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KRMC makes changes to physical therapy offerings
Open house scheduled Wednesday

Physical therapist Hannah Shepherd (left) assists Barbara Dreslinski as she practices balancing herself between the balance beams at Kingman Regional Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation. Dreslinski broke her right ankle during a family visit out East and needed therapy to strengthen it. (KIM STEELE/Miner)

Physical therapist Hannah Shepherd (left) assists Barbara Dreslinski as she practices balancing herself between the balance beams at Kingman Regional Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation. Dreslinski broke her right ankle during a family visit out East and needed therapy to strengthen it. (KIM STEELE/Miner)

KINGMAN - Barbara Dreslinski had no idea she would need the services of Kingman Regional Medical Center's Outpatient Rehabilitation when she returned from a recent trip out East to visit her son.

Dreslinski, 77, a Kingman resident, fell and broke her right ankle during her stay, necessitating six weeks of therapy at the facility when she came home. In October, she began working with physical therapist Hannah Shepherd to strengthen her ankle and learn to walk normally again.

"They put me through exercises going up and down stairs, balancing and standing between the parallel bars," said Dreslinski, who visited the facility twice a week for 45 minutes each time. "They made it very easy for me and were good with the exercises. It sure did help.

"At first, I favored that ankle. But when I got done with therapy, the doctor said 'go, jump, run'."

KRMC Outpatient Rehabilitation recently consolidated its operations and moved to 1740 Sycamore St., Suite B, in Kingman. To celebrate its new home, it is inviting the public to an open house from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday. Tours and light refreshments will be provided.

Shawn Butler, director of therapy services for KRMC, said the rehabilitation center moved into the former doctor's office and surgery center Dec. 13 and opened to the public Dec. 16.

The move consolidated two locations, one at Mountain View Physical Therapy, which closed, and the other at the Del E. Webb Fitness Center, which expanded its weight room and added two exercise classrooms. The new center features 7,000 square feet of space for aerobic, strengthening and balance equipment.

Physical therapy involves exercises and using heat, cold and ultrasound to build strength, restore lost physical abilities, control pain and promote healing. Treatment focuses on leg and knee dysfunction, spinal injuries, back and neck pain, joint conditions, muscular control problems, heart and lung conditions, sport-related injuries and neurological conditions, such as stroke.

Occupational therapy teaches adaptive skills for performing daily activities, with the ultimate goal of achieving as much independence as possible.

Conditions treated include rheumatoid arthritis, work-related injuries such as lower back problems or carpal tunnel syndrome, neurodegenerative movement disorders such as Parkinson's disease, learning or developmental disabilities caused by autism, burns, amputations or injuries from falls.

The facility also offers speech therapy for those with voice disorders, speech and language delays, hearing impairment and communication disorders associated with Down syndrome and cleft palate.

It also provides lymphedema treatment for persistent swelling in the arms or legs due to blocked lymph channels, and a dizziness and balance center for those dealing with problems from inner-ear disorders, seizures, stroke, brain injury or illness, migraines or low blood pressure.

In February, KRMC Outpatient Rehabilitation will begin a women's health program that focuses on post-partum pain issues, including pelvic pain and incontinence. The facility now employs 12 therapists who specialize in individual areas and work together to find solutions to problems in other fields.

"We want to bring awareness to the benefits of these types of therapy," said Butler. "We have specialists here who want to help, provide a variety of options and give people hope. We believe that because of our move, we can offer the best in patient care now."

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