The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has opened a comprehensive rehabilitation clinic on its northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville, UAMS announced Monday.
The UAMS Northwest Outpatient Therapy Clinic hosted an open house Monday at its 2,735-SF clinic. Among the tools at the clinic: an experimental Assisted Movement with Enhanced Sensation (AMES) Device — one of only five in the nation — for helping patients regain mobility or use of a paralyzed limb by enhancing sensory or motor connections.
The clinic treats older patients, veterans, athletes, those with chronic conditions or patients recovering from injuries affecting mobility or speech. The clinic’s goal is to provide effective, evidence-based outpatient therapy for patients with a variety of diagnoses, including functional deficits due to neurological disease, neck and back pain, injury or amputations, according to a UAMS press release.
The clinic also will serve as an educational host for the coming UAMS physical therapy doctoral degree program, which will welcome its first students in fall 2015.
At the rehab clinic, the students will gain therapy experience with patients while under supervision of the clinic staff.
“As with our other programs at UAMS Northwest, this clinic reflects a health care need in this region — in this case improved access to comprehensive rehabilitation therapy,” said Peter Kohler, vice chancellor for UAMS Northwest. “As we educate and train physicians, nurses, pharmacists and soon physical therapists, our programs — and resources such as this clinic — can improve access to care for our patients, extending health and improving the quality of life in northwest Arkansas.”
Kohler added that the new clinic will compliment a sports medicine residency planned for the campus.