Big Country Rehabilitation - Douglas

 
 

We offer various services including outpatient and inpatient care as well as in-home care, public school services and early childhood. Our Douglas clinic provides a comprehensive outpatient facility, including a fitness center available to the general public. In addition to staffing the outpatient clinic, our therapists provide services in home care, early childhood center and their public schools. 

Some of the services we provide include: Orthopedic and sports medicine treatments, spinal cord and extremity joint mobilization, postural re-education, core strengthening, kineso-taping, aquatic and pool therapy, wound care, orthotic fitting and casting, custom extremity splinting, spinal cord and neuro rehab, work hardening, functional capacity evaluations, myofascial release (including dry needing), women's health, urinary incontinence training, TMJ evaluations and treatments.

Our occupational therapy staff provides a state recognized driving program designed for helping patients return to independence. They also offer outpatient and inpatient bedside swallowing evaluations to individuals with swallowing disorders.

Pediatric Department Info


Address: 111 South 5th Street #1, Douglas, WY 82633
Hours: Mon - Fri: 7AM - 6PM
Fax: 307-358-9330
Chuck Mangus, PT, SFMA

Partner, Clinic Supervisor


Chuck has been a Physical Therapist for over 30 years.   Chuck is one of the founders of North Platte Physical Therapy.  He has a special interest in manual therapy, and enjoys the biomechanics of the body. He believes in education and has taken many research based classes.  He encourages everyone in the company to seek out higher education and is very proud of the knowledge base his employees have. Chuck enjoys mentoring his staff and considers his office a teaching facility and welcomes students from top universities to come to our facility and learn from his group.   His office has been awarded the Creighton University Department of Physical Therapy, Site of Excellence Award as well as the Regis University Site Award.      

Education:

  • 1981 – Physical Therapy pre-graduate – University of Wyoming
  • 1984 – Bachelors of Science in Physical Therapy – University of North Dakota

Professional Society Memberships:

  • WYAPTA – Past President and Vice President for Wyoming Division
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Wyoming Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Graston Technique
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Acute Lumbar Spine and Sacroiliac Joint
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education: Educating Patients About Pain
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Lower Cervical Spine
  • Drug Test Collector (Urine) Training Course
  • Spinning Beyond Basics-An Advanced Vestibular Rehabilitation Course
  • Anxiety-Free Coding for Rehab With ICD-10-CM
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervicothoracic Junction
  • Advanced Level: Functional Dry Needling (Trigger Point Dry Needling)
  • Application for Pain Management & Sports Injuries Part 2 of 2 Courses
  • Introductory Level: Intramuscular Manual Therapy (Trigger Point Dry Needling
  • Applications for Pain Management & Sports Injuries Part 1 of 2 Courses
  • Clinical Examination & Manual Therapy of the Foot & Ankle
  • Fundamental and Advanced Kinesio Taping (KT1 and KT2)
  • Mechanics of the Lower Kinetic Chain
  • Cervical and Thoracic Back Rehab
  • Low Back Pain 101
  • Differential Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Hip
  • Differential Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Knee
  • KCI USA, Inc.’s Level 1, V.A.C.® Certification Training and Field V.A.C.® Dressing Application
  • Comprehensive Cervical, Thoracic, Lumber and Sacral Re-Stabilization
  • Severe Spasticity: A Team Approach
  • Differential Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Shoulder
  • Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and the Cervicothoracic Junction
  • Different Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Lower Cervical Spine Disc, Facet and Uncovertebral Pathology
  • Nonoperative Orthopedic Medicine and Manual Therapy of the Upper Cervical Spine and Headache
  • Lumbar Spine II: Secondary Disc Related Pathology of the Lumbar Spine
  • Assessment and Treatment of Vestibular Disorders
  • SI Joint and Lumbar Spine-Primary Disc-Related Pathology
  • M.E.J. Thoracic Spine & Ribs
  • Aquatic Therapy In-Service
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement System Imbalances Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain – Level II
  • Scapula Reaction
  • Muscle Energy Techniques of the SI, Lumbar, Cervical and Thoracic Spine
  • Eleventh Annual Clinical Symposium
  • The Challenge of Shoulder Rehabilitation
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Movement Systems Imbalances Associated with Musculoskeletal Pain – Level I
  • Interdisciplinary Management of Spine Cord Injury Presented by Northwest University Medical School
  • Mechanical Disorders of the Vertebral Column
  • Closed Kinetic Chain Exercises
  • Orthotics and Podiatric Medicine
  • Evaluation, Treatment and Prevention of Spine Disorder
  • Heart Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
  • TMJ and Cervical Disorders
  • Industrial Back Care and Educational Courses
  • When the Foot Hits the Ground Everything Changes
  • TNS Use and Electrode Placement
  • Myofacial Release Seminar
  • Mobilization and Soft Tissue Mobilization of the Cervical and Thoracic Spines
  • Rehabilitation of the Hand

Clinical Supervisor

Present

  • Clinical Supervisor – UNMC – Omaha, Nebraska, Supervising Physical Therapy Internships

Present

  • Clinical Supervisor – Regis – Denver, CO, Supervising Physical Therapy Internships

Present

  • Clinical Supervisor – LCCC, Supervising Physical Therapy Assistant Internships

95-Present

  • Clinical Supervisor – Creighton University – Omaha, Nebraska, Supervising Physical Therapy Internships

88-Present

  • Clinical Supervisor – University of North Dakota School of Medical – Student Internships

88-Present

  • Clinical Supervisor – Idaho State University – Supervising, Internship through the State of Wyoming

Licensures

1/1/89-Present

  • State of Wyoming License #246

11/1/00-Present

  • State of Nebraska License #1879

08/16/84-Present

  • State of Minnesota License #2752

07/13/84-Present

  • State of North Dakota License #634

Professional Organizations

82-Present

  • Member of Wyoming American Physical Therapy Association

1996

  • Vice President of Wyoming American Physical Therapy Association

1998

  • President of Wyoming American Physical Therapy Association

Hometown: Laramie, WY

Family: Wife: Lisa, Children: Jessica, Ben

Hobbies: Fishing, cycling, skiing

Emily Cook, MPT

My philosophy is simple. I aim to empower my patients to push not just their physical limitations, but their mental and emotional as well. I want them to do what they previously thought was impossible. I want them to succeed. My journey as a Physical Therapist started as a patient over 20 years ago. My issues taught me how to face and overcome challenges and as a result I am now better able to help others.

Education:

  • 2002 - Bachelors Exercise Science – Wichita State University
  • 2004 – Masters of Physical Therapy – Wichita State University  

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Wyoming Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Graston Technique
  • IAOM: Knee, Cervical Spine/Thoracic Spine. Thoracic Outlet, Headache, & Cervicothoracic
  • Intramuscular Therapy - Dry Needling I and II
  • Kinesio Taping - KT I and II
  • Lower Extremity Biomechanics
  • Knee and Shoulder
  • Muscle Energy Technique for Spine, Ribs, and Pelvic Girdle
  • Primary and Secondary Different Diagnosis of Lumbar Spine, Vestibular
  • Running Mechanics
  • Wound care
  • Certified Cupping Therapist

Community Involvement:

  • USA Swimming
  • 4-H

Hometown: Randolph, KS

Hobbies: Triathlons, reading, marathons, arm wrestling, endurance running, photography and archery

 
April Schreurs, DPT, SFMA

The reason why I am a PT is I enjoy helping people and seeing people functionally get back to where they were before an injury or surgery. I enjoy getting to spend time each week with my patients and find out what goals and activities are most important to them and work together to achieve those goals. My individual philosophy is that if my patient/client and I both work together and put our effort into a conservative care approach, we can achieve the patient’s goals and get them back to the activities they enjoy.

