Achieve Glendale: Back Pain & Difficulty Walking


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The holidays are upon us once again and each year seems to go by faster and faster. It is hard to believe that we are nearing the end of 2018, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. I love this time of year for so many different reasons: the holiday spirit, the opportunity to give, family traditions, the look on my wife and kids face when they open a gift, and of course remembering the reason for the season – Jesus Christ. This past week I have been asking patients, “what are your family traditions?” I received lots of fun answers, like: making tamales, making Christmas cookies, receiving matching pajamas, opening one gift on Christmas Eve, taking gifts to the elderly, visiting grandparents, everyone gathering at Mom’s house, and the list goes on. Then patients would ask me, “what about you, what are your Christmas traditions?” With that question, comes a flood of memories from taking pictures with Santa Clause with my grandparents each year, to caroling as a family to elderly couples in our neighborhood, to re- enacting the birth of the Savior - dressing up like wise men or shepherds as my grandfather read Luke 2 out of the Bible, to matching pajamas,

to sneaking out Christmas morning to see if Santa came and of course family game nights throughout the Christmas holiday. But, one of my favorite traditions is our family talent show and singing around the piano with my family. My Mom is a talented pianist and we gather in the family room and sing lots of different Christmas songs (some even do solos or duets). That feeling of being together as a family and singing songs of joy and happiness is one of my favorite Christmas traditions! So, “What traditions are you keeping up? Which ones have you let die? Hold onto your traditions or start new ones that your kids and grandkids can cherish for years to come! Finally, I wanted to express my gratitude for each of you this Christmas season. You have been a part of my life over the last almost 9 years being in Arizona and I enjoy each opportunity to help you get back to the things you love and build a friendship all at the same time. So, thank you and Merry Christmas from Achieve Physical Therapy and the Hawkins Family! Your Friend, David Hawkins PT, CSCS

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