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    Welcome!  PEAK Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation is built on the philosophy of delivering the best physical therapy to the patient by a professional physical therapist or physical therapy assistant with a continuum of care by the individual therapist or team from the initial patient evaluation to discharge.

    If you are looking for a physical therapy provider, we have a handful of reasons why to choose PEAK Physical Physical:

    1.  Hands-on Physical Therapy Care;

    2.  Consistent and constant supervision from the same provider;

    3.  Customized and specialized therapy for you;

    4.  The most innovative techniques and tools in the area:

    5.  Seamless progression from rehabilitation to fitness.

     

    Should you have any questions regarding physical therapy, please feel free to stop by, contact us via phone at 757-564-7381 or contact us via email.

     

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    “The first treatment is to teach the patient to avoid what harms them.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Karel Lewitt, MD

     

     

     


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    Fall Prevention during Winter Months

    By Jennifer Rhodes-Kropf, M.D.

    November 20, 2012
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    Let’s face it – winters can be tough. Months of frigid temperatures and heavy snow fall can make daily life difficult and isolation at home even more common for seniors. You can, however, safely maneuver through winter weather by realizing the high risk for falls during icy and snowy conditions and taking proper precautions.

    As a staff geriatrician for Hebrew SeniorLife, I regularly see injuries from falls during winter months and urge patients to be extra vigilant when outdoors during the winter season. Fractured ankles and broken hips (especially for those over 50) are two of the most common injuries and can mean lengthy, frustrating recovery periods for seniors.  

    Before attempting to shovel snow or rush out for that last errand before a storm, consider these tips for fall prevention.

    •  Focus on footwear: Rubber or neoprene soles, especially those with plenty of tread, provide better traction on snow and ice than   either leather or plastic soles, making them the best choice for fall prevention.
    •  Careful with cars: Many falls occur when exiting or entering vehicles. Always make sure your footing is clear when you get out of a car.
    • Beware of black ice: It’s just as slippery as regular ice, but difficult to see, making it a top winter safety concern. Stay on clear pathways or ones that have been treated with sand or salt.
    • Shovel safely: If you have to shovel, clear a level pathway to stand on so you won’t lose your balance.
    • Make winter safety a priority: Avoid rushing and allow yourself extra time to reach your destination safely. Avoid short-cuts through snow or over icy areas.

    Remember, falls can happen quickly, but lead to long-lasting injuries.

    Safety first!

    Thanksgiving Safety Tips

    Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. In fact, each year more than 4,000 fires occur on Thanksgiving Day. To help prevent home fires this Thanksgiving, the Red Cross suggests the following tips:

    • Keep potholders and food wrappers at least three feet away from heat sources while cooking
    • Wear tighter fitting clothing with shorter sleeves when cooking
    • Make sure all stoves, ovens, and ranges have been turned off when you leave the kitchen
    • Set timers to keep track of turkeys and other food items that require extended cooking times
    • Turn handles of pots and pans on the stove inward to avoid accidents
    • Follow all manufacturer guidelines regarding the appropriate use of appliances
    • After guests leave, designate a responsible adult to walk around the home making sure that all candles and smoking materials are extinguished

    Even with the best preparation and precautions, accidents can happen. Thanksgiving is high time for cooking related burns. Minor burns can be treated easily if you remember to save the butter for the rolls and not a burn. For a superficial burn, cool the area by running it under cold water until the heat eases and then loosely cover the burn with a sterile dressing. 

    Another danger that can interrupt a good turkey dinner is choking. The most common cause of choking is talking while eating. If you feel as if food may be caught in your throat, never leave the room, stay where others can see you and help if your airway becomes blocked.

    To help someone who is choking, remember “FIVE-and-FIVE Can Keep Them Alive.” First, ask the person if they are able to breathe and if you can help. Once you know the person is unable to cough, speak or breathe, have someone call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number, lean the person forward and give FIVE sharp back blows with the heel of your hand. If the obstruction isn’t dislodged, give the person FIVE quick, upward abdominal thrusts. If you are alone, you can perform abdominal thrusts on yourself, just as you would on someone else. Thrusts can also be administered by pressing your abdomen firmly against an object such as the back of a chair.

    Just because we get to take a break from dieting on Thanksgiving, does not mean we can throw caution to the autumn winds. Remember these suggestions and have a happy and safe holiday.

    Cold Weather Raises the Risk of Heart Attack

    THE FACTS

    Looking at the medical literature, it is easy to see that winter can be a dicey season for heart patients.

    Anahad O’Connor tackles health myths.

    Many studies, some going back decades, have documented climbing heart attack rates during the winter. Some refer to the phenomenon as the Christmas coronary. To what extent winter raises the risk is a matter of debate. But one large study, using data on hundreds of thousands of heart attacks documented in the National Registry of Myocardial Infarction, found that 53 percent more cases were reported in winter than in summer. A pattern of decreasing occurrence of cases from winter to fall to spring and then summer was found across gender, age and geographic area.

    The primary culprit, many believe, is temperature. Cold weather narrows arteries and raises blood pressure, stressing the heart. Physical strain and ruptured plaques caused by shoveling snow are also commonly cited.

    But in a recent study presented at an American Heart Association conference, two researchers, Dr. Bryan Schwartz and Dr. Robert Kloner, found that the risk increases even in warm climates. Analyzing death certificates in seven regions with different climates — Los Angeles, Texas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and others — they found that cardiovascular deaths rose up to 36 percent between summer and winter, regardless of climate and temperatures.

    Dr. Schwartz, a clinical cardiovascular fellow at the University of New Mexico, said a number of things may be involved, including the spread of influenza and other respiratory infections. Seasonal affective disorder stemming from fewer daylight hours, as well as less healthy eating and exercise habits around the winter holidays, may also play a role.

    THE BOTTOM LINE

    Heart attack rates climb in the winter, though cold weather may be just one of several reasons.