At Osceola Community Hospital Wellness and Rehab Center the Physical Therapy Department provides patient care in functional training for work-related issues, home activities, and recreational or sports interests.
The Physical Therapist will perform an evaluation of your problem or difficulty. This includes taking a history of a problem and then evaluating your problem by performing tests and measures to assess the problem. These tests include muscle strength tests, joint motion tests, sensory and neurological tests, coordination tests, balance tests, observation, palpation, flexibility tests, postural screening, movement analysis, and special tests designed for a particular problem. From this point the Physical Therapist will then develop a treatment plan with goals and then administer the appropriate treatment to aid in recovery of a problem or dysfunction.
Furthermore, the Physical Therapist will introduce treatments which include patient education to teach you how deal with a current problem and how to prevent this problem from recurring in the future. In addition the Physical Therapist provides "hands on techniques" like massage or joint mobilization skills to restore joint motion or increase soft tissue flexibility. Also, the Physical Therapist assists in postural reeducation and movement awareness. With the aid of therapeutic exercises instructions this will help restore strength, movement, balance, or coordination as a guide towards full functional recovery. Physical therapy treatment often involves the use of modalities which include properties of heat, cold, air, light, water, electricity, ultrasound, and traction. These modalities are used to help decrease pain and increase movement and function.
The Physical Therapist teaches basic mobility skills such as learning to move and get out of bed, transferring to a chair, walking with crutches or special devices on stairs or varied terrain. They can also assist one in meeting special equipment needs such as wheelchairs or other adaptive equipment to improve function and independence. It is the intent of physical therapy to progress them to a more independent level and to prevent injuries from occurring in the future.
At Osceola Community Hospital Wellness and Rehab Center the Physical Therapy Department works with the medical staff, nursing, the occupational therapist, and other departments to provide total patient care.