Meet our newest Physical Therapist

We would like to introduce our newest PT, Marissa Balmert. She will mostly be treating patients in our Penn Hills office & below is some fun facts about Marrissa so you can get to know her.

I grew up in North Huntingdon where I went to Norwin, and played basketball, volleyball, and track which sparked my initial interest in sports medicine, as I was always rehabbing from various injuries.  I went to Slippery Rock University for my undergraduate education where I got my Bachelors degree in Exercise Science.  I played NCAA collegiate volleyball for SRU during undergrad.  I continued my education at Slippery Rock for PT school.  I have a special interest in sport specific rehabilitation, sports performance, and manual therapy.  I also have my CSCS (certified strength & conditioning specialist) certification.  In my off time I like to run, play volleyball, do yoga, and go to the gym for exercise.  I enjoy being with my family, friends, and fiancé. I am also actively involved in my church. My two random facts about myself: My nickname is Mud and I got bit by a swan when I was 7 years old. I am very excited to start working at ESSMC with a great group of people, and really hope to get to know all of you better!

A Frozen Shoulder, What Is That?

The American Physical Therapy Association has put together a great article on the condition commonly referred to as a Frozen Shoulder. Click below to learn about the cause, symptoms, and how Physical Therapy will get your shoulder back to normal.

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/SymptomsConditionsDetail.aspx?cid=00661806-1fa0-4fc0-ba17-ea32751d7412#.U76fQ8u9KSM

The key point is if you begin to notice a loss of motion in your shoulder, don’t wait & think it will improve. Our Physical Therapists can detect the early signs of a Frozen Shoulder & through our manual “hands-on” treatment, we can help return the normal motion in your shoulder to allow you to function properly.

World Cup Fever

As many of us watched this past World Cup from our couches, one of our former patients had the opportunity of a lifetime to travel to Brazil & watch the USA play. Click the links to read about her fight with cancer & her amazing trip.

http://touch.baltimoresun.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80508073/

http://www.si.com/soccer/planet-futbol/2014/06/19/hannah-smith-world-cup-craig-willinger-fund-usa-ghana

Reduce Your Risk For Hip Fractures

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health suggests that 4 hours of walking each week can significantly reduce hip fracture risk later in life. This is an important finding because as we age our risk of fracturing a hip increases & with that risk comes an increase decline in health status after a hip fracture.

http://www.moveforwardpt.com/DidYouKnow/Detail.aspx?cid=01bde227-742f-493f-8296-c0157595db83#.U76jXsu9KSM

Upcoming Events

– Stampede in the Park 5k

This year’s Stampede in the Park will be held on July 19, 2014 at Boyce Park.  The race benefits Leukemia Research and helps provide scholarships to deserving Plum High School Cross Country and Track Student Athletes.

Turtle Trot 5K Run & Walk

The 23rd annual 5k Turtle Trot in Turtle Creek, PA will occur on July 26, 2014 at 9:00 AM.

ESSMC Free Physical Therapy Assessment for Runners & Walkers

Monday July 28 6-7pm at the Monroeville Elite Runners & Walkers Store. Register at the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/physical-therapy-assessments-by-east-suburban-sports-medicine-tickets-11961748913