In light of the ongoing COVID- 19 pandemic, we want to ensure that our patients continue to make progress toward their goals and recovery. Staying on track with your plan of care is more important now than ever, which is why we are staying committed to your wellness and safety during this uncertain time.
Increased sedentary activity and increased levels of stress resulting from the current pandemic and social distancing have the potential to intensify symptoms for those suffering from chronic pain. This in addition to the fact that many elective surgeries are being postponed, there is an even greater need for therapists to continue to help relieve pain and manage symptoms as patients wait for their doctor appointments and/or surgeries to be rescheduled.
As you train or exercise, you build strength, endurance, and power, but when you stop exercising, those effects can deteriorate quite rapidly. While home exercise programs are helpful, they don’t have the same impact as in-clinic treatment. By continuing your visits to the clinic, our therapists are able to provide more comprehensive assessments and updates as you progress. This is especially important for our patients who are post-operative or at risk for falls.
In light of such uncertain times, we want to assure you that our clinic is a safe environment for you to come to rehabilitate your injuries. We ultimately want to get you back to being you. Whatever your treatment goals may be, we believe the single-biggest factor in a successful recovery from injury is completing the recommended course of care.
Thank you for partnering with us so that we can continue to provide you with the highest level of care, enabling us to help you return to the activities you love.
We are overjoyed to announce the arrival of the newest member to the Smith Clinic Family! Baby Blake Ross was born on 5/12/20, weighing 8lbs 9oz and measuring 20 inches long. Please join us in congratulating Josh and Kelsey and help is welcome sweet Blake to the SC family!💙
We celebrate 20 YEARS in business today! What a ride it has been! We are grateful beyond words for the love and support we have received over the last two decades, and we look forward to serving you for many more!
Here are a few pics from our celebration today, along with a few from our first days 20 years ago!
The Smith Clinic is thrilled to introduce you to the newest addition to our staff and Smith Clinic family: Physical Therapist, Meg Bolton! A native Memphian, Meg received her undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi, most recently, her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from The University of Tennessee Health Science Center.
A fun fact about Meg? She is a twin! Her twin brother is a 2nd year medical student at UTHSC, and their younger brother is currently a baseball player in college. Meg is very close to her family, and she frequently enjoys playing them in games for some friendly competition.
When Meg is not spending time with family, she enjoys watching movies, exercising & playing sports, going on walks with my friends, and painting with my mom in her art studio. She has also recently developed a fondness for pickle ball.
In discussing why she chose physical therapy as a career path, Meg explained, "I’ve always known that I’ve wanted to be a part of the Healthcare industry and have also been passionate about exercising. I’ve experienced first-hand how life-changing Physical Therapy is during a time of chronic pain. Having seen and experienced how beneficial PT can be is what lead to me to pursue a career in Physical Therapy so that in return I may help give others that enhanced quality of life that I’ve received. I also value the opportunity to develop relationships with patients and try to be a light during a time of pain and uncertainty."
When asked about her recent decision to join the Smith Clinic, Meg stated, "I’m most excited about joining the Smith Clinic family, because of the positive and loving environment they embody. It is a family atmosphere, and I respect the way everyone performs their jobs and how well they serve their patients."
We couldn't be more excited to have you join The Smith Clinic family, Meg...we know everyone with love you just as much as we do!
Spring is now in motion and, especially with us in quarantine, we are all moving around more at home. Whether it's diving into spring cleaning, running or biking, or driving balls, this invigorating time can also coincide with an increase in injuries.
Unless you’ve been very active all winter, we encourage you to start your spring activity slowly and deliberately over the course of several days. Let your body adapt to the increase in movement and work. Your muscles and joints will not cooperate if you jump in cold turkey at high intensity and for long periods, and this makes the perfect recipe for an injury.
To avoid injury, here are some tips for you to consider as you become more active this spring:
For spring cleaning
Start with light objects earlier in the day to warm up. Let your body get used to walking, squatting repetitively and lifting. Your muscles and joints will loosen up and will be able to take on bigger tasks and loads as the day progresses—without the risk of overuse or sudden injury.
