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HELPING OUR COMMUNITY Lessons From a Successful 2018
W hen my kids were little, we began a tradition that we’ve continued for the past decade. Like in most communities, Clermont has opportunities for those who are able to “adopt” a family for the holidays and buy some gifts on children’s wish lists. My wife and I felt this was a good way to show our children just how lucky they are and teach them about helping others. We would have our kids pick out some toys for the child we “adopted” that holiday season, which is an interesting quest for kids as they anticipate what their own gifts may be. As parents, we learned that children aren’t as greedy as they’re portrayed to be. Kids get excited about picking out a toy for another child, especially when the recipient is close to them in age. It shows children that there isn’t much of a difference between them and other kids in the community. Despite being transplants in the Clermont community, my wife and I feel it’s important to continue giving back to the community we’ve fallen in love with. We’re glad to see that this community continues to appreciate
It’s been a great 2018 at the clinic. We cared for more patients than we ever have before, and we have our loyal patients to thank for this. About 90 percent of our growth is due to our patients telling their family and friends about us. This, in turn, has allowed us to add more team members and services to the Four Corners lineup, including speech therapy. We’re excited to see what all this progress means for 2019. One area we’re particularly excited about is the continued expansion of our home and assisted-living visits. Home visits give a therapist the opportunity to get to know their patient better, and that only advances the level of care we can offer. But there’s another aspect of these appointments that is appealing to me as a professional, husband, and father in the community: This is a way for us to use our expertise to foster something positive for others. Our in-home patients have trouble getting out into the community, so when we see them for regular visits, we’re bringing the community to them. We’ve built plenty of long-term relationships with patients thanks to these visits, and we feel a responsibility to them as medical professionals and, ultimately, as friends.
Many physical therapists get into the business because they want to create strong bodies and get people back to doing what they love most. But there’s so much more a therapist can do for their community that has nothing to do with the body. We can show we care by talking about a patient’s dog’s new tricks or swapping recipes between arm reps. We regularly check on our patients and keep them connected to the community they are rooted in. People build better communities when they care, even in the simplest of ways. It could be showing your kids how to help others or visiting someone’s home to help them heal. Regardless, we all have a part to play.
Thank you for a wonderful 2018, and we can’t wait to see you in 2019.
-Luke Kron, PT Managing Partne
us back by trusting my team at Four Corners Health and Rehabilitation.
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UGL Y SWEAT E R PAR T I E S
A Fun Trend You Can Easily Follow!
What Exactly Is an Ugly Sweater Party?
It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore. Your Very Own Ugly Sweater
It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest. This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!
WHY YOU SHOULDN’T LIVE WITH BACK PAIN We’ve Got Your Back
back pain, you could be avoiding something more serious. If you experience tingly limbs, troubles going to the bathroom, inability to sit or lie down, sickness, or prolonged pain, your back could be screaming at you about a problem more severe. Don’t believe us? Consider the story of Samantha Mixon, a single mother from Georgia, whose back pain and frequent headaches wound up being a tumor from stage 4 lung cancer. No, you shouldn’t have to avoid large festivals because of the pain you feel from walking. It’s not normal to contort your body to feel some relief. Pain isn’t an inevitable fact of aging. Your back pain can cause you to sacrifice time with your family, avoid a proper sleep schedule, and can hinder the activities you enjoy most. Pain is a common side effect of active lifestyles, accidents, and IT’S COMMON BUT NOT NORMAL
faulty movements, but it’s not normal to just live with it. Physical therapy and proper treatment can help break these habits.
LEAD BY EXAMPLE
Put your pain in perspective: Would you want your child walking around with consistent pain and not do anything about it? Of course not, so neither should you. By not seeking treatment for your back pain, your children will learn that back pain is part of aging and there’s no treatment for it. What they’re going to remember most is what you did — or didn’t do — not what you said. Don’t suffer through back pain any longer. Call Four Corners Health and Rehabilitation at 352-243-4422 or visit FourCornersRehab.com to learn how we can help you find relief.
Do these scenarios sound familiar? You memorize all the seating options available in every room. You toss and turn all night and have little energy the next day. Your ice pack and heating pad are on a constant rotation. If this is relatable, you may have chronic back pain. And as the following information shows, you could be causing more harm than relief by not seeking treatment.
