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FPA WELCOMES PHYSICAL THERAPIST TO BRANNON CROSSING LOCATION

Family Practice Associates has opened a new location at 615  East Brannon Road. It includes routine primary care services with six to eight providers, along with new services, such as physical therapy.


FPA is excited to introduce Theresa L. Hobson, a physical therapist and director of the physical therapy clinic, which is located on the second floor of FPA’s new office. Physical therapy services will be offered to any FPA patient who needs them. Theresa is a seasoned therapist and is knowledgeable in several treatment approaches and techniques. She believes in gearing her treatments specifically to the patient’s needs and to abnormal patterns of movement. As a therapist, Theresa has been trained to evaluate and find neuromuscular deficiencies and abnormal movement. She will work with her patients and their providers to determine a plan of care and treatment to restore function.


Physical therapy has many benefits to offer older clients, including helping to improve balance, weakness and flexibility and reduce pain. “Physical therapy can help with balance and gait. It can help you determine the risks for falls and address those issues,” Theresa said. Other benefits of physical therapy include boosting your mood, building self-confidence and indirectly reducing cognitive decline. It also helps keep older patients flexible and steady enough to continue performing normal day-to-day activities and to remain as independent as possible, no matter what physical limitations an older client displays.

A physical therapist takes care of patients in all phases of healing, from initial diagnosis all the way through the restorative stages of recovery. Physical therapy may be a standalone option or it may be used in conjunction with other treatments.


Theresa will work closely with your FPA provider to customize a treatment plan that delivers the best possible outcomes. She will ask you what you hope to achieve through therapy. Her goal is also to educate patients about maintaining this improvement through a home exercise/self-care program.


It’s never too late to discover all the good things physical therapy can do for you.


“Whether it be improving balance or helping with chronic disease processes such as weakened bone density, general aging weakness or diabetes, any type of improved mobility will help older patients regardless of what time of life they begin,” Theresa said.


To learn more or schedule an appointment, call Family Practice Associates at (859) 278-5007 or visit the Web site at www.fpalex.com.