The sports medicine and rehabilitation center focuses on individual care
CALDWELL – Southeastern Med Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation celebrates five years of service to residents of Noble and surrounding counties at its facilities on Woodsfield Road.
The facility filled a gap in services that were lacking but badly needed in Noble County.
âWe had been planning a clinic in Caldwell for quite some time and over time we felt the services were slipping and this was a population that needed a lot of health care,â said Dominic Crock, who was director of rehabilitation when the establishment opened on November 1, 2016.
âWe recruited Carol Pakes and then hired Braun Schwieterman with the goal of serving the community and further strengthening the engagement of Southeastern Med since we had already staffed a physician in the area. We wanted to show that we were providing services and we were ready to expand our medical reach to the community and eventually to schools in Noble County. “
According to staff, two of the most used services are physiotherapy and athletic training.
âWe kind of specialize in orthopedics, whether it’s postoperative care or sports-related injuries, it’s the bread and butter of our workload,â Schwieterman said.
“One of the things that connects us to the community is that we provide athletic training services at two Noble County schools – Caldwell Exempted Village and Noble Local,” added current director of rehabilitation Joe Ogle. .
“It brings us closer to these student athletes and the coaches can correspond with the clinicians if there is an athlete in need of rehabilitation. That’s a nice little perk.”
Another specialty is a technique called instrument-assisted soft tissue immobilization, according to Schwieterman.
âWe are able to use tools to penetrate deeper than our hands to promote healing of soft tissue,â he said.
Staff are also trained in concussion management.
âIt’s a big step forward in sports medicine right now,â Schwieterman said. “To ensure that athletes with concussions are properly and appropriately rehabilitated and then when they return to sport they are allowed to come back symptom-free.”
The Caldwell location also offers occupational therapy, speech therapy, and cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services.
âWhile orthopedics is bread and butter, we also definitely see neurological patients with general weakness and that sort of thing,â Ogle said.
Occupational therapy services are about helping people relearn essential self-care tasks. Therapists offer outpatient services ranging from personalized splinting and orthopedics to helping children with their sensory integration, motor skills and behavior.
The goal of a cardiac rehabilitation plan is to improve the patient’s daily life and reduce existing risk factors for his health.
Caldwell Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is located next to the Superior Med family medicine office of Becky Hall, a nurse practitioner.
âAnd, being right next to our primary care provider, it’s every week that Becky is on our side of the office checking in on patients and asking how things are going,â Schwieterman added.
Another reason the facility has been successful, according to Schwieterman and Ogle, is the work of Pakes, a physiotherapist assistant.
âWe can’t credit her enough,â Schwieterman said. âThis is one of the main reasons we have been successful in Noble County. Carol has provided exceptional care to the residents of Noble County for 20 years and the reputation she has built in the community is one of the main reasons we are so busy.
“People have pre-existing relationships with Carol. They know what kind of person she is and what kind of care she provides.”
Pakes believes it’s the individual care patients receive that brings them back.
âWe see a wide range of diagnoses but we really spend the time making it an individual situation to give the patient the best care they need. We give them the attention they need at their own pace,â she said.
But great service doesn’t end with the therapy staff.
“If there are concerns when a person is referred by a physician for physical therapy, our staff will check their insurance obligations and let them know what it is going to be before starting rehabilitation.”
Staff at the Caldwell Clinic, as well as other sites in the southeastern Mediterranean, are still aware of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.
Flexible hours of operation help with everything from social distancing to accommodating after-school and after-work schedules.
âBeing injured and having surgery is already enough of an interruption in your life, so we try to do our best to be accommodating and just be less of a stressor,â Schwieterman said.
Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
âWe’ve been here for five years and we’re not going anywhere,â Ogle said. âIt’s a strong clinic that we just want to grow and stay in Noble County.
âBraun, Carol, Dominic and I are all from Noble County, and it’s very important for us to give back to our community and that’s actually one way to do it,â Ogle said.