Positive Attitude + Physical Therapy - Back Pain = Wellness

Patient of the Month

Meet Mark, our May 2015 patient of the month! Mark is someone who exemplifies the power of a positive attitude amidst life's challenges. He not only brings enthusiasm to every session, but he is one of the funniest people I have met. He literally has the entire clinic laughing by the time he leaves. As a doctor, I most appreciate Mark's ability to receive and apply the information we discuss. I know that he will really utilize the knowledge and skills he's learned in therapy as he moves forward. It was a true pleasure to support Mark in his journey towards wellness! 

In his Own Words…

Three Words That Describe You:  

Artistic - Amiable - Altruistic

What brought you to PT? Word of mouth recommendation along with a bulging disk that prevented me from doing movements that I took for granted.

How have you benefitted from PT? Mentally, I realized how important a daily regimen is. Physically, I recognize and understand how important core strength is as well as balance. All in all, I now realize how important it is to keep moving and not become complacent or sedentary ever.

What would you say to someone with the same injury?

I would (of course) recommend Iron PT to anyone I come across who is suffering. Actually I already have. In the 3 months that I have been a patient, I have seen many different injuries or ailments come through the door that needed resolution. For example, my wife was a patient for her painful wrist. Now, she not only has no pain, but also knows what she did wrong that created the situation and strives to implement the corrective measures learned at Iron PT. So at Iron, you not only get pain relief, but also get educated on top of it…a win/win in my book.

What are you most excited about getting back to?

I am excited to get back to the links. I drove 20 or so practice balls the other day pain free. I’m just excited to get out of bed and stand without much pain anymore, and of course I will use all of the education I learned going forward.

Snow Removal Safety Tips!

Shoveling is sno’ joke!

Winter is upon us! Here are some tips to keep you safe and pain free!

1) Warm up for about 10 minutes. Get your blood moving with a brisk  walk, marching in place or other full-body movement. Also include some upper and lower body stretching.

2) Wear shoe chains and watch your step as you go down the slippery stairs to begin shoveling.Many people get hurt before they even begin.

3) Choose the correct shovel. Nothing too big/small or too heavy.

4) Shovel early and often so snow does not become too heavy.

5) Make sure you can see what you are shoveling. Do not let a scarf or hat hide your vision.

6) Watch out for uneven surfaces or icy patches.

7) Push, rather than lift, the snow when possible.

8) Use proper lifting technique including a focus on using your legs to lift the shovel, not your back. 

9)  Do not twist your back or upper body.

10) Do not throw snow over your shoulder.

11) Push 3 times to the Left, then 3 times to the Right.

12) Pace yourself and rest frequently.

13) If your doctor has told you not to lift or shovel, then LISTEN! Ask a neighbor/local kid for help or hire a snow removal service. It's NOT worth doing further damage to an injury!!

Snowblower Safety:

1) Be aware of where the cord is so you don't trip.

2) Never put your hands in the snowblower.

3) Walk slowly and carefully and have a firm hold on the machine.

4) Watch out for any uneven surfaces of icy patches.

How do you keep the snow from giving you cold feet? 

Don't go around BRRfooted! : ))

Marnie Wortman

Marnie Wortman

By Dr. Marnie Wortman, DPT, ART, CF-L1

How To Save Your Back with Safe Holiday Lifting!

Save Your Back with Safe Lifting

ow does Santa deliver gifts to over 365,000 children per minute and with no back pain?  

He lifts correctly and safely!

Before you lift the object, think about where you need it to go

If you are lifting from the floor, kneel with one foot on the floor or squat down

Never lean over at the waist and pull!

Keep it close!

Keep your back straight, don’t round!

Use your leg muscles, not your back

Move slowly and controlled, don’t twist!

If you have to turn, move your feet, not your waist

Slowly place the object down, keeping your back straight

When in doubt, ask an elf or two for help!

Stay safe!

Marnie Wortman

Marnie Wortman

By Dr. Marnie Wortman, DPT, ART, Cert.MDT, CKTP