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Work Comp Injuries and Facts

work comp injuriesEvaluate Year End Workers Compensation Key Drivers

With the end of 2012 approaching, now is a good time to assess your injury data. Unfortunately for businesses, trends are showing a slow incline in claim frequencies since 2008. Are you taking prevention measures to avoid the most common non-fatal work comp injuries? Pay attention to cost drivers such as severity of injuries, lost time and medical costs.

Examining the cause of the injury and injury rates by shift and position may help uncover possible risks and hazards when dealing with injury control information. Read our list below for the most common non-fatal work injuries and interesting facts from 2011.


  • Most common nature of injury – sprains and strains
  • Most common injury by event or exposure – overexertion
  • Most common injury by body part – back
  • Second most common injury by body part – knee
  • Number of work comp injury claims filed in 2011 – 96,480


  • Costs of medical services
  • Utilization (number of treatments per claim)
  • Aging workforce
  • Diagnosis mix
  • Rising prevalence of obesity


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How the Holidays are like a Sporting Event

avoid injury this holidayThe Holidays are like a Sporting Event, take these Precautions for a Safe and Happy Season.

Remember to always reflect and appreciate what your Holiday Season is all about, and follow these tips to avoid injury this holiday season.

1. Pre-Shopping (pre-game)

Eat right, drink plenty of water, stretch and exercise.

Stay well hydrated. Try to drink eight to ten 8-ounce glasses of water a day. Stay away from sugary drinks.  On your shopping day (game day) you may want to drink even MORE water to be prepared.

Be sure to stretch before and after a long day of shopping. When you are tired and stressed, your muscles are less flexible than normal.

2. Wear the appropriate gear.

Comfortable clothes and shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb the impact of walking long hours on those hard shopping mall floors are recommended.

If you carry a purse, leave it at home. Wear a light backpack instead. Pack only essentials, such as your driver’s license and credit card.

3. Injury timeout.

If you start to feel some pain, take care of it quickly. Apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes.  Take it off for a couple of hours and repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.

4. Time Outs Needed.  Plan Frequent Breaks Into Your Shopping Day

During a long day of shopping, most people should take a break every 45 minutes. Those that may be more deconditioned may need to take more frequent breaks.

5. Get a locker to store your gear.

Use your car as your own personal locker.  Don’t carry around more than is absolutely necessary at one time, this can cause extra strain on your body.

6. Water break.

Take breaks, and try to eat light, healthy and hydrating options. A salad and fruit is a much better option that a burger and fries or pizza.

7. Wrapping Your Gifts (Post-game)

Remember to vary your position when wrapping gifts.  Stand at a counter, then sit at a table.  Avoid wrapping presents while sitting on the floor.

Stretch before and after wrapping gifts.  An important recommendation is to stretch the opposite way you are wrapping.  If you are leaning forward, then stretch backward when you are done.

Keep these things in mind this holiday season – since the holidays are like a sporting event – and stay injury free!


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Introductory Seminar Tomorrow

Have you ever wondered if your new hire really had the strength or fitness to do the job they were hired for?

Concerned about a new employee bringing an old injury to their position at your company?

Figure out how to answer these questions at our Introductory Seminar for PCP Testing tomorrow at 5:30pm in Mesa. Please see details below. Call today to reserve your spot.

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National Physical Therapy Month

October is National Physical Therapy Month!

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Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month with Contact by learning a little more about how physical therapists can help you recover from injury. Don’t forget to thank your physical therapist for what they do!

Physical therapists help you restore and improve motion in patients to achieve enhanced quality of life.

We can help care for patients with the following ailments:

Common Injuries  Physical therapists can help your patients recover quicker from and injury by restoring movement and decreasing pain.

We can help patients:

  • Restore strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Control pain more effectively, often decreasing the need for long term use of medications.
  • Avoid re-injury both during and after recovery.
  • Develop better health and fitness habits.

Medical Conditions Physical therapists help reverse the debilitating effects of many chronic conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.

We can help patients:

  • Restore strength, flexibility and endurance.
  • Assist in controlling pain, often decreasing the need for long term use of medications.
  • Return to normal activities.
  • Stay as independent as possible.
  • Develop improved health and fitness regimens.

General Motion  Physical therapists can help ¬¬create happier, healthier patients through a coordination of care with all healthcare providers.

We can help patients:

  • Decrease pain, and increase motion resulting in a happier patient.
  • Improve overall movement allowing patients to perform the activities they love.
  • Do the activities they love resulting in healthier lifestyles and enhanced quality of life.

