Occupational Therapy

Outpatient Services in Stone County!

Encore Rehabilitation Staff provides services at Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Clinic

We are happy to be serving the community in Stone County! Come see us for your Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy needs!

We LOVE to see you move!

 

Stone County Hospital Outpatient Rehab Clinic
in conjunction with Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.
1440 East Central Avenue
Wiggins, MS 39577
601-928-6740

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman wins Best Physical Therapy Clinic!

Cullman Best of the Best 2018

A BIG THANK YOU to all our family and friends for voting Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman Best Physical Therapy Clinic in the 2018 The Cullman Times Best of the Best!

For three years in a row, Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman has been selected as the best and we greatly appreciate all those who have supported us with your votes of confidence!

We LOVE to see you move! For over 32 years, we have proudly served the community of Cullman with quality physical therapy, occupational therapy, industrial rehab, pediatric therapy, and sports medicine coverage.

Thank you for choosing Encore Rehabilitation for all your rehabilitation needs!

Encore Rehabilitation-Cullman
1701 Main Avenue SW
Cullman, Alabama 35055
256-775-3737
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Monday Motivation – July 23, 2018

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Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle has a new sign!

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The new sign at Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle is installed and looking good!  Our Hartselle clinic offers Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy as well as Pediatric Rehab and Industrial Rehab Services. For over 35 years, Encore Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine has provided quality care in the Hartselle community. Come by and see our new clinic!

Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle
615 Mynatt Street, SW
Hartselle, Alabama 35640
256-773-0138
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Chinese Medical Professionals visit Singing River Health System Facilities and Encore Rehabilitation-Mississippi-Part 4

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Medical Professionals from China visit with Encore Rehabilitation Physical Therapists at East Lake Physical Therapy and Sports Center.

After touring Encore Rehabilitation clinics in northern Alabama, visiting Medical Professionals from China continued their tour by visiting Encore Rehabilitation Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists working in the healthcare facilities of the Singing River Health System in the Gulf Coast area of Mississippi.

The use of Western rehabilitation practices such as physical therapy and occupational therapy is growing in China. The visitors were observing and learning how Western rehab is used in a variety of settings such as outpatient clinics, hospitals, industries, and sports settings.

Singing River Health System locations visited by the group included:

  • Ocean Springs Pediatrics Center
  • Ocean Springs Hospital
  • Ocean Springs Neuro Rehab Center
  • Gautier Physical Therapy and Industrial Center
  • East Lake Physical Therapy and Sports Center.

Singing River Health System is both a mission-driven provider of health services and one of the largest employers on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Singing River provides critical health services, numerous community outreach programs, and charitable services and educational programs. Community-owned, Singing River is also home to the award-winning Blue Distinction Center of Excellence in cardiac care, stroke care, and spine and joint surgery.

Encore Rehabilitation is proud of our association with Singing River Health System, providing quality therapists and support staff in rehabilitative settings for Singing River. Encore Rehabilitation is the largest privately owned provider of rehabilitation services in the southeast United States. Encore has been serving communities in Alabama and Mississippi for over 35 years.

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Ocean Springs Hospital Administrator Heath Thompson, center, along with representatives of Encore Rehabilitation, provided a tour of Ocean Springs Hospital to the visiting Chinese Medical Professionals.

Part 4 of a 5 part series.

Encore Rehabilitation, Inc.- Corporate Office
251 Johnston Street SE, Suite 200
Decatur, Alabama 35610
256-350-1764
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At Encore Rehabilitation, we LOVE to see you move.


Part 5-Medical Professionals from China visit University of South Alabama Health System and Encore Rehabilitation-Tillman’s Corner, Alabama

Part 3- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Corporate Office, Decatur, Alabama

Part 2- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Hartselle

Part 1- Chinese Medical Professionals visit Encore Rehabilitation-Athens


MLB Bound-Jonathan Gettys- Athlete of the Month for Encore Rehabilitation-Dothan

Headache Relief- “I Feel Like a New Person!”

Physical Therapy instead of Knee Surgery – One patient’s success

How Occupational Therapy Can Help Relieve Rheumatoid Arthritis

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There are many people who struggle with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Here is an excerpt from the article, “10 Simple Adjustments to Relieve RA Hand Pain”, that could help you resume your daily activities that RA was keeping you from.

How an Occupational Therapist Can Help –

“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…

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Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

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Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

Encore Rehabilitation would like to wish all of our
Occupational Therapists and Assistants
a Happy National Occupational Therapy Month!

Our Occupational Therapy Teams help individuals and families with achieving their maximum independency. Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants help people of all ages to participate in the things they want to do and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations).

These everyday activities include:

  • Movement
  • Bathing / Showering
  • Communication and Handwriting Skills
  • Rest and Sleep
  • Social Skills
  • Eating, Swallowing, and Feeding
  • Dressing
  • Child Rearing
  • Toileting and Toilet Hygiene
  • Health Management and Maintenance
  • Meal Preparation and Clean up
  • Driving and Community Mobility
  • Care of Pets
  • Shopping
  • Care of others
  • Home Establishment and Maintenance
  • Improved Strength and Endurance
  • Safety Procedures and Emergency Responses.

Thank you to all our Occupational Therapists and Assistants for the quality care and deep compassion you give to our patients!

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How Occupational Therapy can help Rheumatoid Arthritis


David is Driving Again after his stroke


Physical Therapy instead of Surgery


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


 

Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month

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  • 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.

 

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. Treatment for lymphedema is available at many Encore Rehab locations. For a complete listing of Encore Rehabilitation clinics, please visit our website at encorerehab.com .

For additional information, please come to one of our free educational meetings held on the 3rdWednesday of each month on the 2nd floor of the Neuroscience Center in Ocean Springs, Mississippi (building right next door to the Cancer Center) or contact one of our Encore Rehab clinics.

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

Ocean Springs Neurological Vestibular Rehabilitation
3603 Bienville Blvd., Suite 200, Ocean Springs, MS 39564
228-818-1207