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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Back exercises you have to try from your local physical therapist


October 15, 2019

Stretching. It’s commonly associated with exercising, but did you know completing a few quick stretches every night could be the key to lessening your chance for injury? To help you get started, we’ve compiled four of our favorite back stretches - straight from some of our Wyoming physical therapy “playbooks.” 

Kneeling Lunge Stretch 
This one is not as hard as it might sound, and it’ll have you feeling amazing in no time. Get in a lunch position, with one knee bent at 90 degrees and the other resting on the ground. You’ll then need to lean forward into your lunge. Make sure you keep your back straight, with a good posture. You’ll most likely feel this in your hip flexor as well, but posture is essential for this one. Hold for 30 seconds and switch sides.

Back Flexion Stretch
Start laying on a flat surface, on your back. You will then bring your knees up to your chest, and pull them closely with your arms. While you are doing that, roll your chin up to your chest and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat as needed. 

Seated Toe-Touch 
Sit on the ground, with your legs straight out in front of you. Take a deep breath, and while breathing out reach forward with both arms and work to touch your toes. To feel this stretch in your back, you’ll need to keep your head down during the whole stretch. Hold for 30 seconds, repeat as needed.

Cat Pose
Yes, this is one of the more popular yoga poses but we assure you it’ll have your back feeling relaxed in no time. Get on the ground, on all fours as if you are a cat. Your knees should be on the ground, and your arms should be directly under your shoulders. Take a deep breath, and arch your back outward so that it forms a nice curve. Hold for 10 seconds, and slowly return to the starting point.

This is not all of the stretches in our playbook, but it certainly gives you an idea of how we like to prevent injuries. If you are experiencing body aches and pains, also be sure to reach out to your primary care physician or our team. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
 
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Ways to prevent neck strain from your Wyoming/Nebraska physical therapist


October 9, 2019

Whew - no one likes a back neck strain. Neck strains can keep you from living a normal life every day, and can even make you uncomfortable. Sometimes neck strains can cause you to lay in bed each day you have issues, or it could even cause you to have to go to the doctor. The good news, is that while you can prevent every injury there are a few things you can do to stop yourself from getting injured ahead of time. We’ve compiled some of our favorite tips for preventing neck strain:

Sleeping
Neck strain/pain can be prevented simply by how you sleep - and this includes the type of pillow you are using. If you are already experiencing some light neck pain...try a new pillow. Sometimes a firmer, or even softer pillow, can help adjust your body. Somethings can be very difficult. Not only can the type of pillow you are using can make a difference, but the sleeping position itself can also make a difference. Try laying on your back if you can, sleeping on your side can cause undo stress. 

Technology
Technology can cause additional stress on your body - stress you might have not thought of. For example, if your computer is not at eye level...looking down or up can cause a lot of neck pain. What about texting? Are you spending all day texting? Looking down at your phone could cause unnecessary strain as well. Keep an eye out on where your eye sight is for each piece of technology.

Wellness
Wellness covers quite a few things, including physical fitness and nutrition Physical fitness is important to help prevent neck strains - and we aren’t talking about regularly working out (although we do recommend that). We are talking about stretching your neck muscles often. Healthy nutrition is also important, but be sure to drink plenty of water to keep your body healthy.

Have a neck strain? Be sure to contact us or your primary care physician for assistance. If you are experiencing body aches and pains, also be sure to reach out to your primary care physician or our team. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
 
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Fall is in full swing - here’s how to stay fit from your Wyoming physical therapist


October 2, 2019

We are loving this fall weather! While we wish it was a little cooler - we can’t get enough of the changing colors and delicious football Sunday food. Unfortunately, cooler weather can make it a little difficult to get and stay in shape. We have compiled our XX tips (straight from your favorite Wyoming/Nebraska physical therapists) for you to start incorporating into your daily routine! 

Spend time outside
As long as it is not too cold, and inversely too hot, workout outside. The beautiful fall foliage will help you stay motivated and provide beautiful scenery for your run ahead. The cooler outdoor weather is also perfect to help keep you cool when running or exercising. 

Safety First
No matter what, safety is always first. Run during daylight hours, and if you decide to run in the early morning or later at night be sure to wear reflective clothing. This will help cars see you as they are making early morning/late night drives.

Layers
If it’s a little colder outside, be sure to layer up. A longer sleeve shirt, with a lighter sweatshirt will make removing the layers a little easier. If you are running and decide to remove the sweatshirt, you can easily tie it around your waist so you don’t have to worry about carrying it.

Working Out at Home 
Another easy thing to do? You can start working out at home. It keeps you from having to go outside as the weather gets colder, and it may make it even easier for you to fit in a workout! 

