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ACL Clinic in the Gym

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT     There are over 100,000 ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injuries a year in the United States and women are 4-5 times more likely to tear their ACL than their male counterpart; with these numbers only growing as youth athletes become more specialized, Mia Thomas PT, DPT of Lifespan Therapies,… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Month 5

By Sara White, OTR A few months have passed since blogging about “Teddy”.  Physically, he has grown a lot (fur and body!).  Teddy is now 6 months old.  He continues to work on his social skills.  Teddy has attended two conference days with me without students present.  I think the adult-interaction is more stressful for… Read more »

Holiday Toy Guide

By Lisa Lichak, OTR/L     With the holiday season in full swing, the search for the perfect gift begins. While visions of sugarplums (and elusive Hatchimals) dance in children’s heads, gift buyers wade through catalogs, store ads, websites, and aisles upon aisles of toy selections. With all of the choices, several companies and organizations… Read more »

Writing a Letter to Little Guy

By Amanda Bartel, OTR/L     “I want to name him Little Guy,” my student said when I gave him a new pencil grip.  I have come to know him as a cool, athletic, and confident third grader with spiky blond hair and an oversized hoodie.  But he has some fine motor delays so, on… Read more »

Low Back Bracing Options

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Approximately 50% of working American’s report low back pain, and approximately 20% of persons with acute low back pain will go on to get chronic low back pain. One may think with these numbers there are a plethora of options available to help manage arthritis and low back… Read more »

Bracing Algorithms

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Are you Unsure of your Bracing Choices?   It can be difficult as a new practitioner, whether it be physical therapist, occupational therapist, orthotist, or physician, to be completely confident when you recommend a orthotics to one of your patients. Fortunately, there are multiple online platforms now available… Read more »

Jack-o-Lantern Synonyms & Antonyms

By Christina Noon, CCC-SLP     Here is fun and festive activity to help target language skills! (Click to Download) This activity targets antonyms and synonyms, an important language concept for all school aged kiddos to work on. They are essential to vocabulary development, and can help children decode unfamiliar words in speech and in… Read more »

Standing, Walking, and Sitting Hip Orthoses

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Orthotics are typically thought of as rigid braces that restrict mobility, however that is not always the case. A parent of a child with cerebral palsy created an orthoses to help their child in standing, walking, and sitting by controlling their hip joint.   The design of the… Read more »

Second Annual Professional Development Summit

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     This weekend, The Ithaca College Doctorate of Physical Therapy program held the second annual Professional Development Summit. This year the conference was held at Ithaca College’s Center for Health Science exclusively for the Ithaca College Physical Therapy graduate students.   The conference included presentations covering everything from the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 5

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Losing a Limb, But Not a Life

by Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Our Pediatric and Outpatient Physical Therapist, Mia Thomas, PT, DPT, was able to attend the National Orthotics and Prosthetics Conference in Boston, Massachusetts this year; this even not only offered a plethora of lectures about all different areas of orthotics and prosthetics, but it also gave her the… Read more »

Reflections – Part 4

By Dana Mandel, PT, PCS     I would like to thank everyone that has responded to me about my series of posts in the previous months’ Lifespan E-newsletters.  I have continued to appreciate your congratulations and enjoy learning of your perspectives and experiences related to my 30 years of practice.  Given the interest and… Read more »

Trunk Exercises – Improve Your Core

By Ashley Valentine, PTA   Core exercises improve the strength in the muscles in your pelvis, lower back, hips and abdomen. This leads to better balance and stability, therefore improving function in daily activities. Here is a list of five exercises that should be done daily to improve core strength and stability.      … Read more »

Arthritis is Growing in Everyone

By Mia Thomas, PT, DPT     Today one in every two people in the United States have osteoarthritis (OA), that is twice as much as the one in every four in Europe. This number is especially high right now as our baby boomers are aging and obesity rates are rising.   Upon being diagnosed… Read more »

My Journey to a Therapy Dog – Part 1

By Sarah White, OT I love my job.   I’ll say it again. I love my job. But let’s face it – there are days and sometimes weeks when I just get stuck in a rut. Don’t get me wrong, things are progressing. I always show up bright eyed and bushy tailed ready to work…. Read more »

Physical Therapy Assistants Specialize

by Mia Thomas PT, DPT     The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) just announced Advanced Proficiency Pathways for Physical Therapy Assistants (PTA’s) to help them specialize in different fields. This post-graduation program offered by the APTA will replace the PTA recognition program, which would recognize PTA’s that took continuing education courses addressing a single… Read more »

Autism Texts!

By Mia Thomas PT, DPT       A father of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder that is non-verbal wanted to her give another method to express herself, so he made an Android application that mimicked other programs that are typically used to help children with Autism verbalize their wants and needs.   His… Read more »

Welcome to the Team!

We are excited to welcome to the Lifespan team 3 new therapists and one returning therapist!  Here is a little bit about each of them to help you get to know our therapists better.   Amanda Schlenker, OTR, 6 Years in Practice I’m excited to work at Lifespan because I can tell it is a… Read more »