October 2013



Nothing sidelines your workouts like nagging knee pain. Or worse, a torn ACL or meniscus. Sometimes surgery is inevitable, and unless you're Adrian Peterson, recovery can be excruciatingly slow, not to mention spendy, and there's always a chance you won't return to full fighting form. So here's something to consider before going under the knife: A new study published in the 'New England Journal of Medicine' in March found that physical therapy is just as effective as surgery for healing meniscal tears or mild to moderate knee osteoarthritis.


Researchers assigned 351 people to either a surgery or physical therapy group with the condition that if those getting physical therapy didn't feel it was working, they could switch over and get surgery. Some patients went that route within the first six months, but even so, as a whole, after six to 12 months, both groups saw surprisingly similar results. The people who received physical therapy recovered just as well as the surgery patients, yet they got to skip the invasive procedure and crazy-high costs.


Of course, every case is different, but according to Dr. Edward Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minnesota, many types of knee injuries tend to be treatable without surgery, including MCL, PCL, and cartilage tears. However, Laskowski says ACLs, once torn, don't knit back together very well, so if you play aggressive, high-impact sports such as football, reconstruction may be the best bet. "But even if you're an avid swimmer or cyclist, you might do fine without surgery, since those sports don't require as much ACL use," he explains.


As a general rule, Laskowski says if you're experiencing major pain but can move your leg, consider physical therapy first. "If you have good range of motion, physical therapy may very well settle down the symptoms over time," he says.


Set up an appointment today to see how Physical Therapy can help you avoid surgery


How Fit is Your Mind? Test Your Knowledge of the Human Body
What do you know about your body? This month, the challenge is to test your knowledge of yourthe human body. Bring in your correct answers to the following questions at your next appointment and receive a prize. 


Weekly Classes For Your Health

Tai Chi Class - Every Monday at 5:00 pm 
Balance Class* - New time and day coming soon 
TRX Class - Time and day coming soon
Fee: $15 per class.*Balance class has an extra $20 fee for the initial PT evaluation. 
Staff Birthdays This Month
Stella Agnes October 11th
Gail Molloy October 17th

Train Your Brain

It is just as important to exercise your mind as it is to exercise your body.  This month, try some of these "brain training" ideas.

  • When exercising, try to walk backward to tease the sphere of the brain.
  • Memorizing something each day.
  • Use a Rubik's cube for 15 minutes a day.
  • Learn new words from a word-a-day calendar or dictionary.
  • Perform math functions regularly. Add 2 columns of numbers and then 3 columns, etc.
  • Switch hands for routine tasks (e.g., if you are right-handed, use your left hand all day).
  • Exercise your body. It helps your mind stay healthy.
  • Meditate regularly.  


Kale Chips


1 head kale, washed and thoroughly dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
Sea salt, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F.

Remove the ribs from the kale and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Lay on a baking sheet and toss with the olive oil and salt. Bake until crisp, turning the leaves halfway through, about 20 minutes. Serve as finger food. 

Buy 5 Get 1 

It's the Annual Buy-5-Get-1-Free for Massages and Pilates Sessions.

Buy one for yourself and one for a friend or family member. 
Offer Expires 10-31-2013 for purchase.

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

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