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A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

For the past few weeks we’ve been raising money for Crutches 4 Kids, whose mission is simple and high impact – to help children move. 50 million children around the world are in need of crutches but lack access to them.

Due to debilitating infectious diseases, chronic conditions, armed conflict, accidents, and natural disasters these children are unable to walk. Under these circumstances, when a child can’t walk they can’t attend school, play with friends, or access food and water without assistance.

Crutches 4 Kids works to bridge the gap between the abundant supply of crutches and mobility devices in the U.S. and the staggering demand globally. They’re working to liberate and empower children with physical ailments and disabilities around the world. These children are often victims of trauma, abuse, disease, or inadequate healthcare systems. By providing them with access to crutches, Crutches 4 Kids, enables self-sufficiency, increased participation in communal life, and an improved sense of self-worth.

When given the opportunity to volunteer with this awesome organization, the answer was a quick yes! For every $50 we raised, we could provide crutches and transform the lives of three children. To put our own spin on things, we decided to get creative with our fundraising efforts.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 KidsAllendale had a bake sale and pop can drive.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

Caledonia hosted a raffle to coincide with their one year anniversary party.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

Cedar Springs had a bake sale.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

Comstock Park performed exercises, chosen by their patients, for every dollar donated.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

Coopersville hosted an ice cream social and walking taco bar.

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

Wayland did one burpee for every dollar donated. At the time this article was published they were up to 416!

Crutches are a rare and valuable commodity in many parts of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. As a result of high cost, lack of government planning and limited resources, inaccessible medical centers, and a lack of in-country supply, less than 10 percent of those in need of crutches in impoverished areas of the world have access to them.

Since inception, Crutches 4 Kids has collected over 10,000 crutches, canes and walkers and distributed them to over two-dozen countries including Haiti, Ghana, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Peru, Senegal, and Tanzania.

We’re so pleased to be able to help such a great organization. Learn more about them online at crutches4kids.org. And, if you have questions about physical therapy for kids and how we can help, we’d love to talk!

A Rewarding Partnership with Crutches 4 Kids

 

Read how two of our team members traveled to Guatemala to provide crucial physical therapy treatments to a number of people in remote villages. They were able to change the lives of adults and provide physical therapy for kids as well.

Discussing Back Pain in Women on eightWest

Did you know that back problems are more common in women than men? Many women turn to pain meds or even surgery, but there is a much safer solution and we’re talking about it on eightWest.

Gina Otterbein and Denise Jongekrijg stopped by the WOOD TV studios to talk with Rachael Ruiz about back pain and they gave some great tips for exercises you can do at home. Discussing Back Pain in Women on eightWest

View the entire segment below.

We most often see back pain in patients who are pregnant or new mothers, athletes, and seniors, however, back pain can flare up at any time – whether it’s from ongoing stress like sitting too long or running; or from something as simple as reaching for an object on the floor. The good news is, physical therapy is a safe alternative to pain meds and surgery. And, the sooner you come in to see us, the easier it is to provide a long-term solution to the pain.

We offer free consultations at each of our clinics and can often get you scheduled within the next business day. Don’t let back pain prevent you from doing the things you love – think PT!

 

View Our Previous Physical Therapy Segments on eightWest
If you missed any of our previous WOOD TV and eightWest segments, you can view them at the following links. We’ve talked about physical therapy vs taking prescription pain medication, the lesser known issues we treat, benefits of physical therapypain during pregnancy and when caring for a newborn, our annual step challenge, senior and elderly fitness programs, having healthy kids and teens, reducing the chances for injuries by knowing the proper form when running and stretchingwomen’s health, and direct access to physical therapy in Michigan. With multiple west Michigan locations we’re offering physical therapy in Lowell and throughout the greater Grand Rapids area!

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

Back when we announced our partnership with Ivy Rehab, we were excited for the many opportunities that we’d have to grow and help even more people in the future. We’re pleased to share that we’re working with Ivy Rehab to bring the brand to Kalamazoo, with an opening date of August 12, 2019.

The new clinic will be located in Texas Corners at 7119 West Q Avenue, Kalamazoo.

“As Regional Director for the Ivy Rehab Network of clinics in West Michigan and one of the founding partners of Northern Physical Therapy, I’m so excited to expand our services to the Kalamazoo area,” said Gina Otterbein, Regional Director. “This clinic joins Northern Physical Therapy and Generation Care in the Ivy Rehab Network of clinics in West Michigan but this one is really special as it is the first named Ivy Rehab.”

The clinic will treat people of all ages, who are suffering from any kind of pain, neurological disorder, or post-surgery recovery and joint replacement. In addition, they are sports rehabilitation experts who will work with student and adult athletes on sprains, strains, localized pain, and injuries.

“As we began to establish relationships with local healthcare providers and business owners, we felt we could make an impact and positively contribute to the Texas Corners community,” explains Ed Orloff, Clinic Director and Physical Therapist. “I am looking forward to serving my hometown of Kalamazoo again, as I did for a number of years prior to joining the Ivy Rehab team.”

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

Ed Orloff, Clinic Director & Physical Therapist, Kalamazoo

Orloff, who is a decorated physical therapist, has an advanced degree in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy of the extremities and spine. He has overseen clinical education and mentoring for the McKenzie Institute, USA. Additionally, Orloff was named the 2018 Grand Valley State University Distinguished Physical Therapy Alumni Award Recipient.

The new facility is coming along nicely. Kalamazoo – we’re coming for you!

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

New Kalamazoo Physical Therapy Clinic Opening August 12

We’re looking forward to opening our new Kalamazoo physical therapy clinic. Ivy Rehab is now scheduling new patients in Texas Corners by calling 269.447.1560. They will be offering appointments within 24 hours, with or without a prescription from a doctor. The clinic will have early morning and evening hours and accept most insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid.