POTSDAM - Canton-Potsdam Hospitals Physical Rehabilitation Department hosted a two-day shoulder injury course attended by 16 CPH and eight area therapists.
The course was offered as part of several activities held in celebration of National Physical Therapy Month.
Instruction focused on the use of special tests and a review of essential systems to distinguish musculoskeletal dysfunction from medical pathology, as well as methods for thoroughly evaluating the shoulder and designing a rehabilitation program based upon examination findings.
Shoulder injuries are especially common in athletes, according to the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons, and can become worse because athletes may decide to play through pain or dysfunction.
Physical rehabilitation is usually considered before surgery, said Terri Simzer, PT, DPT, who notes that physical therapists work in collaboration with primary care practitioners and orthopedic specialists to develop a plan of care for shoulder injuries.
Physical rehabilitation is also used following surgery to regain function and return to activities, she said. In some cases, the treatment plan may include modification of an activity and re-training the body to move in ways to prevent further injury.
We see many athletes, including weekend warriors, and we see people who have shoulder injuries due to non-athletic stress, such as reaching too high to get a heavy item off a shelf, said Simzer. Physical therapists are trained to work with a wide range of ages, activity levels and types of injuries, she said.
Donn Dimond, PT, OCS, owner and director of The KOR Physical Therapy in Portland, Oregon, was the instructor for the two-day course.
Mr. Dimond has worked with clients ranging from Major League Baseball team members Mike Stutes of the Philadelphia Phillies, Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays, and Joey Mahalic of the Cleveland Indians to members of the Olympic baseball team of China.
The author of several books on shoulder injuries, Mr. Dimond relies on a proven shoulder course for physical therapists developed by Robert Donatelli, PT, internationally renowned rehabilitation expert who has worked on the US PGA tour and with several professional baseball players.
He is the co-author of Orthopedic Physical Therapy a textbook now in its fourth edition, and is the owner of a successful physical rehabilitation practice in Las Vegas, Nev.
In addition to hosting the course, the CPH Physical Rehabilitation Department has held CPH-wide contests based on quizzes about physical therapy in order to raise awareness during National Physical Therapy Month.
NPTM is held annually in October to recognize the impact that physical therapists and physical therapist assistants have in restoring and improving peoples lives. Physical therapy professionals provide care for people in outpatient and inpatient settings and can help with arthritis, back pain, fitness, knee pain, obesity, osteoporosis, overuse injuries, shoulder pain, stroke, sprains and fractures, balance disorders, and much more.
We celebrate NPTM to raise awareness that people dont have to live with pain and limited functioning, said Simzer.
Losing your mobility can be devastating physically and emotionally because it can limit your ability to participate in sports, recreational activities and work. We want people to know there are a variety of treatment options offered by physical therapists to reduce and manage pain as well as regain mobility, she said.
These approaches need to be individually tailored and developed based on the latest clinical evidence available; thats why we support continuing education for our licensed therapists, she added.
CPHs Physical Rehabilitation Department encompasses physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech language pathology. All three services are offered in Potsdam at the Helen Snell Cheel Medical Campus at 49 Lawrence Avenue, and PT is offered in Canton at the E. J. Noble Professional Building at 80 E. Main Street in Canton or 897 State Hwy 11C, Bay #4 in Brasher Falls. For appointments, patients should contact their primary care practitioner or call the locations directly: in Potsdam, at 261-5460; Canton at 261-5490; and Brasher Falls at 389-5004.