Surgery  As a healthcare provider, we would all like to help our patients avoid surgery. We will play a key role in helping your patients improve motion and decrease pain. If surgery is needed, we can help improve their outcome by helping your patients to:

  • Assist in improving and regaining strength, flexibility, and endurance.
  • Effectively control pain.
  • Return to activities of daily living quicker.
  • Educate and prevent re-injury.
  • Develop a better health and fitness regimen.

Things to consider when choosing a Physical Therapist:

  • Make sure the physical therapist is licensed in the State in which they practice.
  • Check to see if the Physical Therapy Clinic takes the insurance, this will lessen financial responsibility
  • Ask if the clinic will submit claims on behalf of the patient
  • Make sure the patient understands their financial responsibility

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September is Healthy Aging Month!

contact physical therapySeptember is Healthy Aging Month!

It’s not just about Physical Health, it is also Nutritional, Social, Mental and Financial Health! Check out some of the below tips to have a Healthy Month and Life!



Physical Health

  • Exercise two to three times a week, don’t get burned out!
  • Walking and swimming are great activities with low impact.
  • Try something new! Stretching is a great option, how about yoga or pilates?
  • A few more fitness tips and “moving” ideas: Some other ‘keep moving’ tips: use the stairs instead of the elevator, walk briskly when you can, and look for a fun sport or activity you enjoy, maybe tennis or golf?
  • Adopt a dog and take Fido for walks every day.

Nutritional Health

  • Eat whole grains. Two and a half servings of whole grains a day can significantly reduce your chance for a stroke.
  • Eating foods that are antioxidants can help improve focus, problem-solving, and memory.
  • Supplements can help, but food with antioxidant properties work best.
  • Eat goji and blueberries. They are both part of the new group called superfoods. These are the best foods to eat for the most nutritional punch.
  • Water. Staying hydrated benefits your body and brain by keeping you detoxified and
  • oxygenated, so drink lots of water.
  • Healthy diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases, along with providing essential vitamins, minerals and fiber good for overall health.

Social Health

  • Do you ever think about traveling? Then do it, or at least start planning. Planning trips can be excited and full of fun.
  • Join a social group that interests you. Many parks and rec departments have classes such as photography, art, dance and music classes. Find one you like and join.
  • Laugh, laugh, laugh! Read the comics, watch comedians or just joke with friends!
  • Volunteer! There are many great organizations near you to give your time. It is a gesture that everyone can appreciate.

Mental Health

  • A health brain may include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, a combination of the B vitamins, the antioxidants of C and E and vitamin D.
  • Learn a foreign language to keep your brain sharp.
  • Read! Anything from a book to the back of a cereal box, reading keeps your mind healthy.
  • Do jigsaw puzzles, they aren’t only fun, the problem solving can help your brain.

Financial Health

  • Since you are legally responsible for everything in your tax return, make sure you have a great accountant you can trust.
  • Use money savings websites like, for the cheapest gas prices, and find great grocery coupons at
  • Calculate how much income you will need to retire. Check out this chart to help you plan.

For additional information about Healthy Aging® or Healthy Aging® Month visit

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Ouch…Don’t Slouch!

preventing pain scottsdalePreventing Pain at Work

This article includes Tips for preventing pain while working at your desk.

Some people may think injuries don’t occur with sedentary desk jobs, but, unfortunately that isn’t true. Many times bad posture and an improper work station can contribute to aches and pains such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain and neck pain. Below are some tips for avoiding these common complaints and work toward preventing pains.

  • Get up and move at least one time each hour.
  • Take an arm break. Shrug your shoulders, raise your arms, stretch your hands and reach for the ceiling
  • Tighten and relax your abdominal muscles while you are sitting
  • Stretch out your hamstring- the back of your leg
  • Stretch your hip flexors- the muscle in the crease of the front of your hip.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together by pulling them down and together.
  • Take deep “belly breaths”.
  • Make sure your workstation allows for you to keep your wrists straight, and not flexed upward, to use your keyboard.
  • Check your chair height and keep your hips in a good position. Bent at 90-120 degrees is acceptable.
  • Keep your monitor at eye level.

An office job in itself can be challenge enough at times, adding pain on top of your busy schedule can make it unbearable! Anyone can start experiencing these aches and pains, but following the suggestions above will help decrease any tension and tightness you might feel from being seated for most of the day. Still have symptoms? Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or give Contact Physical Therapy a call at either of our locations.

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Hip Flexor Stretches

Do you have a job that requires you to sit all day? It is very important to get up and stretch! Your hip flexors can become very tight from remaining in a sitting position all day. To avoid common aches and pains, be sure to incorporate a hip flexor stretch into your daily routine. In this video Noah Arenson, with Contact Physical Therapy, demonstrates how to complete two simple hip flexor stretches.

Click on the video below to watch the different hip flexor stretches you can do at work!

