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Physical Therapy & Injury Specialists



July 2011

In This Issue
Preventing ACL Injury
6Qs: John Fainsan, PT & Salsa Dancer
Think About It...
Clinic News
Staying Active Tip - Proper Lifting Techniques
Earn a Free Massage



Welcome to STAYING ACTIVE, the newsletter that helps promote health and wellness. We hope you enjoy the topics we present. 



knee treatment

An anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, injury is a tear in one of the knee ligaments that joins the upper leg bone with the lower leg bone. The ACL keeps the knee stable.


Physical therapists at PTIS recommend that athletes perform a series of exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and coordination, as well as to counteract incorrect existing patterns of movement that may be damaging to their joints. These movement patterns may put them at greater risk for injuring their ACL. Read more...


6 QUESTIONS for John Fainsan, Physical Therapist & Salsa Dancer  

John F

1.What brought you to Colorado? 

I'm from Yonkers NY, a town just north of NYC. My wife and I came here for a wedding in 2005 and fell in love with the mountains. We were finally able to move out in late 2007 after a lot of planning.

2.What made you decide to become a physical therapist? 
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an astronaut. In high school, my friend needed a ride to his physical therapy appointment. I gave him a ride and went with him to his appointment and liked what I saw. I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, I just didn't know where. Also, I am really into fitness, so physical therapy was a good fit.

3.What are your hobbies? 

I have a few. I love snowboarding in the winter time. My favorite place is Blue Sky Basin in Vail. 


I also like to dance. I dance Salsa and have recently started learning Lindy Hop Swing. I think everyone should know how to dance. I think it's a life skill that everyone should know, especially men. For men, it teaches you how to treat a lady properly. 


The big hobby that takes up most of my time is Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. It's a grappling martial art that employs a lot of strategy. I love the physicality of jiu jitsu. It's made me tough both physically and mentally. It lets me know what I'm made of. It has also taught me to problem solve quickly in response to changing situations. 


4.What or who motivates you?
My co-workers motivate me. It's such an honor to work with accomplished and talented people. They say that steel sharpens steel. Working side by side with them makes me a better therapist. I learn something new everyday. I feel like I'm part of a dream team.


5.What is your favorite place in Colorado or the world?
I've travelled some and there's too many to name. I love Gimmelwald, Switzerland, it's like a postcard everywhere you look. I love Barcelona, Spain it's a very vibrant city with great art and food.  Cinque Terre in Italy has great hiking and reminds me of how simple life can be. Monteverde, Costa Rica is a great place to be one with nature. 

6. What's one thing most people don't know about you that they would find shocking? 
I was a 5th grade spelling bee champ in my school and I beat out all the 6th graders.  

Exercise programs developed by Physical Therapists can reduce an athlete's risk of injury by 41%.


PTs Attended Weekend Retreat 

All the physical therapists at PTIS spent a weekend together at Winter Park discussing patient care, health and wellness initiatives and learning to do the perfect plank. 


Heather Lee is riding in the Courage Classic again this year

The Courage Classic is a three day 150+ mile bike ride through Copper Mountain, Breckenridge, Frisco, Leadville and Vail. It is a fundraiser for Children's Hospital of Denver. Heather's riding team is called Summits for Samantha. Summits for Samantha was formed three years ago in honor of her friend's daughter, Samantha. Samantha had mitochondrial disorder/dysfunction/disease. Tragedy struck last year when Samantha passed away suddenly just after her 4th birthday, and a week before the 2010 Courage Classic.


New Staff

Kaylee Williams is our newest staff member. Kaylee is from Sheridan, Wyoming where she attended the University of Wyoming and received her BS in Kinesiology. Kaylee has future plans to go to PT school. Please welcome her to the Pearl Street clinic.

Improper lifting technique can cause neck, shoulder and back pain and possibly even more serious injuries. Learning the proper way to lift will help you minimize the risk of pain and injury. 
  • Plan ahead before lifting heavy objects. Make sure you have a clear path. This will help you avoid any awkward or sudden movements that can strain your muscles.
  • Test an object's weight before lifting by pushing it with your foot. If it seems too heavy, ask for help.
  • Lift with your legs, not with your back. Don't lean over an object to lift it. Face the object you intend to lift and avoid twisting. Instead, stand close to the object, bend your legs and keep your back straight, then lift.
  • Keep feet shoulder-width apart and maintain your balance by distributing the object's weight equally on both sides of your body.
  • If a back injury does occur, seek help from a physical therapist. What starts as a minor back injury can progress to a chronic condition without early intervention. 

Did you know that every time you refer your friends and family to us you receive rewards and if you refer in 5 new patients you can earn a FREE half hour massage! Referrals of your friends and family are the highest compliment a therapist can receive from a patient. We want to thank all of our loyal patients for your continued support over the past 21 years!

Thank you for your interest in health and wellness. We believe Staying Active is important for WORK.SPORT.LIFE. 

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