Rick Hoadley – Returning to Taekwondo

Rick Hoadley has returned to his active lifestyle after his knee replacement and physical therapy with Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman's Corner

Rick Hoadley loves to be active: cycling, walking, martial arts! So when he suffered a shoulder injury and had to have a knee replacement, it was important to him to become active again.

Rick chose Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner to be his rehab provider. He says, “Encore Rehab has an excellent staff. They use a scientific and methodical approach to therapy, one that is very gradual and encouraging and also gets results.” Rick has regained use of his knee and can do all the things he missed! He is back to being active and has returned to taekwondo training again.

Congratulations, Rick, from all your friends at Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner!

Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner
5643 Sermon Road S
Theodore, Alabama 36582
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Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner Clinic Director Jack Dockery, PT, DPT, Cert. DN

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

What a Difference for Hayden Mobley!

Meet Keena Edwards, Physical Therapist Assistant at Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika

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Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika is proud to introduce you to Physical Therapist Assistant Keena Edwards, LPTA, CSCS!

Keena is originally from Loachapoka, Alabama. She received her Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant from South University, Montgomery, Alabama and holds a Bachelors in Exercise Science from Auburn University. Keena is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Keena and her husband, Anthony, have one daughter. In her spare time, Keena enjoys spending time with her family and friends and staying active! Her interest in physical therapy began when she became injured while playing sports. Now physical therapy is her passion.

Keena says, “I love my job and am blessed with the privilege of helping my patients reach and achieve the physical goals they set for themselves.” 

Thank you, Keena, for the quality care you provide! We are happy to have you in the Encore Rehabilitation family!

Encore Rehabilitation-Opelika
3051 Frederick Road, Suite A
Opelika, Alabama 36801
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Gordon Coats – Full of life!

Man smiling, standing with coffee cup in hand. Man is Gordon Coats, Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Tuscaloosa.

Say hello to Gordon Coats, Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Tuscaloosa!

Gordon, a retired Bailiff of Circuit Court, came to Encore to regain strength and mobility. He brought laughter and joy to each visit as he shared his optimistic attitude. His advice to everyone, Work toward the next day because it’s always better!

We are happy he is now stronger and more active although we miss his visits.

Keep spreading happiness, Gordon!

Encore Rehabilitation-Tuscaloosa
6561 Highway 69, Suite A
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35045
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Bailey Preiss – Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

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Way to go, Bailey!

Bailey Preiss has been selected Athlete of the Month for Vinemont High School and Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman, Alabama!

Bailey is a Sophomore and multi-sport athlete. She has participated in Varsity sports for two years on the teams for Cheer (one year as Co-Captain), Basketball, and Track. Her plans after graduation include receiving a college degree and becoming a Massage Therapist.

We wish you all the best, Bailey! Congratulations!

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

Exercises to help heal Plantar Fasciitis

“With the start of the new year, fitness resolutions are on everyone’s mind. Couch potatoes and exercise enthusiasts have started new physical activities and routines, runners have upped their mileage and weekend warriors are working hard to advance quickly in their chosen sport or activity-all trying to achieve the goal of leading a healthier lifestyle.

Advancing too quickly in physical activity can lead to an increase in heel pain-commonly known as Plantar Fasciitis. Faulty foot mechanics or improper shoes can also contribute to this condition. Other possible causes include: obesity, age, family tendency, and disease (arthritis and diabetes).

The Plantar Fascia is a shock absorbing tissue that expands when you walk, run, or exercise. Continuous tension on the fascia can cause irritation or inflammation. The pain associated with Plantar Fasciitis is generally located on the bottom of the heel. The first steps out of bed in the morning are often the most painful.
Irritation of the Plantar Fascia is treated with rest, ice, stretching and strengthening, correction of faulty footwear, and proper foot mechanics. Several stretches/strengthening exercises that have helped our clients get “back on their feet” are: The Plantar Fascia Stretch-standing with the ball of foot on stair, reach for the bottom step with heel until a stretch is felt through the arch of the foot. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat 3 times, 3 times per day.
Single Leg Toe Curling-With foot resting on a towel, slowly bunch towel up as you curl toes. Repeat 3-5 times, 2 times per day.
Lacrosse Ball Massage-while sitting in a chair, roll lacrosse ball under your foot to massage the painful area. Perform for 1 minute, 3 times per day.

