Spine & Rehab Specialists - December 2021

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Have you ever eaten at Cattleman’s Steakhouse? You have to drive way out into the desert to get there, but it's worth it to eat in the same spot where “Courage Under Fire” was filmed. Their private room is my happy place. Every December, we book it for our company Christmas party and buy the whole team a steak dinner. Apart from the steak, the best part of the night is our white elephant gift exchange. It’s so much fun to pick out a crazy gift and watch everyone fight over it! One year, I contributed a Mickey Mouse waffle iron, and another year, everyone went to war over a Snuggie. Our house rules are pretty simple. When it’s your turn, you can pick any wrapped gift you’d like from the table. After you open it, it can be stolen three times before ownership is settled. “It’s hard to predict what the next week will bring in a year as strange as this one, but I hope it includes drinks, presents, and plenty of steak.” With so many attempts to steal something, things can get hilarious pretty quickly! Every year there's one person whose gift is stolen over and over, and they have to keep going back to the table. You never know what you’re going to end up with. One year it might be a huge box of chocolate popcorn, the next it could be a makeup kit, whether you wear makeup or not. This year, Harry and I both agree that our staff deserves a steak dinner more than ever. 2021 was almost as rough as 2020, and we lost several great team members to other opportunities. The folks who stuck with us have been our rocks!

• Sandra, our medical biller/collector, has been with our team for 10 years. We couldn’t have gotten through this year without her.

• Diana and Adrian, who handle our marketing, have each been with us for five years.

• Our technicians, Chris M., Rene, and Roger, have been absolutely superhuman covering shifts at both Spine & Rehab Specialists locations for the last two years. • Hadeel, our administrative assistant and Sandy, at our Edgemere front desk, have both been with us for 4 years – they have been so dependable, delivering quality customer service and continually training new staff. • Joey, Anthony and John have been with us for 5 years and have helped all of us get through a rough 2 years during this pandemic. We’re very proud that Joey started here as a PT Technician and pursued his goal of becoming a therapist. We’ve also been lucky enough to hire great people during the pandemic. If Spine & Rehab Specialists were Santa’s workshop, these guys would be the hardworking elves who keep it running. Their dedication makes a difference in our ability to keep our doors open and help patients like you. It’s about time we treat them to their steak dinner! This year’s reservation at Cattleman’s is already booked, and I’m crossing my fingers that we’ll be able to gather safely. It’s hard to predict what the next week will bring in a year as strange as this one, but I hope it includes drinks, presents, and plenty of steak.

From our little family to yours, happy holidays!

–Bonnie Koster

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Picture a physical therapist in your mind’s eye. What are they doing? You probably imagined them stretching a patient’s arm, helping someone through leg exercises, or massaging away back pain. Are we right on the money? All of these things are vital parts of the physical therapist’s toolbox, but they don’t give the whole picture. What most people don’t realize is that physical therapy isn’t just for body aches from the neck down. It can also treat head injury and ailments, neurological problems, and more! In many cases, the same techniques that ease your sore muscles and mobilize your joints can also help with headaches, dizziness, vertigo, and even concussions. GET HELP WITH VERTIGO, DIZZINESS, HEADACHES, AND MORE! PHYSICAL THERAPY FOR YOUR NOGGIN

have, then use targeted exercises (including eye exercises!) and other treatments to improve your mobility, reduce your pain, and help you kick medication to the curb. Stop dizziness and vertigo in their tracks. Dizziness and vertigo are terrible symptoms to live with. They can come with nausea, vomiting, anxiety, exhaustion, and even depression. These symptoms make it difficult to walk and do everyday tasks. You’re also much more likely to fall and hurt yourself if you’re dizzy, which is dangerous because more than 32,000 older adults die due to falls every year. Fortunately, PT can help you avoid that worst-case scenario. Depending on the cause of your dizziness, your PT may provide exercises to improve your balance, strength, and flexibility. Certain therapies can even target the network of nerves between your inner ear and eyes that keeps your vision steady. These will make turning your head less disorienting. Recover your balance after a concussion. If you’ve been in a car crash, experienced a sports injury, or hit your head another way, a concussion might be causing your headaches, dizziness, or vertigo. These symptoms can often persist long after you see a doctor, but a PT can give you guidance on safe activities, working with you to restore your balance, strength, and endurance through a customized exercise program. Your therapist might also use manual therapy, massage, and electrical stimulation to reduce your symptoms. Not every physical therapist specializes in treating head injuries and conditions like a neurological physical therapist or vestibular physical therapist does. But even if your PT doesn’t offer these treatments, they can certainly recommend someone in the field! To learn more about the benefits of PT for your noggin, ask about them on your next PT or doctor’s visit.

