Physical Therapy

Autism and Physical Therapy

Puzzle design awareness ribbon with blue background April is Autism Awareness Month, encorerehab.com

**The following is an except from MoveFowardPT.com, a website of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). For more information, read the full article, click here.

How can a Physical Therapist help children with an autism diagnosis?

“Physical therapists can work with your child, family, and educational team to help your child:

  • Improve participation in daily routines at home and school
  • Acquire new motor skills
  • Develop better coordination and a more stable posture
  • Improve reciprocal play skills, such as throwing and catching a ball with another person
  • Develop motor imitation skills (seeing another person perform an action and then copying that action)
  • Increase fitness and stamina

“A physical therapist will conduct a thorough evaluation of your child that will typically include a health and developmental history and assessment of:

  • Postural strength and control
  • Functional mobility (eg, walking and running)
  • Body and safety awareness
  • Coordination
  • Play skills
  • Interests and motivators
  • Ability to change between different activities
  • Strengths and challenges in making large body movements, such as jumping, hopping, pedaling a tricycle or bicycle, and skipping
  • Participation in daily routines in the home, community, and school

“Your physical therapist will work with you to develop goals to help your child participate as fully as possible in daily routines at home, in the community, and at school. Your physical therapist will then develop a comprehensive plan to meet your child’s, and your whole family’s needs. No “standard” treatment exists for children with ASD (Austism Spectrum Disorder). Each child’s challenges and goals are different. Your physical therapist will design an individual program to meet the strengths and needs of your child. The therapist will work with you to monitor how your child progresses, and collect data to make sure that the treatment plan is leading to positive outcomes for your child.”**

If you have questions regarding how physical therapy may benefit a friend or family member with Autism Spectrum Disorder, please contact your nearby Encore Rehabilitation clinic. Encore locations can be found by clicking here. 

**The above article is an except from MoveFowardPT.com, a website of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). For more information, read the full article, click here.

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Pediatric Program at Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle

Pediatric Physical Therapy Programs – Mississippi

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New Encore Rehabilitation Clinic-Bay Minette, Alabama

Encore Rehabilitation is proud to announce the opening of their newest clinic – Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette!

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette opened in April 2018. Services at the Bay Minette location include Physical Therapy, Industrial Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine. Athletes utilizing this clinic will include the Sun Chiefs from nearby Coastal Alabama Community College-Bay Minette. The Clinical Director is Phillip Dueitt, DPT.

If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore Rehabilitation!

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette
1902 Hand Avenue, Suite C
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
251-239-5395
Find Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette on Facebook by clicking here

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Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation Facilities-Part 3

Encore Rehabilitation – Still growing after 35 years

Meet Rachel Jones, DPT, Clinical Director, Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield

Headache Relief after 5 long years


 

Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation Facilities-Part 3

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Encore RehabilitationCorporate Office Reception for visiting Chinese Medical Professionals-Decatur, Alabama

The Corporate Offices of Encore Rehabilitation recently hosted medical professionals from China with a tour and reception. One highlight of the evening was a presentation given by Encore Rehabilitation President Paul Henderson and Vice-President Paige Plash on the history and philosophy of Encore.

Another highlight was an informative talk given by Dr. Jun Hu, Assistant Dean at Shanghai University College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Hu is passionate about providing quality rehab care in his country, including expanding the use of Physical Therapy.

There are currently about 1,700 Physical Therapists in China. By the year 2020, China will have over 400 million people over the age of 60, many of which will need rehab.  The use of Physical Therapy is growing in China as they look to “westernize” rehab services. This group of medical professionals was touring Encore facilities to learn more about how Physical Therapy may be used for rehab care.

Encore Rehabilitation is the largest privately owned rehabilitation company in the Southeast United States, offering Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy as well as  Industrial Rehab, Sports Medicine, and Athletic Training services. Encore has been serving families and communities for over 35 years.

Part 3 of a 5 part series.

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.- Corporate Office
251 Johnston Street SE, Suite 200
Decatur, Alabama 35610
256-350-1764
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At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move.


Part 2- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle

Part 1- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Athens


MLB Bound-Jonathan Gettys- Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Headache Relief- “I Feel Like a New Person!”

Physical Therapy instead of Knee Surgery – One patient’s success

New Clinical Director Phillip Dueitt, DPT, Bay Minette, Alabama

Phillip Dueitt DPT

Meet Physical Therapist Phillip Dueitt, Clinical Director for the new Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette, Alabama clinic!

Phillip has been a Clinician for eight years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for three years. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Alabama-Birmingham. He is also Certified in Dry Needling. Phillip provides quality physical therapy services to help patients reach their optimal level of movement.

Phillip is married and has three children. His hobbies include hiking and fishing.

Stop by the new Encore Rehabilitation Clinic in Bay Minette, Alabama and say hello to Phillip! 


Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette opened in April 2018. Services at the Bay Minette location include Physical Therapy, Industrial Rehabilitation, and Sports Medicine. Athletes utilizing this clinic will include the Sun Chiefs from nearby Coastal Alabama Community College-Bay Minette.

If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore Rehabilitation!

Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette
1902 Hand Avenue, Suite C
Bay Minette, Alabama 36507
251-239-5395
Find Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette on Facebook by clicking here

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Article: Dry Needling: What is it about? How does it work?


 

 

Physical Therapy instead of surgery

Demetria Patterson Photo Columbiana

Demetria Patterson could not bend her knee. She visited her doctor who recommended Physical Therapy to see if she could avoid surgery.

