The Atrium Medical Center Rehabilitation Center offers a full array of outpatient services to meet most every rehabilitation need, providing the same type of personalized, intensive therapies often associated with our inpatient services. We design treatment plans tailored to each individual’s specific needs from short-term therapy to long-term rehabilitation. Whether the disability is simple or complex, our rehabilitation professionals specialize in rebuilding lives and renewing hope.
Our program offers a coordinated approach to outpatient care. Our therapists work together with you to establish and accomplish your individual goals. Treatment begins with a thorough evaluation and careful, individualized planning. We strive to help patients build confidence, achieve independence and attain the highest level of desired functioning possible so they can return to their life, community and work.
Our team is experienced in treating individuals with neurological conditions, such as stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis and Guillain-Barré.
Physical therapy is for patients who have a disability or other change in physical function due to injury, surgery, disease, developmental disorder, or loss of a body part. Common physical therapy activities include walking, muscle strengthening, stair climbing, balance training, and transfer skills (such as getting in and out of a bed or chair). Treatment can also include electrical stimulation, hot and/or cold compresses, and ultrasound to relieve pain and reduce swelling.
Occupational therapy helps people develop or regain skills that are important for independent living. This therapy is centered on self-care training and education using adaptive equipment, motor-control training, and function-based training. Occupational therapy helps patients learn how to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs)—such as grooming, dressing, and shopping—at home, on the job, and in the community.
Speech therapy is used to improve patients’ feeding, swallowing, cognition, language, and communication skills. This therapy may include physical exercises to strengthen the muscles used in speech and swallowing. Activities may include training in compensatory verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, the use of communication devices, the use of problem-solving and decision-making, and memory strategies. Speech therapists also assist patients in redeveloping verbal and noverbal communication skills. Such therapy may include training in speech, language and computer skills, as well as patient and family counseling related to educational, vocational and social issues.
Lymphedema is a chronic (long-term) condition that affects three to five million Americans, including 25 to 30 percent of cancer survivors. As part of the immune system, the lymphatic system carries immune cells and removes toxins from the body by way of a clear fluid called lymph. When the system is damaged, lymph can build up inside the body and cause swelling. Some people are born with this condition, while others may develop it as a result of surgery, trauma or cancer treatments. As the lymph builds up, the swelling increases. It can cause changes in the skin and may even result in infection.The swelling is usually in an arm or a leg and progresses to a point where it cannot be reversed by self-care methods like elevation.
The Lymphedema Program in the Rehabilitation Center at Atrium offers lymphedema assessment and treatment by certified lymphedema occupational therapy staff. Our team identifies the condition, provides therapy services and instructs the patient and/or caregiver in ongoing care and management.
The treatment of lymphedema is a lifelong process, and we are committed to working together with the patient, family and medical team to reduce the effects of the condition and manage them successfully.
Being aware of a patient’s mental ability to complete the tasks necessary for rehabilitation is very important. With the neuropsychologist’s help, the rehabilitation team plans individual treatment goals and adapts them to the patient’s disability. The neuropsychologist also provides useful information to patients and their families that helps them adjust to life-changing conditions, increasing the success of their rehabilitation and return to the community.
Advanced Technology for Extremity Paralysis
Breakthrough technology is available in our Rehabilitation Center to treat upper- and lower-extremity paralysis due to central nervous system injury. The NESS H200 Hand Rehabilitation System and the NESS L300 Foot Drop System help produce movements that can result in patients leading more active lives. These neuro-rehabilitation systems are a revolution in functional electrical stimulation technology, providing sophisticated yet user friendly therapy for patients with extremity paralysis as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or incomplete spinal cord injury. Use of these devices between therapy sessions maximizes rehabilitation.