TEAMS Research Study for individuals diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (Grenada, MS)

Call us to learn more about the TEAMS MS exercise research study. #EncoreRehab

Have you been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis or do you know someone diagnosed?

Encore Rehabilitation-Grenada is participating in TEAMS research study through UAB/Lakeshore Research and the Tanner Foundation.

The FREE TEAMS study will evaluates the effects of an exercise program on improving pain, fatigue, physical activity, and quality of life.

More details are below or you may call the clinic if you have questions.

Please help us spread the word by sending this message to individuals who may benefit from this study.


The TEAMS study is an exercise program that will be delivered through our clinic with our Physical Therapists or your home using exercise videos. You will randomly selected to do the exercise program in either of the two settings. The program will be adapted to your specific needs and abilities.

No cost to you, plus receive compensation valued up to $380.

Individuals between 18-70 years old who are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Must be willing to participate in a 12-week exercise program.

Encore Rehabilitation-Grenada

Contact our clinic by phone or in person
Encore Rehabilitation-Grenada
1322 C Sunset Drive
Grenada, Mississippi 38901

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Swim for MS – 18,000 laps in one month!



3 people with 2 dogs standing next to a ribbon for MS

A few participants in the Cullman MS Swim event: Bo Shirey, Robyn Crawford, and Ruth Ann Knight.

From guest contributor, Bo Shirey, Athletic Trainer with Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman

I love to swim and I was looking to do a swim-a-thon as a fundraiser.  I decided to do one for MS (Multiple Sclerosis) because my mother, Judy Shirey, was diagnosed over 20 years ago.  I contacted her MS doctor, Chris Laganke, MD, and I was referred to the local National MS Society chapter in Alabama.

For the MS Swim event, all the proceeds raised would be donated to the local Alabama chapter to help raise awareness and find a cure for MS.

The Cullman Wellness and Aquatic Center gave me permission to use their facilities to host our event.  The event took place the entire month of January.  We had just over 20 swimmers to participate.  Our goal was to swim over 500 miles (18,000 laps) in the month of January.    We reached our goal just few days late but we had a couple of snow days and several of our swimmers had the flu.  We raised almost $4,000 for MS.

The next MS Swim event is scheduled for September 2019. We welcome others to participate and donate.

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Bo Shirey with his Participation Certificate from the MS Swim

Congratulations, Bo, on a successful swim event for MS! Great job!
For more information, please contact Bo at Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman.

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 MainAvenue SW, Suite G
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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WALK MS: Cullman 2018, April 14, 2018 at Heritage Park-Cullman, Alabama


Come join Team Encore Rehab! Register or donate today!

WALK MS-Cullman 2018 will take place Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Heritage Park (1705 Lee Ave SW, Cullman, AL 36055). Registration at 10 am. Walk starts at 11 am.

Why we walk~~
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. MS is different for everyone, and that makes it all the more challenging to solve. The first Walk MS event was in 1988, and since then more than $1 billion has been raised for research and programs to improve the lives of people living with MS. Today, there are treatments where there weren’t any before, and the dream of ending MS is becoming a reality. But there is still so much to do.

That’s why we’re walking. We’ve set an ambitious goal because we know with support from people like you, we will have a great chance at reaching it. The money raised will drive groundbreaking research, provide life-changing programs and guarantee a supportive community for those who need it most. This cause is important to us, so we hope you can do your part to help end MS forever.

To register or donate to Walk MS: Cullman 2018, Team Encore Rehab, click here.

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue, SW
Cullman, Alabama 35055
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Article: Multiple Sclerosis Awareness: Facts and Statistics, click here


Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month


  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an abnormal response of the body’s immune system  against the central nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and optical nerves). It affects the flow of information in the brain and between the brain and the rest of the body.
  • Anyone may develop MS.
  • 2-3 times more women than men develop MS.
  • MS is not contagious or directly inherited.
  • More than 2.3 million people are affected by MS worldwide.
  • MS symptoms occur when the immune-system produces inflammation within the CNS.  The inflammatory attack damages myelin, (the protective insulation surrounding nerve fibers), oligodendrocytes (cells that make CNS myelin) and sometimes the underlying nerve fiber.
  • Common MS symptoms include: fatigue; vision problems/ ringing/numbness; vertigo/dizziness; muscle weakness; balance/coordination problems; walking difficulties; speech and swallowing problems; bladder/bowel problems; cognitive difficulties; emotional changes; sexual dysfunction; and mood swings/depression.
  • The damage caused by inflammation can produce symptoms that resolve over weeks to months or symptoms that are permanent.
  • MS does not always cause paralysis. The majority of people with MS do not become severely disabled. Two-thirds of people who have MS remain able to walk, though many will need an aid, such as a cane or crutches.
  • Environmental factors, such as low Vitamin D and cigarette smoking have been shown to increase the risk of MS.
  • MS occurs in most ethnic groups but is most common in Caucasians of northern European ancestry.
  • Managing MS is an ongoing process, beginning with the very first symptoms and continuing throughout the disease course. It’s never too soon or too late to think about how to access high quality, comprehensive, interdisciplinary care.  **

    At Encore Rehabilitation, our team of Physical, Occupational,
    and Speech Therapists can help patients with MS
    to ease many of your symptoms and move, think, and feel better.

