Crane Rehab Center, LLC
Crane Rehab Center has been assisting people in living healthier, happier, more active and more fulfilling lives by delivering gold standard, individualized physical and occupational therapy in Greater New Orleans since 1999. Husband and wife, Mo and Sharon Crane opened Crane Rehab, striving to be the area’s preferred provider of one-on-one, patient-centric, innovative and evidence-based, high-quality therapeutic care. Mo, a physical therapist, and Sharon, an occupational therapist, worked together in one location until 2014, when Sharon moved the pediatric rehab to Earhart Blvd. The move allowed both centers to expand their educational programs and rehabilitative and wellness services in hopes of bettering the minds, bodies and lives of their patients, and the community, from childhood through adulthood.
The Adult Therapy Center, located at 101 River Road in Jefferson, focuses on traditional physical therapy as well as the overall wellness of their patients. “At the end of the day, it’s about total well-being. That includes physical therapy as well as nutrition, exercise and motivation to continue to stay healthy. We have found that a lot of our clients were not motivated outside of coming to the facility, where they had a set time and were disciplined to exercise,” says Mo.
This was the motivation behind Crane Rehab’s wellness program, which offers an opportunity for people to come in on a regular basis and have the supervision and expertise of the staff. The wellness department offers personal training, a fitness membership, yoga, Pilates and massage therapy. Clients that choose the fitness membership receive a free consult with a personal trainer and access to the gym and equipment for a flat monthly fee. All other services offer a variety of packages available to anyone in the community.
Greer Hoell, Wellness Director, Patient Care Representative, and personal trainer at Crane Rehab Center, says “People love coming to Crane Rehab because it’s a very unique setting for them. They get to have interaction with physical therapists alongside personal trainers; you don’t get that at most gyms.”
Beginning in early June, Crane Rehab will begin offering free yoga and Pilates classes to the community. In addition to the free class, participants will be eligible to sign-up for a free Functional Movement Screening (FMS). The FMS screening looks at seven different fundamental movement patterns, and by looking at the body as a whole during the movement, the trainer can determine muscle imbalances. “The FMS helps us better understand how an individual moves and allows us to see any functional deficits that a traditional screen may overlook,” says Greer. The imbalances are then addressed through corrective exercises that provide functional strength and stability for that individual.
“In terms of the programs that we develop, we try to make it broad-based. We look at the issues that face our patients outside of the clinic, and we try to address the needs that are most important to them. For example, with any orthopedic condition, weight can be a big issue in helping a patient to reach their goal. In that case, we would recommend a nutritionist work with our patient. We want to help them achieve their goals that fall outside of traditional physical therapy,” says Mo.
Mo most enjoys the relationships with his clients. A therapist often sees a patient several times a week for a few months, and this frequently results in a close relationship with patients. “There is never a day that I dread coming into work. Knowing that the interactions with our patients are going to make their life better, makes our lives more fulfilling,” says Mo.
Although Mo’s first interest was always physical therapy, he did take a different path in the beginning and graduated from LSU with a psychology degree. After several years, Mo knew his true calling was in physical therapy, and he returned to school and earned his physical therapy degree in 1992. This journey has been quite beneficial for Mo and his patients. “I am not a licensed psychologist, so I don’t ever pretend to know all there is to know about how to treat a patient that has other issues, but I do believe that my psychology degree helps me understand that when a patient comes in, as their physical therapist, I need to do everything I can to make their experience at Crane Rehab Center be one of hope and encouragement, and understand that they may have other concerns that may need to be addressed. On a daily basis, I bring in the psychology perspective because it helps me minimize a patient’s anxiety over the issues they are having.” Crane Rehab Center knows how important the power of positivity can be to their patients.
“In the research on pathophysiology, pain is different for everyone because of their unique perceptions and circumstances,” explains Mo. He says on an MRI, two people can have the exact same pathology, but one person may be in extreme pain and the other in only a little pain. “Whether it’s a dull ache, a sharp pain, a burning pain; it is experienced in the brain. You can imagine all the other stuff that is going on in the brain, all of your life experiences. A lot of it has to do with what you bring into the clinic, what outside stressors you have and what issues you have going on in your life. ” says Mo.
Crane Rehab Center’s Adult Facility treats:
- Post-surgical rehabilitation
- Work-related injuries
- Sports Injuries
- Lower back and spinal injuries
- Neurological disorders
- LSVT BIG Parkinson's Treatment
“Our strength is that we have a lot of combined experience in our group of six therapists; we all have varying backgrounds and specialties, and together we have over 75 years of experience treating patients,” says Jeff Smith, Clinical Director, who has a doctorate of physical therapy and is also dry needling certified.
Locally, dry needling is a fairly new technique; the procedure uses needles to stimulate trigger points to treat soft tissue pain. All of Crane Rehab’s therapists are certified in dry needling. “We do it frequently and get really good results,” says Jeff, who is also working on certification in the McKenzie Method, which focuses mostly on spine pain. “It is good for a working population who may be seated throughout most of the day and having pain at work.”
Crane Rehab Center will be partnering with a local facility to offer an aquatics program. They are currently developing the program, and are expecting it to be a great resource for anyone who may benefit from being in the water for therapy because of the low impact it provides on muscles and joints.
“We understand that every patient’s needs are different and we take that into consideration when we are working on a treatment plan,” says Mo. “We enjoy celebrating our patients’ victories with them when they achieve a goal or when they leave here feeling better than when they came in.”
For more information on Crane Rehab Center please visit http://www.cranerehab.com/ or call
(504) 828 – 7696 for the Adult Therapy Center. The Pediatric Therapy Center may be reached at
(504) 866 – 6990.