Park Tipton, a physical therapist at South Arkansas Rehabilitation in Monticello, has been awarded the professional designation of board-certified clinical specialist in orthopaedic physical therapy by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties of the American Physical Therapy Association.
Tipton is one of only 25 physical therapists in Arkansas who have achieved the Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) designation. Physical therapists who have achieved the OCS status are considered experts in the rehabilitation of orthopaedic injuries and conditions.
Specialist certification formally recognizes physical therapists who have demonstrated advanced clinical knowledge and skills in a specific area of physical therapist practice. To obtain board certification, candidates must successfully complete a rigorous examination, demonstrating specialized knowledge and advanced clinical proficiency in a specialty area of physical therapist practice.
“I know that I speak for all of Park’s co-workers here, as well as his current and former patients, when I extend congratulations to Park for having been awarded one of the highest designations available in our profession,” said Nat Grubbs, owner of South Arkansas Rehabilitation. “Board-certified specialization demonstrates Park’s sincere commitment to pursuing an advanced level of skill and knowledge that will help him to best serve his patients with orthopaedic issues and impairments.”
Tipton joins Grubbs on the South Arkansas Rehabilitation staff as an orthopaedic clinical specialist, as well as Dr. L.R. Tyson, who is one of only eight board-certified clinical specialists in sports physical therapy in Arkansas.
“There are now a total of 33 physical therapists in the entire state of Arkansas who are board-certified clinical specialists in either sports or orthopaedic physical therapy, and we have three of those 33 working at South Arkansas Rehab in Monticello,” Grubbs said.