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How to Support a Family Member who Recently Had a Stroke

Posted on by Rebecca Pudvah PT, DPT, CSCS, OCS

In medical terms, a stroke is a loss of blood flow to part of the brain, which damages brain tissue. This impairment can occur in any part of the brain, which can have numerous effects, ranging from vision, auditory, speech, hearing, swallowing, balance, emotional control and/or motor control. A stroke is one of the few “invisible” conditions that affect a person in various ways. Below you will find the top four things you can do to help your loved one through their recovery process.

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Physical Therapy After a Heart Attack

Posted on by Leython Williams, PT, DPT, CMTPT

An unexpected cardiac event, like a heart attack or an open-heart surgery, is an extremely scary experience. I’ve witnessed this first-hand as I was beside my father when he suffered a heart attack in October 2021. Thankfully, he survived the heart attack, but my father underwent an open-heart surgery quickly after that. His ongoing recovery process has been life-altering for our family, but his commitment to cardiac rehabilitation (cardiac rehab) has been critical in returning to a healthy life. For those of you that are going through this yourself or have loved ones that have experienced a cardiac event, here are some things to consider related to physical therapy after a heart attack:

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Common Injuries in the Aging Athlete

Posted on by Athletico

More and more health care providers are seeing an increase in “Boomeritis,” a term coined by Nicholas DiNubile in 1999, referring to the musculoskeletal injuries that the aging athlete in the baby boomer generation, 1946-1964, are experiencing. This group of athletes is the first generation to grow up exercising and continue exercising well into their 70s. The musculoskeletal injuries in Boomeritis include tendon, muscle, and ligament tears and stress fractures. While these injuries can happen at any age, physiologic changes with age make this generation more susceptible to developing these problems.

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3 Benefits of Standing at Work

Posted on by Tara Hackney, PT, DPT, OCS, KTTP

Did you know that sitting too much can be bad for your health? Those that sit much of the day have a higher risk of diabetes and heart disease. Unfortunately for many who work in an office setting, sitting much of the day is common. Therefore, standing desks and treadmill desks are becoming increasingly popular in the work setting. Many standing desks can convert from sitting to standing easily, so you can change your position throughout the day.

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From Exercises to Help COVID-19 Vaccine Soreness to Massage Guns: Top 10 Blogs of 2021

Posted on by Athletico

If you’re like us, you may find it hard to believe we have reached the end of the year! Like 2020, this past year was heavily influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vaccines were rolled out globally, and a few significant events, like the 2020 Summer Olympics, were hosted to make up for the year prior.

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Tips from a PT: How to Fall-Proof Your Home

Posted on by Kathleen Habschmidt PT, DPT

Unfortunately, thousands of older adults aged 65 and older sustain a fall each year. Many falls lead to injuries that vary in severity. Falls can happen anywhere, but the majority of them occur in the home. Our homes can be full of hidden hazards. One way to reduce you or a loved one’s risk of falling is to fall-proof your home. For elderly families that may be visiting during the upcoming holidays, these helpful tips can keep everyone safe.

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Is Home Therapy Right for Me?

Posted on by LeeAnn Hulteen, PT, Cert. MDT
  • Are you planning an elective surgery?
  • Do you have difficulty accessing rooms in your house or leaving your home due to an injury?
  • Is transportation to and from medical appointments difficult or inconsistent?
  • Do you have a busy schedule and find yourself canceling scheduled appointments?
  • Are you easily distracted by others around you or intimidated by equipment in a clinic setting?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, receiving physical or occupational therapy from an Athletico therapist in the privacy and comfort of your home is an excellent option for you.

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5 Ways to Improve Your Balance

Posted on by Brandon Bowers, PT, DPT, Astym Cert.

Balance is observed in many aspects of life. An elite running back, a waitress, and even Grandma Sally all need good balance. A running back uses balance to stay on his feet and avoid defenders, whereas a waitress uses balance to carry food and weave in between guests. Grandma Sally uses her balance to navigate the grocery store or to walk to her mailbox. Balance plays a crucial role in avoiding falling and completing tasks throughout the day.

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