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Business thrives, grows after devastating fire

Jim Stuart can’t say enough about the good work the Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy does in healing.

After all, when he went there on the recommendation of neighbors, the Superior man couldn’t walk. While moving a refrigerator, a misstep led to fall that tore the muscles in both legs. After surgery repaired the damage, Stuart was wheelchair bound, waiting for the muscles to heal. Then he had to learn to use the muscles again.

“I came in there, I was in a wheelchair,” Stuart said. “They helped me and now I can walk again.”

Now housed in the Blaine Business Center, the Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy has done some healing of its own.

Six years ago, the center was left in ruin after Supreme Courts burned, taking the center that offers physical rehabilitative services with it.

Now, more than five years later, the business is thriving, and owners Wendy and Jim Rauzi say the fire, while devastating, really offered a silver lining.

“We just seem to be able to be more progressive with the community,” Jim Rauzi said. “We seem to be able to be more involved with the community.”

He said while treatment of patients was good five years ago, when the center was located in the former Supreme Courts, Rauzi said they’ve been able to improve on that in the last five years.

In the last five years, the Center for Muscle and Joint Therapy has expanded on the traditional pre-operative and post-operative orthopedic physical therapy that is performed, there is a greater focus on strength and wellness for individuals and business alike. And the clinic is busier now than it was.

In addition to treating individual patients in need of physical therapy, Rauzi said the clinic is working more with industry in an effort to promote health, prevent injury and make sure people have the ability to meet the physical demands of their jobs.

The clinic is DSI certified for work solutions, Jim Rauzi said.

“We are licensed to work with industry for job functional matching,” he said. In addition to testing to ensure people can meet the physical demands of the job, he works to design systems to help people get back to work, and work on wellness in the workplace. The service includes everything from stretching and warming up for physical labor to addressing functional loss in physical ability.

“It’s a pretty complex testing system,” Rauzi said. “That’s been real helpful.”

He said while the employee may not be able to return fully to a physically aggressive job, the system allows design of accommodations to help the employee return to work. The loss may or may not be work related.

“It’s also a more proactive start,” said Wendy Rauzi. “Job function matching is the proactive part.”

In addition to offering talks to help employees maintain good health in their jobs, the center serves as a resource to help people stay well, Rauzi said.

“It may save a work injury,” Jim Rauzi said.

In addition, Wendy Rauzi said, they are providing personal training and offer pilates classes.

“The goal is get people more healthy, and stronger, than they are today,” she said. “They can prevent injuries.”

For more information, call the center at 715-394-6355.