Keeping You In Tip Top Shape

Let's face it, this whole social/physical distancing solution isn't going away anytime soon. In fact, they might even mandate face masks for all in public settings. I'm typically one to view the glass half full, and I have been constantly looking for ways to support people at a distance; still I see individuals that are unable to perform telehealth for a variety of reasons in order to prevent deconditioning, reduce risk of falls, help resolve musculoskeletal pain. I'm also so happy (grain of salt on this one) that this COVID-19 outbreak is occurring at the height of our technology boom.

Consider this: big tech companies are having to accommodate the huge influx of users simultaneously supporting video calls, conferencing, phone calls, text messages, and everyone working from home. Think of all the dollars recently that went into brand new home setups such as desks, chairs, monitors, mice, keyboards, printers, scanners, fax machines, and phone lines. This is unprecedented, and all I can think about incredibly useless it is to drive somewhere, sit in a cubicle, and do the same thing at work that you can do at home.

People will realize that they have been able to keep up the workload, and so will their bosses. I'm sure efficiency was not the best in the first few weeks, with most adults trying to help their children login to and complete their homework assignments. Also, let's not forget all the home cooked meals that are coming out of this...and the DISHES! Oh, my goodness, the dishes. Unfortunately, this leaves many of us without good ways to exercise, especially when injured to begin with.

Basically, what this all boils down to is that we need other options to keep people MOVING, ACTIVE, PAIN FREE/LOW PAIN, and to GET PEOPLE BACK TO WHAT THEY WANT TO DO. Telehealth is a great way to do that. And, the awesome thing is that as a physical therapist I can give you the best medicine...EXERCISE. Sorry for the caps, but this really pumps me up. What could be better? Even the New England Journal of Medicine April edition found that exercise was superior to injections for knee osteoarthritis. The beauty of this is that exercise can be provided and supervised via your beautiful piece of technology (see how I came back around to it?).

Here is the infographic supporting what I was mentioning earlier: the key note was the higher the score, the greater the disability.

So, if you're still reading up to this point, consider asking yourself: what can I do right now to improve my current physical state? ANSWER: contact me to schedule your free 30 minute consult right now, and find out if you're a good match for telehealth services. The necessary equipment you need is mentioned in my previous post. Thank you for reading up to this point and I hope you stay well!

In good health,

Dr. James Babana PT, DPT, LMT

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