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Blue Hills Sports & Spine's Monthly Newsletter
September 2017                                                                                   Issue # 79
Back To School...Back To Backpack Safety.

Every year around this time, kids are getting their new backpacks (or maybe even their first backpacks!). Before you send them out the door, make sure that they have one that is the right size and that they are wearing them correctly.  Improper backpack use can cause injury, especially to children with young, growing muscles and joints. A study led by APTA member Shelley Goodgold, PT, associate professor of physical therapy at Simmons College in Boston, found that 55 percent of the children surveyed carried backpack loads heavier than 15 percent of their body weight, which is considered the maximum safe weight for children recommended by most experts.
A heavy load may also cause stress or compression to the shoulders and arms. When nerves are compressed, the child may experience tingling or numbness in the arms. To make sure you have the right fit, click here for a handout that shows the proper fit and gives good recommendations. 

You Don't Have To Suffer With Veritgo! 

Every year, millions of people in the United States develop vertigo , which is a sensation that you or your surroundings are spinning.The sensation can be very disturbing and has been shown to increase the risk of falling. If you've been diagnosed with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), you're not alone! At least 9 out of every 100 older adults are affected, making it one of the most common types of episodic vertigo. The good news is that BPPV is very treatable. At Blue Hills Sports & Spine, we have Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants trained to treat BPPV in our Boston, Braintree and Weymouth locations. Your physical therapist will use unique tests to confirm vertigo, and use special exercises and maneuvers to help. 

The signs and symptoms of BPPV usually last less than a minute and they may come and go or even disappear for a period of time, and then recur. Movement of the head causes most of the signs and symptoms of BPPV, which may include:
  • Dizziness
  • A sense that you or your surroundings are spinning or moving (vertigo)
  • A loss of balance or unsteadiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
If this sounds like you, or someone you know, have them contact one of our offices to help them get rid of these symptoms and back to their life again!

We Need Your Help Making Up Our Minds...

On a pretty regular basis, we get asked by patients if there was a way they could come in just to get "stretched out" every now and then...especially our tight runners! Additionally, many of our Spine Program graduates ask if we have a program to let them keep on coming for guided exercise, even after they are ready to do it on their own. 

In the past, our answer has been "no" to these questions, but we are thinking about expanding to some "self pay" programs for those that are interested. We have a quick four question survey (that is anonymous) to help us decide if these are services we really should think about adding. Please take 20 seconds to click on the picture above and answer our quick survey. Thanks in advance for your help!

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