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Safe Lifting Practices for Back Injury Prevention

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Whether at home or at work safe lifting practices can keep your back healthy and safe. Before lifting heavy objects decide how you will lift carry & place the item before you pick it up. Test the weight of the load by moving or tipping it. Figure out if you can break the load down by placing the contents of large containers into a number of smaller ones before moving them. Is the path clear? What is the weight of the load? How much stress will be placed upon your back? Is there traffic, a tripping hazard, a doorway to go through, or a stairway to go up or down? Avoid carrying an object that requires two hands to hold, either up or especially down a flight of stairs. Use the elevator. Plan a rest stop, if needed. Knowing what you’re doing and where you’re going will prevent you from making awkward movements while holding something heavy. Clear a path, and if lifting something with another person, make sure both of you agree on the plan.

KEY STEPS FOR SAFE LIFTING PRACTICES

Establish a Base of Support: Use a wide, balanced stance with one foot in front of the other. Make sure that you have firm footing and that your feet are a shoulders-width apart. This staggered stance gives you the stability of not falling over and being able to secure the load.

Keep Your Eyes Up: Looking slightly upward will help you maintain a better position of the spine. Keeping your eyes focused upwards helps you keep your back straight.

Get a Good Grip: With your palms and make sure you have an adequate hold on the object. Be certain you will be able to maintain a hold on the object without having to adjust your grip later. You can use gloves to help maintain an adequate grip, but don’t rely on gloves because they can desensitize the fingers and make you unable to feel the object.

Lift Gradually with Your Legs: Without using jerky motions. By using your leg strength, your chance of lower back injury is greatly reduced.

Tighten you stomach muscles: As you begin the lift and keep you head and shoulders up.

Pivot – Don’t Twist: Move your feet in the direction of the lift. This will eliminate the need to twist at the waist.

Weight: A lighter load normally means a lesser risk of injury. The weight of the object should be within the capacity of the person to handle safely.

Handling: It is easier to pull or push a load than it is to lift, put down or carry.

Keep the Load Close: Holding a 20lb object with your hands 20 inches from the body creates more compressive force on your low back than holding it 10 inches away. This is because the muscles in your back have to work to counterbalance the weight when it is further from the body. As the compressive force on your low back increases, so does the risk of muscle strains, ligament sprains and damage to the disks in the spine.

Frequency: The more times a load is handled, the more tired the muscles become, making it easier for the person to be injured.

Distance: The farther the load has to be moved, the greater the risk of injury.

Duration (TIME): Where the job involves repetitive movements, reducing the time spent on handling will help to ensure the movements are not causing unnecessary strain.

Forces Applied: Forces should be applied smoothly, evenly and close to the body. Forces exerted should be well within the capacity of the person, and the person should maintain proper posture.

Nature of the Load: Loads that are compact, stable, easy to grip, and capable of being held close to the body are much easier to handle.

Terrain: Rough ground, steep slopes, slippery and uneven floors, stairs and cluttered floors make moving a load awkward and increase the chance for injury.

Environment (Climate & Lighting): If it is too hot, too humid, too cold or the lighting is inadequate, the capacity to work safely is reduced.

Condition of the Workplace: Safe and comfortable working conditions, with adequate space to perform the task, and tools and equipment that are well-maintained, make their job safer.

Age/Gender: Young and old workers alike may be at an increased risk of injury from manual materials handling activities. Ensure abilities of employees are in line with functional job requirements.

Training: Proper training for the specific task is vital to reduce injury.

Team Lifting: If one person cannot lift or move a heavy, large or awkward object safely, organize a team lift. Team lifting reduces the risk of injury, reduces fatigue and makes the task much easier.

Raise/Lower Shelves: The best zone for lifting is between your shoulders and your waist. *Put heavier objects on shelves at waist level, lighter objects on lower or higher shelves.

Avoid Lifting from the Floor: Lifting from the floor can greatly increase your risk of injury for two reasons. Firstly, it is difficult to bring objects close to your body when picking them up from the floor, especially large objects where your knees can get in the way. Secondly, your low back must now support the weights of your upper body as you lean forward, in addition to supporting the weight of the item you are lifting. Lifting the same 20lbs from the floor more than doubles the amount of force on your low back when compared with lifting is from waist height. Even a one pound object lifted from the floor increases you risk of injury if you use a bent over posture.

