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Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Therapy Session Orthopedic rehabilitation encompasses a wide range of injuries and problems involving the joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones and peripheral nerves. In physical therapy we work to resolve pain, limited motion, gait problems, weakness, loss of function, and to prevent recurrence.

Athletic Rehabilitation
Athletic injuries are essentially orthopedic injuries which have a sport specific component. Our goal for the athlete is to return the patient to the sport quickly, while preventing re-injuries through proper warm-up and training procedures. Work Injury rehabilitation and post offer pre-employment testing.

Work Conditioning/Work Simulation
As part of our overall treatment approach, patients who need to return to work, in addition to traditional exercise, are put on work conditioning programs. These programs simulate work requirements and activities with emphasis on repetitions in order to allow a functional return to the activity.

H.O.S.T. utilizes the WorkSTEPS® employment testing program for its post-offer pre employment testing. For more information regarding this program visit the website at:

H.O.S.T. provides the following services to employers:
  • Job analysis
  • Post offer pre-placement screens
  • Fitness screens
  • Work risk assessment
  • Prevention education
  • Back health and fitness education
  • Cumulative trauma prevention education
  • Health fairs
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs)
A specific test used to determine a person’s ability to return to
work based on job related requirements and duties.

Low-Level Lasers Being Used at H.O.S.T.
ERCHONIA laser Low-level lasers are different than more publicized heat lasers that are used in many surgical procedures to cut and cauterize tissue. Low-level lasers do not have a thermal effect and are used to stimulate rather than destroy tissue. These types of lasers have been in use for over 25 years and there has yet to be one recorded side effect. Low-level lasers studies have been done and have been proven effective in many cases, but it was the ERCHONIA™ laser that made history by becoming the first low-level laser in the world to gain FDA market clearance for the treatment of chronic neck and shoulder pain. This was proven through two double – bind studies to prove the efficacy of the ERCHONIA™ laser on chronic pain.

ERCHONIA™ lasers emit visible coherent light that is applied to affected area. Bundles of light energy pass through the dermal layers, and are received within the cell membrane by specific energy photo acceptors. The increase in intra-cellular energy results in altered cell membrane permeability and physiological changes occur through an enzyme cascade to affect several biological processes. Within the injured musculoskeletal tissue, low-level laser light initiates increased microcirculation and enhanced tissue regeneration. The overall effects are decreased pain and inflammation, and increased range of motion.

H.O.S.T. has been using the ERCHONIA™ for almost two years with excellent results. Both Eric Sasser, P.T. and Tim Ryan, P.T. have been certified by ERCHONIA™ in the use and application of the low-level laser.

Clinical Education
H.O.S.T. is a clinical education site for a number of schools including Saint Louis University, Texas Tech University, Idaho State University, and the University of New Mexico for Physical Therapy students; and Odessa College, Denver Technical Institute, San Juan College and Pima Medical Institute for Physical Therapy Assistant students.

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Hobbs Orthapaedic & Sports Therapy, P.C.
Tim Ryan, Physical Therapist & Owner
3830 N. Grimes, Suite B
Hobbs, NM 88240
Phone: 575-392-3971
FAX: 575-392-4169

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