• Stand up! It Could Save Your Life!

    One of the trends discussed in relation to staying healthy these days is how sitting for too long can affect our overall health and even decrease or life expectancy.   In 2010 researchers identified a link between sitting for too long, such as at a desk job, and diseases the cardiac system (heart), diabetes, and stroke. […]

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  • A Bootcamp for Balance? That’s Right!

    October 26, Thursday 1:00pm-2:00pm, there will be a FREE Balance Bootcamp session at the North Country Hospital Wellness Center on 1734 Crawford Road, starting at 1:00pm. North Country Hospital PTs will present information on the importance of maintaining your balance and exercises to help you stay balanced. To register please call 334-5566, or go to […]

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  • Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month!

    Physical Therapy Month was established by the American Physical Therapy Association to recognize the contribution that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants make in improving the lives of people through movement and activity. PT’s can make a big difference in helping people recover well from an accident or injury, build strength and endurance, and improve […]

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  • Back Saving Tips with Infants or Toddlers

    Carrying Your Child While Saving Your Back We all like to snuggle and care for our young children. But those 5 to 40 extra pounds can lead to an aching back if we don’t take care of ourselves. Here are a few tips to save your back but love your child: • Squat down to […]

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  • Stay Active, Stay Steady- What You Can do to Prevent Falls

    This week we are continuing our discussion of balance and risks to falling, and why it is important to work on preventing falls. The following information is from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of their Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths and Injuries (STEADI) program: Tips to help prevent falls: • Talk […]

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  • Does Your Work Fit You?

    Does Your Work Fit You? Ergonomics (ergo-nom-ics) is the science of addressing the physical, social, and environmental factors that help a person do their job as efficiently and safely as possible. It is making sure the work fits the worker. Occupational Therapists work to assess and observe the person, the task and the environment. By […]

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  • 7 Important Tips for Back To School

    Back to school can be an enjoyable and exciting time of year. Whether it’s a student’s first year of Kindergarten or last year in high school, there are many important things to think about. School supplies are always helpful and make for a great start to the school year, however there are also some important […]

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  • Stay Active, Stay Steady- Why Falling Matters

    As Physical Therapists (PTs) we find discussing balance and risks of falling to be challenging. Our patients, particularly our patients over 65 or so, don’t like to discuss falling. As PTs we have been told by some of our patients, families and our colleagues in the health care field, not to use the word fall, […]

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  • What is Osteoarthritis?

    Most people know the term arthritis, which means inflammation of a joint. There is one particular type of arthritis called osteoarthritis, or OA. This is the most common type of arthritis and means an actual break down or deterioration of a joint. This sounds scary, but it is very common as the joints affected are […]

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  • Pain on the Bottom of the Foot

    Pain that occurs on the bottom of the foot particularly near the heel can really slow you down. The name for this condition is plantar fasciitis (Plan-tar fasch-e-itis). The fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from you heel to the ball, or front of your foot. It can become irritated and inflamed. […]

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  • 9 Things You Should Know About Pain

    When we are in pain, it is hard to think about anything else. Physical Therapists (PT) are experienced with helping their patients handle pain. Whether the pain is from an acute injury, meaning something that just happened such as a sports related injury, a fall, or an injury that occurs when working. Pain can come […]

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  • My Hands

    No matter how old we are or what we do for a living, we are always using our hands… Our hands are a very important part of our body! Did you know? • We have 27 bones in our hands? • Our hands are controlled by 3 different nerves? • There are at least 123 […]

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  • What is That Bump on My Foot?

    What is that bump on my foot? Do you have a large bump at the base of your first toe? Does it get painful at times? Is it difficult to find shoes that fit? That bump is called a bunion (bun-yun). Bunions tend to occur more often in women and as we age. What causes […]

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  • What Did You Say? Noise Induced Hearing Loss

    Approximately 30 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Hearing loss can develop at any age and may be caused by many different factors. Some causes of hearing loss include: Aging – Humans begin to lose their hearing at age 20, but it is often not noticeable until between the ages of 55 and 65. […]

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  • 4 Things You Can Do to Be Safer on the Road

    Driving a vehicle represents freedom and independence for most people. Many of us remember the day we passed our driving license exam and what excitement we felt, being able to drive on our own. Particularly those of us who live in rural areas, such as the NEK, it is hard to get anywhere without wheels! […]

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  • Helping With the Sounds of Life

    May is Better Speech and Hearing Month Speech is the verbal means of communicating. When a person is unable to produce speech sounds correctly or fluently, or has problems with his or her voice, then he or she may have a Speech Disorder. This also includes disorders of the voice and stuttering. Language is made […]

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  • Occupational Therapy Turns 100!

    Did you know that the profession of OT (Occupational Therapy) is turning 100 years old in 2017? The profession of OT originated when wounded soldiers were bedridden and caregivers realized that keeping their patient’s hands and mind busy had many positive outcomes for them. The basis of occupational therapy was to use meaningful activities for […]

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  • Apps for Kids that Help Hand, Vision and Writing Skills

    Apps for kids that help hand, vision and writing skills: As parents know, kids love cell phones and electronic notebooks such as IPads or Kindles. Here are some apps that can encourage various skills so they can learn something along with playing on their devices! For hand skills: • Dexteria: hand and finger exercises. • […]

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  • Tennis Elbow? But I Don’t Even Play Tennis?

    What are Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s elbow? •    Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, involves pain around the elbow, primarily at the bony area of the outer elbow (known as the lateral epicondyle). Sometimes it is even tender to the touch. •    Golfer’s elbow, or medial epicondylitis, is a similar condition in which the bony area […]

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  • Carrying Your Infant While Saving Your Back

    We all like to snuggle and care for our young children. But those 5 to 40 extra pounds can lead to an aching back if we don’t take care of ourselves. Here are a few tips to save your back but love your child. Squat down to pick up your child keeping he or she […]

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  • What is Thumb Arthritis?

    Arthritis is a common complaint of pain for many. It can affect many joints of the body. This week the focus is on arthritis in one specific area, the thumb. What is thumb arthritis? A very common form of arthritis happens at the base of the thumb. This joint is very mobile and is prone […]

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  • 7 Ways to Avoid Injury While Shoveling

    Shoveling snow might seem like a simple task, and often, we think nothing of it. It’s just something that needs to be done after a snowfall. However, the task becomes a bit more daunting when you’re dealing with an injury or weakness. In truth, it’s a complex task that requires use of the legs, arms […]

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  • Your Feet Are Your Foundation

    Do you have diabetes? If so, one of the most important things that you can do, besides keep your blood sugar under control, is to take care of your feet. 60-70% of patients with diabetes have nerve damage which can cause foot and leg numbness. This is one of the biggest risk factors in developing […]

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  • What Do I Get? – A Gift Giving Guide For Children

    Early motor development is important for children to be able to participate in more refined skills as they get older. Hand skills are needed to be able to feed, dress, bathe, groom and participate in daily tasks (including school). It is important to help children interact with the world through play and exploration. Limit motorized […]

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