Get Help When You Need It: Don’t try to lift heavy or awkward loads on your own. Even though the muscles in your upper body may be strong enough to handle the load, the muscles, ligaments and disks in your lower back may be injured because of the additional forces they have to withstand. Get help from a co-worker, and whenever possible, use a cart, hand truck or other mechanical device to move the load for you.

This content was written by Fit2WRK who has partnered with PT and Me to give a comprehensive look into the services physical and occupational therapists provide. For more information on Fit2WRK click here.

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Health Aging for a Sustainable Workforce

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What Can Employers Do to Protect an Aging Workforce?

Employers can start by revisiting job descriptions and knowing every detail each work task entails in order to help prevent costly and unnecessary workers’ compensation claims. Meanwhile, they should continue to promote health and wellness programs for all employees. Because older workers bring many benefits, from their experience and knowledge to their motivation and good work ethic, the advantages of employing older workers will outweigh the possible worker’s compensation claims, with preparation and planning.

Companies must utilize and implement preventative safety efforts. Specifically, companies should develop slip-and-fall prevention tactics, considering that slips and falls account for 33 percent of all injuries sustained by workers 65 and older, according to the National Safety Council. Safety training should consist of more than just scripted lectures, distributed
pamphlets and orientation videos. Employees should be taken through the physical movements and tasks that are specific to their job description–a hands-on learning experience. Because younger workers account for the majority of accidents while older workers have longer recovery periods, safety training benefi ts all employees and the employer. Bring in external experts such as physical therapists from the community to teach proper techniques and protocols.

  • Modification of work environment
  • Ergonomics and wellness programs
  • Industrial Athlete approach to exercise
  • Return to work accommodations

AGING WORKFORCE SERVICES:

Education:
A full battery of educational programs are available for both the professional staff of an employer to that of the general employee population such as slip and fall or back injury prevention.

Preventative Maintenance Testing:

A brief test – approx. 15 minutes that looks at the essential and critical factors of the job – usually body part specific and set up as a repeated test – every three to four months on a high risk job position – looking for trends or patterns of degradation of range of motion or strength of employees.

Fitness Programs for the Industrial Athlete:
Detailed stretching programs are customized per high risk job based upon historical injury determinations. The program is set up for employee participation prior to work, returning from lunch and at the end of the workday.

Physical Ability Maintenance:
A custom built strengthening program designed to maintain the physical abilities necessary to perform everyday work.

For more information about staying healthy and injury free in the workplace – try the links below:


       

Adapted from Fit2wrk Article 1.10   For more information on Fit2wrk click here.

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Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI): Prevention Tips for Strain and Injury in the Workplace

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The Following are Seen as Causes of Repetitive Strain Injury:

  • The overuse of muscles in our hands, wrists, arms, shoulders, neck and back
  • The area is affected by repeated actions, which are usually performed on a daily basis over a long period
  • The repetitive actions are done in a cold place
  • Forceful movements are involved
  • Workstations are poorly organized
  • Equipment is badly designed
  • The individual commonly adopts an awkward posture
  • There are not enough rest breaks

RSI

Prevention 101: Nine Easy Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Repetitive Strain Injury:

  • TAKE BREAKS when using your computer. Every hour or so, get up and walk around, get a drink of water, stretch whatever muscles are tight, and look out the window at a far off object (to rest your eyes).
  • Use good posture. If you can’t hold good posture, it probably means it’s time for you to take a break from typing. If you are perpetually struggling to maintain good posture, you probably need to adjust your workstation or chair, or develop some of the support muscles necessary for good posture.
  • Use an ergonomically-optimized workstation to reduce strain on your body.
  • Exercise regularly. Include strengthening, stretching, and aerobic exercises. Yoga and pilates may also be helpful.
  • Only use the computer as much as you have to. Don’t email people when you could walk down the hall or pick up the phone and talk to them. It’s not only better for your hands – it’s friendlier. Think before you type to avoid unnecessary editing.
  • Don’t stretch for the hard-to-reach keys, e.g. BACKSPACE, ENTER, SHIFT, and CONTROL… basically everything but the letters. Instead, move your entire hand so that you may press the desired key with ease. This is crucial when you are programming or typing something where non-letter keys are used extensively.
  • Let your hands float above the keyboard when you type, and move your entire arm when moving your mouse or typing hard-to-reach keys, keeping the wrist joint straight at all times. This lets the big muscles in your arm, shoulder, and back do most of the work, instead of the smaller, weaker, and more vulnerable muscles in your hand and wrist. If you find it difficult to do this, then your shoulder and back muscles are probably too weak. It is OK, and in fact a good idea, to rest your elbows/wrists when you are not typing.
  • Use two hands to type combination key strokes, such as those involving the SHIFT and CONTROL keys.
  • When writing, avoid gripping the writing utensil tightly. Someone should be able to easily pull the writing utensil out of your hand when you are writing. If your pen or pencil requires you to press too hard, get a new one (my favorite is Dr. Grip Gel Ink).

