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Sometime in November, the first major snowstorm hits. Then, without fail, patients come in to the office with rotator cuff tears, shoulder strains, lower back injuries, and sprained knees and ankles. The patients all tell us the same thing: They slipped on the ice and hurt themselves. A month later, we get many patients who are recovering from a hip replacement resulting from a slip. Not that we don’t love seeing your faces, but please be careful out there! It doesn’t matter how long we’ve lived in a cold climate. Summer makes us forget how slippery the ice is. Salt those sidewalks and driveways, and tread carefully! ‘Tis the Season
Nothing Says ‘The Holidays’ Like Ice Injuries and Football
Whether you’re a young athlete who suffered an injury on the basketball court or a homeowner who hurt your shoulder shoveling snow, do yourself a favor and come in for a checkup. It’s not just business. We don’t want you to get worse, which you certainly will if you don’t address the problem. Besides, the end of the year is a great time to use up your benefits.
“The essence of every holiday is about family and love — the jingle bells and the whistles are just a bonus.”
Despite all the injuries, I love the holidays. And it starts with Thanksgiving, which has always been an important holiday for me. I hope you’ll forgive me for saying this in Giants country, but I’ve been a die-hard Cowboys fan since I was in single digits. Besides family time, there’s nothing I look forward to more than their annual Turkey Day game — not even the turkey. Our holidays are nothing out of the ordinary, but they don’t have to be. The essence of every holiday is about family and love. The jingle bells and whistles are just a bonus. My wife and I are blessed to have our families living in the area. When I think about what I’m grateful for this season, the first thing that comes to mind is our patient base. We love you guys. Some of you have been with us for years, and when something happens, we’re your first call. We hope you always
feel comfortable asking questions and talking openly with us. I’m glad some of you even feel comfortable enough to tease me when the Cowboys lose. As I look forward to Christmas, I’m also grateful for my 2-year- old. Seeing holidays through the eyes of a child for the first time completely ignites the experience. I love spending time with my adult family members, but there’s something special about having kids around. At the office, we have a little party and go out to dinner. I’m also grateful for a wonderful team that makes it possible for us to have another successful year, as we have. With them at the helm, I know we’ll have an even better 2018.
Thanks for reading and happy holidays!
– Dr. Joshi
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Family Activities for THANKSGIVING
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. 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-up’s 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 When it comes to hurting yourself on the ice, you don’t even have to hit the ground. You can twist or jerk trying to stay upright and easily tweak your back. As we said in the cover article, we see an uptick in patients coming in with back injuries after the snow hits. We’ve seen it all, and we’ve treated it all. What Causes Back Pain? There are a variety of back issues that plague our patients. If you’re experiencing back pain, it could be caused by a number of issues, including pinched nerves, bulging discs, bone or cartilage deterioration, and other issues. We separate them into two categories: acute and chronic. Acute back pain happens due to a singular injury, like falling on the ice. Chronic back pain arises more gradually and may be caused by old injuries, deterioration, or disease. Most people will experience back pain sometime in their lifetime. After all, the back and spine are complex and have wide-reaching effects on the body. BACK PAIN FOR DUMMIES
through them. Tie the other end of the string to a coat hanger or embroidery hoop and hang it from the ceiling.
Stuff the Turkey Game Want to get the kids outside 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 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.
Back Pain Treatments After a thorough examination, chiropractors may recommend a number of back pain treatments. Chiropractic adjustments are the most popular, which involve calculated twists, stretches, and exercises. The average person could benefit from these, even if they aren’t suffering severe back pain. Spinal decompression is another common practice that gently decompresses your spine, which allows your discs to move back into place, improves blood flow, and aids healing. Acupuncture, K-laser treatment, massage, and physical therapy round out the list of treatments that have helped our patients.
For questions about which procedure will best help you, give us a call!
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What an NBA Coach Had to Say About Back Surgery
Did you know that most cases of neck, shoulder, and back pain can be treated by physical therapy? In fact, many experts are championing therapy as an alternative to surgery. But don’t take our word for it. Consider this cautionary tale from one of the world’s greatest coaches.
The pain in Kerr’s back was soon accompanied by terrible migraines. He had them almost daily and would occasionally see spots. His team was enjoying their greatest regular season in the history of basketball, and he couldn’t take part in the celebrations. Kerr has experienced some improvement since then, but thanks to his back pain, his entire future is uncertain.
Golden State Warriors head coach and former Michael Jordan co-star Steve Kerr first underwent back surgery in July of 2015. Just months earlier, he had given the Warriors their first NBA title (and took home the Coach of the Year award). Kerr was on top of the world. But after surgery, everything changed.
When asked about his surgery during a press conference earlier this year, he had this to say: “I can tell you if you’re listening out there, stay away from back surgery,” Kerr said. “Rehab, rehab, rehab. Don’t let anyone get in there.”
Steve Kerr isn’t a medical doctor, and you should consider all factors when facing the prospect of back surgery. But, speaking from sad experience, he highlights the fact that back surgery is usually a harmful short-term solution to pain. Rehabilitative physical therapy is a better approach.
The surgery stemmed from years of physical NBA play. Many other athletes had taken the surgical route to treat chronic back pain. Though Kerr’s surgery was deemed successful, the procedure created a fluid leak in his spine, which required a second surgery. The pain persisted, and he sat out the rest of the 2015–16 season.
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Iconic Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
ICONIC Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Balloons
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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