Physiotherapy returns to Emo

Physiotherapy patients in Emo and the surrounding area are in luck—they no longer have to drive to Fort Frances for their appointments.
“We’re open, we’ve available. It’s a cute little department and it’s a well-equipped room,” physiotherapist Janet Lambert said of the service now being offered again at the newly-renovated Emo Health Centre.
“Usually I see two patients every half-hour—about 20 a day—and there are 13 people on the waiting list,” she noted.
The rehabilitation services room, located in the basement level, has everything a physiotherapist needs—reciprocal pulleys, ankle exercisers, three hydraulic beds, an ultrasound, an exercise bike, a traction unit, an inferential unit, weights, ice, hot presses, and wax.
The majority of people who need physiotherapy suffer from back, neck, and shoulder pain.
Lambert is in Emo each Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and her patients couldn’t be more pleased. Some drove to Fort Frances for appointments while some older patients hired a driver to get here.
Winter driving conditions also made it difficult to keep their appointments.
“It’s excellent. They’d better keep her here,” patient Irene Olson joked last Thursday.
Olga Dawkins, a new physio patient, waited for the renovations before scheduling an appointment.
“I didn’t feel like driving two hours for physical therapy,” said Dawkins, who lives north of Stratton. “I just started on Tuesday. I was waiting for Emo to get physio back.”
Lambert said for many patients, the drive home after physio would defeat the purpose of the appointment. The pain probably would be exacerbated by the long drive.
Physiotherapy was offered in Emo for a couple of years but was cut due to a lack of funding for the last four or five years.
“Emo doctors wanted it back. They established a need,” said Lambert.
As reported in last week’s Times, the newly-renovated physio room was made possible through contributions of the Emo and Area Hospital Auxiliary during the recent “Care Close to Home” fundraising campaign.
State-of-the-art equipment was purchased from funds donated to the Riverside Foundation for Health Care by the James McAughren estate.
“We are so pleased to see these funds being used for the purposes Mr. McAughren intended,” Foundation director Teresa Hazel noted last week.
“We are happy to be providing this valuable health service at the Emo Health Centre, and provide closer access to our clients in Emo and the surrounding area,” Lori Bazinet, Ambulatory Support Services manager for Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc., had said.