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Meet Leigh Ann Ainsworth, LPTA!

Leigh Ann Ainsworth, LPTA at Encore Rehabilitation-Columbia

We are proud to introduce you to Leigh Ann Ainsworth!

Leigh Ann is a Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant at Encore Rehabilitation-Columbia. She received her Athletic Training degree from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Physical Therapist Assistant degree from Pearl River Community College. In her spare time, Leigh Ann enjoys running, working out, and shopping. She also enjoys supporting Oak Grove High School where he husband, Larry, coaches baseball and serves as Principal. The couple has one daughter plus a rabbit and several dogs.

Thank you, Leigh Ann, for all you do for our patients and the community!

Encore Rehabilitation-Columbia
1215 Highway 98
Columbia, Mississippi 39429
601-444-5050
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Introducing Athletic Trainer Jessica McManus of Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula!

Encore Sports Medicine Athletic Trainer Jessica McManus at Eufaula High School
Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula would like to introduce you to Athletic Trainer Jessica McManus!

 

Jessica provides Encore Sports Medicine coverage for the Eufaula High School Tigers. Originally from Roanoke, Alabama, she is a graduate of Handley High School. She continued her education at Troy University with a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training and a Masters of Education from North Greenville University. While at North Greenville, she served as a graduate assistant Athletic Trainer for the Athletic Department covering a variety of sports including football and men’s lacrosse.

 

In her free time, Jessica enjoys spending time on the lake, watching sporting events, and being involved with her church.

 

Thank you, Jessica, for all you do! We are proud to have you in the Encore Rehabilitation family!

 

Meet Clinical Director Brandon Addison – Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula Clinical Director Brandon Addison, DPT, ATC

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula is pleased to introduce you to Clinical Director Brandon Addison, DPT, ATC!

Brandon is originally from Tallassee, Alabama and now resides in Eufaula. He received his Athletic Training degree from Huntingdon College and his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Alabama State University.  Brandon also holds a certification in Dry Needling. In his leisure time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, spending time with family, and pulling for the Florida Gators.

Welcome to the Encore Rehabilitation family, Brandon! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula
825 West Washington Street
Eufaula, Alabama 36027
334-355-6009
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Brianna Deal  of Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula


Hans Rice, DPT of Encore Rehabilitation-Eufaula


Encore Regional Director Trip Garner, PT, ATC


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

Clinic Director Dawn O’Keefe- Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont

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Meet Dawn O’Keefe, PT, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN, Clinic Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Beaumont! Dawn has been a clinician in the Hattiesburg area for 26 years and with Encore Rehabilitation for 17 years. Dawn’s expertise is in providing quality one-on-one care for each of her patients.

Dawn holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from Louisiana State University Medical Center-New Orleans and her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In addition to being a Physical Therapist, Dawn is also a Certified Athletic Trainer. Most recently she has obtained her Dry Needling Certification.

Dawn and her husband, Matt have two daughters, Jordan and Lauren. In her free time, Dawn likes to exercise and run. She has participated with the same girls running group since 1997. Dawn has completed several half marathons and triathlons as well as one marathon. She is a native of Metairie, Louisiana.

At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move!

 

Justin Byrd, DPT, ATC, new Clinic Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Priceville

Justin Byrd DPT ATC

Welcome to our new Clinic Director, Justin Byrd, DPT, ATC, Cert. DN!

Justin has been a part of Encore Rehabilitation for two and a half years as a Physical Therapist and Athletic Trainer.

Justin received his Clinicial Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Alabama State University and a Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from The University of Alabama. While attending UA, he worked with the softball, gymnastic, and football teams. Justin is certified in Dry Needling and is currently pursuing his certification in Spinal Manipulation from the Spinal Manipulation Institute. He will soon earn his Diploma in Osteopractic.

Justin combines his knowledge of the human body with a strong sense of compassion and understanding to develop personal, individualized, patient-centered care for treating a variety of orthopedic and sport-related injuries/impairments. He focuses on hands-on manual therapy that consist of manipulation, mobilization, and dry needling. He desires to help all his patients regain complete functional movement and mobility, especially individuals suffering from back pain, neck pain, tension headaches, and cervicogenic headaches.

Justin is married to Kristie Hutchison Byrd, a native of Priceville. Kristie also works for Encore Rehabilitation as an Occupational Therapist. They are the proud parents of Olivia Kate (Livy).

Congratulations, Justin!

“3 Defending Champions Survive 3rd Round Of AHSAA State Football Playoffs”

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     MONTGOMERY – Three defending state champions and nine undefeated teams emerged from the third round of the AHSAA State Football Playoffs Friday night.

This week’s slate includes 12 semifinal games. All winners will advance to the Super 7 State championships at Auburn Nov. 30-Dec.1-2.
Unbeaten teams by class in the playoffs include: (Class 1A) Maplesville (12-0); Linden (13-0), Addison (13-0); (Class 2A) G.W. Long (12-0); Fyffe (13-0); (Class 3A) Gordo (13-0); Piedmont (13-0); (Class 6A) Park Crossing (13-0); (Class 7A) McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0).
Advancing to the next round are 20 region champions, four region second seeds, one third seed and one fourth seed.

All seminal pairings and quarterfinal results are listed.

AHSAA STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS
Semifinal Pairings
(All games, Friday, Nov. 25, 7 p.m.)