When the weather warms up, the pavement dries out and the birds start singing. It’s as if you’ve been given a natural invitation to start running! But if you start too quickly and go too far, you will set yourself up for shin splints, knee pain, calf and achilles tendonitis. The best way to avoid these injuries is to alternate between walking and running, and to keep your distance low for the first few weeks. Walking 2 minutes and running 30 seconds is a very good way to getting accustomed to your “new” running legs. Over the following three weeks, you can increase the running time and decrease the walking time.
When you start riding your bike in the spring—whether it’s a road, mountain or upright bike— the first miles will result in generalized soreness to your neck, shoulders and back. At the beginning of your season, avoid hills, get used to a regular cadence, and only ramp up the distance travelled once your body is well adjusted.
When springtime arrives, there’s a strong pull to get to the golf course to swing some clubs. Having good game when it comes to golf means consistency: same velocity, same angles, same technique, same arc of swing. But this consistency can lead to overuse injuries. So before you jump onto the course, make sure your lower extremities are flexible or else your low back spine will take the torque and stress at the end of your swing. Also, for the first few weeks of play, avoid your full swing. You need to make sure you build up your functional range before pushing the depth of your swing.
An ounce of prevention goes a long way to ensure a long and enjoyable lifestyle for the spring and summer seasons. If you do find yourself injured or sore, try abiding by RICE (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). If pain persists or gets worse, however don't delay. Promptly call us to schedule an appointment, and let us get you back on track as quickly as possible!
Spend your free time in the sunshine, not stressing in the kitchen. These easy, delicious dinners will last you all spring and beyond. From salmon and shrimp to taco wraps and flatbreads, these recipes will help you ease out of the heavy meals of winter and into light, fresher produce once again.
For those of Christian faith, Easter is the most important day in the church calendar. The culmination of Holy Week and the commemoration of Christ’s triumph over death, the story of Christ’s resurrection is the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy and the source of faith in a life everlasting. On this Easter weekend, however, when Christians would normally gather in their churches to proclaim, “He is Risen! Where, O death is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?", we will instead worship remotely from our homes.
At this time of global pandemic and especially the inability to worship at church on Easter, it would be easy to loose sight of the hope the Resurrection brings. But as believers, we must remember that belong to God in both life AND in death. Nothing can separate us!
Before he died, Jesus not only healed and comforted many in distress, but upon his departure, he promised comfort: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give you – not as the world gives … do not let your hearts be troubled.” Jesus empathizes with our loneliness and fear. In the garden of Gethsemane, he prayed for God to relieve him of his distress (his pending death) but then says, “not my will but yours be done.” Submission to God’s will is an act of trust, and it is good to lament or complain to God about injustice, about sadness, about anything that hurts – just like this virus.
The Christian faith may not answer why, but it does answer how we can get through bad times with the abundant hope that is ours in Jesus Christ. This hope gives us courage when lesser hopes fail us. "We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that Suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
This Easter, may we remember the first Easter was not a grand celebration in a room full of people. It was the discovery of an empty tomb by a group of fearful women, followed by appearances of a risen Christ to fearful followers isolated in an upper room. So perhaps this Sunday, we will find in our emptiness, grief, isolation, and fear, the fullness of Christ’s loving presence more real than ever.
In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, The Smith Clinic for Physical Therapy is thrilled to offer tele-health physical therapy to patients who would like to continue their rehabilitation but are unable OR choose not to attend physical therapy in person. The use of this alternative treatment method gives our patients the ability to follow their prescribed physical therapy and exercise program, while maintaining their strength and mobility through a session conducted through a video call with your therapist. While it is not meant to completely replace in-person, hands-on treatment sessions, tele-health is a safe, secondary alternative ideal for times such as this.
If you are interested in this service, please click the button below to submit a request
or call the clinic at 901-756-1650 for more information!