Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute 
Sports Medicine
February 2016
In This Issue
Walk the Walk
We love that our staff is as active as they are. It helps to show our patients that our staff's understanding comes from a place of actually doing not just hearing. 

Michael Frigo- 
Sports Medicine Clinical Manager, PT Tech, Track, Snowboard
(Pictured bottom left)

This winter I had  the  opportunity to hit  the  slopes and make some great memories with friends.  I love to get out and find new adventures and ways to explore nature.  Snowboarding and skiing are one of my favorite winter activities and I make an effort to get to  the   mountains every year.  Over  the  last few years I have improved a lot but I still make sure to take precautions to prevent injury.  With snowboarding,   the  most common injury is a broken wrist and I had the   displeasure of breaking mine on my first trip.  A word to  the  wise, wrist guards are very easy to find and wear and make a big difference.

Read more of how our staff Walks the Walk in our upcoming newsletters!
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Community Corner

Share Your Soles Shoe Drive

For the entire month of February we will be collecting gently worn and like new shoes for the charity Share Your Soles!  Both Burr Ridge and Naperville locations have collection boxes, so stop by and donate to a great cause!


Congrats to Naperville Running Co.

Naperville Running Company was named one of the 50 best running stores in the nation for the 9th year in a row!  Keep doing amazing things NRC!


EndureIt! Ride and Tie

Sunday, April 26th

Ride and Tie is a sport combining running, riding, endurance and strategy!   Teams consist of two runners and one bike who complete a 4 or 8 mile trail course by "leapfrogging" one another.  For more information or to sign up please visit their registration page.


Run the Ridge 5K/1K
 Saturday, June 4th

Run the Ridge 5K and 1K Run/Walk is organized by Right Fit Sport Fitness Wellness, and designed for runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels.  

Join over 600 race participants in the 12th year of this 5K/1K community event.  All net proceeds from both runs will benefit ProActive Kids (PAK), an organization assisting with childhood obesity.

 For more information or to sign up please visit their  registration page.


Congrats to MFC Sports Performance!

MFC Sports Performance was chosen as a finalist for the Darien Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award!  Keep being A Force To Be Reckoned With!


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Athlete Spotlight
Dave Grady
by Stephen Miwa
Husband, fireman, triathlete, CrossFit athlete, and powerlifter- how many people in this world can say that they are all of those?   I know only one - Dave Grady. 

Growing up in a small town, Dave always pictured his options for college being between three choices: business school, medical school, or law school.  He decided to go for business and marketing.  Upon graduation, Dave went to work in corporate America, and he hated it.  "Every single day, I looked out over a sea of cubicles and thought about how unfulfilling it was," says Grady.  He met a fireman through one of his friends who told Dave many stories about the profession.  That's when he decided to give firefighting.  Dave wanted to do more than just increase the profits of large corporations. He wanted to make a real difference in people's lives.   "Most people die when they are 25, and they aren't buried until they are 80."  Grady continues, referencing people's complete career fulfillment, "That wasn't going to be me."  In 2009, Dave became a fireman in Bellwood, IL, and in 2014 he moved to Cicero, IL where he has been ever since.

Photo by Larry Shapiro

Not a day goes by without excitement, anticipation, and camaraderie- whether at the firehouse or the gym.  He explains that he works in 24 hour shifts- starting and ending at 7:30am.  The morning starts by checking all the gear.  From coats, pants, and helmets to air packs, hoses, and trucks.  Then, a cook for the shift is designated.  "Firemen usually eat pretty well, but I like to make sure that I take care of myself."  Because of this, he tells me that he volunteers to be the cook most of the time, getting to choose healthy and well-balanced meals that allow him to continue to live a healthy and strong lifestyle.  Department training follows lunch.  This can be anything from classroom work to setting a fire in the training building.  Once afternoon training is complete, there is time to work out and then dinner after that.  "You can plan anything you want: your meal, your workout; the rest of your evening, but then you get a call and you can be out for any length of time."  Grady continues, "No day is ever the same which is the exact opposite of the corporate world, and I love that unpredictability."