Education:

  • 2009 – Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Black Hills State University
  • 2014 – Doctorate of Physical Therapy – University of South Dakota

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Therapeutic Neuroscience Education-Educating patients about pain

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Conservative Management of Hip Pain
  • IAOM – Acute lumbar & Si Joint
  • IAOM – Clinical Examination & Manual Therapy of the Lower Cervical Spine
  • IAOM – Optimal Dry Needling Solutions – Dry Needling Level 1
  • Intramuscular Therapy (Dry Needling) – Level 1
  • Kinesio Taping – KT1 & KT2

Hometown: Tea, SD

Family: Son - Cassius

Hobbies: Hiking, Spending time outdoors

 
Sarah Boner, DPT, SFMA

I believe in movement as being one of the most powerful tools in healing. I am fascinated in how the body moves and empowering/educating the public on how amazing the human body is. I enjoy learning all there is to know about the body and enjoy helping those in need. I am truly passionate about my profession and strive for excellence and furthering my continuing education to improve my daily practice.

Education:

  • 2012 – Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science – Black Hills State University
  • 2015 – Doctorate of Physical Therapy – University of South Dakota

Professional Society Memberships:

  • APTA – American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Intramuscular Therapy (Dry Needling ) – Level 1
  • SASTM Certification – Sound Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization
  • Kinesio Taping
  • 3D Maps Certified
  • Mostability, by Gary Gray
  • IAOM lumbar course
  • IAOM thoracic course
  • IAOM lower cervical course
  • Donatelli Shoulder Course
  • SFMA
  • Cupping

Hometown: Lead, SD

Family: Fiancé – Scott Boner

Hobbies: Spending time outdoors, working out, and spending time with family & friends

 
Meghann M. McAndrew, DPT

After serving time in the Army, I saw several people in the need of physical therapy. I decided to combine my love for working out with helping people who have disabilities.  

Education:

  • 2001 – Bachelors of Science in Chemistry – University of Northern Colorado
  • 2009 – Doctorate of Physical Therapy – University of Nebraska Medical Center

Professional Society Memberships:

  • APTA – American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Graston Technique
  • Intramuscular Therapy – Dry Needling Level I
  • Thoracic, Cervical Spine
  • Women’s Health Certification 

Hometown: Bellevue, NE

Family: 2 Sons – Jackson and Gentry, 1 Daughter - Laurel

Hobbies: Running, Lifting weights, reading, horseback riding, hiking and skiing

 
Crystal Lake, PTA, SFMA

I enjoy working with people. I love that physical therapy has so many different fields to be involved with. I love wound care and enjoy seeing the different phases that a wound moves through. I always thought I would work in a strictly outpatient clinic, but I am pleased to say I love that I am able to work with pediatrics, geriatrics, and service home health patients. Seeing patient’s throughout the continuum of care is very rewarding.

Education:

  • 2002 – Associates of Science - Northeastern Wyoming Community College
  • 2004-2005 – Foundation Courses - University of South Carolina
  • 2006 – Licensed Massage Therapist – South Carolina Massage and Esthetics Institute
  • 2007 – Associates of Science in Physical Therapy Assistance – Trident Technical College

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Kinesio Taping
  • Graston Technique
  • Wound Care Certified
  • NCTMB
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Certified Cupping Therapist

Community Involvement:

  • Trap Club
  • Relay for Life
  • Bowling League

Hometown: Gillette, WY

Family: I am engaged to a wonderful man who brought 4 awesome children into my life

Hobbies: Health & Fitness, obstacle course races, traveling

 
Wanda Fieldcamp, PTA, LMT, SFMA

 I feel everyone has an influence in the lives that they touch each day. This can have a positive or negative effect. I have always strived to have positive influences in the lives of people I touch. Being a physical therapist assistant gives me an opportunity to attempt to improve people’s quality of life. I enjoy having the privilege of being invited into people’s lives including their health, wellness, and recovery. It is pretty simple, I love people and I want to help them.

