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Elf Injuries and How PT Can Help: Part 1 of 3

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It’s that time of year, when we check in on Santa’s helpers to see if they can use some physical therapy. With their heavy lifting and high demand job they’re always experiencing injuries. Our new elf friend Ziggy, is the perfect patient for physical therapy. Let’s see how PT can help Ziggy!

Here’s part of his story…

Ziggy was working late one night in the North Pole. When all of a sudden… he lifted a large toy scooter and fell over on to his back. OUCH!

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Luckily, Santa and his elves have an amazingly good north pole internet provider, and Ziggy was able to go online to the PTandMe website and find great physical therapy clinics in his area.

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Now Ziggy is at one of PT & Me’s physical therapy clinics with one of our trusted therapists to help relieve him of all his back pain. He will be back to making more toys real soon, just in time for the holiday!

See Ziggy’s complete physical therapy experience here!

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Special thanks to Action Physical Therapy, in Houston, TX, for accommodating the demanding work schedule of Santa’s elves. Click Here for more information about Action Physical Therapy.

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Elf Injuries and How PT Can Help: Part 3 of 3

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It’s that time of year, when we check in on Santa’s helpers to see if they can use some physical therapy. With their heavy lifting and high demand job they’re always experiencing injuries. Our new elf friend Ziggy, is the perfect patient for PT.

Previously…

Ziggy was at one of PTandMe’s partnering physical therapy clinics awaiting the arrival of one of our trusted physical therapists.
Our therapist first performed some stretching techniques on Ziggy to help relieve his aches and pains (Don’t worry Santa said it was okay to touch our “elf on the shelf” friend).

Then so more stretching techniques to help out our little friend…

Now the therapist has Ziggy doing some pulls ups on our wonderful clinic’s pull-up bar to help Ziggy get back to working shape.

Time for deep tissue massage on Ziggy’s aching back…

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Thanks to the great physical therapy Ziggy got at our wonderful PT & Me clinics he is now ready to lift all the toys into Santa’s sleigh just in time for the holiday!

THE END.

See Ziggy’s complete physical therapy experience here!

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Special thanks to Action Physical Therapy, in Houston, TX, for accommodating the demanding work schedule of Santa’s elves. Click Here for more information about Action Physical Therapy.

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When Lifting During the Holidays…

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During the holidays back injuries become more prevalent as patient maneuver themselves up and down ladders and stairways while carrying or lifting heavy objects. A little bit of lifting safety can go a long way to keeping the holidays merry. When Lifting large or heavy objects make sure you:

1. SIZE UP THE LOAD
Check to ensure the load is stable and balanced.

2. PLAN THE JOB
Consider all possibilities. Is the path clear? What is the weight of the load? How much stress will be placed on 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.

3. ESTABLISH A BASE OF SUPPORT
Use a wide, balanced stance with one foot in front of the other. Make sure 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.

4. BEND YOUR KNEES, KEEP YOUR HEELS OFF OF THE FLOOR AND GET AS CLOSE TO THE OBJECT AS POSSIBLE.
Always lift with your legs and not your back.

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5. 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 de-sensitize the fingers making you unable to feel the object.

6. LIFT GRADUALLY with your legs without using jerky motions.

7. KEEP THE LOAD CLOSE TO PREVENT ARCHING YOUR LOWER BACK.
As you begin the lift, tighten your stomach muscles and keep your head and shoulders up. The closer the load is to your spine, the less force will be placed on your back.

8. PIVOT
Don’t twist. Move your feet in the direction of the lift. This will eliminate the need to twist at the waist.

Information can be found at: http://www.tdi.state.tx.us/pubs/videoresource/stpbkinj.pdf

December 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 December 2016!