Article provided by Fit2WRK. The information noted above is a summary of one of the components of Fit2WRK.

Increased Risk Zones

Work Related Stress & Increased Risk Zones: Part 1 of 2

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INCREASED RISK ZONES
All Risks Increase with Duration, Frequency and Magnitude.

• Excessive Force

• Repetition of Activity (Can irritate tendons and increase pressure on nerves)

• Awkward Posture (Can compress nerves and irritate tendons)

• Sustained Static Posture (Can restrict blood flow and damage muscles)

• Unsupported Positions

• Motion (Increased speed or acceleration when bending / twisting, can increase the amount of force exerted on the body)

• Compression (Grasping sharp edges like tool handles, can concentrate force on small areas of the body, reducing blood flow and nerve transmission, and damaging tendons and tendon sheaths)

• Inadequate Recovery Time (Overtime, lack of breaks, & failure to vary tasks)

• Vibration of Tools (From vibrating tools, can decrease blood flow, damage nerves, and contribute to muscle fatigue)

• Whole Body Vibration (From driving trucks or operating subways, can affect skeletal muscles and cause low-back pain)

• Effects of Temperature (Cold temperatures can adversely affect a worker’s coordination and manual dexterity while Heat stroke can be very serious as when the body becomes unable to control its temperature, it rises rapidly, the sweating mechanism fails, and the body is unable to cool down.)

• Environment (Slip/Fall hazard-Uneven Floor Surfaces)

• Material Handling Guidelines:
Weight Loading over 50lbs
Lift Speed greater than 5/minute
Vertical Lift Exceeds 3ft
Carry over 1 minute
Sustained Push/Pull over 30 seconds
Static reach holding tasks over 1 minute

Part two of our Work Related Stress & Increased Risk Zones can be found here

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Sources:
1) Ergonomics: The Study of Work, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA 3125, 2000 (Revised)
2) T. R. Waters, “Manual Materials Handling”, in: Physical and Biological Hazards of the Workplace 2nd. Edited by P. Wald and G. Stave. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2002.
3) Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Disorders, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/ National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) © Fit2WRK 2015 R.Gagne

June 2016 Events

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Check out our Physical Therapy Monthly Events Calendar!  Focusing on events from PTandMe.com participating physical and occupational therapy clinics. Read more to find out what’s happening in your community in June 2016!

CALIFORNIA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ANAHEIM, CA
DATE: June 21st-23rd, 2016
CMSA’S 26th Annual Conference and Expo
CLINIC: FIT2WRK – Booth 312
Fit2wrk will be in attendance at the 2016 CMSA Conference in Anaheim, CA. Fit2wrk provides an integrated approach to ensuring overall client satisfaction. Our industrial specialists can review your own needs and co-develop programs designed to expedite return to work as well as positively impact future injury costs. For more info on Fit2wrk go to www.fit2wrk.com.

 

GEORGIA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ATLANTA, GA
DATE: June 12th, 2016
Hotlanta Half Marathon
CLINIC: Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers – Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers is a proud sponsor of the Hotlanta Half Marathon for 2016. They look forward to seeing you there. To register for the run go to www.hotlantahalf.com. More information about Atlanta Falcons Physical Therapy Centers can be found at www.atlantafalconsptc.com.

GREENSBORO, GA
DATE: June 13th, 2016 6:00PM
Introduction to Essential Oils (FREE)
CLINIC: Advance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy – Greensboro
Hosted by Advance Rehabilitation at Cowles Clinic to provide an educational seminar regarding alternative medicine using DoTerra Essential Oils. They will cover the basics of essentials oils, including how to choose a quality oil, how to use them safely, and which essential oils can be part of your daily routine. To register for this class call (706) 454-1394 or email: ajackson@advancerehab.com. For more information about Advance Physical Therapy in Greensboro click here.

