Join us on Thursday, April 30th from 5 – 7 PM. ACPT’s Butler Office invites you to meet our experts and see our recently renovated space. There will be refreshments and the opportunity to ask our experts questions on Balance and Dizziness, Concussions, Dance Related Injuries and Prevention, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Swelling and Lymphedema and other Orthopaedic Conditions.
Stop by the Edgewood Office, Tuesday, May 12th at 6 PM. Our guest physician is Dr. Richard Reilly, a podiatrist with the Western PA Foot & Ankle Center. Dr. Colin Gundling from ACPT’s Point Breeze Office and Dr. Laura Winslow from ACPT’s Eastside Office will add tips on footwear and exercise to the presentation. If you have a pain in the foot or ankle, you won’t want to miss this presentation!
We are excited to welcome Alisha (Jones) Miduri as the clinical director of the Portage Office! She completed both her Bachelors of Health Science and Masters of Physical Therapy degrees from Saint Francis College. Alisha has experience in a variety of clinical settings, including industrial medicine, outpatient, inpatient and home health. She is a native of Portage and now resides in Altoona with her husband and daughter.
The 7th Annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon will take place on Sunday, May 3rd. This year there are over 30,000 competitors, 4000 volunteers, 52 charities supported and 70 bands. For the past four years, ACPT joins in the fun by hosting a tailgate party in the parking lot of the Point Breeze Office. Friends, family, neighbors and patients are all welcome to join us cheer on the competitors from 8 AM – NOON. Tailgate breakfast and noise makers will be provided, but remember to BYOC (bring your own chair).
Pittsburgh’s star athletes Sidney Crosby and Troy Polamalu have increased awareness of concussions in sports. Head injuries are on the rise for athletes at all levels of play. An estimated 4 to 5 million concussions occur annually, with increases emerging among middle school athletes. The risk of injury increases when the athlete participates in contact sports (football, rugby, soccer, lacrosse and field or ice hockey).
A concussion is a type of traumatic brain injury that is caused by a blow to the head or body. When you are bumped or jolted, your brain can move quickly back and forth.
Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing (ImPACT) is the most-widely used and most scientifically validated computerized concussion evaluation system. It is suggested that athletes 11(+) undergo baseline testing every two years and following a suspected concussion. Testing is free until April 26th at ACPT’s Butler and Edgewood offices.
There are a couple of things that athletes can do to prevent concussions. Make sure to include cross-training to maintain strength throughout the body. Focus on lower body and muscles surrounding the neck. Wear the proper protective equipment. A helmet is essential to protecting your brain and can reduce your chance of serious injury by as much as 85%. Follow the rules! Many of the rules put into play have been written specifically for the safety of the players.
Immediately following a hit or collision a player may appear to be dazed or stunned, forget plays, move clumsily, talk slowly, lose consciousness, forget events before the hit (retrograde amnesia), or forget events after the hit (anterograde amnesia). Following a blow, athletes may report headache, nausea, balance problems or dizziness, double or fuzzy vision, sensitivity to light or noise, feeling sluggish or “foggy”, changes in sleep pattern, and concentration or memory problems.
ACPT has concussion experts who can evaluate and treat many problems related to concussions. PT treatment can improve balance, stop dizziness and reduce headaches.
For additional resources, visit http://www.cdc.gov/headsup/resources/index.html
After you get out to enjoy the Spring weather, you will definitely need a way to relax. ACPT offers a variety of massage therapy services at several offices.
MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Lisa Misera, LMT
Spencer Heaps, LMT
Tricia Murphy, PT, LMT
Carol Sturman, LMT
Caitlin Woodson, LMT
Greg Babiak, LMT
Ashleigh Blair, LMT
TYPES OF MASSAGE
Deep Tissue Massage
First Visit Incentive = $50 for Swedish Massage
ACPT is out and about! Stop by the events below to see your friends from ACPT:
- X Shadyside Health & Fitness - Injury Clinic & Ask the Expert
March 10 | 8 – 10 AM | Dr. Matt Caster, PT
- Sports & Wellness Education Series – Hip Injuries & Runners
March 11 | 6 PM | Edgewood Office
Dr. Craig Mauro - Burke & Bradley Orthopedic Associates
Dr. Nancy Foley, DPT, OCS & Dr. Colin Gundling, DPT – ACPT
- Serving Up Your Health – Tennis Workshop on Shoulder Injuries
March 13 | 1 PM | Oxford Athletic Club
- Shamrock Shuffle 1/2 Marathon, 5 K and 1 Mile Races
March 14 | Harmony PA
- March Mad Dash
March 14 | North Park Boat House, Allison Park PA
- Johnstown Women’s Showcase
March 14 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center, Johnstown PA
- Senior Expo
March 14 | 11 AM – 3 PM | Senior LIFE, Johnstown PA
- Ladies Day Out
March 26 | 3 – 9 PM | Days Inn, Butler PA
- Run & Info Session with the Steel City Road Runners
March 26 | 6 PM Run, 7 PM Info Session | Eastside Office
- Medical Offices’ Meet & Greet
March 30 | 4 – 6 PM | Squirrel Hill Office
Dr. Julie Stutzbach will join ACPT’s team of coverage physical therapists. Dr. Stutzbach received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Chatham University and Bachelors of Science at Beloit College. When your regular therapist is on vacation or out of the office due to illness, ACPT employs four full-time coverage therapists, who will provide seamless continuity of care.
Are you a runner? Do you want to be a runner? Whether you’re a marathoner or just starting, you don’t want pain or injuries to get in the way of your training.
THE TERRIBLE TOOS
Research and running experts agree that “training errors” (doing too much, too soon, too fast) are the number one causes of self-inflicted running injuries. Give your body time to adjust to changes in mileage and intensity by using the 10% rule. Build your mileage by no more than 10% each week.
LISTEN TO YOUR BODY
Usually, running injuries start with pain and soreness – they don’t pop out of nowhere. When you have pain during or after a run, your body is trying to tell you something is wrong. Respect that! Take a couple of days off from running and try some cross training. When you run again, go easy – half your regular distance and at a slower pace. If the pain persists, you should make an appointment with your physical therapist or sports physician.
Did you know that when you run, the force on your feet hitting the ground is up to four times your body weight? You need muscular balance to keep your body aligned while running. When strength training, focus on your hips, core and lower extremity muscles. Strengthening your hips will improve your leg stability the whole way down to your ankle.
RUNNING @ ACPT
If you have running related pains or injuries, stop by any ACPT office to consult with a physical therapist. Our experts can advise you on footwear, body mechanics and musculo-skeletal imbalances.
During March, we are involved in several events for runners:
- Sports & Wellness Education Series: Hip Injuries & Running
March 11 | 6 PM | Edgewood Office
Craig Mauro, MD – Burke & Bradley Orthopedic Associates
Nancy Foley, DPT, OCS & Colin Gundling, DPT – ACPT
Free & Welcome to all!
- Shamrock Shuffle – Pre-race stretching
March 14 | Harmony, PA
- March Mad Dash – Stretching and Injury Clinic
March 14 | North Park Boat House (Allison Park, PA)
- Steel City Road Runners
March 26 | Run @ 6 PM, Info Session @ 7 PM | Eastside Office
Raj Sawhney, DPT, OCS – ACPT
Free & Welcome to all!
Give your loved ones a little wellness this holiday season. ACPT is offering a Wellness Combo at participating locations. For $90, get a 1 hour deep tissue massage and 1 hour personal training session. This offer is available to all personal training or massage clients from November 1, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Participating locations include ACPT’s Butler, Eastside and Edgewood Offices.
Click here for additional information.