Physical therapists focus on care with personal touch

Physical therapists focus on care with personal touch Physical therapists are health care providers who are the experts in the examination and treatment of problems that affect peoples' abilities to move and function as well as they can in their daily lives.

The month of October is designated as Physical Therapy month to celebrate the efforts of physical therapists everywhere. At Pioneer Memorial Hospital & Health Services, Robin Stockland, physical therapist (PT), and Shelly Wieman, physical therapy assistant (PTA), work to return their patients to meaningful function. For one person, it may mean the sports arena or farm field, to another it may be the backyard, garden or golf course.

Stockland and Wieman work with individuals of all ages. According to Stockland, "Our goal with each person is to individualize their care and address their specific needs and capabilities through one-on-one contact. Our patients feel comfortable in the Pioneer Memorial setting because they see many familiar and friendly faces and appreciate the family environment."

Pioneer Memorial offers physical therapy treatment for many types of conditions including: knee, back or shoulder injuries, back pain, sports injuries, head injuries, post surgical rehabilitation, orthopedic care, total knee, hip or shoulder replacement, Parkinson's and MS rehabilitation, and for rehab following a fall or stroke. Stockland and Wieman also work with patients who have congestive heart failure to help with pulmonary function, and can offer whirlpool therapy for individuals with wounds.

"We do a lot of therapeutic exercises and other exercises designed to alleviate pain, but we also work on balance, and coordination exercises for those with head or nervous system injuries," Wieman said.

All of their patients are referred through a physician, and Stockland and Wieman encourage individuals to ask their physician about the possibility of therapy treatments if their condition warrants.

In addition to "hands on" care, Stockland and Wieman also educate their patients on how to take care of themselves and to perform certain exercises on their own.

Stockland is director of the Rehab Department at Pioneer Memorial, and is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with 19 years of experience. Wieman is a graduate of Lake Area Tech's physical therapist assistant program with eight years of experience.

Also working in the department is Jim Kinsley, PTA, a graduate of Indian Hills Community College, with eight years of experience.

The Physical Therapy Department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended hours can be arranged per patient need.

Stockland and Wieman encourage anyone having a question regarding physical therapy to give them a call or stop by the rehab booth during the Country Health Fair, Oct. 9, to meet the therapists and to obtain additional information.

In addition to physical therapy, Pioneer Memorial's Rehab Department also offers occupational therapy and speech therapy. Lisa Wixon, OTR/L is the occupational therapist, and Aimee Morrill, MA, CCC-SLP, is the speech therapist.

The Rehab Department also offers a wellness program including rehab wellness, senior wellness and open wellness programs.

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