Education:

  • 2008 - Foundation courses - Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington, WY
  • 2010 - PTA associates of applied degree - San Juan College, Farmington, NM
  • Fall River School of Massage, Fredonia, KS, certification for G.U.T. Practitioner, education in clinical massage. -This stands for Goetzle Unique Therapies Practitioner. This person developed her own techniques based on lifelong education rounded by the accumulative therapies of Physical Therapists, Osteopaths, Chiropractors, and massage therapists. The techniques I learned have given me an advantage in soft tissue techniques.
  • Professional Massage Education - Myotherapy Institute Research Center, Salt Lake City, UT, School of Massage

Professional Society Memberships:

  • AMTA – American Massage Therapy Association
  • NCBTMB – National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • Wyoming Physical Therapy Association
  • Certified Cupping Therapist

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Practical Blood Flow Restriction
  • American Red Cross
  • Certified Aroma Therapist
  • Certified Lifeguard
  • Graston Technique
  • Gray Institute: Applied Functional Science
  • IAOM: Lower Cervical, Upper Cervical and Headache, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervicothoracic Junction, Pelvic Dysfunction
  • Kinesio Taping Certification
  • Muscle Energy Techniques for the Spine, Pelvic Girdle and Ribs
  • NCBTMB National Certification in Therapeutic Massage and Body Work
  • Rehab Education: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Wrist
  • Skin and Wound Care Management
  • Spinning Beyond the Basics Vestibular Rehab
  • Utah License for Massage Therapy
  • IOAM Elbow course

Hometown: Douglas, WY

Family: Husband – Rick Fieldcamp, 3 Grown Children, 4 Grandchildren

Hobbies: Being outdoors, Hunting, hiking, cycling, building (home construction), quilting, wine making, and culinary arts

 
Jamie Frederick, PTA

I love helping people, I strive to be the best therapist I can to help people improve their quality of life. I enjoy helping people progress toward their expected outcomes. I want my patients to enjoy therapy instead of seeing it as an inconvenience. I believe that everyone deserves a shot at being healthy and happy. I want to help them achieve that goal and have a great quality of life.

Education:

  • 2011 – Associates of Fine Arts – Casper College
  • 2014 – Associates of Health Science in Physical Therapy – Laramie County Community College

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Kinesio Taping – Levels I & II

Community Involvement:

  • Concert Band at Casper College

Hometown: Upton, WY

Family: Parents – Jerry Frederick and Shari Frederick

Hobbies: Music

 
Kylee Gaukel, PTA

I decided to pursue a career in physical therapy when I was in high school. I had to attend therapy for my own injury and thoroughly enjoyed my experience. I have always wanted to be part of a profession that allows me to help others and this is a wonderful way to do that. The opportunity to help others improve themselves and to see them succeed makes my job very satisfying.

Education:

  • 2018- Associates of Applied Science- Physical Therapist Assistan, Laramie County Community College, Cheyenne Wyoming
  • 2016- Associates of Applied Science- Pre-Allied Health, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington Wyoming
  • 2016 - Associates of Applied Science- Pre-Nursing, Eastern Wyoming College, Torrington Wyoming

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Functional Movement Techniques Certified Provider

Professional Society Memberships:

  • American Physical Therapy Association

Hometown: Keeline, Wyoming

Hobbies: My hobbies include; spending time with family, working on the family ranch, horse back riding, bike riding, and working out.

 
Bonnie Richards, OTR/L

As an Occupational Therapist living in rural Wyoming, you have a chance to see a variety of patients, I can honestly say that I thrive on the diversity of the patients I treat every day.  I love being able to help and serve others who are needing occupational therapy services. Because of the variety of patients I see every day I have been to many research based classes including  swallow-evaluations, driving evaluations, orthopedic rehab, cognitive evaluations, vestibular rehab, & pediatrics.  It’s just a fun place to work!

Education:

  • 2001 – Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy – University of North Dakota

Professional Society Memberships:

  • NMEDA - National Mobility Equipment Dealers
  • AOTA – American Occupational Therapy Association
  • WYOTA – Wyoming Occupational Therapy Association
  • ADED – Association of Driver Rehabilitation Specialists

