Valley Rehab Center: Tendonitis and Sports

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MELISSA FLETCHER, DPT Getting To KnowThe Valley Rehab Center Staff

her best friend working in a free clinic during her first missionary trip to Mexico more than 20 years ago. Melissa has past experience with home health care and skilled nursing clientele. She has stated that she could not be happier to be working for Valley Rehab Center due to its reputation of integrity, quality and highest level of patient care with Christian values. Melissa is currently pursuing certification in Pelvic Floor Health to treat incontinency and pelvic pain in women and men. She hopes to be able to offer this specialty at Valley Rehab within the upcoming year. Her current skill strengths are with joint replacements, manual therapy, fall risks, and balance. Melissa’s goal is to facilitate healing, to restore efficient movement, and to restore comfort as quickly as possible. Melissa is blessed to be married to her husband, Scott, and they have three daughters, Chelsea, Emma, and Liza. She enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering at her local church, and spoiling her dog, Zoe. Melissa believes that Philippians 4:13 is the adage of her life: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Melissa Fletcher is our newest full-time physical therapist at Valley Rehab Center. She received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2014. Prior to fulfilling her dream of becoming a physical therapist, Melissa worked as a nuclear medicine technologist for 20 years. She received her B.S. from Wheeling Jesuit College in 1987. Melissa was first inspired to pursue Physical Therapy after she witnessed

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Tendonitis with Theresa Palkovic, PT Dear Valued Client, Do you experience pain with normal everyday tasks like taking milk out of the fridge, lifting something overhead,

The weakened muscles and poor posture place abnormal strain on the shoulders, elbows, knees, and hip tendons. Therefore, depending on where the greatest strain is placed, you will most likely experience tendonitis. Tendonitis can be short-lived, but can also become chronic in nature and last for a long time. Chronic tendonitis actually disintegrates the quality of your tendons over time and can lead to tearing. Most people experience tendonitis on a gradual basis. At first it may be soreness, but if the irritation continues, it can become excruciating pain, affecting your ability to do many simple activities. Tendonitis can also come from injuries that strain the tendons. This can be from a direct blow like a fall or an overstretching injury in a sports activity. Treatment Tendonitis is very treatable with the right kind of physical therapy. Our specialists helped thousands of people with tendonitis get back to doing the things they love. Whether your problem is new or old, having a good understanding of the mechanics of your body and identifying the source of the problem leads to a quick recovery. Call today to learn more how our speciality programs can quickly relieve your pain and get you back to the activities you love!

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bending, or simply walking a distance? Having pain with movement, especially if it goes on for more than a few days, may be indicative of tendonitis. The tendons are what connect your muscles to the bones. Under normal circumstances, your tendons can handle a lot of work and force, but when they are over-worked, they become inflamed, causing you pain. Tendonitis can occur practically anywhere in the body, but is most common in the hips, knees, wrists, elbows, and shoulders. The reason for this is quite simple: poor posture over a period of time. If you are at a computer or sitting for a good part of the day, your shoulders tend to slouch forward and

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your back muscles weaken. How’s Your Posture?

Poor posture weakens your back muscles, affecting your ability to do normal everyday tasks.


2. Level If you feel your arches “tipping in” or “pushed out”, then the support is wrong for you.Too much support will restrict your foot and give the feeling you’re tipped out. Too little support may feel like your foot is caving in and give the tipped in feeling. The proper pair will feel balanced and level. 3. Size Running shoes should have ample toe room, but secure from the ball of the foot to the heel. Your feet will splay out over time and it’s not uncommon to go up in size. Running shoes won’t break in, so they need to feel like they fit the second you put them on.

Problems with running increase as we age and are a leading cause of falls and disability in older adults. At least 20% of adults over 65 have problems with running.This further increases to 50% in adults 85 years old and older. Problems with running are not always a direct consequence of getting older. Rather, they are the effects of other conditions that beecome more common and severe with age. One thing that can be done to help with problems running is to invest in a proper pair of running shoes. Here are the 3 most important things about your running shoes: 1. Break in Period If you’re trying on shoes that feel heavy, stiff, clunky or not just right they likely are the wrong shoes for you. The right pair will feel comfortable as soon as you put them on: light weight, cushioned, and balanced.


Relieve Leg Pain In Minutes Try this movement if you are experiencing pain.

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BUTTERFLY STRETCH While in a sitting position, bend your knees and place the bottom of your feet together. Next, slowly let your knees lower towards the floor until a stretch is felt at your inner thighs.


LaserTherapy isanon-invasive,safe,andeffective treatment modality where light is used to relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and promote wound healing and soft tissue repair. The typical course of treatment is 10-minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated. Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week. Call to Schedule a Free Screen!

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“I have noticed the symptoms have passed. Thank you Valley Rehab!”


“Before starting therapy I had severe lower back pain. Now, after completing my therapy journey I have noticed the symptoms have passed. Thank you Valley Rehab!” - J.B.

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• Nonstick cooking spray • 5 cups sliced green beans • 4 1/4 cups chicken broth • 1 cup panko breadcrumbs • 1 cup grated Parmesan

• 2 tsp canola oil • 1 1/2 cups diced onions • 2 cups sliced mushrooms • 2 tbsp cornstarch • 1/2 cup sour cream

House Seasoning: • 1/2 tsp salt • 1 cup kosher salt

• 1/4 cup garlic powder • 1/4 cup black pepper

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 1 1/2-quart baking dish with nonstick spray. Boil the green beans in the chicken broth for about 20 minutes, and then drain, reserving 1 1/2 cups of the chicken broth. Mix together the breadcrumbs, parmesan and 2 tsp of the oil in a small bowl. Set aside. Heat the remaining 1 tbsp oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Saute the onions until translucent, and then add the mushrooms and continue to cook for 3 to 4 minutes longer. Remove from the heat. Pour the reserved 1 1/2 cups chicken broth back into the pot the green beans boiled in and bring to a boil. Add the green beans to the skillet with the mushrooms and onions. While that is coming to a boil, combine the cornstarch and 1/4 cup water in a small bowl to make a slurry. Slowly pour the slurry into the boiling broth, whisking constantly as it thickens, about 2 minutes. Pour the thickened mixture over the green beans and add the sour cream, House Seasoning, and salt. Stir well. Pour into the baking dish and sprinkle with the panko and cheese mixture. Bake for about 10 minutes, and then broil until the breadcrumb topping is slightly browned. House Seasoning: Mix together the salt, garlic powder and pepper.

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