Tillman’s Corner

“I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!” Ashley Bosarge & Encore Rehabilitation Tillman’s Corner

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Ashley Bosarge was in pain, and lots of it. She relates, “Midway through my junior season of softball, I injured by right shoulder and started to realize the pain I was experiencing was serious. I had very limited range of motion in my shoulder and certain movements of my neck sent a painful burning sensation down my arm or my hand would go numb. After months of waiting to find out the exact cause, my MRI showed that I had labral tearing. I was diagnosed with long thoracic nerve palsy.”

Ashley has been receiving treatment at Encore Rehabilitation – Tillman’s Corner for about six months. Recovery from an injury such as hers can take time-and patience.

Ashley says, “The therapists at Encore – Tillman’s Corner truly care for their patients. They have made me realize that some progress is better than no progress and they continue to keep me motivated. It feels great to be surrounded by people who want to see you succeed as much as you do. I wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!”

We wish you continued recovery, Ashley! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!

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“THERE ARE MANY THINGS I LOVE ABOUT MY JOB” – ENCORE REHABILITATION CELEBRATES NATIONAL PHYSICAL THERAPY MONTH WITH LAURA WATERS

Laura Waters, PTA

Encore Rehabilitation therapist Laura Waters, PTA, loves her job!  Laura says, “There are many things I love about my job, so it is hard to point out just one. If I had to say the best thing about being a Physical Therapist Assistant, it would be how rewarding it is to help someone to return to their life. An accident or surgery can be life altering and as a therapist, I play a role in helping people recover and return to an active life.”

Laura Waters has been a Physical Therapist Assistant for Encore Rehabilitation for 17 years. She is treats patients in the Encore Rehabilitation – Tillman’s Corner/Theodore clinic.

Laura writes, “I personally had an injury and know, firsthand, how devastating it can be. As a therapist, we treat the entire person. Sometimes it requires holding their hand or simply giving them  hug.  I truly love my job and am so happy to help my patients return to their lives!”

And what does Laura have to say about Encore Rehabilitation? “Encore Rehabilitation is a wonderful place to work. They truly care about their employees.

Thank you, Laura, for all you do! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!

 

Tillman’s Corner clinic Athlete of the Month, Kentrail Davis.

Kentrail Davis

The Tillman’s Corner Encore clinic had the pleasure of working with one of the Huntsville Stars outfielders, Kentrail Davis. Kentrail started his baseball career at Theodore High School, then committed to the University of Tennessee. He was soon after drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (39th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Tennessee. He is currently playing outfielder for the AAA Huntsville Stars.  A few of his awards consist of the following: 2008 First Team Freshman All-American by Baseball America, the only freshman in the country to be named one of 50 semifinalists for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, named as a Second Team All-SEC selection and was unanimously named to the SEC All-Freshman Team.

PT Tip of the week: Osteoarthritis

 

Jack Dockery, PT, DPT – Encore Clinic at Tillman’s Corner.

“As a physical therapist, I commonly encounter patients that have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee joint and want to know what they can do to avoid or postpone a total joint replacement. Obesity is a modifiable risk factor that has a direct correlation with the development of knee joint osteoarthritis, being that the knee is a weight bearing joint. A quick and easy means to determine a personal weight problem is the Body Mass Index (BMI). An individual can calculate his/her BMI by dividing their mass in kilograms by their height in meters squared. If this number is greater than 30.0 than that person will fall into the obese category and have a higher risk of developing knee osteoarthritis. Exercise is also important in avoiding or postponing a total joint replacement by strengthening the muscles around the joint and normalizing muscle imbalances. Low impact exercises such as aquatics, cycling, walking, and stretching are ideal for an arthritic joint by dissipating less joint force than higher level exercises such as running and jumping. Lastly, when running or jogging an individual should be doing so in appropriate footwear. Most individuals would benefit from a foot orthotic placing the foot in anatomical position and avoid placing other joints in the lower leg at a mechanical disadvantage. A person should change their shoes with an increase in lower leg or back pain and/or breakdown of the midsole.”