Our fall newsletter is filled with helpful information, a clinic spotlight, community activities and more! Enjoy! . . .
Barton Wins 2019 40 Under 40
The Midlands Business Journal recently announced the winners of the 2019 40 Under 40 Award. Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Chief Financial Officer, Lisa Mieras Barton will receive one of the prestigious awards at an event scheduled for November 8, 2019. These entrepreneurs, executives, and professionals from the greater Omaha, Sarpy County, and Council Bluffs area were. . .
Benes and Palimenio Promoted to Clinic Director
Makovicka Physical Therapy is pleased to announce two recent promotions: Kellen Benes PT, DPT was promoted to clinic director in Waverly, and Marcus Palimenio PT, DPT was promoted to clinic director of the Midtown location. Kellen was born and raised in Brainard, Nebraska. After high school, he moved to Lincoln and attended Nebraska Wesleyan where. . .
Cole Named Plattsmouth Clinic Director
Shane Cole PT, DPT was recently named Clinic Director of the new Makovicka Physical Therapy clinic located at 16385 Westside Dr. in Plattsmouth. The clinic is scheduled to open in early September. Along with being certified in Functional Dry Needling, he has unique expertise to assist patients in their recovery and rehabilitation from injury. Cole. . .
Davis and Klym Promoted to Clinic Director
Makovicka Physical Therapy announces two recent promotions: Jordan Davis PT, DPT to director at the West Omaha/Elkhorn clinic, and Jessica Klym to director of the Bellevue clinic. Davis has been with the company since 2009 when the first clinic opened. She worked at many of the Makovicka Physical Therapy clinics as new locations opened. Davis. . .
Joel Makovicka is Celebrity Judge for Food Truck Wars
PLATTSMOUTH – Saturday’s unrelenting heat caused a lower turnout at the annual Food Truck Wars on Main Street, but those who came felt it was worth it, according to a Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman. “People said they still loved it,” said Cindy Cruse, chamber director. “I know our judges had a good time.” The weather. . .
Makovicka Announces Four Therapists Passed Board Certification Exams
Makovicka Physical Therapy announces 4 of its therapists passed the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties (ABPTS) board certification examination this month. Landon Booker PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS; Jordan Davis PT, DPT, OCS; Mike Spicka PT, DPT, OCS; and Noel Wagner PT, DPT, OCS, CSCS. All four therapists currently hold clinic director positions at various. . .
Summertime fun! Read about rehab using and underwater treadmill, the best bike fits around, new staff, awards, and more!. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy Wins Two Business Excellence Awards
Every year, the Greater Omaha Chamber honors local innovators, givers, and leaders in Omaha as companies who strive for excellence and positively contribute to the local region. Special distinction was given during a recent celebration to the winners that demonstrate specific characteristics of excellence in business, including innovation, leadership and philanthropy. Makovicka Physical Therapy was. . .
Barton and Watson Promoted
Makovicka Physical Therapy announces two recent promotions: Lisa Barton to Chief Financial Officer and Lauren Watson to Director of Practice Management. The promotions took place May 1st. Lisa Barton, CPC, CPMC has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer for Makovicka Physical Therapy. Barton has been with the company for 6 years, providing leadership and financial. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy Adds Three to Staff
Makovicka Physical Therapy recently hired two physical therapists and one physical therapist assistant to their Omaha staff; Collin Schrader PT, DPT, McKenna Setlik PT, DPT and Taylor Morrow PTA. Collin was born in Storm Lake, Iowa, and was raised in Wall Lake. He attended Morningside College in Sioux City, where he earned his Bachelor of. . .
Plattsmouth, Neb. will be location of newest clinic
Plattsmouth, Nebraska will be the location of Makovicka Physical Therapy’s sixteenth clinic location. Ground was broken just south of the Hy-Vee located at 16418 Westside Drive for the building where the clinic will be located. Seven Makovicka staff members, including owners Joel Makovicka, Natalie Harms and Cory Sylliaasen, joined Mayor Paul Lambert, Eric Rose from. . .
Everyone wants to be outdoors…it’s spring time! Read about our our new partnerships, new awards, our North Maple clinic, and so much more!. . .
Wahoo Clinic Named Business of the Year
. . .
Booker Named Clinic Director
Lincoln, Neb. —Landon Booker PT, DPT, CSCS was recently named Clinic Director of the Makovicka Physical Therapy clinic at 70th & L Street in Lincoln. Booker has been with the company for three years. Along with being Level 1 certified in Functional Dry Needling, he has unique expertise to assist patients in their recovery and. . .
In our winter newsletter, we’ve got great information about Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (and no–it’s not just for women); recent honors and recognition, new partnership, community involvement and more. . . .
