Physical therapy onsite is another aspect of AOCC’s commitment to patient convenience and comprehensive care.

“It’s another effective approach for each patient’s outcome. Physical therapy improves specific body mechanics and adds exercise to improve quality of life without the side effects that some medications can occasionally cause,” –  Dr. Robert Kipnis.

Our licensed physical therapist, Nanci Salzer and licensed physical therapist assistant, Karen Pickett are available to assist in the process of our patients overall treatment to improve activities of daily living (ADL), range of motion and strength.

Patient progress is charted toward specific goals set by physicians and therapists, with an ultimate goal of maximum patient comfort, function, and safety.

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Our physical therapy department approaches treatment with an understanding of the nuances of the many disease states seen by the providers of AOCC.

Emphasis is placed not only on what a patient can’t do, but what he/she can do. Our goal is to encourage patients and help them find a way to continue doing the things they enjoy.

Treatment can range from modalities (ultrasound, Electric stimulation, etc.) to exercise.

Splinting and bracing are also effective components of treatment as are ergonomics and adaptive equipment. (Ergonomics derives from two Greek words: ergon, meaning work, and nomoi, meaning natural laws, to create a word that means the science of work and a person’s relationship to that work.)

Allow us the opportunity to help you be proactive in treating your specific needs through education and an individualized treatment plan.

Our therapists, with over 25 years experience in hands, can address complex splinting needs including both dynamic and Silver Ring Splints®.

We welcome outside referrals and are comfortable with both conservative and post op protocols.

Ultrasound therapy is just one way we help our patients feel better.

 

Ultrasound treatment is used to:
  • relieve pain and inflammation
  • speed healing
  • reduce muscle spasms and
  • increase range of motion

Ultrasound makes high frequency sound waves. The sound waves vibrate tissues deep inside the injured area. This creates heat that draws more blood into the tissues. The tissues then respond to healing nutrients brought in by the blood and the repair process begins.

First, your therapist will try to reduce your pain and swelling. Then he or she will probably work to increase your flexibility, strength, and endurance.

Physical therapy almost always includes exercise. It can include stretching, core exercises, weight lifting, and walking. Your physical therapist may teach you an exercise program so you can do it at home.

Your physical therapist also may use manual therapy, education, and techniques such as heat, cold, water, ultrasound, and electrical stimulation.

Treatment may cause mild soreness or swelling. This is normal, but talk to your physical therapist if it bothers you.

  • Stretching exercises help improve flexibility.
  • Core strengthening exercises help stabilize the lower back and ease back pain.

Physical Therapy also helps increase range of motion to joints after surgery or injury.

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Nanci Salzer, LPT, CHT

Nanci is a native of Clemson, SC and a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina.

Training

Nanci brings 20+ years of experience in treatment of upper extremity conditions with an emphasis on the hand; she is also able to craft custom splints and provide guidance with adaptive equipment.

Karen Pickett, PT-A

Karen Pickett, PT-A

Karen is a 1988 graduate of Central Piedmont Community College where she obtained her Associate’s degree as a physical therapy assistant. She joined AOCC in 2013 and brings 29 years of experience with her.