On the Run with RVNAhealth

RVNAhealth Rehabilitation & Wellness Center is pleased to offer detailed Running Assessments with sports physical therapist Kate Campbell, DPT and certified gait analyst (above, right) to help new and veteran runners stay healthy and active in their sport.

“Because running is a highly repetitive motion and an impact activity,’ says Campbell, ‘injuries can develop.  It’s very important to understand one’s vulnerabilities and tendencies, as well as develop smart training plans to reduce the likelihood of injury. No runner I know ever wants to be sidelined.” 

The evaluation is one-hour long and includes video analysis of running mechanics; strength assessment of muscles related to proper mechanics and injury prevention; flexibility assessment; a foot and shoe analysis; and an individualized home exercise program based on the evaluation results and aligned with personal goals.   

An RVNAhealth running evaluation is appropriate for anybody who runs today and wants to do the same in the days and years to come, including:

  • new runners who want to avoid injury and get off on the right foot 
  • current runners who want to assess their form, strengths, and predilection for injury
  • current runners experiencing pain or discomfort
  • any runner who wants to take it to the next level and/or increase mileage safely 

Campbell, a runner, and athlete herself, is dedicated to keeping athletes active and un-injured so they can enjoy their sports. “Athletics and activity are a true gift to those who enjoy them for recreation, competition, and peace of mind.  My goal is to enable athletes at all levels to stay healthy and mobile. Avoiding injury isn’t about luck, it’s about understanding how injuries happen, and by taking a role to prevent them. For runners, a running evaluation is the right place to start. Plus, it’s fun!” 

RVNAhealth Running Evaluations are one-hour and cost $150.  (Certain insurances may provide reimbursement for a running assessment. Please consult your provider to inquire.)

“2020 was an unusual and challenging year,’ says Gigi Weiss, MSPT, Director of Rehabilitation Services at RVNAhealth, “with many activities and pastimes temporarily unavailable. Fortunately, we can continue to enjoy running and walking to our heart’s delight.  A running evaluation is a good way to ensure that your body can keep up with your plans and desires.” 

To purchase an RVNAhealth Running Evaluation Gift Certificate, or make an appointment for a running evaluation, contact the RVNAhealth Rehabilitation & Wellness Center at 203-438-7862 or email RehabCenter@RVNAhealth.org.

Aging and Falls Prevention (video and presentation)

An older adult falls every single second in the United States. More than 1 in 4 older adults report a fall every year. Every 20 minutes, a fall-related death occurs. But falls are not inevitable. The right tools, exercises, and precautions care seriously reduce risk of falling, and minimize potential issues when a fall occurs. Continue reading

Leave Falling to the Leaves

In the U.S., more than 1 of 4 people aged 65 and older will experience a fall each year and, sadly, an older adult dies from a fall every 20 minutes. But falling is not an inevitability. There are tools and exercises available to reduce risk and increase safety. Continue reading

When to Say When: Am I Ready for Joint Replacement Surgery?

The decision to have elective surgery is rarely an easy one and joint replacement surgeries are no exception.  

To help individuals make informed decisions about surgery, experts Dr. John Dunleavy, M.D, Total Joint Specialist, Hip & Knee Surgeon, OrthoConnecticut, and Gigi Weiss, MSPT, RVNAhealth Director of Rehabilitative Services, recently led a virtual panel discussion co-hosted by the Ridgefield Library: “When to Say When: Am I Ready for a Joint Replacement?”

In the presentation, Dr. Dunleavy and Gigi Weiss covered such important information as:

  • Decision-making surgery checklist including such criteria as pain level; comfort level; health status, and more.
  • Non-surgical alternatives for foregoing or postponing surgery.
  • A primer on surgery and joint replacements today:
    • Advances in anesthesia and surgical technologies that have vastly improved the experience, recovery and outcomes for joint replacement candidates.
    • Partnerships between orthopedic practices (like OrthoConnecticut) and PT practices (like RVNAhealth Rehabilitation Services) that create a seamless and safe process before, during and after surgery.
  • Pre- and post-surgery strategies for going in your strongest and enhancing your recovery.  For example, a recent study shows that pre-surgery physical therapy reduces post-operative care by as much as 29% in patients with total knee or hip replacements.

We invite you to view the presentation here.