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Question:  How can I prepare for a safe ski season?

Answer:  Skiing injuries are common in the hands, shoulders, and knees. In the hands, the thumbs are most easily injured.  Additionally, thumbs, wrists and shoulders are susceptible to injury due to ski poles and catching yourself when falling.

Knee injuries are also very common because of the rigid support at the ankle in the ski boot.  While the ankle is well protected inside a boot, the knees are the next likely victim.  Most ligament injuries and fractures occur due to the twisting movement on the knee and leg.  Most knee injuries in skiing occur because of fatigue, lack of familiarity of the terrain, lack of skill, poor physical fitness, and the obstacle of other skiers.

Enjoy your ski season, but be prepared! Before you book your trip, set up a plan to prepare your body. Most skiers work nine to five jobs and are sedentary during the week.  They live like weekend warriors – hitting the slopes on the weekends and vacation getaways.

Prepare for ski season.

Do you want to ski better and avoid injuries?  Try incorporating the four basic components for downhill fitness into your training. A well-rounded program includes a variety of strength, balance, and flexibility exercises incorporated with an aerobic-anaerobic training.

  • Do cardiovascular workouts – rollerblading, tennis, and soccer are great for the added lateral movement benefits
  • Increase your flexibility – especially your hips, thighs, groin, and low back
  • Strength train – focus on your quadriceps to protect your knees, and get stronger in your hamstrings, shoulders, abdomen, and low back too
  • Add balance and agility exercises – try tuck jumps and lateral box jumps

Stay safe while skiing.

  • Always stay in control
  • Skiers ahead of you have the right of way
  • Stop in a safe place for you and others
  • Whenever starting downhill or merging, look uphill and yield
  • Use devices to help prevent runaway equipment
  • Observe signs and warnings, and keep off closed trails
  • Know how to use the lifts safely

If you have questions, call one of our many physical therapists who will help you stay safe on the slopes!

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Cardiovascular diseases affect the heart and circulatory system (heart disease, stroke and high blood pressure).

Physical Therapy can play a key role in heart health:

  • Exercise-based rehabilitation for individuals with heart disease significantly improves outcomes and mortality rates.
  • Expert advice and treatment to help individuals maintain or return to their normal level of function and daily activities.
  • Healthy lifestyle changes recommended by a physical therapist can make a difference.
  • Patients who performed strengthening and functional tasks three times a week for four weeks following a stroke make significant improvements in strength, walking speed and endurance.

If you or your loved one has cardiovascular disease, call a Pivot Physical Therapist today. You owe it to your heart!

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Do You Have Back Pain, Arthritis, or Fibromyalgia?

These are just a few conditions that may be managed through aquatic therapy or water exercise.  There are many benefits to initiating an aquatic therapy program.  If you suffer from back pain or spinal injuries, aquatic therapy is a great way to strengthen your core.  In general, physical activity is great for combating the pain, stiffness, and inflammation associated with arthritis.  Water allows arthritis sufferers to exercise with less impact on their joints.  The physical properties of water (buoyancy, relative density, and fluid resistance) allow folks who suffer from fibromyalgia syndrome a sense of relaxation and the ability to do physical activity pain free.

Physical Properties of Water

  • Buoyancy decreases the amount of weight bearing and reduces the amount of stress placed on joints.
  • Relative density determines whether an object will sink or float in water. Swollen extremities retain fluid, which give the extremity a lower relative density than water and the tendency to float.
  • Fluid resistance is the force that opposes motion through fluid. This creates a perfect environment to perform strengthening, balance and cardiovascular exercises.

What is AQUATIC THERAPY?

Aquatic therapy, or pool therapy, is a type of physical therapy performed in the water.  Aquatic exercises use resistance from the water instead of weights.  The physical properties of water make exercise less difficult and painful, while increasing its effectiveness.  Frequently, water allows patients to perform exercises that they would be unable to do on land.  Most water exercises are done in chest-deep water, and patients do not need to be able to swim.  Exercise and functional activity are more comfortable in water because the pull of gravity is not as strong as on land.  Water supports the body, reduces joint stress and provides resistance and assistance to movement, allowing improved mobility, strength and function.

