Encore Rehabilitation Basketball Bracket Challenge-March 2018

Encore Rehabilitation Basketball Bracket Challenge – You can win!

Bring a completed basketball bracket by a participating Encore Rehabilitation clinic for a chance to win an Encore basket with goodies!

The bracket that accumulates the most points wins the Encore Rehabilitation Basketball Bracket Challenge. Scoring will be 1 point first round, 2 points second round, all the way to the final worth 6 points.

Remember to put a valid email on the back of the bracket before turning in so we can contact you when you win!

All brackets must be turned in by Thursday, March 15th by 10:00 am.

Participating Encore Rehabilitation Clinics:

  • Cullman – 1701 Main Avenue SW, Cullman, AL 35055
  • Hamilton – 1261 Military Street S, Hamilton, AL 35570
  • Winfield – 199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1, Winfield, AL

2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Official Br

If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore! We have locations near you!
 To see a complete list of our locations, visit encorerehab.com



Monday Motivation – March 12, 2018

The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.

Keep climbing!

If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore! We have locations near you!
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I want to play high school sports-Ana Medina

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Ana Medina has a goal-to play high sports. Her recent knee surgeries, first the right knee and then the left, became a road block on her path but through hard work, commitment, and dedication with her physical therapy, Ana is pushing forward again with her goal!

Her therapist, Taylor Phillips, PT, DPT, shares, “Ana has been in physical therapy for several months after having surgeries on both knees. She is finally out of her knee brace and is hoping to try out for volleyball and softball. Due to her knee problems, she’s never been able to play sports, so she’s very excited about working towards sports activities in therapy!”

From all of us at Encore Rehabilitation, we wish you the best in your tryouts, Ana! Thank you for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Clanton for your physical therapy!

Encore Rehabilitation-Clanton
674 Ollie AvenueClanton, AL 35045



Douglas Howard- “Great Team- Great Job”

Encore We Love Our Patients

Douglas Howard needed physical therapy and chose Encore Rehabilitation-Gulfport Downtown for his treatment. His results were impressive. Douglas states, “I received stretching exercises and continue to do them at home each morning. I had great results. Encore is a great team and does a great job. I can’t help but love those people. I would recommend Encore to my family and friends.”

We appreciate your recommendation, Douglas! Thank you for choosing Encore Rehabilitation!

Encore Rehabilitation – Gulfport Downtown
2A Pass Road, Gulfport, MS 39507

Anna Smith and Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana


Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana was delighted to assist Anna Smith with her recovery from an ankle break. Physical Therapist Suzanne Jarvis says, “It was a pleasure getting to work with Anna. Her ankle isn’t hurting anymore and she has resumed all her normal activities. She was a great patient!”

Anna and her family chose Encore based on excellent referrals from friends.

Thank you, Anna, for choosing Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana! We wish you all the best!

Encore Rehabilitation – Columbiana
101 West College Street, Suite 100
Columbiana, AL 35051


Fredrick Ellis is Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman


Fredrick Ellis has been selected as Athlete of the Month for Hanceville High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman!

Fredrick is a Junior at Hanceville High where he is a multi-sport athlete in Football and Basketball for the Bulldogs. After graduation, he plans are to obtain an Electrical Engineering degree from either Vanderbilt, UCLA,  or the University of Alabama. In addition to sports, he likes to play video games.

Fredrick is the son of Fred Ellis and Kim Watson.

Congratulations, Fredrick! We wish you every success!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Ave SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055


Encore Rehabilitation Marketing Representative Sharon Smelser enjoyed marketing at the the Shelton State Community College Health Fair in Tuscaloosa with Libby the Comfort Dog 🐶 #EncoreRehab #ChooseEncore 

Physical Therapist David Greer, PT, DPT, OCS of Mobile, Alabama

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Say hello to David Greer, PT, DPT, OCS!