Increasing activity levels can be done safely and strategically to avoid overuse injuries. Always check for proper footwear, consider cross training (alternate between running, walking, biking, and swimming) on your exercise days, rest, and diet all aid in injury prevention and rehabilitation. So get out there and get your HEALTHY FEET MOVING!”

Family, Friends, & Fitness

Written by:

Adam Powell, DPT and Steve Milliron PT, ATC

Encore Sports Medicine – Hoover, AL

“There are three important factors that help shape your life.  Family, friends, and fitness have an enormous impact on your well-being.  These facets can provide encouragement, confidence, and self-esteem.  Your most joyous occasions are made exceptional when you are healthy and surrounded by loved ones.  These pillars shape us mentally, physically, and emotionally.  Your family, friends, and fitness are integral pieces to your health.

We acquire habits and beliefs from our parents, siblings, and close friends.   You are much more likely to perform daily exercise if you surround yourself with individuals that share the same goals.   Recreational activities are vital to your mental and physical health.  They provide an escape and release from the stress and monotony of your everyday life.

Everyone agrees that the most difficult aspect of exercise is getting started.  You have to maintain the motivation to make it a habit.  In these instances, it is helpful to draw from the support of your companions.  You have the opportunity to positively influence the health of your loved ones.  We all should provide support to our loved ones that are experiencing difficulty in becoming physically fit.

A regular daily exercise routine will change your life.  It will provide you a sense of accomplishment and will result in improved self-worth.  Exercise gives us an opportunity to achieve goals and track progress.  It is truly amazing how the human body improves itself through physical training.  Exercise will have a dramatically positive impact on a sedentary individual.

Your body becomes stronger, more flexible, and more tolerant by increasing your physical demands.  Everyday tasks will be accomplished with greater ease and efficiency when you are physically fit.  Both the young and the elderly will benefit from an exercise regimen.  It is important that you choose a form of physical activity that is both rewarding and fun.  You will not continue to participate in an exercise routine that you consider “very hard” or a “chore.”

Easy everyday activities are beneficial to your health.  Simply walking, whether in a group or alone, is an excellent form of exercise that can be performed indoors or outdoors.  Whether it is a quick walk around the block, or a long walk in the mall, walking is an effective tool that will improve your general well-being.   Walking with a group of neighbors, church members, significant others, etc. serves as a time for bonding and communication.  Walking alone provides a time for reflection and relaxation.

You may find that formal exercise classes are best suited to meet your needs.  Yoga, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, Crossfit, step aerobics, and cycling groups have all become quite popular.  The social component to this form of exercise is what many find intriguing.  They enjoy this type of activity because they find that the utilization of an instructor improves their form and technique.  Group exercise is an excellent strategy to ensure your enthusiasm and adherence to a new routine.

Exercise can be quite intimidating to beginners.  You may be more comfortable receiving experienced direction from a qualified personal trainer or coach.  This is a way to achieve your goals if you desire one on one guidance and supervision.  Video workouts such as P90X, Insanity, etc. are great tools if you want the structure of a formal class but the freedom to perform your routine at any time or location.

Is summary, there are multiple forms of physical activity that will positively influence your life.  You must find an exercise routine that you enjoy.  You will positively impact the health of your friends and family by encouraging them to get active and stay active.

If you have any questions regarding starting your new exercise routine, please call (205) 682-7650 and talk with Steve Milliron, PT/ATC, Tim Sirmon, DPT, or Adam Powell, DPT.  They see patients daily at Encore Sports Medicine on 2801 John Hawkins Parkway on Hwy 150 in Hoover, AL.

Adam Powell and Steve Milliron helped put this article together.  Steve is a physical therapist and athletic trainer in the Hoover area over the last 20 years.  Adam is a recent graduate from UAB and licensed physical therapist for Encore Sports Medicine.  He is married and lives near Hoover. ”

*It is important to note that one should consult with their physician prior to starting a new exercise routine.