It was Friday, December 14, 2018. While walking in a parking lot, Kathy Vinci’s foot twisted over the rolling, loose rocks she tried to kick out of her path. Realizing she was falling and sure to hit the ground face first, she instantly reacted, lifting her arms, bracing for the impact. Her elbows hit the ground with even force, at the same time. She couldn’t move.
On March 20, 2019, Al Grywalski, 73 and in good health, woke feeling a little out of sorts, but chalked it up to not having eaten yet. A big breakfast didn’t help, and though he noticed slight weakness in his right foot, he dismissed the issue thinking it was no big deal. At 1:30, he headed to his fitness center for his normal workout. But after experiencing a surprising weakness in his right arm, he cut the workout short. Then, walking to his car, he noticed balance problems. Al sought immediate help. At the TriPoint Emergency Room, he announced that he thought he was having a stroke and the staff flew into action.
When you think of physical therapy, do you picture a swimming pool? More athletes than ever are trying aquatic therapy to return to their sport faster and with less pain. Water offers many unique properties to help you recover from injury better than doing exercises on land. What makes water therapy different? Deb Walko, AT, EMT-B, CSCS, Lake Health Sports Medicine senior athletic trainer and injured-worker rehabilitation expert, explains: