Physical Therapy

WCH Physical Therapy focuses on restoring function, relieving pain, and educating you following a disease or injury. Our licensed physical therapists look to individualize a treatment plan and goals specific to your needs. To meet your goals quickly we have therapists specialized and credentialed in:

  • McKenzie Neck and Back Techniques
  • Manual Therapy
    • Instrument-Assisted Manual Therapy: Our physical therapists may utilize ergonomically designed instruments to reduce myofascial restrictions and break up scar tissue. This includes cupping & blades.
    • Instramuscular Manual Therapy: Our trained therapists may utilize dry needling as an adjunctive treatment. A small solid filament needle is inserted through the skin into underlying muscle and connective tissue. The result is an increase in blood flow which relaxes muscles, alleviates pain and improves motion.
  • Aquatic Physical Therapy
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Parkinson's Rehabilitation 
    • LSVT BIG Treatment
    • PWR (Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Program)
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy

Restore Function

The primary goal of therapy is to restore function to your injured area. Restoring function may include:

  • Custom Foot Orthotics
  • Taping Techniques
  • Bracing

Relieving Pain

Pain is often a limiting factor in most activities. Depending on your condition some of the following interventions may be used:

  • Manual Therapy
  • Ultrasound
  • Electric Stimulation/TENS
  • Iontophoresis
  • Traction
  • CRYOPress

Education

Part of each one-to-one session with discussion about:

  • Your diagnosis and prognosis
  • Reason for treatment
  • Type of treatment
  • Proper technique to use with exercises
  • Proper posture and body mechanics
  • Prevention from further injury

Specialized Services:

Vestibular Rehabilitation/Concussion Management

When the vestibular system is not working correctly, symptoms of dizziness and imbalance occur. patients referred for Vestibular Rehabilitation may be experiencing dizziness, vertigo, balance disorder, or dizziness with neck pain. A comprehensive balance evaluation is performed, which may include use of Frenzel goggles, to assist in detailed diagnosis of vestibular dysfunction. Based on findings, an individualized treatment program is developed. Treatment may include:

  • Epley Manuever/Canal Repositioning Manuever for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).
  • Integration of all balance senses (vision, receptors in feet/ankles and vestibular information) through multi sensory exercise.
  • Strengthening program for key muscles to improve balance reaction. 
  • Concussion, also known as mild traumatic brain injury, is a common injury in sports and daily life.  When signs and symptoms of neurological deficit (dizziness, balance or coordination impairment) persist, your physician may refer you to physical therapy with a vestibular therapist.

Fall Prevention Therapy and Balance Training

Research shows that multiple medical and environmental factors contribute to increased fall risk.  Fall risk reduction programs should include:

  • Review of current medications with your physician
  • Regular blood pressure checks
  • Proper management of diabetes and associated foot problems
  • Annual vision exam
  • Home safety review

If you have a history of falls related to loss of balance or muscle weakness, your physician may refer you to physical therapy.  The evaluation may include standardized testing of balance to determine your fall risk and detailed assessment of your functional strength. Treatment may include: balance retraining as well as functional activity and strength training.

Please refer to the CDC STEADI website for a comprehensive list of resources: https://www.cdc.gov/steadi/patient.html

Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurological physical therapy interventions aim to improve quality of movement, coordination, balance and gait. Common neurological diagnoses include:

  • Stroke & Transient Ischemic Attack (TIA)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Spinal Cord Injury

 

Treatment may include:

  • High volume / high repetition movement retraining and exercise for stroke and TIA
  • Large movement pattern and cardiovascular aerobic exercise for patients with Parkinson’s
    • LSVT-BIG therapy
    • Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery program
  • Pacing of exercise for multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis and Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Gait analysis
  • Use of Assistive devices, bracing and partial load weight-bearing equipment

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy combines the benefits of therapy with the advantages of warm-water exercise.  Working in the warm-water environment, patients can discover a freedom of movement that allows them to progress and accomplish more than they often can in land-based therapy.  Therapy occurs in individual 1:1 sessions or specialized groups for all ages available at Wood County Hospital location only.

 

Better Back Class

This interactive one hour class is designed to teach participants how to reduce repetitive strain on their back and neck by applying ergonomic principles to every day movements. Participants will learn how to protect their back from injury by practicing proper sitting posture and bending and lifting techniques. 

 

The class utilizes hand-on instruction and open dialogue for questions and answers. Active participation is required to demonstrate comprehensive class material. Participating will receive a handout summarizing techniques for future reference. 

Post Rehabilitation Programs

Regardless of the reason you attended physical therapy, it is important that you know how to continue your exercise program once your physical therapy visits are complete. Our therapists encourage patients to consider one of the following options:

Post-Rehabilitation Membership:  Provides our patients with short-term access to our facility for a monthly fee to continue their rehabilitation goals immediately following discharge from our facility. This program is designed to help patients transition to an independent program at a community pool or gym. You must have completed your rehabilitation at Wood County Hospital to be eligible.

SilverSneakers is a fitness program for seniors included with many Medicare Advantage plans. The SilverSneakers network includes access to thousands of locally owned gyms. Check the website for eligibility and ID Number.

https://www.silversneakers.com/join-in/

Add PDF of Community Exercise Program Resource List

Personalized Total Knee Class

Preparation, education and continuity of care are essential for optimum results following your Personalized Knee Replacement surgery. This class is designed to help you navigate the process by understanding what to expect during every phase of rehabilitation and how you need to care for your new knew now and in the future.