Further education means most effective treatment

Released: 09/22/16

Congratulations to Winneshiek Medical Center Physical Therapists Sarah Anderson (left) and Dennis Keefe (center) for attaining Sports Clinical Specialty Certification, and to Megan Lyon (right) for attaining Orthopedic Clinical Specialty Certification.

Winneshiek Medical Center (WMC) Physical Therapists Sarah Anderson and Dennis Keefe have attained the sports clinical specialty certification (SCS), and Megan Lyon has attained the orthopedic clinical specialty certification (OCS).

These certifications assure that the therapist has achieved the highest level of education in their profession and are the experts in field of orthopedics; along with providing the most effective treatment for sports injuries and prevention. Only 3.9% of therapists in the United States are orthopedic clinical specialists and less than one percent are sports clinical specialists. There are only 28 sports certified specialty physical therapists and 115 orthopedic certified specialty physical therapists in Iowa and we have convenient access to three of them right here in Decorah at WMC Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine.

“This accomplishment indicates that our staff are highly qualified to care for patients and athletes at any level. This includes rehab and return to play of a sports injury, post-surgical rehab or orthopedic rehabilitation at any age,” says Sarah Groux, director of WMC Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. “Certification is voluntary and difficult to attain with the closest clinicians in the LaCrosse or Rochester area.”

The certifications involve meeting rigorous standards, developing a long-range career path, and acquiring the advanced study and training required to pass the certification examination. “This is a great honor and true representation of their commitment to excellence,” says Groux.

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