Family Physical Therapy will be closed in observation of Memorial Day this Monday, May 25, 2020.
Family Physical Therapy is honored to serve those men and women of the armed forces. Our offices will be closed this Monday, May 25, 2020 in honor of those who have lost their lives while serving our country.
Honoring Armed Forces in Roseville:
Roseville American Legion Post 169 in conjunction with the Roseville Veterans of Foreign Wars will honor those who have died in the service of the United State in all wars with a Memorial Day Ceremony in the cemetary on Berry St. For more information on how you can view this ceremony virtually, please visit https://www.rosevilleamericanlegion.com/resources/events/memorial-day-ceremony/
Dear Class of 2020 (pre-school, kindergarten, middle school, elementary school, high school, college, trade school, and graduate school)
Regardless of what level of academia you are finishing, this chapter in your life is closing during an extraordinary time. We know this milestone may not be what you pictured for yourself, or your families, as you celebrate your hard work and dedication. As you move forward, your drive and innovation will help your communities grow and flourish. Your tenacity and dedication to completing this milestone during such a confusing time is what inspires us. Congratulations on your accomplishments, Class of 2020!
The health and safety of our staff and patients remains our top priority. As our community continues to make sacrifices and take measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Family Physical Therapy remains open so that our patients can continue to progress towards their goals. We are committed to your health and wellness during this time.
We have remained open with modifications throughout the current pandemic per the American Physical Therapy Association and California Physical Therapy Association’s recommendation. We are following all Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidance to protect our staff, and the patients at our clinics.
Dr. Matos, an expert in biologic surety and the management of select agent programs at federal facilities, notes the following:
“Physical therapists are essential in flattening the curve of the COVID-19 pandemic. They play a key role in keeping people they can help out of the doctor offices and ERs. This will not only free up the medical teams to treat those impacted by COVID-19, but also limit the exposure of those seeking the care of the physical therapist.
What will be different in the clinic?
Maintaining distancing: As our state moves into the next phase of economic reopening, we will continue to maintain social distancing within our clinic. We ask that only patients, and personnel necessary to the patient’s treatment enter the clinic. We respectfully request that companions and other individuals please wait outside. We ask that you please remain flexible with our scheduling as we are scheduling our providers in a manner that reduces the crowd of the clinic. We will be scheduling seniors and other at-risk individuals at lower-traffic times whenever possible, so we ask that you please remain flexible with our scheduling at this time.
To reduce the number of individuals in the clinic, we are now offering telehealth services. Telehealth allows you to check-in with a physical therapist, have exercises prescribed and progressed, and receive expert advice for alternative strategies and environment adaptations. If you are experiencing symptoms that do not permit you to leave your home, or are uncomfortable going out during this time, ask us if telehealth would be right for you!
Sanitation: As always, our sanitation standards remain high. That’s why in addition to our regular daily cleaning, as well as twice weekly deep cleaning, we have upped our cleaning schedules. We respectfully ask that all patients wash their hands before and after their treatment. Our team members are working hard to clean all tables, chairs, and equipment after each use. Gloves are available for patients to use when touching exercise equipment. For the safety of our staff and our patients, you will notice that our team members are now wearing masks and gloves while working.
Health screenings: We have signage posted on the door to remind the public to please not enter the clinic if they are experiencing any signs or symptoms of COVID-19 (see below). We ask that our staff and our patients to please stay home if they are experiencing any symptoms. For your health and safety, there will be no penalties for cancelations of appointments at this time.
Please reschedule your appointment if you have any of the following symptoms:
We thank you for continuing to trust us with your health and wellness during these uncertain times. As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions, concerns or feedback.
Stay informed at the CDC’s website to find more information on the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
We understand the uncertainty and rapidly changing news regarding COVID-19 is unsettling, and we want to assure you the health and safety of our patients and staff are our top priority!
As always, we continue to provide the same excellent health care we always have to each and every one of our patients at Family PT.
WE ASK THAT IF YOU ARE FEELING SICK OR ARE SUSCEPTIBLE TO ILLNESS THAT YOU RESCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT UNTIL YOU ARE FEELING WELL.
Should anything change regarding office hours, appointment times, etc., please be assured we will let you know immediately.
From our family to yours, we wish you all the best — and remember:
Keep calm and wash your hands. :)
At Family Physical Therapy, we take pride in staying educated on the best practices and latest research in the field of physical therapy. Our physical therapists participate in regular continuing education courses in their fields of interest to stay current and to help provide our patients with the best possible care!
This past weekend, our Roseville physical therapists Ila, Lexi and Shannon met up with Next Level's physical therapist, Kirsten, to travel to Shriners Hopsital for Children for the first Sports Medicine Rehabilitation Symposium for the Young Athlete. This conference provided information from surgeons, physicians, and physical therapists on up-to-date surgical procedures, injection procedures, and rehabilitation strategies for sports rehabilitation in children and adolescents.
Kirsten, Ila, Shannon and Lexi are looking forward to utilizing some of the techniques that were taught and reviewed in the symposium! We would like to send a special "Thank You" to Shriners.
Most people spend a lot of time researching and weighing options for a large purchase or a decision like changing a job.
Think about the last time you made a big purchase, say $1,000 or more. Did you go out and buy the first thing you saw? Take one recommendation from somebody? Or did you research it, learn some things, compare it to other options, and select something that was right for you? Most people tend to be educated and research large purchases like cars, televisions, or the newest cell phone.
So why do we so often fail to do this with healthcare?
So what can you do to become a more educated healthcare consumer? Ask questions to understand what your options are, what is being recommended, and why. Some good questions to start with are:
● What are the risks and benefits of this treatment?