Wahoo Clinic’s Aquatic Center Featured in Local Newspaper
Wahoo clinic’s Aquatic Center was featured on the local Wahoo Newspaper last week. This is one of three Makovicka Physical Therapy clinics with a warm water therapy pool. Click the link to read: https://www.wahoo-ashland-waverly.com/news/physical-therapy-using-warm-water-treatment/article_178555ea-ff02-11e8-a2dd-2f730f0fa1f7.html. . .
Shoveling Safely to Avoid Back Pain
With winter and snowy weather right around the corner, your friends at Makovicka Physical Therapy want to remind you how to avoid back pain while shoveling. Stop in to any of our 15 convenient clinic locations if you have questions.. . .
Two-Peat: Makovicka Awarded the 2018 BBB Integrity Award for Omaha
Makovicka Physical Therapy is proud to be the only company awarded the 2018 Integrity Award in both Lincoln and Omaha. The Integrity Award is the most prestigious award the Better Business Bureau (BBB) can present to a business or charity. The winners are chosen by independent panels of judges representing both the business and academic. . .
Pumpkin spice! Need we say more? Grab a mug and read all about keeping your back in shape; meet our newest staff members, awards and recognition, and our company growth.. . .
KETV Throwback Thursday-Joel Makovicka
KETV’s Matt Lathrop interviewed our president, Joel Makovicka PT, DPT for ThrowBack Thursday. He talks about applying work ethic learned on the football field to the business world. https://www.ketv.com/article/throwback-thursday-joel-makovicka/23122115. . .
McCutchen to Serve as Secretary of NPTA
Daniel McCutchen PT, DPT, OCS, Chief Compliance Officer and Director of Professional Development at Makovicka Physical Therapy, was recently elected to serve as Secretary of the Nebraska Physical Therapy Association (NPTA). McCutchen’s term of service in this role will be two years. “Dan McCutchen is not only an excellent physical therapist, he serves as Chief. . .
Burklund Earns SHRM-CP Certification
Makovicka Physical Therapy’s Director of Human Resources, Irene Burklund MA, recently earned SHRM-CP, a behavioral competency-based certification for human resource professionals. The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) regards this as the new global standard in certification for the HR profession. “During her tenure at Makovicka Physical Therapy, Irene has been an exemplary employee”, said. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy Awarded the 2018 BBB Integrity Award in Lincoln
The Integrity Award is the most prestigious award the Better Business Bureau (BBB) can present to a business or charity. The winners are chosen by independent panels of judges representing both the business and academic communities in Lincoln. Being a recipient indicates that the organization not only believes in the high standards promoted by BBB,. . .
Determining When to Return an Athlete to Sport Following ACL Injury
Determining when to return an athlete back to sport following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and reconstruction is one of the more challenging decisions for those in sports medicine. This topic has been meticulously-researched yet the decision is still mired in ambiguity from many interdependent, complex variables which can give rise to an increased risk. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy adds 6 new Physical Therapists
Makovicka Physical Therapy added six new Physical Therapists to its professional staff in Omaha this summer. The new therapists will be at one of the eight Makovicka Physical Therapy clinics around the Omaha metro area. Josh Fedde PT, DPT: Josh was born and raised in Omaha, attending Mount Michael Benedictine School. He attended Wayne State. . .
Summer Newsletter-July 2018
Click the link below to read our latest newsletter, full of great hints for injury prevention, some husker trivia, and new staff introductions. Summer 2018 Newsletter . . .
Nagging pain? When should you seek help?
Whether you are just getting started in running, or have been a runner for years, it is not uncommon to have aches and pains. Muscle soreness, joint aches, stiffness and minor pains are common complaints when training. If these symptoms linger or become more intense it could be time to seek out professional help and. . .
Transitioning from Indoor to Outdoor Exercising
Goodbye snow, hello sun. When you have spring fever and the weather improves, it is tempting to go outside and start exercising at a high intensity. In order to stay safe and injury free, there are a few things to keep in mind when beginning your new routine. Dress for the weather. Spring time in the. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy Opens Third Lincoln Clinic
Makovicka Physical Therapy is pleased to announce its newest clinic opened in Lincoln on February 5, 2018. The physical therapy clinic is Makovicka’s third location in Lincoln, and is located near the corner of 70th and L Street, just south of O. As with all ten existing clinics, this location will be staffed with board. . .
Ski Injury and Prevention
With the winter Olympics in full swing, many people may be getting the itch to hit the slopes themselves. Before you hit the slopes, you should be aware of the common knee injuries related to downhill skiing and how to prevent them. Changes in ski equipment over the years, including the bindings, boots, and skis. . .
Foam Rolling-What’s the Buzz?
Foam rolling is a popular and convenient method of self-myofascial release, used to increase myofascial mobility. It is an intervention used in physical therapy, rarely in isolation, but usually as an integral part of a comprehensive program aimed to help people move and function better. With the proper education, it is fairly easy for a. . .