Dave picked up rugby, MMA, and jiu-jitsu in college, but decided to stop doing them when he got on the fire department due to the higher injury rates.  That's when, on half a dare from one of his friends, Dave leapt into the endurance sports world. It began by signing up for the Chicago marathon having never ran more than 3 miles.  Before he had even run the marathon, another friend of his convinced him to sign up for an Ironman race on the 10th anniversary of September 11th, in 2011.  He had never completed a lap in a pool and he did not own a bike, but he signed up.  A couple weeks after signing up for the Ironman, Dave ran the Chicago marathon.  He was floored by how hard it was.  Dave recalls his thoughts after finishing the race and thinking about his upcoming Ironman, "I have to do that AFTER biking 112 miles and swimming 2.4 miles?!?"  Luckily, Dave ran into a guy on the train who was wearing an Ironman hat, and that man introduced him to some coaches in the city.  "They made it dummy proof," Dave tells me about his coaches.  "Every workout was planned, and all I had to do was follow that plan.  That got me through to race day."
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Q&A with Dr. Paul Bishop 

  Paul Bishop, DPM

Q) How and why did you decide to choose your specialization?
A) Ive always been fascinated with surgery, and medicine in general. I really enjoy being able to fix things, and make them more permanent solutions to a problem. So many things in medicine are chronic in nature and never really get resolved. I enjoy trauma, surgery, things that I can fix and return someone to a more normal life. Foot and ankle surgery patients are usually very motivated to feel better and get back to life, I really get a lot of satisfaction helping that process.

Q) What sets you apart from others in your field?
A) I try hard to stay abreast of new techniques, procedures and surgical innovations that are coming out every say. I lecture and teach other surgeons and medical device people, which helps me to stay sharp, studied and helps me to stay up to date. I am helping to design surgical instrumentation for a specific type of bunionectomy that I think has the chance to revolutionize the procedure. I have additional fellowship training in trauma and reconstructive surgery and Illizarov surgery (limb lengthening and deformity correction) which is not very common in the field of Podiatry. I travel outside of the USA to do charity surgery on children and adults. Some of the deformities we approach are not commonly seen in the USA and it allows me to expand my surgical and patient treatment knowledge base beyond the typical clinic setting. I'm a triathlete! So I think I really "GET" the athletes injury and mindset in returning to full performance!

Q) In what ways do you vary your treatment for different segments of the population (athletes, dancers, general
A) Even between athletes things can be different. I think setting a treatment plan, realistic goals and
expectations can make the experience better for the patient and myself. If youre not up front with an athlete especially, then there can be a disconnect in treatment which doesnt help anyone. Also having an understanding on the level the person is and and what they are expecting to return to are important.

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5 Exercises to Improve Posture  

Lindsey Rose, PT, DPT, ART-Cert.
Sports Medicine Physical Therapist
Performing Arts Medicine Outreach

There are several ways that posture is being negatively affected in our daily lives. Desk jobs, heavy school backpacks, texting, and overall increased screen time have all contributed to this widespread problem. More frequently we are seeing patients of all ages with back and neck pain due to poor posture.  Years ago, we took more frequent breaks and allowed ourselves more vertical time for our head, neck and upper spine to be aligned.
Posture's effects on us are mental (confidence), communication (perceived confidence), injury prevention (poor posture leading to many potential issues), and diagnosis-based (scoliosis, impingement, referred pain in neck and arms, etc.).  Having proper alignment leads to people not only feeling better about themselves, but portraying this feeling to others in non-verbal communication as well- whether in the workplace, personal relationships, or others.

There are many factors that are associated with proper posture, originating from the head all the way to the ankles. Any sort of deviation can put excess stress on one part of the body, leading to overuse and, ultimately, pain. In this article we have chosen to highlight a few specific corrective exercises for rounded shoulders and forward head posture, whether these issues stem from increased screen time (reading on a tablet or texting), or from poor desk setup in the workplace.
Read Lindsey's entire article including exercises to help your posture.


Lindsey is available for scheduling out of our Naperville Clinic:

1315 Macom Dr Suite 105
Naperville, IL 60564
630 369 8585

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Achieve Orthopedic Rehab Institute - Sports Medicine