Rehabilitation is an important part of recovering from an illness or injury. We have physical therapists (PT), occupational therapists (OT) and speech therapists (ST) here to help you get better. Rehabilitation helps optimize the abilities you have and aids you in maximizing your functional skills. We work with both inpatients and outpatients at the hospital. Some of our patients benefit from a combination of PT, OT and ST, and others only require one service.
The goal of our multidisciplinary physical rehabilitation team is to help speed recovery from trauma and illness and to restore the maximum level of wellness and function possible. Patients are carefully evaluated to determine specific needs. Goals and individualized treatment plans are developed in conjunction with each patient's wishes and overall healthcare plan. When appropriate, we involve the patient, his or her family members, and other caregivers in developing an overall care plan that achieves these goals. Our patient is the most important member of the team.
Services we offer include:
Physical Therapy - Physical Therapy (PT) works to prevent, correct and alleviate symptoms; restore functional movement; increase strength and educate to promote health. Our therapists evaluate and treat problems associated with movement, balance, strength, coordination, wounds and pain. Physical therapists use a variety of treatments, exercise and education to coach patients in their return to full function. For a list of Physical Therapy treatments click the link below.
Speech Therapy - Speech Therapy (ST) is a field of expertise that works with people of all ages, from infants to adults to end-of-life. Speech therapists assist with swallowing management as well as speech and language skills. This may include teaching alternative methods of communicating. Speech therapists also work with people who have difficulty with memory, concentration and problem solving. For a list of SLP treatments click the link below.
Occupational Therapy - Occupational therapy (OT) is a skilled treatment that uses activity to improve function. It gives people the skills for the job of living. This may include relearning how to eat, bathe or write using specialized equipment or strategies developed specifically to compensate for a patient's limitations. Occupational therapists also specialize in hand/arm treatment and splinting and ergonomics. For a list of Occupation Therapy treatments click on the link below.
Pediatric Therapy and Services offered:
- Delays in gross motor development/milestones such as rolling, crawling, sitting, standing, walking, and running
- Muscle weakness, tightness or imbalances, and low or high muscle tone
- Nerve/muscle conditions, such as cerebral palsy
- Certain genetic disorders, such as Down syndrome
- Craniosacral therapy to support breastfeeding
We also have a monthly specialty clinic where a prosthetist/orthotist designs, builds and fits patients with prosthetic limbs, orthotics, braces, and custom or diabetic footwear.
- Outpatient Orthopedic
- Therapeutic Exercise (strength, flexibility, cardiovascular conditioning)
- Manual therapy
- Pre and post-op rehabilitation (joint replacement or post-trauma)
- Dry Needling
- Treatment for:
- Neck and back pain
- Soft tissue injury (ligamentous sprains and muscle strains)
- Thoracic outlet syndrome
- Temporaomandibular joint dysfunction
- Fall prevention
- Lymphedema Compression Garments
- Wound Care
- Vestibular Rehabilitation
- Balance Disorders
- Neurological Rehabilitation
- Oncology Based Exercise Programs
- Chemotherapy Related Neuropathy and Balance
Speech Therapists offer treatment in the following areas:
Swallow - Many experience a shift in their abilities to swallow, manage oral secretions, and tolerate food or drinks after experiencing a significant event, such as a stroke or traumatic brain injury. It is important to check in with your doctor if you are experiencing a change in your abilities. Swallow treatments include:
- Bedside Swallow Evaluation
- Instrumental Swallow Studies
- Modified barium swallow study (MBSS)
- Fiber-optic endoscopic evaluation of swallow (FEES)
- Preservation Protocol (Head and Neck Cancer)
Cognition - Some cognitive changes can occur following a traumatic brain event. Those changes can be observed in areas of memory, attention, concentration, and complex thinking. An SLP can assess what areas are being effected as well as assist in developing compensatory strategies to support neuroplasticity and reconnection of neural pathways.
- Effects post TBI, Stroke/CVA
- Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA)
- Independent Living Scales (ILS)
Voice/Speech and Language - Changes in vocal quality and expressive/receptive language can occur for various reasons. Common symptoms include hoarseness, reduced volume/pitch variation, difficulty word finding, and mumbled speech. An SLP can provide treatments, such as:
- LSVT Loud (Parkinson’s Disease)
- Vocal Hygiene Education
- Exercises Specific to Dysarthria and Aphasia
Pediatric Services - It is important to have your child assessed if you have concerns with speech sound production or with your child meeting milestones for language development. The team offers pediatric-specific treatments:
- Expressive/Receptive Language
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Supports, NOT specialists
- Feeding/Positioning Supports, NOT specialists
Occupational therapies offered include:
- Vestibular Rehabilitation for BPPV and other vestibular disorders
- Pediatric Services
- Fine Motor Coordination
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Social Skills Instruction
Prosthetists and orthotists design, build and fit prosthetic devices (artificial limbs), orthotics, braces, and custom or diabetic footwear. They also educate patients to use these items safely and correctly. This specialist sees patients during monthly clinics in our department.