Physical therapy focuses on improving motion for people who have physical disabilities due to fractures, joint replacements, stroke, surgery, injury, pain, cancer and other medical conditions. Treatment programs may include exercises, isokinetics, manual techniques, heat and cold therapy, reconditioning and other preventive techniques. Firelands Regional Medical Center offers physical therapy on both an inpatient and outpatient basis. Therapies are designed to help patients achieve optimal functioning in their daily activities to lead a productive and fulfilling life.
Some of the physical therapy programs offered by Firelands Regional Medical Center are:
- Sports medicine and athletic training: Providing quality medical coverage for the student athlete competing in interscholastic sports, with an emphasis on the prevention of injuries through education and preventive techniques.
- Pediatric physical therapy, including motor skill development and sensory integration: Designed to help children develop independence by learning motor skills such as rolling, sitting, crawling, walking, running, jumping and balance. Physical therapy also assists with improving muscle strength, joint range of motion, postural strength and the use of mobility aids. For more information about pediatric physical therapy, call 419.557.7076.
- Accredited inpatient rehabilitation
- Certified McKenzie therapy: Also known as mechanical diagnosis and therapy (MDT), the McKenzie method is a philosophy of active patient involvement and education for back, neck, and extremity problems. The key distinction is its initial assessment component—a safe and reliable means to accurately reach a diagnosis and only then make the appropriate treatment plan. Rarely are expensive tests required; Certified MDT clinicians have a valid indicator to know right away whether—and how—the method will work for each patient.
- Dizziness and vestibular rehabilitation: Patients receive comprehensive evaluations of balance and vestibular disorders, individualized treatment planning and patient education. Conditions treated include: benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, peripheral vestibular disorders, central nervous system disorders, Meniere’s disease, superior semicircular canal dehiscence, cervicogenic dizziness, oscillopsia, post-concussive disorder, frequent falls and dysequilibrium. Rehabilitation is offered to patients before and after surgery.
- Aquatic therapy
- Ergonomic assessment
- Functional capacity evaluation (FCE): An intensive short-term evaluation that focuses on major tolerance abilities related to musculoskeletal strength, endurance, speed and flexibility. An FCE gathers data that may be used to determine consistency of effort and employability.
- Industrial rehabilitation program: Focuses on recovery from work-related injury with prompt treatment and rehabilitation. Physical and occupational therapists work with you, your physician and your employer to develop a treatment program to meet your needs. Testing that measures your physical ability to return to work and a more productive lifestyle is done continually throughout the duration of your time in the program.
- Physical reconditioning and work conditioning: Physical therapists and occupational therapists work closely with employers, physicians, case managers and the injured worker to simulate the normal job tasks and develop treatment plans that are time-sensitive to return the workers to full duty.