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Injury: The Dark Horse Opponent

PatrickLawrenceInjuries are not fun: inconvenient, unpredictable, emotionally and physically painful. They are dreaded by athletes and recreationalists of every skill and every competitive level. Their apparent negative effect is on the physical body, but because a physical injury can interrupt the pursuit of athletic goals, they can greatly impact mental well-being. It is easy to give in to frustration and disappointment and a whole heap of negative emotions because of an injury. But only if we let it.

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Hillary DummondAs technology continues to advance, the use of devices such as phones, tablets and laptop computers has increased drastically among all ages. For the majority, this viewing is done in poor posture, with head tilted and shoulders rolled forward. Although viewing these devices is likely the most consistent contributor to potentially damaging posture, other day to day activities have a similar affect. Driving, carrying heavy objects and sitting for extended periods are frequently conducted with less than ideal posture. The trouble with this is the disruption to normal muscle function that occurs as a result. Muscles of the neck, shoulders and back are the primary groups affected. As a result, muscles become tight and off balance, leading to pain and weakness at the affected site. Over time poor posture can lead to a very negative lasting impact on the body.

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Colleen Cleves“Getting old isn’t for sissies.” “Good enough for my age and stage.” “There is no gold in the golden years.” “I shouldn’t be doing that for my age.”

Over the years, I have heard these and many other statements from my patients and clients regarding aging and the aging process. But I have also seen and witnessed my older patients do amazing things! So the question becomes, how do we avoid the stereo typical image of aging and can it be done gracefully?

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Nutrition for Recovery :Part 4 of 4

Cheryl SchwietersRemodeling Phase Day 21 to 2 years

In this installment we will be discussing the final phase of the healing process. Regarding soft tissue such as muscle, ligament and tendon, scarring has been created and is now changing over to a more solid structure. Though it will never be as strong, new fibers can heal to almost 80% its' original strength. Bone formation has happened and now is being converted from soft callus to hard.

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AlexSalinasThe internet contains an abundance of information about concussions.  This information ranges anywhere from educational and useful to sensationalized and misleading.  I am not writing this post to tell you about how to identify a concussion or what the signs and symptoms are.  The goal of today’s post is to provide some enlightenment on return-to-participation (RTP) protocols.  In my experience, there is less push back from parents, student-athletes, and coaches in the identification of concussions and more push back regarding the return date.  I believe this resistance is due in part to confusion given the number of changes and updates in policy over the past five years.

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CPR in the Community

Brian GilbertI have been working as a Physical Therapist in the Forest Hills area for 17 years now. I’ve seen a lot change over the years especially in the health care arena during this time. What I’ve come to appreciate during this is the consistency of our communities in which we serve. Here at The Center for Physical Rehabilitation we have worked alongside many schools and organizations to deepen our connections to the people we live with and work with. Many may not know that we have provided the Athletic Training services to all the Forest Hills Schools. We also do this for Byron Center schools, Catholic Central, and Cornerstone University.

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Phase 1 Inflammation: Days 1 – 7

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This week's topic is the inflammatory phase following injury. As stated last week, this is the immediate time following injury. Injury can be described as post surgical or traumatic. At this time the body is wounded and in its most painful stage of recovery. It is bleeding and forming clots, swelling to protect itself and is usually red, hot and painful. Remember WE NEED INFLAMMATION TO HEAL! If we try to eliminate inflammation too soon we can interrupt the healing cycle. Bone healing is slightly different than soft tissue healing yet still goes through and inflammatory process with bleeding at the site and inflammation of the surrounding tissues.

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Uncommon Injury and Treatment Process

Steve RetanHaving worked as an athletic trainer for the last 23 years, I have treated and rehabilitated countless injuries.  However there are times that athletes sustain injuries that I have not seen before.  One such injury occurred to a high school hockey player after colliding with an opponent during a game.  

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Cheryl SchwietersIn the world of physical therapy the main goal for patients is to get them healed as quickly as possible to return to normal life. Often, there are protocols to follow that initially require limited actions and restricted movement. Patients frequently ask, “Is there anything I can do to help speed up my recovery?” Feeding our bodies with appropriate nutrients and supplements is one way to assist the healing process. In the next four articles we will address the phases of injury as well as what foods and supplements that benefit each stage of recovery to aid the bodily process.

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Carolyn MurraryThis blog is sort of a sequel to one of my previous blog posts I wrote on Parkinson’s Disease (PD) a few years back. The one where I talked about how I was watching a Sunday morning news program that was promoting boxing for management of Parkinson’s and how it was motivating me to start working with this population again. Well, nearly 2 years later, I finally became certified in LSVT- BIG for Parkinson’s treatment.

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