Sister & Brother Gracie and Tucker are Physical Therapy Patients of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Say hello to sister and brother duo Gracie and Tucker, Physical Therapy Patients of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan!

Following a four wheeler accident, Tucker broke his elbow.  Tucker had surgery on his right elbow resulting in 3 pins being placed and then having the pins removed.  Tucker stated that his favorite part of therapy is the arm bike!

Gracie then followed Tucker by having a four wheeler accident breaking her elbow.  Gracie had surgery resulting in having 2 screws placed in her left elbow.   Gracie stated her favorite part of therapy is the therapists! (We love you, too, Gracie and Tucker!)

After several months of therapy, Gracie and Tucker are progressing well and getting back to doing the things they love! 

Gracie and Tucker are shown here with the Rehab Team at Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan. We are so proud of your progress, Gracie and Tucker, and we are proud to have you both as our Physical Therapy Patients of the Month!

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

Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan
345 Healthwest Drive
Dothan, AL 36303
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Charles Veneziano is the Occupational Therapy Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Alyssa Skinner is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan!

Andre Galloway is Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Bonita Reed – Regains use of her arm with Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana

Bonita Reed regains the use of her arm with Physical Therapy from #EncoreRehab Columbiana

“I was not able to grip or use my right hand due to my broken elbow and in six visits to Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana, Suzanne had me gripping and using my right arm as if nothing had ever happened. She worked with me very patiently and planned out my exercises each visit and got me going quickly . Suzanne is the best! I would recommend Encore Rehab. They are very professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.” ~ Bonita Reed, patient

Thank you, Ms. Reed, for making Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana, your rehab provider! We LOVE to see you move! 

Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana
101 West College Street, Suite 100
Columbiana, Alabama 35051
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Bryan Glass -Walking with no problems!

Helping others – Suzanne Jarvis, PT, Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month

Dorothy Roberson is driving again after rehab at Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana

Janet Parson – Able to do more with no pain thanks to Encore Rehabilitation-Columbiana


Allisa Flores is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Patient of the Month Allisa Flores shows her scar from her broken elbow while she poses with #EncoreRehab Enterprise Clinic Director Randy Riley, PT

After an ATV accident broke her elbow, Allisa Flores chose Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise as her Physical Therapy provider.

Ms. Flores says, “I had a hard time doing basic everyday things like opening a water bottle, putting my hair up, and eating, but now I’m very thankful to be able to do all these tasks on my own thanks to the great therapists that helped me.

Thank you, Ms. Flores, for choosing Encore! We are proud to select you as Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise!

Ms. Flores is shown here with Clinic Director and Physical Therapist Randy Riley.

Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise
404 North Main Street
Enterprise, Alabama 36330
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Roma Jackson is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Chase Phipps is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise

Jessica Rae is Patient of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Enterprise


Woodrow Seaman-Moving Again

Woodrow Seaman Theodore Tillmans Corner

Having suffered a dislocated elbow, Woodrow Seaman choose Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner for his rehabilitation. He shares his thoughts about his rehab team. “Krystal and Kristen were very helpful and informative during the therapy sessions. I have regained almost full movement of my elbow. I would recommend Encore Rehabilitation to my family and friends.

Thank you, Woodrow! We are delighted to be a part of your rehab journey!

Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner
5643 Sermon Road South
Theodore, Alabama 36582
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William Freeman finds help at Encore Rehabilitation-Vernon

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When William Freeman received an injury to his elbow, he knew where he wanted to go for rehab, Encore Rehabilitation-Vernon, Alabama.

William shares, “I was pleased with the results I had from the last time I had shoulder surgery. The staff has been good to work me in to fit my work schedule. Super nice people.”

Thank you for choosing Encore Rehabilitation for your treatment, William!

Celebrating National Physical Therapy Month with Ranae Arrington

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After receiving an injury to her right elbow, Ranae Arrington needed physical therapy. Her injury lead to swelling in the hand and problems with her shoulder. Why did she choose Encore Rehabilitation – Russellville for her therapy? “Word of mouth,” states Ranae. “I was told Encore was really good and cared about their patients.”
We thank you, Ranae, for choosing Encore as your rehabilitation provider! Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

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.