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Peak Physical Therapy at the top of their game

By Al Beeber - Lethbridge Herald on February 25, 2022.

herald photo by Al Beeber Elizabeth Sutton and her team at Peak Physical Therapy are Best of the Best winners for 2022.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDabeeber@lethbridgeherald.com

Customers know Peak Physical Therapy is the best of the best and they’ve made that clear multiple times.
The company owned by Elizabeth Sutton has won its category in the Sports and Fitness section of the Best of the Best Awards.
Started 30 years ago by Sutton and two partners, the company has 13 staff including physiotherapists, kinesiologists, an aide and front desk staff. It also has massage therapists on a contract basis to help client needs.
Located at 715 2 Ave. S., Peak offers various services including manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, acupuncture and pelvic floor physiotherapy. The company has been in its present location since 1997 after starting in business back in 1992.
Sutton has always believed in using the best treatment options for clients to achieve the best possible outcomes.
And while she now is the sole owner of Peak, she still sees patients, her expansive facility just north of Casa is bright, modern and has the staff and equipment to meet the many needs of its clientele. It also offers products such as cervical and lumbar rolls, theraputty and other devices to assist clients.
“Still the best part of my day is seeing patients,” she said.
Peak can help virtually everyone from babies to seniors. When her now adult kids were at home, much of Sutton’s work involved sports teams and athletic events but over the years, the focus has shifted more toward people who want to stay active as well as those who have suffered injuries in the workplace or motor vehicle collisions.
Peak is seeing more patients with post-COVID-19 effects and her staff is learning how best to assist them as they adapt to life after suffering from the virus.
“We’ve always had an element of our population that suffered from aches and pains and fatigue problems after viral types of infections but now we’re starting to see the post-COVID effect which has been a challenge because we’re trying to learn how to treat them while we’re figuring out what’s wrong with them. As a team, we’re continually upgrading every year and learning new skills but this has been a little bit of a bigger push in the last year to try to figure out how to help the people we’re seeing coming through our door,” Sutton said.
“The people that we’ve had did not have severe infections, the people we had just felt like a bad flu that never really went away,” Sutton added.
Fatigue, brain fog, issues with breathing as well as muscle aches and pains are all effects of long COVID and her staff is working hard to learn the best ways of helping clients deal with these. Some people can be finished for the day simply after taking their kids to school, she said.
“I’ve got a great team,” Sutton said recently. “I have a really smart staff.”
Most of her team’s work is orthopaedic, musculo-skeletal based but some clients have MS, Parkinsons and other afflictions, she said.
When masking mandates are lifted, Peak will still be requiring clients to wear them to ensure everyone is safe.
“We have to protect all of our clients. We’re kind of reminding people March 1, even if the government says no masks, it will still be a thing in medical clinics,” added Sutton.
“We’ve all said it doesn’t matter if it’s mandated or not, we know that we’ve been safer.”
Editor’s Note: Be sure to check out the Herald’s Best of the Best special section in today’s edition that includes all the results in all categories.

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