Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine

St. Joseph Medical center provides Evidence-based therapy throughout the scope of our therapies. This in an interdisciplinary approach to clinical practice. Traditionally defined in terms of; the best available research, clinical expertise (clinical judgement and experience) and client goals and values.

Our experienced staff evaluates and treats a variety of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions, as well as neurological, vestibular and post-surgical cases. Our highly trained team includes specialists in sports medicine, lymphedema, speech and language therapy and geriatric care.

Your individual, licensed, therapist will design the best plan using their expertise and your needs and wishes to return you to your most functional level and ability.

Physical Therapy

St. Joseph’s licensed physical therapists are specially trained to work with patients who have sustained disabilities, impairments or limitations in their overall physical functions. These deviations can be the result of disease, injury or pathological processes. Through patient and therapist interaction, physical therapy can help restore movement and function, helping patients return to a greater level of independence.

A variety of conditions may benefit from physical therapy, including:

  • Post-operative joints, (including ankle, knee, hip and shoulder) and post-operative spine
  • Sports injuries
  • Fractures, strains and sprains
  • Gait/balance instability
  • Cervical and lumbar pain
  • Arthritis
  • Amputations
  • Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or stroke
  • Wound Care
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Lymphedema

Aquatic Physical Therapy

St. Joseph’s Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Center is unique in that it is able to provide aquatic physical therapy. Aquatic physical therapy, provided by specially trained therapists, is a scientifically proven program shown to enhance the healing process and recovery time for many musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

The physical properties of water—buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure and resistance —provide a therapeutic environment which aids in the progression of weight-bearing and functional land activities. Aquatic physical therapy provides a supported environment for increasing range of motion and decreasing pain, and improving sport-specific activities, gait and balance.

Occupational Therapy

St. Joseph's licensed Occupational Therapists are trained to work with patients of all ages who are experiencing upper extremity injury or impairment that limits the ability to complete daily tasks.

A variety of conditions may benefit from occupational therapy, including:

  • Fractures of the hand, wrist and arm
  • Stroke and brain injury
  • Ligament, tendon, and nerve injury and/or repairs
  • Repetitive use syndromes (carpal tunnel, tendonitis, trigger finger)
  • Joint replacement
  • Crush injuries and amputations
  • Injuries requiring custom splint fabrication
  • Decrease coordination, strength or motion
  • Lymphedema

Speech and Language Pathology

St. Joseph's licensed and certified Speech Pathologists provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment for patients experiencing problems with communication, cognition, voice and swallowing. Speech therapy is highly beneficial for patients with the following conditions:

  • Stroke
  • Brain injury
  • Voice disorders
  • Carcinoma of the head or neck

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema can be a debilitating condition, yet few people are aware of what it is or what treatment is available in our community. Fortunately, a healing touch can be found at St. Joseph Medical Center!

What is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid that causes swelling, usually in the arms and legs and occasionally in other parts of the body. The swelling develops from abnormal lymphatic flow as a result of cancer surgery, radiation treatment, infection, trauma, vein problems, obesity or hereditary causes.

The human body has a network of lymph nodes and vessels that carry and remove lymphatic fluid the same way blood vessels circulate blood to all parts of the body. Lymphatic fluid contains white blood cells, which help fight infections. Within the lymph vessels, there are valves and muscles that help move the fluid through the body. The lymph nodes serve as filters for harmful substances and help fight infection.

If lymph nodes are not functioning normally and fluid builds up, nutrients cannot reach tissue, such as skin, and waste products are not removed. The resulting lymphedema can lead to infections, discolorations and changes in the skin, hardening of the tissues and skin, limited function or mobility and other serious side effects.

How Lymphedema Affects You

Lymphedema affects the body, and therefore the quality of life, in many ways:

  • Swollen body part
  • Heaviness of body part
  • Limitation of movement
  • Repeated infections
  • Thickening and breakdown of skin
  • Leakage of lymph through the skin
  • Cosmetic problems
  • High medical expenses
  • Decrease in quality of life
  • Decrease in overall health
  • Emotional distress

Specialized Treatment

While there is no cure for lymphedema, specialized therapy can help relieve symptoms and reduce the debilitating long-term effects. The certified lymphedema therapists at St. Joseph Medical Center provide consultation, evaluation and treatment for those with edema (swelling). Treatment is completely non-invasive.

The Outpatient Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine clinic is located just inside the main entrance of the Medical Center to the left of the escalators.

To schedule an appointment or to speak with a therapist, contact us at 816-943-4545.