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Comeback Players: Brooke Tingler



We love to post Comeback Players! Comeback Players are our student athletes that have worked hard to graduate from physical therapy following an injury and return to their sport. We wish them all the best in their upcoming seasons!

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Brooke Tingler from Gatewood High School (with Annabeth Norboge, PTA)


Published on November 12, 2018 12:12 pm
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80% of Americans Experience Back Pain, But 100% of PTs Know How to Prevent It



Got back pain? You’re not alone. Eighty percent of Americans suffer from low back and neck pain at some point in their lives. Let that sink in. With such great odds that you—or someone close to you—will one day become a statistic, wouldn’t it make sense to arm yourself with preventive strategies and knowledge? Physical therapy is a good place to start.

By performing a thorough evaluation, a physical therapist can identify the muscular, postural and skeletal limitations that could one day lead to an episode of back pain. As part of the assessment, she will observe as you perform a series of exercises and then gather an account of your daily activity level and environmental factors like operating machinery or working at a desk 40 hours a week.

The PT will then use all of this knowledge to design a personalized exercise program and teach you a few APTA-approved strategies to prevent back pain:

  • Use good body positioning at work, home and during recreational activities.
  • Keep the load close to your body during lifting.
  • Ask for help before lifting heavy objects.
  • Maintain a regular physical fitness regimen—staying active can help to prevent injuries.

Lifestyle can play a big role in back pain. In fact, inactivity and incorrect body mechanics while participating in certain activities are two of the biggest contributors to back pain. In addition to the strategies listed above, it’s also helpful to pay attention to little things throughout your day that could add up to bigger problems down the line. Let’s go back to that desk job for a minute: How often do you get up to walk, stretch and move throughout the day? A good rule of thumb is to stand up or move every 30 minutes. You may get bonus points with your boss, too, as your productivity soars due to the increased activity.

While low back pain rarely becomes serious or life-threatening, it can be quite painful and interfere with our daily lives. Working with a physical therapist can help patients identify the factors that might contribute to back pain and help to develop a prevention plan. But the healthcare professionals are also a great place to turn when you’re seeking treatment for back pain or hoping to prevent a recurrence.

With such good odds that you could one day become a low back pain statistic, why not do everything in your power today to change your trajectory? Seems like another good reason to find an activity (or better yet, two or three activities) that you enjoy, make it a regular part of your day and stick to it!


Published on November 8, 2018 9:25 am
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Comeback Players: Keirreon Farley



We love to post Comeback Players! Comeback Players are our student athletes that have worked hard to graduate from physical therapy following an injury and return to their sport. We wish them all the best in their upcoming seasons!

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Keirreon Farley from Morgan County High School (with Jim Mike Hinzman, PT, Cert. MDT)


Published on November 1, 2018 12:41 pm
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Comeback Players: Courtney Brown from Oglethorpe County High School



We love to post Comeback Players! Comeback Players are our student athletes that have worked hard to graduate from physical therapy following an injury and return to their sport. We wish them all the best in their upcoming seasons!

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Courtney Brown from Oglethorpe County High School (with Charlie Jones, DPT and Annabeth Norboge, PTA)


Published on October 18, 2018 8:43 am
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Regular Physical Activity Can Boost Cognitive Ability

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Have you noticed lately that you can’t remember where you parked your car? Or maybe you’ve had trouble recalling your latest email password? Sure, there’s an app for that, but maybe what’s really been missing is exercise. Regular physical activity can be linked to a long list of health benefits, ranging from maintaining a healthy weight to preventing cardiovascular disease. Yet more and more research is drawing a direct correlation between exercise and cognitive health.

In fact, a study published in Comprehensive Physiology explores the notion that an insufficient amount of exercise can lead to metabolic dysfunction, a contributing factor to the development of neurological disorders. The researchers point to the troubling fact that about 70% of Americans engage in less than 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a day.

The knowledge that exercise is an effective, noninvasive way to combat neurological and cognitive decline is enough for most people to seek ways to become more active. To do so safely, particularly for those who have a low level of prior activity or who are deconditioned following an illness or injury, it’s best to begin with a consultation with a medical professional. In particular, physical therapists are trained to evaluate, treat and educate patients who are interested in increasing their activity levels.

“Many of our patients describe an increase in overall health once finishing their physical therapy plan of care, regardless of their initial complaint. Exercise will not only help patients with a specific impairment, but it can empower patients to begin daily exercise regimes for whole body health,” stated Jim Mike Hinzman, PT, Cert. MDT of East Athens Physical Therapy.

Because exercise is a core component of any physical therapy program, a physical therapist is the perfect professional to develop a custom treatment plan that includes some combination of flexibility, strength, coordination and balance exercises designed to gradually achieve optimal physical function. In addition, PTs are trained to tailor the approach to suit each patient’s specific goals, and to help develop a home exercise program for long-term, injury-free success.

“Educating and helping patients with lifestyle changes such as exercise gives us, as Physical Therapists, satisfaction in that we are making a difference in our community. At East Athens Physical Therapy, we want to be involved with our community in helping to promote overall health for all ages,” stated Hinzman.

Engaging in physical activities that keep your brain functioning at top-notch can be as simple as adding a daily walk to your regime, training for a 5K or joining a community sports and
recreation center—as recommended by a healthcare professional. In addition to boosting your brain function—and helping to prevent certain neurological conditions—being more active will
improve your mood, help you sleep better and enjoy a healthier lifestyle overall.


Published on October 18, 2018 8:34 am
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