Sports Care Center offers specialized services

We've told you about our new state-of-the-art Providence Sports Care Center, located at JELD-WEN Field, and now we'd like to introduce one of the center's occupational therapists who offers unique and specialized care to patients.

Sybil Fisher, a licensed occupational therapist with 15 years of experience, also is a certified hand therapist. Of the 5,100 occupational and physical therapists in Oregon, only 86 are certified hand therapists. Fisher specializes in upper extremity care, which includes preventive, rehabilitative and post-operative care. A lifelong competitive swimmer, Fisher was the first Oregonian to swim the English Channel solo in August 2003. She can provide the following services to your patients at the clinic:

Swim stroke analysis: With a state-of-the-art resistance pool, patients can receive detailed swim stroke assessment, video analysis and stop-motion imaging, all of which can help a swimmer make even the slightest correction to decrease pain with swimming.

Hand therapy: Fisher is an expert in the rehabilitation of fractures, sprains and strains of the arm, hand or fingers; repetitive trauma syndromes, such as tennis elbow and tendonitis; nerve entrapments, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; and post-operative management, including trauma, wound care and protocol progression. She can fabricate custom splints and orthotics including Sarmiento braces, and general wrist and hand splints.

Occupational therapy: Fisher will evaluate and treat patients with general diagnoses, including osteoarthritis, and neurological conditions such as mild head injuries, post-concussive syndrome and stroke. She also will assess a patient demonstrating cognitive impairment to help determine the safest living situation.

The clinic, located at 909 SW 18th Ave., is open Monday through Saturday. Walk-ins and referrals are accepted, and patient parking is free. For more information or to refer a patient, email Fisher at sybil.fisher@providence.org. To schedule an appointment, call 503-962-1900.