Ease headaches without medication. Physical therapy techniques like manual therapy and exercise have been proven to decrease the intensity, frequency, and duration of headaches. In some cases, PT can eliminate headache symptoms altogether! Your therapist will start by identifying the type of headache you

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The drinks of choice for winter are usually warm and cozy — apple cider, hot

evaporate. But if you’re in your warm, cozy home, why not go for a cold drink like a smoothie? You can even add some holiday cheer to your healthy(ish) treat with one of these five seasonal ingredients. 1. Peppermint — For a protein-rich smoothie that tastes like a candy cane, blitz together almond milk, yogurt, almond butter, mint leaves, ground cinnamon, and a few drops of peppermint extract. 2. Cinnamon — If you love chocolate chip cinnamon rolls, you need to try the smoothie version! Frozen bananas, coconut milk, vanilla yogurt, cacao powder (which is packed with antioxidants), vanilla extract, and cinnamon are the secrets to a healthy version of your favorite Christmas breakfast. 3. Cranberries — Cranberries are both festive and packed with vitamins and antioxidants that may help fight heart disease and cancer. To cash in on those benefits, whip up a smoothie with frozen cranberries, pear slices, goji berries, orange juice, coconut milk, and flax seeds. 4. Ginger — What screams Christmas more than gingerbread? You can make a delicious smoothie version of the cookie with rolled oats, chia seeds, yogurt, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, ground cloves, vanilla extract, and molasses to reap the anti-inflammatory and nausea-fighting benefits of ginger. 5. Eggnog — Eggnog is far from a healthy drink, but it’s a holiday favorite! To enjoy it in a new way, blend it up with a scoop of vanilla protein powder and ice after your workout.

chocolate, and wassail all have their place on the table. But no rule says you

have to drink something hot when it’s snowy outside. In fact, a cold beverage might keep you warmer! A study from the Thermal Ergonomics Lab at the University of Ottawa found that when you drink something hot, it can cause you to sweat more and, as a result, will actually cool you off more than a cold drink! Crazy, right? Of course, you could probably reverse the heat loss by bundling up in a sweater so your sweat doesn't

DIY HOLIDAY EGGNOG Inspired by TastesBetterFromScratch.com



• 6 egg yolks • 1/2 cup sugar • 1 cup heavy whipping cream • 2 cups milk • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

• 1 pinch salt • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract • Cinnamon and whipped cream, for garnish


1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until light and creamy. Set aside. 2. In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cream, milk, nutmeg, and salt. Bring to a simmer. 3. Add a spoonful of the milk mixture to the egg mixture. Whisk vigorously and repeat, one spoonful at a time. 4. When most of the milk is whisked in, add the egg mixture to the saucepan. 5. Whisk until the liquid thickens slightly or reaches 160 F. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. 6. Pour the eggnog into a glass container and cover. Refrigerate. 7. When the eggnog has thickened, pour it into glasses, garnish, and enjoy!

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When celebrities jet off to Aspen, Colorado, for their winter vacations, they might not all be going to ski. According to Forbes, Aspen is also a top snowshoeing destination — and that’s a sport that celebrities and ordinary people of all ages can enjoy. Snowshoeing is a simple activity that dates back at least 6,000 years. It involves strapping large flipper- like attachments called snowshoes to your boots. The attachments distribute your weight and let you walk over banks of powder without sinking. You can use them to navigate flat plains, rolling hills, or steep mountains depending on the type of shoe you invest in.

way for grandparents and grandkids to bond while getting some aerobics in. 2. Speaking of aerobics, snowshoeing is also a great workout. When you strap on your snowshoes, you can burn up to 50% more calories than you would while hiking (depending on your pace and the type of terrain). Athletes who want to really amp up the exercise can even invest in jogging snowshoes! 3. Last but not least, snowshoeing is scenic! When you’re whizzing down a mountain on a snowboard or skis, you don’t have time to take in the view. But on snowshoes, you can soak up all of the winter beauty around you. You can even bring your camera along on your trek to capture pictures of any flora and fauna you see. If you want to try snowshoeing this winter, make sure you start with an easy trail and consult your doctor and/or physical therapist before you go. Always bring along a backpack of emergency supplies like a blanket and first aid kit, too, and consider purchasing or renting hiking poles along with

On top of its unique history, these three major perks to snowshoeing just might make it your favorite winter sport. 1. If you can walk, you can snowshoe! Unlike other energy-intensive sports like skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing is safe and relatively easy for folks of all ages. Some outdoorsmen and women snowshoe into their 70s and beyond, so a snowshoe outing is a great

your snowshoes to boost your stability. For more insider tips, visit SnowshoeMag.com.

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