We’d like to announce the Oncology Rehab Program at Alpine Physical Therapy. Our team, which includes Josie Sweeney, DPT, Antara Quinones DPT, CLT-LANA, and Jessica Kehoe DPT, want to bring to everyone’s attention that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. We will surely all see lots of pink stuff this month in sports and in the news honoring this month, but we really want to remind everyone that the reason for all this media is to encourage early detection.
Statistics show that nearly 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Early detection is the BEST way to beat this disease, and both the 5 year and long term survival rates drastically improve with early detection.
We encourage all women to talk about early detection with their friends and family. If you are a woman aged 40-49 talk to your doctor about when and how often to begin getting mammograms. If you have had a close family member with breast or ovarian cancer you are at a slightly greater risk, so no matter your age, be sure to talk to your doctor about your options for early detection. Join us in vowing to start, or get back to, your early detection plan.
We’d like to share some great resources to help you.
The American Cancer Society (early detection).
The National Breast Cancer Foundation (early detection).
The National Cancer Institute (risk calculator).
The Oncology Rehab Team at Alpine Physical Therapy is now providing Missoula and surrounding communities with the following services:
For more information, be sure to visit our Oncology Rehabilitation webpage.
Our thanks to Alpine’s Leah Versteegen, DPT, who presented her findings on this important topic at our inservice last week. This is vital information for healthcare providers and for everyone who knows or works with female athletes.
The number of female athletes has grown tremendously since the advent of Title IX. Alongside this growth have come both trials and tribulations associated with the participation of young females participating in sports. One of the trials has been educating and preparing these young minds and bodies for the stresses accompanying athletic competition. The Female Athlete Triad was identified originally in the 1980’s. It is currently defined as a syndrome of three interrelated conditions that present on a continuum; however, a fourth condition has also recently been described along this continuum. Each is listed and described here:
There are many possible contributing factors to the onset of the female athlete triad, among which are poor nutritional knowledge, athletes simply not paying attention to what they eat during the day, diet trends, pressure from peers/coaches/parents to perform, the misconception that thinner means faster, pressure on appearance in aesthetic sports, or an overall obsession with exercise. Whatever the cause, it is our role as health care providers, coaches, parents, and friends to identify the red flags that are associated with the Female Athlete Triad. Early detection and proper support including nutritional education for these young athletes is key.
Some of the red flags that we can look out for include:
While it is important to be aware of the red flags associated with the female athlete triad and how to properly identify those at risk, it can be too late if we wait to see those red flags. Early prevention is essential. We must improve our awareness of how we talk about food choices and body image to our youth. It is essential that we all understand that food is a source of energy and that positive food choices fuel our bodies for general health, brain function, and improved athletic performance. Regardless of risk factors or red flags, our children should have a sound nutritional knowledge base that can prepare them for sport AND for life beyond sport. Part II of this blog will discuss basic nutrition for the young athlete.
For more information, contact Alpine Physical Therapy by calling 406-251-2323.
Leah Versteegen, DPT
Alpine Physical Therapy, South
5000 Blue Mountain Rd.
Missoula, MT 59804
Alpine Physical Therapy will be participating in the first Missoula Baby Fair on October 13th from 11-3 at Caras Park. It is a free, family centered event geared towards all aspects of pregnancy and parenthood. There will be various activities, live entertainment, and a silent auction.
Alpine is ALL about taking care of Missoula moms! Stop by to learn about physical therapy services designed specifically for women both during and after pregnancy. We also have information on New Momma’s Pilates classes at The Core Studio. Vaginal weights will be available for sale for strengthening pelvic floor muscles. Foam rollers will also be available along with exercise handouts specific to nursing mothers. You will also have a chance to win four New Momma’s Pilates classes.
For more information visit our Women’s Health webpage on our clinic website by clicking here.
We hope to see you there.
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