A Minden native has come home to join the Minden Medical Center rehab team.
Mark Green, PT, DPT, OCS, is the newest addition to MMC's Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic.
Green graduated from Glenbrook School in 2003, LSU in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and graduated as a Doctor of Physical Therapy from LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport in 2009.
"I am certain Minden Medical Center provides the highest quality of outpatient rehabilitation available," Green said. "The combination of the clinical skills of all the therapists and the professional, yet fun atmosphere, make it my first choice in rehab care. I am excited that I am now a part of this team."
Green has worked the past five years in an outpatient physical therapy setting with the majority of his focus on the treatment of orthopedic conditions – both non-surgical and post-surgical – and sports medicine injuries.
In 2012, he became board-certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) in physical therapy. The OCS credential recognizes advanced clinical knowledge, experience and skills in orthopedic physical therapy. In particular, the focus is on using the most current research to provide the best, most up-to-date treatment possible.
According to the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties website, www.abpts.org, Green is the only PT in Minden and one of only four within a 25-mile radius of Minden with the OCS credential.
In addition, Green has significant training and experience in vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo in particular) and industrial rehabilitation.
"One of my primary interests is the treatment of benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)," he said. "Patients with BPPV typically have vertigo with getting into or out of bed, looking upward, or turning their head quickly."
Along with fellow MMC physical therapist, Heather Howard, Green has received specialized training in the treatment of BPPV, as well as other balance disorders, and has helped many people to reduce or eliminate their symptoms of vertigo.
"Treating patients with vertigo can be very satisfying," Green said. "These patients often have disabling vertigo that prevents them from enjoying their normal activities."
Using a few simple techniques, Green said he can usually improve or eliminate their symptoms very quickly.
"More than half of the patients I have treated for BPPV over the past five years have been vertigo-free within one to two visits," he said.
Growth and change are just a couple of the reasons Green chose to work at MMC.
"The previous five years have been a good experience, but it was time to make a change," Green said. "The environment at Minden Medical Center encourages continued learning and growth as a clinician, whether that learning is from our fellow therapists or from continued coursework outside the clinic. As opposed to being the primary treating therapist as I was at the previous clinic, I am surrounded by many very good therapists here and all are willing to share their knowledge and experience. Not only does that attitude make us better as clinicians, but it also results in better outcomes for patients."
Quality patient care makes MMC Outpatient Physical Therapy special, Green said.
"One of the things that is special about our clinic is that patients get to work directly with the therapists at all times, often one-on-one," he said. "This means that all of the treatment is supervised closely by someone who has formal education and experience in physical therapy as opposed to just on-the-job training. This does not happen everywhere, and this focus on quality patient care can make a huge difference in patients getting better."