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An office job in itself can be a challenge enough at times, adding pain on top of your busy schedule can make it unbearable! Anyone can start experiencing these aches and pains, but by following the above mentioned hip flexor stretches and suggestions listed in our Our Don’t Slouch Post you will help decrease any tension and tightness you might feel from being seated for most of the day.

Still have symptoms? Schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or give Contact Physical Therapy a call at either of our locations.

Back School in Mesa

Back School Success

Back School in Mesa

Back School Success!

Our Back School in Mesa had a good turnout and was very informative for East Valley residents suffering from back pain. Content presented by Jim Irvin PT, included proper stretching techniques, lifting mechanics, sleeping posture and tips to help neck pain, along with a number of other items.

Thank you to Dr. McCauley for coming out to our Contact Physical Therapy location in Mesa and contributing to the presentation and answering patient questions. For more information on Dr. McCauley visit McCauley Pain Center of Arizona.

Please comment below if you are interested in attending any of our future Back School seminars!

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Heat Illness in Phoenix

heat illness in phoenixHeat illness can affect all ages, and should not be taken lightly while living in the Arizona heat.

Contact Physical Therapy has provided you and your patients with important information on heat illness below to lead a safe and healthy summer.

3 Key Stages of Heat Illness

Dehydration is an inadequate or imbalanced replacement of the fluids and electrolytes  lost through excessive perspiration.

Heat Exhaustion is a heat-related illness that may occur after you’ve been exposed to high temperatures for several days and have developed dehydration.  A person can experience water depletion which present with excessive thirst, weakness, headache and may even result in a loss of consciousness.  They can also experience salt depletion, which includes symptoms of vomiting, frequent muscle cramps and dizziness.

Heat Stroke results from prolonged exposure to high temperatures.  Dehydration plays a key role in heat stroke, and the combination can be deadly.  It can lead to the failure of the body’s temperature control system.  The medical diagnosis of heat stroke is when the core body temperature is greater than 105 degrees.  Other common symptoms include nausea, seizures, confusion, disorientation, and sometimes loss of consciousness or coma.

Symptoms of Heat Illness


  • Dry mouth
  • Thirst
  • Being irritable or cranky
  • Headache
  • Seeming bored or disinterested
  • Dizziness
  • Cramps
  • Excessive fatigue
  • Unable to perform activities as well.

Heat Exhaustion

  • Loss of coordination, dizziness or fainting
  • Dehydration
  • Profuse sweating or pale skin
  • Headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Stomach/intestinal cramps or persistent muscle cramps

Heat Stroke

  • Increase in core body temperature, usually above 104°F/40°C.
  • Central nervous system dysfunction, such as altered consciousness, seizures, confusion, emotional instability, irrational behavior or decreased mental acuity
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • Headache, dizziness or weakness
  • Hot and wet or dry skin
  • Increased heart rate, decreased blood pressure or fast breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Combativeness

How to Treat and Manage Heat Illness


  • Move the person to a cool environment and rehydrate.
  • Maintain normal hydration
  • Resume activity after being properly hydrated. Any fluid deficits should be replaced within 1 to 2 hours after activity is complete.
  • Hydrate with a sports drink, which contains carbohydrates and electrolytes (sodium and potassium) before and during activity is optimal to replace losses and provide energy.
  • Hydrate throughout activity to minimize dehydration and maximize performance.
  • Seek medical attention to replace fluids via an intravenous line if person is nauseated or vomiting.

Heat Exhaustion

With symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned environment. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.

Other recommendations:

  • Drink plenty of non-caffeinated and non-alcoholic beverages.
  • Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
  • Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
  • Apply other active cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.

If such measures fail to provide relief within 30 minutes, contact a doctor because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.


Heat Stroke

Heat stroke can be fatal, so if you suspect that a person may have heat stroke, immediately call 911 or transport the person to a hospital.

Other recommendations while waiting for paramedics:

  • Move person to an air-conditioned area, or cool shady area if you cannot get indoors, and remove all unnecessary clothing.
  • If possible, take the person’s core body temperature and initiate first aid to cool it to 101 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. If no thermometers are available, don’t hesitate to initiate first aid.
  • Fan air over the person while wetting his or her skin with water from a sponge or garden hose.
  • Apply ice packs to the patient’s armpits, groin, neck, and back. Because these areas are rich with blood vessels close to the skin, cooling them may reduce body temperature.
  • Immerse the patient in a shower or tub of cool water, or an ice bath.

After you’ve recovered from any heat illness, you will probably be more sensitive to high temperatures during the following few weeks. It is always best to avoid hot weather and heavy exercise or activity until your doctor tells you that it’s safe to resume your normal activities.