Happy National Occupational Therapy Month to Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist Zachary Houle! Zac has been with Encore Rehabilitation for three years! We are very proud to have him on the Rehab Team in the Mobile area! Thanks for providing great patient care, Zac!
April is National Occupational Therapy Month and we would like to recognize our Occupational Therapy Team at the Neuroscience Center: Amy Polite, Katelyn Moen, Jaime Garrett, and Christa Anderson.
With a combined 34 years of experience, Amy Polite, Christa Anderson and Jaime Garrett have devoted their careers to providing exceptional evidence-based interventions with a patient-centered focus for a variety of conditions, including neurologic, orthopedic, lymphatic, rheumatic and post-cancer.
Amy has worked at the Neuroscience Center for 14 years and specializes in treating neurological conditions (specifically stroke and brain injury) and associated deficits of the upper extremity, vision and driving retraining.
Christa has worked at the Neuroscience Center for 7 years and specializes in treatment neurological and orthopedic conditions, with a specific passion for the complexities of the neurological shoulder and post-operative elbow, wrist, and hand.
Jaime has worked for the Neuroscience Center for 9 years and specializes in lymphedema and post-mastectomy conditions.
Katelyn has recently joined the neuro team after graduating from UMMC in 2020.
We would like to thank our Occupational Therapists for their dedication during Occupational Therapy Month and every month of the year!
Ocean Springs Neurological Rehabilitation 3603 Bienville Blvd., Suite 202 Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39564 228-818-1207
Encore Rehabilitation would like you to meet Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist Krystal Lytle!
Krystal received her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from The University of South Alabama. She also received her Bachelors from the University of South Alabama in Preprofessional Health Sciences. She is has a certification in Dry Needling granted by The Spinal Manipulation Institute.
Krystal has an extensive background of working with neuromusculoskeletal upper extremity patients. She and has earned and is recognized by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission as a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT).
Krystal is currently accepting new patients at Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner and the newly opened Encore Rehabilitation-West Mobile clinics.
We are excited to have Krystal and her expertise at Encore!
Encore Rehabilitation at Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Clinic would like you to meet Occupational Therapist Whitney Walker!
Whitney began her professional career as a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant. She then obtained a Master’s in Occupational Therapy from Belmont University to become an Occupational Therapist. Whitney has provided rehabilitation at Stone County Hospital and it’s adjoining/sister facilities for over 14 years. She has been a practicing Clinician with Encore Rehabilitation for over five years.
Whitney’s caring extends beyond her patients to her family and friends. Whitney and her husband, Cody, have three children.
We appreciate Whitney’s dedication to her patients and the community. We are very proud to have you on the Encore Rehabilitation Team, Whitney!
Encore Rehabilitation Athens and Hartselle would like to introduce you to Heather Breedlove, OTR, Cert. DN!
Heather obtained her Occupational Therapy degree from The University of Alabama in Birmingham. She has been a practicing clinician for 22 years and has been with Encore Rehabilitation for 12 years. Heather is the Assistant Clinical Director at Encore Rehabilitation-Athens. She currently practices in Athens and Hartselle treating a variety of orthopedic injuries and diagnoses and neurological disorders, as well as performing ergonomic assessments and screens for industries, both onsite and in the clinic. Heather’s Certification in Dry Needling is for the upper extremity.
In her free time, Heather enjoys spending time with her family and participating in activities with her church.
Thank you for all you do for our patients and the community, Heather!
“According to an analysis of numerous research studies published by the Cochrane Collaboration, there’s a lot of evidence that working with an occupational therapist when you have RA can help you use your hands for everyday tasks more efficiently and with less pain. The occupational therapist’s goal is to ensure that you can participate in any activity you want while still protecting your joints and getting hand pain relief.
For starters, an occupational therapist teaches people with RA about disease self-management, Dodge says – offering instruction on joint protection techniques, how to use assistive devices, how to conserve your energy, and exercises that will help you do activities with less pain. [They] may also explain how to use heat and cold as part of your pain management strategy.
The occupational therapist can also show you how to modify specific activities so you can still do them. For example, if you’re a woman who enjoys knitting, an occupational therapist can provide suggestions for adaptive equipment and offer techniques that allow you to enjoy your hobby more safely.”
10 Tips to Try Now
If you need hand pain relief from RA, use these suggestions from Dodge and Amini to modify activities to make them less painful:
Build up handles on utensils and tools so that less force is needed to hold them while performing tasks. Pipe insulation is handy for enlarging handles.
If you’re unable to lift a gallon of milk with one or both hands, buy half gallons or have someone pour half into a small pitcher.
Rather than carrying bags in your hand, place straps over your forearm or shoulder. Rolling bags alleviate the need to lift and carry them.
Use both hands when lifting objects, and keep your forearms close to your body.
When possible, use your palms to grasp objects rather than your fingertips. Replace standard door knobs with door levers.
Wear rubber gloves to enhance your grip when opening jars.
Use electric appliances when possible.
Use your entire body to move heavy objects rather than pushing with your hand, such as when opening a door.
Use a rolling cart to move items around the house.
Purchase pots and pans with two handles and slide them over surfaces instead of lifting them. Silicone sheets can be placed on delicate counter surfaces to protect them from hot pots.
**To read the entire article from Everyday Health, click here!
Encore Rehabilitation Locations offering Occupational Therapy:
Encore Rehabilitation-Athens 256-232-1221
Encore Rehabilitation-Bay Minette 251-239-5395
Encore Rehabilitation-Bessemer West 205-481-7125
Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman 256-775-3737
Encore Rehabilitation-Decatur 256-350-6331
Encore Rehabilitation-Foley 251-270-2505
Encore Rehabilitation-Haleyville 205-486-2753
Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle 256-773-0138
Encore Rehabilitation-Hoover 205-682-7650
Encore Rehabilitation-Inverness 205-408-4123
Encore Rehabilitation-Jackson 251-246-1214
Encore Rehabilitation-Mobile I65 251-459-8402
Encore Rehabilitation-Mobile Providence 251-634-2214
Encore Rehabilitation-Saraland 251-675-3933
Encore Rehabilitation-Spanish Fort 251-625-2170
Encore Rehabilitation-Vernon 205-695-0689
Encore Rehabilitation-Winfield 205-487-0540
Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehab 228-818-1207
If rehabilitation is in your future, choose Encore!