Osteoarthritis: Care across the Lifespan

by Margaret Vence We often think of arthritis as a disease that strikes the elderly. However, research shows that osteoarthritis can be diagnosed in individuals as early as twenty five years of age. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by progressive loss of the cartilage of joints. It is the most common joint disorder… Read more »

Lifespan Hires New Executive Director

  In my column in our previous e-newsletter, I shared that Lifespan was beginning the process of defining the position and recruiting for an executive director.  As the practice has grown, daily management responsibilities have consumed much of my time and energy.  I began my career as a solo practitioner with a single patient under… Read more »

Physical Therapist to Educator

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT   If you asked me ask a toothless second grader ‘What I was going to be when I grew up?’ I would have told you an art teacher; that was until about 6th grade when I realized being artistic and creative were not necessarily the same and my strengths were… Read more »

Can Being Present Help your Chronic Pain?

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     The first thing to understand when talking about pain, is what the heck is it? Pain is a physical, cognitive, and emotional reaction to a stimulus that you perceive as dangerous. This shows that not only are there multiple ways that you may respond to pain, but your… Read more »

Are we teaching our children to be less literate?

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     When the word literacy is mentioned many people immediately think about reading and writing, but there has been more talk recently about physical literacy; that is, how well are our kids able to perform basic gross motor movements, such as: swimming, running, jumping, throwing, and batting. There are multiple… Read more »

Chronic Ankle Instability – Retrain the sprain!

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     Chronic ankle sprains are the most common injuries in sports across the board, they account for 16 to 21% of all sports related injuries and over a six year period accounted for 21% of the visits to the emergency department. Because this injury is so common, it is… Read more »

Hippotherapy Experience: What I’ve Learned about Working with Horses

by Bailey Crook, SPT During my clinical rotation with Mia Thomas PT, DPT I’ve had the wonderful experience to shadow Kirsta Malone, OTR at her horse stables in Union Springs on Wednesday afternoons. Kirsta currently runs a nonprofit organization that offers hippotherapy sessions, as well as horseback riding lessons, called Green Goose Acres. She’s in… Read more »

Part Time Physical Therapist

Immediate opening for a part time physical therapist who loves working in a mixed setting of early intervention and preschool pediatrics as well as with an outpatient orthopaedic population! Come to Lifespan for our experienced supervisors, the environment, the work ethic, and the opportunity to make a real difference! Work with early intervention/preschool throughout Tompkins… Read more »

The Need for an Executive Director

by Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I have spent the last year describing my path to becoming a pediatric physical therapist and the president of Lifespan Therapies, PLLC.  As I reflect on how my practice has grown, I am in disbelief as to its size and the scope of services that we provide.  I… Read more »

What is Hippotheraphy?

by Bailey Crook, PT Student Hippotherapy is a form of evidence based practice used by Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech Language Pathologists to purposefully manipulate equine movement to promote the sensory, motor, and cognitive systems to help reach functional goals of patients. This is a type of therapy that would be integrated into the… Read more »

The Importance of Circle Time for Children with Special Needs

by Amanda Bartel, MS OTR/L     As we are all finishing one school year and preparing for the next, here are some thoughts on Circle Time.  Working in an elementary school where my special education students are integrated into the general education classroom for Circle or “Morning Meeting”, I felt like a valuable opportunity… Read more »

Updating Your Sensory Room on a Budget

By Amanda Bartel, OT     If you are lucky enough to have space in your school or clinic for an individual sensory room, why not make the most of it?  I’m an OT at an elementary school that serves both general education students as well as students in our 12:1 special education classrooms.  We… Read more »

“Emma Watch” for patients with Parkinson’s Disease

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Artificial intelligence and other advancements in technology have been impacting the medical field more than some might have expected. Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a prototype for a watch that decreases tremors in the wrist and hand for patients with Parkinson’s disease. Their product uses a combination of… Read more »

Reflections Part 9

By Dana Mandel     In my last related post in May, 2017, I described the first years of private practice as the Mandel Therapy Group and hiring the first employee, Patti Webb, PT.  It didn’t take very long before the administrative requirements of my growing practice began to overwhelm my ability to treat my… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 11

By Sarah White, Occupational Therapist Teddy, continues to attend dog obedience classes, while I have continued to do my homework in regards to understanding canine behavior and appropriate interactions between people and other animals. My last continuing education course titled Animal-Assisted Interventions: Accelerating the Therapeutic Alliance, presented by Christine Strayer Thornton, provided me with even more… Read more »