UAMS to Offer Free Physical Therapy Screening Oct. 27 at Northwest Arkansas Mall in Fayetteville

By David Wise

Faculty and students from the UAMS Department of Physical Therapy on the UAMS Northwest Regional Campus will offer a variety of free screenings from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fayetteville’s Northwest Arkansas Mall in a space directly across from the food court.

Held in recognition of Physical Therapy Month, the event is for all ages, and organizers emphasized that kids can benefit from postural screenings.

“We understand the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Nadia Marconi, Ph.D., PT, an assistant professor in the department, which is part of the UAMS College of Health Professions. “Our physical therapy screening event is designed to offer the community an opportunity to learn about the benefits of physical therapy, receive personalized screening and gain valuable insights into their physical health. Whether you are recovering from an injury, managing a chronic condition, or simply looking to optimize your movement, this event is for you.”

The free screenings include:

  • Blood pressure screening
  • Postural screening, which can help identify postural deviations that might cause neck and back pain. This is particularly important in children because their stage of development allows physical therapy interventions to be more effective.
  • Balance screening, which helps identify individuals at higher risk for falls. This is particularly important in older adults.
  • Pelvic PT education to educate adults about incontinence and how it can be effectively treated with physical therapy.
  • Gait (walking) technology, which is used to evaluate how people walk and treat walking deviations.

“We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to live a pain-free and active life,” Marconi said. “This screening event is a chance for the community to take the first step towards improved mobility and overall wellness. We look forward to meeting and helping people of all ages and activity levels.”

The UAMS Northwest Regional Campus includes 356 medical, pharmacy, nursing and health professions students, 76 medical and pharmacy residents, and two sports medicine fellows. The campus has 13 clinics including internal and family medicine, a student-led clinic, orthopaedics and sports medicine, behavioral health/psychiatry, geriatrics, genetics counseling, transplant follow-up, and physical, occupational and speech therapy. Faculty conduct research to reduce health disparities.

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