When a treatment or procedure is recommended, the patient often assumes that it will make them "better." But what the patient expects and what the healthcare provider expects are often two different things. For example, a patient having back surgery expects to be pain free after surgery. The surgeon probably doesn't expect that to happen. A large study of 1450 patients in the Ohio worker's comp system showed that after 2 years 26% of patients who had surgery returned to work. Compare that to 67% of patients who didn't have surgery. There was also a 41% increase in the use of painkillers in the surgical group
● What other options do I have?
Never feel bad about asking about the alternatives to the treatment. We want you to be educated on your decision to have a particular treatment!
● What's it cost?
This last question is becoming more important as patients bear an increasing share of the cost of healthcare. Even if you don't have a high deductible plan or hefty co-pays, by being financially responsible today, you'll probably see smaller price increases in your premiums down the road. That back surgery that we've been talking about? It'll likely cost between $60,000 and $80,000. An educated consumer would learn that physical therapy is a viable alternative to surgery with comparable outcomes, much less risk and lower cost. In fact, a large study of 122,723 subjects showed that people with back pain who got physical therapy in the first 14 days lowered their healthcare costs by 60%.
At Family Physical Therapy, we pride ourselves in making patient education a priority! We want you to play an active role in your physical therapy plan of care! At our sister clinic, Next Level Performance and Sports Therapy , Kirsten Carmichael works hard to combine cutting-edge treatment techniques, patient education, and her specialized education in Sports and Concussion rehab to help athletes drive their care towards a return to their sport. Whether you are recovering from surgery, injury, concussion, or looking to improve your sport performance, we believe playing an active role in your own care will help improve your overall outcomes!
This article is adapted from The Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. Founded in 1956, the Private Practice Section of the American Physical Therapy Association champions the success of physical therapist-owned businesses. Our members are leaders and innovators in the health care system. The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) represents more than 85,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy nationwide. For more information, please visit www.ppsapta.org.
We have two physical therapists here at Family Physical Therapy that have a passion for pediatrics, Ila and Lexi. We love coming up with new and creative ideas to keep physical therapy fun while helping children reach their goals!
Shlok gets a patient spotlight this week because he has been working hard during his physical therapy visits with Lexi and each visit he continues to improve in his balance and overall gross motor skill development. We want to share how proud we are of all of his hard work! Thank you for working hard, Shlok, and thank you to his mother for giving us permission to share a part of his story.
In observation of Independence Day, Family Physical Therapy and Next Level Performance and Sports Therapy will be closed on Thursday , July 4th.
Family Physical Therapy Roseville and Auburn will be open for business as usual on Friday. Next Level Performance and Sports Therapy will be open for you to continue crushing your goals on Monday!
Have a safe and fun holiday!
You may remember last year, when we posted here about Ila and Kirsten becoming Myofascial Decompression Certified. We have blogged the past few years (here, here, and here) about our commitment to furthering our physical therapist's education in the field of myofascial decompression. Last week, we were at it again and Lexi became Myofascial Decompression Certified!
About a week ago, one of our physical therapists, Lexi, took the Level 2 MFD course in San Diego, CA. Level 2 focused on a different way to use the cups - to inhibit a muscle! Why might you want to inhibit a muscle? A few common areas that need to be inhibited are upper traps, quadratus lumborum (a muscle in your lower back), and hamstrings. Let's say you are trying to perform an exercise to strengthen your middle or lower trap, but your upper trap keeps "taking over" and doing the work, making it difficulty to know what the correct movement pattern is to activate your middle/lower traps. One way you can help learn the correct movement pattern is to apply the inhibitory technique using cups to the upper trap and performing the exercise again. This inhibits the upper trap from doing the work so the work comes from the muscles that the exercise is meant to target!
One of the fun things about taking these classes is finding out where we need to work on ourselves! Pictured above, Lexi is working on stretching her right hip flexor. Without the cups on, she was unable to feel the stretch in her hip flexor because she was arching her back too much (using her quadratus lumborum, QL). With the inhibitory technique applied to both of her QLs, she was able to immediately feel the stretch in her hip flexor.
After taking Level 1 and Level 2, Lexi was eligible to take the exam to become certified. She took the exam last weekend and passed! We are so happy to have the opportunity to gain new certifications and learn new techniques to help our patients reach their goals. Ask your physical therapist for more information if you are interested in learning more!
Pacific Medical BioSkills Lab
2 weeks ago, our physical therapists, Ila Suplizio and Brett Pinkney had the pleasure of traveling to Pacific Medical for an educational seminar on the latest advances in orthopedic surgery and rehabilitation, as well as a bioskills cadaver lab in which common orthopedic surgeries were reviewed by the surgeon's who regularly perform them!
In order to further understand what our patients go through both anatomically and physiologically during surgery, Ila and Brett spent time in the cadaver lab with the surgeons, getting hands-on experience with knee replacements, arthroscopic shoulder, ankle and knee surgeries, grafting surgeries including ACL repairs, and more!
Ila and Brett also got to review their anatomy knowledge by going through cadaver disections with the surgeons
During the lecture portion of the seminar, the use of biologics, including stem cells and PRP were reviewed. "We are seeing more and more patients who have received biologic adjuvants and it was great to hear the surgeon's perspective on the rehab following these treatments" -Ila Suplizio, PT, DPT
We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Pacific Medical and Sutter Surgical Hospital of North Valley, as well as all of the doctors and members of our industry who put on this great seminar. We all learned a great deal and we can't wait to share this new knowledge with our patients!