AlterG is Going for the FourPeat! It’s Penn Relays Week!

Oh man. Can you feel the hype right now?! I’m telling you, the air at HQ is so thick with excitement, you could cut it with a butter knife.

Last year’s crew

Or maybe that’s just the sweat lingering in the air from our valiant Penn Relays team putting in their last workouts before the big day this Friday.

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Vegas in 24: A “Funky Fresh” Update!

Well, hello there, all you cool, gravity-defying cats! I know I promised you more Achilles love this week, but sometimes in the blogging-biz, you have to make room for breaking news. So instead, I am going postpone our Achilles talk until next week, in order to bring you the long-awaited part dieu to my Andy “Funky Fresh” Funk interview. You may recall our last post on this Ironman altruist and his audacious “Vegas in 24” mission, in honor of the Pink Lotus Foundation, but if not, go give yourself a quick refresher; I’ll wait right here…  Continue reading “Vegas in 24: A “Funky Fresh” Update!”

Your Achilles is Trying to Say Something; Listen Up!

I am lucky enough to work in a place in which it is totally normal to stand up in the middle of a meeting, perch myself on a chair, and crank out some eccentric heel drops. I am also lucky that my coworkers haven’t filed a formal complaint with HR yet over my recurrent dad-joke refrain: “My Achilles is a-killin’ me!” Perhaps they take pity on my tendinous plight, or perhaps they chalk it up to “Jana-antics,” of which this is actually a pretty mundane example.  Continue reading “Your Achilles is Trying to Say Something; Listen Up!”

Physical Therapy: Yeah, it’s for You!

We’ve all been there before: blindsided with an injury that takes us out of the game, out of our job, or even totally out of commission. Oftentimes, we look for shortcuts and symptomatic relief in the form of anti-inflammatory or pain medications, when it would really be in our best interest to get to the root of our problem and maybe (gasp) actually solve it! How are we supposed to play detective to the labyrinthine mysteries of our corporeal ailments, though?

Stephan Venter, rockstar PT extraordinaire at Aurora Active

Who really knows what’s going on in there, right? Well, luckily for us all, we can pass off that onerous burden to the experts: those physiology super-sleuths and rehab superheroes known colloquially as Physical Therapists.

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The Psychology of Motivation: How to Get Your Patients to Stay the Course

Motivation is a funny thing. Some people will strap on their running shoes and hit the gym, even on a bad day. Some wouldn’t go even if you offered to pay for membership and drive them.

Here’s how to tap into the psychology of motivation to get your patients moving in the right direction: toward recovery and successful completion of physical therapy treatment. Continue reading “The Psychology of Motivation: How to Get Your Patients to Stay the Course”

Physical Therapy Boosts Orthopedic and Bariatric Surgery Outcomes for Obese Patients

Most people recognize that an exercise program is critical to weight management and weight loss. But for adult obese patients who are prospects for bariatric or orthopedic surgery, this concept is a double-edged sword.

Exercise to achieve weight loss is necessary to prepare for both types of surgery and improve outcomes.

For bariatric patients, it means they are more likely to keep the weight off. For orthopedic patients, it means the joint surgery is more likely to be successful, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Continue reading “Physical Therapy Boosts Orthopedic and Bariatric Surgery Outcomes for Obese Patients”

Pediatric Pain Management: How PTs Can Help Adolescents Overcome Chronic Pain

Adolescents have a hard enough time navigating life. But navigating those formative years with a painful chronic condition—such as juvenile arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or severe injuries—makes life that much harder.

Struggling with chronic pain when you’re a teenager isn’t just painful. It can lead to problems like obesity, and compound issues of insecurity or poor social adjustment. Continue reading “Pediatric Pain Management: How PTs Can Help Adolescents Overcome Chronic Pain”

Patient Compliance Myths and The Real Reasons Your Patients Aren’t Healing

As a physical therapist, you work hard to help your patients heal. But sometimes, no matter what you do, your patient doesn’t progress.

It may not be on you.

While muscles may be doing exactly what you need them to do, your patients may not. Non-compliance is an issue for every healthcare provider. Sometimes, your patients just won’t listen. Yet, it’s very rarely out of a desire not to heal or a dislike of physical therapy. Continue reading “Patient Compliance Myths and The Real Reasons Your Patients Aren’t Healing”

How Exercise For Breast Cancer Patients Empowers Them For The Fight

If you have patients who have been through breast cancer treatment, you know they’re on a brutal uphill climb. And the battle doesn’t end after the cancer is in remission.

The lump may be removed, but people deal with the psychological trauma of how their lives have changed after treatment. Plus, they may be struggling with limited function of their arms and shoulders after surgery and radiation.

Exercise and physical therapy, however, can be very effective tactics before, during, and after breast cancer treatment. Continue reading “How Exercise For Breast Cancer Patients Empowers Them For The Fight”

How To Treat Neurological Problems With Physical Therapy

The phrase “physical therapy” most likely stirs up images of runners, gymnasts, and bodybuilders nursing fractures and sprains.

But physical therapy also helps with conditions that disrupt the nervous system, which can occur in patient populations like seniors and those in skilled nursing facilities.

AlterG client Karen Shuler, PT, DPT, owns Lifestyle Physical Therapy, LLC in Lake Wylie, South Carolina. For most of her 24 years as a physical therapist, she has worked with people who have neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading “How To Treat Neurological Problems With Physical Therapy”