CAMPUS COMMONS PT IS ANYTHING BUT COMMON HOW OUR PRACTICE CAME TO BE WHAT IT IS TODAY
When I was presented with the opportunity to carry on the legacy of Campus Commons PT, I was both honored and conflicted. I started with this practice right out of physical therapy school in 1997, and I loved every minute of working here. During the 8 1/2 years I initially spent here, my priorities shifted. I got married and had kids, and it became clear that taking a job closer to home was best for my family. It was a challenge, but I’ve never regretted the decision. Several years later, I was sitting at home on my computer one night when the original owner of Campus Commons reached out to me via email. After running the company for 40 years, he wanted to retire and asked if I was interested in taking over the practice. We had the same approach to treating patients: Make a meaningful connection and know each patient as a person, not a problem. The similarities didn’t stop there. We both wanted the practice to be relationship-centered and provide a sense of security — when our patients get injured, they need to know that we’re here for them. Committing wasn’t easy. I had three kids at the time, and making a decision that big on behalf of my family was a lot of pressure. Luckily, I wasn’t alone. My wife and I knew we would be taking a chance on ourselves by stepping outside our nine-to-five lifestyle and becoming 24/7 business owners. We sat
“IT’S CRUCIAL TO HAVE GIVE-AND- TAKEWITH PATIENTS BECAUSE A ONE- SIDED RELATIONSHIP ALWAYS ENDS UP OUTSIDE THEWIN COLUMN.” The way my wife and I sat down together as a team to find the best way to approach this issue is similar to the way our team collaborates with our patients. We take the full hour to get to know not just your injury, but who you are as a person as well. I’m constantly sharing stories with the patients I treat about what’s going on in my life to encourage them to open up about themselves in return. It’s crucial to have give- and-take with patients because a one-sided relationship always ends up outside the win column. I know that mutual connection makes a difference in my life. I’ve had the same dentist for 30 years, and I completely trust him with my dental needs. He has always been there when I had problems with my teeth, and he also genuinely has my best interests at heart. I want to be that dentist to my patients who have problems with their bodies. down as a team and discussed every possible scenario for days. In the end, taking over this practice was an opportunity that we couldn’t pass up, and we’ve been thankful for the opportunity ever since.
Work isn’t my entire life. It’s important to me that I’m present for my children as they grow and experience challenges. I coach my son’s Little League and flag football teams, and spending time with my family is the most important part of my life. When I’m not spending time with my wife and kids, I love coaching high school football. Empowering patients gets my blood pumping and helps me take that same inspiration to the football field to make kids better. Our practice has grown, and that’s because of the passion of our amazing therapists and staff. We’ve been serving the Sacramento area for 44 years, and with the hard work of the wonderful people who make up this practice, we’ll be in business for many more years to come. That’s a promise I’m excited to make, and I can’t wait to demonstrate our commitment to it every day.
AVOID NECK PAIN WHILE DRIVING
LET OFF THE GAS
Long commutes will always be a pain in the neck, but the discomfort doesn’t have to be literal. Developing stiffness or soreness in your upper back and neck is all too common in the driver’s seat. It’s annoying at the time, and repeated incidents can lead to more chronic problems down the road. Luckily, there are a few simple steps you can take to prevent this pain from developing behind the wheel. If you frequently experience neck pain while driving, the position of your seat and mirrors may be the issue. Ideally, you want the back of your driver’s seat to be almost straight, at about a 100-degree angle to the seat. If you find yourself leaning forward to reach the steering wheel from this position, shift the whole seat forward. In older cars without built-in lower back MAKE ADJUSTMENTS
support, it’s a good idea to slide a small pillow between your back and the lower part of the seat.
Normally, good sitting posture entails having both feet firmly planted on the floor. Drivers don’t have that option unless they literally put the pedal to the metal. During long drives on the highway, cruise control is a great option to give your feet a welcome rest. Otherwise, pull over to take a break and stretch your legs if you feel your neck beginning to tense up. There are also preventative measures you can take to avoid pain and discomfort before your next road trip or traffic jam. If you find yourself haunted by chronic neck, back, or shoulder pain no matter how long you drive, it may be time to contact a trusted physical therapist. These may be signs of more serious issues, but physical therapy can help you live and drive pain-free again.
After you have your sitting position figured out, make the necessary adjustments to your mirrors. You should be able to glance at each with minimal head movement. Constantly bobbing or craning your neck to see what’s behind you is a surefire way to develop neck and shoulder pain.
STAY IN THE CLEAR
A dirty windshield can be just as bad as poorly adjusted mirrors. Having to lean forward to see when sun and dust cut your visibility causes stress as your neck muscles accommodate. In general, poor vision is a consistent source of these sorts of aches and pains, so it’s a good idea to ensure you have the right pair of glasses (including shades) every time you drive.
THE MOST OVERLOOKED ASPECT OF INJURIES
WHAT OCCURS BEFORE THE TRAUMA IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS AFTER
I love to coach high school football. It’s a passion of mine that I can’t live without. However, the more I coach, the more I see a need in one area of athletics that isn’t covered adequately. Injury prevention should be prioritized in sports at all levels. Our practice focuses on helping those who are injured, but one disheartening part of our jobs is seeing injuries that should’ve been prevented. While an effective prehab routine varies depending on the paradigm of the practitioner, almost all of them contain these three components.
the joints and tendons in your legs and hips are under more stress. A good strength-building program can bring up lagging
muscles to prevent injury. Keep in mind that strength building does not necessarily
mean lifting weights. Band exercises, bodyweight training, and aquatic exercises can be just as effective or better than lifting heavy weights.
