A Picture is Worth a Thousand Diagnoses? PT Blog • January, 2019 “Believe nothing you hear, and only half that you see.” – Edgar Allan Poe Not all things are what they seem. When was the last time the Big Mac meal looked like the commercial, the slightly used car turned out to be a winner, or your online date’s profile picture was a spot on match? Did I mention that wrestling (aka ‘wrastlin’) and the Easter bunny aren’t real, and I’m still waiting on that free iPhone upgrade. All jokes aside, believing most things at face value is a fool’s errand with skepticism and investigation offering a [...]
About Ashley TheobaldAshley Theobald, D.P.T. – Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. She attended the University of South Alabama and was an advanced undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-professional health sciences in 2012. She then graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014. During her first year of PT school she met and married her husband, Ben. They moved to Nashville, TN where she worked for 3 years in an outpatient clinic full time and at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital PRN. She is now working for ATI Physical Therapy full-time in Greenville, SC. She has been an avid health and fitness fan playing softball growing up, tennis in high school, and completing 2 half-marathons in college. She enjoys traveling overseas and has completed 2 short-term medical mission trips for physical therapy in the Dominican Republic (2013) and Haiti (2015), with intentions of returning yearly.
Back to Basics: Hydration PT Blog • December, 2018 “Pure water is the world’s first and foremost medicine.” – Slovakian proverb Water is essential to life. The average adult body is composed of 55-65% water with the brain consisting of 78%. Newborn babies, which require more water during this crucial time for growth and development, are composed of 78% water. 71% of the Earth is covered with water (1), with 400 billion gallons of water used daily in the United States(2). When water shortages occur or toxins are present, the statistics are staggering: “unsafe water kills 200 children every hour” (3) and “80% of illness in the developing [...]
Are You Ready to Play? PT Blog • December, 2018 “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.” – Aristotle Here are some statistics concerning ACL injuries in the United States1: Approximately 350,000 ACL reconstructions (ACLR) are performed each year. Patients who undergo ACLR: 79% develop knee osteoarthritis and 20% suffer re-injury within 2 years. ACL injuries are INCREASING for Division 1 collegiate athlete and youth athletes with some literature quoting a 60% higher prevalence in ACLR in athletes between the ages of 6 to 18 in the past 20 years. 25% of youth athletes who suffer an ACL injury will sustain [...]
Snap, Crackle, Pop! Things that go “pop” in the Night PT Blog • November, 2018 “We do not fear the unknown. We fear what we think we know about the unknown.” – Unknown (pun intended!) Stop me if you’ve seen this scene before: A remote campsite in the middle of the woods, friends sitting around a fire roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories. Suddenly, during the middle of a harrowing tale about a camper from long ago who drowned in the nearby lake, you hear a rustling in the brush. One of your friends shines a light in the direction, but again… a noise… this time closer. Close enough [...]
Proprioception: Beyond the Five Senses PT Blog • November, 2018 “What is real? How do you define real? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.” – Morpheus, from The Matrix Ever wonder how you are able to walk in the dark, brush your hair, or put in contacts without a mirror? What about jumping on a trampoline or running through the woods without twisting your ankle? Or how about throwing a Frisbee with your dog or a throwing a football during Thanksgiving without [...]