 

MICHIGAN PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

BYRON CENTER, MI
DATE: June 10th, 2016
Byron Center Athletic Boosters Alumni Golf Outing 1:00PM
CLINIC: The Center for Physical Rehabilitation
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation is a sponsor and is participating in the Golf Outing for Byron Center Athletic Boosters. The event is being held at Maple Hill Golf Course. To register to play go to http://byroncentersports.com/2016/02/01/2016-boosters-alumni-golf-outing-info/. For more info about The Center for Physical Rehabilitation go to www.pt-cpr.com.

COMSTOCK PARK, MI
DATE: June 25th, 2016 8:00AM
Football Golf Outing for Comstock Park Athletics
CLINIC: The Center for Physical Rehabilitation
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation is a sponsor and is participating in the Comstock Park Football Team’s annual Golf Outing. The event is being held at Scott Lake Country Club. For more information on the event go to http://comstockparkathletics.com/2016/04/12/cp-football-golf-outing/. For more info about The Center for Physical Rehabilitation go to www.pt-cpr.com.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
DATE: June 2016
Clinic Opening – Downtown Grand Rapids
CLINIC: The Center for Physical Rehabilitation – Grand Rapids
The Center for Physical Rehabilitation has been providing all-inclusive physical therapy services, since 1994, at four convenient locations: Belmont, Byron Center, Cascade, Walker, and now at a fifth location in downtown Grand Rapids. For more information about The Center for Physical Rehabilitation go to www.pt-cpr.com.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
DATE: June 13th-July 28th, 2016
Strength and Conditioning Program for Ages 11-14
CLINIC: The Center for Physical Rehabilitation – Grand Rapids
The Academy for Sports and Wellness is offering a Strength and Conditioning program to enhance Long term athletic development for athletes ages 11 to 14. This 6 week, program will help athletes build confidence as they learn the principals to proper weight lifting and the importance of strength training, in conjunction with overall fitness conditioning. For more information about The Center for Physical Rehabilitation go to www.pt-cpr.com.

SOUTHGATE, MI
DATE: June 20th, 2016 7:30PM
Building Better Runners Series (FREE)
CLINIC: Advanced Physical Therapy – Southgate
Advanced Physical Therapy is starting their Building Better Runner Series for 2016. Their first topic of discussion is Glute Activation for Runners presented June 20th in the clinic Southgate Clinic. Seating is limited, so call 734-284-6582 to reserve your spot. For more information about Advanced Physical Therapy you can find them online at www.advphysicaltherapy.com.

ST. CLAIR SHORES, MI
DATE: All Wednesdays in June – 6:30PM-7:00PM
Nautical Rides in St. Clair Shores
CLINIC: Advanced Physical Therapy – Greater Detroit
Advanced Physical Therapy is a sponsor for the 2016 Nautical Bike Rides that take place every Wednesday night in June. Advanced will be providing biking tips and other information for riders throughout the month. Join Advanced Physical Therapy on your bike as they ride through St. Clair Shores and have a great time! For more information about Advanced Physical Therapy go to www.advphysicaltherapy.com.

 

MISSOURI PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

KANSAS CITY, MO
DATE: June 30th, 2016 3:00PM
Work Comp Panel Discussion
CLINIC: ARC Physical Therapy – Kansas City
ARC Physical Therapy+ is hosing a Work Comp Panel Discussion examine recent or anticipated changes in workers’ compensation. This discussion will take place at the Boulevard Brewery and will be an open forum for questions from attendees. For more info about ARC Physical Therapy+ visit them online at www.arcpt.com.

 

NEVADA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

SPARKS, NV
DATE: June 4th, 2016 10:00AM-2:00PM
UPS Health Fair
CLINIC: Custom Physical Therapy – Sparks
Custom Physical Therapy in Sparks, NV will be attending the UPS Health Fair on Saturday June 4th at 301 Vista Blvd. If you are attending stop by the Custom Physical Therapy table, meet the staff, and get lots of great information! For more information about Custom Physical Therapy visit them online at www.custom-pt.com.

