Physical therapy is an area of healthcare that specializes in optimizing physical function. Physical therapists are healthcare professionals who have undergone the specialized and rigorous training needed to properly evaluate and treat people of all ages who have medical problems, injuries, or other health-related conditions. They work together you to assist you in achieving your goals regarding mobility, desired function and independence.
The treatment and therapies prescribed by your physical therapist may include one or more of the following:
The buoyancy, support, accommodating resistance and other unique properties of the aquatic environment enhance interventions for patients/clients across the age span with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary diseases, disorders, or conditions. Aquatic Physical Therapy interventions are designed to improve: function, aerobic capacity/endurance conditioning, balance, coordination and agility, body mechanics and postural stabilization, flexibility, gait and locomotion, relaxation, muscle strength, power and endurance.
Balance and Vestibular Rehabilitation
Balance and dizziness problems are often overlooked and may seem untreatable. But this is NOT the case! Physical Therapists at St. Vincent Healthcare are trained to work with individuals who have balance problems, history of falls and/or vertigo (a sensation the body or environment is rolling, turning, spinning). St. Vincent Healthcare therapists evaluate and develop an individualized treatment program to help a person improve their balance and confidence to prevent/reduce falls and work specifically on activities that can reduce or resolve vertigo. This is done in a variety of ways; developing a home program, working on specific activities in the clinic gym, on equipment (including Neurocom Smart Equitest) and outside or in the pool, and recommendations for appropriate equipment and/or assistive devices. Vestibular and/or Balance Rehabilitation may help individuals with the following diagnoses or problems: Vertigo, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), Vestibular Diagnoses (Vestibular Neuritis, Labyrinthitis, Acoustic Neuroma, etc.), Traumatic or Acquired Brain Injury, Stroke, Neurological Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis or Parkinson's disease, and Frequent Falls.
Ergonomics/Worksite Evaluations/Job Analysis
Ergonomic evaluation is a worksite or task evaluation to assess the job's potential for injury or fatigue to the employee. The evaluations are performed in both office and industrial settings. Evaluations provide strategies to reduce risk of musculoskeletal injuries to employees and promote healthy and safe work practices. Ergonomic assessment services include: helping employers identify potential risks in the workplace, providing specific suggestions to decrease the risks, providing safety education to employees regarding proper body mechanics and posture education, and develop stretching exercises for specific jobs.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCEs)
An FCE Is a process consisting of evaluation procedures, questionnaires, and observations which document an individual's ability to perform work from a physical, medical, behavioral and ergonomic perspective.
Lymphedema Management/Compression Garments
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid which appears as swelling, usually in the arms and legs. Lymphedema can occur when the lymphatic system is impaired by injury, infection, radiation or surgery in which lymph nodes are removed. Lymphedema is not curable but is treatable. A certified lymphedema therapist can help to manage this condition with treatment called Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) which includes: manual lymph drainage, multi-layer compression bandaging, compression garment recommendations and fitting, exercise program to stimulate lymphatic drainage, patient and family education regarding the anatomy of lymphedema, activity modifications for the patient and the need for meticulous skin care.
In addition to current rehabilitation techniques and technology St. Vincent Healthcare Outpatient Rehabilitation offers motion analysis. Motion analysis utilizes video recording technology and Dartfish software to analyze movement patterns and improve performance and function. This type of analysis may include noted deviations, compensations or injury risks. The digital recordings and software allow us to provide immediate and precise visual feed back for the participant as well as provide recordings for use with coaches or therapists. We can also perform a series of recordings to document progress or compare you to an ideal form and motion pattern. Examples of areas that use motion analysis include, (but not limited to) the following: golf, running, weight lifting, plyometrics, body mechanics, gait training and dance.
Pelvic Floor Dysfunction/Incontinence/Pelvic Floor Pain
Outpatient Rehabilitation offers Physical Therapy services for treatment of pelvic floor dysfunction that can include but not limited to: bladder and bowel incontinence and pelvic floor pain. Interventions for these conditions include: education on the pelvic floor anatomy and function; pelvic floor strengthening and stretching exercises as appropriate, abdominal strengthening exercises; behavioral techniques for relaxation and bladder retraining; suggestions regarding dietary modifications and general conditioning.
Sports Medicine Rehabilitation
The Sports Medicine program serves athletes of all ages and skill levels, offers athletic care, injury prevention and rehabilitation services. The staff is comprised of physical and occupational therapists, exercise specialists and orthopedic surgeons.
Wheelchair/Seating System Evaluations (in conjunction with local vendors)
We provide evaluations to identify deficits and concerns as it relates to mobility issues. We work closely with local vendors (durable medical equipment providers) in the selection of equipment (manual and power wheelchairs, scooters, seating systems, etc.) to address those deficits and concerns. A physician's referral is required.