Our Partnership with Creighton University
Makovicka Physical Therapy is a proud clinic partner of the Creighton University Orthopedic Physical Therapy program, providing a year long, post-professional clinical residency experience in the specialty area of orthopedic physical therapy. The experience includes clinical practice and mentoring, and is equally as valuable to the resident as it is to our company. “This program. . .
Resolutions for a Healthy New Year
It’s that time of year again to start our New Year’s resolutions. If your resolution is improving your fitness you can do so at home or at the gym. The treadmill, elliptical, recumbent bike, strength training, and aquatic exercise are all good for improving cardiovascular health, promoting healthy joints and muscles, weight loss, and improving. . .
Aquatic Therapy-Now at Two Makovicka Physical Therapy Locations
Aquatic therapy is the use of an aquatic environment to perform exercises, manual therapy, sensory integration, and gait training. Aquatic therapy utilizes the properties of water to provide a safe, functional, and challenging atmosphere to restore normal movement. Makovicka Physical Therapy now has two locations offering Aquatic Therapy: Pacific Springs at 1021 South 178th Street. . .
Makovicka Opens its 10th Clinic in 9 Years
Makovicka Physical Therapy is pleased to announce its newest clinic opening in Bellevue in December 2017. The physical therapy clinic will be located near the corner of Cornhusker Highway and Fort Crook Road. As with all nine existing clinics, this location will be staffed with board certified orthopedic specialists who have advanced training and skills. . .
Occupational Health Service Line Expanding
Makovicka Physical Therapy recently expanded its occupational health service line to include Functional Capacity Examinations (FCE’s), Worksite Evaluation, Ergonomics Assessment, and Work Hardening/Conditioning. The program is called Labor Force Ready, and is conveniently scheduled through a dedicated occupational health coordinator. The Occupational Health Center is located at the Aksarben Clinic located at 63rd & Center. . .
Getting to the Point, Dry Needling vs. Acupuncture
Muscle pain affects almost everyone at some point in their lives. This pain can be a nuisance or can be debilitating to the sufferer. This pain can lead to “knots”, or trigger points, in the muscle which may lead to pain or secondary problems. One of the treatments for this type of symptom involves the. . .
Tracking Your Activity With a Fitness Tracker
Your body is made to move. There are over 300 joints in a human body that gives you the ability to twist, turn, and bend in multiple directions. If you are looking to get all those joints moving, digital fitness trackers are a great way to get you motivated. Digital fitness trackers are quickly gaining. . .
Now is the best time to stop working out…indoors
Benefits of Outdoor Exercising With the weather warming up, it is a great time to take your exercise routine outdoors. Research shows that at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise, most days of the week can provide health benefits. Take advantage of the nice weather and take your workout outside. Outdoor workouts can include. . .
Physical Therapy should not be a pain in the neck…
Low back and neck pain are common ailments for many people, old and young. Many factors can contribute to back and neck pain including poor posture, improper lifting technique, sporting activities, and stress. These factors can harm the neck, and upper and lower back. Studies have shown that physical therapy can be a very effective. . .
Spring into Running!
With warmer spring weather right around the corner, combined with a few wonderful weekends of 60-70˚ days, I have been seeing more and more runners out on the sidewalks and trails throughout Omaha. For some, the weather changes have likely been a chance to break free from the monotony of the treadmill or indoor exercise. . .
The Importance of Good Posture While Working
If you experience neck or back pain, it may not necessarily be something serious, and there may be an easy solution. It could be the way you are sitting while you work! If you sit at a desk and work on the computer for the majority of the day, your posture and workspace layout may. . .
Overhead Throwing Injuries
Winter conditioning for Spring Sports is in full-swing, and it is not uncommon for athletes to experience pain or discomfort after resuming an exercise or training regimen. We have some tips for baseball or softball players to avoid injuries related to overhead throwing. Common injuries associated with overhead throwing: Low back injuries Muscle strains Overuse. . .
What Our Clients Have to Say
Watching our patients graduate from their physical therapy is one of the highlights of our day! Bea Horton recently graduated and shared this with us after her last visit: “I had a total knee replacement on October 31, 2017. I chose Makovicka Physical Therapy for my physical therapy because they were among the clinics recommended. . .
A Minor Injury Doesn’t Mean You Need To Stop Exercising
The majority of New Years Resolutions that are made involve some effort to get healthier, and for many that means a new exercise routine. A recent study by the University College London determined that it takes 21 days to develop a habit, so if you have stuck with your new exercise routine up to this. . .
Avoiding Slips and Falls on Winter Ice
The ice storm that we are experiencing has been forecasted for several days, and it came as expected. Sidewalks, streets, driveways and steps are covered with ice, making it hazardous to be outside. But if you do need to go out, we urge you to be careful. Allow ice melt to diminish the ice around. . .
We Will Help You Get Back In The Game
We love helping our patients get back in the game – and in the case of Brandon, it was our pleasure to help him get back to the baseball field! “I would like to start by saying that I am extremely grateful and blessed that I was placed in the hands of such great care. . .
