Excel PT: Is Your Lower Back Ready For This Winter?

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IS YOUR LOWER BACK READY FOR THIS WINTER?

Your hat and scarf were thrown aside after about 10 minutes of shoveling, once you started sweating. You got down the sidewalk with ease, breathing heavy but feeling good. It wasn’t until you tackled the ridge of packed snow, plowed around the cars into a dense mound, that you realized you were in for it. (continued inside)

By Samuel Kelly, PT, DPT

INSIDE : • Is Your Lower Back Ready For This Winter? • Featured Physical Therapist

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IS YOUR LOWER BACK READY FOR THIS WINTER?

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trained to evaluate your core, alignment, strength, and flexibility. Any deficits in these areas can lead to injury-inducing lifting technique. If these imbalances in your biomechanics are not addressed, they can lead to wear and tear in the future. On top of that, repetitive lifting required for common activities like snow shoveling, moving boxes, and even carrying small children can fatigue your muscles and place your joints in positions that are vulnerable to injury. Luckily, our treatment model is designed for precisely these kinds of issues. You’ll receive an individualized plan of care that’s centered on your functional goals as well as the measurements we take in your initial examination. Our certified specialists tailor treatment to a host of orthopedic issues including disc herniations, arthritis, pinched nerves, scoliosis, sciatica and low back sprains. We utilize hands-on care with each patient to get to the cause of your problem and find the solution together If you have any concerns regarding your pain or mobility leading up to this winter season, don’t wait for it to worsen! A growing number of studies suggest that early physical therapy can help improve outcomes and help decrease health care costs4.

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By the second to last ambitious shovel lift, you feel that familiar twinge in your lower back and by the next morning you can hardly get out of bed! Have you been in this situation before? If you have, you are not alone. Winters can be treacherous. Snow shoveling sends

By Samuel Kelly, PT, DPT

approximately 11,500 people to the hospital each year¹. On top of that, slips on ice forced around 42,480 Americans to miss work in a 2014 study by the bureau of labor statistics². Lower back pain is one of the leading causes of doctor’s office visits and results in work lost, pain medication and billions of dollars in US health care costs annually³. A curved snow shovel and some rock salt will only take you so far. The good news is there are options. Whether you have a new injury, chronic pain, or are just having trouble moving around the way you used to, Excel Physical Therapy is here to help.

At Excel, your first visit will be a one on one, hour-long assessment with a doctor of physical therapy. Your physical therapist is specially

Call today to schedule your first visit and take your first step to overcoming any problems holding you back this winter.

1 Watson DS, Shields BJ, Smith GA. Snow shovel-related injuries and medical emergencies treated in US EDs, 1990 to 2006. Am J Emerg Med. 2011 Jan;29(1):11-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2009.07.003. Epub 2010 Mar 25. PMID: 20825768. 2 42,480 work injuries involved ice, sleet, or snow in 2014 : The Economics Daily: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov) 3 Chou R, Deyo R, Friedly J, et al. Noninvasive Treatments for Low Back Pain [Internet]. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2016 Feb. (Comparative Effectiveness Reviews, No. 169.) Introduction. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK350262/ 4 Ojha HA, Wyrsta NJ, Davenport TE, Egan WE, Gellhorn AC. Timing of Physical Therapy Initiation for Nonsurgical Management of Musculoskeletal Disorders and Effects on Patient Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy. 2016;46(2):56-70. doi:10.2519/jospt.2016.6138

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James Zaluski, PT, DPT Therapist & Director at our new Levittown cl inic location. FEATURED PHYSICAL THERAPIST

1. Why did you decide to become a physical therapist and what mot ivates you to work wi th patients? I was a division 1 volleyball player in college and had more than my fair share of injuries. In rehabbing my own injuries in PT, I became fascinated with the human body and what it could overcome. I got to see not only how PT changed and improved my life on/off

able to lift a laundry basket to heavy squatting and deadlifting and going to the gym several days a week. Most importantly, she was able to play with her son with no pain.

4. If you could be any animal, what would it be and why? An eagle, I love to travel. It would be pretty awesome to be able to fly wherever you want to go. Plus, I’m a huge Philadelphia Eagles fan. GO BIRDS! 5. If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be and why? Gregarious. I love talking to and connecting with people. One of my favorite things about my job is that I get to connect with my patients and learn about their lives, what their interested in, what they do for fun, where they like to travel, what their favorite restaurants are, etc. 6. What do you like to do in your off time, outside the clinic? I love to play guitar and listen to music. I recently moved to Philly with my girlfriend and I guess I would consider us “foodies”. We spend a lot of our free time adventuring around the city, trying different restaurants. It seems like there is an endless amount of amazing food here. I love travelling, trying out new breweries (huge craft beer fan) and living an active lifestyle.(huge craft beer fan), and living an active lifestyle.

the court, but I also got to see how it changed and improved the lives of other patient’s in the facility. I decided that I wanted to help and improve the lives of others by using my own hands and knowledge. I’m motivated by getting patients back to doing what they love! It’s very rewarding to take someone who walks in my clinic on crutches and guide them through a rehab program and watch them progress and return to playing their favorite sport or participating in their favorite hobby. 2. In your words, what makes Excel Physical Therapy different from other physical therapy clinics? Excel is different from other physical therapy clinics because we spend a lot of one-on-one time with our patients. The individualized time allows us to utilize different manual therapy techniques, and we are able to coach our patients on proper biomechanics to correct faulty movement patterns. When you come into one of our clinics, you can guarantee that you will spend your entire session with your licensed physical therapist and won’t be passed around to different rehab aides. 3. What was your most memorable patient experience? My most memorable patient experience was treating a young mother who had debilitating low back pain. Her pain was so severe that she lived a very sedentary lifestyle and was unable to play with her son or even lift a laundry basket. After guiding her through a personalized rehab program, she was completely pain free and was so impressed with the benefits of exercise that she became motivated to change her entire lifestyle. She went from not being

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• Balance & Vestibular Rehab • Concussion Rehab Program • Functional Movement Screens (FMS) • LSVT Big Therapy

• Manual Therapy – ART & Graston Techniques • McKenzie Method • Pelvic Health • Pre- & Post-Surgical Rehab • TMD (Temperalmadibular Dysfunction)

Lie on your back with arms resting at your sides. Bend your hips and knees, placing feet flat on surface. Execute by lifting your hips off the surface to make a bridge. Hold for 1-3 seconds then lower slowly. Repeat 7-8 times. BRIDGE - ARMS AT SIDES EXERCISE OF THE MONTH Don’t delay, we can help you! Contact us: Downtown Philadelphia & South Jersey, Northeast Philadelphia and Lower Bucks County, Montgomery County, The Main Line, Delaware County, Chester County, Allentown, Lancaster: www.excelphysicaltherapy.com/contact-us “My experience at Excel was extremely positive. My physical therapist was Steve Baron, PT, DPT, from the Jenkintown location. He was, at all times, extremely professional. Steve really listened when I explained my pain experience. The therapy plan Steve came up with for my particular situation was outstanding. I came into the office the first time 5 weeks ago with lower back pain of a 10 out of 10 level. I am leaving today with no pain! I am so glad that my primary care doctor suggested Excel Physical Therapy. I will recommend your facility and Steve Baron, PT, DPT to anyone who needs PT.” - T.M. (Jenkintown Clinic Patient) “I am leaving today with no pain! I am so glad that my primary care doctor suggested Excel Physical Therapy.”

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