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Spring is on its way, and slowly but surely the weather is beginning to act like it. If you’re a snowbird flocking home from sunnier skies, or if you’ve braved the elements here with us, the chance to get out and be active here at home will be a welcome change of pace. Soon, the tennis courts will open again, softball practices will start, and the Cubs will be warming up for what looks to be a promising season! I always feel lucky to be able to work with so many sports- savvy individuals. So many of our patients and staff are engaged in athletics in one way or another, we’re really fortunate to be part of such an active community. It’s always fun to swap stories, trade advice, and talk about our favorite teams.
Whether you root for the Cubs or the White Sox, you can appreciate how much baseball holds the wider Chicago community together. As I’m sure our out-of-state readers have figured out, it’s impossible to live within a hundred miles of the city and not pick up some passing familiarity with both storied teams. That’s because baseball is a core part of growing up here. One of my most vivid memories as a kid was watching the 1984 playoffs against the Padres. I was young, but I remember hooting and hollering along with my parents when Leon Durham smashed that two-run homer in the first. Jody Davis’ follow- up home run in the second practically had me dancing in front of the TV. That’s when I
in MLB history to come back from a 0-2 deficit in the playoffs. Over the years, plenty of similar disappointments and upsets cropped up. As I grew older and a little more cynical, I’m sad to say I gave up on the Cubs for a while. Thankfully, the team’s enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. The 2016 World Series win was the result of a lot of hard work. In many ways it felt like the team was rehabilitated, a process that it now seems the White Sox are going through as well. That’s why I find spring exhibition games so interesting, even if I can’t watch them directly. It’s a chance to see teams stretch their muscles and work out the kinks acquired over the winter. It can be a great indication of how the rest of the season is going to go. So as the weather warms up, remember to put yourself through your own spring training regimen. Stretching is always important, especially shoulder stretches for our many softball and tennis players out there! Take things slow at first, and let us know if you experience any pain or discomfort. Other than that, have a great spring! Go Cubs (and White Sox, too, I suppose). –Mike Ulmer
“THAT’S WHEN I LEARNED THE GRIM TRUTH OF BEING A CUBS FAN: NO MATTER HOW GOOD THINGS LOOK AT THE START OF A GAME, DEFEAT CAN ALWAYS BE SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF VICTORY. ”
This is especially true when spring training rolls around for Major League Baseball. My business hours can’t really afford me the time to watch these early games myself. Thankfully, I’ve got more than a few patients who share my love for the Cubs. Many are more than happy to give me the play- by-play of these early exhibition games during a visit.
learned the grim truth of being a Cubs fan: No matter how good things look at the start of a game, defeat can always be snatched from the jaws of victory. Longtime fans probably winced as soon as they read the words “1984 playoffs.” To make a long and painful story short, the Padres became one of few teams
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Prepare Your Kids for Financial Independence
MAKE A PLAN Once you consider what you’re contributing to your child’s lifestyle, you need to find out how it’s going to affect your ability to retire. It’s time to have the tough conversations. Before you talk to your kids, meet with your financial advisor and discuss your retirement goals. Your advisor can give you a reality check if your goals are not in line with your current lifestyle and tell you what needs to change to get them there. THE TALK After your meeting with your advisor, it’s time to talk with your children. Explain how your retirement plan is going to affect them. It’s best to be honest and transparent. Let them know that this isn’t about your feelings for them and give them time to process the information. Remember that even if your retirement has been top of mind for you, it may not be on their radar. Erin Lowry, author of “Broke Millennial,” reminds us, “Adult children can’t be expected to know how ongoing support is affecting your finances if you haven’t talked to them about it.” If you can help them understand how the change will impact them and maybe even help them plan for it, you can open up that conversation and reduce tension around it. Instead of looking at the end of financial support as a loss, frame it as an opportunity. It’s an opportunity for your child to find financial independence, and while the journey can be rough, it will benefit everyone in the long term.
Your children turned to you for support all their lives. When they were babies, you provided them with food and shelter, and throughout their childhood, you guided them and led by example. But if you’ve continued to provide them with financial support into their adulthood, the lifestyle shift that comes with your retirement might come as a surprise to both of you. If your children are still dependent on you for financial support, it’s important to have a conversation about what might change with your retirement. It’s time to consider how your well-intentioned support will affect both of your futures. CONSIDER THE COSTS A study by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave found that, on average, parents over 50 gave their children a total of $6,500 a year. When you compare that 6K to your current income, it might not look like much, but consider what that amount could do if you invested it into your retirement.
