NEW LIFE BLOG


Monday August 27, 2018

Take Steps to Lower the Risk of ACL Injury this Sports Season


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes account for about 2 million injuries and around a half-million doctor visits each year. But few of these injuries, says Baraboo physical therapist Bryan Cummings, are as costly to a student-athlete and his or her family as a torn ACL.

“An ACL tear in the knee will often lead to surgery and months of rehabilitation,” said Cummings, co-owner of New Life Physical Therapy in Baraboo, Portage, Westfield and DeForest. “Often, I’ll see many of these student-athletes during post-surgery rehabilitation, but I’d much rather see them before that – when our goal is preventing this all-too common injury from happening in the first place.”

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Monday July 2, 2018

Dog Owners More Likely to Meet Fitness Benchmarks


It turns out our furry friends have more to offer us than companionship and unconditional love. According to Portage physical therapist Kris Hellenbrand, multiple studies show that dog owners are generally healthier and more likely to meet national fitness benchmarks than non-owners.

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Monday June 4, 2018

Bad posture can ‘sneak up’ as shoulder pain as you age


Shoulder pain in older adults often appears suddenly, as if caused by a sudden trauma or injury. But for many, says Baraboo physical therapist Bryan Cummings, shoulder injuries are often the result of musculoskeletal conditions directly associated with aging and, more specifically, weakening posture.

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Wednesday May 2, 2018

Parent Tip: Active Kids Become Healthy Adults


With child obesity still an epidemic in the U.S. and reams of research showing both the immediate and long-term benefits of youth exercise, it’s the duty of parents today to make movement and activity a part of kids’ lifestyles, says Baraboo physical therapist Jordan Hove.

And the first step in teaching kids to be active, Hove adds, is to be a good role model.

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Monday April 2, 2018

Focus on Strength and Balance Exercises to Prevent Falls


During a time when the U.S. is so focused on reducing the cost of overall medical expenses, Portage physical therapist Mary Rose Strickland shared a staggering number that, according to medical professionals, could be significantly reduced through preventative care: $67.7 billion.

That, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will be the total cost for fall injuries experienced by older Americans (65+) in the year 2020. Medicare and Medicaid will cover about three-quarters of these costs.

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