October is Physical Therapy Month!

National Physical Therapy Month is celebrated each October by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). APTA created the observance to recognize the impact physical therapists and their assistants make in restoring and improving motion in people’s lives.

APTA is working to raise awareness about the benefits of physical therapy to treat chronic pain, thereby reducing the need for pain medications. The association has developed a website called ChoosePT for this purpose.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Emergency departments treat 3 million older adults for falls each year.” Physical therapists can help to measure and improve balance, and identify the functional and strength limitations that can contribute to falls.

Pain is personal, but treating pain takes teamwork. The Medical Center’s excellent team of physical therapists can work with you to reduce your pain and accomplish your therapy goals. We look forward to helping you reach your therapy goals this year!

 

Dr. Meagan Heney Starnes

Medical Center Welcomes Dr. Meagan Starnes

The Medical Center is pleased to welcome Dr. Meagan Heney Starnes to the Physical Therapy Department’s team of caring providers. She joins Miguel Gonzalez, Anastassia Gibson and Christine Langley, who continues to lend her expertise for the 2019-20 season.

Meagan is a native of Canada and was educated in the United States. She earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree at South Carolina's Newberry University, where she played for four years on the women’s varsity soccer team. She is certified in vestibular rehabilitation (physical therapy for balance and dizziness), and is currently pursuing her manual therapy certification.

Meagan has a particular interest in treating sports-related injuries and postoperative conditions. Her years of experience working in outpatient orthopedics make her a valuable asset to the Ocean Reef community. Please join us in welcoming Meagan to the Medical Center team!

 

Seasonal Reminder!

Remember to get your flu vaccine before influenza season is upon us.