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Rehabilitation Services

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Because you need to get back to work, get back in the game, or get back to living your life, Freeman Rehabilitation Services delivers personalized care aimed at making your recovery quick and effective.

Freeman Rehabilitation Services is a recognized leader in excellence of patient care for rehabilitation outcomes. Our goal is to provide individualized therapeutic intervention to restore function and reduce pain. We offer the most experienced clinicians and comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation therapy and inpatient physical rehabilitation services.


Our services

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Back pain
  • Golf Fitness2Perform
  • Inpatient physical rehabilitation unit
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Pediatric therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech language pathology
  • Sports medicine
  • Train 2 Run class
  • Train 2 Perform classes
  • Work-related injuries
  • Selective functional movement assessment
  • Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (Neosho and Anderson locations only)

Rehabilitation Services

    Freeman Rehabilitation Services offers inpatient and outpatient occupational therapy in multiple locations. Occupational therapists work with patients to improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. Occupational therapists use their expertise and knowledge to help with both recovery and adaptation.

    Our therapists identify patient needs through comprehensive evaluations and then tailor intervention recommendations to improve performance in desired activities. Oftentimes, our therapists help patients by teaching them new ways to approach tasks.

    Patients receive occupational therapy in a number of settings including acute care, home healthcare, pediatrics and work performance rehabilitation.

    Occupational therapy may include:  

    • Breaking down activities or complex tasks, such as cooking a meal, into achievable components or sequences
    • Assessment and treatment of performance skills
    • Adaptive equipment recommendation and usage training
    • Environmental adaptation, which may include creating ways to remove obstacles or make them manageable


    Occupational Therapy FAQs

    About 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.

    What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
    Physical therapists work to increase safety, independence and balance. They 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.

    Restoring, maintaining and promoting overall fitness and health

    From infants to collegiate and professional athletes to senior citizens, Freeman physical therapists perform functional evaluations to develop and implement treatment plans for the best therapeutic outcomes for our patients. Learn more about physical therapy.

    Physical therapists help restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain, and prevent or limit permanent physical disability for any patient suffering from injury or disease. Physical therapy focuses on improving function, strength, balance and coordination with a goal of improving, restoring or maintaining how an individual functions at work and at home. Physical therapists also teach patients to use assistive and adaptive devices, such as crutches, prostheses and wheelchairs.

    We lead the region in the performance of functional capacity evaluations to determine job capacity, in conjunction with Freeman OccuMed.

    FAQs: Physical Therapy

    About 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.

    What is the difference between physical therapy and occupational therapy?
    Physical therapists work to increase safety, independence and balance. They 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.

    What should I wear to my appointment?
    Please wear loose-fitting clothes that will easily reveal the affected part for examination.

    When should I arrive for my appointment?
    Please arrive 30 minutes before your first appointment time. Doing so will allow time for all your admission paperwork to be completed.

    Will I see the same therapist each visit?
    You will consistently see the same team members responsible for your care.

    Can I get the appointment time I need?
    We make every effort to accommodate our patients’ schedules.

    Will I have a home exercise program?
    Almost every patient will need to complete a home exercise program.

    How long will my appointments last?
    The first visit will last approximately an hour. Follow-up visits will be coordinated with your therapist.

    How long do I have to follow precautions after a sternal or hip fracture?

    You must follow precautions for at least 8 to 12 weeks. Your doctor may be able to give you a more specific time frame.

    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. Freeman Health Essentials offers assistive devices. Call 417.347.7400 for more information.

    Adaptive Equipment
    Your therapist may provide you with specialized tools to increase your ability to do things on your own.

    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.

    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.

    Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit, the area's only inpatient rehabilitation facility, provides comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation for patients who have experienced a disability from illness, trauma or surgery. Our services provide patients with the physical, emotional and spiritual support they need to meet their goals for returning to an independent lifestyle.

    If you require a comprehensive approach to help regain your independence, Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit is the place for you. We provide care for patients dealing with a variety of medical issues including:

    • Orthopaedic conditions
    • Brain injury
    • Spinal cord injury
    • Multiple trauma
    • Amputations
    • Polyarthritis
    • Neurological disorders
    • Cardiac/pulmonary conditions
    • Stroke
    • Other medically-complex conditions and illnesses


    Rehabilitation care team
    Our caring rehabilitation specialists are dedicated to helping patients rediscover lost abilities by encouraging self-reliance and increased independence. Our interdisciplinary team works closely together to design individual care plans for each patient. The team includes:

    • Physician specializing in rehabilitation medicine
    • Specialty consultants
    • Rehabilitation nurses
    • Physical, occupational, speech, and recreational therapists
    • Social worker and case manager
    • Orthotic/prosthetic consultants
    • Nutritionist
    • Psychologist
    • Clergy


    What to bring
    We encourage patients to bring items from home to make their stay more comfortable. Please remember that patients will be very active with therapy and daily activities and will need the following:

    • Clothing (exercise clothing and undergarments)
    • Rubber-soled shoes suitable for walking
    • Bathrobe and slippers
    • Nightgown or pajamas
    • Grooming items and toiletries
    • Glasses and/or hearing aids


    If you think a loved one would benefit from our services, please feel free to contact us to discuss our services or arrange a tour. We provide assessments at no charge.

    Anyone can refer patients to Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit. We receive referrals from physicians, social workers and family members. Recent hospitalization stays are not required for an acute rehabilitation admission. Home assessment visits are available. Grant us the opportunity to see if you or your family member would benefit from staying at the Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit. We welcome you to tour the unit and call with any questions.

    Helping you with speech and swallowing difficulties

    Freeman Rehabilitation Services offers both adult speech therapy and pediatric speech pathology. In addition to providing comprehensive speech therapy in multiple locations in the community, our speech therapists also offer swallow studies and treatment for patients dealing with swallowing difficulties.

    Speech therapy serves individuals with cognitive communication disabilities as well as postneurological conditions. Patients may be referred to a speech therapist as a result of traumatic brain injury, stroke, dementia, a progressive neurological condition such as Parkinson’s disease, a learning disability, autism or any other condition that adversely affects speech, language or cognitive development.

    FAQs: Speech-Language Pathology

    About 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.

    Whom 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 a Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) video to further assess your swallow.

    What is an MBS video?
    An 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.

    Freeman Rehabilitation Services Locations

    Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center
    Freeman Rehabilitation & Sports Center


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    Freeman Rehabilitation Services - Neosho
    Freeman Rehabilitation Services - Neosho


    Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit
    Freeman Physical Rehabilitation Unit


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    Freeman Physical Therapy - Anderson
    Freeman Physical Therapy - Anderson


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    Freeman OccuMed - Joplin
    Freeman OccuMed - Joplin


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    Freeman OccuMed - Carthage
    Freeman OccuMed - Carthage