Physical Therapy hosts open house
By Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma, 59th Medical Wing Public Affairs
/ Published October 12, 2018
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-Lackland, Texas --
The 59th Medical Wing Physical Therapy Clinic, located on the third floor C wing in Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, is inviting all medical personnel and patients to an open house Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
With October being physical therapy month, the clinic is hosting the open house to educate beneficiaries on their available services.
“Attendees will learn about the services we provide, conditions physical therapy can treat and when it is appropriate for a patient to receive physical therapy,” said 1st Lt. Ellie Prinster, 59th MDW physical therapy intern.
Presentation boards will be on display throughout the clinic with information on the benefits of physical therapy.
“Most of what we do is orthopedic and sports medicine, but we also treat neuromuscular disorders and vertigo,” said Prinster. “We also provide a general exercise guidance.”
Technicians will perform demonstrations of techniques they regularly perform and discuss how patients can benefit from them.
Dry needling is a procedure therapists use to treat pain and movement impairments by inserting a dry needle through the skin into areas of the muscle. This technique provides relief for muscular pain and stiffness, improves flexibility, and increases range of motion.
The soundwaves from a musculoskeletal ultrasound create a therapeutic heat in a patient’s muscles and joints, increasing blood flow to the areas being treated, promoting healing and decreasing swelling.
“We are very excited for this open house,” said Prinster. “We are looking forward to sharing our profession with everyone.”