Thursday, November 12, 2009

We welcome Pam De Rivero, Pediatric Physical Therapist Assistant, to our Team!

I was born in Lima, Peru. As I was about to turn five my parents decided to come to live in the United States with the American dream of a better future. From then on we have lived in Northern Virginia. I have a younger brother who calls himself my little mannequin, because going through PTA school I would always practice movement patterns and stretching techniques on him.

I was lucky enough to learn very early on in my life that Pediatric Physical Therapy was what I wanted to do. Even though I searched other possibilities of other professions I would always come back to Physical Therapy for kids.

I enrolled in the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Northern Virginia Community College. It is an outstanding program with the best instructors who cheer their students on every step of the way. I had three clinical rotations: an Outpatient Orthopedics clinic, Skilled Nursing Facility, and last but not least my favorite, School Settings.

I have worked with a wonderful family for a year and a half helping them give therapy to their two gorgeous boys. They have grown so much in this short amount of time, not only physically but in their gross and fine motor skills, speech, and best of all playing skills. I have had the honor to see these changes during this time and I have also grown to love them as part of my own family.

I believe that ALL children should have fun and be able to play. And now beginning this new journey with Fauquier Health Outpatient Rehab Pediatrics I can’t wait to incorporate that into everyday therapy, making it into a game. I am eager to meet the children and their families, and to find out what they hope to accomplish through therapy. I am also eager to meet my team and co-workers who I will be working with side-by-side to accomplish those goals.

Fauquier Health is the only local facility to offer physical, occupational & speech therapies all at one convenient, child-friendly location. If you feel your child may benefit from rehabilitation services & have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 540-316-2680, or click on the button below to submit your inquiry via email.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Does your baby tilt and hold his head to one side?

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Your baby may have a condition that is known as torticollis. Torticollis is a term that describes an abnormal neck posture. Typically, the parents or physician observe that the baby prefers to tilt or turn his/her head and neck to one side. Evidence in the literature suggests that there may be over 80 differential diagnoses that may cause a torticollis posture. The first step to determine if your baby has torticollis is to bring up your concerns to your pediatrician so he can examine your baby and perform tests as indicated. Neck x-rays are sometimes advised to rule out any abnormality of the vertebrae.

How will I know if my baby has torticollis?

You will notice that your baby prefers to hold his/her head to one side and may have limited neck movement. Torticollis is usually diagnosed within the first 2-3 months of life by the pediatrician. Torticollis is also often associated with an asymmetrical head shape (positional plagiocephaly). This often occurs when babies sleep with their head always turned to one side.

How is torticollis treated?

Conservative treatment of torticollis typically includes passive muscle stretching exercises, active range of motion activities/strengthening exercises, positioning and handling techniques for postural correction, lateral head righting/postural control and developmental exercises. Evidence based outcome measures support manual stretching with good success rates reported from 61-85%.

Should my baby be examined by a physical therapist?

If your baby has been diagnosed with torticollis, you should seek an examination by a pediatric physical therapist as soon as possible. Torticollis limits the ability for a child to move their head freely to see, hear, and interact with his/her environment. Torticollis may also lead to delayed body awareness, weakness and difficulties with balance, and asymmetrical use of their arms and legs during their developmental stages resulting in favoring one side of the body. Physical therapists will perform a thorough neuromusculoskeletal examination of your baby and develop an appropriate program for your child that specifically fits his/her needs. They will check for other conditions that can occur with children who present with torticollis including plagiocephaly, hip dysplasia, and spine problems. They will discuss the results of the examination with you and provide education for a home activity program that includes not only stretching/range of motion exercises, but also information on massage techniques, positioning ideas, and strengthening exercises to prevent any asymmetry that may be occurring. The physical therapist will also observe the patient’s gross motor skills to assure that they are meeting their motor milestones.

How do I get started?
Most cases of torticollis respond very well to physical therapy intervention. Discuss your concerns with your pediatrician and obtain a prescription for physical therapy.

At Fauquier Health Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, our pediatric physical therapy team has special training to treat not only torticollis, but all other congenital, orthopedic, and developmental disorders. We provide a child friendly environment with hours to accommodate school and parent work schedules.