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Advanced Kinesio Taping (KT3)
  • Clinical Examination and Manual Therapy of the Thoracic Outlet Syndrome and Cervicothoracic Junction
  • Dizziness in Elders
  • Donatelli’s Pathophysiology and Mechanics of the Shoulder with Lab
  • Driver’s Rehabilitation
  • From Eyesight to Insight: Visual/Vestibular Assessment & Treatment
  • Functional Cognitive Activities for Adults with Brain Injury or Stroke
  • Introduction to Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy & Dysphagia
  • Selective Mobilizations of the Peripheral Nervous System of the Upper Quarter
  • Spinning Beyond Basics
  • Surgery and Rehabilitation of the Hand with Emphasis on the Elbow
  • The Upper Cervical Spine in Headaches, Dizziness, and Pain
  • Upper Extremity Limb Loss Rehabilitation
  • M1-Basic Training in the Graston Technique 

Community Involvement:

  • Children’s Church
  • Volunteer Coach

Hometown: Newcastle, WY

Family: Husband – Sheldon Richards, 2 sons – Jonah and Jacob, 1 daughter - Josie

Hobbies: Being outdoors, camping, 4-wheeling, attending my children’s events

 
Kelsey Nelson, MOTR/L

“Treat the patient as a whole, not just the hole in the patient.”

Education:

  • 2009 – Masters Degree – University of North Dakota

Professional Society Memberships:

  • WYOTA – Wyoming Occupational Therapist Association
  • AOTA – American Occupational Therapist Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • CPP
  • DOT Physical & Drug Testing Certified
  • First Aid
  • Graston Technique
  • Kinesiotape
  • Lifeguarding
  • NBCOT
  • Swallowing Evaluations
  • Vestibular
  • Special training in visual disorders

Community Involvement:

  • Advocare: helping the community become healthier through supplementation and clean eating

Hometown: Casper, WY

Family: Husband – Jeremy, Daughter – Kaydence, Son - Jarrett

Hobbies: Running, strength training, and playing with my kids

 
Shelby Hoskinson, MOTR/L

From a young age I have always enjoyed helping people. I chose occupational therapy because it provides the opportunity to help people return to completing meaningful activities and function within their daily lives. I enjoy getting to know each patient and I sincerely appreciate the fact that I am given the opportunity to assist people along their continuum of care and recovery.

Education:

  • 2017- Master Degree of Occupational Therapy- University of North Dakota

Progressional Society Memberships:

  • Wyoming Occupational Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association

Certifications/Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Vestibular Certification
  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • Stroke Survival
  • Trauma in Child Development
  • Upper Extremity Rehab
  • Donetelli's Pathophysiology of the Shoulder
  • Kinesio Taping-KT I and II

Community Involvement:

  • Coaching Youth Basketball

Hometown: Glenrock, WY

Family: Husband- Casey Hoskinson

Hobbies: Reading, home improvements, spending time with family, basketball.  

 
Wade Brennan, COTA, SFMA

I chose to become an OTA to assist people to fulfill their physical potential. I appreciate the body’s ability to overcome injuries.

Education:

  • Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy – Casper College

Board Certifications:

  • NBCOT – National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • Diagnosis and Management of the Elbow
  • DOT – Physical & drug testing certified
  • Graston Technique
  • IAOM – Clinical Examination & Manual Therapy of shoulder and shoulder girdle
  • IAOM – Clinical Examination & Manual Therapy of thoracic outlet syndrome & cervicothoracic junction
  • Industrial Safety & Rehabilitation Institute for Pre-Placement screening – the Work Saver Program
  • Kinesio Tape
  • Unlocking mysteries of the wrist
  • Vestibular Spinning Beyond Basics

Community Involvement:

  • Bowling League
  • Mens Basketball

Hometown: Ellsworth, NE

Family: Wife – Tori, Daughter – Landri, Son - Eason

Hobbies: Following Nebraska Cornhusker Action, fantasy football, hiking, sledding, and hotdog connoisseuring  

 
Raefield Schulz, COTA/LL

At a fairly young age I witnessed first-hand the potential that occupational and physical therapies could offer to people. While volunteering at convalescent care homes and spending time with my mother who worked at a progressive care facility, I watched people regain their health and independence through the skill of dedicated therapists. Through that I also learned that bringing an attitude of humor and optimism to therapy has a healing power all it’s own. My work as a COTA lets me combine my penchant for problem solving with my skills, education and optimism. Today my goal is to bring all that and more to the amazing people I work with, helping them recover from life’s challenges.