LISTEN INSTEAD OF REACT
Your back is the way other parts of your body remain connected. So if you ignore
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4 WINTER ILLNESSES YOU’D RATHER AVOID Know What to Look For Before They Attack
is the one you should be most concerned about. If your child is having difficulty breathing and is dehydrated, they may have caught a more serious strain of the virus. Most children will recover with at-home rest, but some may need to be hospitalized for more severe symptoms. Influenza The flu is known for causing high fever, muscle aches and pains, nausea, and other symptoms similar to a cold. Often, the fever will last for around five days, but it can be shortened with the aid of antiviral medications. However, these medications are recommended only for children who face serious complications or hospitalization from the flu. If you want to avoid catching this, your best bet is to receive the annual flu vaccine. Strep Throat A sore throat, headache, stomach ache, vomiting, and high fever are signs of strep. This infection is treated with
Achoo! That’s the last noise you want to hear this winter. Cold weather brings a slew of sicknesses, so be vigilant to treat these common illnesses, or better yet, avoid them altogether. The Common Cold Although there is no cure, a cold is easier to treat than other illnesses. If you or a loved one has a runny nose, low-grade fever, headache, cough, nasal congestion, or sore throat, the common cold has most likely taken hold. With the help of rest and perhaps some cold medicine, like cough drops and decongestants, the cold will come and go in about a week. Bronchiolitis Bronchiolitis appears most commonly in children less than a year old and is caused by other viruses. Of the many symptoms — nasal congestion, low- grade fevers, and coughing — wheezing WITH SUDOKU TAKE A BREAK
antibiotics and should be addressed soon after the first symptoms appear to prevent further complications. Children with strep throat should stay away from school and other activities until they’ve been on antibiotics for 24 hours. Everyone knows that getting sick is no fun and is best avoided at all costs. However, it happens to everyone eventually. Catching a virus or infection in its early stages can help you shake the sickness much faster.
Inspired by Good Housekeeping
30-MINUTE CAULIFLOWER SOUP
This hearty soup is a quick, easy, healthy addition to your holiday table. It can also be made vegetarian by substituting chicken broth with vegetable broth.
INGREDIENTS • 1 small head cauliflower
• 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth • 1/2 cup heavy cream • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil • Salt and pepper, to taste
(about 2 pounds), cored and sliced
• 1 leek, chopped • 1 medium onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter into warm oil. Add onion and leek, season with salt and pepper, and cook until tender, about 10–12 minutes. 2. Stir in garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add cauliflower, broth, and cream. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 15 minutes. 3. Using a blender, purée in batches until smooth. 4. Top servings with a drizzle of olive oil and a pinch of pepper.
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PREPARING FOR THE END OF PHYSICAL THERAPY SESSIONS
The completion of your physical therapy sessions is cause for celebration! It can be a hard-fought path toward healing, but it’s one that has been proven to be beneficial in getting weekend warriors, grandparents, and athletes back to their top physical form. As you prepare to wrap up therapy, it can seem daunting to end the regular routine you’ve been following. Don’t fear life after therapy; prepare for the end of your treatment with the following tips. Utilize the expert you’ve been working with for months, and trust your physical therapist’s advice about staying active after treatment. They can suggest workout regimens that are ideal for recovering from your injury, and they will be able to teach at-home exercises to keep you from injuring your body further. In addition, your physical therapist can What can I do now?
help you understand your limitations and describe the signs to watch for.
How do I get over this fear?
The best way to jump back into activities you love is to just go for it — but slowly. Instead of climbing mountains, restart your hobby by walking the trails near your favorite destinations. Instead of emceeing an event, take your friends out to lunch after speech therapy and offer to order for everyone. Take your time, and soon you’ll be back to your full form. Honestly, that might happen, and that’s okay! Whether you strain an old injury or sustain a new one, you will be better prepared to fight the injury given your previous experience. Even the healthiest athletes can get injured multiple times, and your physical therapist is going to be happy to work with you again — though What if I have to come back?
they will be happy if they never see you in the clinic setting again, too. Going back to your physical therapist isn’t admitting failure; it’s taking control of your health. Work through your pain or limitations with help from Four Corners Health and Rehabilitation. Call 352-243-4422 or visit FourCornersRehab.com.
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