If you feel your child may benefit from this service and would like to hear more, please call us at 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask a question.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October is National Physical Therapy Month

National Physical Therapy Month, sponsored by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), is a nationwide observance held each October. This year’s theme, “Move Forward: Physical Therapy Brings Motion to Life” reflects the physical therapist brand, “Physical therapists help you to restore and improve motion to achieve long-term quality of life.”

Physical Therapists are highly educated, licensed health care professionals who can help patients reduce pain and improve or restore mobility without, in many cases, the use of expensive surgery or the side effects of prescription medications. Learn more about the conditions physical therapists can treat at

At Fauquier Hospital Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation we have highly skilled, experienced clinicians who have a multitude of certifications to improve your quality of life. We have several specialized physical therapy programs that provide treatment of Pediatric, Women’s Health, Spine, Sports Therapy, Occupational Injuries, Orthopedic and Neurological conditions. Our experienced physical therapist staff has the following certifications/specializations:
  • McKenzie Spine Certified Mechanical Diagnosis & Therapy (3)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (3)
  • Certified Weight Management Instructor (1)
  • Certified Aquatic Therapist (1)
  • Women’s Health Specialists (3)
  • Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist (1)
  • NDT Trained therapist in Adult Hemiplegia (1)
  • Certified Functional Capacity Evaluators (2)

We can offer you a specialized examination and treatment in these areas of expertise.

If you feel like we may be able to help you regain your quality of life, or have questions about how we may meet your specific needs, please contact one of our physical therapists at Fauquier Health or press the button below to ask your question.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Do You Suffer from Pelvic Pain that Limits Your Daily Activities?

What is Pelvic Pain?

Pelvic Pain is described as pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or perineum and is considered to be chronic when symptoms have been present for more than six months. The pain may be described as aching or burning in the area of the perineum or abdomen.

What causes pelvic pain?

Pelvic pain can be caused by problems such as pelvic joint dysfunction, muscle imbalance within the muscles of the pelvic floor, trunk, and/or pelvis, incoordination in the muscles related to bowel and bladder function, tender points in the muscles of the pelvic floor, pressure in one or more nerves in the pelvis, an weakness in the muscles of the pelvis and pelvic floor. Pelvic pain can also be related to the presence of scar tissue after abdominal or pelvic surgery. There can be organic disease processes related to pelvic pain as well; therefore, it is important to consult your physician to fully determine the cause of your pain.

What are the symptoms of pelvic pain?

Symptoms of pelvic pain, in addition to pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis, may include: pain in the hip or buttock, pain in the tailbone, limited sitting tolerance, pain in the joints of the pelvis, pain with sexual intercourse, tender points in the muscles of the abdomen, reduced range of motion in the hips and lumbar spine, urinary frequency, urgency, or incontinence, painful bowel movements, constipation and/or straining with bowel movements.

How can physical therapy help?

Physical therapists are trained to evaluate and treat joint dysfunction, muscle tightness, weakness, or imbalance in muscle groups, and nerve entrapment – all potential signs of pelvic pain. Physical therapists trained specifically in the area of pelvic health can identify the possible generators of pelvic pain and develop a treatment plan specific to the patient suffering from pelvic pain. A physical therapist trained in this area my utilize hands on techniques to address muscle tightness or targeted exercises to improve muscle strength and reduce faulty patterns of muscle recruitment. Other treatment strategies may include biofeedback, retraining of incoordinated muscles, postural training, and strengthening of the abdominal core muscles.

Physical Therapy techniques for joint and soft tissue dysfunction may include:

  • Exercise
  • Education
  • Manual techniques
  • Modalities, including: ultrasound, electrical stimulation, biofeedback, and heat or cold.
    These techniques are part of a physical therapist program designed to reduce tightness, dysfunction, weakness, and pain in the pelvis.

    At Fauquier Health Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, our pelvic physical therapy team has completed extensive training in pelvic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association’s section on Women’s Health. Our therapists utilize a variety of techniques as well as education to ensure each patient’s needs are addressed. All pelvic floor treatments are conducted one-on –one in a private setting.