Diane Harris, a personal finance journalist, explains, “If, instead, you saved that much cash every year in a tax-deferred account averaging 6 percent annual gains, you’d have close to $100,000 more for retirement
within a decade.”
“I have to say thank you to Emilie for the wonderful care she gave me. When I began my treatment, the pain was so bad I could hardly walk, and now I have a lot less pain and she taught me how to minimize the pain on my own. I would never consider going anywhere else for physical therapy. Thank you, Emilie!” –Donna Magiera
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With baseball starting up this season, we will undoubtedly see more patients in our clinic for shoulder injuries — especially torn rotator cuffs. The rotator cuff is a group of four muscles and their tendons responsible for keeping the shoulder joint stable. This is a common injury for those who repeatedly overuse their shoulder, so it’s no wonder they are more frequent during baseball season. When left untreated, a rotator cuff tear can cause severe pain and decreased mobility of the arm. Physical therapists help athletes suffering from this injury to address their pain and stiffness, restore movement to their shoulder and arm, and improve their daily activities. Tears in the rotator cuff often develop as a result of a traumatic event or long-term overuse of the shoulder. This condition and others like it are either acute or chronic. Acute tears are
Athletes with rotator cuff tears can experience pain over the top of the shoulder or down the outside of the arm, shoulder weakness, and loss of motion. They may also deal with a feeling of weakness or heaviness in the arm, inability to lift the arm to reach up or behind the back, or an inability to perform common daily activities due to pain and limited motion. Once a rotator cuff tear has been diagnosed, an athlete will work with their orthopedist and physical therapist to decide if they should have surgery or if the injury can be treated according to its acute or chronic classification. If an athlete doesn’t need surgery, their physical therapist will work to restore their range of motion, muscle strength, and coordination so the athlete can return to their regular activities. If an athlete needs surgery, the physical therapist will help them before and after the procedure. Regardless of which remedy an athlete needs, early detection and treatment can speed the healing process and avoid permanent damage. Call Kinetic Physical Therapy Specialists if you are experiencing pain in your shoulder. We are here to help!
those that occur suddenly, often due to trauma. Chronic tears are much slower to develop. They are usually the result of repeated action of the arms moving above shoulder level — like throwing a ball.
Zesty Zucchini Enchiladas
Ingredients • 4 large zucchinis • 1 tablespoon olive oil or ghee
• 1 large onion, chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 2 teaspoons cumin • 2 teaspoons chili powder • 3 cups cooked, shredded chicken • 2 cups shredded cheese Instructions 1. Heat oven to 350 F. In a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and salt to taste. Stir to combine. Add chicken and 1 cup enchilada sauce. 2. Use vegetable peeler to thinly slice zucchini. Lay out three slices, slightly overlapping, and spoon chicken mixture on top. Roll the zucchini “tortilla” and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all zucchini and chicken is used.
3. Cover the enchiladas with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese. Bake 20 minutes, and enjoy!
Adapted from delish.com.
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Spring is here, which means flora will soon be in full bloom. Flowers can be an easy pick-me- up or a great way to add color to your home, but some people take their flower obsession to the next level by planning botanical-themed vacations. Here are some of the most impressive gardens and flower displays in the world. Netherlands Holland, most famous for its tulips, always draws visitors at the first sign of spring. One of its most famous destinations, Keukenhof, located in Lisse, is among the world’s largest flower gardens. The park is 79 acres and boasts approximately 7 million flowers each year. This colorful garden is open annually from mid-March to mid-May, but mid-April is the ideal time to see the tulips. Washington, D.C. Besides the monuments and historic buildings, one of the biggest attractions in Washington, D.C. is the cherry tree blossoms. Travelers who visit the Tidal Basin during the spring can witness 3,000 trees, which were a gift from Tokyo in 1912, flaunt their beautiful pink blossoms. The best time to see the spectacle is from the end of March through the end of April.
Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Desert lavender, flowering cacti, pygmy poppies, and rock daisies are just a few of the many wildflowers decorating Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The various native species are often seen weaved together to form a colorful carpet over any barren patch in the park, which is located just two hours from San Diego. In addition to flowers, visitors often spot bighorn sheep. Wildflower blossoms vary in intensity each year, but they typically begin to bloom in late February or early March. Next time you’re planning a spring trip, consider visiting one of the world’s most beautiful flower displays. No green thumb required.
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