GEORGIA PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

ROME, GA
DATE: November 23rd – December 16th 2016
Advance Rehabilitation Canned Food Drive
CLINIC: Advance Rehabilitation – Rome
Help Feed the Hungry This Holiday Season.
Advance Rehabilitation is accepting food donations at all locations through December 16th
Pantry Program Needed Items are:
• Canned Vegetables (low sodium or no added salt)
• Canned Fruit (in its own juice or 100% juice)
• Canned Tomato Products (low sodium or no added salt)
• Canned Tuna/Chicken (low sodium)
• Boxed Potatoes
• Boxed/Bagged Stuffing
• Whole Grains
• Brown Rice

All South Georgia locations are accepting donations along with Columbus, GA.
For more information about Advance Rehabilitation, visit them online at http://www.advancerehab.com.

MICHIGAN PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

GRAND RAPIDS, MI
DATE: December 6th 2016, 5:30PM – 6:30PM
CPR Downtown Yoga Classes Begin!
CLINIC: The Center for Physical Rehabilitation – Downtown Grand Rapids
Join the Academy at CPR’s Downtown location for an “All Levels Yoga Class”. Whether you are new to the mat, or an experienced student, this class is designed for everyone to work at their own ability and comfort level. New students will be exposed to basic poses and body positioning, while more experienced student will be challenging their body through variations in poses they have mastered.
For more information about The Center for Physical Rehabilitation, visit them online at http://www.pt-cpr.com.

SALINE, MI
DATE: December 10th 2016, 10:00AM – 1:30PM
Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Treasure Trail to Santa
CLINIC: Physical Therapy In Motion – Saline
The event is the Saline Area Chamber of Commerce Treasure Trail to Santa at the Saline Shopping Center. Children will go on a treasure trail starting at Physical Therapy in Motion, stopping at all of the businesses for a treat, and end at Busch’s to see Santa. Carriage rides, photo booth, and a petting farm will be available. For more information about Physical Therapy In Motion, visit them online at http://www.physicaltherapyinmotion.com/.

NEW JERSEY PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

NEW MILFORD, NJ
DATE: November 23rd – December 23rd 2016
Spread the Warmth Blanket & Jacket Drive
CLINIC: Madison Spine & Physical Therapy – New Milford
Please support the Madison Spine & Physical Therapy charity campaign by donating today! On December 23rd They will drive into NYC with the Donations & Hand Them Out to Those Who Could Use a Little Warmth!
Items needed are:
• JACKETS
• BLANKETS
• BOOTS
• GLOVES
• HATS
• SCARVES
YOU DONATE, MADISON SPINE DELIVERS! Let’s all come together and make a difference! All locations are accepting donations now. For more information about Madison Spine & Physical Therapy, visit them online at http://madisonspinept.com/physicaltherapy.

TENNESSEE PHYSICAL THERAPY EVENTS

PULASKI, TN
DATE: December 8th 2016, 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Sudden Violence: Surviving an Active Shooter
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy, LP – Pulaski
Giles County Workforce Employer Outreach Committee invites you to join us for an informative lunch and learn. Lunch Provided by STAR Physical Therapy.
Speaker: Barry Crotzer, Agent – TN Homeland Security
Located at: First National Bank Building, 206 South 1st Street, Pulaski, TN
Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 6th online: https://goo.gl/forms/0ckSzRdplrMv89m13
We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information about STAR Physical Therapy, LP, visit them online at http://www.starpt.com.

MURFREESBORO, TN
DATE: December 14th 2016, 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Sudden Violence: Surviving an Active Shooter
CLINIC: STAR Physical Therapy, LP – Murfreesboro
The WEOC is an ongoing effort by the TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development to reach out to Tennessee employers and provide valuable information to foster economic development and to promote our services. Lunch Sponsored by STAR Physical Therapy.
Speaker: Barry Crotzer, Agent – TN Homeland Security
Located at: Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce, 3050 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129.
Please RSVP by Tuesday, December 12th online: https://goo.gl/forms/qWqCr8LJoPdSk6Ex1
We look forward to seeing you there!
For more information about STAR Physical Therapy, LP, visit them online at http://www.starpt.com.