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12/4/2012 3:50:00 PM
Business Spotlight - Physical therapy business seeing tremendous success
Columbia Physical Therapy director Ken Jones demonstrates a hamstring stretching exercise with office manager Lilly Tovar. Photo by Erik Pague.
Columbia Physical Therapy director Ken Jones demonstrates a hamstring stretching exercise with office manager Lilly Tovar. Photo by Erik Pague.
Erik Pague

For almost nine years now, Ken Jones has helped his patients learn how to heal from injuries faster as director of Columbia Physical Therapy. Jones said his job is the greatest in the world because he helps people recovering from injuries, surgeries or other physical impairments learn how to care for themselves and use their bodies to the fullest.
"People don't always like coming to physical therapy because it's kind of hard; we require them to do stuff to help themselves," Jones said. "But, it's like the greatest job in the world even though you make people do all that because at the end of the day or the end of their treatment session, they always thank you because they always feel better."
Jones said even though therapy can be a struggle for some, his patients are always happy to learn how to manage pain so they can become independent once again following a surgery or injury.
"That to me is the key to physical therapy," Jones said. "Helping people learn how to help themselves."
Columbia, located at 116 S. First Ave. in Othello has a staff of six employees and offers treatments to patients recovering from sports injuries, surgeries, car accidents or physical disabilities. On average, Jones said most treatment plans take about a month to complete depending on how severe the condition a given patient is going through. Jones is highly qualified and earned his master's in physical therapy from the University of St. Augustine in Florida.
Jones, an Othello native, previously worked at Othello Community Hospital and is also Manual Therapy Certified. Jones explained this as being a more hands-on approach to therapy that helps his patients get better faster because it makes it easier to diagnose the specific problem they face.
"It's easier to tell what the disability is and you can directly work it out," Jones said.
Although Jones and his staff know a lot about what they're doing, it ultimately comes down to the patients' willingness to work hard and overcome their problems. Jones said some patients feel apprehensive about committing to therapy because of the hard work it entails.
"They think it's going to hurt, the same reason people are scared to go to the dentist," Jones said. "People shouldn't be afraid to come to physical therapy because we help them get better."
Often, Jones has to explain to skeptics his treatments will help them in the long run by teaching them the ways to care for themselves and become independent in managing their conditions.
On the business side, Jones said he's happy with the size of his operation but has a goal of making people in the community understand his line of work could help them. He urges people suffering from pain to not put off seeking treatment.
"At the end, they realize 'man, I know that hurt, but it was so worth it,'" Jones said. "I've never had anybody finish physical therapy and say they 'I would never do that again.' No one's ever said that."


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