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I encourage patients to use local medical services and experience the individualized care that comes with it.

Thirty-seven-year-old Robert Salisbury had been experiencing discomfort for 20 years from an old shoulder injury he got playing basketball. He finally decided to have a consultation with his primary care physician, Dr. Gary Jeznach, with Sturbridge Family Health Center. An X-ray, MRI, and consultation with an orthopedic surgeon revealed that Salisbury’s labrum was torn in several locations, and he had a significant amount of arthritis. His surgeon recommended physical therapy for short-term relief with the possibility of surgery in the future. Although Salisbury had many options for physical therapists, he chose to stay local and began seeing Emily Goncalves and Meredith Moseley at Harrington’s Rehabilitation Services Department in Charlton.

“Emily and Meredith were a fantastic team,” he said. “They brought a youthful and energetic feel to my treatment, and you could instantly tell that they were very knowledgeable in their field.”

Salisbury’s treatment plan consisted of eight visits with his physical therapists for two months.

“The communication with Emily and Meredith was excellent,” he said “They were very patient and receptive to my feedback and always adjusted my treatment accordingly.”

Although there is a chance he may need surgery in the future, the discomfort in Salisbury’s shoulder has subsided.

“Being only a short distance away from Worcester and its larger medical centers, I can see how Harrington could be overlooked, especially for specialty services,” he said. “But I encourage patients to use local medical services and experience the individualized care that comes with it.”

Robbie Salisbury


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