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Post-surgery Rehab with Leslie Macharen and Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Leslie Macharen, Patient of the Month for #EncoreRehab Dothan with Physical Therapist Haley Barnett

I have been battling cancer for over 5 years and have had it in my bones. I fractured my left femur in a fall in 2019 and had a rod put in, but fell again in June of 2020 and fractured myself again as well as breaking the metal rod, probably related to the prior bone cancer radiation. At UAB, where the second surgery was done to remove all original hardware and replace it with new and stronger hardware, they recommended inpatient rehab and extensive physical therapy. I chose not to go to inpatient rehab mainly due to COVID-19, but asked for Physical Therapy in Dothan. UAB set me up with highly-rated outpatient facility in Dothan, Encore Rehabilitation – Dothan​, and they’re wonderful! I couldn’t be happier and would recommend them to anyone needing Physical Therapy.“~ Leslie Macharen, patient

We are so proud of your progress, Ms. Macharen, and we are glad to have you as our Patient of the Month!

Ms. Machren is shown here with Encore Rehabilitation Physical Therapist Haley Barnett.

At Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan, we specialize in high-quality Physical Therapy! For sports injuries, illnesses, surgeries, balance, or strengthening, let our Rehab Team help YOU get back to the things you love!

Celebrate National Physical Therapy Month with us in October! #Encore10

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
334-836-4523

Deirdre Smith is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals

Deirdre Smith is Patient of the Month for #EncoreRehab Muscle Shoals

In 2013, I had breast cancer. I received 6 months of chemo and because of the chemo, I developed rheumatoid arthritis. To help manage the pain in my hips associated with this disease, my doctor recommended Physical Therapy. Physical Therapy has helped, and I plan on keeping up with the exercises at home. I chose Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals because it has a 5-star rating and it was close to home.” ~Deirdre Smith, patient

Thank you, Ms. Smith, for entrusting us to be your rehab provider! You have made great progress! 

We are proud to have Deirdre Smith as our Patient of the Month at Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals!

Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals
2515 East Avalon Avenue
Muscle Shoals, Alabama 35661
256-383-6676
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Livi Boston is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals

Ethan Corum-Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Muscle Shoals

Cards for a Cure-2018

Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise supporting cards for a cure! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise supporting Cards for a Cure!

Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise
404 North Main Street 
Enterprise, Alabama 36330
334-393-7465
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Katheryn Price – Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Dallas Luckett-Gamecock Proud!

Pink Out Day with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.

 

Encore Rehabilitation Corporate Offices Celebrates National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a Pink Out Day! #EncoreRehab #IamEncore

Encore Rehabilitation Corporate Office and
Decatur Central Billing Office
celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
with a Pink Out Day!

“Breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women after skin cancer. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.

“If you are a woman age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them. If you are a woman age 50 to 74, be sure to get a mammogram every 2 years. You may also choose to get them more often.

“Breast cancer may also occur in men. Breast cancer may occur in men at any age, but it usually occurs in men between 60 and 70 years of age.

“Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member of yours had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.” **

 

** Information taken from health.finder.gov

 

Lymphedema Therapy is now available at Encore Rehabilitation in Winfield, Haleyville and Hamilton!

Lymphedema Therapy is now available at Encore Rehabilitation in Winfield, Haleyville, and Hamilton with Certified Lymphedema Therapist Pat Waldner, PT.

Lymphedema Therapy is now available at Encore Rehabilitation in Winfield, Haleyville and Hamilton with Certified Lymphedema Therapist Pat Waldner, PT, CLT!

Pat received her Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the University of South Alabama and has 33 years of clinical experience as a Physical Therapist. In November, 2016, she became a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT) through Klose Training and worked full-time for one year as a CLT in the Lymphedema Clinic at Cox Health in Springfield, Missouri. This training and experience has established Pat as an expert in lymphedema treatment.

Pat has now returned to northwest Alabama to provide lymphedema services to patients suffering with lymphedema and edema symptoms.

Lymphedema and edema affects a large number of people and can be effectively treated by a Certified Lymphedema Therapist using Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) techniques which include patient & family education, exercise, skin care, manual lymphatic drainage, short stretch bandages, and garments.

If you could benefit from Lymphedema Therapy or if you have questions, contact Encore Rehabilitation in Winfield, Haleyville, and Hamilton.

Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield
199 Carraway Drive, Suite A1
Winfield, Alabama 35594
205-487-0540

Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville
42465 Highway 195
Haleyville, Alabama 35565
205-486-2753

Encore Rehabilitation-Hamilton
1261 Military Street S
Hamilton, Alabama 35570
205-952-9065

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Risk of Lymphedema Following Cancer Interventions

More Lemon Face Challenge Videos! East Lake and Gautier Rehab Centers

East Lake Physical Therapy & Sports Rehabilitation and Gautier Rehab Services accept the Lemon Face Challenge from Singing River Health Systems!

The Lemon Face Challenge is to help spread awareness for DIPG. DIPG is Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and it is a rare and deadly pediatric brain cancer.

  • DIPG primarily affects children, with most diagnoses occurring between 5 and 7 years of age.
  • DIPG makes up 10-15% of all brain tumors in children, with about 150-300 new diagnoses per year in the United States.
  • Unlike many other pediatric cancers, there has been little progress in improving treatments and cure rates for DIPG over the last few decades.
  • Unfortunately, fewer than 10% of children with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis. **

This disease has affected several children in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area. Singing River Health System and Encore Rehabilitation are doing their part to raise awareness of DIPG.

East Lake Physical Therapy
6300 East Lake Boulevard, Suite 102
Vancleave, Mississippi 39565
228-818-1200
Find East Lake Physical Therapy on Facebook by clicking here

** Statistics from DIPG.org. For more info, click here.

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Lemon Face Challenge – Ocean Springs Neuro Rehab

Video-Lemon Face Challenge with East Central Physical Therapy

Doing their part to raise awareness for DIPG, East Central Physical Therapy accepted the Lemon Face Challenge extended by Singing River Health System!

DIPG stand for Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma, a rare and deadly childhood brain cancer. Unlike many other pediatric cancers, there has been little progress in improving treatments and cure rates for DIPG over the last few decades. Unfortunately, fewer than 10% of children with DIPG survive two years from diagnosis.** More research is needed. Nick Saban, Nicholas Cage, the LA Dodgers, and the Arizona Diamondbacks are among many others who are helping to raise awareness.

**DIPG Statistics and more information can be found on the DIPB.org website by clicking here. 

East Central Physical Therapy  228-588-0272

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Lemon Face Challenge – Ocean Springs Neuro Rehab

Another Lemon Face Challenge Accepted! Medical Park Rehab and Pascagoula Rehab

Medical Park Rehab and Pascagoula Rehab Services accept the Lemon Face Challenge from Singing River Health Systems!

The Lemon Face Challenge is to help spread awareness for DIPG. DIPG is Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and it is a rare and deadly pediatric brain cancer. DIPG has a survival rate of less than one per cent, and usually affects children between the ages of four and eleven. This disease has affected several children in the Mississippi Gulf Coast area.

DIPG affects the pons portion of the brainstem, rendering nervous system function impossible. Symptoms include double vision, inability to close the eyelids completely, dropping one side of the face, and difficulty chewing, swallowing, and breathing.

Medical Park Rehab Services – (228) 471-1520 on Facebook
Pascagoula Rehab Services – (229) 762-1602 on Facebook

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Lemon Face Challenge – Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehab

Lemon Face Challenge-Ocean Springs Neuro Rehab, Mississippi

Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehab accepts the Lemon Face Challenge from Singing River Health Systems!

The Lemon Face Challenge is to help spread awareness for DIPG. DIPG is Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma and it is a rare and deadly pediatric brain cancer. DIPG has a survival rate of less than one per cent, and usually affects children between the ages of four and eleven. This disease has affected several children in the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Lemon Face Challenge was started by 11-year-old Aubreigh Nicholas, who was diagnosed with DIPG in September. Her charity, Aubreigh’s Army, has already raised more than $48,000 at the time of this writing.

#sosostrong #DIPG

Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehab
3603 Bienville Boulevard, Suite 200
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564
228-818-1207
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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. CDT is available locally at the Neuroscience Center in Ocean Springs and at the Medical Park in Pascagoula.

For additional information, please come to one of our free educational meetings held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month on the 2nd floor of the Neuroscience Center in Ocean Springs (building right next door to the Cancer Center).

This article was written by Jaime Garrett, MS, OTR/L for Encore Rehabilitation in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.