Open house provides interactive introduction to expanding benefits
Pacific Regional Medical Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 50 U.S. Army Health Clinic-Schofield Barracks staff members gathered in the Physical Therapy Clinic, here, to participate in a variety of activities during an open house, Oct. 24.
Staff in attendance took part in, and learned about, agility drills; lifting techniques; functional movement screening; running shoe selection; TRX, or suspension training; and Wii balance training.
The open house provided the perfect opportunity for USAHC-SB staff to learn more about available physical therapy services and to meet other staff and tour the clinic, which has grown and expanded services during the past year.
“I was curious about the what, who and where patients experience when going to physical therapy for care,” said Dr. Amy Lumeng, physician, Troop Medical Clinic, USAHC-SB, who attended the open house. “I was glad to meet the physical therapy staff and match faces with names, many of whom I knew from reviewing my patients’ physical therapy notes.”
More than professional benefits were to be had for attending the open house.
“I got great, personalized advice about running shoe selection and (was) challenged by the Wii balance board,” Lumeng said. “The physical therapy staff kept (the open house) fun and interactive.”
While activities kept participants interested, the event served a dual purpose: to demonstrate new technology.
“The open house was really well done,” said Col. Mary Krueger, commander, USAHC-SB. “(The staff) showcased several physical therapy modalities, which support the surgeon general’s performance triad, (stressing the importance of) activity, nutrition and sleep management.
“Staff in the clinic performed functional movement screens on participants to test flexibility, strength and balance,” Krueger explained. “(These) scores can help predict those at higher risk of injury due to decreases in these areas.
“Even better,” she continued, “there are exercises that patients can participate in to improve their scores and, therefore, reduce their risk of injury in a targeted way.”
Physical therapists examine, evaluate and treat patients with a wide variety of injuries and chronic pain, with the goal of restoring function, reducing pain and preventing injury, according to Maj. Carrie Storer, officer in charge, Physical Therapy and Chiropractic clinics, USAHC-SB.
“Musculoskeletal injuries resulting from training or overuse are the primary cause of outpatient medical visits and hospitalizations among Soldiers,” Storer said. “(The Physical Therapy) Clinic has a highly skilled staff who can provide a wide variety of treatment options for all patients experiencing neurological and musculoskeletal complaints.
“Hopefully, other (USAHC-SB) staff members walked away with a better understanding of what kind of patients we see, what kind of treatments we use and how we can work with them, collaboratively, to develop plans for a shared goal of creating healthier, satisfied patients,” Storer said.
The open house was just one of several events held throughout October in recognition of National Physical Therapy Month.
Other events included a presentation on available physical therapy services for the Family Practice Clinic, a back education class and a running form analysis class.
Tripler Army Medical Center’s Physical Therapy Clinic also held an open house, Oct. 24, to reach out to beneficiaries and educate them about the unique benefits of treatment by a physical therapist.
Open House Photos
View more photos from the open house at the clinic’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SchofieldBarracksHC.