 

NEW JERSEY PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ
DATE: June 22nd-24th, 2016 10:00AM-2:00PM
17th Annual PA/NJ IARP Conference
CLINIC: Hamilton Physical Therapy – Hamilton
Hamilton Physical Therapy will be attending the 17th Annual PA/ NJ IARP Conference from June 22nd – 24th at the Tropicana Casino & Hotel in Atlantic City NJ. Geared towards Work Comp and Case Managers. Stop by the Hamilton Physical Therapy display, meet the staff, and get lots of great information! For more information about Hamilton Physical Therapy visit them at www.hamiltonphysicaltherapy.org.

HACKETTSTOWN, NJ
DATE: June 5th, 2016 10:00AM-2:00PM
5K Walk/Run for the Thomas R. Kitchen Memorial Fund
CLINIC: Physical Therapy Plus – Hackettstown
Join Physical Therapy Plus, a sponsor in this year’s annual 5K Walk/Run for the Thomas R. Kitchen Memorial Fund – a fund raiser for scholarships for Hackettstown High School seniors and to raise awareness for Cholangiocarcinoma! The event is at Field of Dreams in Independence, NJ. For more info about Physical Therapy Plus visit them at www.ptplusnj.com.

 

OREGON PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ALOHA, OR
DATE: June 20th, 2016 10:30AM-6:00PM
Lewis & Clark PAC Golf Classic
CLINIC: North Lake Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
North Lake Physical Therapy is Sponsoring the 24th Annual Lewis & Clark PAC Golf Classic at the The Reserve Vineyard & Golf Club in Aloha, OR. They can’t wait to see you on the links! To register for the tournament go to http://lcpioneers.com/information/PAC-HOF/2016golfclassic.pdf. For information about North Lake Physical Therapy visit them at: www.northlakept.com.

CLACKAMAS, OR
DATE: June 5th, 2016
My Best Day 5K
CLINIC: North Lake Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation – Clackamas
North Lake Physical Therapy is Sponsoring the My Best Day 5K supporting the Jake Arntson Memorial Fund in Clackamas, OR. Celebrating the memory of a boy that was a light to not only his family, but everyone that knew him. To register for the 5k go to https://www.signmeup.com/site/online-event-registration/112880. For information about North Lake Physical Therapy visit them at: www.northlakept.com.

LAKE OSWEGO, OR
DATE: June 2016
Fleet Feet Couch to 5K and 10K training programs
CLINIC: North Lake Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation – Lake Oswego
North Lake Physical Therapy is helping runners in the Fleet Feet Couch to 5K and 10K programs reach their goals. This 12 week program is a great way to pursue your walking and running goals. For more information on the Fleet Feet programs offered in Lake Oswego go to www.fleetfeetpdx.com/training. For information about North Lake Physical Therapy visit them at: www.northlakept.com.

TIGARD, OR
DATE: June 25th, 2016 6:30PM
Twilight Run
CLINIC: North Lake Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation – Tigard
North Lake Physical Therapy in Tigard is Tigard is sponsoring the Twilight Run supporting the Tigard-Tualatin Schools Foundation. he Foundation for Tigard Tualatin Schools is a non-profit organization that: Advocates for, and raises awareness about, the importance of strong schools in our community. To register for the twilight run go to http://twilightrun.the-ftts.org. For information about North Lake Physical Therapy visit them at: www.northlakept.com.

 

TENNESSEE PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

LAWERENCEBERG, TN
DATE: June 16th, 2016, 12:00PM-1:30PM
Employer Outreach Luncheon
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy
The WEOC is an ongoing effort by the TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development to reach out to TN employers and provide valuable information to foster economic development and to promote our services. Topic for June: Sudden Violence-Surviving an Active Shooter. Please register online and confirm your attendance by Friday, June 24th by clicking on the following link: http://goo.gl/forms/TTD2EM1K3K.

LEXINGTON, TN
DATE: June 28th, 2016, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Pie Toss for American Heart Association
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – Lexington
Hit Keith with a pie for a great cause! Each pie is $5 or you can get 5 pies for $20. All donations benefit the American Heart Association. For more information call 731.967.3788 or visit STAR Physical Therapy online at www.STARpt.com.

MT. PLEASANT, TN
DATE: June 2016, 11:00AM-2:00PM
Clinic Re-Opening after Fire
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – Mt. Pleasant
The STAR Physical Therapy Clinic in Mt. Pleasant is returning home after their office building was damaged by a fire. The clinic has been completely restored and the therapists are super excited to get back to their home space. For more information about STAR Physical Therapy go to www.STARpt.com.

