Vital Care PT November 2017



My family’s Thanksgiving growing up was pretty traditional. My grandma and mom did most of the cooking, and the other family members contributed some side dishes. The meal was always incredible, as was the experience of all the family being together. After the meal, the women cleaned up while all the men watched football and fell asleep almost immediately. Sometimes, my grandpa would fall asleep before getting to the couch or his recliner chair. WWW.VITALCAREREHAB.COM A C hanging C elebration THANKSGIVINGS PAST AND PRESENT (623) 544-0300

Before we would eat, we always held hands and someone would say grace out loud. Then, we were all expected to take turns telling everyone what we were thankful for. The best memory is of my grandpa wadding up napkins and throwing them at the grandkids “secretly” throughout the meal. We would have to discretely get him back without our parents seeing us to avoid getting in trouble. It was great fun watching to see who would get hit in the head next. Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL (623)544-0300

In past years, our Thanksgiving celebration has evolved as our lives changed. Now that my sisters, brother, and I have families, our Thanksgiving celebrations have branched off, and we don’t always celebrate together.


Thanksgiving is a great reminder to be thankful for all that life has given you and to express gratitude more often. Personally, I like to express gratitude verbally. I make sure to tell all of my loved ones, employees, and patients “Thank you” and “I appreciate you.” I make sure to point out when an employee goes above and beyond their job description. I am also a big believer in paying it forward, and if someone does something nice for me, I always make sure to pass it on. I am thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends. I am thankful that my family gets along, and I am so incredibly grateful that we all love to celebrate together. I am really looking forward to seeing everyone this year, and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, as well.

This year will be the first time I have ever prepared a Thanksgiving dinner by myself. My mom and dad are going to visit my brother in Colorado this year, which they’ve been doing for the past few years, so I won’t even have my mom to help me! My mother-in-law has been hosting Thanksgiving for the last few years. This year, we have offered to host in our new house, and I am a little nervous. My kids are so excited to have Thanksgiving in our home this year. They are good at helping to clean and prepare for guests.

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Coloring-Book Tablecloths If you have a big family, you are probably familiar with the Thanksgiving tradition of the kids’ table. It may be smaller than the grown-ups’ seating arrangement, but it doesn’t have to be any less special. Turn your kids’ table into a canvas for a colorful, creative dining experience. To do this, use craft or art paper to cover the table. Tape everything down tightly and provide crayons and colored pencils for every place setting. If you want to add some extra holiday spirit, put the drawing supplies in empty cranberry sauce and pumpkin cans. Gratitude Mobiles Of course, Thanksgiving isn’t just about delicious food. It’s also about reflecting on the parts of our lives we are grateful for. Teaching kids about gratitude is the most valuable Thanksgiving lesson. Bring that concept to life with a gratitude mobile. Grab some colored paper circles — or cut them out — and have your children write down things that they are thankful for. A silver Sharpie is great for this. Punch holes in the tops of the circles and run string through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or

Unless you have a child auditioning for “MasterChef Junior,” you’re probably not going to let the little ones cook the turkey this Thanksgiving. Just because the kitchen might be off limits, though, doesn’t mean you can’t find a few creative ways to make the holiday extra special for your kids. Spice up Thanksgiving with these fun, family-friendly activities.

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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 hopsital 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.


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

• 1/2 cup water • Salt and pepper


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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THIS ISSUE I nside Thanksgivings Past and Present PAGE 1 3 Family Activities for Thanksgiving Testimonial PAGE 2 Physical Therapy for Shoulder Surgeries Recipe of the Month PAGE 3 Iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons PAGE 4

I conic M acy ’ s T hanksgiving D ay P arade B alloons

Thanksgiving is a holiday full of traditions, from turkey and stuffing to football and naps. Since 1924, the Macy’s Parade has grown to become not only a Thanksgiving staple but also the world’s largest parade. Over 3.5 million people attended the parade last year, with another 20 million tuning in from home. The main attraction is always the massive character balloons, which first graced the skies in 1927. Over the decades, some of these balloons have become nearly as famous as the character they depict. Felix the Cat When the Felix the Cat balloon appeared in 1931, it set the standard for all characters to follow. Sadly, the original balloon got tangled in wires and caught on fire, so it has been lost to history. Felix’s influence on the parade is so immense, however, that when Macy’s brought him back in 2016 for the parade’s 90th anniversary, they recreated his original design. Without Felix’s influence, the parade might look a lot different today. Snoopy When it comes to balloon characters, none is more famous than the classic “Peanuts” beagle. His first balloon floated through the sky in 1968, and he’s been a regular fixture ever since. Charles Schultz’s famous

pooch holds the record for most variations in a parade (eight) and most total appearances (40). Though Snoopy doesn’t come out every year, he usually closes the show when he does. Pikachu The Pokémon mascot didn’t appear until 2001, but he’s become a star attraction, showing up every year since. Bright, expressive, and impossible to miss, Pikachu checks off all the boxes for a successful balloon character. For 16 years, those who predicted that Pokémon was just a fad have gotten a big, yellow reminder of just how wrong they were.

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