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Your healthy community: Physical therapy can help after misadventures

By By Katie Sciba
July 19, 2013 at 2:19 a.m.

Katie Sciba

By Katie ScibaHave you ever thought yourself to be an adventurous person? Do you have adrenaline needs?

I have, and I do.

I'm up for most adventures, so the slide at our family reunion (that was on the top of the roof on the top of the pier on the top of the lake) was calling my name.

I now know that it wasn't calling me to come and slide but to run away. I climbed the ladder as my sister-in-law said, "You're not going down that, are you?"

"Of course I am," I said with spunk. I went down it - all wrong. No one told me to lean back. There were no signs that say "Cross your arms and feet."

No one said, "Be an athlete."

I just relaxed. I thought it would be easier that way. And it was. It was so easy for me to fall forward and slap the water as hard as I could with my face and chest. I lost my breath for a while, and the worst part was that my siblings and their children didn't even laugh at my disgraceful landing.

They were worried, and a lot of them were preparing to rescue me. I hurt the rest of the day, but I didn't let on.

The next week, I went to see my co-worker, physical therapist Jon Stefka, who is the owner of Zoom Physical Therapy and Wellness.

I had never been to the Zoom outpatient clinic, but I already knew Jon and his wife, Chris, were great therapists. I was impressed with their facility. Besides physical, occupational and speech therapy, Zoom offers wellness programs including pain management, weight-loss meal planning, fitness level testing and a smoking-cessation program.

Jon was thorough in his treatment, assured me that my spine was OK and gave me some recommendations for quick healing.

Jon has been working with our company from our beginning, and we are excited that Zoom is now part of our health care community.

Jon has been a physical therapist for 13 years with all but one year of that practiced in Victoria. Jon has five years of experience in home health.

Jon says it is vital to have friendly cooperation between health care agencies in our community because everyone's main goal should be that the patients receive the quality care they deserve.

Jon has appreciated Zoom's symbiotic relationship with AARN Health Services because it creates a continuity of care for patients.

Remember, if you're going down, cross your arms and legs, lean back and be an athlete. But, if you happen to go down wrong, find a physical therapist.

Katie Sciba is a writer, a licensed social worker, a pastor's wife and a mother from Victoria. She works for AARN Health Services and blogs online at Always Simply Begin.

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