Physical therapy services of Piedmont in full swing
by Margaret Anderson
Special to The Star
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Those who live in Piedmont and surrounding areas now have access to a new outpatient physical therapy clinic. Physical Therapy Services of Piedmont, which opened on Aug. 5, is located near Piedmont Health Care Center.

Brandi Stouder, who has been a physical therapist for the past 16 years, will work at the clinic. She said she’s glad to be associated with the new facility.

“We offer anything from general strengthening after someone has been hospitalized to working with patients who have had orthopedic surgery such as total hip replacements, knee or shoulder replacements,” she said. “We work with patients who have pain issues, including back pain or those who have had back surgery. We also work with those who have balance issues.”

Stouder said these are only a few of the services the clinic offers.

“The things I’ve mentioned are just a general overview of what we do,” she said. “We’re capable of doing a lot of different things.”

Usually, said Stouder, it takes anywhere from two to four weeks for improvement after having the physical therapy.

PHCC assistant administrator Freda Fagan said everyone is pleased with the clinic.

“It’s an asset to the community,” she said. “We’ve had a lot of people tell us they’re really glad we have something to help people here and in the surrounding area.”

Examples of diagnosis, which may indicate the need for outpatient physical therapy include stroke, amputation or cardiac disease.

Preferred Health Services of Centre is the management company that contracted with PHCC for the clinic.

Trudy Lowe, chief operating officer of Preferred Health Services, said the company works with PHCC on operating, management and long term strategy.

“Part of our strategy,” she said, “is to enhance operations and community services. Our outpatient clinic will provide excellent physical therapy for the community. Our physical therapy services will work with patients to achieve the highest level of their functioning and independence.”

Lowe said that physical therapy is a rehabilitative discipline specializing in evaluation, diagnosing and treating physical and functional impairments in patients of all ages. She pointed out that the overall goal of physical therapy is to improve mobility, strength and functional ability, so that patients can reach their highest functional levels and optimal quality of life.

“Our physical therapists have experience and advanced training with a variety of impairments caused by conditions including orthopedic conditions, neuromuscular/neurovascular disorder, stroke, brain injury, spinal cord injury, cardiac disorders and complex medical problems,” she said.

PHCC administrator Sandra Keener said she’s excited because with the opening of the clinic, those who live in or near Piedmont will no longer have to go elsewhere for therapy.

“Now, they’re able to stay right here at home and get their therapy,” she said.

The facility can handle sports related injuries for the school system and can treat anyone in need of outpatient rehab services who is covered through Medicare and Medicaid.

To schedule appointments call 447-8272. A prescription from the patient’s physician and insurance information are required.

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