Safe Snow Shoveling
The colder temperatures that have settled in don’t lie – winter is here! Snow is inevitable and before long we will be digging out the snow shovels. Before the first scoopful, review these precautions to prevent injuries from shoveling: Select the Proper Shovel: A lightweight shovel with a long handle is best. Ergonomic shovels with. . .
What Our Patients Have to Say
Janet Lura was referred to physical therapy following a car accident that left her with a broken collarbone and frozen shoulder. After a negative experience trying to schedule an appointment over the phone at a different clinic, Janet decided to call Makovicka Physical Therapy on North 90th St., a clinic that she drives past daily.. . .
Physical Therapy Can Effectively Treat CRPS
At Makovicka Physical Therapy, pain management is a top priority when it comes to helping our patients. Chronic pain is one of the most commonly misunderstood conditions facing our patients, and it differs greatly from acute pain. Acute pain is a normal sensation that alerts us to a possible injury in our body, but chronic. . .
What Our Clients Are Saying
Ray recently became a patient in our Papillion clinic following a knee replacement surgery. He shared his thoughts about his experience at Makovicka Physical Therapy: “I had my knee replacement surgery on Tuesday, September 13th, and I started by physical therapy with Makovicka Physical Therapy the following Monday. I began therapy with Mike, who is a. . .
What Our Clients Are Saying
Betts came to us after an unsuccessful shoulder surgery and we were happy to support her through a second surgery and recovery. She shared this with us: “First off I have to say that Colleen has been a mainstay in my recoveries from two shoulder surgeries. She has supported since February 2016 when my first. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy was proud to support the 36th annual Fight for Air Corporate Cup Run to support the American Lung Association.. . .
What Our Clients Are Saying
Sean Murphy recently graduated from our Lincoln clinic and shared some thoughts about his experience with us: “I absolutely loved my experience at Makovicka Physical Therapy. The staff there made every session enjoyable by creating a family-like atmosphere. I was always immediately greeted by name by the receptionist as I entered the door, as well as. . .
Rachel Offers Advice on Avoiding Running Injuries
Injuries are a common with running, especially when you are just getting started. Most running injuries are due to overuse and are the result of increasing distance or speed too quickly, or muscle imbalance, improper footwear, poor bio mechanics or other training errors. Rachel, a physical therapist in our Pine Lake clinic and avid runner,. . .
What Our Clients Are Saying
It’s not uncommon for patients to return to our clinics for treatment after graduating from therapy. Sharon had been a patient previously when lingering issues prompted her to return to therapy. She was initially referred to a different clinic and after only a few sessions, she requested a new referral to come back to Makovicka. . .
Curtis Discusses Single Sport Specialization
A recent article in the Omaha World Herald addressed the growing trend of single sport specialization, particularly among young athletes. We asked Curtis Basnett, a physical therapist in our Midtown Clinic, to weigh in on the issue. Curtis has a background in athletic training and sees many patients with athletic injuries. “With Fall sports getting. . .
What Our Clients Are Saying
We can’t tell you how much it warms the heart when we hear how we have helped improve the quality of life for our patients. Our focus may be on the science of making the human body move and feel better, but it never gets old hearing how it makes our patients truly FEEL better. . .
Summer is coming to an end, school is starting back up, and football practices have begun. But the summer heat and humidity haven’t left us, and that makes dehydration a real concern for young athletes. We have addressed this before, but the importance of adequate hydration can’t be underscored. Proper hydration is crucial to staying. . .
Dangers of a Heavy Backpack
School will be starting soon, and that means back-to-school shopping. One of the most important items on the list is the backpack, and purchasing the proper backpack is very important. Avoiding a heavy backpack can go a long way in preventing serious health problems. It is a good idea to keep these Backpack Safety Tips. . .
Two Therapists Earn Board Certification
We are so pleased to announce that two physical therapists on staff at Makovicka Physical Therapy recently earned board certifications as clinical specialists in orthopedics. Michael Donnelly and Chris Cameron join eight other board certified physical therapists on staff at Makovicka Physical Therapy. The minimum requirement for the orthopedic specialty exam is to be a. . .
Youth Injury Prevention
As the warm weather arrives two things follow: 1. increased children’s activity 2. Injuries. The emergence of year long activity along with more practice time and performances have increased the rate of injury in children. Children are now faced with more pressure to perform injured due to the higher level of competition. Parents and coaches. . .
Running Away From Pain
Runners are a special breed, along with cross-fitters they will gut out the toughest of situations to complete their workout. However, running while in pain can lead to a host of other issues. It is common for runners to experience discomfort at one time or another especially as mileage is being ramped up. If not addressed,. . .
