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Seven Sledding Safety Tips

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

Sledding is a fun and common winter activity. However, it can lead to injuries if you are not careful. Sleds can travel at fast speeds over ice and snow. More than 20,000 kids younger than 19 are treated for injuries related to sledding each year. The most common injury seen from sledding is head injuries. Before you and your little ones head to the hills, here are seven tips to help keep you safe.

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The Ground Connection: Why You Should Be Aware of Your Foot

Posted on by Matthew Klayman, PT, DPT, OCS, Cert. DN

26 bones, 33 joints, and over one hundred small muscles and tendons; and that’s just one of them. The human foot is one of the more intricate and fascinating parts of the human body. Our feet act as the sole connection from our bodies to the earth below. We rely heavily on our feet to guide us through our day and allow us to participate in all the activities we enjoy.

The foot is almost always active. Every time we contact the ground, our feet need to respond to our environment. So why should we care about our feet if we’re not experiencing any pain or discomfort?

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Hand Therapist Approved Work from Home Stretches

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

Co-author: Nicole Kertz, OTS

With more people working from home in the New Year due to COVID-19, there has been an increase in work related injuries. You don’t have to be a heavy manufacturing or construction worker to have work related injuries. Oftentimes, repetitive motions, staying in the same position, and poor posture can cause work related injuries. Desk jobs for example, consist of staying in the same, often seated, position with repetitive motions like typing.

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4 Ways to Prevent Holiday-Related Injuries

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT

The holidays are here! Though things might be a little different this year, many people will still partake in activities like a holiday-related virtual 5K, friendly game of football, decorating your house or going on an annual family ski vacation.

Whatever the plans are, here are some tips to prevent holiday-related injuries and enjoy the time with your family and friends.

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Tips to Avoid Cold Weather Injuries

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

As the cold weather sets in, it’s important to take precautions to avoid injuries due to freezing temperatures. In this blog, we’ll discuss some of the most well-known cold weather injuries as told by our Hand Therapy experts as well as tips to avoid them.

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5 Ways to Prevent Slips & Falls This Winter

Posted on by Malvika Sampath, PT, DPT

The leaves have dropped and cooler temperatures are setting in. Due to COVID-19, more people will be inclined to be outside, even in the cold. This can come with some risks due to changing weather conditions. According to the CDC, one out of every five falls causes an injury and for the 65+ population, falling is the leading cause of injury and death within this age group. Given these stats, it is important to take some precautions to keep you safe outside.

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Stretch for Success: 10 Exercises & Stretches To Help Improve Your Posture

Posted on by Michael K. Glynn, PT, DPT

Working from home has been a major change in many people’s life during 2020. One of the downsides may be the increased sedentary time. Unless you have committed to a daily exercise routine, you may lose activities such as walking to your car and walking into the office, doing a flight of stairs to get in your building, or rushing over to a meeting down the hall. With winter on the way, it may be even more difficult to get in a walk outside at lunch. Here are ten stretches and activities that you can do to improve posture throughout the day, increase your activity level, and decrease pain from constantly sitting.

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Winter is Coming: How to Avoid Slips & Spills

Posted on by Brianna Brackin, PT, DPT

It’s that time of year yet again, where fall turns the outdoors into a blustery obstacle course for many of us living in the Midwest. Despite popular belief, it is not only the elderly who are at increased risk for falls in the winter. One study shows that the working-age population was the leading group with emergency department visits for fall-related injuries in the winter months of 2006-2011. We all need to be mindful of the weather and increased risks for falls that come with snow, ice and windy weather. According to the CDC, approximately 1 million Americans are injured annually as the result of falling on ice and snow, with 17,000 of these injuries resulting in fatality. The best way to avoid becoming a statistic is to reduce risky behavior and be proactive. To do just that, here are some Physical Therapist-approved tips for preventing falls this winter.

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