Special thanks to Ron Veilleux of MT Ergo Fit for sending this note of thanks for the annual sponsorship by The Core Studio at Alpine on behalf of one of our favorite soccer teams in all of Montana!
I wanted to pass on a group “Thank you” from our Soccer bunch this summer. As per usual the team picture (below) is not the best (sun in the eyes, several players missing), but The Core Studio’s support of our soccer team is very much appreciated. We have a few players over 40 now and a few others that are close to the magic number. At 43, I am happy to be able to still run around and compete with some of the young pups on the other squads. Much of my ability to do so comes from the advice, exercises, and hands-on therapy that I have received from your staff over the years. I know a few of the other teammates also would give a kudos the Alpinestaff for assistance they have received.
Thank you again for your support!
8/25/2013 0 Comments
Hey Divas, get your run on!
Alpine Physical Therapy is hosting its Diva Day 5K registration party September 5th from 4:30 – 7:30 PM at our Stockard Road location on north Reserve.
We’ll have lots of drawings and prizes. Win one of several intro series for Pilates and CoreAlign, a free runner’s clinic, or a 1-hour massage from Massage Envy.
Pamper yourself with a free chair massage and partake in a free “mini” runner’s clinic. Enjoy free instruction in Pilates and CoreAlign. And Alpine’s PTs will providefree injury consultations to help you get ready for the Diva Day 5K.
Alpine Physical Therapy, now with three locations including Downtown and online at AlpinePTmissoula.com.
Thanks to Run Wild Missoula for once again putting together this fantastic day for all our area Divas!
During our latest run of hot days, Alpine Physical Therapy got rained out from its planned river run down the Blackfoot River. So we took it in stride and opted for a barbecue under the shelter at Franklin Park. When the sun broke through, we teamed up for a kickin’ game of . . . kick ball!
As a special surprise, everyone at Alpine got the coolest camp hats, complete with our Alpine logo! Check out the cool hats . . . and the wide smiles of our star Clinic Directors, Angela Vap and Samantha Schmidt!
Thanks to Doug and Trent for bringing their manly barbeques and cookin’ up some good Alpine Eats! Check out Antara and Brent with those cool Alpine hats!
Many, many thanks to our star patient care coordinator, Bonnie, who coordinated this entire event. Hmm. How’d she work it out to have her birthday on the same day as our annual Alpine gig? Bonnie? We’ll let her slide this time, seeing that she’s sporting a super cool Alpine shirt . . . and her birthday pageant thing. Happy Birthday, Bonnie!
An article was recently published on the popular NPR Health Blog entitled “Doctors Increasingly Ignore Evidence in Treating Back Pain.” This article was posted and reposted on social media sites. Why the interest? It is simple – because millions of American live with back pain. Many of them just take it and think that back pain is part of their life. Some report it to their primary care physician. If they are lucky, their physician reads about and more importantly acts based on the evidence for treating back pain. Unfortunately, this is not often the case. More often than not, the patient is given medications to mask the pain or sent for a costly MRI or CT scan.
While use of the weaker over the counter pain killers has decreased, prescriptions for OxyContin have significantly increased. Add that to the fact that many of the individuals receiving these prescriptions for strong Opiods have a history of substance abuse, and we are faced with a terrible health care disaster.
Often a costly scan, such as an MRI or CT scan will be ordered in attempt to find the ‘cause’ of the back pain but more often than not these scans are inconclusive.
At the conclusion of the article posted by NPR is perhaps is the most disturbing ‘fact’. “Doctors should cut a little slack,” a journal commentary accompanying this study says, “because guidelines have been conflicted on back pain treatment until recently, and it takes 17 years, on average, for new treatment standards to be widely adopted.”
17 years. Does it really have to take that long? The evidence on the effectiveness of physical therapy in the treatment of back pain has become increasingly strong over the past decade. It is such a simple choice. Do you give someone with an addictive personality more drugs or send them to a place where perhaps they can be taught to care for themselves. As a patient do you just accept that back pain is a part of your life. Do you give up on physical therapy because it did not work for you 5 or 10 years ago?
I encourage you to be an active participant in health care decisions and your recovery. It’s important that when possible these medications be limited and ensure sound scientific evidence is used in the decisions that determine our health and wellness.
For more information on Alpine’s approach to spine care, we encourage you to visit our clinic website by clicking here.
Brent Dodge is the founding owner of Alpine Physical Therapy and is a board certified orthopedic specialist. He holds additional certifications in Functional Dry Needling, Manual Physical Therapy, and Strength and Conditioning.
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