    If you feel you may benefit from this service and would like to hear more, please call us at 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask a question.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

You're invited to make a difference in the life of an individual with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

What are Autism Action Groups?
Autism action groups are initiated, developed and supported by
Commonwealth Autism Service. Group participants include self-advocates, parents, educators, private and public service providers and other concerned individuals. Currently, there are six Autism Action Groups:
  • The Central Virginia Autism Action Group
  • The Greater Roanoke Valley Autism Action Group
  • The Piedmont Autism Action Group
  • The Cumberland Autism Action Group
  • The New River Valley Autism Action Group
  • Southwest Virginia Autism Action Group

The Northern Virginia Communities of Practice is joining with Commonwealth Autism Service to start a local Autism Action Group. If you are interested, or would like more information, and/or want to be part of this group, please come to our meeting:

September 2, 2009.

2 to 4 pm

Sycamore Room B

Fauquier Health

500 Hospital Drive

Warrenton, VA 20186

Drive up Carriage House Lane by the Warrenton Police Dept., turn right on Veteran's Drive, then turn left up the hill toward the main entrance. Turn right into the Bistro parking lot. Enter through the doors under the teal and gray awning at the Bistro entrance. Take the stairs or the elevator up one level. When you are looking at the "art wall" turn right and go to the end of the hallway to Sycamore Room B.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Fauquier Health hosts Pediatric Social Skills Camp

Thank you to everyone who participated in our week-long Pediatric Social Skills Camp! There were 21 participants in two groups, each participating one hour daily, Monday through Friday. The program was planned and supervised by Fauquier Health Rehabilitation Services personnel:

  • Heather Smith, Speech Language Pathologist
  • Alicia Lutman, Occupational Therapist
  • Sherrie Beres, Occupational Therapist
  • Kristine Trimble, Physical Therapist

Activities included:

  • Introductions
  • Taking turns
  • Asking for what you need
  • Sharing
  • Measuring your feelings
  • Following instructions and schedules
  • Working together as a team
  • Show and Tell
  • Recognizing others for their accomplishments

The children had a great time and made new friends while learning appropriate social interaction skills. Information was shared with parents on the last day of camp to assist children in carryover of these skills at home and in the community.
Thanks again to all our participants. We hope you had fun while learning some useful new skills!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

New Pediatric Occupational Therapist joins our team!

We are proud to announce Sherrie Beres, occupational therapist, will be joining our team on July 6th.

Sherrie received her Master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Shenandoah University in 2004. Her employment history includes work in Fairfax county schools as well as the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona. She has served as a Clinical Instructor for occupational therapy students as well as a Lead Therapist, supervising others. Until recently, she has been living in Tempe, Arizona. She is originally from our area, and is now returning to be near her family.

Sherrie’s message to children & parents…

I grew up in Centreville Virginia, where my family remains to this day. I am the youngest of four girls. My family has now expanded and I have 7 nieces and nephews who I love dearly.
I married my high school sweetheart and we have an Australian cattle dog that we enjoy running with, taking long walks with, and hiking with daily. His favorite tricks are giving high fives and rolling over.
I also enjoy cooking and spending time outside in the sunshine. I have been living in Arizona for the past 5 years and I am looking forward to making Virginia my home and being back near my family.
I went into OT in hopes of working with children. I began working with children in positions such as summer jobs in therapeutic recreation, substitute teaching, babysitting during family support groups and as an OT in the school system. Now with my new position of pediatric outpatient OT at Fauquier Health, I am truly looking forward to building a relationship with each child and family and working with my new team to teach and learn the skills needed for every child to have a more independent future. I look forward to meeting and working each one of you.

Fauquier Health is the only local facility to offer physical, occupational & speech therapies all at one convenient, child-friendly location. If you feel your child may benefit from rehabilitation services & have questions, please feel free to give us a call at 540-316-2680, or click on the button below to submit your inquiry via email.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Like poetry to our ears!

At Fauquier Health we develop close relationships with our patients as we work together to help them achieve the goals most important to them. We answer their questions and address any concerns they may have during the journey to recovery. We depend on feedback from our clients to help us guide them to their maximum potential. Occasionally, we have a client who is particularly eloquent in expressing their feelings. Such is the case of Mr. Michaele Jones, who wrote the following poem...

This question, merits time and consideration,
So, I'd like to thank the whole organization.
I've had pleasurable contact with all I contest,
Starting with the warm up smiles at the front desk.

