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Therapist checking how far a patient can move his knee

A Day in the Life of a Physical Therapist

October 4, 2018

Took a hard hit on the football field? Not feeling well after a car accident? Experienced a fall, pulled a muscle, or have chronic knee pain? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might find yourself being treated by a physical therapist. These dynamic, highly trained, and licensed healthcare professionals help patients with pain relief, management of chronic conditions, increased mobility, improved function, and much more. Being treated by a physical therapist may even eliminate the need for surgery or long-term prescription medications. To understand physical therapists more...Continue Reading

Therapist helping a patient place pegs in pegboard

Are You a Candidate for Occupational Therapy?

April 11, 2018

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a very broad field that involves assisting patients in living life to their maximum capability. Patients may include people who are recovering from surgery, have disabilities, or older adults dealing with vast cognitive changes such as Alzheimer's. Every OT patient is recovering from something whether it is physical, emotional, or mental. Patients may be recovering from a surgery, need help with a disability, dealing with a trauma, and more. Common Types of Patients Surgical or Accident Recovery The road to recovery is usually not an easy one. The recovery process...Continue Reading

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Ask A Physical Therapist: How can therapy help recovery from a stroke?

May 10, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Stephanie Mims, Director of Therapy Services Answer provided by Stephanie Mims, PT, DPT, MBA, Director of Therapy...Continue Reading

Patient holding her throat while drinking water

Ask A Speech Therapist: What is Dysphagia?

May 5, 2017

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. At Augusta Health, stroke care is coordinated through our Stroke Team, and multidisciplinary group that includes physicians, nurses, physical therapists, pharmacists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, health educators and other medical professionals. The team focuses not just on the treatment of those who have experienced a stroke, but also on prevention of stroke through educating the community about symptoms and risk factors. Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP Answer provided by Claudia Koliscak, M.S., CCC-SLP, a speech-language pathologist at...Continue Reading

Joint Center volunteer Andy Norris

In Synch with Helping Others: Joint Center Volunteer Andy Norris

April 21, 2017

For the past two years, Andy Norris, a "retired" pharmacist who works full-time, has spent every other Wednesday at Augusta Health's Joint Center. His joints are doing OK; he's there for another reason. Andy is a volunteer, working side-by-side with the therapy staff to help patients with the exercises that will get them back to living full lives as quickly as possible. Andy works regularly with Judy Knick, PTA; Michelle Cupp, PTA; and Brad Gray, Physical Therapy Technician. He is considered part of the team, and the team is a well-oiled machine. In group therapy, as the patients progress...Continue Reading