Miss Jennifer Flowers graduated in 2016 with her Masters degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She had worked in a Pediatrics clinic while completing her degree through Nebraska’s Creighton University, and then gained experience in Orthopedics in a clinic there. She applied to Christus Mother Frances hospital to be nearer her Texas family, and was hired back in the summer. Since then, she has found her niche in the busy Trinity Orthopedic Clinic as an APRN in Dr. Richard Graves office.
Seeing patients from pediatrics to geriatrics, she assists those who have acute injuries and fractures to bones and joints. “We treat babies and children with injuries, youth involved in sports, adults with work injuries and the elderly who are troubled with joint pain. With fractures, first Dr. Graves sees the patient to determine if surgery is needed and if the patient is a good surgery candidate, or if the patient possibly needs referral to a specialist. If the injury needs to be cast, they come to me. I do most of the casting and also examine patients and do follow-ups. I like the fact that I get to follow them through their journey from injury to healing and a return to wellness”.
“We find that many older patients who are having knee, ankle and hip joint pain are also overweight. Actually, for every 5 pounds of extra weight we carry, that’s equivalent to 22 pounds of pressure on those lower joints. For some patients, we can prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to help relieve the pain of joint movement , and for others, we administer injections to help settle the pain. Replacement surgery may also be an option. With any of these remedies, we also promote weight loss for a better quality of recovery and of life. We also treat patients with hand, wrist, shoulder and any kind of bone and joint injury or disorder”. Visit Trinity Orthopedic Clinic at 105 Medical Plaza, christushealth.org or phone 903-885-5439.
Miss Flowers grew up in Lubbock, Texas and Durango, Colorado, and has family there She is enjoying her new home in Sulphur Springs and especially likes the atmosphere of the downtown district, saying that it reminds her of the tourist towns and villages so prevalent in Colorado”.