Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 

  PHYSICAL THERAPY

Are you a new patient? Please print and fill-out the Initial Patient Survey form below and bring to your first visit.

Initial Patient Survey

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

• Incontinence

• Orthopedic Issues (repairs and replacements)

• Stroke and other Neurological Problems (nerve damage, spinal cord injuries)

• Sprains, Strains, and Fractures

Dizziness

• 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.

Pain Reduction
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.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Physical Therapists can evaluate you for dizziness and positional vertigo and give you either positioning techniques or exercises to help eliminate your symptoms.

Urinary Incontinence

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.

  OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

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:

• Post-surgeries
• Arm and hand injuries
• Deconditioned
• 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
• Strengthening

• Problem solving


Speech Therapy

Guthrie County Hospital utilizes a Speech-Language Pathologist to treat people of all ages, including children, adults and elderly individuals. A speech therapist evaluates and treats individuals with speech, language, and swallowing disorders.

Common candidates for speech therapy:

Children with:

• Developmental delays
• Language disorders
• Learning disabilities
• Speech and hearing impairments
• Cleft palate
• Autism Spectrum Disorders
• Voice disorders

Adults who have or have had:

• Stroke
• Head injury
• Degenerative disease
• Dementia or cognitive impairments
• Cancer of head, neck and throat
• Voice disorders

• Difficulty swallowing

Language disorders

A SLP aids in the rehabilitation of language skills when an individual has difficulty understanding and expressing language. Language disorders can affect the form, use, and content of language that allow individuals to communicate in effective and socially appropriate ways.

            Language disorders include:

  • Aphasia
  • Language-based learning disabilities
  • Expressive and receptive language delays and disorders
  • Selective Mutism

Speech disorders

Speech disorders occur when an individual has difficulty with production of accurate speech sounds, fluency, or voice and/or resonance. Therapy for speech disorders enhances the use of functional communication and improves quality and intelligibility of speech.

            Speech disorders include:

  • Apraxia of speech
  • Dysarthria
  • Speech sound disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Stuttering

Cognitive-communication disorders

Cognitive-communication disorders include difficulty with organizing thoughts, sustaining attention,memory, planning, and/or problem-solving. The SLP works to rehabilitate these skills and introduces and guides practice of compensatory strategies for success.

            Common causes of cognitive-communication disorders include:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Degenerative diseases (Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis etc.)
  • Dementia

 Social communication disorders

Individuals with social communication disorders have trouble with the use of social communication such as greetings and commenting, following the rules of conversation, and adjusting communication styles for different listeners and situations. Speech therapy enhances and promotes the use of appropriate social skills.

            People with social communication disorders may have or have had:

  • Autism
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury

Swallowing disorders

The act of swallowing involves three stages: oral phase, pharyngeal phase, and esophageal phase. Swallowing disorders can occur at any stage. SLPs work with individuals who experience problems during the oral and pharyngeal stage(s).  Difficulty swallowing can result in entrance of material into the lungs, which can increase the potential for pneumonia. Rehabilitation of the swallow aims to lower this risk and to create a more efficient swallow. 

            Common causes of swallowing disorders:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cerebral palsy

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)

AAC is the use of communication in a form other than oral speech. Those that experience severe speech or language difficulties may benefit from the use of AAC to aid in communication. The use for AAC ranges from low-tech to high-tech options that best fit the individual’s wants and needs. The use of AAC does not discourage the use of speech and language development; rather it enhances the use of functional and meaningful communication.

            Examples of AAC:

  • Picture, symbol, and alphabet communication boards
  • Electronic devices dedicated to communication
  • Speech output apps 

For further information call 641-332-3810


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