Injury Prevention

Take Steps to Lower the Risk of ACL Injury this Sports Season

Posted by on Aug 7, 2018 in Athletics, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Take Steps to Lower the Risk of ACL Injury this Sports Season

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school athletes account for about 2 million injuries and around a half-million doctor visits each year. But few of these injuries, says Madras physical therapist Brock Monger, are as costly to a student-athlete and his or her family that a torn ACL. “An ACL tear in the knee will often lead to surgery and months of rehabilitation,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras. “Often, I’ll see many of these student-athletes during post-surgery rehabilitation, but I’d much rather see them before that – when our...

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Playing Multiple Sports Leads to Healthier, Happier Kids

Posted by on Mar 5, 2018 in Athlete Injury, Athletics, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Playing Multiple Sports Leads to Healthier, Happier Kids

In an era of specialization in sports involving athletes of all ages, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger joins most medical experts in agreeing that young athletes generally remain mentally and physically healthier, achieve greater success, and learn to enjoy a lifetime of physical fitness when they opt to play multiple sports. Monger adds that, in contrast, allowing youths to specialize in a sport year-round can lead to burnout, a greater risk of experiencing overuse injuries, and less long-term success. “Encouraging our kids to specialize in a single sport throughout the year isn’t...

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Use Fitness Apps in 2018…but Use with Caution

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Exercise, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Use Fitness Apps in 2018…but Use with Caution

As more people continue to turn to health apps on their smartphones to help achieve goals related to exercise and weight loss, it’s important to use such tools with an element of personal caution, says Madras physical therapist Brock Monger.  According to a report by the firm Research2Guideance, more than 325,000 health apps were available to consumers in 2017. These include popular apps like Strava, Lose It!, Couch to 5K, FitStar Personal Trainer, etc. – apps available to help people achieve goals related to weight loss, healthy eating, and improved fitness.  “The emergence of health and...

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Annual physical therapy checkups essential for active adults, healthy aging

Posted by on Nov 7, 2017 in Active & Aging, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Annual physical therapy checkups essential for active adults, healthy aging

We all know that visiting your physician for an annual physical is critical in maintaining long-term health, just as dental exams twice each year helps ensure oral health throughout a lifetime. But what about annual checkups with a physical therapist? According to Brock Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy in Madras, annual physical therapy checkups provide the third critical (and often overlooked) piece in long-term health and preventative care. “The primary focus of a physical therapist is the musculoskeletal system – the bones, joints, muscles and connective tissues that make it...

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Stroke is preventable, says Apex PT during Stroke Awareness Month

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Active & Aging, Exercise, Healthy Living, Injury Prevention | 0 comments

Stroke is preventable, says Apex PT during Stroke Awareness Month

As we start what’s been known since 1989 as National Stroke Awareness Month (May), Madras physical therapist Brock Monger is eager to point out that stroke is a medical emergency that’s highly preventable, and that movement and exercise are keys to such prevention. “As is true with so many conditions and ailments, getting out and living an active life can go a long way toward preventing stroke, which touches so many people across the country,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “In fact, so many of the consequences of living a more sedentary lifestyle – weight gain, high blood...

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Protect your back in the garden and yard

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Active & Aging, Injury Prevention, Seasonal | 0 comments

Protect your back in the garden and yard

As winter turns to spring and local green thumbs plan for a season of gardening and general yard maintenance, Madras physical therapist Brock Monger has a message for garden and landscape enthusiasts: watch your back. “When gardening, a fact majority of your movement takes place in a bent position, which is unnatural on the body and, when prolonged, can lead to lower-back pain,” said Monger, co-owner of Apex Physical Therapy. “Repetitive bending, reaching, twisting and lifting – all actions common to gardening – tend to put the lower-lumbar area of your back at risk.” Gardening remains one...

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