Thanks to the ones who broke me down bending things
Making me feel child like, ready to scream.
Shouting, back straight, bend here,
Providing security, eliminating fear.

Right now I'll concentrate on Linda the most,
Who's abuse is second to none on the east coast.
Quickly, I'll point out just a thing or two,
of the many helpful things you do.

You helped me, when all I felt was down.
The many days I wore a frown,
You gave me back my hands, that's true,
Though you worked a brother, till his knuckles turn blue.

You controlled the times I would over demand
You ruled with a smile, with a gentle hand.
At home, I'd do what you told me to do
Subconsciously plotting to get back at you.

It is hard to express my appreciation,
For your Drill Sergeant commitment, dedication.
Elbows straight, fingers too.
In my nightmares, you're saying, "I'm watching you."

At the end of the day, all I can do,
Is say, Thank you, Thank you and Thank you!
(No luck with the beer dispenser?)

Mr. Jones thought the only way we could improve our services would be to place a beer dispenser in the reception area!
Linda Wise is Mr. Jones's occupational therapist.

Thank you, Mr. Jones! We are proud and honored to serve you!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

McKenzie Spine Program at Fauquier Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

Karrie Giger, PT, DPT, cert. MDT explains rationale
of the McKenzie method to Kevin Turney.

Back and neck pain are very common in the general population. The annual incidence of low back pain in the general adult population is 18.6%, and the total cost of low back pain exceeds $100 billion per year in the United States according to studies. Another study reports that about 1/3 of the population will experience neck pain during a six or twelve month period, and the lifetime prevalence of neck pain is 66.7%.

The McKenize Method, also known as Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy® (MDT) is a unique method used all over the world for examining patients with back, neck, and extremity problems and pain. It is an approach that uses a philosophy of active patient involvement and education. The McKenzie method uses a unique examination that provides the patient with a mechanical diagnosis which drives an appropriate individualized treatment plan. The McKenzie method is not merely extension exercises. It is a comprehensive, well researched approach to the spine that when followed appropriately has been found to have very successful outcomes.

This method has been found to be cost and time effective because it does not rely on expensive tests and it promotes the body’s potential to heal itself through appropriate directional movements prescribed by your physical therapist. The emphasis on active patient involvement limits the number of visits needed to the clinic. Research studies have shown that the initial McKenzie assessment procedures to be as reliable as costly diagnostic imaging (ex. X-rays, MRI) to determine the source of the problem and quickly identify those who will respond to conservative mechanical therapy. The McKenzie method is a safe, reliable, and valid method when performed by appropriately trained physical therapists.

Fauquier Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Services is the only facility in the Piedmont area to have three certified MDT physical therapists. Karrie Giger, PT, DPT, cert. MDT, Bruce Edwards III, PT, cert. MDT, and Kristen Pierce, PT, DPT, cert, MDT were credentialed by the McKenzie Institute International in August 2007 and specialize in spine physical therapy. Certification includes extensive postgraduate courses on spine assessment and treatment with successful completion of an international credentialing examination. Our outpatient department also has 5 other physical therapists currently in the process of becoming MDT certified and have received extensive training in this method. More information regarding the McKenzie method can be found at

If you feel you may benefit from our spine service, and would like to hear more, please call us at 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask your therapist a question.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

May 11-17th is National Women's Health Week

What is a Women's Health PT?

Women's Health PTs are physical therapists who have advanced training and experience in assessing and treating specialized conditions including pelvic pain, pain and dysfunctions in pregnancy, incontinence and others. This training is obtained as post-graduate continuing education in specific areas.

Regina Davis, PT, Karrie Giger DPT, and Kristen Pierce, DPT, of Fauquier Health Outpatient Rehabilitation Services, are the most extensively trained physical therapists in Women's Health in the Warrenton, Virginia area. They are currently pursuing certification in Pelvic Physical Therapy through the Women's Health Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

If you feel you may benefit from Women's Health physical therapy and would like to learn more, please call 540-316-2680 and ask to speak to Regina, Karrie or Kristen.

