Santa Rosa Orthopaedics’s Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center physical and occupational therapy services have been honored as Best of 2018 by Bohemian Magazine.

The March issue of the North Bay Bohemian is devoted to highlighting the best of Sonoma and Napa counties, and the results of this year’s campaign are just out.  Selections included a ‘Best of 2018’ mention for Santa Rosa Orthopaedics (SRO) in the category of “Rehabilitation Center” for Sonoma County.

“SRO’s PT and OT programs make up the bulk of the rehabilitation center. The physical therapy staff consists of highly skilled professionals who evaluate and treat a wide range of musculoskeletal dysfunctions, including acute injuries, degenerative conditions, and athletic and work related injuries,” explained Chris Krug SRO Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Director.  “Our therapists have completed extensive post-graduate education in orthopaedics and sports rehabilitation, and they work hard to stay current on the most effective approaches to injury prevention and rehabilitation. Having this level of expertise to draw from, gives our patients a clear advantage and greater chance of achieving optimal recovery.”

SRO’s Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Hand Therapy professionals are part of the Sports Medicine and rehabilitation Center, a state-of-the-art 10,000 sq. ft. facility equipped with specialized technology designed to enhance patient recovery and rehabilitation.

The Threefold Therapy Model

Occupational therapists often treat injuries, but their main focus is on improving life skills and incorporating adaptive tools customized by the therapist. Therapy treatments may include manual therapy, exercise, postural and ergonomic education, and modalities such as ultrasound, electric stimulation, paraffin, moist heat, and ice. Typical goals include increasing flexibility and strength, improving gait and balance, and decreasing pain in an effort to return our patients to full function.

Physical therapists are focused on evaluating and diagnosing movement dysfunctions and providing treatment to injuries. The PT staff works to diagnose and treat the physical source of the problem focusing on the injured tissues and structures. Both physical and occupational therapists are trained extensively in anatomy and the musculoskeletal system and are very knowledgeable about musculoskeletal injuries and rehabilitation.

The third branch of physical therapy is hand therapy. Hand therapists begin their careers as occupational or physical therapists and continue to pursue advanced study and experience, and they specialize in treating patients with conditions affecting the hands and upper extremity. Some may also have advanced certification as a certified hand therapist (CHT), as do all three hand therapists who work for Santa Rosa Orthopaedics.

As certified hand therapists, they have the expertise to provide many non-operative interventions, employ preventative care strategies and support post-surgical rehabilitation. SRO’s CHTs routinely cover a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, everything from minor finger injuries to total joint replacements. Patients with chronic conditions including arthritis or neurologic conditions such as a stroke also benefit significantly from hand therapy.

SRO’s physical therapy staff includes Pat Hall PT, Chris Krug, MSPT, Tom Sather, PH.D., PT and Michael Serrano, PTA. Occupational and hand therapists are Jennifer Henshaw-Lefever, OTR/L, CHT, PA, Bruce Kolman, OTR/L, CHT and Cynthia Syiek MA, ORT/L, CHT. All are passionate about providing quality care for their patients. They work closely with both doctor and patient to ensure continuity in treatment and to support a positive rehabilitation process.

“We are truly honored to be mentioned by the North Bay Bohemian’s Best Of 2018 edition,” says Chris Krug. “Physical therapy is a complex practice and being able to provide Sonoma County with the highest standard of care is our priority.”

SRO’s experienced clinical professionals are passionate about providing quality care for their patients. PT, OT and CHT staff works closely with physicians and surgeons to ensure consistently superb rehabilitation of post-surgical patients. As a team they ensure continuity in treatment and a positive, supportive environment for rehabilitation. To learn more, visit the SRO website or call 707-546-1922.