FAQ: Functional Dry Needling
Frequently Asked Questions about Functional Dry Needling What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling is a treatment procedure in which a thin needle is passed through the skin into a muscle. The target of the procedure is usually a trigger point, or “knot,” in the muscle that is causing pain and/or dysfunction. This procedure may include. . .
We’ve all been there…
A fun meme from our Midtown Crossing clinic, located on 31st and Farnam.. . .
Menisectomy vs Mensical Repair
Menisectomy vs Mensical Repair If you are a Bull’s fan or Chicagoan in general the news of Derrick Rose’s recurring meniscal tear has already sent you into the first stage of grieving. So, now what? A lot of medical professionals and former athletes will be on the airwaves today comparing and contrasting injuries, surgical techniques,. . .
Stretching and Flexibility
Stretching and Flexibility Stretching and flexibility are both important. If done right, stretching will lead to flexibility. It’s well known that those that are flexible are less prone to injury. There are the exceptions of course, just as with anything else. Even those on the Cirque de Soleil circuit still get hurt. For the majority. . .
Keeping Up with Your New Year’s Resolutions?
Are you getting into the swing of your New Year’s resolution? Many people are heading to the gym this time of year to lose weight or get into shape. Gyms and fitness centers provide a variety of options for cardiovascular and strength training to reach those new goals. Always remember to warm up and stretch. . .
Save Your Shoulders
At this time of year, health clubs and gyms are usually packed with people working on their New Year resolutions to lose weight, look better, put on some muscle mass and generally get into shape. Strength training is a vital part of any fitness program. There are many important benefits from strength training but also. . .
Don’t Forget the Core
As we approach the end of the year, many people will be starting the new year with new resolutions. One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to start a workout regimen. If this is your New Year’s resolution, it is important to remember to incorporate core training in to your plan. The core. . .
ACL Injuries, why they’re more common in females and can we help prevent them?
ACL Injuries, why they’re more common in females and can we help prevent them? We’ve all seen it, whether it was in person or on TV, an athlete falls to the floor grabbing her leg in pain. The gym goes silent. The same thing is going through everyone’s mind, what happened? Are they going to. . .
Emily shares her Physical Therapy Story
I had never had a major injury until I tore my ACL, meniscus, and MCL while casually playing soccer this year. The experience of my injury was mentally devastating and I imagined I’d never be able to do any of the things I had enjoyed my entire life up until this point. I started physical. . .
Boost Your Holiday Baking
Our friends at Hy-Vee have offered some helpful tips for this holiday. Shelly Asplin, MA, RD, LMNT Registered Dietitian The holiday season is upon us and for many that may mean entertaining family and friends. Will you be baking your family’s favorite treats this season? Here are some great reasons to try coconut and almond. . .
To Brace or Not to Brace…
Basketball season is in full swing in area schools and clubs. With any new sports season comes the potential for injuries, especially of the knee and ankle. Nearly half of all ankle sprains (49.3%) occur during sporting activities, with 41.1% occurring during basketball. Athletes, ages ten to nineteen experienced the highest rate of ankle sprains.. . .
Let it Snow! Shoveling Safety.
Let it Snow! Shoveling Safety. As our days become colder the time will be soon when our green lawns are met by the touch of Jack Frost and a blanket of snow covers the ground, we must dust off our snow shovels and prepare for our much anticipated winter workout. Before we tackle this winter. . .
Is Your Game Off Balance?
There has been a myriad of research performed about which factors can propel an athlete to the top of his or her field as well as factors that are important in prevention of debilitating injury. The common component in each case is the athletes’ acute, precise ability to sense and minutely control their own position. . .
Midtown Crossing—Making your visit easy
Visiting our Midtown Crossing location is easier than you think. Midtown Crossing has 2 parking garages that offer 3 hours of free parking. The garage located closest to our location can is in-between from Farnam St. and Harney St. We also have on-street parking available directly in front of our clinic. If you have mobility. . .
Transitioning to Cool Weather Running and the Treadmill
Emily Jones, PTA It’s that time of year again when outdoor activities take a cold turn. Fall and winter weather changes bring most of us indoors for treadmill exercise. For those who are brave enough to venture outdoors in the winter months for your daily exercise, we commend you! Here are a few things to. . .
Player Safety- Basketball
This past weekend many youth basketball leagues and programs in and around Omaha have started up for their fall season. Youth basketball in the city has grown dramatically over the past 5 years with nearly 700 teams competing during the fall season and over 1000 teams competing during the winter season. Combine this number with. . .
Functional Dry Needling
What is Dry Needling? Dry Needling is defined by the American Physical Therapy Association as a skilled intervention performed by a physical therapist that uses a thin filiform needle to penetrate the skin an stimulate underlying myofascial trigger points, muscular and connective tissues for the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain and movement impairments. Functional Dry Needling. . .
