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In-Home Therapy of Sanibel a budding healthcare business

By Staff | Apr 1, 2009

Residents of Sanibel, Captiva and Fort Myers Beach now have the opportunity to receive physical therapy services by a fully trained, licensed and well experienced therapist in the comfort of their own homes.

Rachel Tritaik, PT, CLT-LANA, is the owner and primary physical therapist for In-Home Therapy of Sanibel. She has practiced in Florida for more than a dozen years, primarily in outpatient orthopedic, neurology and rehabilitation settings – both inpatient and outpatient – and is a certified lymphedema therapist.

“I’ve had a long-time interest in the medical field,” said Tritaik. “And the more I learned about physical therapy, the more I knew I wanted to go into that field.”

In addition to her work as a physical therapist, Tritaik has also lectured to community groups on topics including osteoporosis, lymphedema, stroke, arthritis, fall/fracture prevention and body mechanics.

The year-long island resident, who moved here with her husband, Paul (manager of the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge) and 3-year-old son, Liam, she began doing research on what outpatient rehabilitation and rehab therapy were available to island residents. Unable to find any, she quickly decided to bring her years of experience as a physical therapist to Sanibel and opened the business late last year.

Therapies currently provided by In-Home Therapy of Sanibel include:

Balance training and fall risk reduction

Home safety assessment

Vestibular Rehabilitation – dizziness, positional vertigo, labyrinthitis, neuronitis, inner ear problems

Gait (walking) and stair/uneven surface training

Aquatic therapy

Neurological disorders – stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, spinal cord injury, ALS, neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease

Orthopedic disorders – joint replacement, post-surgical, post-injury, arthritis, osteoporosis, sprains, strains, fractures, tendon and joint problems, back and neck pain, range of motion and strength limitations

Strength, flexibility and endurance training

Lymphedema and MLD (Manual Lymph Drainage) treatment for swelling from venous disorders and post-surgery/radiation treatment

During her work, in which she currently see about five or six patients in a day, Tritaik brings along her own treatment table, which has extra padding to ensure the comfort of her clients. She does hands-on therapies as well as free weights, resistance bands, therapy balls and ultrasound equipment.

“The best thing about my care services is that they are one-on-one, conducted right in my client’s homes,” said Tritaik. “That way I’m devoting my full attention to the patient, and the patient is more relaxed in a more personal setting.”

In the near future, Tritaik hopes to add occupational therapy and speech therapy to her list of services, along with the possibility of adding a second physical therapist to her business next season.

“So far we’re doing well just by word-of-mouth,” added Tritaik. “We’ll be in the new phone book starting in May, so that should help us as well.”

For additional information about In-Home Therapy of Sanibel, to schedule a visit or inquire about which insurance plans they accept, visit their Web site at www.inhometherapyofsanibel.com or call 239-297-4997.