August 2020


Congratulations to our very own

Lisa Altamirano

on receiving the

Marilyn Gossman Professionalism in Physical Therapy Award for 2020. This award is considered the Alabama Chapter of the American Physical Therapy Association's most prestigious honor!

The award is given to those demonstrating outstanding professionalism in any of the areas of physical therapy service, practice, education and/or research. It is named after Marilyn R. Gossman, PT, Ph.D., FAPTA, who is known as "the mother" of the UAB PT program.


Osteoporosis and Physical Therapy

Did you know that osteoporosis or osteopenia affects about 54 million people in the United States? Within physical therapy, many of the patients we are treating have this condition. So what does this mean for our treatment and what are ways we can help to prevent pain and orthopedic injuries related to osteoporosis?

Goals for patients with osteoporosis include preventing fractures, fall prevention, maintaining mobility, postural strength, and education of healthy bone behavior.

Studies have shown that those with osteoporosis have decreased core and back strength. Increasing strength of these muscles helps to reduce the risk of spinal fractures. In addition to back strengthening, weight-bearing exercises, such as squats, are important in improving lower extremity strength. Balance exercises are valuable in improving dynamic and static stability to enable patients to feel safe and avoid falling, which is essential in preventing fractures.

If you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, be sure to inform your physical therapist at your first session and discuss the appropriate plan to help increase strength, posture, and balance so that you can lead an active healthy lifestyle with a reduced risk of fractures and falls.


Recipe Corner

Lazy Lasagna: Baked Ravioli Casserole

  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 1 jar approximately 24 ounces spaghetti sauce

  • 1 bag approximately 25 ounces square shaped cheese ravioli (no need to thaw)

  • 8 oz Ricotta Cheese

  • 1 1/3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese divided


  • Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.

  • In a medium skillet, crumble and brown the ground beef over medium heat until completely browned. Drain off the excess fat.

  • Reserve ¾ cup of the spaghetti sauce; set aside. Add the remaining spaghetti sauce to the skillet with the ground beef. Stir well then cover and simmer over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  • Spread ¼ cup of the reserved spaghetti sauce into the bottom of a 9×13 inch glass baking dish. Arrange one third of the frozen ravioli in a single layer in the pan.

  • Top the ravioli in the pan with half of the ground beef mixture, spread ricotta cheese, and then sprinkle with 1/3 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

  • Place another 1/3 of the frozen ravioli in a single layer over the meat sauce and cheese. Top with the rest of the meat sauce and another 1/3 cup of the shredded mozzarella cheese.

  • Place the final 1/3 of the frozen ravioli on top of the casserole. Top with the remaining ½ cup of the spaghetti sauce. Sprinkle with the remaining 2/3 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake the casserole at 350F for 30-40 minutes, until the cheese is completely melted and beginning to bubble around the edges.

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