Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Jan. 28

Campus of Care physical therapy program is eclectic

The Winslow Campus of Care pysical therapy program, according to the therapists that run it, is very eclectic.

The group contains a varied bunch that come from different backgrounds of therapy.

"This allows us to be able to handle every type of patient, from storke to broken hips, multiple fractures and spinal cord injuries," said therapist Dan Leora.

The group sees roughly anywhere from 18 to 90 patients, and can give them whatever treatment they need. The program has patients that come all the way from Show Low and Flagstaff.

"A lot of these people would not be able to go home without therapy,' said Leora. "We have a good success rate, and many are able to go home and live somewhat independent lives."

The program has been ongoing for about seven years, and is one of the main rehabilitation centers in the area.

According to Leora, 75 percent of the patients are Native American. Several rehabilitation techs speak Navajo.

"We have to be respectful of their ways and beliefs," he said. He added that part of their beliefs include independence, so it makes the therapists' jobs easier. "They want to get better," Leora noted.

Another portion of the program is restorative nursing, which allows patients to continue to receive exercise.

Leora noted that one of the core principals of the program is to look at a patient wholistically, and plan therapy around the entire person.

"We wouldn't be as successful if we didn't,' he added.

Leora explained that the program therapists genuinely care about their patients. "We see ourselves as servants," he said. "We let the patients be in charge of their own therapy."

He added that the therapists were there to help the patient get to their goal. The group contains speech, occupational and physical therapists.

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