The Edmond Sun

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June 7, 2013

Edmond Physical Therapy expands facility, services

EDMOND — OU Medical Center Edmond continues to meet the needs of the community with the recent renovation and expansion of Edmond Physical Therapy.

The outpatient rehabilitation center is a full-service therapy unit at Alta Mesa Plaza, said Leslie Buford, OUMC Edmond director of community relations.

The building is now 7,036 square feet, an increase of 1,550 square feet, said Ethan Slavin, director of leasing for JAH Realty L.P. Alta Mesa Plaza is owned by JAHCO Bryant LLC. OUMCE rents the building, Buford said.

Patients at Edmond Physical Therapy benefit from stroke therapy, pediatric and vestibular therapy as well as sports medicine and treatment for excessive sweating of the hands and feet. The center provides the trainers for Edmond Public Schools.

“All of our people working there are licensed and trained physical therapists,” Buford said.

“We wanted to expand to offer the pediatric physical therapy because we have a physical therapist who specifically has training for pediatrics,” Buford said. “And we wanted to offer equipment just for children.”

Children will discover a room full of bright colors with small bicycles, mats, treadmills and elliptical equipment. OU Medical Center Edmond has spent more than $100,000 on new equipment, Buford said.

Hydrotherapy services were expanded, and the waiting room was made larger to accommodate the growing volume of patients.

Edmond Physical Therapy added an AquaCiser III, which is the only one in the state, said Kristin Gibson, a licensed physical therapist and director of Edmond Physical Therapy.

Patients walk dry into an underwater treadmill, Gibson said. The door is shut and the area is filled with water at a designated temperature, she said.

“We can change the height of the water to vary the amount of weight bearing,” Gibson said. “… That can be used for arthritic patients and older geriatric patients as well as sports medicine patients.”

Athletes can begin running earlier with reduced weight on their joints. Back patients can walk in the AquaCiser III without pain in their back, Gibson said. Therapists provide one-on-one instruction.

“For hip patients it does the same thing,” Gibson said. “It’s an amazing thing and our patients absolutely love it. It feels very safe because they’re not having to get down in a pool.”

A sports performance area was created with a large net for patients to kick or hit balls into it for training purposes. The area provides rubber matting.

Edmond Physical Therapy is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Alta Mesa Plaza, 305 S. Bryant, Suite 140.

TO LEARN MORE about Edmond Physical Therapy, go to http://www.oumedicine.com/Edmond/medical-services/edmond-physical-therapy.

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