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Delays of elective surgeries have many people waiting, again.

Many Washington hospitals are now adjusting elective surgery plans as cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. Are you or a family member being affected by the delays? If so, Apex PT can help! We can provide pre-operative rehabilitation to help during the delay.

What is Pre-Operative Rehabilitation:

Pre-operative rehabilitation has been known to provide a number of benefits for surgical patients. When you are as strong, flexible, and healthy as possible, you are able to regain normal function much quicker, following surgery. Pre-operative rehabilitation consists of working with closely with an Apex physical therapist to provide treatments such as range of motion, strength training, soft tissue work and education to best prepare you for when you are able to have your surgery. In some cases, surgery may be avoided.

Benefits of Pre-Operative Rehabilitation:

  1. Reduces Pain
  2. Reduces Complications
  3. Shortens Recovery
  4. Increases Stamina
  5. Improves Outcomes
  6. Reduce Anxiety
  7. Possibility of Avoiding Surgery

If your Pre-Operative Rehabilitation treatments work well in improving your pain and overall condition, it may be possible to avoid surgery altogether. While it is not always a common case, some patients found that their pre-operative rehabilitation treatments did wonders, and were sufficient enough in reducing their pain that they canceled their procedure. If your condition begins to improve considerably after starting physical therapy, you’ll want to consult with your physician regarding future treatment options and the possibility of avoiding surgery.

November Covid-19 Updates

APEX PT remains OPEN and ready to serve youWe wanted to remind everyone that all 5 of our Apex locations are open and treating all current and new patients. We are offering in person appointments but are able to offer Telehealth if this is a safer option for you. 

We first want to thank all of our patients we have endured the unknown over these last couple of months and your unwavering flexibility with a changing world. We understand that this has been a trying time that we have all had to learn to be adaptable and understanding that we are all experiencing different levels of impact. As we embark on new phases and reduced restrictions, our number one goal is to continue to provide the best care to our past, current, and future patients.  

 We have implemented various policies and procedures to keep both our staff and patients safe. We promise to serve our community to the best of our abilities as well as provide the safest possible environment. We will be following all guidelines set forth by the CDC, Washington Department of Health, and the American Physical Therapy Association/Physical Therapy Association of Washington. 

 So, what does this all mean? Here is just a few of the things that we are doing.  

 DETECTION: 

  • Covid-19 Questionnaire 
  • All persons that enter the building have their temperature taken prior to further interactions with any other person 
  • Request for any persons being sick or experiencing any COVID 19 related symptoms to cancel appointments
  • If having symptoms, we have particular guidelines for return to appointments pending the type of symptoms; as well as requirements for follow up with their PCP and testing as necessary 

PREVENTION: 

Face Coverings 

  • It is required that all persons entering our clinics wear face masks, at all times. If you are unable to do so, telehealth may be an option.  

Appointments 

  • We have changed our appointment schedule to spread our patients out and allowing a staggered start time for appointments to reduce patient interactions 
  • We have allowed for more time between patients to provide proper cleaning and sanitizing in shared work spaces 
  • We are offering in person as well as telehealth appointments pending needs and preference 

Waiting Rooms 

  • Limited time in waiting rooms, patients will be escorted to their treatment rooms quickly to reduce their exposure to other patients and staff 

Hand washing and Hand Sanitizers 

  • Employees are required to wash their hands before and after all patient interactions for the required minimum of 20 seconds 
  • We have various hand sanitizer stations available for all patrons to use throughout the clinics 

Cleaning 

  • All surfaces that have been touched during a patient appointment are disinfected immediately following the conclusion of an appointment 
  • High touch surfaces are cleaned often throughout the day 

We are honored to continue serving our community however we are able.  We look forward to helping you return to the activities you love and being able to reach your maximal potential.  

If you are in need of  beginning physical therapy treatment,  please call any of our locations to help you figure out the best treatment options for yourself.  

 All our Best, 

Apex Physical Therapy 

Covid-19 Questionnaire November

Please be ready at each appointment to answer these four questions.

♦ Have you experienced any fever, shortness of breath, cough, or any other symptoms in the last 72 hours?

