The Update: November 2016

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heartwalk2016 Philly Heart Walk

Join us as we proudly walk with our Penn Medicine colleagues at the 2016 Heart Walk on Saturday, November 5th, which benefits the American Heart Association.

The Heart Walk takes place over a three-mile walking route around Citizens Bank Park. Our goal is to help raise $1,000 to help Penn Medicine reach its fundraising target of $250,000.

To join or create a team, click here.


The Importance of Homework during Therapy

While the idea of homework from your therapist may seem unappealing, the potentially positive outcomes of therapy after an injury can be greatly increased by a patient performing their daily home exercise program. Whether a patient's injury is minor or severe, performing a daily exercise plan will not only help improve their recovery chances, but can often improve it more quickly.

Rasansky Physical Therapy clinician Amy Moskow, ORT/L, explains how patients can take control of their own recovery through 'homework'.

Click here to read Amy's guest post on our blog, Next Chapter!

 

World Traveler Once Again

NANCY-more photoLiving in Center City, 79-year-old Nancy Silberstein is no stranger to walking. But when a fall led to a broken distal radius (often referred to as a broken wrist), she found herself unable to go about her daily active lifestyle without hesitation.

At Penn Therapy & Fitness Rittenhouse, Nancy began a specialized physical therapy program to improve her balance. Elena Newland, DPT, worked on a weekly basis with Nancy to provide a comprehensive treatment plan to both improve her steadiness and knowledge of fall prevention.

Less than a year after the initial fall that threatened her active lifestyle, Nancy laced up her walking shoes and set off to explore Barcelona, Spain with a friend in June 2016.

"Because of the impact physical therapy had on my ability to walk without fear of falling or pain, I was able to enjoy my trip," said Nancy. "We hiked countless of miles on challenging trails, and there were no other hikers our age."

Read how Nancy has been able to resume her international travels with the help of physical therapy at Penn Therapy & Fitness.

 


November Support Group Schedule

Below is our listing of support group meetings for November 2016. All of our support groups are open to the public, and take place at our Rittenhouse Campus.

Brain Injury Support Group

Thursday, November 3rd from 3-4pm
Contact: Kjisten.Robin@uphs.upenn.edu 
Intimacy & Relationship Changes

 

Aphasia Support Group

Thursday, November 17th from 4-5pm
Contact: Molly.Brightbill@uphs.upenn.edu
General Support Group Session


Spinal Cord Injury Support Group

Tuesday, November 15th from 3-4pm
Contact: Lindsay.Furlong@uphs.upenn.edu 
General Support Group Session


Amputee Support Group

Thursday, November 17th from 3-4pm
Contact: Christopher.Gorrell@uphs.upenn.edu
Open Discussion

Stroke Support Group

Tuesday, November 22nd from 3-4pm
Contact: Natalia.Stroutinsky@uphs.upenn.edu
General Support Group Session