March Newsletter
What's New at Patterson PT??
We have decided to start a monthly newsletter keeping our clients up to date on our success relative to PT clinics around the country, current success stories, staff features, healthy eating recipes, and tips on avoiding injuries. This issue features:

- How does Patterson PT Compare to the rest of the country??

- Ellen Huddleston and her road to recovery and fitness at Patterson PT

- Which Staff Member grew up in Texas?

- Healthy Recipes for the family

- Tips on how to improve core strength and prevent back pain!

Vote for Patterson PT in the Severna Park Voice's Best Of Contest! Vote by CLICKING HERE

Join our NCAA Basketball pool!  Entries must be in  Thursday  AM.  Mike is sure he will win. Let’s prove him wrong! Winner gets a free Patterson PT shirt and gets to host happy hour. No really...... winner gets a gift certificate to Park Tavern and a free T shirt!  OR better yet 5 free FIT CLUB sessions

    Fun Fact!

-Having back pain? Patterson PT has been able to improve functional outcome measures for back pain by an average of almost 50% compared to only 42% nationally! Come see us for your back pain! 
Where are they now?? Featuring: Ellen Huddleston
 Q&A with Patterson PT client Ellen Huddleston:

What first brought you to Patterson PT? 
I came to Patterson because my orthopedic doctor, Dr. James MacDonald, recommended Patterson because Beth Patterson used to work in the rehab department of practice and he thought highly of her and the entire practice-- and he knew I lived in Severna Park and it would be convenient for me. I remembered Beth from rehab I did in MacDonald's office after a much earlier injury and surgery.

What are you up to now? 
I enjoy traveling and discovering new places.  I also enjoy gardening and spending time with my two grandchildren; they live locally and are loads of fun. I'm a retired school librarian so I have to say I enjoy reading, too!

How did Patterson PT help get you to where you are now?
The therapists at Patterson were great at finding and adjusting specific, different exercises and treatments that helped me achieve my flexibility and strength goals. 

How about your new knees?
Other than setting off airport scanners I'v enjoyed every aspect of my two new knees.  I'm back to taking long walks, participating in Jazzercise many times a week, and jump into activities on my trips in U.S. and abroad that I would have previously avoided.  On a trip to the Mediterranean in September, my friend inadvertantly signed us up for a hike up Mt. Vesuvius as part of our tour of Pompeii. Despite the steep incline I actually enjoyed it. Of course steam was not only coming out of the volcano crater but my scalp... I also walked down the bell tower at Cathedral Sagrada Famili in Barcelona and walked and walked and walked everywhere. There is no way I would have been able to do any of that  pre-surgeries. No pain!  I hiked in Yosemite, Sedona, Zion and other national parks in October.  As you can tell my recovery has been life-changing.  I feel decades younger.

What is your favorite thing about coming to Patterson PT?
I appreciate the smaller, warm, family feel of the Patterson PT.  I felt that I was a valued partner in my rehabilitation working together with the therapists. All of the office staff was friendly, concerned and accommodating!
Get to know Physical Therapist LYNN KITZMILLER
Click  HERE  to get to know Lynn and what she loves about working at Patterson PT!

In addition to being certified in aquatic physical therapy, Lynn is also working on her Parkinson-specific Physical Therapy certification.
Call 410-647-1961 TODAY to learn more about our Parkinson-specific rehabilitation. 

Did you know??
Here are some Quick Tips to help improve your core strength which may improve back pain:

1. Start simple: Deep Core Contraction - view more images here
- Lay on your back with your knees bent and feet flat
- Find the front of your hip bone and lay two fingers just an inch or two to the inside of that bone
- Engage your core like you're putting on a tight pair of pants - you should feel a band of muscle tighten underneath your fingers
- Hold for 5-10s, repeat x10

2. Add Movement - view more images here
- Once you are able to complete Part 1, add arm movements or marching in place to challenge yourself - see pictures below!
- Then try bridging with your core engaged - see pictures below!

3. Try it with everyday activities!
- Challenge yourself to engage your core while brushing your teeth, washing the dishes, or even driving!

CLICK HERE to view more core exercises that aid in spinal stabilization
Healthy Eating Recipes for the Family

Turkey Chilli Taco Soup
Perfect to feed a family!

Zucchini Lasagna
Looking for a healthy, gluten free alternative to pasta?
Quote of the Month:
"My ability is stronger than my disability." - Lauren Parker