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Medical Housecall: Movement is Medicine

Medical Housecall: Movement is Medicine

Medical Housecall: Movement is Medicine

The following is an excerpt from a WDAM Medical Housecall story about how physical therapy can help arthritis. The story features Kim Schramm, PT, DPT, ATC, CLT, as a medical source. Schramm is a physical therapist at Bellevue Physical Therapy.

These days there is a pill for everything, but sometimes getting back to the basics does the most good.

A Hattiesburg man who suffered from arthritis said it wasn’t a prescription that gave him his mobility back, it was getting back to movement and exercise.

William Youngblood said before his 79th birthday, he noticed he couldn’t walk without a limp.

“Well, it started with pain in my right hip,” Youngblood said.

Youngblood said his doctor diagnosed him with moderate arthritis. He said his first treatment from his doctor was a steroid shot, but he said it was his doctor’s second recommendation that has been making the difference for the past month.

“And [he] sent me over to see Kim who is a physical therapist,” Youngblood said.

Kim Schramm is a physical therapist with Hattiesburg Clinic at Bellevue. Schramm has been helping Youngblood reclaim his mobility through exercises. She explained what arthritis is and what it can do to the body.

“Arthritis technically is inflammation of the joint, but that can mean anything from degeneration of the joint, swelling, abnormal muscle, you know, imbalance so that it causes an abnormal ability to move correctly,” Schramm said.

Twice a week, Schramm helps Youngblood through exercises that focus on strengthening not only his hip, but his legs and core. She explained a few of the exercises.

To watch the full story, click here: http://www.wdam.com/2019/04/10/movement-is-medicine/

About Bellevue Physical Therapy

Bellevue Physical Therapy offers individual treatment programs to promote optimum health and function. They use a variety of options for evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions, such as ultrasound, traction, electrotherapies, cryotherapy and hydrotherapy. Services include therapeutic exercises, wound care, joint mobilization, range of motion techniques, dry needling for pain, etc. The clinic is located at 7148 US Hwy. 98, Ste. 102, in Hattiesburg. They are open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m., and can be reached at (601) 261-1550.

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