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A Leg Up Getting a Leg Up Maquoketa Sentinel-Press

A Leg Up Getting a Leg Up

Therapy center open house features added services for adults

By KELLY GERLACH, News Editor, kgerlach@mspress.net

 

Sweat beaded above Tammy Clark’s eyebrows. They twitched as her body winced at a twinge of pain in her left knee.

But Clark’s lips tilted upward in a smile despite physical therapist Sadie Conrad stretching her sore leg muscles and making her lift ankle weights and do lunges.

The Oxford Junction woman had a total knee replacement Feb. 2 and entrusted Comprehensive Rehab Inc. to get her back on the road to mobility.

“I like everything they’re doing and it’s working for me,” Clark said. “I enjoy these guys. They’re wonderful.”

Comprehensive Rehab, 607 Myatt Drive, Maquoketa, is hosting an open house to celebrate its expansion of adult services and remodeling.

The public is invited to tour the facility, get free adult and child screenings, and win door prizes from 5-6:30 p.m. April 13.

When the rehabilitation facility opened in Maquoketa in 2010, it focused on providing physical, speech and occupational therapy for children.

However, services expanded in recent years to include adults among the 90 or so patients that therapists see each week, according to administrative assistant Jessica Rowan. Her daughter, who suffers from spina bifida, was one of the first patients in the clinic when it opened.

“We can treat everyone from babies up to senior citizens,” Conrad said. One of the most common treatment for seniors is arthritis.

Staff transformed their lower-level offices (which moved upstairs) into an orthopedic gym with a treadmill, stair stepper, parallel bars, weights, and ultrasound machine. A separate, colorful space is used more for children.

“This way the adults and children have their own space,” said marketing coordinator Brandi Truckenbrod. “But the adult patients like having the little tykes peek in and ask what they’re doing.”

Conrad’s patient list is now about one-third adults, she said. And now there is space to help them through brain injuries, strokes, back and neck pain and gait training.

Certified Occupational Therapist Stephanie Kalvig works with adults and kids on motor skills and day-to-day tasks.

“With adults, it’s usually injuries to the arms, legs, spinal cord, or stroke,” Kalvig said. “We make them as functional and independent as possible.”

Children require more work on fine motor skills and sensory disorders, she said.

Noreen Daniels often drives qualifying patients to and from home or school.

Speech therapists Brooke Shively and Bethan Nelson occupy offices on the upper level. Their primary patients are 18 months old to 16 years.

“We’re helping kids learn who maybe haven’t quite learned yet,” Shively said.

Other common speech challenges are autism, cerebral palsy, developmental delays (especially families who speak multiple languages), and scholastic delays.

“It’s great because here we get to collaborate with physical and occupational therapy, so we can tell them if we notice something,” Nelson noted. She said about 60 percent of their patients receive multiple services.

In less than two months in the orthopedic gym, Clark improved from two crutches, to one crutch, to a quad-cane.

“She’s progressing very nicely,” Conrad said. “She’s doing great on her home practice program.”

Clark credited Comprehensive Rehab with her success and encouraged everyone to attend the open house and see how the therapists are helping her.

MSP photos by Kelly Gerlach

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