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The Springs: Back in the swing of things

To get patients back to their active lives quickly, Memorial recently opened The Springs, Memorial Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine.

Mary used to spend hours planting and tending her herb garden. She grew six varieties of basil and often gave it to friends and neighbors as gifts. Mary spent a lot of time bent over plucking and pruning, so she wasn’t surprised when her back started to ache. But then the pain got so intense that she couldn’t garden for more than a few minutes—if at all. Mary’s physician diagnosed her with osteoarthritis and, in addition to prescribing medication, referred her to Memorial for physical and occupational therapy. After physical therapy to strengthen her core muscles, massage therapy to work out specific areas of pain and occupational therapy to teach her how to bend with less strain on her back, Mary is ready for spring planting.

To get patients like Mary back to their active lives quickly, Memorial recently opened The Springs, Memorial Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine.

Just the right speed

“We understand that life doesn’t stop if you are sick or injured,” says Jackie Ray, director of The Springs. “But we also understand that rushing back to your usual activities without taking the time to heal properly can delay recovery or even lead to another injury.”

Ray says The Springs offers a multidisciplinary approach to helping patients manage their recovery. “We’re about more than just exercise,” Ray says. “We teach people new or better ways to function. We show them how to perform everyday tasks in ways that will reduce strain or train their muscles to support new activities or motions. Sometimes the key to success is just helping them understand the behaviors and circumstances that led to their condition in the first place.”

Meeting your needs

Located at 302 S. 10th Ave. in Yakima, The Springs houses occupational medicine as well as physical, occupational and massage therapy to provide a comprehensive approach to managing recovery. Most patients are referred to The Springs by their primary care physicians. For more information, go to thespringsyakima.org or call 574-3300.
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