♦ Have you recently been exposed to any person that has tested positive for COVID-19?

♦ Have you traveled outside of Washington State in the last 14 days?

♦ Have you been to a social gathering with 6 or more people outside your household where physical distancing of at least 6 feet was not maintained?

If you are feeling ill or have been recently exposed to Covid-19 please contact us and we will happily work with you to reschedule your appointment.

Apex Physical Therapy is excited to announce that after many inquiries we are now accepting Premera Medicare Advantage insurance plans.

Organ Donation

There are currently 121,678 men, women and children in the United States awaiting life giving organ transplantation.   Organ transplantations are needed for heart, lung, liver, pancreas, kidney and intestine patients.  In addition, eye or tissue donation is also needed.

Of those individuals on the waiting list, 100,791 are awaiting kidney organ transplants.  Kidney transplantation is especially important to the staff and family of Apex Physical Therapy.  Julie Paull, the wife of one of our therapists, has been on the waiting list for a kidney transplantation for one year.  Unfortunately, the median waiting time for a kidney transplant is 3.6 years.  To complicate matters, an average of 3000 new patients are added to the waiting list each month.

In 2014, 4761 patients died while waiting for a kidney transplant.  Another 3668 patients become too sick to receive a kidney transplant.  See the following graft:

How can we change this statistic?   It is simple.  Consider becoming an organ donor.   Many patients are waiting for a life- giving transplantation.

To take the next step, here are some organizations that are working hard to bring life- saving organs to many patients.  The first web site is the United Organization for Organ Sharing (UNOS).   The other web sites are for Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center’s Living Donor Kidney and Pancreas Transplant Center.

https://unos.org/

https://washington.providence.org/services-directory/services/o/organ-donation/living-kidney-donation

https://survey.sacredheartlivingdonor.org/approach/?service=providence.transplant.kidney:donor.prereq.1#__

 

June Covid-19 Updates

APEX PT remains OPEN and ready to serve youWe wanted to remind everyone that all 5 of our Apex locations are open and treating all current and new patients. We are offering both in person and telehealth appointments depending on what is best for you! 

 We first want thank all of our patients that have endured the unknown over these last couple of months and your unwavering flexibility with a changing world. We understand that this has been a trying time that we have all had to learn to be adaptable and understanding that we are all experiencing different levels of impact. As we embark on new phases and reduced restrictions, our number one goal is to continue to provide the best care to our past, current, and future patients.  

 As we transition back to full operations and our new “normal”, you may notice a few changes around the Apex clinics. We have implemented various policies and procedures to keep both our staff and patients safe. We continue to promise to serve our community to the best of our abilities as well as provide the safest possible environment. We will be following all guidelines set forth by the CDC, Washington DOH, and the American Physical Therapy Association/Physical Therapy Association of Washington. 

 So, what does this all mean? Here is just a few of the things that we are doing.  

 DETECTION: 

  • Temperature Screens 
  • All persons that enter the building has their temperature taken prior to further interactions with any other person 
  • Request for any persons being sick or experiencing any COVID 19 related symptoms to cancel appointments or call in sick 
  • If having symptoms, we have particular guidelines for return to work or appointments pending the type of symptoms; as well as requirements for follow up with their PCP and testing as necessary 

PREVENTION: 

Face Coverings 

  • All staff is required to wear a face covering and we are requesting patients to do the same due to not being able to maintain social distances during appointments   

Appointments 

  • We have changed our appointment schedule to spread our patients out and allowing a staggered start time for appointments to reduce patient interactions 
  • Allowed for more time between patients to provide proper cleaning and sanitizing in shared work spaces 
  • Offering in person as well as telehealth appointments pending needs and preference 

Waiting Rooms 

  • Limited time in waiting rooms, patients will be escorted to their treatment rooms quickly to reduce their exposure to other patients and staff 

Hand washing and Hand Sanitizers 

  • Employees are required to wash their hands before and after all patient interactions for the required minimum of 20 seconds 
  • We have various hand sanitizer stations available for all patrons to use throughout the clinics 

Cleaning 

  • All surfaces that have been touched during a patient appointment are disinfected immediately following the conclusion of an appointment 
  • High touch surfaces are cleaned often throughout the day 

We are honored to continue serving our community however we are able.  We look forward to helping you return to the activities that you love and being able to reach your maximal potential.  

