HARKER HEIGHTS — Area residents now have another option when it comes to physical therapy and other therapy needs.
Concentra, which provides health care services in 39 states, opened a 2,800-square-foot therapy center in Market Heights on Monday.
“We’re ready for patients,” said Nicole Pettit, the center’s therapy director. “We offer physical therapy, we offer occupational therapy, we offer pediatric therapy and we offer speech therapy.”
Eighteen patients visited the new center Monday, receiving treatment from therapists and using the center’s several machines that help patients recover from any number of injuries.
Pettit said the center is outfitted to provide therapy for “strains, chronic back pain” and other ailments. One of the machines in the center is an “unloader,” which includes a harness that takes pressure off the back and “simulates being in a pool,” Pettit said.
The center currently has five employees, but it could expand to eight as more patients come in, Pettit said.
The center, which accepts the Defense Department’s health care program, Tricare, expects to see a lot of military families and could help treat injured soldiers.
“We’re hoping to help out if there is a need,” Pettit said.
Physician and occupational therapists offer treatments that include post-operative rehabilitation, work-related and sports injuries, arthritis and age-related conditions, chronic physical disabilities, hand therapy, adult speech therapy and pediatric physical, occupational and speech therapy, according to a news release from Concentra.
“With a great need for specialized treatment, Concentra is determined to provide respectful, skillful care that is convenient and affordable,” said John Levene, senior vice president and national therapy director for Concentra.