We understand it may be difficult or uncomfortable to discuss some Women's Health issues initially. If you would prefer to ask a question anonymously, please click on the button below. You will receive an email response within 24 business hours.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

May is better Speech and Hearing Month

The Most Anticipated Moment

The most anticipated moment for a parent is the sound of a child's first words. But what if the words are delayed, jumbled, or never come at all? Speech and language problems can affect early learning and self-esteem. Give your child a chance by seeking proper treatment from a speech-language pathologist.

Reach Your Full Potential

As we strive to reach our full potential, speech and language problems can hold us back. To some it may be a delay in talking or difficulty swallowing. Others may be unable to speak clearly or comprehend because of a stroke or accident. Speech and language problems can affect anyone at any age. If you are concerned that a disorder is going untreated or are unable to find proper treatment, consult a speech-language pathologist.

Communication Disorders Do Not Discriminate

Millions of Americans have a communication or swallowing disorder. These disorders affect people of all ages, from all walks of life. For them, simple thoughts like "Thank you" and "I love you" may be impossible to convey. If you are concerned that a disorder is affecting your education, professional life, or personal relationships, consult a speech-language pathologist.

Communication for Life

Speech and language disorders can affect anyone at any age. Millions of infants, children and adults in America suffer from a communication or swallowing disorder. Whether it's a difficulty in swallowing or a disorder such as stuttering, delayed language or a voice problem, a person's ability to learn and interact with others can be affected. If you suspect you or a loved one may be experiencing a communication or swallowing disorder, consult a speech-language pathologist.

Questions? Click on the button below to ask a Speech-Language Pathologist.

If you would like to learn more about Speech-Language Pathology, visit the American Speech-Language Hearing Association website at

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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Specialized Care for Pediatric Patients

Adults aren't the only ones who need rehabilitation therapy to maximize their physical, mental and social abilities. Some children and adolescents also need specialized services to build strength, achieve their functional potential and develop the skills they need at thome, at school and within their communities. Children may benefit from rehabilitation services if they have or are recovering from:
  • Birth defects or birth injuries

  • Neurological, musculoskeletal or rheumatological conditions

  • Developmental delays

  • Feeding problems

  • Acute traumas

  • Bone fractures and other orthopedic problems

  • Accidents

  • Injuries

  • Burns

  • Cancer

  • Surgery

  • Chronic diseases (such as sickle cell, heart or kidney diseases)

A Team Approach

Kids who need rehabilitation services receive care from a mulitdisciplinary team of specialists who are trained to handle the unique needs of pediatric patients. The team includes physical, occupational and speech therapists who evaluate and assess the child's functional limitations.

Rehabilitation specialists design individual treatment plans to help mazimize patients' independence and the quality of their lives. Team members use a variety of techniques and technologies that can help:

  • Support patients' growth and development

  • Prevent future complications and impairments

  • Relieve pain

  • Improve kids' cognitive abilities

  • Improve strength, coordination, range of motion and fine motor skills

  • Relax muscles

  • Develop kids' self-care skills

  • Enhance speech and language skills

  • Teach kids' how to use wheelchairs, braces and other assistive devices

Short and Long Term Care

Some pediatric patients may need only short-term rehabilitation therapy to address certain acute injuries or issues. Rehabilitation, however, can play a major role in health care for kids with complex, lifelong conditions.

While children and adolescents undergoing therapy may be tackling difficult issues, rehabilitation professionals provide services in an age-appropriate way that keeps pediatric patients engaged. For example, therapists may use fun activities to help kids develop key coordination, motor and hand-eye skills that may improve their walking, feeding or handwriting skills. The gains children make during rehabilitation therapy often help boost their self-confidence and self-esteem, giving them a sense of accomplishment.

Developments in Pediatric Therapy

>>Kristine Trimble, Alicia Lutman and Heather Smith comprise the pediatric rehabilitation team at Fauquier Health. The pediatric office is located at 493 Blackwell Road in the Warrenton Professional Center in Warrenton, Virginia. Over the past few months, the rooms have been renovated and updated. New therapeutic tools have also been added, which the children see as "new toys".

Kristine Trimble, PT, DPT is the pediatric physical therapist who provides therapy for children with torticollis, gross motor delays, traumatic brain injuries, acquired brain injuries, cerebral palsy and dyspraxia. She also implements aquatic therapy.

