Campus Commons PT - January 2019


OUR YEAR OF GROWTH WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS? 2018 was an incredible year for our practice. We were able to increase staff by hiring another their recovery path laid out for them to succeed, so must our clinic have a blueprint to prosper. I recently took two days away from the clinic to disconnect from the day-to-day operations

therapist, which allowed us to serve more people. It’s also freed me up to take a step back and address our office as a business. This prospect might not sound exciting to some, but our success depends on our ability to run back-end operations effectively. Without this adjustment, we wouldn’t have been able to help our largest number of patients in the practice’s history, which is one of the most significant achievements of the year. Of course, we had some obstacles, as well, but the more I look back on last year, the more I see growth in all aspects. Two of our young staff members entered into their doctorate program for physical therapy in the past year. We bring on physical therapy aides who are eager to become therapists and give them the opportunity to gain experience in the clinic. This helps with future success in school by giving them experience working with people and learning how our therapists treat and make clinical decisions. Our aides also help with our lower back pain and sciatica workshops that we use to educate our patients and the surrounding community. We hold these once a month, and the response has been amazing over the last year and a half. The positive feedback will allow us to plan for and start offering shoulder pain workshops this year.

and focus on the big picture — making sure our practice achieves its mission. Staff marketing, growth, expectations, schedules, and multiple other areas go through an audit and a brainstorming session that allows me to ensure Campus Commons is doing everything we can to serve the people of Sacramento. Once that plan is set, I present it to the staff and we all get to work on implementing it. “I BELIEVE WHOLEHEARTEDLY THAT WE PROVIDE AN EXCELLENT SERVICE TO PEOPLE AND DO SO IN A MANNER THAT MAKES A MEANINGFUL IMPACT IN THEIR LIVES.” One of my personal goals is to be a better business owner and focus on the operations of our practice. I believe wholeheartedly that we provide an excellent service to people and do so in a manner that makes a meaningful impact in their lives. I want as many people as possible to have the option to experience what we do. We’re not trying to get crazy big, because our community is what makes our practice special. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t look at our clinic as a business. I’ll always want to work with patients, but finding a balance is what’s best for

Campus Commons, me, and most importantly, my family.

I’m starting to recognize that I don’t need to work 20 hours a day to be successful. Finding a balance between family, business, and patients is something I look forward to in 2019. There’s always one aspect of the three that seems to receive a little less time and attention, and I want to make sure I’m equally intentional with each one. That’s my goal, and I’m committed to sticking with it. What’s yours?

–Mark Eddy

Strategic planning is a big part of how a business operates. Just as each patient needs

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“Make a face like that, and it’ll stay that way forever.” You may have heard something like this from Mom’s book of wisdom. Maybe you never disputed the idea that mother knows best. But as you grew up, it slowly became clear that hair doesn’t grow back faster and thicker if you shave it, cracking your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis, and gum doesn’t stay in your stomach for months after you swallow it. After a whirlwind of wives’ tales over the years, many common claims have been put under scrutiny. Wives tales have been known as pseudoscience and blind intuition, but even as many were disproved, some surprisingly proved to hold weight. Here are three wives’ tales that have proven to be true.

For decades, moms have professed the healing properties of garlic, suggesting it can cure colds and help the body fight sickness. It turns out they were absolutely right. Garlic has antiviral properties that strengthen the immune system and nutrients that help combat illnesses. The effects of garlic can actually be more effective than over-the-counter flu medications. Some studies show that regular consumption of raw garlic lessens the likelihood of getting a cold, so if you feel a tickle in your throat, try a clove before you open the medicine cabinet.

It’s hard to list wives’ tales without bringing up one about pregnancy. Many are solely based on intuition, but a few that sound odd are legitimate. In 2007, a study done by Johns Hopkins attempted to debunk the myth that heartburn during pregnancy would mean a hairy baby at birth. Instead of proving it wrong, they found that 82 percent of women with severe heartburn during pregnancy gave birth to hairy babies. Turns out the hormones that cause heartburn in pregnant women also affect fetal hair growth. Did you ever look at your mom with skepticism when she would predict rain because her knees hurt? If so, you might owe your mom an apology, because there is a scientific connection. The drop in barometric pressure that’s common during storm weather causes pain in arthritic joints. JOINT PAIN PREDICTS THE WEATHER