Education:

  • Cuesta College 2009-2012:
    • Associate of Arts in Social and Behavior Science
    • Associate of Arts in Arts and Humanities
  • Casper College 2013-2016:
    • Associate of Science in Pre-Occupational Therapy
    • Associate of Science in Occupational Therapy

Professional Society Memberships:

  • AOTA- American Occupational Therapy Association
  • WYOTA- Wyoming Occupational Therapy Association

Certifications/Specialized Training:

  • A Systematic Approach to Examination, Diagnosis and Manual Therapy of the Wrist Part 1
  • Brain and Sensory Foundations

Hometown: Santa Margarita, CA

Family:Husband- Ryan, Parents- Glenn and Chelle, Brother- Kevin, Fur babies- Avery, Ember and Stella.

Hobbies:Crafting, quilting, painting, cooking, hunting, fishing, being outdoors, camping, traveling, playing with my dogs, being with friends and family.

 

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How to treat lower back pain from your Wyoming physical therapist


June 19, 2019

As the weather heats up, nothing can ruin your summer fun like lower back pain. Lower back pain can stop you from enjoying even the most relaxing of activities - from laying on a beach to taking a nice walk through the local landscaping you might be stopped by lower back pain. Here are some things that might be causing your lower back pain, and why you should see your Wyoming physical therapist.

Disc Issues
This is a common issue, and often a painful/uncomfortable one. Disc pain can be characterized by sharp pain in the lower back, that might migrate down your leg as well. If you are experiencing this type of pain, and it gets worse when you are sitting or bending over - you might have disc issues. Herniated discs often cause these issues, and it’s more common in younger generations than you might think.

Sacroiliac Dysfunction
Sacroiliac Dysfunction is a mouthful, but it’s also something that can cause pain during sitting, driving, broad pain, or pain while getting in and out of your car. It is a little harder to diagnose, but overall Sacroiliac Dysfunction is an issue with the sacrum and/or ilia. These types of issues can be long lasting, and take awhile to diagnose through MRIs or xrays. If you think you are experiencing this problem, be sure to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor. 

Spinal Stenosis
As your body ages, the ligaments connected to your vertebrae can begin to thicken (a result of osteoarthritis). As these ligaments thicken, the spinal canal can begin to narrow which causes additional pain and discomfort. Spinal stenosis can get so bad that you might begin to have difficulty walking and may require more than physical therapy assistance. If you think you might have developed spinal stenosis, seek medical attention and care immediately.

Muscle Strain
If the back pain is sudden onset, and doesn’t last for very long, you might have just strained a muscle or a ligament. While healing from a muscle or ligament strain, you’ll need to take things slowly and be careful not to create any additional pain or issues. As you recover from a strain, just make sure to keep using your back. While rest and relaxation is helpful, so is light physical activity such as walking and stretching. If you realize this is far too painful, refer to some relaxation and then connect with your Wyoming physical therapist. 

If you don’t meet any of the symptoms listed previously, but you are still experiencing chronic back pain - talk with your Wyoming physical therapist. Chronic back pain can be defined as back pain lasting longer than three months, but no one wants to deal with back pain for that long. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs when it comes to managing and healing back pain. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services for post-cast recovery. Contact us today for more information.
 
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Staying healthy during the summer - from your Wyoming physical therapist


June 12, 2019

The summer months are here to stay, and as you spend more time outside you might be more likely to sustain injuries. Injuries can come in a number of forms and can often sneak up on you. You might be enjoying a hike with friends or family and start to feel a soreness in your ankle - or maybe you are enjoying a family cookout and take a misstep when taking food outside. No matter what happens or when, there are some ways you can avoid injury - take it from your Wyoming physical therapist.

Warming up 
If you plan on having a physically active day, it’s important to spend time warming up. This can include a light walk and stretch before you even leave your home. While warming up for a kayaking trip, hiking trip, or even a run outside a light walk or stretch can do wonders for your health and preventing injury. 