Alicia Lutman, MOTR/L, ATC is the pediatric occupational therapist who works with children with fine motor delays, visual processing deficits, autism, developmental delays, traumatic brain injuries and handwriting difficulties.

Heather Smith, MS, CFY-SLP is the pediatric speech lauguage pathologist who works with children with receptive and expressive language delays, apraxia, feeding delays, autism, developmental delays, articulation/phonological processing disorders, and acquired and traumatic brain injuries.

Fauquier Health is the only local facility to offer physical, occupational and speech therapies all at one convenient, child-friendly location. If you need further information please call 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask a question or request additional information. Your email will be answered within 24 business hours.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A great day for Margaret Blue!

Friday, April 10, 2009

March 12, 2009 was a proud day for Margaret Blue. She became a member of Marriott's "Quarter Century Club", marking 25 years of service as a chef. Margaret thoroughly enjoyed everyone she came in contact with during her years with Marriott. Despite a debilitating neurogenic problem that causes her to have decreased balance and weakness, this amazing woman has only missed one day of work in 25 years--because of a snowstorm!After a recent injury, Margaret came to our clinic for strengthening and to improve her walking. She has worked closely with her physical therapist, Bruce Edwards & our student from Shennandoah, Brooks Brady. Margaret credits them for helping her become strong enough to walk up to receive her 25 year service award, something she was not sure she would be able to do after her injury.Margaret has a beaming smile for everyone she meets. Her positive attitude is contagious, and the reason she has come so far. Congratulations Margaret, on your achievements!

If you would like to know more about our services, or have a general question regarding rehabilitation services, please call us at 540-316-2680, or click on the button below to submit an email inquiry.

Friday, April 3, 2009

April is Occupational Therapy Month


Occupational therapy enables people of all ages live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. It is a practice deeply rooted in science and is evidence-based, meaning that the plan designed for each individual is supported by data, experience, and “best practices” that have been developed and proven over time.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on “doing” whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. It is occupational therapy’s purpose to get beyond problems to the solutions that assure living life to its fullest. These solutions may be adaptations for how to do a task, changes to the surroundings, or helping individuals to alter their own behaviors.

When working with an occupational therapy practitioner, strategies and modifications are customized for each individual to resolve problems, improve function, and support everyday living activities. The goal is to maximize potential. Through these therapeutic approaches, occupational therapy helps individuals design their lives, develop needed skills, adjust their environments (e,g., home, school, or work) and build health-promoting habits and routines that will allow them to thrive.

By taking the full picture into account—a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup as well as their environment—occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

· Achieve goals
· Function at the highest possible level
· Concentrate on what matters most to them
· Maintain or rebuild their independence
· Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do.

Founded in 1917, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) represents the interests and concerns of more than 140,000 occupational therapists, assistants and students nationwide. The Association educates the public and advances the profession of occupational therapy by providing resources, setting standards including accreditations and serving as an advocate to improve health care. Based in Bethesda, Md., AOTA’s major programs and activities are directed toward promoting the professional development of its members and assuring consumer access to quality services so patients can maximize their individual potential. For more information, go to

If you feel you or someone you know may benefit from occupational therapy services please call us at (540) 316-2680 to learn more. Or click on the button below to ask a question.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Physical Therapists offer help for Incontinence

Urinary incontinence, or the complaint of involuntary leakage of urine, is not just something that happens to older people. This condition can affect men and women of all ages. The National Association for Incontinence estimates that 25 million Americans experience urinary incontinence.

Stress Incontinence is a sudden involuntary loss of urine on effort or exertion. This may occur with activities such as exercising, sneezing, coughing or laughing. Stress incontinence usually results from weakness and lack of support in the muscles of the pelvic floor. Women with stress incontinence often have “under active” pelvic floor muscles. Causes may be pregnancy or childbirth, injury or trauma, surgery in the vagina or rectum, episiotomy (during childbirth), or lack of exercise or use.

Urge Incontinence is the loss of urine that occurs as soon as you get the urge to urinate. Women with urge incontinence often have weak and “over active” pelvic floor muscles.

Mixed Incontinence is involuntary loss of urine associated with urgency and also with exertion, effort, sneezing or coughing. Mixed incontinence can include any combination of the causes of stress and urge incontinence.

