Redpoint Physical Therapy

Taking your Physical Therapy to a New Level

Sometimes the climb to the top seems impossible. Especially when you have tried so many times before.  

The term “Redpoint” is a climbing term that refers to completing a route which has been unsuccessful on other attempts.  Whether you're dealing with a new injury, or you have a chronic problem that you have been unable to resolve, we are confident we can help you reach your goals and improve your quality of life.

At Redpoint, we offer a fresh approach to physical rehab - We won’t simply treat body parts.  We'll treat people. Our thorough approach provides a superior rehab experience and includes a combination of skilled manual therapy, as well as a comprehensive list of highly specific therapeutic exercises.

Our goal at Redpoint PT is not just to rehabilitate you, but to take your rehab to a new level!

A walk on the Waterfront, Multiple Sclerosis, and World PT Day!

It’s not physical therapy, but a weekend walk along the Plymouth waterfront brings weekday focus to Redpoint. We’re lucky to live along the south shore and we have so many opportunities to take advantage of our proximity to the ocean (Saturday parties on Brown’s Bank anyone?). Those blessings were brought home to me when I saw “Oceans of Hope” pulling out of Brewer’s Marina on Sunday.

For those who aren’t familiar with the bright orange sailing vessel – “Oceans of Hope” it is a Challenge 67. She was built in 1996 for the BT Global Challenge to race around the world the "wrong way"; that is against the prevailing winds and currents. The boat spent some time as a research vessel before becoming the pride and joy of SailSclerosis: a global circumnavigation by those suffering from Multiple Sclerosis that is helping to raise awareness of the disease (and much needed funds). The boat was due in Boston today at 1:30 but, much like our ancestors in 1620, they set into Plymouth before they reached their destination.

My husband and brother are sailors. They’ve both raced and cruised all over the world and, though I’ve never done an ocean passage myself, I know from them how physically grueling it can be. The amazing thing about “Oceans of Hope is that it is crewed almost entirely by those suffering from MS. I’ve treated patients with the debilitating disease and PT can certainly help with balance problems, fatigue, fitness, pain, weakness and coordination issues but a daily stretching and strengthening routine is no match for the sense of accomplishment that must come from a trans-Atlantic crossing.

The crew set sail from Portugal on August 2nd and, after a few stops, hit Boston as we pushed “publish” on this post.  They’ll be around for a couple of weeks for theACTRIMS-ECTRIMS conference, the world’s largest annual international conference devoted to basic and clinical research in multiple sclerosis.

In November they’ll hit New York before moving on to the Caribbean. From there, Oceans of Hope will take a trip through the Panama Canal, down into the treacherous “Southern Ocean” and around Cape Horn. They are looking for crew and are sponsoring sailing lessons in their ports of call. The project has a website at http://www.sailing-sclerosis.com/  where you can check the schedule or sign up to join the crew (there are categories for all levels of sailing experience and MS involvement). They are also on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sailsclerosis and Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OceansofHope.

If you know someone with MS, let them know about the opportunity. In the meantime… and in the spirit of the SailSclerosis global voyage… today is World PT Day. Feel free to hug your local Physical Therapist. Sometimes a walk on the waterfront isn’t enough.

Liz

A trip to the ER, and a well needed upcoming vacation

Posted by Dr. Liz Sims, PT - Redpoint Physical Therapy, Plymouth, MA

My 2 year old may be smart, sneaky, and occasionally manipulative, but she is *not* a faker.  Which is why I was concerned this morning when she continued to hold her elbow and cry this morning while I tried to get her ready for school.  As a PT, I started running through possibilities... the most likely being a "Nursemaid's Elbow", but worst case being an injured growth plate or green stick fracture.  10 minutes later, she still wouldn't let me move her arm, so I knew it was a trip to the ER instead of daycare.

Nurse maid's elbow occurs when a child is pulled by the arm.  

Nurse maid's elbow occurs when a child is pulled by the arm.  

She was a real trooper!  She helped me get her seat belt on, protecting her arm carefully.  She cheerfully sang along to Doc McStuffins' "Time for your check up" song (though, her request for The Wheels on the Bus ended in tears as she couldn't move her arm ):  ).  She was patient and brave in the hospital, and thankfully, the staff in the ER were kind, efficient, and effective.  Confirmation: Nursemaid's Elbow, a dislocation of the head of the radius bone (at the elbow), caused by a traction-type force.  As my husband pulled her up this morning to help me get her dressed, she decided to drop in the opposite direction, and pop!  Out it went!

The treatment was amazingly quick and easy - Dr. Hoffman at BIDMC in Plymouth is my new hero - and she is back to normal... kind of....  No climbing today and taking it really easy the next few days.  And we need to be cautious for the next few years as she is more likely to have the injury again now that the supporting ligaments have been stretched out.  So, a day of rest, it is!

Our first trip to the ER as a family, and we leave without a cast or even a band-aid, and no major meltdowns on my side.  And the prescription?  Snuggles with mom on the couch today!  I wish all ER trips would end this way!

As I have mentioned, and as you can imagine (or as many of you might already know from experience), life with a toddler is exhausting, and at times, physically and mentally assaulting.  That, plus a new business, can be pretty demanding!  So, in order to maintain my sanity and continue to deliver you the best possible care, I will be taking a couple of short vacations in the month of August.  

This will be my last blog of the unofficial summer, but I will be back with new material in early September.  Thank you, faithful readers!  You're the best :)

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