Summit Physical Therapy January 2019




WELCOME TO MY NEWSLETTER For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in sports and in keeping active. Growing up, you would often find me running around barefoot in the open air near my home in New Zealand and living the outdoor lifestyle as much as I possibly could. I played a lot of different sports, including (or, I should say, especially ) rugby and cricket. If, by chance, you ever want to know how to play or want to know the rules of rugby or cricket, I’m more than happy tell you all about them! Maybe one day they’ll even start to catch on in the States! As I got older, my interest in physical therapy grew out of my love for sports and being active. But more than that, it was an opportunity to help people. I’ve always had a passion for helping people and a career in physical therapy brought together two of my biggest passions. It was a career choice that made sense. As a physical therapist, I love being able to help people reduce pain and get back lost mobility and function. As people age, mobility and motor function can become serious issues.

This is why I’m dedicated to introducing new services that focus on issues related to balance and fall prevention, along with mobility. Seniors don’t have to accept a loss of coordination, balance, or even function. That’s what is so remarkable about working in physical therapy. As passionate as I am about physical therapy, I do what I can to remain active outdoors! With it being the middle of ski season, I’m excited to hit the slopes. The skis are waxed and ready to go. In the meantime, however, a lot of my outdoor time is spent on the back of a bicycle. Back in September, I took part in the Cycle Oregon Classic. That was a lot of fun. I was cycling for several hours a day, over a few days, and cooling off with live music after each ride. It’s an event that includes a lot of camaraderie and support from other riders. For those who know me, you know cycling is a big part of my life. When the weather cooperates, I even try to bike to work. It’s a healthy 26-mile commute roundtrip. As the days get shorter in the winter (and with daylight savings), it’s not as much fun

to commute to work or ride home in the dark, but I’ll get out when I can.

By the time this newsletter hits mailboxes, I will have also gone on a couple of trips out of state. One of those trips was to New Zealand for a wedding (more on that in the next edition of the newsletter)! The other was a trip down to San Diego for Christmas. It’s a yearly tradition we take with the family — including my 93-year-old father-in-law! We’re going down to see family and celebrate the holiday together. We’re also looking forward to New Year’s celebrations. We often go to a friend’s place to ring in the new year. It’s a traditional evening of revelry! As I look forward to the new year, I’m excited to share this new monthly newsletter with you! We have a lot of exciting things happening at the clinic this year. I have no doubt 2019 is going to be a great year, and I’m excited to share it with you! Have a happy new year, and we'll see you soon!

–Paul Kane, P.T., BSC, CMP

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