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Combining physical therapy and pilates makes sense — and then Mindy Nagel went virtual

Staying fit in person or by telemedicine. By Maridith Yahl Special to KyFoward Mixing Pilates into physical therapy was natural for Mindy Nagel, PT, DPT, OCS, owner of College Hill Pilates and Physical Therapy LLC in Cincinnati. A former professional dancer of ballet and modern dance, Nagel has been practicing physical therapy for 13 years. She opened her practice in March of 2019, marking her first...

Statewide KentuckyWired broadband project will be ‘tremendous benefit’ for Kentucky’s military veterans

The Commonwealth’s broadband project, KentuckyWired, is currently installing high-speed fiber optic cable in all 120 counties, connecting state government offices, universities, community colleges, state police posts, and many other community facilities. Among these are two of the state’s veterans centers — Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center in Hazard and Western Kentucky Veterans Center in Hanson. The...

Experiential Learning: UK physical therapy students go underground to understand miners’ challenges

By Melanie J. Sparks Special to KyForward David Nelson stumbled through a coal mine, trying to navigate safely through what felt like, in his words, “a “giant, dark, low-roofed super store with coal the size of softballs and nothing but our balance and the light source from our helmets to rely on.” Nelson is not a miner. He is a DPT (doctor of physical therapy) student at the UK...

Forget the drugs, physical therapy is better choice for management of chronic pain not related to cancer

By Tony English Special to KyForward According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States since 1999, even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain reported. People with chronic pain conditions unrelated to cancer often depend on prescription opioids to manage their pain. As the volume of opioid...