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Chinese Medical Professionals visit Singing River Health System Facilities and Encore Rehabilitation-Mississippi-Part 4

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Medical Professionals from China visit with Encore Rehabilitation Physical Therapists at East Lake Physical Therapy and Sports Center.

After touring Encore Rehabilitation clinics in northern Alabama, visiting Medical Professionals from China continued their tour by visiting Encore Rehabilitation Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists working in the healthcare facilities of the Singing River Health System in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi.

The use of Western rehabilitation practices such as physical therapy and occupational therapy is growing in China. The visitors were observing and learning how Western rehab is used in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinics, hospitals, industries, and sports settings.

Singing River Health System locations visited by the group included:

  • Ocean Springs Pediatrics Center
  • Ocean Springs Hospital
  • Ocean Springs Neuro Rehab Center
  • Gautier Physical Therapy and Industrial Center
  • East Lake Physical Therapy and Sports Center.

Singing River Health System is both a mission-driven provider of health services and one of the largest employers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Singing River provides critical health services, numerous community outreach programs, and charitable services and educational programs. Community-owned, Singing River is also home to the award-winning Blue Distinction Center of Excellence in cardiac care, stroke care, and spine and joint surgery.

Encore Rehabilitation is proud of our association with Singing River Health System, providing quality therapists and support staff in rehabilitative settings for Singing River. Encore Rehabilitation is the largest privately owned provider of rehabilitation services in the southeast United States. Encore has been serving communities in Alabama and Mississippi for over 35 years.

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Ocean Springs Hospital Administrator Heath Thompson, center, along with representatives of Encore Rehabilitation, provided a tour of Ocean Springs Hospital to the visiting Chinese Medical Professionals.

Part 4 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 3- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Corporate Office, Decatur, Alabama

Part 2- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle

Part 1- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Athens


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If rehab is in your future, please contact us!

East Lake Physical Therapy
6300 East Lake Boulvevard, Suite 101
Vancleave, Mississippi 39565
228-818-1200
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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
Find Corporate Encore Rehabilitation on Facebook by clicking here

encorerehab.com 

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move.


Part 4-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Singing River Health Systems and Encore Rehabilitation-Gulf Coast, Mississippi

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

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

Part 4-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Singing River Health Systems and Encore Rehabilitation-Gulf Coast, Mississippi


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
Find Encore Rehabilitation-Athens on Facebook by clicking here.

Part 2-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle click here.

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

Part 4-Chinese Medical Professionals visit Singing River Health Systems and Encore Rehabilitation-Gulf Coast, Mississippi


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

encorerehab.com

 

“I feel like a new person!”

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Brooke Thomas was pained with headaches for years. Recently she came to East Central Physical Therapy where she worked with Encore Rehabilitation Physical Therapists. Her treatment plan included Dry Needling.

Brooke shares, “My results have been incredible. I suffered from constant headaches for five years. I have tried almost any remedy you could think of. When I started physical therapy, Dry Needling was suggested and I was immediately interested. After having it done, I was hooked. Nothing that I have tried has ever relieved my headache so quickly and kept it away for this long. I love it. I tell everyone about it! Thank you so much for all of your help! I feel like a new person!”

Thank you, Brooke, for sharing your story! We wish you the very best!

East Central Physical Therapy
7001 Highway 614
Hurley, Mississippi 39555
228-588-0272

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To learn about Dry Needling: What is it and How does it work?- click here.

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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
228-818-1207

 

After a stroke, David is driving again!

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David Weatherly learns to drive again using the Driving Simulation Program at Singing River Neuro Clinic in Ocean Springs, Mississippi

David Weatherly suffered a stroke two years ago. He couldn’t walk, drive, or use his hand. He felt like his inability to drive became a burden on his wife. He decided he wanted to drive again!

David Weatherly Driving Simulator Ocean Springs Neuro

Working with his physician, David was referred to Singing River’s Neuro Rehab Clinic in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. Here David would take part in the Driving Simulation Program with Encore Rehabilitation Occupational Therapist Christa Anderson.

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Christa Anderson OT Driving Simulator Ocean Springs Neuro

Christa Anderson, Occupational Therapist with Encore Rehabilitation

After a few weeks of using the Driving Simulation Program, David’s accuracy and speed of movement improved and now he can drive again! Outstanding job, David!

If you would like to know more about the Driving Simulation Program at Singing River Neuro Rehab Clinic in Ocean Springs, call 228-818-1207.

To view a video of David’s complete story, please click here.

 

Grayson smiling at Santa!

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Grayson Richardson has Down Syndrome and attends the Ocean Springs Pediatric Clinic for Speech Therapy.  He smiles all the time and has a special talent for remembering the  name of everyone he meets at the clinic.  You have a great smile, Grayson!

Santa stopped by the clinic on Monday, December 11th to visit all the kids.  We enjoy Santa’s visit every year! Merry Christmas from Ocean Springs Pediatric Clinic and Encore Rehabilitation!