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New Treatment for Tendinopathies Now Being Provided at TriStar Centennial Medical Center

May 14, 2013

Non-surgical, outpatient therapy is effective and allows patients to continue normal activity

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (May 14, 2013) TriStar Centennial Medical Center is now providing a new outpatient occupational therapy treatment for tendinopathies and post-operational or -injury scar tissue.

Andy Detwiler, O.T.R., C.E.A.S., an occupational therapist with rehabilitation services at TriStar Centennial in Nashville, Tenn., recently achieved Astym® certification. One of only a few therapists in the Nashville area providing this treatment, he joins a nationwide network of rehabilitation professionals quailed to perform this treatment.

Astym treatment is an evidenced-based rehabilitation program that has proven effective in treating conditions including tennis elbow, golfer’s elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, chronic ankle sprains, shin splints, and scar tissue that can interfere with recovery after surgery.

“This treatment helps to realign the fibers of the entire kinetic chain for an extremity like the elbow or foot back into functional patterns,” explained Detwiler. “Patients and orthopaedic specialists are telling us that this is a great treatment option before considering surgery. Patients especially appreciate being able to maintain their normal daily activity level during treatment.”

Patients receive the Astym treatment and then perform strength and stretching exercises to help the tissue heal. Most treatment sessions last about one hour and most patients need between six and nine sessions.

For more information about rehabilitation services offered at TriStar Centennial, visit TriStarHealth.com and select TriStar Centennial Medical Center or call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919.

Celebrating 45 years of providing quality healthcare to Nashville, Middle Tennessee and the surrounding region, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is a 657-bed comprehensive facility offering medical and surgical programs including behavioral health, 24-hour emergency, heart and vascular, imaging, neurosciences, oncology, orthopaedics, pediatrics, rehabilitation, sleep disorder, and women’s services. An affiliate of TriStar Health, TriStar Centennial Medical Center is home to TriStar Centennial Sarah Cannon Cancer Center, TriStar Centennial Women’s & Children’s, TriStar Centennial Heart & Vascular Center as well as TriStar Centennial Parthenon Pavilion, one of the oldest and largest full-service psychiatric facilities in the region. Round-the-clock care is also available at TriStar Ashland City, a critical access hospital in nearby Cheatham County. The new TriStar Emergency Room located in Spring Hill provides 24-hour emergency care for nearby Spring Hill, Tenn., and surrounding communities. For more information about the services offered and health plans accepted by TriStar Centennial Medical Center or TriStar Health, call TriStar MedLine® at (615) 342-1919 or (800) 242-5662, or visit TriStarHealth.com and choose TriStar Centennial Medical Center. TriStar Centennial Medical Center is located at 2300 Patterson Street in Nashville.

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