David is a Physical Therapist at Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner in Theodore, Alabama near Mobile. He has been a Clinician for seven years and has practiced with Encore Rehabilitation for six years. He attended the University of South Alabama where he received his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy. He is also a Board Certified Orthopedic Specialist.

When not treating patients, David enjoys spending time with his wife, Ally. He is actively involved with the Men of St. Joseph community group. David likes being outdoors and competes in Obstacle Course Racing.

Thank you for all you do, David! We appreciate your commitment to our patients!

Encore Rehabilitation – Tillman’s Corner
5643 Sermon Road South
Theodore, AL 36582

At Encore, we LOVE to see you move!

Anna Langlois-Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation of Priceville

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Congratulations to Anna Langlois, Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Priceville, Alabama!

Anna is a Senior at Priceville High School where she plays Basketball (#14) for the Bulldogs and has served as JV Team Captain. After graduation, she plans to attend Wallace State Community College and become an Ultrasound Technician.

Anna is the daughter of Scott and Misty Langlois.

Way to go, Anna! We wish you all the best!

Encore Rehabilitation-Priceville
1794 S. Bethel Road, Suite CDecatur, AL 35603

Risk of Lymphedema Following Cancer Interventions

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Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein and water that causes swelling, occurring most frequently in an arm or leg. Cancer interventions often damage portions of the lymphatic system and are the leading cause of lymphedema in the United States. The lymphatic system is a complex system made up of lymphatic fluid, lymph nodes, vessels, collectors, the spleen, and thymus. Its main functions are to drain substances that cannot be absorbed by the vascular system and also plays a role in your immune response.

Surgical procedures such a mastectomy, lumpectomy, or lymph node resection remove or damage lymph nodes in the affected region, decreasing your body’s ability to filter out this lymph fluid. Radiation treatment also poses a threat for lymphatic system damage. Since lymphatic vessels are mere millimeters beneath the surface of the skin, scar tissue formation along radiation treatment areas can impair lymphatic flow through these vessels. These cancer interventions compromise the lymphatic system which significantly increases the risk of developing lymphedema.

According to the Academy of Lymphatic Studies’, 50-75% of patients that have undergone a mastectomy secondary to breast cancer acquire lymphedema within 5 years. Any cancer that requires surgical intervention and/or radiation on or near the neck, armpit, or groin are also at an increased risk of developing lymphedema. Examples include the following: Breast, prostate, uterus, bladder, lymphoma, and melanoma. Although the majority of lymphedema diagnoses are secondary to cancer, lymphedema may also occur secondary a congenital malformation of the lymphatic system (primary lymphedema) or secondary to trauma, infection, malignant tumors, or chronic venous insufficiencies.

Early detection and management of lymphedema is key! Recognizing these early symptoms and talking with your doctor can ensure you receive proper lymphedema treatment and obtain adequate education and tools needed to manage your diagnosis.

Early signs and symptoms of lymphedema include the following and may come and go at first:

  • Swelling in all or part of the affected region – pressing on the skin with your finger may leave an indentation, which is called pitting edema
  • Abnormal feeling in the extremity, such as tingling, numbness, tight feeling, heavy felling, or just that something doesn’t feel right
  • Rings or clothing fitting differently
  • Veins or tendons harder to distinguish

Regardless of whether lymphedema was caused by cancer interventions or by another source, it is important to know that there are trained therapists nearby that can assist you in understanding your diagnosis. The current gold standard for lymphedema treatment is Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) which consists of manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), compression bandage application, decongestive exercises, and skin care. Treatment for lymphedema is available at many Encore Rehab locations. For a complete listing of Encore Rehabilitation clinics, please visit our website at encorerehab.com .

For additional information, please come to one of our free educational meetings held on the 3rdWednesday of each month on the 2nd floor of the Neuroscience Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi (building right next door to the Cancer Center) or contact one of our Encore Rehab clinics.

This article was written by Jaime Garrett, MS, OTR/L for Encore Rehabilitation in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. 

Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehabilitation
3603 Bienville Blvd., Suite 200, Ocean Springs, MS 39564