Demetria says, “My doctor told me I had some wear in my knee that therapy would be best for me, that if it was not enough, there was nothing else to be done but surgery. Since being at Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana, Mrs. Suzanne Jarvis has really helped me reach my goal of bending my knee pain free. She has been a great therapist and I feel like I have benefited totally from where I was in the beginning. I went from not being able to bend at all in my left knee to bending 120-125 degrees.

“I choose Encore because I was recommended by my doctor because Encore is close to my  home. I thank him for the recommendation and I thank Mrs. Jarvis for working with me. She has a great way of working with people and doesn’t push you to do anything that will cause you any type of further injury. Thank you to Brian as well for always helping out with suggestions. Thank you again, Mrs. Jarvis, for taking the time to help me heal in such a short time.

Thank you, Demetria, for choosing Encore! We are glad you were able to use Physical Therapy and avoid surgery. Great job!

Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana
101 West College Street, Suite 100
Columbiana, Alabama 35051
205-671-0914
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Dry Needing: What is it? How does it work?

Jonathan Gettys:  Athlete of the Month and MLB Bound!

Encore-Uhler Sports Medicine Symposium 2018-Orange Beach, Alabama

Lindsey Walker – Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals

(Photo by Todd Thompson/RiverCatPhotography)

Meet Lindsey Walker-Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals!

Lindsey is a Junior at Muscle Shoals High School where she competes in Volleyball (#44) for the Trojans. She has been name 2017 Offensive Player of the Year, All-Area 2nd Team, and Colbert County All-Tournament Team.

Her future plans include playing Volleyball in college and earning her Physical Therapy degree. (Hooray for more Physical Therapists!)

Lindsey is the daughter of Joey and Cindy Walker.

Congratulations, Lindsey! We wish you continued success!

Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals
2515 East Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35661
256-383-6676
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Encore Sports Medicine is proud to be the Official Provider of Athletic Training Services for the Muscle Shoals Trojans and the Alabama High School Athletic Association

Want to learn more about our Sports Medicine Program?
Visit our website at encorerehab.com or call Gary Barfield, Director of Business Development and Sports Medicine at 404-933-4336.

WALK MS: Cullman 2018, April 14, 2018 at Heritage Park-Cullman, Alabama

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Come join Team Encore Rehab! Register or donate today!

WALK MS-Cullman 2018 will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Heritage Park (1705 Lee Ave SW, Cullman, AL 36055). Registration at 10 am. Walk starts at 11 am.

Why we walk~~
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $1 billion has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren’t any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.

That’s why we’re walking. We’ve set an ambitious goal because we know with support from people like you, we will have a great chance at reaching it. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. This cause is important to us, so we hope you can do your part to help end MS forever.

To register or donate to Walk MS: Cullman 2018, Team Encore Rehab, click here.

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue, SW
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Article: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: Facts and Statistics, click here

 

Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation Facilities-Part 2

Encore Rehabilitation hosts tour group from China (2)

Chinese Medical Professionals tour Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle, March 21, 2018.**

Encore Rehabilitation facilities were recently visited by medical professionals from China. China’s population is increasing and living longer which is creating a need for expanding rehabilitative care. “Western Medicine practices” such as Physical Therapy are in more of a demand. The group was touring Encore Rehabilitation clinics to learn more about the Physical Therapy profession.

One of the stops on their tour was Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle, Alabama. The Hartselle clinic is now operating in their new clinic on Highway 31 and Mynatt Street. Services in Hartselle include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Industrial Rehab, including FCEs (Functional Capacity Evaluations). Hartselle also offers a Pediatric Rehab program called Kids in Motion.  This program specializes in the management of Autism Spectrum Disorders and offers services to assist children with behavior development, neurological conditions, and physical conditions.

Visitors enjoyed the tour and also an explanation of Dry Needling. Dry Needling is a skilled intervention that uses thin monofilament needles to penetrate the muscle and help decrease pain and spasms. Dry Needling is especially helpful in pain management. While the Chinese visitors are very familiar with acupressure, dry needling was a physical therapy procedure that was less common to them.

Read more about their visit to Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle, here as reported by Cliff Knight of the Hartselle Enquirer. **Article and photo used by permission of the Hartselle Enquirer.

Part 2 of a 5 part series.

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle
615 Mynatt Street, SW, Suite A
Hartselle, Alabama 35640
256-773-0138
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Part 1-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Athens click here.

Part 3-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Corporate Office


Article: Dry Needling: What is it and How does it work? can be read here.

Dry Needling Testimonial: Brooke Thomas, “I feel like a new person!”


 

Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation Facilities-Part 1

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Encore Rehabilitation Clinical Director Tiffany Davis, PT, and Regional Director Barri Lenox, PT, visit with Dr. Jun Hu, Assistant Dean at Shanghai University College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Encore Rehabilitation facilities were recently visited by medical professionals from China who were learning more about how physical therapy is used for rehabilitative care. The use of Physical Therapy is growing in China as they look to add “Western Medicine practices” to their services for an aging population.

One of the stops on their tour was Encore Rehabilitation-Athens, Alabama.  Read more about their visit to Encore Rehabilitation-Athens,  here  as reported by Jessica Barnett of the Athens News Courier.

**Article and photo used by permission of the Athens News Courier.

PART 1 of a 5 part series.

Encore Rehabilitation-Athens
22423 US Highway 72 East Suite B
Athens, Alabama 35613
256-232-1221
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Part 2-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle click here.

Part 3-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Corporate Office


Article: Dry Needling: What is it and How does it work? can be read here.

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