What is physical therapy?
is a type of treatment you may need when health problems make it hard to move around and do everyday tasks. It helps you move better and may relieve pain. It also helps improve or restore your physical function and your fitness level. Areas that our physical therapy can help you with are:
Medical conditions—Physical therapy can help reverse or delay debilitation from:
- Back or neck pain/headaches
- General weakness or deconditioning
- Chronic injury/pain
- Poor balance/dizziness
Neurological conditions such as:
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Heart or lung conditions
Injury/Surgery — Physical therapy can help avoid or postpone surgery and improve recovery time after injury or surgery. Common conditions include:
- Joint replacement
- Muscle/soft tissue repair
- Spine/disk surgery
- Sports injuries
- Work injuries
- Work hardening/conditioning
General Motion — Physical therapy can improve motion, enhance athletic performance , and help prevent pain/injury.
Physical Therapists Use a Variety of Treatments to Help You
Therapeutic Exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and core stability.
Manual Therapy including manual stretching, joint and soft tissue mobilization, and other hands-on treatments to decrease pain and restore soft tissue and joint mobility.
Occupational Neuromuscular Re-Education to restore balance and decrease fall risk.
Therapeutic Activities to improve performance, efficiency, and safety of everyday activities. Training to eliminate problematic habits as well as ensuring correct use of assistive devices including walkers, crutches, canes, etc.
Wound Care: bandage and dressing changes, selective and non-selective wound debridement
Dry Needling: the use of a solid monofilament needle placed directly through the skin into a myofascial trigger point with the intent to facilitate a local twitch response.
An occupational therapist is available to improve function, perform home evaluations, and recommend specialized equipment.
What is an Occupational Therapist?
Occupational therapists (OT) are licensed practitioners that use everyday life activities to improve function and performance for those limited by:
- Physical injury or illness
- Cognitive impairment
- Psychosocial dysfunction
- Sensory impairment
- Developmental or learning disability
- Environmental barriers
The practice of occupational therapy includes evaluation, assessment, treatment and consultation.
The goal of occupational therapy is to help individuals at risk for illness, disability, injury, impairment or activity limitations achieve the highest level of function and quality of life. Also, to prevent deterioration of functional skills used in everyday life.
What does the practice of occupational therapy include?
- Train individuals or caregivers in daily living skills such as dressing, eating, safety and home management skills
- Develop physical, cognitive, neuromuscular and behavioral skills
- Promote education, work, and exercise
- Modify environment, apply ergonomic principals
- Develop sensory, neuromuscular and motor skills
- Evaluate and train in use of adaptive equipment, rehab devices, and wheelchair mobility
- Design and fabricate splints
Respiratory Therapy Services
As part of the treatment for respiratory or cardiac disorders, your doctor may order various procedures. These are available through our Respiratory Therapy Department
- Oxygen administration
- Bronchodilator therapy
- Chest physiotherapy
- Incentive Spirometry
- Acapella PEP (Positive Expiratory Pressure) therapy
- Nasopharyngeal washing for diagnosis of RSV and influenza
- BiPAP (Bi-Level Positive Airway Pressure) and CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) Management
- Tobacco Cessation Counseling
- Holter Monitoring
- Pulmonary Function Testing (Basic Spirometry)
- Polysomnography See our Sleep Studies brochure
- Cardiac Stress Testing
- Cardiac Rehabilitation See our brochure
Conditions treated include:
- Chronic lung disease
- Respiratory distress syndrome
- Respiratory failure
A speech therapist is available on a limited basis to address problems with communication or swallowing in infants, children, and adults.
Our therapy services cover the entire span of healthcare:
- Acute hospitalization
- Swing-bed rehab