CLASS 1A
Maplesville (12-0) at Linden (13-0)
Addison (13-0) at Pickens County (10-3), Reform

CLASS 2A
Aliceville (12-1) at G.W. Long (12-0), Skipperville
Fyffe (13-0) at Lanett (11-2)

CLASS 3A
Gordo (13-0) at Mobile Christian (12-1)
Ohatchee (12-1) at Piedmont (13-0)

CLASS 4A
Handley (11-2) at Andalusia (12-1)
Madison Academy (10-3) at Hokes Bluff (9-4)

CLASS 5A
Beauregard (11-1) at Jackson (9-3)
Wenonah (10-2) at Briarwood Christian (12-1)

CLASS 6A
Park Crossing (12-0) at Opelika (12-1)
Austin (10-3) at Ramsay (11-2), Birmingham

CLASS 7A
(Finals, Nov. 30, Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn)
McGill-Toolen Catholic (13-0) vs. Hoover (11-2), Nov. 30, 7 p.m.

 

Elbow pain: Lateral Epicondylitis (aka, Tennis elbow)

The technology boom of the past decade has not only made our lives easier (debateable), but also caused a surge in overuse injuries. Smart phones, i-pads, and laptops (to name a few) have become as common TV’s and cars to every household in America. The age of instant access to information and social media has made keeping up with news, family and friends much easier but has come at a price. Elbow pain, specifically Lateral Epicondylitis, and Carpal Tunnel syndrome (a topic for another day) have become more common and can become extremely debilitating if not treated in a timely manner. Keep in mind that it can take as little as 3 weeks for an injury to become chronic and therefore seeking early intervention can literally be the difference in a successful outcome and months of pain and discomfort. Unlike most injuries, Lateral Epicondylitis is a problem that almost anyone can diagnose, as long as you know what signs to look for.

First, What is Lateral Epicondylitis? Simply stated, lateral epicondylitis is overuse tendonitis of the wrist and finger extensors. Pain and discomfort are felt on the outside of the elbow and can run down the forearm into the various muscles (muscles that make up the back of the hand). The muscles on the back of the wrist are very small and they all come together and insert just above the elbow.

Second, What are the symptoms? 1. Tender to touch, just above the elbow on the back of the forearm. The area will definitely be sore due to the inflammation. 2. Pain with picking up weighted objects such as a jug of milk, coffee cup, etc., and even something as simple as typing on your laptop. The pain noted in this area can run the entire gammit from sharp pain to a dull, achy feeling. The pain generally subsides when the affected hand is at rest. 3. Noted weakness. Noticeable weakness with gripping activities along with pain in the above mentioned area is a sure fire indicator that you may have lateral epicondylitis. It is not uncommon for me to have patients tell me that they have problems with dropping objects (usually making a mess). 4. Pain with resistance. Make a fist on the hurt arm. Push down on the back of the affected hand with the uninjured hand and that can elicit pain in the elbow. If all these symptoms are present, BAM, you have just acturately diagnosed yourself with Lateral Epicondylitis.

Now I know you are extremely proud of yourself and you should be but ultimately I’m sure you really just want to stop hurting. Let’s talk about the important stuff, the steps to recovery. What to do: 1. Ice. But you say, I hate ice. Believe me, early on, ice is your friend. Putting an ice pack on the painful area for 15 minutes 4-5 times a day greatly enhances your chances of saving a copay. 2. Medication. My medication of choice is Aleve. 2 in the morning and 2 at bedtime for a week is where I generally start. Ibuprofen or Motrin is an acceptable substitute. These medications are called NSAIDS and can be affective at fighting muscular inflammation. If you are unable to take NSAIDS, consult your physician for alternative medications. 3. Rest. It’s simple but true. Making a conscious effort to limit the use of the affected hand greatly improves your chance of success. Trust me, I get it. This is easier said than done, but if you don’t use the affected arm, it won’t hurt. Continuing to use the injured arm increases the inflammation in the tendons and delays healing. 4. Bracing. I struggled with whether or not to mention tennis elbow braces but I do feel they can help manage your pain but here is my disclaimer. Make sure you use them correctly. Proper application is key. If you are unsure of how to properly apply the brace, seek assistance from a qualified health care provider.
In conclusion, Lateral Epicondylitis is not something that you have to run to the doctor with. We mentioned that time is important and it is but give yourself 1 week of managing your symptoms with these simple steps and if the pain improves, then give yourself another week, if it doesn’t, seek the advice and counsel of your family physician. Remember, early intervention and treatment is important to kicking that unwanted uncle out of the house before he wears out his welcome.

This article was written by one of our PT, ATC, Matt Moorer. 

Gulf Shores High School’s AD thanks Encore ATCs, Camille Forte and Lee Steiner.

“A high school parent returned some crutches to me that their son had to use after he injured his hip.  He really was appreciative of [our ATC] Camille Forte and the way she not only took care of his son, but also the way she handled the situation and relayed information to him.  He also expressed his thankfulness to the fact that we have a sports medicine team in place here and how well it worked.  I would also like to brag on Camille and the job she is doing and show my appreciation to her, Lee, Encore and the orthopedic group/Doctors for what we have in place.  I can still remember when us coaches did all the sports medicine routines-

Let’s just say we are in much better hands now!”

Jamie W. Williams 

Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Gulf Shores High School

The Cullman Times – Best Therapy Award Winner

One of our PTA’S, Sharon Edens, holding our best therapy award! Thanks city of Cullman — We are proud to be your physical therapy provider!

BEst Physical Therapy in Cullman