Players, parents, coaches, and fans constantly refer to the idea of “healthy competition,” and for the most part, they are correct. The competition involved in the sports arena does contribute to a vast array of physical and mental benefits. But in some cases, the pressure to win can cause significant emotional stress for a child. Sadly, many influential adults consider winning the most important aspect of playing sports, but it’s far more helpful in the long run to encourage effort, sportsmanship, and hard work. Kids can be involved in sports activities of all levels and have successful and gratifying experiences without feeling the intense pressure to perform and win. If they do choose to be more active in competitive sports and move on to an age and skill level at which competition is more appropriate, they will need a foundation based on support and encouragement from their parents and coaches. With this positive foundation in place, young athletes can learn to actually enjoy the activity regardless of whether they win or lose.

One of the most common indicators of emotional

stress for young athletes stems from their parents. For example,

parents who live vicariously through their kids’ accomplishments can put excessive stress on them to never settle for anything less than first place. Parents should exercise caution when putting their children in intense win-lose competitions and ensure that their child’s identity or self-worth is not based solely on the outcome of the game. The good news is that most children and adolescents play sports and compete without any long-term negative effects, and research shows that the large majority of children who are involved in sports do not suffer from excessive stress. To maintain this trend, it is critical that young athletes are given opportunities to succeed as well as encouragement to learn from losses. Parents and coaches should continue to put the emphasis on effort instead of just winning. 2


Seeing a physical therapist can be a stressful experience for many people. The pain from the ailment, the complex range of emotions, and the logistical hurdles of traveling back and forth can be cumbersome for those who struggle with injuries. In the midst of running through all the variables, one common struggle patients encounter is figuring out what to wear. It might sound frivolous, but for those who lack the appropriate apparel, it’s one more issue they have to worry about. We encounter many patients who do not have athletic clothing, and this can be a significant stressor for them. While it certainly helps, it’s not a requirement for you to wear athletic attire in order for treatment to be effective. We don’t want you to feel like you’re NEW YEAR’S CHECK-IN IT’S THE NEW YEAR, AND MOST PEOPLE ARE MAKING RESOLUTIONS TO FEEL YOUNGER, LIVE HEALTHIER, AND GET BACK TO NORMAL LIVING. AND I WANT TO HELP YOU. I BLOCKED OUT 10 APPOINTMENT SPOTS FOR “NEW YEAR’S CHECK-INS.” THE PURPOSE OF THE APPOINTMENT IS TO TEST YOUR STRENGTH AND HOWWELL YOU MOVE, THEN PROVIDE YOU WITH A WRITTEN COPY OF: 1. THE CAUSE OF YOUR PAIN OR PROBLEM, AND 2. A PLAN FOR SUCCESSFUL TREATMENT CALL TODAY TO SET UP YOUR “NEW YEAR’S CHECK-IN” 916.927.1333

dressed for a date when you come in for your first session. Loose-fitting sweatpants, T-shirts, or other articles of clothing that allow easy movement will work just fine. Make sure your clothes allow the therapist to address the injured area. For example, if you have a shoulder injury, wearing a tank top is a great choice. If it’s a knee injury, then you’ll want to wear shorts. The proper attire will allow for more effective treatments. Of course, if you’re worried about specifics, you can always call our practice and speak to a therapist. We are happy to help you feel confident during your recovery and beyond.


Inspired by Bon Appétit


1 blood, cara cara, or navel orange, sliced 1/8-inch thick and deseeded 1 Meyer or regular lemon, sliced 1/8- inch thick and deseeded

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1 bunch arugula

1/2 cup fresh mint leaves

1 avocado, cut into wedges

4 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/4 small red onion, thinly sliced


1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a rimmed baking sheet, toss citrus slices with 1 tablespoon oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast citrus until lightly charred and caramelized, about 10–15 minutes. Let cool. 3. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine onion and lemon juice. Season with salt and let sit for 5 minutes. 4. Add citrus, arugula, and mint to onion mixture. Drizzle with remaining oil, season with salt and pepper to taste, and toss thoroughly. 5. Add avocado, combing very gently to not crush avocado.

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The Balance Between Business, Patients, and Family

3 Wives’ Tales That Are True

The Emotional Stress of Youth Sports

What Not to Wear

Citrus and Avocado Salad

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