The Joint Ventures' Blog

Hey Desk Job - Get Moving!

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I recently came across an article in the Boston Business Journal, which started with the phrase “Die young, or look ridiculous.”  For obvious reasons, it caught my eye.  The article was referring to some of the new trends in health and fitness, such as the Vibram FiveFingers and most recently the Treadmill Desk. 

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Importance of PT and Patient Relationships: A Life Saving Story

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

As a physical therapist working in a place like Joint Ventures, I mostly deal with orthopedic injuries (joint sprains, muscle strains, post-surgical rehab, etc.) that are pretty straightforward as far as treatment plan and prognosis.  But part of my training as a PT deals with recognizing "red flags" for conditions that are outside of my scope of practice and when I need to refer my patients out to a specialist that can help them.  Another part of the PT's job is getting to know my patients and advocating for them, as I get to spend so much more time with them (2-3 times/week, for at least 30 minutes at a time) compared to what their doctors get to.   

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What's Inside Your Water Bottle?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hydration is key during the summer months.  Whether you are out running, biking, or playing a sport, keep water handy for pre-workout warm-ups, the duration of the exercise, and post-workout cool-down.  It’s key to maintaining your fluid balance, preventing dehydration, and possibly staving off muscle cramps. 

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10 Things you didn't know about our Office Manager and Billing Admin: Marisa & Kim!

Friday, August 10, 2012

As most of you know, Joint Ventures offers some great patient services - but we also staff some amazing people behind the scenes who are working day in and day out to keep the business wheels turning.  Marisa Yelle, the Office Manager, runs the day-to-day administration tasks and manages the administrative staff, while Kim Dragon keeps your dollars in check as the Billing Administrative Assistant. Both of these young women are a vital part of our team; but interestingly enough, they are also a staple in each others lives. With a friendship beginning at the age of 5, these two ladies are a force to be reckoned with at our Kenmore office.  Please enjoy reading their responses to 10 unique questions!  

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A Little Something About Bare Feet: Minimalist Running

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Over the past few weeks I've had a lot of patients asking me about barefoot training and minimalist shoes.  Given the recent surge in people swapping out their cross-trainers and running shoes for minimalist shoes I thought I'd give you all the low-down on what we know about minimalist and barefoot training.  The short answer is not much.  The trend towards barefoot/minimalist training is far ahead of the science and there are still a lot of unanswered questions. 

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Your Step by Step Plan for Injury Free Barefoot and Minimalist Running

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Over the past few years, the number of barefoot and minimalist running enthusiasts has increased dramatically.  Books have been written, large clunky shoes have been denounced, and now it is easy to find minimalist shoes that provide protection from the hard streets, but don’t do much else.  Due to this growing population, I am often asked what I think about it.  I am a barefoot/minimalist runner and I love it, but that doesn’t mean that it is for everyone.  

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Short Term and Long Term Goals: Setting Realistic Expectations

Friday, July 27, 2012

A few months back, I was reading about a wrestler who was training for the World Wrestling Championships in 2010 which was held in Moscow.  His name is Jake Herbert and he wrestles in the 85 kg weight class.  He was discussing how he wanted to prove to himself that he was fully committed to putting his best effort in training for what he called the most important tournament in his life.  So on top of all of his training in wrestling, and the time in the weight room, he set a goal of doing 10,000 pull ups over a 1 year span.   

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What is a Meniscus Tear?

Monday, July 23, 2012

A common knee injury that we treat here at Joint Ventures is a tear in the meniscus (plural, menisci), or as a more common reference, a tear of the knee cartilage.  For the purpose of this post, we will consider the menisci to be the primary name for what lies between the two bones in the knee. 

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Employee Spotlight: 10 Things You Didn't Know About JVPT Owners David Larson and Daniel Brownridge

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Recently, I asked Dan and Dave a series of obscure questions to reveal the the non-business side of our beloved bosses. They obliged with some pretty amazing answers. I hope you enjoy reading this as much as I did. (also, how cute are their kids??) 

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Do I Need an MRI/X-Ray/CT Scan? via Erin Futrell PT, OCS

Monday, July 02, 2012

In a recent issue of the Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, there is an article concerning the pros and cons of diagnostic imaging that I found fascinating and I want to share some of the highlights.   

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