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REHABILITATION SERVICES:

                 Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Language Pathology Services.

Our Services include evaluations and individualized treatments to assist you in achieving your goals and maximizing your abilities every day. You can receive all your services in the same location to minimize your travel and time.


Physical Therapy

We provide services to all age groups to improve physical function and mobility after an illness, injury, or surgery. For additional education on physical therapy, please refer to this website: http://www.moveforwardpt.com/Default.aspx.

Therapeutic Exercise

Different forms of exercise can be used to assist with return to function for chronic or acute pain, joint replacements or post surgery recover , arthritis, fibromyalgia, neurological conditions such as stroke or Parkinson’s, or cardiopulmonary problems such as COPD and CHF.

Modalities

TENS, ultrasound, iontophoresis, and traction are some treatments that can assist with your ability to exercise, improve function, and manage pain.

Gait and Balance Training

We provide specific training and improve your ability to walk and move about your home and community.  This may involve equipment assessment, balance activities, or exercises to improve your stability and prevent falls. These exercises may improve your efficiency and allow you to be more active.

Aquatic Therapy

A therapeutic pool is available to assist in decreasing your pain and improve your movement in addition to traditional land-based exercise.  Therapists provide individualized sessions in the water to assist you in reaching your goals.

Pediatrics

We have experienced pediatric therapists available to treat a range of pediatric conditions and developmental disabilities.

Orthotics and Prosthetics Evaluation/Training

We can help determine whether you may benefit from a splint or brace to help you function.  Once you have a brace or prosthesis we will help you learn how to use the device appropriately.

Orthotic/Prosthetic Clinic

On Tuesdays, a Certified Orthotist/Prosthetist is available on-site for appointments to fabricate or provide braces and prosthesis that your physician has prescribed. Appointments can be made with Raleigh Orthopedics and Prosthetics at 1-800-818-9168 with Bob Weaver.


Occupational Therapy

This is a service that helps people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. For additional education on occupational therapy, please refer to this website: http://www.aota.org/featured/area6/index.asp.

Elbow and Hand Function

Trained therapists evaluate needs and teach the use of the following: splinting, exercise, scar management. Improving muscular control after a stroke, and treatment to decrease pain and swelling.

Pediatrics

We provide evaluation and treatment of infants, toddlers, and adolescents to address concerns in the following areas: feeding skills, fine motor skills, handwriting, sensory integration disorder, attention and focus, and visual motor skills.

Activities of Daily Living

Person Memorial has a lab with a kitchen, bath, and laundry room for patients to re-learn activities that will enable them to care for their needs independently or with minimal assistance.

Patients may learn to wash clothes and dishes, go to the bathroom, take a bath, get in and out of bed, and prepare meals.  These tasks help patients return to their living situations with renewed confidence and help family members to feel more secure about their loved one’s safety.

Visual Training

This includes exercise and training to use the eye’s ability to work together to improve problems with visual scanning and spatial relationships between objects.

Energy Conservation

This is a method of training to simplify the environment and decrease the amount of work required to complete a task.  This will help maximize your efficiency and increase your ability to participate in your choice of activities throughout your day.

 

Speech and Language Pathology Services

 Speech therapy provides services for children with communication difficulties and adults with communication, cognition, and/or swallowing difficulties.  For additional education on speech therapy, please refer to this website: http://www.asha.org/public/

Adult Swallowing

Adult swallowing difficulties may appear as coughing while eating or drinking, frequent choking, weight loss, and holding food in mouth without swallowing.  Speech therapists observe and assess a patient’s ability to swallow various food textures and drinks.  After this initial assessment, a specialized x-ray is frequently necessary to evaluate a patient’s ability to safely swallow different food textures. This is called a MODIFIED BARIUM SWALLOW STUDY. The results of the study provide information to allow the therapist to make diet recommendations for the safest foods. They also provide exercises and treatment to improve the mechanism of swallowing.

Adult Communication

Speech therapists also assist with communication. The ability to talk, listen, read, and write can be affected due to illness or injury.  Using exercise and training they work to improve slurred speech or speech that is difficult to understand, putting thoughts into words, and the ability to understand others despite the lack of hearing problems.

Pediatric Communication

Some children may need a speech therapy evaluation if they: do not talk by age 2 years, do not use 2-3 word sentences by age 3 years, are not understood by strangers at age 3 years, have trouble following simple directions by age 4 years, or if a parent is concerned about their child’s speech.


Cardiac Rehabilitation

Our cardiac rehabilitation program is a medically supervised program to help individuals with heart disease recover faster and return to a full and productive life. It is an individualized program of exercise, education and counseling to help participant begin heart healthy living.

Programs usually last for 36 sessions or 3 months.  The program includes cardiovascular conditioning exercise, which includes warm-ups, and cool-downs, plus and intensive exercise workout on treadmills, bikes, rowers, nustep, and multi-gym.  A weekly education session on heart healthy topics is offered to patients and family members.  Sessions include such topics as diet management of heart disease, weight control, smoking cessation , exercise, cardiac medication, and stress reduction. Psychological and nutritional counseling are available in addition to the support of the rehabilitation group.