Benefits of AQUATIC THERAPY

  • Accelerate healing process
  • Boost cardiovascular conditioning
  • Build muscle endurance
  • Decrease swelling
  • Improve circulation
  • Improve flexibility and range of motion
  • Increase strength
  • Reduce pain and muscle spasm

AQUATIC THERAPY is often used to treat the following conditions:

  • Arthritis
  • Auto accidents
  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Ligament sprains
  • Low back dysfunction
  • Muscle strains
  • Post-surgical
  • Pre- and postpartum
  • Spinal Surgeries

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Snow shoveling is more than just a chore; it’s a workout that requires proper technique and precaution to prevent unnecessary strain and pain. To avoid coping with a snow shoveling injury during the winter season, follow these simple tips:

  • Fifteen minutes of snow shoveling is considered moderate exercise. Talk to your doctor beforehand to ensure you are healthy enough to shovel snow.
  • Avoid caffeine or nicotine before snow shoveling. These stimulants could increase your heart rate and cause your blood vessels to constrict, which places extra stress on your heart.
  • Stay warm and hydrated. Breathing in cold air dehydrates your body and could lead to fatigue or an injury.
  • Warm up for a few minutes before shoveling snow. Stretching your muscles by moving your arms, legs, and back can prevent injuries and allow your body to move more efficiently.
  • To avoid a back injury, use the correct shovel. A shovel with an “S-shaped” handle will require less effort.
  • Protect your back from injury by bending from your knees and hips and moving your feet when lifting snow. Keep your core tight as you lift the snow.
  • New fallen snow is much lighter and easier to shovel. When possible, sweep away new fallen snow and avoid lifting a large snow-filled shovel.
  • The average shovel full of heavy, wet snow weighs 16-20 pounds. Every 10 minutes you will clear more than 2,000 pounds of snow. Remove heavy snow by skimming off the top layer before removing the bottom layer.
  • Pace yourself and take frequent rest breaks. Immediately stop if you feel pain or discomfort.

If you are experiencing aches and pain while shoveling, call us for an injury screening at 1-866-PIVOT-18.

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The cold weather may want to make you stay bundled up on the couch, but it’s important to continue practicing healthy habits throughout the winter season to keep your physical and mental health in check. Read these tips on how you can stay fit, practice proper nutrition, and manage your stress this season.

Stay Fit

Staying active can increase your energy levels, improve your balance, prevent or delay the onset of diseases, and reduce depression. Activities like housework, climbing stairs, dancing, stretching, and balancing can all be performed in the comfort of your home when you don’t feel like braving the cold.

Always warm up before exercising by marching in place, pumping your arms, or doing dynamic stretches. Once you’re ready to get moving, here are the four types of exercise you can practice:

  • Endurance – Gradually build up to 30 minutes of an activity that makes you breath hard and perform this exercise every day.
  • Strengthening – Climbing stairs, lifting light weights, carrying children, or other slightly strenuous activities should be performed every other day.
  • Balance – Practice standing on one leg, walking heel-toe, or standing from a sitting position with assistance nearby.
  • Flexibility – Hold each stretch for at least 20 seconds with 3-5 repetitions.

Always consult your Primary Care Physician before starting an exercise program and never perform an exercise that causes you pain.

Practice Proper Nutrition

While comfort food and holiday treats may be your cold-weather favorites, maintaining a balanced diet during the winter will help you avoid weight gain and keep your body healthy. Try these nutrition tips:

  • Establish regular meal times and pre-plan your meals and snacks. This will help you stay on track and avoid over-eating.
  • Identify your “guilty pleasures” and try low-calorie versions of them or limit consumption. Pre-portion your “guilty pleasures” and only eat them when you have a craving.
  • Make small substitutions to cut calories like drinking water instead of high-calorie drinks, using low-calorie dressings, and eating baked, broiled, or grilled food rather than fried.
  • Control calorie intake when dining out by ordering a side salad or veggies, sharing an entrée with someone, and checking the nutritional information on a restaurant’s website.

