Sue Witmer introduced Michele King, co-owner of â€œAdirondack Physical & Occupational Therapy.â€ APOT currently has three outpatient service locations — one in Oswego, one in Watertown, and one in Canton. According to Michele (who has a Masterâ€™s Degree in Occupational Therapy from Russell Sage College), the mission of APOT is to provide the highest quality healthcare to its patients and to the patients of the facilities that APOT serves in a safe and compliant environment and in an ethical and law-abiding manner. APOT Therapy has a slogan — “one-to-one personalized care.” It is committed to providing evaluation and treatment on an individual basis, spending one-on-one time with each patient to provide thorough, up-to-date treatment while educating its patients as to the causes of their conditions and explaining the methods of treatment being recommended. At the conclusion of therapy sessions, patients are thoroughly educated to a home-exercise program that they can perform between sessions and to any other recommendations that will facilitate quicker recovery. APOT makes every effort to accommodate the needs of its patients, stated King, and works in close collaboration with each of its patients’ referring physicians.
Among the many and varied services currently being provided by APOT are: Manual Therapy (a general term that refers to a number of techniques a physical therapist will use, including stretching, therapeutic massage, joint mobilization/ manipulation, and myofascial release); Therapeutic Exercise (Almost every physical therapy program involves a therapeutic exercise component. The program will be developed specifically for the patientâ€™s injury and fitness level. Exercises may include stretching, strengthening, and/or endurance training); Ultrasound (a form of heat treatment that can be very effective in alleviating the pain and inflammation associated with soft tissue injuries, such as muscle sprains, bursitis, and tendonitis); Paraffin Therapy (which reduces pain and stiffness around joints by removing excess fluid from the surrounding tissue while providing lubrication. Paraffin therapy is especially beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, bursitis, tennis elbow, overworked and fatigued muscles, and scar tissue. It is also beneficial for many types of sports injuries); Electric Stimulation (which can be used for acute and chronic pain relief, swelling reduction, muscle strengthening, and re-education); Soft Tissue Mobilization (a hands-on therapy used to release tension stored in the fascia — sheets of fibrous tissue that encase and support muscles, separating them into groups and layers); Massage (a popular relaxation technique frequently used in physical therapy to reduce muscle tension and increase circulation. Localized massage can also help warm the body up before exercise); Traction (which unloads painful joints and intervertebral discs to reduce pain and disc herniation); Hot/Cold Therapy (Heat and ice are two of the most common types of therapy, often used before exercise therapy. The warmth of the heat pack reduces muscle spasms, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion. Cold therapy slows circulation, reducing inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain); Balance Training (A plan to improve your balance will help you gain control and prevent falls. Treatment consists of strengthening key muscle groups, improving balance reactions, and integrating visual information); and Custom Splint Fabrication.