Guthrie County Hospital utilizes physical therapists and physical therapist assistants to treat people of all ages, including newborns, children, adults and elderly individuals. They may consult and practice with other health professionals to help you improve or restore the mobility you need to move forward with your life.
What makes our team unique is our ability to treat patients in acute care, skilled care, in home, and in the outpatient setting. We can see a patient for a medical condition through complete recovery.
Our facility is a new and continually changing place. Our building, which is located on the East side of the hospital, is easily accessible and provides a friendly and community-oriented atmosphere.
Physical Therapy can help you with your:
• Arthritis and Osteoporosis
• Back, Knee, and Shoulder Pain
• Athletic Injuries
• Overuse Injuries
• Orthopedic Issues (repairs and replacements)
• Stroke and other Neurological Problems (nerve damage, spinal cord injuries)
• Sprains, Strains, and Fractures
• And much more
Evaluate and Assess
A physical therapist works together with your primary care physician to understand your medical history and makes observations through routine tests, including muscle strength, sensation, and range of motion. This helps develop personalized treatment and therapy goals.
Physical Therapists may use modalities such as heat, ice, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, light, massage and soft tissue mobilization, traction, and stretching to reduce your painful areas.
Strengthening and Stretching Physical therapy can improve mobility, decrease pain in joints or soft tissue, enhance circulation, and help you function better. With specific exercises that you can do at home, Physical Therapy can help alleviate current conditions and prevent future injuries or declines in quality of life. With specialized training in biokinematics and pathophysiology, physical therapists can design individualized exercise programs for people with multiple medical problems, as well as for the elite athlete.
Wound and Burn Care
Physical therapists can help treat pressure sores, open wounds, post surgical incisions, and burns by promoting re-growth of normal tissue. They may utilize the use of whirlpools to help debride or remove necrotic tissue.
Assessment for Walking Aids
Physical therapists can evaluate your situation and help you adjust to the use of braces, crutches, walkers, wheelchairs, or other support devices to make you more independent and safe.
Education on Prevention Physical Therapists provide a key role in wellness education such as:
• Teaching you how to prevent back pain and injury.
• Providing sports medicine education to help heal and prevent athletic injuries.
• Explaining job specific body mechanics in order to avoid work-related injuries.
• Advising new and expecting mothers with safe exercise techniques.
• Demonstrate ways to prevent re-injury.
Physical Therapists can evaluate you for dizziness and positional vertigo and give you either positioning techniques or exercises to help eliminate your symptoms.
Physical Therapists can assess and treat your issues of incontinence. Treatment for this may include strengthening exercises for the pelvic floor, dietary changes (such as reducing foods and beverages that may be contributing to the problem), bladder training, keeping a bladder diary, and use of surface EMG to assess muscle control.
Gait and Balance Training
Physical Therapists can assess your stability and balance while upright. They may work with you on strengthening exercises, coordination exercises, balance training activities and suggest assistive devices if indicated.
Guthrie County Hospital utilizes an Occupational therapist to treat people of all ages, including newborns, children, adults and elderly individuals. Our therapist enables people to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health and prevent—or live better with—illness, injury or disability. An occupational therapist works closely with other health care providers, such as nurses, physical therapists and speech therapists.
Our occupational therapist works with patients in acute care, skilled care and in the outpatient setting. We have the equipment needed to provide therapy for a variety of medical conditions, such as:
• Arm and hand injuries
• Autism spectrum disorders
• Developmental disabilities
• Neurological problems
An occupational therapist’s treatments include:
• Training for ADLs (Activities of Daily Living) such as eating, dressing, homemaking, community activities
• Fine motor planning and functional skills
• Hand skills (improving motion, strength, coordination, and in-hand manipulation)
• Sensory integration (activities to help integrate the senses such as over-sensitivity to sound or touch)
• Accommodation with adaptive equipment
• Ergonomic education and modification in home, work, school and leisure
• Splinting and Bracing
• Problem solving
Guthrie County Hospital utilizes a Speech therapist to treat people of all ages, including children, adults and elderly individuals. A speech therapist evaluates and treats communications disorders.
Common candidates for speech therapy:
• Developmental delays
• Language disorders
• Learning disabilities
• Speech and hearing impairments
• Cleft palate
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Voice disorders
Adults who have or have had:
• Head injury
• Degenerative disease
• Dementia or cognitive impairments
• Cancer of head, neck and throat
• Voice disorders
• Problems with swallowing
For further information call 641-332-3810