Achilles Rupture Rehab — A Closer Look

If there’s anything we can all agree on, it’s that being injured or sick is the worst. It leaves us feeling uncomfortable, uncertain about the future, and—if you’re anything like me—the idle time is enough to drive you up the wall. So how do we cope?

We look for other people going through the same thing.

Sure, authoritative clinical content helps educate us about these injuries and ailments; but little of this content communicates the experiences real patients have during the recovery and rehabilitation phases of their injuries.

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Have a Fibula Stress Fracture? Take a Load Off!

It can start as tolerable pain that only comes after physical activity. Over time, the pain increases, invades your exercise routine, and may even reach a point where walking is painful, the injury site sore to touch.

Ahhh, the fibula stress fracture—that creeping stress injury that runners especially know and “love.” Continue reading “Have a Fibula Stress Fracture? Take a Load Off!”

Benefits of Walking When Living with Atrial Fibrillation

 

September is National Atrial Fibrillation Awareness Month, the perfect time to explore this serious, sometimes life-threatening heart condition that affects over 200,000 people a year in the United States alone. Atrial Fibrillation (AFib, as it’s sometimes called) is a form of abnormal heart rhythm caused by lack of coordination between the heart’s upper (atrial) and lower (ventricular) chambers. Symptoms may include palpitations, shortness of breath, sweating, or even fatigue—“drums pounding, thunder rumbling, or fish flopping” in the chest, as the Heart Rhythm Society so eloquently describes it.
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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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Patient Spotlight: Trish’s Triumph

Here at AlterG HQ, there are few things we like more than defying gravity. One of those things is hearing about our patient’s gravity-defying success stories. Recently, we received some fantastic news from the self-proclaimed (and we wholeheartedly endorse the proclamation) “President of the AlterG Fan Club in Mahwah, NJ,” Trish Bogucki. Trish’s story is one of perseverance and tenacity, and we are honored to share it with you now. So, without further adieu, we present “Trish’s Triumph: A Moonwalker’s Tale.”  Continue reading “Patient Spotlight: Trish’s Triumph”

AlterG in Aussieland: The Martin Cooper Story

This week, we’re heading back to the land down under for some serious story-time from one seriously speedy Aussie runner. You may recall Martin Cooper from our previous spotlight piece on his rock star PT, Stephan Venter. Well, his blurb about how Stephan and AlterG helped him to overcome injury and achieve mountain running glory made me more curious than a monkey named George as to the details of his inspiring journey. Luckily, in addition to Martin’s harrier capabilities, he is also quite the master of the written word, and he enthusiastically agreed to share his story with us, even as he was in the midst of an altitude training block. What a guy! So, gather round, everyone, and give Martin your full attention, as he takes you away to a world of speed, strength, and really really steep hills.  Continue reading “AlterG in Aussieland: The Martin Cooper Story”

PT Spotlight: Stephan Venter, Aurora Active PT

Let’s face it, running is a fickle sport. As a former competitive (and I use the term lightly) track and cross country athlete for the University of Colorado, and current distance running devotee, I am all too familiar with the thin line that separates peak fitness from season-ending injury. If you have ever had the misfortune of crossing paths with a recently decommissioned runner, you are doubtless aware of the frightening mogwai we become when we are denied our daily endorphin fix. Continue reading “PT Spotlight: Stephan Venter, Aurora Active PT”

Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG

Ok, raise your hand if you’ve ever suffered from low back pain. Now keep it up if that pain has lingered in some form, haunting your every-move like some sort of nagging “ghost of injuries past” that you just can’t quite shake completely. I’m betting there are a lot of hands up out there (you can put them down now; we don’t need any rotator cuff injuries). So, for all you low back pain troopers, there’s good news! You are not alone; and misery loves company, right? Research shows that low back pain is responsible for more disability than almost 300 other conditions, globally, and that a staggering 10 percent of people around the world suffer from lower back woes. Luckily for you guys, an exciting new study points to a relatively simple solution: exercise. In Prevention of Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis, published in the most recent issue of the JAMA Journal of Internal Medicine, researchers investigated the efficacy of various interventions in the prevention of low back pain. Their conclusion? “The current evidence suggests that exercise alone or in combination with education is effective for preventing low back pain. Other interventions, including education alone, back belts, and shoe insoles do not appear to prevent low back pain.”  Continue reading “Banish Low Back Pain with AlterG”

Spotlight on Dustin Hancock: Physical Therapist of the Week

In the spirit of the holidays, we bring you another rockstar physical therapist spotlight, with a story more heartwarming than a steaming cup of cocoa. We were simply floored by Amy Hansen’s submission, nominating her physical therapist, Dustin Hancock of Rausch Physical Therapy and Sports Performance in Laguna Niguel, California. Her story is a true testament of just how impactful physical therapists can be in their patient’s lives. Continue reading “Spotlight on Dustin Hancock: Physical Therapist of the Week”

AlterG Announces 2015 Physical Therapist of the Month

Holy moly, it’s November 23rd! With the temperatures turning decidedly crisper than our soon-to-be botched Thanksgiving turkeys, it is time, yet again, for an update from your AlterG family. We are please to announce that we have (finally) completed the extremely difficult task of selecting a winner for our annual “PT of the Month” contest. After pouring through each and every riveting, impassioned narrative, we have decided that Louis “Key West Lou” Petrone and his PT, Jenny Shelley, of Body Owners Physical Therapy and Wellness Center are this year’s champions!

Body Owners is a therapist-owned outpatient physical therapy clinic, with a special focus on the rehabilitation of orthopedic injuries and chronic conditions. Their treatment philosophy is twofold; focusing first on proper assessment and following up with hands-on treatment. They start by identifying any physical dysfunctions that may be causing a patient’s symptoms, then attack those dysfunctions through a variety of therapeutic techniques, including neuromuscular reeducation, rehabilitative exercise, and biomechanical correction. Their number one goal is to get patients happy and healthy, and to keep them that way! Continue reading “AlterG Announces 2015 Physical Therapist of the Month”