Spine & Rehab Specialists - January 2020

JANUARY 2020

6358 EDGEMERE BLVD. EL PASO, TEXAS 79925 915-562-8525

1779 N. ZARAGOZA ST., SUITE A EL PASO, TEXAS 79936 915-855-6466

MY RESOLUTION FOR A HEALTHIER 2020 AND HOW A PT CAN HELP WITH YOUR GOALS

him and the specifics of his case, I realized that therapy may have gotten him better for just $1,000–$2,000! Of course, we can’t help you if you cut your hand working in the kitchen or have a cold, but our treatment for musculoskeletal problems and movement disorders is both low-priced and effective. All that said, I have one Dutch tip for improving your health and saving money in 2020, which I plan to use liberally: cooking at home! I’m going to start by making a healthier version of my mom’s split pea soup, which I just got to indulge in a few months ago when I flew home to the Netherlands for my parents’ 65th wedding anniversary. Pea soup translates literally to “erwtensoep” in Dutch, but it is commonly referred to as “snert” in the Netherlands. The original recipe is indulgent, but with just a few quick swaps, it’s great for dropping pounds.

common resolution people made in 2018 was to save money. That’s not a big surprise to me, because in my years living in this country, I’ve seen how quickly debt can rack up from things like student loans, mortgages, and health care bills. What might actually surprise you, though, is that a visit to Spine & Rehab Specialists can also help fatten your wallet in the new year. PT clinics are incredibly affordable compared to doctor’s offices or hospitals, and over my years in business, I’ve seen a lot of patients build up debt going to the latter when they should have headed straight to a PT. One of my patients, for example, came to see me for back pain after spending $85,000 on hospitals and doctors, and the doctors were talking about surgery on top of that. Luckily, a friend of his referred him to us. After evaluating

This year, like a lot of other people living in the U.S., my New Year’s resolution is to be a bit healthier in 2020. According to a 2018 Statista survey, 61% of Americans made resolutions for their health, whether to lose a few pounds, hit the gym more often, or quit smoking. There are plenty of other health-related resolutions I’ve heard from my patients that those three categories don’t cover. Some of them want to go back to their normal routines in 2020, increase their mobility, or kick their chronic pain to the curb. PT appointments are a big part of making those goals happen, and my staff and I can’t wait to help. While I was mulling over my own resolution to lose weight and looking up statistics, I learned that after pledges for their health, the next most

Let me know if you try it out!

– Harry Koster

The Koster Family’s Split Pea Soup (Feeds 4)

Ingredients •

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1 winter carrot, diced

1 onion, diced 1/2 leek, diced

3 qts water

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1 lb green (split) peas

1 small celery root, diced

2–3 bouillon cubes (vegetable or beef)

1/2 smoked sausage, sliced

1 piece of thick smoked bacon, cut into pieces

1 pork leg (can use ham hock)

Directions 1. Soak peas overnight. 2. Cook split peas until soft (at least 2 hours, but longer is better) with water and bouillon cubes. 3. Either cook peas with bacon and pork leg, or sauté bacon and

pork leg with vegetables. 4. Add vegetables to soup. Add the deboned and cut pork leg and bacon. Cook for at least 30 more minutes. 5. Add sausage. 6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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