Advanced Practice Physical Therapy- February 2021


neck injury that required surgery to repair. His prognosis was grim, and few thought it would be possible for him to return to the NFL. Manning sought the aid of a Denver- based physical therapist who helped him strengthen his back and shoulders and recover from his neck injury. After a year off from football, he was back on the gridiron. Manning stayed in Denver, joining the Broncos and leading the team to a Super Bowl championship in 2016 before his retirement — five years after his career was “over.” Kobe Bryant The late Kobe Bryant was world famous for his accuracy and championship- caliber play on the basketball court. From winning five championships to being named the league’s MVP multiple times, Bryant is regarded as one of the best basketball players to ever step foot on the court. But he was able to

We laud professional athletes for their amazing feats of strength, but few of us actually know how much dedication goes into their record-breaking performances. For many, the little- known heroes behind these athletes are their physical therapists. Professional athletes have been relying on physical therapists to help them recover from devastating injuries for decades, but these two athletes are proof of just how powerful physical therapy can be. Peyton Manning Son of the great Archie Manning, Peyton Manning made himself a household name as the mind-bending quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts. He knew how to manipulate defenses with precision, leading the Colts to a 2008 Super Bowl championship. Sadly, just three years later, Manning was benched after sustaining a devastating

compete at such a high level thanks to Dr. Judy Seto, the Los Angeles Lakers’ physical therapist. Bryant reportedly trusted Seto more than anyone. He went so far as to recruit her to travel with him to Beijing for the 2008 Summer Olympics where Team USA took home the gold in basketball. Seto helped the Lakers avoid virtually any injuries during the 2011– 2012 season and guided Bryant through an ACL tear that could have been career-ending. Like Manning, Bryant recovered and continued to perform at a high level until he passed away in January 2020. It’s not just pro athletes who can benefit from PT. Get started on your next chapter after a debilitating injury by reaching out to us today!


that researchers think mTOR may contribute to failing immune systems in humans, so blocking the production of this protein could drastically improve the success rate of a COVID-19 vaccine in older adults. As promising as these results and many other studies are, medical experts are quick to remind the public that more research is needed to understand the possible link between anti-aging medications and their effects on the efficacy of a COVID-19 vaccine in older adults. These medications include treatments that indirectly affect aging like some diabetes medication. The good news is that you don’t have to wait for researchers to find a “miracle pill” to boost your immunity. Incorporate natural remedies into your routine instead! Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and other foods rich in vitamin D that boost your immune system — like salmon, mushrooms, and greens — and remember to drink plenty of water. While you’re at it, wear sunscreen to prevent the sun from aging your skin prematurely and increasing your chance of having other health issues. It’s important to stay optimistic and do what we can with what we know now while researchers work toward an effective vaccine.

Vaccines have been the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel we call the COVID-19 pandemic, but scientists don’t yet have a full picture of the virus or its treatments. In an effort to better understand the coronavirus, researchers are looking at how medical professionals can better treat our most vulnerable populations or prevent them from ever contracting COVID-19.

Experts have long feared that a COVID-19 vaccine may not help the older adults who need it most, as these

individuals are often more at risk of contracting the disease and having a weakened immune system. However, some researchers hypothesize that anti-aging medications may boost the effectiveness of the vaccine for older adults, and there are some promising results from early studies. One study published in Nature found that a drug that limited the creation of the protein mTOR lengthened the lifespan of fruit flies and mice. Anti- aging expert Jan Mannick explains


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