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
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.
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
- Neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s or stroke
- Wound Care
- Worker’s Compensation
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.
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
Speech and Language Pathology
St. Joseph’s licensed and certified Speech Pathologists provide evaluation
and treatment for patients experiencing problems with communication, cognition,
voice and swallowing. A multidisciplinary approach provides comprehensive
treatment for those who have experienced brain injury, voice disorder,
vocal cord dysfunction, carcinoma of the head or neck, stroke, Parkinson’s
disease, Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological conditions.
Speech Therapy Benefits
- Increased independence
- Improved speaking skills
- Improved coordination of speech muscles
- Enhanced understanding and processing of language
- Improved speech intelligibility
- Improved vocal quality
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved nutritional status and safer swallowing
Speech Therapy Programs and Services
- Therapeutic exercises for strengthening oral musculature
- Vital stimulation (neuromuscular electrical stimulation) for treatment
of swallowing disorders
- Visipitch computerized program for evaluation and treatment of voice
- Cognitive training and treatment of memory disorders
- Training of functional memory strategies
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
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
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