March is a big time month. March gets to kick off Spring, and it has a major holiday too...sure, St. Patrick's Day is major. If you read our last blog post (which we know you did), you also know it is home to a whopping six awareness months that affect our Provider network. Wow! Big time! So we needed a big time Provider to rock out March with us. Drumroll please... This month we chose Todd Sullivan, a fantastic Physical Therapist who works tirelessly to help children overcome everything from developmental delays to brain injuries to conditions like cerebral palsy and down syndrome. Check out his profile to find out more about how he and the folks at Blake Medical Center use IM training to help children succeed.
October is National Physical Therapy Month and we want to say thank you to all of our PT Providers who work tirelessly to help individuals recover from serious injuries, accidents and motor conditions that have robbed them of the quality of life. We are dedicated to help you get your clients back on their feet and back to ADLs...Awesome Daily Living.
Anyone who has suffered a serious injury or illness understands the importance of physical therapy. Whether the aim is simply to regain flexibility, alleviate pain or to relearn major motor functions, a qualified therapist is required to develop a plan and keep patients safe through this painful process. Therapists must act as a healthcare provider, trainer and motivator in an effort to keep patients on course and safe, either from themselves or a degenerative condition. In addition to restoring mobility, flexibility, balance and coordination, physical therapy (PT) significantly improves overall health and fitness; in fact, one of the main goals of therapists is injury prevention, not simply rehabing current injuries.
Larry began to experience symptoms in September of 2007, including fasciculations that became more and more severe, difficulty manipulating his fingers especially when it was cold, and trouble with fine motor skills for tasks such as buttoning his shirt, tying his shoes, or snapping his fingers. After working as a steel fabricator and crane operator for 35 years, Larry attributed his symptoms to “arthritis.” However, over the next 2 1/2 years it became gradually more difficult to lift heavy objects, to do intricate work with his fingers such as threading a needle, and it eventually became difficult to write. By the middle of 2009, Larry began to notice muscle atrophy in his hands and forearms. In March 25, 2010, after several EMGs and MRIs, Larry was given the devastating diagnosis of ALS.
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