Have You Ever Hurt Yourself or Had a Dull Ache and Wondered “Should I Use Heat or Ice?”…
Have you ever hurt yourself or had a dull ache and wondered “should I use heat or ice?”… Often, the first questions people ask when they come into the physical therapy clinic deals with pain control. The questions are always similar: “Should I heat or ice at home?” and “What is the difference or benefit. . .
Rehabbing the Whole Athlete, Not Just the Injury.
Curtis Basnett, PT, DPT, AT, OCS You see it a lot in sports: an athlete gets hurt, comes back, and just does not quite seem the same. Something is off. The injury does not appear to be the problem. The (insert favorite appendage here) looks good, stronger than before even. Working in a physical therapy. . .
New Clinic at Midtown Crossing
New Clinic at Midtown Crossing Scott Edwards PT, OCS, CSCS Makovicka Physical Therapy has opened its sixth Omaha clinic at Midtown Crossing. On Monday, Setember 22, we saw our first patient in the new clinic. We are located at 3201 Farnam Street, next to the movie theater and across the street from Prairie Life Fitness.. . .
Makovicka Announces New Location at Midtown Crossing
Check out our press release for our new location at MIDTOWN CROSSING!!! Stay tuned for more information!. . .
Now Open – Midtown Crossing
Makovicka Physical Therapy is proud to further its commitment to providing quality physical therapy to Omaha by opening our doors at Midtown Crossing. Our new location brings our passion and commitment to the midtown and downtown areas. We are now accepting appointments. Please call (402) 932-9300, or stop by, to schedule an appointment.. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy Partnering with Hy-Vee Dieticians
Makovicka Physical Therapy Partnering with Hy-Vee Dietitians Omaha, NE—To ensure that physical therapy patients receive an optimal diet regimen that can assist in faster healing and recovery from injuries, Makovicka Physical Therapy has formed a partnership with Hy-Vee and their extensive nutrition program. This marks the latest in Makovicka’s mission to provide progressive, full-service physical. . .
Health Care Contracting and Negotiation: What does this mean to the consumer?
Natalie Harms, PT, MPT, DPT, GCS There has been much press lately regarding the lack of resolution between Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska and Alegent Creighton Health (now called CHI Health) or UniNet Healthcare Network (the contracting agent for Alegent Creighton Health, now CHI Health). The current challenge is that Blue Cross Blue Shield. . .
Back to Sports!
Susan Coe, MPH, RD, LMNT Registered Dietitian / Trained Wellness Coach Pacific Street Hy-Vee Dietitian School is back in session and fall sports practices are right around the corner. Success on the field starts in your kitchen! Fuel your athlete’s performance and endurance with these winning tips from your Hy-Vee registered dietitians. Power Up Eating. . .
Dehydration By: Michelle Ripperger, PT, DPT As the weather warms and students get back in to the swing of fall athletics, dehydration is a concern that should be addressed. Dehydration occurs when more water exits the human system than is taken in. Since nearly 75% of the human body’s weight is made up of water,. . .
Meet a New Member of Our Team: Colton Aman
Colton Aman PT, DPT Colton Aman is a Blair, NE native who attended Blair High School with his favorite memories involving high school soccer and Omaha club soccer. He then moved to Omaha to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in Civil Engineering. After discovering his passion for Physical Therapy, Colton attended the. . .
Concussion Pre- and Post-Screening
The first concern of every athlete or parent should be protection of the head. When safety measures fail, the injury doesn’t end with the insult. Understanding a patient’s difficulty with balance and unique healing process is vital to full recovery. Every injury is different, because every person is different. Focused assessment with our concussion specialist. . .
The Hidden Dangers
We hear about it all the time, but is it really necessary for your son, the star running back to sit out of the big game because of a concussion? The answer is yes, and the Athletic Trainer’s decision could have saved his life. Concussion injury rates are typically found to range from 3% –. . .
It’s that time of year… School and sports are around the corner. It is necessary to take precautions to stay safe and healthy. The Makovicka Physical Therapy family wants to help you prepare for this upcoming season. Please stay tuned for our upcoming blog discussion covering varying topics from concussions, hydration and many more! Physical. . .
Knee Injury Prevention
Knee joint problems are one of the most commonly reported sports-related injuries in athletes of all ages. While some may be a minor sprain or strain that takes a few days or weeks to recover from, others may be season-ending, or possibly career-ending, injuries that take months to fully rehabilitate. One of the more severe. . .
Pain, Is It All In Your Head?
Pain is a central aspect of physical therapy. Therapists spend a majority of the time designing plans of care to reduce, eliminate, or manage pain. We use modalities, manual therapy, and exercises to restore motion that has been affected by pain. One of the first questions by a therapist is “What is your pain rating. . .
They Rehabilitated, They Ran, They Conquered.
This past Sunday, Makovicka Physical Therapy was proud to cheer on a few people running in the Lincoln Half-Marathon, whether they are one of our employees or had been a patient of ours. Helping our patients get back to what they love is why we’re here but getting to see what they’re doing after they completed physical. . .
