Happy Labor Day

The Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy

Smith Clinic Family,

Thank you so much for your loyalty through another month. We love how dedicated our patients are even after their treatment is complete. Over the last month, so many of you have dropped off homemade sweets and treats for our staff and we could not be more thankful for your generosity. Each of you means so much to us and adds joy to the clinic that no one else can. The Lord has been so gracious to bless us with patients who make coming to work every day an absolute blast!

"Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. Even if I am to be poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrificial offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all. Likewise, you also should be glad and rejoice with me." Phil. 2:14-18

Have you ever stopped to think about the impact your attitude can have on the people around you? We have the ability to choose whether we live a life filled with the joy of the Lord or muddle through, dragging everyone down around us. As Christians, we are called to be a light in the darkness. What better way to stand out in the midst of our culture than to be full of joy, even when the world around us is dark as night. Throughout this week, be aware of your attitude and notice the difference that occurs when you radiate God's glory, power, and hope due to the promise you have in Christ.

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How PT Can Help Patients Diagnosed with Covid-19 Recovery?

Patients that have experienced symptoms related to Covid-19 can display varying side effects after recovery. A physical therapist will assess the patient through an evaluation to determine their baseline and limitations following their illness. Following the virus, some limitations you might notice are decreased cardiovascular endurance, excessive fatigue, difficulty with deep breathing, decreased strength, joint pain, and balance. These ailments can translate into difficulty with returning to daily activities. Physical therapists can aid in improving the patient’s limitations and educate the patient to assist with return to their prior level of activity.

We have also seen patients that were not diagnosed with Covid-19 but are de-conditioned following inactivity over the past year. These patients will also benefit from physical therapy to improve restrictions and return to activity.

-Chris Markham, PT


Heat vs. Ice

Hot or Cold? This is the question we often get at the clinic and most of the time the answer is simple. If an injury is in the acute stage (14-21 days post-injury) it is better to use ice 2-3x/day for 10-20 mins. Once a person is past the acute stage, I recommend a combination of both ice and heat (heat in the morning, ice in the evening) until the injury is resolved. For chronic degenerative conditions, moist heat 10-20 mins as needed is usually the best option. Some people with chronic conditions prefer ice, which is fine as long as the ice is not left on too long or directly on the skin.

-Michal Smith, PT

Lillie Eats and Tells Recipe

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Andrea's Last Day

Don’t let these cute pictures and smiling faces fool you...we are so sad to see Andrea go but look forward to watching her shine in her new role. She has spent the last 16 years dedicated to making The Smith Clinic a place of joy while working hard behind the scenes to bring you the best care possible. Andrea has impacted each of us in more ways than she will ever know.

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