Maj. Angela Diebal of Hermann helps mends soldiers in the Sinai Peninsula

Posted on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Maj. DiebalBy Sgt. Thomas Duval
EL GORAH, Egypt — Standing at 5 feet, 4 inches tall, Maj. Angela Diebal may not be intimidating; however, her unique treatment procedures have many multinational soldiers serving in the Sinai Peninsula thinking twice before stepping into her office.
As the physical therapist for the 1st Support Battalion, Multinational Force and Observers, Diebal utilizes unique and highly effective, yet sometimes painful, techniques to help injured soldiers recover and return to their formation.
Some of these treatments include manipulation, therapeutic dry-needling and the Graston Technique.
“Physical therapy helps improve mission readiness and success by keeping the force healthy and returning them to functional activities without limitations much faster than just the passage of time,” Diebal said.
Because of the unsettled gravel and rugged terrain, much of the injuries the former West Point student deals with in the Sinai are ACL tears, ankle injuries, Achilles tendinopathy and shoulder dislocations.
These common injuries compounded with the injuries suffered from popular sports like Rugby make the Graston Technique and Intramuscular manual therapy the two leading, but most dreaded procedures for returning MFO service members back to fully mission ready.

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