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Greetings to you all! I hope you have been enjoying this beautiful September in Indiana. I know I echo all of your thoughts, as my prayers go out to all those affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 
 
This month I'd like to discuss a new phenomena. I'd like to tell you about three patients who recently came to our clinic. The first patient came into our clinic limping. He had been competing in a state tennis championship and injured his calf. He is planning on playing in a Midwest regional next week. Patient number two came in limping with hopes to compete in an Ironman competition in a few weeks. Patient number three came in with their rotator cuff repaired with hopes to play in a golf tournament in three months. In the past, I would have been able to discuss these injuries with the high school or college athlete's coaches and parents. We would have decided that it was in the athlete's best interest to sit out and heal for their future. Unfortunately, these 3 cases are not high school or college athletes they are 55-70 year olds that will be competing regardless! Surprised? Don't be!
 
There is a new phenomenon occurring that I have not seen in my 35 years in physical therapy. More and more athletic adults (54-70 years of age) are acting like they are still in their young 20's and 30's. How could this be? What does this mean?
 
It means we are trying to help these older athletes heal from their injuries as quickly as possible. However, they are choosing to get back a little sooner than they should. They are not listening to experienced advice and the need to be more patient with their healing. They, like many of our high school athletes , are begging to get back to their athletic sports before they are ready. In the end, most will return a bit more injured than when they first came in for their physical therapy. All because they are not taking the advice that they would give their own children if they had the same injury.
 
Please don't get me wrong, I am glad we have such a young and fit group coming into McDonald Physical Therapy. At a time in life when some baby boomers are choosing to be sedentary and not care about eating healthy and exercising, we are seeing others choosing the opposite! I am excited and grateful by this mindset of staying young but I also would like for all of us to be a bit more sensible with our healing process. I speak from experience. I am 63 years old and it does take me longer to heal than when I was in my 20's, 30's and 40's. I had one injury in my knee when I was 38 years old. It took me six weeks to heal. I had the same exact injury in my other knee at 56 years old and it took me nine MONTHS to heal!!
 
Where am I going with this teaching moment? As we age we absolutely need to exercise to stay as independent as possible. We all need to exercise to be able to share in our children's, grandchildren's and hopefully great grandchildren's lives. We need to eat healthy and keep our emotional and spiritual life as consistent as possible. In saying all this we also need to be mindful of our bodies. While we can do all of the above with energy and passion , we must keep in mind that aging does happen and we have to treat our injuries with attention and respect as we age. Competition is a great motivator, but please don't let it overcome our main purpose for living and exercising, which is to share our lives with our loved ones in a healthy and balanced way.
 
If you need direction to a healthier life, please call and we will help you get started! 
 
Enjoy the Journey!
Fran


Health Information
    Recognizing Concussions in Student Athletes
    A concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury caused by a direct blow to the head, face, or neck. In the United States, an estimated 300,000 sports-related concussions occur annually.
    In high school gender-comparable sports, girls have a higher concussion rate than boys. Female athletes have also been shown to have a greater recovery time in postconcussion symptoms as compared to males.

    Signs of a Concussion

    Concussion symptoms usually appear within minutes of the injury; however, some symptoms may take several hours to occur. Any athlete who has lost consciousness during a sports-related impact should be examined for a concussion or a spine injury. A headache is the most common complaint of an athlete with a concussion. If you suspect your child has suffered a concussion, they may exhibit the following symptoms, which may worsen with stress or activity:
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Headache
    • Feeling in a "fog"
    • Difficulty remembering
    • Behavioral changes (irritability, rapid changes in mood, exaggerated emotions, aggressiveness, depression, decreased tolerance to stress, etc
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Difficulty with balance
    • Pupils that are enlarged or not equal in size
    • Double or blurred vision
    • Slurred speech
    • Difficulty falling asleep
    • Excessive drowsiness

    What to do if you suspect a concussion in an athlete:

    • Do not allow them to return to any sporting event. 
    • The athlete should be allowed to rest until there is a resolution of symptoms. This allows the brain to recover. Rest involves allowing time to sleep or take frequent naps. Minimizing distractions, such as television, Internet, reading, or phone use is important.  
    • It is unnecessary to wake the athlete up every hour. This disturbs sleep patterns, which can interfere with the healing process of the brain.
    • The athlete should avoid pain relievers, like aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications. These may increase the risk of bleeding in the brain.
    • The athlete should not be left alone following the injury. Symptoms should be monitored closely. If they worsen, the athlete may need to be evaluated in the emergency room to determine if a more serious brain injury exists.     


    **moveforewardpt.com article


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We are so grateful the Michiana area has trusted us with
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