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New Physical Therapist joins GC Health Services, offers new services to community

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Sarah Wamsley

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Sarah Wamsley

Sarah Wamsley, Physical Therapist, officially joined the Greeley County Health Services Physical Therapy department on August 22nd, 2018. “We are extremely excited to have Sarah join us. She brings great experience, a wonderful personality, and true compassion for patients with her. She will most definitely be an asset because of her strong skills and her desire to help improve patients’ lives,” Katy Reynolds, Chief Human Resources Officer said. Wamsley graduated with her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Human Performance with a concentration in Health Promotion from Fort Hays State University in 2010 before going on to graduate with her Doctorate of Physical Therapy in 2013. Before attending college, Wamsley grew up in Dodge City, Kansas. After finishing P.T. school, Sarah moved to Colorado. She currently lives in Arapahoe, CO, with her husband and newborn son that was born in May of this year. “Being from southwest Kansas, I am glad to be back working in rural Western Kansas. I really appreciate the togetherness of small rural communities and enjoy working with the individuals who live and work here,” Wamsley said. Sarah brings the opportunity for Greeley County Health Services to expand the physical therapy services provided in the community as well. She is certified in Therapeutic Dry Needling as well as Lymphedema Treatment. These are both services that patients have had to drive out of town, and even as far as Denver, to receive in the past. “As a therapist new to this area, I am hoping to bring new services that will benefit the majority of the population here. I have seen the functional dry needling drastically improve pain and dysfunction for a large variety of diagnoses and I’m happy to be able to offer those services. Also, I know that lymphedema is an area of treatment that is not readily available in this area of the state but necessary for a lot of individuals who suffer from damage to their lymphatic system following cancer treatment, surgery, or other trauma,” Wamsley said. According to the American Physical Therapy Association, dry needing is a technique used for the treatment of pain and movement impairments.  The technique uses a thin “dry”needle that penetrates the skin and stimulates underlying myofascial trigger points and muscular and connective tissues. The needle allows a physical therapist to target tissues that are not manually palpable, and help relieve chronic pain. By targeting trigger points extremely accurately, the source of tension and discomfort can be pinpointed and alleviated, thus relieving other regions of pain in the surrounding muscle groups. Typically, therapists use dry needling as part of a therapy regimen to treat chronic or acute pain, but Wamsley suggests that dry needling can be used as a stand-alone therapy measure to relieve pain in certain situations as well. “I had my neck dry needled by Sarah because I tend to get tension headaches from holding stress in my shoulders and neck area. After the 15-minute treatment, my muscles were able to relax and I was able to get relief from constant headaches,” a recent GCHS patient said. Wamsley is now seeing patients and has performed several dry needle treatments already on patients with chronic pain, tension and stiffness. She recommends dry needling for treatment of headaches, neck pain, lower back pain, planter fasciitis, and other musculoskeletal dysfunctions. In addition to the dry needling service, Wamsley is certified to do Lymphedema treatments on patients that have chronic swelling, most commonly caused from breast cancer or other cancers requiring the surgical removal or radiation of lymph nodes, or cardiac, kidney or liver conditions. Lymphedema can be slight swelling in the early stages and progress to severe swelling of the limbs that is debilitating. Physical therapy treatment of this condition can help you prevent further swelling, control the swelling, and help you return to your daily activities.  “I am happy to be part of the therapy team here at GCHS offering treatment for musculoskeletal conditions, post-surgical rehab, balance disorders, women’s health conditions including incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction, lymphedema, and neurological conditions such as stroke recovery. I think it is going to be a great place to work!” Wamsley said. You can request more information or schedule a physical therapy appointment without a physician order through the Direct Access Program by calling the Greeley County Health Services Physical Therapy department at 620-376-4536. GCHS provides physical therapy services in Greeley, Wallace, Wichita and Hamilton counties.
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