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College tennis player returns to court after a torn meniscus

Rachel Beck is a member of the Millsaps College tennis team. She had only been playing  collegiately for one year when she tore her meniscus.

“There was no sudden movement or impact that I was aware of,” Rachel recalled. “My injury was simply from wear and tear. My knee was hurting for about two months before I got it checked out.”

Kevin Dessauer, DPT who treated Rachel said, “This is actually a pretty common injury amongst college tennis players.  The amount of mileage a college tennis player accumulates over a season through practice, conditioning, and matches is tremendous.”

When asked how it felt being injured, Rachel said, “It was both physically and mentally challenging.  Some days were more painful than others, and it was then I had to push myself harder. Staying positive was difficult because I had to be patient with my body.”

“The collegiate athletes we treat are often times some of the hardest, yet most rewarding patients,” said Kevin. “They have an unwavering commitment to training and extraordinary talent in their sport. Making them slow down, listen to their body and be patient is usually the most difficult part. They’re used to training hard and giving 100%.”

Rachel’s physical therapy included total body conditioning to restore mobility, strength, balance, power, and endurance as well as a tennis-specific program to allow for a safe return to tennis.

“I was scared and nervous to return to tennis. I feared re-injury from going too hard, too fast,” said Rachel.  “I also didn’t trust myself with a lot of the tennis-related movements. There was a big difference between feeling confident and stronger in physical therapy versus actually getting back on the tennis court.”

“Rachel was able to build confidence through our return to sport testing.  It was a blast watching Rachel develop strength both physically and mentally through this process.  I’m confident that she now moving better than ever.”

Rachel concluded, “My experience at Baudry Therapy Center was amazing! My first half of PT was done in Jackson, MS while I was at Millsaps.  PT at Baudry was incomparable. Everyone was excited to work with me and positively encouraged me through my rough days.  The return to sport program built me back up physically and gave me the confidence to get back on the court.”

Rachel finished the 2016-2017 season with an impressive 8-4 singles record and plans to build on her success this year as she enters her final year at Millsaps.

Learn more about BRIO’s Return to Sport program

The #1 predictor of injury for athletes is a previous injury. So when an athlete is injured, BRIO’s Return to Sport team gets to work with evidence-based care that gives our clients the confidence they need to resume athletic activities. For more information on BRIO’s Return to Sport program, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Our trip to the White House to support health care

Representing small businesses, our employees and our patients

Rich and Leslie Baudry were invited to attend the signing of the executive order by President Trump for the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI) Health Care Plan last week. Rich explains why this is an important first step for our country’s health care:

It was a great honor to represent small business this past week in Washington. As a small business owner, our employees are our number one asset.  They are a second family to us, and as such, we want to ensure that they can live healthier, fuller lives. In fact, that’s what we want for all of our clients. That’s the essence of what our business is all about.

When the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed, our insurance premiums increased, while our health care choices decreased. But it didn’t just affect businesses. The overall cost for health insurance and even the health services we provide has increased for our employees and our patients, too. We believe that having more choices and fostering a healthy workplace environment is essential to the overall well-being of our employees and patients.

In the United States, the total dollar spent on health care is about 17% of our GDP (2014). Yet we rank 37th in health care systems, according to the World Health Organization. Apparently, throwing more money at the problem doesn’t seem to be the solution.

As a health care provider, we believe the country needs to develop a better culture of health and wellness. If we are proactive, develop healthier habits, and live healthier lives, we will cut many of the major health care expenses, especially those associated with preventable diseases. If we all do our part to live healthier, our robust health care system will be well equipped to effectively take care of the uncontrollable illnesses that many people suffer.

Our bodies are incredible machines capable of incredible healing. By cultivating a culture of proactive physical, mental, and spiritual wellness behaviors, we can certainly be the best health care system in the world.  It starts with each of us.

Commit to developing healthy habits, while encouraging others to do the same, and let’s see what happens.

Our Trip to the White House

Disclaimer: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

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Watch the signing of the executive order, recorded from the White House below.

 

Physical therapy helps teacher alleviate neck pain after fall in classroom

A fall on the job causes severe neck pain

Lynne Welty is a very active 4th grade teacher. While teaching in her classroom, she fell and hit her head on floor requiring sutures in her forehead. Her fall resulted in a concussion and whiplash which caused severe neck pain.

“My fall caused substantial neck pain and as a result, medication was necessary to function during the day and sleep at night,” recounted Lynne. “I was very concerned about falling again and re-injuring myself. My injury restricted my daily activity. Driving was even a concern.”

Lynne came to Baudry Therapy Center for manual therapy and functional exercise.

“Initially, I was apprehensive about going to physical therapy due to my neck pain and my busy schedule. The staff at Baudry was very accommodating in scheduling my appointments around my work schedule. Josh Bryant was my physical therapist and he was very kind from the very first visit.”

Josh Bryant, DPT, said, “When I first meet Lynne she was very nervous that her neck would never get better. She did not realize how big of a role posture plays in neck pain. We were able to make some changes to the way she would teach, sit at her desk, and sit to grade papers. Lynne was committed to getting better and was a pleasure to work with.

“Through manual therapy and exercise, Josh was able to help me regain range of motion in my neck. In just three weeks, I was pain free. Josh has a very calming demeanor and rather than feeling apprehensive about going to therapy, I looked forward to it to relax and “de-stress” after a busy day.

“I am amazed how much physical therapy helped me return to my usual activities. I am now living pain free. They taught me stretching exercises which I use at home to continue strengthening my neck and core muscles. In addition to alleviating my neck issues, Baudry helped strengthen and relax my shoulder and back muscles. I find I sleep much better than I did before my accident.”

“Going to physical therapy at Baudry Therapy Center was like being among friends. I am truly grateful to Josh, and the entire Baudry staff, for helping me recover from my injury.”