Pace yourself
It can be easy to get ahead of yourself when it comes to enjoying the summer weather. It might be tempting to do the 7-mile stretch versus the 5-mile on your first kayaking trip of the summer. Just remember, that although this might be fun, it isn’t always worth it and you can get seriously injured by over-exerting yourself. Remember to take things easy as your start a new exercise routine.

Pacing yourself applies to more than just physical activity. If you are working in the yard, around the house, or cleaning out a garage make sure you take extra care. It can be tempting to take more bags of mulch at once to avoid multiple trips, but this can actually lead to injury. Keep an eye on the way your body feels while performing household chores and maintenance.

Take care of yourself
While you should be doing this year-around, it’s extra important to take care of your body during the summer months. Heat can cause dehydration, and lack of proper nutrition can only accelerate these issues and cause more problems. Be sure to fuel your body properly, and carefully, during the summer. It’s going to be more important to consume more water as well if you notice that you are more tired than usual. 

Taking care of yourself includes warming up, as previously discussed, but also cooling down after physical activity and giving your body plenty of rest time. Rest time is essential in maintaining a healthy body, but also helping to reach your personal fitness goals.

If you begin to notice that you might have sustained an injury, or you aren’t feeling at your best, be sure to contact your Wyoming physical therapist for assistance. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs when it comes to managing and healing back pain. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services for post-cast recovery. Contact us today for more information.
 
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Four ways to speed up recovery after Wyoming back surgery


May 29, 2019

You are about to undergo, or are currently recovering, from back surgery and you may be wondering if there are ways to speed up your recovery time. The good news is there are a few things you can do to speed up recovery, and get back on your feet! We’ve provided you with four ways to speed up your recovery, but want to remind you that before changing or adding to your recovery regime, consult your Wyoming physical therapist. Everyone has a different recovery time and process, so what works for one might not work for all. 

Get Healthy
You might be considered healthy already (in which case stay healthy), but if you could do better this is a great time to really focus on your health. Fueling your body with the right foods will not only have you feeling better, but will help your body begin to recover quickly. If you haven’t already, talk with your physical therapist about starting a light exercise routine to aid in the recovery process. With back injuries and recovery you will need to be cautious, but light exercise can help decrease any pain you might be experiencing and get you on the road to recovery.

Kick the Bad Habits
Have any bad habits lurking in your closet? Now is a great time to work on kicking your bad habits, such as smoking cigarettes. We know we don’t have to tell you about all of the negative outcomes that cigarettes can cause, but by not smoking you can speed up your recovery time as well. 

Your Day to Day
When operating day to day, be sure to follow the basic mobility requirements and regulations set out by your physical therapist. They have set these guidelines for a reason, and any deviation could slow your recovery time. By following them to a “t” you are more likely to recover quickly and safely. In addition, be sure to have someone in your home who can assist you with movements, household chores, and basic things such as eating, drinking, and even bathing. An available and attentive caregiver will be your key to a safe and speedy recovery. Be sure to take care when bathing, you don’t 
want to overstrain your body or cause damage to your incision. Often times your doctor might recommend avoiding washing the area under running water for the first two weeks - in which case have some assist you in using a damp washcloth. 

Stay Vigilant 
While following your doctor’s recommendations for care and maintenance, be sure to stay aware of how your body is feeling and how your wound is healing. Check the incision daily to ensure there is no infection, and that there is no inflammation or redness. This can be indicative of a deeper problem that might cause you to see your doctor.

At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs and ensure a safe recovery after a back surgery. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services for post-cast recovery. Contact us today for more information.

 
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Seven tips to making the most of your Wyoming physical therapy treatment


April 24, 2019

When you are ready to pursue your Wyoming physical therapy options, it’s important to get the most out of your physical therapy treatment. Afterall, you are using physical therapy to get better and to heal your body. These are our seven tips to making the most out of your physical therapy experience, and ensure that you will keep getting better. 

1. Ask Questions
Your physical therapist is here to assist you. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to ask them - they are here to help. The best physical therapists will be ready and open to answer whatever questions you might have and reassure you of any fears that you might be experiencing. 

2. Communicate
This goes hand in hand with asking questions, but make sure you are communicating with your physical therapist often and openly. If you are feeling any type of new pain, or feel that you might have re-injured yourself talk to your physical therapist immediately. 

