Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19

LAST UPDATED ON 03/15/2021

As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Sierra Tucson to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, there are certain restrictions in place regarding on-site visitation at Sierra Tucson.

  • These restrictions have been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • Options for telehealth visitation are continuously evaluated so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff receives ongoing infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance is provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

A Physical Approach to Pain Treatment

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Anthony Henderson, DPT

By Anthony Henderson, DPT
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is designed not only to treat physical limitations, but also to ensure improved pain over a longer period of time, overall functional mobility with a high success rate for treatment, and a 72-percent reduction in the medical cost of treatment within the first year. However, physical therapy can be one of the most challenging methods for treating pain due to the rigorous work required, as compared to other treatments which may involve a more passive, quick-fix approach that can seem appealing for immediate pain relief. Due to this rigorous physical demand, patients often struggle to comply with a home exercise program and attend physical therapy appointments. At Sierra Tucson, physical therapy conveniently takes place on site and thus, vastly improves compliance.

Another challenge people often experience with physical therapy is a lack of one-on-one time with the physical therapist. Instead, more time is spent “handing off” the patient to physical therapy assistants and physical therapy technicians. Consequently, the individual may feel undervalued and unheard. At Sierra Tucson, each patient is granted 60 minutes during each visit with the same physical therapist. The treatment plan may be modified by the attending physical therapist to ensure treatment appropriateness, and adjustments are made as needed.

A Patient-Centered Approach

We use a pain-directed, interdisciplinary, professional team approach. Our Pain Recovery Program includes health care providers who work directly with each individual, offering a variety of interventions and strategies for self-management. Our comprehensive treatment focuses on a thorough assessment, communication within disciplines, education, and follow-up. We believe pain should never be the only focus assessed – it is important to take a holistic approach when shaping one’s overall treatment.

The Treatment Team

Patient
Physician Assistants
Nurse Practitioners
Nurses
Psychologists
Physical Therapists
Nutritionists/Dieticians
Recreational Therapists
Pharmacists
Support Staff
Volunteers
Significant Others (family, friends, neighbors)

In a typical healthcare environment, there may be a primary care provider, a physical therapist, a counselor, and other specialists on staff. While they communicate occasionally, they seldom meet face-to-face as a team to discuss the well-being of every patient. Sierra Tucson’s interdisciplinary treatment team for the Pain Recovery Program meets regularly to review each individual’s treatment and care. We assess goals that have been set, the progress that has been made, difficulties and challenges, and next steps. Based on the patient’s progress, we are able to determine which team members may need to alter their approach and other areas that might require additional attention, as well as personally communicate with the patient.

Our goal at Sierra Tucson is to provide individuals with a well-balanced approach to treatment. Each team member complements the team as a whole. The patient is our priority – we respect his or her values and needs, coordinate and integrate appropriate care, provide emotional support, and involve his or her family and loved ones. We empower patients to take an active role in their recovery.

Physical therapy is designed to treat physical limitations and ensure improved pain. We believe in a well-balanced, holistic approach to treatment. Call today.