Summit Physical Therapy May 2019

PAUL'S POINT OF VIEW

MAY 2019

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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

When it comes to getting the most out of physical therapy and healing, knowledge can often be the best medicine. This is why I’m so keen on sharing my own knowledge on various conditions with our patients and their families through an ongoing series of workshops. In the coming months, you can expect a number of workshops covering several common issues many of our patients face every day.

• Lower back pain • Shoulder pain • Knee pain • Balance, dizziness, and fall prevention

don’t understand where this new pain is coming from or what’s causing it. In response, you try over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. While you experience some short-term relief, the pain always comes back later and gets in the way of what you love to do. We see this a lot. In many cases, as you get back into the swing of things, your body may move in ways it’s not accustomed to. It can also be the result of aging. These movements may cause strain on muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments, or other tissues that are no longer familiar with certain motions.

move, what may cause pain, and what you can do to alleviate pain. Be on the lookout for more information soon! I look forward to seeing you and sharing the wonderful knowledge of how PT can provide pain relief. Before I leave you this month, I want to mention a little detail you may have noticed if you’ve been by the clinic recently. It’s our new sign! It’s right outside our building, so if you do drive by and see a new, unfamiliar sign out front, don’t worry; we’re still here. We just updated our look! We’re still the same clinic on the inside.

These are issues we address at the clinic every day, and we’re well-versed in what causes them and how to treat them. These are also issues that can become more common as spring gives way to summer. During the spring, you may start a new activity or get back to an activity you haven’t done for several months. or gardening. At first, it may feel great getting back out there. You feel refreshed and rejuvenated, and you’re excited to be doing what you love! But after a few days or weeks, you may start to notice a new ache or pain. To make matters worse, you For instance, you may be doing more walking, biking, jogging, kayaking,

–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP

In our workshops, I talk about how the body moves, how the body should

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