Left to right: Crystal Womack, physical therapist assistant; Judy Loggins; and Lee Allen, occupational therapist assistant

Judy Loggins wasn’t able to do much when she came to Life Care Center of Hixson, Tennessee, for rehabilitation.

 

Loggins had sustained fractures of her left clavicle, scapula and shoulder, as well as her right femur. As a result, she was not able to use her left arm and was not able to put weight on her right leg when she arrived at the rehab center on Aug. 18, 2019. She could not get around or take care of daily grooming tasks without moderate to extensive assistance.

 

Occupational therapists worked with Loggins five days a week, retraining her in her self-care tasks, while physical therapists worked with her six days a week on mobility, strength and range of motion.

 

The AlterG® Anti-Gravity Treadmill® was a useful tool in Loggins’ recovery. Designed by NASA, the AlterG® has a zip-up enclosure from a treadmill to the patient’s hips that can relieve up to 80 percent of the patient’s weight. This enabled her to exercise and start gait training sooner as her body healed.

 

“Mrs. Loggins is a hard worker and was able to show progress toward independence and safety from day one,” said Lee Allen, occupational therapist assistant. “Her positive attitude and sense of humor made her the highlight of my day.”

 

Loggins completed her therapy stay and was able to return home on Oct. 10 with her spouse. She can walk with a walker, manage her self-care and even go up and down steps.

 

“With great encouragement and excellent skills from the therapists, I was able to progress much faster than I thought possible,” said Loggins. “We worked together to make therapy fun. My therapists were my guardian angels. I received great care, patience and understanding.”