Many symptoms of urinary incontinence are caused by pelvic floor muscle weakness and dysfunction. Our specially trained pelvic floor physical therapists are the ideal healthcare providers to help you gain control over your symptoms. Our therapists use their specialized medical training to evaluate your problem and design an individualized treatment program to meet your specific needs.

Physical therapy can:

  • Give you control over your bladder and your life

  • Save money and embarrassment by allowing less use of pads and undergarments

  • Reduce use of medications for incontinence

  • Possibly prevent the need for surgery

Physical therapy treatment may include:

  • Education on diet and nutrition to avoid food and beverages that may irritate the bladder

  • Advice on how to change behaviors that make symptoms worse

  • Techniques to increase awareness of the correct use of muscles that control urinary flow

  • Exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor

  • Exercises to stretch and strengthen other important muscles to help you gain control

  • Techniques to decrease urinary urge and frequency

  • Biofeedback to help you re-train your muscles

  • Electrical stimulation to improve awareness and strengthen muscles

You should be referred to a pelvic physical therapist if:

  • You leak urine during normal daily activities

  • You leak urine with sneezing, coughing, or laughing

  • You have difficulty starting a urine stream

  • You have trouble holding urine when you feel a strong urge to go

  • You urinate frequently (more than every 3-4 hours during the day, up more than once to urinate at night)

  • You have difficulty getting to the bathroom because of other problems such as pain or balance.

    At Fauquier Health Outpatient Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, our pelvic physical therapy team has completed extensive training in pelvic physical therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. Our therapists use a variety of techniques as well as provide you with education to ensure your needs are addressed. All pelvic floor treatments are conducted confidentially with your therapist in a comfortable, private setting.

    If you feel you may benefit from this service and would like to hear more, please call us at 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask a question.

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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Do you suffer from dizziness?

You are not alone. Did you know that symptoms of dizziness are the third most frequent reason people over the age of 65 seek medical attention? Dizziness is the number one reason people over the age of 70 seek medical attention.

Fifty percent of individuals over the age of 65 who suffer from dizziness will develop a particular form of vertigo that can be alleviated with one simple physical therapy treatment. The most common form of vertigo is Benign Paroxsymal Positioning Vertigo (BPPV).

Symptoms include:

  • Sudden onset
  • Brief episodes of dizziness, typically lasting less than one minute
  • A sense of imbalance or motion sensitivity brought on by changes in head position relative to gravity by activities such as:
    o Lying down
    o Rolling over in bed
    o Bending over
    o Looking up
BPPV is caused by tiny crystals being dislodged in the inner ear causing changes in the movement of lymph fluid, giving you the sensation you are losing your balance.

Fortunately, this problem is easily detected and can be treated with a few different repositioning techniques to move the crystals through the ear canal and “dump” them into an area that no longer causes vertigo. This treatment is usually very successful, with resolution of all symptoms within 1 or 2 therapy sessions.

A Vestibular Rehabilitation course was recently held at Fauquier Hospital and was attended by some of our therapists. They received training in these vestibular techniques and are ready to help alleviate your dizziness. If you feel you may benefit from this service and would like to hear more, please call us at 540-316-2680. Or click on the button below to ask a question.

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Congratulations Andrew!

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services is proud to announce that Andrew Mazur, physical therapist, has received certification from the Aquatic & Rehabilitation Institute. Andrew provides outpatient aquatic physical therapy for adults at our pool in the Fauquier Health Rehabilitation & Nursing Center. Andrew’s patients enjoy the skilled, individualized care he provides that helps them maximize their range of motion, strength & function after an injury, illness or surgery.

We are the only clinic in the area to offer aquatic physical therapy. Our pool is kept at an inviting 92 degrees, optimal for therapeutic exercise.

We also offer aquatic physical therapy for our pediatric patients, provided by Kristine Trimble, our pediatric physical therapist.
If you or someone you know may benefit from aquatic physical therapy, please call us at (540) 316-2680 for further information. We look forward to hearing from you!

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We've installed a new directional sign to help clients find their way to our outpatient clinic on the Fauquier Hospital campus. We are located in the Medical Office Building at 253 Veteran's Drive in Warreton, Virginia. Our clinic is on the first floor of the building, to the right of the elevator in the main lobby.