 Manage Your Stress

It’s easy to get caught up in the stress of the holidays, but taking care of your mental health is just as important as managing your physical health. Here are a few simple ways to manage your stress:

  • Exercise and eat healthy. Taking the time to exercise for at least 30 minutes daily will boost your mood and put your mind at ease. Avoid overindulging on high-calorie foods that will cause you to feel sluggish and could lead to weight gain.
  • Get plenty of rest and stay hydrated. Adequate sleep will help you focus, eat less calories, boost your immune system, and more. Drinking plenty of water will also help you fight off hunger pangs!
  • Take a tech break. Remember to put your phone, computer, or other electronic devices away. Spend time with friends and family, read a book, or do something else you love that doesn’t involve technology.
  • Ask for help. Don’t go it alone and don’t be afraid to ask others for help if your to-do list is overwhelming.

If you are experiencing aches and pains this winter, give us a call at 1-866-PIVOT-18 and let us help you get back to healthiness.

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Towson, MD – Pivot Health Solutions, the nation’s fastest growing physical therapy, occupational health, and corporate healthiness services provider, today announced it has completed its acquisition of Onsite Innovations, a leading provider of occupational healthcare services to organizations ranging from manufacturing to professional services firms. Concurrently, Pivot Health Solutions announced the launch of Pivot Onsite Innovations.

Onsite Innovations is a nationwide practice with 450 employees operating more than 100 on-site health clinics for organizations in 42 states. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Lawrence Goren, M.D. in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, Onsite Innovations has built an impressive client roster that includes Fortune 1000 businesses in the steel, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, automobile, construction, aerospace, and entertainment industries.

“We are thrilled to have the caring professionals of Onsite Innovations join our team at Pivot,” said Harris Thompson, CEO of Pivot Health Solutions. “We have long admired Onsite Innovations and the effective occupational healthcare services it has provided to manage workforces both large and small. With Pivot Onsite Innovations and Pivot Occupational Health, our company is better positioned than it has ever been to meet, treat and improve employee health.”

With the acquisition and launch of Pivot Onsite Innovations, Pivot grows its occupational health offerings and will be able to more effectively help businesses treat and manage work-related injuries and employee health.

Driven by its team of onsite occupational health specialists, Onsite Innovations attacks the drivers of healthcare costs with an integrated set of services and the flexibility to meet the individual needs of each business it serves. In addition to workplace care, Pivot’s Occupational Health team provides treatment and management of work -related injuries and employee health at 13 occupational health clinics located throughout Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland.

“Onsite Innovations has a strong reputation of providing personalized health care in high-risk work environments and joining Pivot is an exciting opportunity for us,” said Mike Brady, COO of Pivot Onsite Innovations. “We will now have the resources to expand our services and provide businesses with greater access to a team of highly trained and skilled clinicians.”

Founded in 2000, Pivot Health Solutions is the parent company of Pivot Physical Therapy, Pivot Occupational Health, Pivot Onsite innovations, Pivot Sports Medicine, and Pivot Performance. Together, Pivot’s family of brands provides all of the resources patients need to get and stay healthy. Pivot Health Solutions has more than 2,500 employees offering health and wellness services throughout the United States.

For more information about Pivot Health Solutions, visit www.pivoths.com. To learn more about Pivot Onsite Innovations, visit http://onsite-innovations.com/.

About Pivot Health Solutions:

Pivot is the nation’s fastest growing physical therapy, occupational health, and corporate healthiness services provider compassionately committed to safely and efficiently getting patients back to their regular activities. Pivot’s effective, innovative, and personalized approach delivers the highest quality patient experience while helping patients meet their healthiness goals. To learn more about Pivot, visit www.pivoths.com.

Media Contact:

Alex Jackson                                   Kayla McMahon

Maroon PR                                      Maroon PR

443-864-4246                                 443-864-4246

Alex@MaroonPR.com                    Kayla@MaroonPR.com

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Pivot Physical Therapists encourage you to #ChoosePT

Learn more during National Physical Therapy Month

Exercise

A study following 20,000 people over 11 years found that those who exercised on a regular basis, experienced less pain. And among those who exercised more than 3 times per week, chronic widespread pain was 28% less common. Physical therapists can prescribe exercise specific to your goals and needs.

Manual Therapy

Research supports a hands-on approach to treating pain. From carpal tunnel syndrome to low back pain3, this type of care can effectively reduce your pain and improve your movement. Physical therapists may use manipulation, joint and soft tissue mobilizations, and dry needling, as well as other strategies in your care.

