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Occupational Therapy

Hand and occupational therapy services

Great Basin Orthopaedics occupational therapists provide post-surgical rehabilitation for a wide variety of upper extremity disorders, from simple fingertip injuries to complex surgical procedures. Hand therapists use a number of therapeutic interventions to help return a person to their highest level of function after injury or surgery in any upper extremity. Treatment may include activity and exercise programs, management of pain and swelling, wound and scar care, and recommendations for adaptive equipment to improve function.

I’ve been working with GBO’s physical therapy team for several months, since having knee surgery with Dr. Fyda. They make sure I know what’s going on at all times, often answering my questions before I can ask them. Amy (Wehnemeyer, PT, DPT, CSCS) is always gentle and cautious, without babying me. She explains what I should be doing at home and what to expect when I went back to work. And she’s always right, to the tee. I also like how well everyone seems to get along. They work well together.
Marie Valles
Dr. Fyda is amazing. He has done my shoulder surgery in 2015 and he just did my knee surgery 2 weeks ago. The physical therapy there is great as well.
Crystol B.
The referral to the Physical Therapy Specialists was great! I really appreciate the efficiency of this practice in terms of taking me back at my scheduled appointment time, efficiency through x-ray, and not having to wait for the doctor. These attributes really made the experience.
It was super convenient having PT at the same place as my surgery because they worked together to help me focus on my goals, to know what I could and couldn’t do and what my limits were. They were available to answer my questions on the spot, which helped the entire process go faster.
Kiley Cryer
GBO is a great place if you need orthopedic surgery and their physical therapy department is 2nd to none. Dr. Fyda operated on my knee and did an excellent job. After my surgery Amy became my physical therapist and she's awesome. She really knows her stuff. She takes the time to answer all my questions, explaining everything clearly and concisely. I highly recommend GBO Physical Therapy.
Lora A.
I completed my physical therapy (PT) with GBO, after my ACL surgery with GBO’s Dr. Fyda, and I have nothing but rave reviews for both medical teams. I really liked that they had a genuine interest in my recovery, and getting me back to the level of physical ability I had before my injury, so I can go back to enjoying horseback riding, hiking, backpacking and skiing, among other things. They listened to my concerns, gave me tools I could use between appointments and gauged my recovery to make sure I was staying on track. With some of these medical offices, you feel like a number, but the GBO team treated me like an individual and that was really important to me.
Kristin McClellan
I will follow Amy wherever she goes. I relate to her because of her approach, and I trust her judgment and treatment plan(s) without hesitation.
Larry Brumberger
[Amy’s] been just awesome. She’s thorough in her explanations about what’s happening with my anatomy and structure. And when she says don’t do something, I don’t do it. I trust her completely and follow her protocol and guidance completely. Amy was the bright light in my PT chandelier. I can’t say enough about her.
Tom Polikalas
This place has truly been a godsend since my ACL surgery. Amy knows how and when to increase my activity levels. So lucky to have her helping with my recovery.
RedandJodi Muratori
I love Joel [Peck]. He was super knowledgeable and was able to explain what was going on so that I understood exactly why we were doing what we were doing. Before I wasn’t able to work out, lift weights or do yoga. And I woke up every night in pain. Now I can do all the things I want to do.
Andrea Cordell
From the minute you walk in, everyone is so pleasant, so nice. They really care. It wasn’t run like a business where it’s quick in and out in half an hour. They take the time you need. Amy sees a lot of military and firefighters with my same injury. She was very encouraging and told me, ‘we can help you out. If it wasn’t for Joel, my wife wouldn’t be back at work.
Joe Puertos
Dr.Fyda’s assessment, surgery, and follow-up on my knee problem was superlative. My entire experience with everyone on the staff, excellent. The PT staff also so professional and kind. I highly recommend GBO if anyone is looking for care.
Mark Manning
Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need physical therapy?

A physical therapy (PT) prescription from your orthopaedist will help you regain movement, restore function and alleviate pain. It is an integral part of orthopaedic rehabilitation. Your physical therapist will perform a comprehensive analysis of movement and dysfunction, identifying structural or soft tissue impairments and muscular imbalances or inefficiencies contributing to your presenting problem. PT can be prescribed before surgery, after surgery, or sometimes, in lieu of surgery. Check out our blog on why physical therapy matters.