If you are in need of resuming or beginning physical therapy treatment please call any of our locations to help you figure out the best treatment options for yourself.  

 All our Best, 

Apex Physical Therapy 

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

At Apex Physical Therapy, the health and safety of our patients and staff is always our top priority. As such, we are diligently monitoring updates to the Coronavirus or COVID-19. We understand this is a challenging time for all of us, but we want to reassure you that we are committed to using preventive measures such as disinfecting our equipment and countertops, washing our hands frequently, and using alcohol-based sanitizer to prevent the spread of Coronavirus, as well as cold and flu.

We kindly ask that if you are experiencing any cold or flu-like symptoms, that you allow our patient care coordinators to reschedule your appointment when you are feeling better. We will continue to monitor the latest Coronavirus updates and will make all changes necessary to help keep our patients and staff healthy.

Attached you will find the link for the CDC for the most up to date and correct information. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

WA State DOH:  Potential Exposure

WA State DOH:  COVID-Symptoms

COVID-19 What you need to know!

What can I do to Stop the spread of germs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pelvic floor health and exciting new product!

 

In all the years I have worked as a physical therapist, specializing in pelvic floor conditions, I have not been this excited about a new product as I am now. Many of my past and current patients have heard me talking about ways to keep their pelvic tissue healthy, especially during and post-menopause. Females rely heavily on estrogen to keep our tissue healthy, including muscle tone and vaginal suppleness. This, in turn, allows our pelvic floor to maintain its ability for bladder and bowel function and reduce the risk of incontinence. I have also explained to all of my patients that pelvic floor exercises are important for any female over the age of 25 so that this tissue can remain healthy during and after pregnancy, pre, and post-menopause. However, exercises may not be the only thing females need. Several people may require estrogen supplements during and post-menopause, and often this supplement comes in the form of a vaginal suppository. This is because the collagen in the vaginal tissue can respond to estrogen and plumb up with this supplement.  

Now a new product is available to help with this very condition, and it does not require a physician’s prescription! Introducing the vFit Plus. This new product is FDA approved as a general wellness device and is designed for females to help improve intimate wellness and sexual function. It is non-hormonal and non-invasive and allows the collagen to respond similarly as with a hormonal supplement. vFit Plus is used in the privacy of your own home and a session only takes up to 12 minutes. It is intended to be used every other day for the initial 6 weeks, and maintenance is generally 1 to 2 times per week. I began using mine 4 weeks ago and was amazed at the difference I noticed within 3 sessions.  I cannot say enough about the ease of use and the physical response I’ve noticed.  

If this at all piques your interest, you may contact me at our Cheney office and I can meet with you to review your needs. If you are wanting to read more about this, please feel free to check out the website: joylux.com 

Apex Physical Therapy Store

We are excited to be able to share our Apex PT store with you. The Apex PT logo items will be available for purchase until February 1st, 2020. Ordered items will be available for pick-up in Mid-February from a convenient Apex location.  There are no returns or exchanges and size charts can be found within the order site.

Link: ORDER NOW

Nine Mile Falls Office Coming Nov. 2019

Coming soon to the Nine Mile Falls area. Apex Physical Therapy will be opening their 5th location conveniently located at the intersection of Highway 291 and Swenson Rd. Andy Hamilton, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Orthopedic Clinical Specialist, and long-time resident of the Nine Mile Falls Area will be managing the location.

Andy plans to bring an upbeat motivating treatment style with a focus on manual therapy combines with individual functional exercise prescribed specifically for each patient. Andy brings nearly 10 years of experience in treating all musculoskeletal conditions. He specializes in post-surgery rehabilitation, return to sport/recreation therapy, and low back pain management.

The clinic is currently under construction and plans to be open starting this November.  To schedule an appointment you can call any of our other locations and let them know you would like to be seen at the Nine Mile Falls location. Come see the Apex difference and get back to doing what you love without pain.