Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapy department is open Monday through Friday 7am-5:30pm.  We are located in the lower level of the hospital by entering the southwest door.

Services Provided

Physical Therapy provides services to inpatients and swing bed patients when ordered by physicians.

We offer rehabilitation programs for:

Arthritis:
While arthritis is a degenerative condition affecting joints in the body there are therapy programs available to ease the pain and discomfort.  Treatments including heat, ultrasound and other modalities along with massage and exercise can help to decrease joint pain attributed to arthritis.  Some patients respond well to simple exercises done at home while others rely on occasional visits to the clinic to help keep their pain levels to a minimum.

Back Pain:
Back pain can range from an ache that will not go away to stabbing pain that has caused leg pain, weakness or numbness.  Treatments might include modalities such as heat packs and ultrasound, massage, exercise and traction.

Balance:
Balance deficits can be related to many different causes.  Mainly, we lose our balance as we age because of a lack of practice.  We become more sedentary and do not play as we did as kids.  Through exercise, our bodies can re-learn the sense of balance it once had.  Another common cause of decreased balance is injury or surgery.  Likewise, practice with specific exercises can quickly return your sense of balance and comfort when on your feet.

Cancer Patient Rehabilitation:
Strength and endurance training for patients following chemo therapy and/or radiation treatment.

Fitness:
Our gym is equipped with multiple cardiovascular machines including a NuStep, recumbent bike, and a stationary bike as well as resistance equipment.  With free weights and theraband, you are able to get a complete body workout.  One of our staff will help you the first few sessions to get you set up on a program to meet your needs and to compensate for any special needs you may have.

Fractures:
Physical therapist do not directly treat fractures but we can help following the healing of the bone to return the body back to its normal state.  This would include strengthening weak muscles that have been in a cast for several weeks, stretching tight muscles and joints that have been restricted and regaining balance and agility that has been lost.

Jaw Pain (TMJ):
Jaw pain or TMJ can have different causes such as teeth alignment and joint alignment but can be caused by neck tightness and spasms similar to headaches.  Therapy to the neck to reduce tightness can help to relieve pain by removing additional stress from the joints of your jaw.  Slight lifestyle modifications related to eating, talking and posture can also make a significant difference.

Joint Pain:
General joint pain can be caused by arthritis, injury to the joint or can be referred from another area of the body.  A physical therapy evaluation can help to determine the cause of the pain and treatment can reduce the pain and return your body to a normal level of functioning.

Knee Pain:
Knee pain can be caused by arthritis, injury to the meniscus, torn ligaments, over use and even as a result of a pinched nerve in the back.  Our Physical Therapist can help alleviate the pain caused by knee injuries.

Neck Pain:
Neck pain can be muscular pain and remedied with massage and exercises or it can be a pinched nerve or arthritis.  Often, neck pain may disguise itself as arm pain or shoulder pain because of the referral pattern of the nerves.

Shoulder Pain:
Shoulder pain can be a result of referred neck pain or it can be specifically within the joint because of injury or arthritis.  Injuries can include rotator cuff injuries which can create decreased arm movement and can be painful, impingement which is a mechanical problem caused by the joint not moving properly.  ADHESIVE CAPSULITIS (frozen shoulder) which is a tightening of the capsule around the shoulder which limits the movement of the shoulder and can be painful.  There are numerous other conditions of the shoulder which might be characterized by pain, decreased strength and/or decreased movement.

Post Surgical:
Following orthopedic surgeries, physical therapist can help speed up the rehabilitation process.  Whether a joint replacement or a repair of muscles, ligaments or tendons around a joint, we can help to strengthen, stretch and return the joint to a normal level of function.