Vital Care PT May 2018


MAY 2018


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A T ribute to O ur S upermoms

but my answer has always been and always will be no. Mothers and fathers work for us in order to have a career and a life with their family, and our weekends are integral to maintain that balance. We try to be as accommodating to our patients as we possibly can, but we all have families who deserve our time too. order to spend quality time with my kids. But I can’t say I do it alone. I have a lot of help from my husband and our “village” of family members who are willing to come alongside me when I need them. There are times when I have to stay late at the office and I need someone to pick up the kids or take them to practice. Thankfully, their grandmas and aunts will happily help me out. And if one of them needs a favor, I gladly step in to help them out as well. On Mother’s Day, I am reminded of all the outstanding women in my family who constantly impress and amaze me with their love and dedication to our family — something we all learned from our moms. I want to wish all moms out there a happy Mother’s Day. To my team, thank you for all that you do for our office. You work so hard both in the clinic and at home, and we appreciate you so much. I hope you have the fantastic day you deserve. I hope you also have a great Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. We look forward to seeing you soon. I work extremely hard to provide for my family, and I make sacrifices where I have to in

Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 gift card! CALL (623) 544-0300 I have to admit, being a business owner and a mom is different than it would be if I had decided to work for another physical therapist. I work with fantastic patients every day. But after When planning my future, I was sure of two things: I wanted to have a successful career in physical therapy, and I wanted to have a family someday. My husband and I purposely waited for eight years after we were married to have children so that I could finish school and have a couple years of experience as a physical therapist before I took some time off work for having babies. At age 30, we finally decided that “someday” was here, and we were ready to bring new life into the world. Both of my goals became reality. Although I had an idea of what the lifestyle of a working mom looks like, life is unpredictable, and it’s been much different than I first imagined. However, I wouldn’t change any of it for the world.

I am done seeing patients, I have to focus on being a great leader for our team and taking care of the nitty-gritty details of the business. Thankfully, I have my husband right by my side, and we tackle everything together. Who knows how busy I would be if we weren’t in this together? I start my first patient at 6:00 every morning so that I can get a full day in and still get home and be with my kids after they return from school. I am constantly on the go, but it’s a lifestyle I love. I am not the only working mom at Vital Care Physical Therapy. In fact, most of our team is made up of working moms. Since I know firsthand what it takes to balance a family and a career, I’ve made it our goal to promote a healthy work-life balance for our team. Many of our patients request weekend appointments,

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What the Braziers didn’t know was that Bobbie had been searching for his family as well. He may have been scared away, but he was determined to get back home. And so began his incredible journey. He turned his head west and began walking. And walking. With winter setting in, Bobbie had a monumental task ahead. Bobbie swam across numerous rivers. He trekked across the Great Plains and over the Rocky Mountains. While we will never know exactly what Bobbie endured, we know he made it home. Over 2,500 miles later, in February, 1924, a tired and beaten-down pup arrived home in Silverton, Oregon, to a stunned family. Bobbie the Wonder Dog’s story made national headlines. He received a medal and the key to the city, and he became a silent movie star in the film “The Call of the West.” Today, you can visit Bobbie’s memorial near his home in Oregon.

Imagine America in 1923. Yankee Stadium opened its doors for the very first time. Walt and Roy Disney founded The Walt Disney Company. The first issue of Time magazine hit newsstands. President Warren G. Harding died of a heart attack in office, and Vice President Calvin Coolidge became the 30th president. And Bobbie the Wonder Dog trekked 2,550 miles to return home. Of all the stories to come out of 1923, Bobbie’s may be the most incredible. It all started with a road trip. The Brazier family of Silverton, Oregon, decided to take a road trip to visit relatives in Wolcott, Indiana. Mom, Dad, their two daughters, and their Scotch collie piled in the family Overland Red Bird touring car and headed across preinterstate-highway- system America. Several days later, after the Braziers had settled in with their Wolcott relatives, Bobbie the Scotch collie was attacked by a pack of dogs. The dogs scared Bobbie away, and despite a long search around Wolcott, the family was unable to find any trace of the collie. The search continued throughout their stay, but time ran out, and the Braziers had to return home to Oregon without their beloved Bobbie. W ord on the S treet MICHELE’S & SUSAN’S STORIES “This place helped me once with my elbow and once with my knee. Both times were so much help! Thanks for putting me back together again. Thanks, everyone!” -Michele W. “I just finished rehab on my second knee. The care and help from Tim and the entire staff of Vital Care was instrumental in making this process successful. Thanks very much!” -Susan D.

