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Physical and Occupational Therapy offered at West Tennessee Bone & Joint

West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic’s Physical Therapy Department opened 10 years ago and moved into a new state-of-the-art facility in 2006.

Located within the West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic, the Physical Therapy Department has more than 4,000 square feet and is equipped with a full range of exercise equipment and treatment modalities. The department is staffed with licensed physical therapists, physical therapy assistants and an occupational therapist.

Physical therapy is a healthcare specialty that evaluates and treats

individuals with impairments or limitations in their overall physical function. Theses challenges can be the result of disease, injury or a pathological process.

The physical therapist provides services that relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical limitations. The ultimate goal in physical therapy is to restore maximal functional independence to each patient.
Occupational therapy is the newest service offered at West Tennessee Bone & Joint.
Occupational therapy (OT) is the application of skilled treatment to help people achieve independence in their lives, explained Marty Grooms, who has been an Occupational Therapist at West Tennessee Bone & Joint Clinic for four years.

“OT is generally involved with the rehabilitation of people who have impairments because of injury and/or disease. Occupational therapists specialize in the treatment and rehabilitation of the injured upper extremity. They may use functional, purposeful activities to address or treat the underlying dysfunction.”

This often involves individuals affected or even disabled by cumulative trauma conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow or more chronic conditions such as arthritis or neurological conditions, Grooms said.

“When necessary, an OT may be involved in making custom splints to immobilize and treat certain elbow, wrist, and hand injuries. The goal of occupational therapy is to restore normal functional use of the involved extremity in activities of normal daily living, including returning to work and/or a productive lifestyle.”