DoctorsCare provides Occupational Medicine as one of our services, but some people get confused about the difference between Occupational and Physical Therapy. We’ll try to explain it here:
- According to The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Physical Therapists are “movement experts who optimize the quality of life through prescribed exercise, hands-on care, and patient education.”
- The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) describes Occupational Therapists as healthcare practitioners who “help people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations).”
Here’s a list of injuries that are treated by each:
- Injuries treated by Occupational Therapists:
- Finger and hand tendon tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Thumb joint arthritis
- Wrist arthritis
- Tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow
- Shoulder pain due to arthritis, fracture or rotator cuff injury
Each of these injuries or conditions may result in loss of the ability to perform the important functional tasks that you need to do each day.
- Injuries treated by a Physical Therapist:
- Shoulder tendonitis
- Carpal tunnel Syndrome
- Rotator cuff tear
- Shoulder bursitis
- Proximal humeral fracture
- Tennis or golfer’s elbow
- Elbow fracture
These upper extremity injuries typically result in loss of range of motion and strength, and therefore usually create difficulty with basic functional use of your arm, wrist, or hand.
We focus on helping those patients who need to get back to work as soon as possible and work closely with employers across the Clarksville area in treating on the job accidents and illnesses to keep their workforce productive.
DoctorsCare services include physical exams and screenings, including baseline surveillance examination, baseline follow-up, periodic surveillance examination, biologic monitoring, and exit surveillance examination. These exams vary by the type of exposure, as every kind of exposure has specific requirements defined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We can also provide medical surveillance and screenings.
DoctorsCare has been serving Clarksville, TN since opening in 2002. Our walk-in centers are designed for life’s little twists and turns and we accept walk-in patients of all ages. We’re the perfect alternative if medical treatment is needed before or after your regular physician’s office hours, on weekends, if you’re traveling or if you are unable to get an appointment to see your primary care physician promptly.
We have 2 conveniently located offices in Clarksville:
Sango Office – 2302 Madison Street (931) 245-2400
and St. Bethlehem office – 2320 Wilma Rudolph Blvd. (931) 645-1564