As we transition to another year, think about if you would rather treat your pain with physical therapy or opioids. And as always, interesting stuff follows.
Study: Early Physical Therapy for Neck Pain Associated With Lower Imaging Rates, Opioid Prescriptions, and Overall Cost
In findings on neck pain that echo the results of similar studies on low back pain, researchers have identified an association between early consultation with a physical therapist (PT) and lower rates of opioid prescription, imaging, and injections. Those lower-use rates contributed to significant cost savings over a 1-year study period compared with patients who waited 90 days or more before seeing a PT, according to the study's authors.
Physical Therapy Helps College Student Control Pain, and Avoid Opioids
When she was 23, Morgan broke her big toe and it was placed in a cast. She expected a quick recovery, but nearly a week later she was still experiencing severe pain. Unable to tolerate the restriction of the cast, she had it removed.
Two weeks after the injury, her foot was still discolored and swollen, and she was experiencing an intense burning pain. "I was terrified, I did not understand how a broken toe could cause this much pain," she said.
One afternoon, while taking a shower, her foot turned purple and the pain became so unbearable, it caused Morgan to pass out. She was taken to the emergency room, where she was given a referral to see a neurologist.
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DENVER RESCUE MISSION DONATION CHALLENGE
It was another fantastic year for all of us to make donations to the Denver Rescue Mission. Bev took over all the donations (183 hygiene packs) on Dec 24th and DRM was extremely grateful. Thank you for your support during this holiday season.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH
What can you do today that you were not capable of 12 months ago?
Staff Birthdays This Month
January 22 - Beverly Parrott
January 25 - Bridget DeWitt
PHIT IN THE KITCHEN - Ranch Pork Chop Sheet Pan Supper
Ree Drummond's never steered us wrong, especially when it comes to family-friendly meals. Her sheet pan supper is fast, delicious and super easy - the entire thing is seasoned with just one pack of ranch dressing mix!
Tai Chi class is returning to Pearl Street! Heather Lee will be teaching the class on Mondays s from 11:00-12:00. $15 per person per class. Sign up early to ensure you get your spot!
INDIVIDUAL TRX INSTRUCTION
If you would feel more comfortable with a one-on-one session, just let us know.
We can do that!
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.
SOMETHING GOOD -
This man donated 200,000 miles to strangers so they can go home for the holidays
Peter Shankman travels for a living, giving speeches around the country. The last thing he wants to do in his free time is travel from his home in New York.
So for the fifth year in a row, Shankman is donating hundreds of thousands of miles to people in need - those who can't afford to buy a flight, but want to be with sick loved ones during the holidays, or a parent who wants to see a faraway child.
Shankman posts his contest on the social media site Imgur, and other Imgur users vote for winners of Shankman's miles. After the initial year of the giveaway, other travelers started seeing
Shankman's posts on Imgur and began donating their miles to his contest, multiplying the gift.
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.
Gail Molloy, Beverly Parrott & Robert Letendre
and all the staff at Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists