Rehabilitation Therapy

October 26, 2022

A serious injury or illness can change your life in an instant.  It can result in weakness, pain, and cognitive impairment.  Things you used to be able to do easily can now be difficult.  And recover is often slow.  Rehabilitation therapy is designed to help you recover as quickly and completely as possible.  It can be done in an inpatient or outpatient setting and involves a team of experts who will help you know what to expect and what to do to maximize your recovery.

Rehabilitation therapy includes:

Physical Therapy Physical therapy focuses on mobility - walking, sitting, standing, turning, running, and moving.  Your physical therapist will assess all the components of  mobility including your strength, range of motion, and coordination.  She will give you stretches to make you more flexible, exercises to increase your strength and endurance, and modalities such as TENS, neuromuscular simulation, and ultrasound to help control and reduce pain.  She will look at how your muscles work together and make corrections for poor movement patterns and gait deviations.  She will determine if bracing or orthotics are needed.

Occupational Therapy:  Occupational therapy focuses on activities of daily living - the things you need to do every day like get dressed, cook a meal, pay bills, do laundry, go shopping and drive a car.  Your occupational therapist will assess what interferes with your ability to complete ADLs including hand function, ability to reach, visual function, and stamina.  He will give you exercises to improve your strength, coordination and endurance and design activities to help you regain your independence.  He will identify adaptive equipment to help or compensate for tasks that you can't do.

Speech Therapy Speech therapy focuses on communication, cognition and swallowing.  Your speech therapist will assess your ability to process language - to understand what is being said to you and to express your thoughts and feelings.  She will assess your ability to articulate and swallow - to move your lips, tongue and mouth accurately for speaking and eating.  And she will evaluate your cognition - your ability to remember, organize and solve problems.

Each person will have different problems and different goals.  Accordingly, the type of therapy will be different for each individual. An person who has had a stroke may simply want rehabilitation therapy to be able to dress or bathe without help. A person who has had cancer may focus on conditioning to try to return to work and normal activities. Someone with long term effects of COVID may need therapy for breath support get to be able to breathe better and improve their quality of life.

Whatever your rehabilitation therapy needs are, Therapy Achievements is ready to help.  Our team of physical, occupational and speech therapists are expert in their fields.  They have advanced training and certification in what they do.  And they are continually learning about the newest developments and most cutting edge treatments.  But the best thing about our team is how much they care.  They will team with you, encourage you and give you hope.  Call 256-509-4398 for an appointment today!