Injury Prevention for Golfers | Physical Therapy : Omaha
While golf is often thought of as a low impact or minimal activity level sport many injuries can occur while enjoying the sport of golf. According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission there were almost 55,000 emergency room visits for golf injuries alone in 2009. Golf injuries could include the back, shoulder, elbow, wrist,. . .
The Effects of Hip Flexor Tightness From Running
Don’t let the effects of hip flexor tightness sideline your training program. With spring approaching, runners will be logging extra distance to increase their mileage by hitting the pavement. As these miles add up, we typically start to see a lot of hip flexor pain and tightness. Hip flexor tightness is a common cause of. . .
The Makovicka Difference
At Makovicka Physical Therapy, we believe that Every Day is Game Day. Our dedicated staff know that physical therapy has the potential to help you live your life as fully as you can. Your passions become our passions, and we want to get you back to doing what you love. That’s why we believe in. . .
Your Health. Your Choice.
Here at Makovicka we want you to know you have a choice when it comes to your physical therapy provider. Don’t settle for a less convenient, out of the way, clinic. Your health care is your choice. We often hear the the same few questions every now and again, so we’ve posted the Q &. . .
Does the environment around you seem to be moving even if you’re not? Do you feel as though you need assistance where ever you walk in case you might fall? We would be happy to help you figure out the cause of these problems. Erin, our physical therapist who specializes in balance and vestibular training. . .
Meet Erin Bryant!
While Erin’s kindergarten classmates were learning how to make patterns she was using them to learn how to balance on one leg, with both eyes closed. It’s not a coincidence that she is helping our patients do the same thing today. She has been a great addition to the Makovicka Physical Therapy staff in helping. . .
Meet Tony Hentzen!
Tony tends to walk on the wild side. Don’t mention skydiving or cliff jumping to him. They don’t produce enough adrenaline. When he’s not submerged in a tank of piranhas, he is helping our patients recover and getting back to what they love doing most. We are very thankful for the work Tony has done. . .
What is Pitcher’s Elbow?
Pitcher’s elbow is a form of tendonitis, which is caused by overuse or movement patterns performed in a repeated fashion. Its important to recover completely before continuing the activity to allow for the inflammation and irritation to decrease. Depending on the severity of the injury this may include just a reduction of practice time or pitch counts,. . .
Meet Michelle Ripperger!
Although Michelle supports the Hawkeyes on the outside, she’ll tell you she wears a Husker shirt under all her Iowa apparel…keeping it closer to her heart. Next time you see her ask her how she feels about the Cyclones. Michelle has been an amazing addition the the Makovicka Physical Therapy team and brings a great. . .
Meet Zach Kramper!
“Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike! Can you guess what day it is?” Well in Zach’s world it’s always hump day. Zach joined our team back in August and is working out of our Papillion clinic. If you haven’t met Zach or spent time with him you might not know that although he attended Creighton University,. . .
The Lisfranc Injury: The Fantasy Football Nightmare
If you follow football; real or fantasy, you have probably heard about a player with a Lisfranc injury. This year alone Le’Veon Bell, Santonio Holmes, and Ryan Clady all were victims of the uncommon injury. So, in the words of Jerry Seinfeld, “Who is this Liz Franc, and where does she come from?” The term. . .
The Nagging Turf Toe Injury
Turf toe is one of those injuries that doesn’t seem to go away once it arises. This is a term that the coaching staff never wants to hear because of how much it can affect a player’s performance. Causes Turf toe is described as sprains to the ligaments of the big toe. The injury typically. . .
#MakovickaPT contest winners!
Again, we can’t thank everyone enough for their input and entries for our #MakovickaPT contest! The point of the contest was to be able to see what our patients were able to do after having physical therapy. The beauty of it is that each person had a different view on what that may have been.. . .
The News about Brain Injuries
We’re approaching the halfway point of the high school football season and the competition level is as high as it’s ever been. The unfortunate thing is that brain injuries are starting to arise. These injuries can be difficult to prevent even if you’re doing the necessary steps (see below). The bad news is that we’re. . .
Benefits of Vestibular and Balance Training for Sports
When we think of training for our sport of choice we often think that strength and conditioning combined with proper nutrition provides us with the best opportunity to succeed. What is it that goes into strength, power, and speed? How are some able to skate on a couple thin blades while tracking a small puck,. . .
Makovicka Physical Therapy Contest Update
Our contest is up and running and we already have a number of participants showing us how physical therapy has gotten them back to doing what they love most. As we designed this contest we wanted to focus on how our patients viewed the benefits of physical therapy. Is it something as simple as being. . .
Monthly Newsletter / September 2013
Has physical therapy gotten you back to doing the things you love? Have you been able to compete at a higher level? Physical therapy doesn’t just help prevent injury but it gets you back and feeling better than before. Through the month of September, we’re holding a contest to allow people the chance to share. . .