ALL STAR PHYSICAL THERAPY IN TN
DATE: June 1st-July 1st, 2016
Hoop it up for the Heart (Hula Hoop) Challenge!
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy
STAR Physical Therapy is excited to partner with the American Heart Association (AHA). Their mission is “To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke”. The goal this year will be somewhat like years past but with a twist. Be on the lookout for the Hoop it up for the Heart (Hula Hoop) Challenge! They are putting an emphasis on employee wellness, along with a charitable fundraiser and community involvement. For more information visit STAR Physical Therapy at www.STARpt.com.

 

VIRGINIA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

BRAMBLETON, VA
DATE: June 21st, 2016
Clinic Opening – Brambleton, VA
CLINIC: The Jackson Clinics – Brambleton
The Jackson Clinics is happy the announce the opening of it’s newest location in Brambleton, VA – located at 42365 Soave Dr. Bramleton, VA 20148. For more information about The Jackson Clinics visit them online at www.thejacksonclinics.com.

FAIRFAX COUNTY, VA
DATE: June 2nd – 20th, 2016
High School Physicals in Fairfax County
2ND Fairfax High School Physicals
7TH Langley High School Physicals
13TH Robison High School Physicals
14TH Woodson High School Physicals
15TH Falls Church High School Physicals/Westfield High School Physicals
20TH Centreville High School Physicals/Marshall High School Physicals
CLINIC: The Jackson Clinics
The Jackson Clinics will be helping local students complete their physicals. For information on times please contact your school’s athletic dept. For more info about The Jackson Clinics visit them at www.thejacksonclinics.com.

LEESBURG, VA
DATE: June 1st-July 1st, 2016
Hoop it up for the Heart (Hula Hoop) Challenge!
CLINIC: The Jackson Clinics – Skyline
The Jackson Clinics will be participating in the Smashing Walnuts Walk and Fitness Challenge to Crack the Cure for Childhood Brain Cancer. The walk will be held at Heritage High School in Leesburg, VA. To register for the Smashing Walnuts go to www.smashingwalnuts.org. For more information about The Jackson Clinics visit them online at www.thejacksonclinics.com.

RESTON, VA
DATE: June 4th & 5th 2016
Reston Sprint Triathlon
CLINIC: The Jackson Clinics
The Jackson Clinics will be available to help Reston Sprint Triathlon runners with pre stretching and mobility during packet pick up. The following morning, The Jackson Clinics team will be present to assist athletes with post race stretching. To register for the Reston Tri go to www.restonsprinttri.org. For more information about The Jackson Clinics visit them online at www.thejacksonclinics.com.

WILLIAMSBURG, VA
DATE: June 15th & 16th 2016
Virginia Self-Insurers Association 2016 General Meeting
CLINIC: The Jackson Clinics
The Jackson Clinics will be attending the Virginia Self-Insurers Association 2016 General Meeting on June 15th & 16th. The event will be held at Kingsmill Resort at 1010 Kingsmill Road. If you are attending stop by The Jackson Clinic’s display, meet the staff, and get lots of great information! For more information about The Jackson Clinics visit them online at www.thejacksonclinics.com.

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May 2016 Events

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GEORGIA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

JEKYLL ISLAND
DATE: May 13th, 2016 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM
2016 Turtle Crawl
CLINIC: Advance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy – Brunswick / St. Simons
Advance Rehabilitation Physical Therapy is proud to be a sponsor for the 2016 Turtle Crawl in Jekyll Island. What could be more fun or more worthwhile than running to save endangered sea turtles? Between the triathlon and 5K & 10K races, the new Beach Village will play host to Turtle Crawl Festival. Join GSTC for a celebration of the start of the sea turtle nesting season. Play in field day-style games hosted by the Center, dance with the GSTC mascot Scute during one of several live music performances on the Village Green, and grab a bite from a regional food truck. Enjoy the evening’s festivities while learning about what small changes you can do to make a huge difference in the life of a sea turtle. For event information click here. For more information about Advance Physical Therapy in Brunswick and St. Simons click here.

 

IDAHO PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

BOISE, ID
DATE: May 7th, 2016
Boise Walk for the Cure
CLINIC: Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation – Boise
Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is proud to be a sponsor for the 2016 Boise Walk for the Cure. For more information about Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation click here.