3. Complete All Exercises 
Your physical therapist has assigned you particular exercises for a reason. Make sure you complete all exercises as ordered during your appointment but also at home. Your physical therapist might have assigned you additional exercises for home, and if they did there is a reason for that. 

4. Stay in Contact with Your Physician 
As you complete your physical therapy, keep in contact with your primary care physician. It’s important to keep your medical records up to date but also ensure that your doctor knows how you are managing and handling your pain. 

5. Stay Patient
Physical therapy isn’t a quick fix - it’s going to take time for the physical therapy to truly work and heal your body. By staying patient and focused on all of your exercises you will get better, it’ll just take some time. Don’t give up.

6. Set Goals
Your physical therapist might have set goals for you, but it’s important to create your own goals as well. Your goals are going to be a great motivator in sticking to your routine, your schedule, and ultimately getting better. When setting goals keep them realistic, achievable, and something that will help you keep moving forward. 

7. Don’t Skip Appointments
This might seem like an obvious one, but don’t ever skip your appointments. Appointments are key to getting better and sticking on a strict schedule will help you to continue to improve. If you are feeling pain, don’t skip your appointment just communicate with your physical therapist. They can help you identify why you are experiencing pain, and adjust your workout as needed. 

Are you tired of dealing with chronic pain? Or are you ready to improve your current situation? Contact us today to let us know what’s bothering you. Our team of professionals will implement a safe, effective, and reasonably-priced treatment plan that will have you living better, whether that means sleeping more soundly or getting through your work day without pain. Patients across Wyoming and Western Nebraska have relied on North Platte Physical Therapy for their pain prevention and physical recovery needs for years.
 
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Using physical therapy as treatment for pain


April 17, 2019

Long-term pain, also known as chronic pain, can be treated through the use of physical therapy - in fact, physical therapy might be your best option at treating this type of pain. Most of the time you will need a recommendation from a doctor to see a physical therapist, but it can definitely be worth asking your doctor for one. We’ve put together our top reasons as to why you should consider investing in physical therapy treatment for your chronic pain. 

How does physical therapy treat pain?
Pain doesn’t always originate from where you think it does, and that’s why physical therapists are going to treat the source of the pain. Participating in physical therapy will help with joint and soft tissue mobilization and provide treatments that help to relieve pain, restore muscle, and get your body back on track to feeling better.

Physical therapists are experts in treating the body - not only can they help you identify the pain but they can help you treat it through a series of exercises. These exercises might include low-impact aerobic exercises such as walking, swimming, or stationary bike exercises. 

Physical therapy might also treat pain through the use of stretching, or body-weight strengthening exercises. The point of physical therapy is to treat your pain through the use of exercises and to get your body moving. In many cases your physical therapists will also prescribe exercises to complete at home - be sure to do these as prescribed to assist with pain.

What should I expect? 
Before your appointment check with your physical therapist to see if there is anything special or out of the ordinary you should be prepared for and check with your insurance company to see how much is or isn’t paid for. Be ready to discuss when your pain started, how it has intensified, if it has spread, and what mobility issues you might be having. You will most likely be moving around a lot in your first appointment as your physical therapist identifies your current issues, so make sure to wear clothing that is easy to move around in and be active in. In addition to exercises, be prepared that your physical therapist might utilize other tools such as a heating or ice pack, ultrasounds or even a massage. 

Will it be painful? 
The answer to this is complicated, but not in the way you think. Physical therapy will not be painful, but it might be challenging or uncomfortable. Physical therapy is designed to help your body heal and get stronger, so push yourself! Your physical therapist will never put you through anything that will harm you.

Tired of dealing with chronic pain? Or are you just looking for new ways to help improve your strength or mobility? Contact us today to let us know what’s bothering you. Our team of professionals will implement a safe, effective, and reasonably-priced treatment plan that will have you living better, whether that means sleeping more soundly or getting through your work day without pain. Patients across Wyoming and Western Nebraska have relied on North Platte Physical Therapy for their pain prevention and physical recovery needs for years.
 
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