NOVEMBER  2017      

Hello again loyal readers! My apologies for the missing October newsletter. We had a little glitch in our giddy-up but we are back! I really appreciate all of you who realized we missed the October issue and asked for it. If there is anything specific you would like to see in our newsletters, please email me.

This month's topic is PAIN & CHRONIC PAIN. (Nobody likes either of them!)    

9 Things You Should Know About Pain
man with back pain
1. Pain is output from the brain. While we used to believe that pain originated within the tissues of our body, we now understand that pain does not exist until the brain determines it does. The brain uses a virtual "road map" to direct an output of pain to tissues that it suspects may be in danger. This process acts as a means of communication between the brain and the tissues of the body, to serve as a defense against possible injury or disease.
2. The degree of injury does not always equal the degree of pain. Research has demonstrated that we all experience pain in individual ways. While some of us experience major injuries with little pain, others experience minor injuries with a lot of pain (think of a paper cut).
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Gail Molloy & Renee Johnson Speak at AAOMPT in Salt Lake City
Gail and Renee presented at the American Academy of Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapists (AAOMPT) in October in Salt Lake City. 


Their presentation was titled "The Triaxial function of the Radio-Ulnar joints and its relationship to Osteoarthritis of the first CMC*"
regarding o ne of the leading culprits in the development of osteo-
arthritis is mechanical overloading (catchy title huh?). This session described the loading effect of normal and abnormal radio-ulnar and carpal mechanics that lead to destructive forces at the first CMC joint of the thumb. 

*CMC=carpometacarpal
Jenn Berry Pushes for Change
Jenn attended the State Policy and Payment Forumn in Detroit with representatives from states across the country. Participants discussed challenges faced by the profession at the state level given that our Practice Acts and licenses are administered by the state as opposed to the federal government.  One of the big issues discussed was the regulation of dry needling and currently there are several states that are facing lawsuits similar to what we are seeing in Colorado.  

Jenn is also chair of the Sunset Task force for the Colorado APTA chapter.  The task force will be working closely with DORA and the government affairs committee to pass the Sunset bill this coming legislative session.  This is the bill that regulates what Physical Therapists can do under PT licenses and how PTs are allowed to treat patients.  
HELEN PH ITSTER AND CHRONIC PAIN
Helen Phitser is a 44-year-old woman (and a cousin of Phit Pickle) who has been experiencing low back pain for the past 4 years. She first noticed the pain after she lifted a heavy object. Helen didn't seek help for her pain when it first occurred; it has now become a chronic pain condition. She has had to quit her job.

Helen lives alone in her apartment. She worries about paying her rent and no longer goes out except to keep her medical appointments.  Helen finally seeks help for her chronic  pain,  and is referred to an orthopedic physical therapist specializing in low back pain.

 
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QUOTE OF THE MONTH


CLINIC NEWS
Staff Birthdays in October

Stella Agnes - Oct 11
Gail Molloy - Oct 17
Josh Orton - Oct 28
Staff Birthdays This Month

Jenn Berry - Nov 3

5 QUESTIONS FOR JOSH ORTON - NEWEST PT AT PTIS

1. Where are you originally from - Where did you grow up, brothers, sisters? 
I was born in Canada and moved to Michigan when I was about one and lived there for 17 years. I have one sister who is two years older than me.
2. What brought you to Colorado? I wanted to be close to my family (parents and sister live in the Springs) and I have always loved the active lifestyle of Colorado.
3. What are some of your hobbies? I like hiking, skiing, golfing, watching sports, camping, and working out
4. Favorite book? Mastery by Robert Greene
5. Favorite quote? "Don't take life too seriously, you'll never get out alive." Elbert Hubbard


PHIT IN THE KITCHEN - AVOCADO TOAST

If you love avocados, you will love this EASY breakfast, lunch or dinner option.  This is the basic version but there are many variations out there if you want to get a little crazy. Personally, I like the avocado topped only with a little olive oil and sea salt. Click here for the recipe.
 
PHITNESS CALENDAR
TAI CHI CLASS
TUESDAYS @ 11:00-12:00 pm at Pearl clinic STARTING AUGUST 8TH.
INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know. We can do that!

FMS EVALUATIONS
The FMS (Functional Movement Screen) looks at fundamental movements, motor control within movements, and a competence of basic movement patterns. Its job is to determine movement deficiency and uncover asymmetry.

MESSAGE FROM GAIL, BEV AND BOB
We appreciate your support and business throughout the last 20+ years. We hope to keep helping you stay active for all your  WORK. SPORT. PLAY. for another 20+ years.

Sincerely,
Gail Molloy, Beverly Parrott & Robert Letendre
and all the staff at  Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists
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