What has Physical Therapy allowed you to do?
Now that you’re back in the game, we want to see what physical therapy has allowed you to do! Has physical therapy given you the ability to do something you weren’t able to do before? Did it get you back to work, the golf course, or competing at a higher level? Whatever that may be, we want. . .
Preventing Injuries for Football – Knee Injuries
If you’re getting injured, you’re not on the field. If you’re not on the field playing, you’re not getting better. If you’re not getting better, Nick Saban and Bo Pelini aren’t sending you letters asking you to have dinner with them and their family, their football family that is. Make sure your doing everything you can to prevent those. . .
Benefits of the Graston Technique
For those of you who have never heard of or experienced the Graston Technique, it is used to help with the breakdown of scar tissue and fascial restrictions. The tools are made for specific parts of the body and help detect and treat chronic inflammation and soft tissue fibrosis. Stop putting it off. Get in. . .
An easy transition from traditional to minimalist shoes.
The first thing you want to do after you purchase your first pair of minimalist shoes is to use them as you would if you bought a normal pair. Throw them on and go for the same run or walk you did the day before. That is where most people go wrong. The transition from. . .
Monthly Newsletter / August 2013
August is going to be a busy month for Makovicka Physical Therapy. Everything from The Best of Omaha contest to a contest of our own. We also had to say good-bye to one of our residents, Ryan Vincent, as he took a new position in his home state of Wyoming. Ryan, thank you so much for. . .
What to look for when backpack shopping.
Here is a link to our BACKPACK SAFETY tips. Take a look at them before you go shopping for a new backpack or before the first day of school. These things are often overlooked and can have long lasting effects on our kids. If you’re having a hard time viewing the pdf above here are some of. . .
Traumatic Brain Injuries in football
Summer is almost over and high school football teams are starting camps all over the country. Whether the players have been training to make the varsity team, preparing for a state championship, or trying to impress college scouts, it now comes down to how they perform. Their training may help prevent non-contact injuries to the. . .
Balance problems or at risk of falling?
Balance in Every Day Life Has it been hard to stand or walk without feeling like you’re going to fall? Do moving objects in your visual field mess with your balance? We often take our balance for granted until we experience trouble getting out of a chair, walking, bending over to tie your shoes, or holding. . .
Treating Little League Elbow
What is Little League Elbow? Injuries in baseball can often occur from repeated movements are preventable, such as the throwing motion. These injuries usually influence the shoulder and elbow joints while limiting the athletes’ playing time. Now that the baseball season is reaching its halfway mark, aches, pains, and injuries might begin to limit playing time or. . .
Preventing Little League Elbow
Injuries in baseball that often occur from repeated movements are preventable, such as the throwing motion. These injuries usually influence the shoulder and elbow joints while limiting the athletes’ playing time. How can I prevent these chronic injuries? Some simple things that we can do to prevent these injuries include: Warm up properly before practices and games using. . .
Preventing and Recognizing Heat Related Injuries
We were able to sit down with Pete Crane, PA-C from Urgent Care of Papillion to talk about how we can prevent the onset of heat related injuries and illnesses due to the increase in temperature that we see during the summer months. Prevent On days where the temperature is up in the 90’s, be sure that you are. . .
Staying injury free in the garden!
The summer months are upon us and that means more planting, weeding, mulching, and raking. These repetitive movements may seem harmless but can have us raking through the theraband drawer at physical therapy in no time. You can do a few simple things before you start to reduce the risk of injury and will keep your. . .
How to shop for running/walking shoes.
Shopping Tips: Look at the general workmanship of the shoe (loose or uneven stitching, sloppy glue, etc.). Heel counter, the back of the shoe that cups the heel should be stiff and firmly attached. Run your hand along the inside to feel for any rough edges. Nylon material is the best for the upper portion. . .
How you or your patients can benefit from the Graston technique.
The Graston technique is one type of Instrumental-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM). Graston utilizes multiple stainless steel instruments to scan soft tissue and treat any areas of restrictions. The instruments allow practitioners to determine the appropriate use and pressure used to break up the restrictions. In addition, Graston practitioners will use the instruments to eliminate. . .
Why choose aquatic therapy?
Aquatic therapy is the use of an aquatic environment to perform exercises, manual therapy, sensory integration, and gait training. Aquatic therapy utilizes the properties of water to provide a safe, functional, and challenging atmosphere to restore normal movement. The benefits of aquatic therapy include, but are not limited to: Buoyancy: Buoyancy is the property of. . .
Positive effects of stretching.
At Makovicka Physical Therapy, we believe that stretching has a major impact on the outcome of our patients’ rehabilitation programs. Not only will it help after surgery, but stretching will also decrease the risk of a chronic injury that arises from either repeated motions or work habits. We will be focusing on some simple stretches. . .