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ARE YOU OVERUSING YOUR ELBOW? You don’t have to play tennis or golf to experience pain in your elbow. In fact, most people who suffer from tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) and golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) don’t regularly engage in either sport. Anyone who repeatedly uses their elbow, wrist, or hand for their job, sport, or hobby can find themselves with an elbow injury. TENNIS ELBOW Lateral epicondylitis is a painful condition caused by overuse of the extensor muscles in your arm and forearm, particularly where tendons attach to the rounded epicondyles on the outside of the elbow. These muscles are used to grip, twist, and carry objects with your hand. Commonly, symptoms of tennis elbow develop gradually over a period of weeks or months as a result of repeated, forceful use of the lower arm. Symptoms may include the following: pain that radiates into your forearm and wrist; difficulty doing common tasks; increased pain when you use your wrist and hand to lift or grip objects; elbow stiffness; or weakness in the lower arm. GOLFER’S ELBOW Medial epicondylitis is a condition that develops when the tendons on the inside of the forearm become irritated, inflamed, and painful due to repetitive use of the hand, wrist, forearm, and elbow. The group of muscles affected by golfer’s elbow are those that function to rotate the forearm inward and bend the wrist, fingers, and thumb. A person with golfer’s elbow may experience the following symptoms: pain along the inside of the forearm with wrist, hand, or elbow movements; pain or numbness and tingling that radiates from the inside of the elbow down into the hand and fingers; tenderness to touch and swelling along the inside of the forearm; weakness in the hand and forearm; or elbow stiffness. TREATMENT Each condition affects a different group of muscles, but their treatments can be similar. After your initial evaluation, your physical therapist will work with you to create a specific plan of stretches and exercises to restore function and stability to your elbow. If you are suffering from elbow pain, call Vital Care Physical Therapy today at (623) 544-0300. We will help get you back on the road to wellness.

G rilled S kirt S teak W ith A sparagus


• 1 pound asparagus • Salt and pepper to taste • Grated pecorino Romano cheese

• 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak • 2 tablespoons canola oil • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper


1. Heat grill to high. Season room-temperature steak with salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon oil. Any oil with a high smoke point, such as canola, will work. 2. Trim bottom inch of asparagus and season with salt, pepper, and remainder of oil. 3. Cut steak into four portions and grill for 3–5 minutes per side, depending on desired doneness. Skirt steak is thin and will cook quickly. 4. Let steak rest for 10 minutes. While it’s resting, grill asparagus for 6 minutes, turning once. 5. Sprinkle cheese and crushed red pepper on asparagus. Serve alongside steak.

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discover new foods and flavor combinations, and the locally owned restaurant is sure to appreciate your business!

The virtues of buying locally sourced food and supporting small businesses have been widely extolled. But we rarely think to apply the same practices when we travel. Many Americans spring for all-inclusive packages when planning their next summer vacation, but doing so means they’ll miss out on some of the best aspects of the culture they’re visiting. Part of the joy of traveling is having new experiences you can’t have at home. Whether you’re in another state or another country, you owe it to yourself to seek out the unique aspects of that location. But to find the character and quirks of your destination, you’ll have to explore beyond the hotel lobby. FOOD Why have a cheeseburger from a fast-food chain when you can try a local favorite? A great way to start is by asking your taxi driver or hotel conciarge about their favorite place to eat. You’ll

ART Just as your town probably has local artisans who produce unique and interesting work, the same is true for your vacation destination. Anyone can get a gift shop bauble that was mass-produced somewhere else. Take the time to peruse market stalls and craft fairs while you travel. It can lead you to some truly special souvenirs, and you’ll support the arts and traditions of the region! PEOPLE While you’re out sampling local restaurants and exploring local markets, you’ll meet plenty of local people. Don’t be afraid to strike up a friendly conversation. You can make new friends around the globe and learn about their unique experiences. One of the most enriching experiences in life is meeting new people and gaining new perspectives. MEMORIES Treasured memories are the best souvenir you can bring home from any vacation. So you owe it to yourself to get out and explore!

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