HOMEDALE, ID
DATE: May 11th, 2016
Boise-Cascade Annual Safety Fair
CLINIC: Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation – Boise
Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is a proud participant in the 2016 Boise-Cascade Annual Safety Fair. For more information about Intermountain Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation click here.

 

MICHIGAN PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ARMADA, MI
DATE: May 16th, 2016
New Clinic Opening
CLINIC: Plymouth Physical Therapy – Armada
Plymouth Physical Therapy is excited to announce the opening of its 15th location in Armada, MI. The Armada Center is scheduled to open its doors and accept new patients on Monday, May 16th. For more information about Plymouth Physical Therapy Specialists you can visit them online by clicking here.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
DATE: May 13th, 2016
Sport and Fitness Expo
CLINIC: The Center for Physical Rehabilitation – Grand Rapids
Sports & Fitness Expo is a 1 day event being held on May 13th, 2016 at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids, MI. This event showcases product from medical, pharmaceutical, sporting goods, toys and game industries. Free admission, open to public, 100+ vendors, food samples, discounted apparel and prize drawings. For more information about The Center for Physical Rehabilitation click here.

STERLING HEIGHTS, MI
DATE: May 12th, 2016
Ford/Sterling Heights Plant Health Fair
CLINIC: Fit2WRK Therapy Partners of Michigan
Fit2WRK provides an integrated approach to ensuring overall client satisfaction. Our industrial specialists will review your own needs and co-develop programs designed to expedite return to work as well as positively impact future injury costs. For more information on Fit2WRK please visit their website here.

 

MISSISSIPPI PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

CLINTON, MS
DATE: May 19th, 2016 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Business Block Party
CLINIC: Arrowhead Physical Therapy – Clinton
Arrowhead Physical Therapy and the other tenants of the Parkway Center are getting together to show off their services to the community. Stop on by the Arrowhead Physical Therapy Clinic to meet the staff, see the clinic and have a great time! For more information about Arrowhead Physical Therapy in Clinton, MS click here.

 

TENNESSEE PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

BOLIVAR, TN
DATE: May 13th, 2016
Physical Therapy Open House
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – Bolivar
STAR Physical Therapy is celebrating 10 years in the Bolivar community. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with an Open House! Join for food and fun, meet our therapists and see the clinic. For more information about STAR Physical Therapy – Bolivar visit their website by clicking here.

NASHVILLE, TN
DATE: May 13th, 2016 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Free Run Well Event
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – East Nashville
Join health and wellness experts discussing and demonstrating ways to enhance your exercise routine and running technique to improve ease, comfort and performance. This free event will provide several approaches including a specific assessment of your running biomechanics through video analysis. For more information about STAR Physical Therapy visit their website by clicking here.

OOLTEWAH, TN
DATE: May 15th, 2016 12:30PM – 3:00PM
Taste of Ooltewah and Harrison
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy – Ooltewah
The 2nd ANNUAL TASTE OF OOLTEWAH AND HARRISON that was rained out last weekend will now take place on Sunday, May 15th! Join us and Ooltewah Harrison Education Foundation from 12:30-3:00 at Cambridge Square in Ooltewah for this great event! James Gose, Ooltewah Clinic Director, will be on hand providing free balance assessments and answering any physical therapy questions that you may have. https://www.facebook.com/events/1724699561149707/

 

TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ARLINGTON, TX
DATE: May 12th, 2016 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Physician Mixer Networking Event!
CLINIC: Green Oaks Physical Therapy – Mansfield, North and South Arlington
Please join us for our Physician Mixer at Bar Louie, Arlington Highlands. A fun evening of networking with your peers from the Arlington/Mansfield area. There will be complimentary drinks and appetizers. Door prizes include: Fit Bit, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, golf accessories and more! For more information about Green Oaks Physical Therapy click here.

FORT WORTH, TX
DATE: May 6th, 2016 11:30am – 1:00pm
Green Oaks Physical Therapy 5th Annual Cookout!
CLINIC: Green Oaks Physical Therapy – Fort Worth
Come and experience some Green Oaks Hospitality. Stop by for brisket, ribs & sides. Check out the clinic & meet the staff!! Please RSVP to 817-335-7946 and enjoy some great food and fun. Located at 160 W. Magnolia Avenue, Suite 2, Fort Worth, TX 76104. For more information about Green Oaks Physical Therapy in Fort Worth click here.