To prime your muscles for activity, you need to take them through a thorough warmup. This entails active movements that engage the muscles and promote blood flow. Every warmup has its variations, but the idea is the same. Rather than jump right into full-intensity exercise, gradually activate the muscles to ensure they are pliable enough to withstand rigorous activity.
Abruptly moving from high-intensity exercise to sedentary life has a jarring effect on your body. Just as a warmup is essential for priming the muscles, a cooldown is pivotal to preparing the muscles for recovery. An effective cooldown prevents the development of lactic acid. When combined with massage, it can drastically reduce the potential for injury. Injury prevention may be an effective way to limit injuries, but the name is misleading; preventing them entirely is a different story. If you’ve sustained a sports-related injury, reach out to us today. Our team of qualified therapists specializes in helping players of all ages and abilities get back on the field.
When muscles become disproportionately stronger than other muscles in the same part of your body, your likelihood of injury increases. For example, if you have overly strong quadriceps but deficient hamstrings,
Americans love action movies and action heroes. While we admire the protagonists’ ability to fight through pain, the aftermaths of their injuries are rarely covered. Here are three examples of characters who would benefit from some physical therapy. 3 HOLLYWOOD CHARACTERS WHO DEFINITELYWOULD’VE NEEDED PT SOMETIMES IT HURTS TO SAVE THE WORLD Very few characters are harder on their bodies than Jason Bourne. Whether it’s from hand-to-hand combat or a severe car accident, he’s injured in every installment. The reality of this situation is that Bourne would need hours of physical therapy to overcome the injuries caused by these accidents. His treatment plan would include manual therapy and most likely some post- surgical rehab. JASON BOURNE
significant rehab. If John McClane makes a comeback for another installment of his famed series, it’s because he went through aquatic therapy and specific treatment for his spine.
While Rocky Balboa is famous for overcoming significant beatings, he and the person on the other side of his gloves rarely receive attention for the injuries they sustain. Both Rocky and his foes take significant beatings in every installment of the series, which would cause significant trauma. There’s no doubt that to have a functional life at an older age, all the boxers in these films would need treatment for arthritis as well as upper extremity and hand injuries and likely some neurological care. At Campus Commons Physical Therapy, we provide all of these services and more. It’s our objective to offer variety so that we can meet your recovery goals. You may not be saving New York City from bad guys or fighting Rocky for the heavyweight title, but that doesn’t make rehab any less of a necessity. Reach out to our office today to see how we can help you overcome injuries both large and small.
The scene in which McClane navigates the internal workings of Nakatomi Plaza with his bloody undershirt is iconic, but the injuries he sustains in the Die Hard movies certainly aren’t; they’re completely glossed over. Everyone’s favorite New York cop is remembered for his humor and ability to survive, but many of the injuries he sustains in these movies would require
BEANS AND GREENS RIGATONI
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1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
12 ounces rigatoni pasta
1 bunch Tuscan kale, rinsed
Juice of 1 lemon
1 15-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Salt, for pasta water and to taste
2 ounces fresh grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (optional)
1. In a large stock pot, boil 6 quarts of liberally salted water. On another burner, heat a large skillet to medium-low. 2. Add pasta to boiling water and cook for 3 minutes less than the package recommends. 3. While pasta is cooking, add beans, red pepper, and 1 tablespoon of oil to skillet. Cook until lightly browned, about 5 minutes. 4. Add cooked pasta, kale, and 1 cup pasta water to skillet. Toss vigorously as kale cooks, about 4 minutes. 5. Transfer to bowls, top with a squeeze of lemon, sprinkle with cheese or salt, and serve.
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The History of Campus Commons
3 Steps to Staying Pain-Free in the Car
Preventing Injuries Is Just As Important As Treating Them
3 Characters Who Would Benefit From PT
Beans and Greens Rigatoni
The 5 Best College Football Tailgates
There’s a slight buzz in the air as you walk through the parking lot. Your ears embrace the sounds of cheering and conversation. Smells of recipes that took years to perfect fill your nostrils as you navigate through a sea of tents and pickup trucks. Friends and family wait at your destination with a cold beverage. The crowds of people all sport the colors of the home team as you finally arrive for what you’ve waited for all week: game day. I t s F 5 TAILGATES SO GOOD YOU MIGHT MISS THE GAME
2. UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN Walleye, cheese curds, and brats are just the beginning at Camp Randall. Wisconsin has great tailgating at the stadium, but the local hotspots of the surrounding area are even better places to show your Badger pride. If you can’t get into the arena to jump around in the fourth quarter, you can still join the tradition anywhere in Madison where there’s red and white. 3. LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY Geaux Tigers! LSU’s tailgate is something to be revered across the country because of its food options. While the jambalaya and barbecue are utterly fantastic, Tiger fans whip up something else when the University of Florida comes to town: alligator. 4. UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON The Huskies have a different take on tailgating than almost any other university in the country. While most schools gather in parking lots, Washington fans are out in the water. That’s right — this “tailgate” is known for the boats that pull into Union Bay right outside the stadium.
Tailgating is a college football tradition unlike any other. Schools across the country will claim to have the best, but few can back it up. Here are five universities that can talk the talk and walk the walk. 1. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN Go blue! The tailgate in Ann Arbor is truly something to behold. “The Big House” parking lot opens at 7 a.m., and from then on, it’s all party, all the time. With one of college football’s biggest stadiums, it’s only natural that the tailgate follows suit.
5. UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
On game day, the Grove at Ole Miss transforms from a serene 10-acre park with mature trees to a scene unlike any other. Tens of thousands of fans gather in their red, white, and blue to prepare for the Walk of Champions, where the entire team strolls through the tailgate on their way to the stadium. It’s 35 years of tradition that contributes something special to the scene.
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