything slowly count the number of seconds you can hold that position without putting your foot back down. • Repeat the test 3 times, and then add up your total time and divide it by 3 to find your average balance time. (For example, if test 1 was 4 seconds, test 2 was 8 seconds, and test 3 was 6 seconds, you’d add up 4, 8, and 6 to get 18. Divide by 3, and your average balance time is 6 seconds.) • You can try retaking this same test with your eyes closed for a greater challenge. ARE YOU OR SOMEONE YOU LOVE AT RISK OF FALLING? FIND OUT IN THIS 30-SECONDS SELF-TEST • You can try retaking this same test with your eyes closed for a greater challenge.

How long should you be able to stand on one leg?

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3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383

Specializing In: Lower Back Pain • Headaches and Neck Pain • Sciatica and Hip Problems Balance Issues and Difficulty Walking • Dizziness and Vertigo Shoulder Pain • Bursitis and Tendinitis Knee Arthritis and Joint Replacement Plantar Fasciitis • Laser Therapy • Graston Technique and More! We help you achieve an unhindered life.

219-548-8770 3125 Calumet Ave., Suite 8 Valparaiso, IN 46383 219-310-8278 11055 Broadway, Suite B Crown Point, IN 46307 219-380-0809 1405 East Lincolnway, Suite B La Porte, IN 46350 219-386-4488 2144 45th St. Highland IN 46322



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