Education

A large study conducted with military personnel demonstrated that those with back pain who received a 45 minute educational session about pain, were less likely to seek treatment than their peers who didn’t receive education about pain. Physical therapists will talk with you to make sure they understand your pain history, and help set realistic expectations about your treatment.

Teamwork

Recent studies have shown that developing a positive relationship with your physical therapist and being an active participant in your own recovery can impact your success. This is likely because physical therapists are able to directly work with you and assess how your pain responds to treatment.

When it comes to your healthiness, you have a choice. Choose more movement and getting back to healthiness. Choose physical therapy!

American Physical Therapy Association. (2018, October 1). National Physical Therapy Month – #CHOOSEPT. Retrieved from http://www.apta.org/NPTM/

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From the Baltimore Business Journal

Sep 19, 2018, 1:14pm EDT

Pivot Health Solutions is looking to keep up a pace of adding about 30 new locations to its inventory of physical therapy clinics per year, armed with growing brand recognition and an aggressive merger and acquisition strategy.

The Towson company specializes in both physical therapy and occupational health, serving clients ranging from college athletes who require treatment after a concussion event, to people who were
injured on the job and are trying to get back to work.

CEO Harris Thompson said by the end of 2018, Pivot will have opened more than 30 new locations this year, with plans to open at least 30 more next year. The locations are concentrated among Maryland — there are 67 locations in-state — Pennsylvania, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. He said Pivot locations currently log about 2 million patient visits per year.

The company was founded in 2000, and Thompson said in the past five years alone, Pivot has grown from about 50 locations and 350 employees, to more than 300 locations and 2,500 employees. Revenue growth was not disclosed.

“We’re very proud of our growth, and I think it shows what we’re doing is resonating with the market,” Thompson said. “As long as there’ growing demand, we want to keep growing to meet it.”

As part of its growth strategy, Pivot has made about 30 acquisitions in the past several years of other outpatient physical therapy and occupational health care providers throughout the region. It has acquired ProCare Physical Therapy, Dynamic Physical Therapy, Tidewater Physical Therapy, WorkPro Occupational & Employee Health and Onsite Innovations, among others.

Thompson said in many cases, it is mutually beneficial for Pivot and other therapy companies already in the market to merge. It helps smaller businesses in the market gain more traction with the backing of a larger firm, he said, and allows Pivot to enter a new market by absorbing an operation-ready business that already has a local presence and client base.

Pivot also provides on-site occupational health services for larger firms, at distribution and manufacturing sites, as well as on-site athletic training services for collegiate and high school athletic teams, including at St. Mary’s College, Wilmington University, and several public schools in Carroll and Howard counties.

Thompson said he hopes to continue substantial growth in region market, but doesn’t haven’t plans to expand westward yet.

“We want to stay pretty concentrated and be first-in-class in the markets we are already in,” he said. “If we do choose to expand our footprint at some point, we’d want to wait until we can do it at same level and scale as our previous markets.”

Morgan Eichensehr
Reporter
Baltimore Business Journal

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Maryland-based health services provider introduces new tagline to support the company’s expansion and commitment to providing patients with personalized care

Towson, MD – Pivot Health Solutions, the nation’s fastest growing physical therapy, occupational health, and corporate healthiness services provider, continues its rapid pace of growth and today announced its new corporate tagline, “The Healthiness People,” unifying its health and wellness services through one message.

‘The Healthiness People’ represents Pivot’s health and wellness services shared mission and reflects the company’s commitment to being a dedicated, trustworthy, and caring leader focused on getting patients back to their healthy lives safely and efficiently. The tagline also will anchor a marketing campaign designed to support the company’s continued growth. Pivot plans to open seven additional clinics before year’s end and more than 30 new clinics in 2019.  With a continued focus on healthy growth, by the end of next year Pivot will include more than 300 physical therapy locations, 13 occupational health centers and 10 performance centers, 150 onsite employer partnerships, and 100 athletic training engagements.