What insurance types are accepted for Great Basin Orthopaedics PT?

Great Basin Orthopaedics Physical Therapy takes most insurance plans. While we strive to keep this list updated, you may want to confirm with your insurance company that we are a covered provider.

  • Aetna PPO, HMO, HNO, EPO
  • Ambetter
  • Anthem Blue Cross
  • Anthem Medicaid (Ages 0-17)
  • BPA
  • CDS Group Health
  • Cigna
  • Coventry/FirstHealth
  • GEHA
  • Golden Rule
  • Health Plan of Nevada (HPN)
  • Health Plan of Nevada Medicaid (ages 0-17)
  • HealthNet
  • Hometown Health (HHP)
  • Humana
  • Indian Health Services
  • Medicaid FFS (ages 0-17)
  • Medicare
  • Medicare Railroad
  • Meritan
  • Multiplan
  • Naphcare
  • Nevada Preferred Providers (Universal Health Network)
  • Occumed
  • PHCN
  • Prominence
  • Senior Care Plus (HHP Medicare HMO)
  • Senior Dimensions (HPN Medicare HMO)
  • Sierra Health and Life (HPN PPO Product)
  • Silver Summit Medicaid (All Ages)
  • Tricare/Triwest
  • Trustfund-Pipefitters, plumbers, Electrical, Engineers, Laborers
  • United Healthcare
  • US Dept of Labors

What physical therapy treatments are offered?

Your physical therapist will determine which treatments best meet your needs, but common therapies include: ultrasound, electrical stimulation, manual therapy (see below), cryotherapy (ice), heat therapy, mechanical traction, laser therapy, massage and dry needling. Your therapist may also prescribe specific exercise for you to do at home to support your healing process.

What is dry needling?

Dry needling is the use of acupuncture style needles to calm neurogenic inflammation and eliminate trigger points. This pain-free treatment option has been around for decades and has proven clinical success. The primary goal of dry needling is to desensitize supersensitive structures, to restore motion and function and to possibly induce a healing response to the tissue.

What is manual therapy?

Manual therapy techniques are skilled hand movements and skilled passive movements of joints and soft tissue that are intended to improve tissue extensibility; increase range of motion; induce relaxation; mobilize or manipulate soft tissue and joints; modulate pain; and reduce soft tissue swelling, inflammation, or restriction. Techniques may include manual lymphatic drainage, manual traction, massage, mobilization/manipulation, and passive range of motion.

These techniques may be used to decrease edema, pain, spasm, or swelling; enhance health, wellness, and fitness; enhance or maintain physical performance; increase the ability to move; or prevent or remediate impairment in body functions and structures, activity limitations, or participation restrictions to improve physical function.

Will physical therapy hurt?

Our goal is to increase your function and alleviate your pain. While your pain levels will fluctuate as you heal, the therapy is designed to move you toward less pain. There may be some temporary discomfort with your PT procedures, but you should not experience pain. Communicating with your therapist about what you are feeling during treatment will help minimize discomfort.

Does Great Basin Orthopaedics have a physical therapy clinic?

Yes, Great Basin Orthopaedics has an on-site physical therapy clinic located in the same building as our medical offices.

What will a physical therapy specialist do to help me heal?

Physical therapy can be prescribed before surgery, after surgery, and/or sometimes, instead of surgery. In all cases, a physical therapist’s goal is to help you regain movement, restore function and alleviate pain. Your physical therapist will work with you regularly to restore normal function and help you get back to optimal quality of life.

What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?

Physical therapy, also known as PT, focuses on helping improve your movement, mobility, and function. Physical therapists specialize in therapy programs for musculoskeletal injuries and disorders, sports injuries, and postoperative rehabilitation using a variety of exercises, stretches, or other physical activities.

Occupational therapy, also known as OT, focuses on helping you perform daily tasks more easily. This type of therapy focuses on improving your fine and gross motor skills so you can carry out specific day-to-day activities. They specialize in the treatment of the upper extremity (hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder) and work injuries. The services provided by occupational therapists include patient education, joint range of motion, adaptive techniques and splinting.