Typical conditions treated include, but are not limited to:
After orders are obtained from the referring physician, a detailed initial examination for each discipline will be administered. With input from the referring physician, other caregivers, and the patient and family, an individualized care plan will be developed and submitted to the referring physician for approval.
From the care plan, more specific ways to achieve the goals are formulated and may include exercises, activities or lifestyle modifications, as well as potential recommendations for assistive devices or orthoses to minimize the patient’s loss of function.
Physical Therapy will evaluate and address deficits in many areas of a patient’s functional capacity, such as:
Occupational therapy evaluates and focuses treatment through many of the same methods listed above as they relate to the need for upper extremity rehabilitation. Further interventions can include splinting, activities of daily living and home safety evaluations.
Speech therapy evaluates and addresses neurological communication and swallowing disorders, which may result from nervous system damage from disease processes or vocal cord paralysis due to a neurological event.
Communication disorders include:
Additionally, dysphagia or difficulty swallowing may also result from nervous system damage. A 3-phase esophagram can be scheduled and completed in radiology to evaluate swallowing function. Following the swallow study, outpatient treatment can address any recommended diet modifications, compensatory swallowing strategies, and exercise to increase the strength of the swallowing function.
Our rehabilitation services offer a multidisciplinary approach to patients who are dealing with a neurological disease or recovering from a neurological event. It is imperative that therapy begin as soon as possible following the acute brain injury as the optimum recovery of function occurs within six to nine months following the event. Teams of therapists work with the patient’s physician to determine and execute the best treatment plan for each patient.
Therapies that are used for this type of treatment can include physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech therapy (including specialized voice intervention).
All therapies are available at our locations:
For information about how to begin rehabilitation therapies please call our main rehabilitation clinic at (317) 338-3364. Prior to evaluation appointments being made, a physician’s referral will need to be obtained. The staff at the above phone number will be happy to assist you with this process.