Direct access to physical therapy offered at Franciscan Health
When your back tells you that you’ve overdone it cleaning out the attic, or you feel a twinge in your shoulder after working on home improvements, or you take a spill that twists your knee or ankle, physical therapy can go a long way to reduce pain and restore movement. But if making a doctor’s appointment is keeping you from finding relief in this way, you don’t have to wait.
Franciscan Health now offers direct access to physical therapy (PT) services. Patients may seek and receive examination and treatment from a licensed physical therapist without a prescription or a referral from a physician for 24 calendar days.
“When you know you have a musculoskeletal issue, including muscle pain, joint pain, back or shoulder pain, seeing a physical therapist first can save both time and money,” said Jason Hutchison, physical therapist at Franciscan Health. “Many health insurance plans accept direct access appointments, but we suggest patients first check with their individual policies.”
By starting physical therapy as soon as possible, patients can reduce their pain and need for pain medications. They can even end up spending less overall for their health care, particularly people suffering from back pain. If you’re not sure if your pain or injury is muscle-related, no need to worry, said Hutchison.
“We’ll evaluate your condition before we start any therapy, and, if we determine you’re not ready to start with us, we’ll refer you to a specialist for further evaluation,” he said.
If a physical therapist recommends continued treatment beyond the 24 calendar days, your physician will need to provide you a prescription or a referral for further treatment.
For more information about direct access to physical therapy and outpatient locations affiliated with Franciscan Health, visit FranciscanHealth.org/rehab.
Franciscan Health’s Infant Sleep Program garners national recognition
Both Franciscan Health Indianapolis and Franciscan Health Mooresville have been recognized by the National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program as “Silver Safe Sleep Leaders” for their commitment to best practices and education on infant safe sleep.
To earn this designation, the hospitals developed and maintain a safe sleep policy, provide training for staff working with newborns and children under the age of 12 months and actively engage parents and caregivers in safe sleep practices prior to discharge. Additionally, newborns in the newborn nurseries and the Indianapolis hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit are given a wearable blanket (sleep sack).
The National Safe Sleep Hospital Certification Program was created by Cribs for Kids, a Pittsburgh-based organization dedicated to preventing infant, sleep-related deaths due to accidental suffocation.
Franciscan Health’s award-winning providers serve the unique needs of women and children throughout central Indiana by offering labor and delivery, postpartum, NICU and pediatric services all at the same location. Franciscan Health Indianapolis is the only hospital in south-central Indiana with a Level III NICU. Franciscan Health Mooresville is the only hospital in Morgan County with a labor/delivery/recovery unit.
Happy birthday: here’s your colonoscopy
Age 50 is a significant milestone for adults. We may be settled in careers, looking forward to grandchildren, considering new hobbies or celebrating past achievements. It’s also time to have that test. You know which one: the colonoscopy.
Most people would rather talk about anything but colon health, but the truth remains that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S. Our risk increases as we age, especially after age 50, and our risk isn’t always connected to family history.
But a timely colonoscopy can catch colon cancer at early or pre-cancerous stages.
“The decision to have a colonoscopy can be the difference quite literally between life and death from colon cancer,” said R. Barry Melbert, MD, surgeon with Indiana Colon & Rectal Specialists, a Franciscan Physician Network practice located in Indianapolis and Mooresville. “The test is diagnostic and treatment in one. If there are any lesions or polyps, the surgeon can remove them during the procedure and test them for signs of cancer or pre-cancerous cells. But with either finding, catching problems early saves lives.”
Many people fear having a colonoscopy because of stories they’ve heard about the preparation. Today’s new cleansing medicines are much easier to tolerate, require less volume to drink, and improved monitoring procedures during the colonoscopy make the procedure more comfortable than ever before.
No time like the present
Most people with no family history of colon cancer or colon polyps should begin screening at age 50. African- Americans are at a slightly higher risk of developing premalignant polyps earlier in life and should consider starting screening at age 45. If you have one first-degree relative (parent or sibling) or two second-degree relatives (grandparents, aunts or uncles) who have had colon cancer or high-risk polyps, talk to your doctor about getting screened sooner.
“The most reliable way to reduce your risk of colon cancer is to get screened,” said Dr. Melbert.
March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, and Franciscan Health is encouraging adults to schedule a colonoscopy with one of our specialists.
Franciscan Health Mooresville has been designated as a Stroke Ready Center by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program (HFAP).
It is the only certified stroke center in Morgan County, and only the second facility nationally to receive this certification from HFAP. The certification means the Franciscan Health Mooresville – the only full-service hospital in Morgan County – provides rapid and evidencebased care to acute stroke patients, including the administration of tPA(blood clot-busting medication) in non-hemorrhagic stroke victims.
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