Regular Weigh-Ins
We know...the scale can be scary. But regularly weighing yourself can ensure that you are on track to meet your goals! Just remember though, fluctuating one or two pounds daily is completely normal. And so is bloating. If you feel that you might be a little extra bloated, make sure to have some lemon water and go on a walk. You’ll be shocked at what these little fixes can do.

Not everything works for everyone, but these are our favorite tips for staying healthy this fall. If you need additional assistance, reach out to your primary care physician. If you are experiencing body aches and pains, also be sure to reach out to your primary care physician or our team. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.

 
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Ways to prevent lower back pain from your Wyoming physical therapist


September 25, 2019

As you get older, you might begin to notice you are already experiencing lower back pain. While that be frustrating - there are a few small lifestyle changes you can begin implementing to help prevent lower back pain, and make your existing pain lesson. Before we get into it, remember that if you have chronic lower back pain, with consistent struggle, you certainly need to see a Wyoming physical therapist. In the meantime, try some of these tips and tricks: 

Fueling Your Body
Fueling your body with the healthiest food you can get is one of the best things you can do to help avoid lower back pain and keep yourself feeling your absolute best. Healthy food not only will help keep aches and pains at bay, but it’ll help fuel you to have a long and healthy life.

Get Moving
Exercise offers more than just helping to maintain a healthy weight and releasing endorphins. Regular exercise can help keep your body healthy, moving, and prevent any aches and pains from holding you back. Staying active physically will also help improve the strength and flexibility of your back as a whole - something that can only help you!

Healthy Habits
While eating healthy and exercising regularly are healthy habits, you should incorporate other healthy habits into your daily routine. Such as avoiding smoking and cutting down on your alcohol intake. Both smoking and alcohol will do more harm to your body then good, and in some cases you won’t be able to undo the damage these bad habits cause.

Mental Wellness 
Wellness extends beyond physical wellness - you need to take care of your mind and soul as well. The best way to do this is to manage stress and anxiety through regular exercise or meditation, and seeing your doctor if you are unable to manage these things naturally. If you feel overwhelmed, it's important to talk to loved ones or therapists as well - mental wellbeing can have an overwhelming effect on physical wellbeing, remember to take care of yourself in all aspects.

Everyone’s physical therapy regime varies, and it truly is based on your body. If you are interested in starting a yoga regime while completing a physical therapy regime be sure to contact your physical therapist. At North Platte Physical Therapy, we are here to help meet your needs. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
 
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What you need to know about recovering from an MCL tear


September 18, 2019

MCL (medial collateral ligament) tears are infamous, and very intimidating if you’ve been diagnosed with one. If you are not the one who has been diagnosed with a tear, and it’s your child...this could be even scarier. However, there is no need to worry! MCL tears can be treated, and most the time a fully healed MCL will allow you to resume your normal activities. If you are an athlete, you might not be at full capacity but it does vary person to person! Your Wyoming and Nebraska physical therapist has compiled the things you need to know when recovering from an MCL tear.

First...How do you know if you are injured? If you are unsure on whether you have an MCL tear, the following should cause you to seek help from a medical professional:
  • Swelling on and around the knee
  • Popping sound upon injury
  • Pain/tenderness on and around knee
  • Instable feeling - perhaps it feels like it’ll give out or it locks often

What type of tear do you have? 
The first thing you need to know, and that your doctor will tell you, is what type of tear you have. MCL tears vary in severity from Grade 1 to Grade 3 - with Grade 3 being the most severe. Here is what the grades mean for you:
Grade 1: Ligament is stretched but not torn meaning you should only experience pain and discomfort
Grade 2: Ligament is partially torn, meaning this can cause some instability
Grade 3: Ligament is completely torn, and will cause instability

Knowing the type of tear you have will be important in determining how to treat and heal the ligament. The grade will also affect how quickly you will be able to resume normal activities, and if you are an athlete it’ll determine the likelihood of long term of effects.

Treatment
Once again, the type of treatment you will receive for an MCL injury depends on the grade. But in general, you can expect rehab or even surgery. Rehabilitation for an MCL injury will include: 
Physical therapy - Your physical therapy will be designed and planned to help improve your range of motion, and slowly restore your knee to its normal functionality 
Support - You’ll most likely need to wear a knee brace
Rest - Make sure that you adhere to your doctor’s recommendations and rest as needed 

Surgery is rare when it concerns an MCL injury, and is only used if the ligament and body can’t repair the tear alone. No matter how painful you feel that your injury is, check with your doctor to see if it will be a necessity. All MCL injuries will be treated differently and should be as everyone is different. Once you’ve been diagnosed with an injury, consult us at North Platte Physical Therapy for your physical therapy program. We serve the communities of Wyoming and Nebraska with 22 clinics offering a full range of physical therapy services. Contact us today for more information.
 
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