EL RENO, Okla. – A growing demand for physical therapy services has lead Mercy Hospital El Reno to open an outpatient physical therapy clinic in Canadian County. Located just off hospital grounds, Mercy Therapy Services provides patients with new equipment and an added 1,000 square feet of space to regain endurance and balance following surgery or an injury.
“Something that sets this facility apart from others is that all of our sessions with patients are one-on-one,” said Dakota Brown, who is the lead physical therapist at both the new location and at the existing facility inside the hospital. “We feel these individualized meetings help us better understand their needs.”
The demand for physical therapy in the United States is at an all time high as baby boomers stay more physically active later in life. Last year alone, an estimated 10 million U.S. adults used outpatient physical therapy services, according to the American Physical Therapy Association. In addition, more doctors are referring patients to physical therapists for the treatment of chronic pain, which affects roughly 116 million Americans each year.
“Physical therapy plays a vital role in pain management because we are able to administer a number of different treatments that help with strengthening and flexibility,” Brown said. “We can also help a patient understand the underlying cause of their pain, and provide them with exercises to help manage that pain.”
In addition to the new facility, Mercy continues to offer occupational and speech therapy services at Mercy Hospital El Reno. For more information, call 405-295-1270.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2017 by Truven, an IBM Watson Health company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 44 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.