If you’re a breast cancer survivor, you’ve overcome the fight of a lifetime. So why does it often feel like the battles have only just begun after treatment ends? For the 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States, and those still undergoing treatment, the healing process can be emotionally and physically demanding. Patients might find themselves suffering from common symptoms, including loss of joint motion, fatigue, and pain. Depression, anxiety, and feeling scared that cancer might return, are all very real concerns during survivorship. This Breast Cancer Awareness Month, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) is raising awareness to let cancer survivors know they are not alone after treatment ends.
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If you’re tired of dragging through your workout, consider what’s on your plate. Giving your body the right fuel before, during, and after a workout is just as important as the positive mindset and determination needed to swim one more lap when your arms feel like Jell-O, or do a few extra minutes on the dreaded StairMaster. To increase your performance and energy during your workout, incorporate nutrient-rich foods into your “fitness checklist.” You will most likely notice a difference before you step foot inside the gym or go out for a run.
A prostate cancer diagnosis can quickly turn life upside-down—not only for the affected patient but for the family, as well. Prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in men, according to the American Cancer Society. However, it is also highly treatable. The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) reports that when cancer is detected in local or regional stages, nearly 100% of patients will be free of the disease after five years. Every September, initiatives like Prostate Cancer Awareness Month help to educate the community and highlight important signs and symptoms. It’s also a perfect time to assess your risk factors, schedule a prostate screening, and take the “temperature” on your overall health.
There is a beautiful excerpt written by Emily Perl Kingsley, a “Sesame Street” writer and advocate for individuals with special needs. Welcome to Holland describes a mother’s perspective on having a child with disabilities. Like a warm hug, this passage wraps around the hearts of many, providing inspiration and encouragement. Kingsley compares her experience as a parent of a child with Down Syndrome to planning a trip to Italy, only to find out you’ve been rerouted to Holland. It’s not what you expected, but the experience is no less special or beautiful. In fact, it’s filled with unexpected joys, many treasures, and most of all, love.
Every eleven seconds, an Emergency department sees an older adult who has experienced a fall. This staggering statistic was reported by the National Council on Aging (NCOA), an organization that spearheads Falls Prevention Awareness Day, which is held annually on the first day of fall. Throughout the year, South County Physical Therapy, Inc. (SCPT) works with patients to reduce their risk of fall-related injuries, through its Osteoporosis and Osteopenia Program. We’re happy to share some helpful information to prevent falls and keep you and your loved ones safe.
If your kids are immersed in the virtual world of Pokémon GO, there are some things you should know to help keep them safe as they search for Squirtles and Pidgeys. Pokémon GO is the augmented reality game that has taken the world by storm since its release in July. The game, which was developed and published by Niantic, is free to play and compatible with iOS and Android devices, leaving the door to Pokémon GO wide open for many kids and teens.