“Healthiness describes the combination of health and wellness that each Pivot employee promotes daily,” said Harris Thompson, CEO of Pivot Health Solutions. “For the past five years, Pivot has experienced exponential growth while maintaining its commitment to compassionately providing effective, innovative, and personalized patient care through its various services. We are The Healthiness People, and we are poised to continue our growth as a leader in this space for years to come.”

Founded in 2000, Pivot Health Solutions is the parent company of Pivot Physical Therapy, Pivot Occupational Health, Pivot Sports Medicine, and Pivot Performance. Together, Pivot’s family of brands provides all of the resources patients need to get and stay healthy. From athletes looking to improve their performance to employees experiencing a workplace injury, Pivot provides one-on-one care by creating personalized care plans to get individuals back to healthiness.

“Our differentiator is our people,” said Thompson. “Pivot is made up of driven, nimble, and compassionate employees who are tirelessly committed to helping individuals achieve their healthiness goals. ‘The Healthiness People’ shines a light on our world-class talent and establishes where the value lies in what we do.”

Pivot Physical Therapy has excelled through personalized physical therapy treatment and rehabilitation services. Pivot’s occupational health business has also expanded as the company has grown its client roster to promote employee healthiness at Pivot Occupational Health Centers and on-site at businesses across the United States.

Aiding its growth, Pivot has acquired several outpatient physical therapy providers in recent years, including ProCare Physical Therapy, Dynamic Physical Therapy, and Tidewater Physical Therapy. The company also acquired WorkPro Occupational & Employee Health in 2015 and Onsite Innovations in 2017 to help businesses treat and manage work-related injuries and employee health.

Pivot also provides athletic training services for individuals, groups and professional, collegiate and high school athletic teams, including St. Mary’s College, Wilmington University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and more. Pivot Sports Medicine provides an extensive network of athletic trainers who help athletes at all levels achieve their performance goals. At Pivot Performance Centers, Pivot offers customized, instructor-led programs for individuals, semi-private groups and athletic teams.

Today, Pivot Health Solutions has more than 2,500 employees offering health and wellness services through its family of brands located throughout the United States.

For more information, visit www.pivoths.com. Visit Pivot Physical Therapy’s new website at www.pivotphysicaltherapy.com.

About Pivot:

Pivot is the nation’s fastest growing physical therapy, occupational health, and corporate healthiness services provider compassionately committed to safely and efficiently getting patients back to their regular activities. Pivot’s effective, innovative, and personalized approach delivers the highest quality patient experience while helping patients meet their healthiness goals. To learn more about Pivot, visit www.pivoths.com.

Media Contact:

Alex Jackson                                       Kayla McMahon

Maroon PR                                          Maroon PR

443-864-4246                                     443-864-4246

Alex@MaroonPR.com                   Kayla@MaroonPR.com

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Staying fit and healthy — and helping prevent the need for physical therapy — can come in the form of many activities. Of course, in winter, that often can mean ice skating, hockey, skiing, and more.

Given these activities, January is recognized as National Winter Sports TBI Awareness Month — that’s Traumatic Brain Injury.

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York offers some safety tips:

  • “Wear a properly fitted helmet that is appropriate for the activity. Helmets can go a long way toward preventing or reducing the severity of a TBI.”
  • “Set a no hits to the head or other dangerous play rule for hockey and other contact sports.”
  • “Take lessons. If you’re going skating, skiing, or snowboarding, basic lessons will help you learn how to fall more safely and less often.”

Notes the U.S. National Institutes of Health:

“Symptoms of a TBI may not appear until days or weeks following the injury. A concussion is the mildest type. It can cause a headache or neck pain, nausea, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and tiredness. People with a moderate or severe TBI may have those, plus other symptoms:”

  • A headache that gets worse or does not go away
  • Repeated vomiting or nausea
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Inability to awaken from sleep
  • Slurred speech
  • Weakness or numbness in the arms and legs
  • Dilated eye pupils

The BCBS piece notes that the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention encourages coaches and parents to follow a four-step action plan when a concussion is suspected during sports activities:”

  • “Remove the athlete from play.”
  • “Ensure the athlete is evaluated by a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussions.”
  • “Inform the athlete’s parents or guardians about the possible concussion.”
  • “Keep the athlete out of play the day of the injury and until a health care professional experienced in evaluating concussion says they are symptom-free and okay to return to play.”

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