FORT WORTH, TX
DATE: May 12th, 2016 1:00pm – 4:00pm
GE Manufacturing Solutions 2016 Health Ahead Day
CLINIC: Physical Therapy of Trophy Club – Trophy Club
Physical Therapy of Trophy Club will be available to GE Employees at the GE Manufacturing Solutions 2016 Health Ahead Day.  Along with others we will go over ways to live a safe healthy and stress free life. For more information about Physical Therapy of Trophy Club click here.

HOUSTON, TX
DATE: May 25th, 2016
National Senior Health & Fitness Day  10:00am – 12:00pm
CLINIC: Action Physical Therapy – Houston
Action Physical Therapy, in Houston, TX is proud to be participating in the 23rd Annual National Senior Health and Fitness Day! Join us in Houston’s First Baptist Church – Harbor Room for hearing tests, bone density scans and to meet our fitness trainers! A healthy lunch will be provided for the first 50 attendees. For more information about Action Physical Therapy in Houston, click here.

LAS COLINAS, TX
DATE: May 14th, 2016
Habitat for Humanity Build with Green Oaks Physical Therapy
CLINIC: Green Oaks Physical Therapy – Las Colinas
The Green Oaks Physical Therapy team members from Las Colinas, Fort Worth, and South Arlington are participating in a Habitat for Humanity build. If you happen to be out there come see us and help us with a great cause! For more info on the Dallas area Habitat for Humanity click here. For more information on Green Oaks Physical Therapy, click here.

 

WISCONSIN PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

WAUSAU, WI
DATE: May 03rd, 2016, 7:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Worker’s Compensation Symposium
CLINIC: Sport & Spine Physical Therapy
No cost to attend! This event is designed to be of interest to anyone who works for or cares for, Wisconsin’s workforce. Employers, HR directors, safety directors, case managers, nurses, physicians and physician’s assistants. Hosted by Sport & Spine Physical Therapy of Weston. Click here for more information or visit their website here.

Click here to print a downloadable events flyer.

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)

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Prevention tips for strain and injury in the workplace. Stay informed.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA), repetitive strain injuries are the nation’s most common
and costly occupational health problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of American workers,
and costing more than $20 billion a year in workers compensation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly two-thirds of all occupational illnesses reported, were caused by exposure to repeated trauma to workers’ upper body (the wrist, elbow or shoulder). One common example of such an injury is carpal tunnel syndrome

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The Ergonomic Workstation

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Having an ergonomic workstation means that your desk and the things on it are arranged in such a way, that they prevent injury and are well within reach and use. An ergonomic workstation also promotes good posture. Posture is the position in which you hold your body upright against gravity while standing, sitting or lying down. An ergonomically designed workstation promotes good posture and helps to:

  • Keep bones and joints in the correct alignment so that muscles are being used properly.
  • Help decrease the abnormal wearing of joint surfaces that could result in arthritis.
  • Decrease the stress on the ligaments holding the joints of the spine together.
  • Prevent the spine from becoming fixed in abnormal positions.
  • Counter fatigue because muscles are being used more efficiently, allowing the body to use less energy.
  • Prevent strain or overuse problems.
  • Avert backache and muscular pain.

Proper ergonomics plays an instrumental role in how effectively you accomplish work and will help prevent suffering from work-related injuries due to strain and overuse. In the diagram below you will find both sitting and standing workstation recommendations to achieve a proper ergonomic workstation.

seated ergonomic workstation

SITTING: Body position guidelines

  • Lower back supported by a lumbar curve
  • Bottom & Thighs distributed pressure
  • ARMS minimal bend at the wrist
  • The area behind the knee not touching the seat
  • Feet flat on the floor or on a footrest
  • Wrists and hands do not rest on sharp or hard edges
  • The telephone should be used with your head upright (not bent) and your shoulders relaxed (not elevated)

 

Standing Ergonomics

STANDING: Working Guidelines

  • Precision Work – above elbow height
  • Light Work – just below elbow height
  • Heavy Work – 4-6 inches below elbow height

Physical and occupational therapists have experience working with patients to improve posture and ergonomics. Some clinics have therapists that go into the workplace and arrange a patient’s workplace, making it ergonomically efficient. For more information or to find a therapist near you

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