    If you are one of the estimated 2.5 million people
    diagnosed with MS, ask your doctor about
    rehabilitation with Encore or call us today.

    **Facts and Statistics from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society webpage. To find more information about Multiple Sclerosis on their website, click here.


Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Davis Shannon.


Congratulations to the Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Davis Shannon! Davis is a sophomore, multi-sport, athlete at Hancock High School in Kiln, MS. He has played on the varsity Hawks Football and Baseball teams for 2 years now. He is currently the VP of his sophomore class and plans to study Political Science at Mississippi State University. He is the son of Jimmy and Daphne Shannon.

Tuscan Avenue Athlete of the Month, Brooke Roberts.


Congratulations to the Tuscan Avenue Athlete of the Month, Brooke Roberts! Brooke just completed her Junior year at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS. She is a member of the Softball team and wears jersey number #27. Brooke has a 3.8 GPA and is majoring in Elementary Education. She is the daughter of Stacy Leboeuf and Todd Roberts.

Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Karringten Perkins.


Congratulations to the Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Karringten Perkins! Karringten is a sophomore, multi-sport athlete at Hancock High School in Kiln, Mississippi. She is a member of the Lady Hawks Volleyball, Golf, and Basketball teams and wears jersey #1. Her varsity sports awards consist of the Volleyball Player of the Week for Sea Coast Echo and MaxPreps, and All-Around Player for the Pass Christian Basketball Tournament. After graduation, Karringten plans to attend Mississippi State and major in Dermatology. She is the daughter of April and Tony Perkins.

Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Josh Ladner.

Congratulations to the Diamondhead Encore Athlete of the Month, Josh Ladner!  Josh is a Senior athlete at Hancock High School and has played varsity sports for 4 years now.  He is on the Hawks Football team and wore jersey number 65 this past season.  He is the son of Debbie Ladner.  Keep up the good work Josh, good luck after graduation!

Tuscan Avenue Encore Athlete of the Month, Caroline Lumpkin.

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Congratulations to the Tuscan Avenue Encore Athlete of the Month, Caroline Lumpkin!  Caroline is an Junior athlete at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, MS.  She is a member of the Lady Crusaders Basketball team and you can find her on the court wearing jersey number 23.  Their team recently won the 2015 MACJC Undefeated State Championship and we are so proud of them! Caroline is a Education major and currently has a 3.5 GPA. She is the daughter of Adrian and Shannon Lumpkin.  Keep up the good work Caroline!

Mr. Gates’ Success Story: Speech Therapy

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Mr. Gates’ Success Story

Ocean Springs Neurosciences Therapist: Stephanie Stensland MS, CCC-SLP

Mr. Gates’ responses to questions:

(Stephanie): Can you tell us about what helped you get to this point?

(Mr. Gates): “My exercises had a whole lot to do with it, my Therabite machine and then tasting food got me ambitious to try hard. I was frightened to eat food and scared that I would choke. But I’m now building confidence and eating more. I thank God for helping me out and sending me to the right people.”

(Stephanie): What’s your advice for others going through swallowing problems associated with head and neck cancer?

(Mr. Gates): When you’re feeling your lowest, stick to your exercises and remember your goals. It makes a difference. You’ve got to invest in yourself and know you can do this thing. I still have my times where I have to clean out my mouth and start over, but I always remember my goals.”

Stephanie’s perspective:

Mr. Gates is the perfect example of a patient who has been consistent to come to therapy, comply with swallowing strategies and complete his home exercises. In July 2013, Mr. Gates was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, requiring chemo, radiation, jaw reconstruction and a feeding tube. He was given doctor’s orders to go “NPO” (nothing by mouth) since he was silently aspirating and at risk for aspiration pneumonia. Since then, Mr. Gates has had an ongoing journey of dysphagia therapy. This November, Mr. Gates’ hard work paid off when he was able to pass his swallow study. He has used a combination of approaches to acquire his success: Choosing appropriate consistencies of food, using the supraglottic swallow strategy, following aspiration precautions and gradually increasing the amount of food he consumes on a week to week basis. Treatment involved several types of oral and pharyngeal strengthening exercises, range of motion exercises, manual therapy to help manage stiff scar tissue, use of the Therabite tool, diet changes (starting with purees and honey thick liquids and working up to mechanical soft and thin liquids) and use of the supraglottic swallow strategy. Mr. Gates continues to use his PEG tube for optimal nutrition, but has been able to safely sample all of his home cooking. We are so excited that Mr. Gates is able to eat just in time for the holidays!