Teton PT: Occupational Therapy

Newsletter Health &Wellness Getting To Know The Teton PT &Rehabilitation Staff KATRINA HOLVIK, OT

Originally from Long Island, New York, Katrina Rush is excited to join the rehabilitation team at St. John’s Medical Center. Katrina obtained a master’s in occupational therapy from Husson University in Bangor, ME and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Grove City College. After working in a skilled nursing facility, she has developed a passion for working with the geriatric population and hopes to pursue a specialty certification in this area. She enjoys participating in outdoor sports, and has been an active volunteer of the Maine Adaptive Ski and Snowboard organization. She hopes to continue her involvement in adaptive sports here in Jackson Hole. While in graduate school, Katrina helped to start a chapter of the occupational therapy honor society Pi Theta Epsilon, coordinated the school’s Pro Bono Clinic, and received the Academic Excellence Award for her graduating class. Her research on lighting intensity and color preferences has also been accepted in the 2018 AOTA annual conference. She will be getting married on April 7th and moving to Jackson with her husband, Asher, this spring. The couple is excited to come to Jackson and experience all it has to offer!

Newsletter Health &Wellness

INSIDE: • Seek Occupational Therapy For Hand & Wrist pain • Patient Success Spotlights

• Healthy Recipe • Sudoku Puzzle


Occupational Awareness Month began in 1980 to help spread the importance of this additional therapeutic option, in which helps pain sufferers return to a completely independent lifestyle. Occupational therapy allows people who have suffered from a physical or cognitive injury to return to the highest level of activity possible. This form of therapy helps people of all ages re-learn how to complete tasks of daily living and make the proper adaptations to live healthier, fuller lives. Occupational therapy also assists people in learning to do the things they want and need to do during their daily lives. In many of our patients, occupational therapy is required after injury or illness to help them get back to their old selves. In seniors specifically, it has been proven to improve health and slow aging-related declines better than basic social activities. Teton Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation offers occupational therapy as part of our services, along with physical therapy and speech therapy. The areas of Occupational Therapy we focus on includes: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

P.O. Box 10490 555 East Broadway, Suite 100 Jackson, WY 83002 Phone: (307) 739-1864 Fax: (307) 739-1831


• Neurological Disorders • Activities of Daily Living • Home Safety Evaluations • Driving Assessments

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Let us help you move forward and get back to the life you want to live! Contact us today at 307-739-1864 to schedule your appointment!


At this time of year it isn’t difficult to imagine what would happen if you slipped on a patch of wet ground and fell. Chances are, you would reach out to try to brace yourself against the impact. This reflex is hard wired into your brain and reacts within 10 to 30 milliseconds after tripping to protect you from serious injury. In the best of circumstances, you end up with a bruised ego. In the worst, a fall on snow, ice or otherwise slippery surfacecan result inserious injury toyourhandsorwrists. In fact,according to the Centers for Disease Control, one out of five falls causes a broken bone or other serious injury. Broken Bone When it comes to slipping and falling, the most common injury to a wrist is a buckle fracture, or incomplete fracture to the radius. This bone runs along the thumb side of your wrist from your wrist to your elbow and takes the brunt of a fall when you reach down to try to catch yourself. Buckle fractures are particularly painful to the touch and often swell at the site of the break. Most commonly, these wrist injuries are treated with a splint or cast while the bone heals. Once the splint is removed, the wrist, hand and fingers will be weaker than they were before the injury because they have not been in use. At this point, it is important to complete a hand therapy treatment program to regain the strength and mobility in your wrist to avoid injury to the weakened tendons, ligaments and muscles. Wrist Sprain After a fall, if there is no sign of broken bones, your wrist may be sprained. Some people refer to it as “jammed”. In simplest terms, a sprain happens when ligaments that hold bones in place with other bones are stretched

or slightly torn. Since there are eight bones in the wrist, known as carpals, there are a series of ligaments that hold them in place that are at risk for being sprained in a fall. Unfortunately, a wrist sprain, while painful, takes time to heal. However, that does not mean you need to keep your wrist immobile while it does. Targeted exercises followed by ice therapy and compression are great for helping a wrist stay mobile and strong while it heals. Hand therapy also strengthens the surrounding muscles and tissue to keep the wrist in place during normal activities. This, in turn, helps the wrist heal properly, prevents injury in the future and keeps you from experiencing lasting pain from a simple injury.


INGREDIENTS • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil • 1 tsp grated lemon • 1 tbsp lemon juice • 1/2 tsp minced garlic • 3/4 tsp kosher salt

• 6 (6-ounce) red snapper fillets • 1/4 tsp black pepper • 5 ounces baby arugula • 1/4 cup sliced red onion • 2 ounces pecorino Romano cheese • 6 lemon wedges

DIRECTIONS Combine 3 tablespoons oil, rind, juice, and garlic in a large bowl, stirring well with a whisk. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add 3 fillets, skin side down; reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until skin is golden and crisp. Turn fillets; cook 3 minutes or until done. Remove fish from pan; keep warm. Wipe pan clean; repeat procedure with remaining oil and remaining 3 fillets. Add arugula to dressing; toss. Top with onion and cheese. Serve salad with fillets and lemon wedges.

Courtesy of: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/red-snapper-arugula-salad


Patient Success Spotlight

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Sensitive to my needs and care! “Verypleasedwithall thestaff.Theyareverykind,helpful,knowledgeable, professional and sensitive to my needs and care.” I’m so thankful I was able to avoid surgery! “Sandeep was absolutely fantastic! I really feel like I have a whole new lease on life. What he taught me, I will be using each time I work out. I’m so thankful I was able to avoid surgery. Thank you!!!” My shoulder has improved in more ways than I expected! “My PT was awesome, and she really helped me with my shoulder. She understood my pathology, and was able to help me understand its severity, what provokes the pain, relieves the pain and even taught me things of how I was further jeopardizing my shoulder . She taught me exercises that also really helped! My shoulder has improved in more ways than I expected!The staff are all personable and don’t waste time. I so appreciate all that you did for me! I couldn’t have gone to a better therapist or facility! I really mean this!“ 3 7 4 9 6 6 5 7 4 3 1 9 5 3 4 7 9 7 2

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If you know someone suffering with aches and pains give the gift of health. Refer them to Teton Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation today. Pass along this newsletter or have them call us directly to schedule an evaluation! Why You Need To Come in For Another Check Up: � Improve communication � Complete daily activities without pain � Balance confidently and securely � Enjoy activities of daily living � Walk for long distances � Resolve problems swallowing 3 7 8 3 8 9 6 5 4 7 1 6 3 6 4 5 1

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