Physical Therapy Services of Tennessee January 2019

JANUARY 2019 EastTennessee Physical Therapy News

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Well, the holidays are over, and now we buckle down to survive and enjoy the long winter months. Spring is just around the corner. We sincerely hope everyone had an enjoyable holiday season and had the opportunity to share with family members and loved ones. PTS had a group of carolers from the Elizabethton/Carter County Boys and Girls club come by the office to entertain our staff and the patients who were fortunate enough to hear them singing. The Boys and Girls Club does a fantastic job with the youngsters by providing them a place to go after school where they can enjoy fun, fellowship, hot food, homework help, and guidance as they grow and mature. Stop by the club for a tour or just to say hello at any time. This is without a doubt my favorite charity. Great futures do start here. Dr. Smith

Learning to drive is a rite of passage for teenagers, but it’s also a frightening time for parents. The child you’ve raised and loved since the moment they were born is about to get behind the wheel of a machine that contributes to 33 percent of all teenage deaths, according to DoSomething.org. You have every right to be terrified, and just like your parents did when you were growing up, you will have to let your child go. However, there are ways to help keep your teen — and the people around them — safe. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, distracted driving is the No. 1 cause of serious accidents among teens, and their age group is already more likely to ride without their seat belts fastened and to speed. Your child may be a responsible teenager, but don’t assume they will have the willpower to ignore their phone. Here are a few ways you can educate your child about safe driving and ignoring distractions. R oad W oes H elp Y our T een C reate S afe D riving H abits Have you ever caught yourself making a sandwich the same way your dad did or saying the exact same things to your children your mom used to say to you? That’s because we all inevitably pick up on our parents’ tendencies and traits, and your driving habits will likely be repeated by your kids. To lead by example, put your phone in your purse or center console. If you use your phone for GPS, install a phone stand in a safe location on your dashboard and turn your phone on airplane mode once you set your destination. Your phone’s GPS will work without cell service, and you won’t be distracted by pinging messages. MONKEY SEE, MONKEY DO

–Danny

You can even include your children on your mission to avoid distractions. If you’re driving and hear your phone going off, ask them to respond to the messenger or caller

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