Avoiding Winter Sports Injuries

Winter sports are a great way to stay active during colder months, as long as you participate with common sense and caution. Do not take on more than your skill level will safely allow, and wear protective equipment to ensure you can enjoy your sport for the full winter season!

Before heading out on a ski vacation, most people prepare by reserving a room, booking a flight, packing their winter clothes and their skis. However, if you do not prepare your body, you might end up spending more time in the doctor’s office than on the slopes.

What a Pain in the Neck!

Many things in life can be a pain in the neck, and for 10% of the population it is more than just a figure of speech. According to a study by Donald R. Gore, MD, Medical College of Wisconsin, at any given time about 1 in 10 people suffer from neck pain (1). The Global Burden of Disease 2010 Study ranked neck pain as the 4th highest in terms of disability as measured by years lived with disability, and 21st in terms of overall burden (2).

6 Healthy New Year’s Resolutions You Should Make (and Keep)

The end of the year is drawing nearer as we prepare to celebrate the holiday season, which means that roughly one in three Americans will be resolving to better themselves in some fashion. While 75% of these people will stick to their goals for at least a week in the upcoming year, less than half will remain on target 6 months later.

Sure, it’s hard to keep up the enthusiasm for your goals long after you’ve welcomed in the New Year, but it isn’t impossible! Start 2015 off right by resolving to better your body (and life) with these 6 healthy resolutions below:

Join ApexNetwork Fitness Center

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HIGHLAND, IL
15 Apex Drive
p: 618-654-5353

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4017 State Route 159, Ste. 102
p: 618-222-8155

Spine Disorders Can Be Treated Effectively With the McKenzie Method

Did you know that activity related disorders of the spine are experienced by approximately 50-80% of the adult population at some point? The peak prevalence of these disorders appears to occur between the ages of 40-50 years with an incidence of 15-20% of individuals experiencing neck or back pain annually. Women tend to be affected by disorders of the cervical spine slightly more than men, whereas men tend to be more affected by low back disorders.

Rotator Cuff Injuries

What is the rotator cuff? The rotator cuff is comprised of 4 muscles that surround the shoulder joint. The job of these muscles is to: 1) help move the arm away from the body and for rotation of the shoulder joint 2) to provide stability to the shoulder joint during any shoulder movement.

Low Back Pain Management: Chronic Pain Edition

When classifying patients who fit into the chronic pain category therapist generally look at how long a condition/symptoms have lasted. Acute pain is reserved for patients who have had pain from the start of the injury to 3 weeks, Reoccurring pain from 3 weeks to 3 months, and Chronic pain 3 months onward. The neurological changes that happen with chronic pain include neural adaptation (hypersensitivity), sympathetic alterations (SMP, CRPS), myofascial consequences, and biopsychosocial consequences(1).

New Locations Opening in January & February 2015!

ApexNetwork Physical Therapy is excited to announce 3 new locations openings in January & February 2015. We are a full service therapy provider and we look forward to assisting you.

COLUMBIA, IL (Opening January 2015)
1005 S. Main Street, Ste. D
p: 618-281-3433
Services: Physical Therapy, Sports Rehab, Hand Therapy, Industrial Rehab and IASTM

PARIS, IL (Opening February 2015)
15321 US Highway 150
p: 217-383-0485
Services: Physical Therapy, Sports Rehab, Hand Therapy and Industrial Rehab

FORSYTH, IL (Opening February 2015)
849 South Rt. 51
p: 217-872-2244

Hey, Frontenac! Meet Bene Hanquet!

Say hello to Bene Hanquet, MPT and clinic manager at our Frontenace, Missouri facility!

Bene attended the University of Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium and received her bachelor’s degree in physical therapy and rehabilitation. Her hard work and dedication has also led her to obtain her European master’s degree in adapted physical activities. She has practiced in various rehabilitation settings for over 15 years including hospitals, home health agencies, skilled nursing facilities, and private practices, making her very well-rounded in the industry.

3 Surprising Reasons for Weather Related Joint Pain

Having more joint pain with the recent weather changes? You are not alone. Individuals suffering from chronic, arthritic, or lower back pain complain of increased pain during the cold or damp weather changes—but why is this?

Recent studies suggest several factors that contribute to this perception. So bundle up (in seven layers if you want) or grab your electric blanket and learn why you may experience more aches when the weather drops.

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