Rehabilitation Therapy

Therapy to help resume your daily activities
You may require rehabilitation therapy due to stroke, injury, or other medical condition. Rehabilitation therapy can increase mobility, safety, and communication. It can help you resume the activities of daily living. Your doctor will order your therapy.

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy is a therapeutic intervention that focuses on mobility, safety, and physical independence. It can involve exercise and strengthening, balance activity, endurance, quality of walking, and patient/family education. Physical therapists are available to teach you how to be safe in your environment. They can help you gain as much independence as possible with or without the use of a cane, walker, or crutches.
  • How do I obtain an assistive device?
    A social worker will speak with you and will arrange for you to receive a new cane, walker, or crutches before your discharge.
  • How long do I have to follow precautions after a sternal or hip fracture?
    You must follow precautions for at least eight to 12 weeks. Your doctor may be able to give you a more specific time frame.
  • What is a CPM machine?
    The continuous passive movement (CPM) machine is usually used after total knee surgeries. It holds and slowly bends the knee. It is usually used while the patient lies in bed. The amount the knee is bent depends on the doctor’s orders and the patient’s tolerance.
  • Orthosis/Back Brace
    Your surgeon may recommend orthotic support for your spine. An orthotist or physical therapist will fit you for the brace and teach you how to wear it.
  • Will therapy be painful?
    Depending on your condition, therapy may increase your pain complaints. Talk to your nurse if you need pain medicine to tolerate therapy
  • What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
  • Physical therapists work to increase safety, independence, and balance. The can help you learn to use assistive devices, such as crutches, a cane, or a walker. Occupational therapists work closely with physical therapists to increase mobility, but focus on activities of daily living, upper body strengthening, and coordination.
Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy involves evaluation and treatment of a person’s abilities to perform activities of daily living which are often compromised due to illness, injury, or surgery.
  • What tasks will occupational therapy help me accomplish?
    It will help with basic self-care tasks such as bathing, dressing, feeding, and using the restroom.
  • What should I expect during occupational therapy?
    In addition to assessing your upper body range of motion, fine motor coordination, and strength, your occupational therapist will look at your safety, endurance, and balance exhibited in self-care tasks. During therapy, you may be directed to use daily living activities or exercise to increase strength and endurance. To improve safety, increase self-care independence, and minimize exertion, you learn to use adaptive equipment. You may receive recommendations about obtaining equipment and making modifications to your home environment.
  • Adaptive Equipment
    Your therapist may provide you with specialized tools to increase your ability to do things on your own.
  • Splinting
    In order to prevent injury and joint stiffness after a stroke or injury, you may require a positioning device for your hand or arm. Your therapist will fit you with splinting.
Low Vision Therapy
If you have eyesight deficits, your therapist can provide magnification devices and exercises to improve your vision.

Edema Therapy
Prolonged bed rest or injuries can cause swelling of the arms. Your therapist can make recommendations to reduce and prevent further swelling. These can include positioning, upper body exercises, and specialized wrapping techniques.

Speech Therapy
Speech therapy is designed to aid in speech/language deficits and swallowing disorders. Initially the therapist will address establishing a reliable yes/no response. Reading, writing, speech, word generation, and all other forms of language will be addressed through a variety of tasks.
  • Why do I need speech therapy?
    Many times speech therapy is required to help individuals who experience difficulty communicating and/or swallowing due to stroke, head injury, or other medical conditions. Therapy for communication is needed to assist in relaying needs/wants to the medical staff and/or family. A swallow evaluation may be necessary to assess what diet textures are best for safe and efficient swallowing to ensure that all food enters only the stomach.
  • Who will I see for speech therapy?
    A licensed speech/language pathologist will perform all speech/language and swallowing evaluations and treatments. A pathologist will see you at least once daily while you are in the hospital.
  • What is involved in a swallow evaluation?
    The speech pathologist will thoroughly examine your tongue and mouth including a probe for a gag. After an oral exam, you will be given a variety of textures of food and liquid to determine the least restrictive texture that you can safely chew and swallow.
  • What if I have difficulty swallowing?
    If you have trouble swallowing or cough significantly after eating or drinking, the speech pathologist will recommend an MBS video to further assess your swallow.
  • What is an MBS video?
    A Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) video, an X-ray conducted in cooperation with radiology, enables the speech pathologist to view your swallowing. This video is taken in your room with you in bed and takes approximately 15 to 20 minutes. A small amount of barium will be put in various food and liquid textures for you to swallow. This test can further assess your swallowing.
Additional rehabilitation therapy services
You may want to continue therapy if you still experience difficulty with overall strength, balance, self-care, communication, or swallowing. Your physician, social worker, and therapist may recommend continued therapy on an outpatient basis. Freeman offers many options for outpatient rehabilitation therapy.

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Joplin, Missouri 64804
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