Digging out boxes of holiday decorations, hauling packages to and from the car, hiding gifts away on the higher shelves at the back of your closet … the Holiday Season certainly requires its fair share of bending, lifting and reaching. This, coupled with the cooler weather, makes December the ideal time for a refresher on sound lifting methods, says Baraboo physical therapist Jordan Hove.
While the profession of physical therapy is often characterized under the generalized label “rehabilitation,” Portage physical therapist Sydney Mikulas is eager to create a wider narrative – one that focuses on physical therapy’s overall ability to change lives by helping people move better.
“When it comes down to it, physical therapy is all about experiences. It’s about making it possible for people to live and experience life to the fullest,” said Mikulas, physical therapist at New Life Physical Therapy in Portage, Westfield and Baraboo. “Movement – not just exercise, but the overall ability to work, play and live optimally – just so happens to be at the center of so many of our greatest life experiences.”
Dry needling is a highly effective form of physical therapy for the treatment of a multitude of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular conditions. It is not appropriate for all conditions or pathologies and the use of the technique will be at the discretion of your physical therapist.
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.”