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Combining a variety of therapies and treatments, rehabilitation is designed to help patients regain their normal function following an illness, accident or trauma. Trained therapists use massage, heat, water therapy and a wide variety of specialized machines, in addition to teaching patients correct movement and exercise techniques.

We offer a variety of rehabilitation services to meet your recovery needs, including:

  • Aquatic Physical Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

Aquatic Physical Therapy

Complementing traditional physical therapy practices, aquatic physical therapy is effective in treating many health and chronic conditions, offering rehabilitation in a relatively low- or no-impact environment. After an injury or surgery, a patient’s sensitivity to pain is increased, restricting their movement. The effects of gravity in water are highly reduced, allowing for more comfortable movement, less stress on the joints and enhanced range of motion. Consequently, patients are able to improve strength and mobility and function at a more rapid rate.

Clark Fork Valley Hospital's Physical Therapy Department now offers aquatic physical therapy to patients referred by a physician—often for post-surgery rehabilitation or to patients suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, joint injuries/fractures, or chronic pain. Open to the public since January 2008, the rehabilitation pool offers features like a variable speed treadmill, resistance jets, and an operated lift that allows highly dependent patients safe and easy access into the pool.

Occupational Therapy

OT focuses on self-care activities and improvement of fine motor coordination of muscles and joints, particularly in the upper extremities. Typical OT referrals are made if a patient experiences lasting side effects from a heart attack or stroke; learning problems; or other obstacles to normal development, injuries from falls, sports or accidents; or mental or behavioral problems such as Alzheimer's disease, post-traumatic stress disorder or schizophrenia.

Unlike physical therapy, which focuses on muscle strength and joint range of motion, OT focuses on activities of daily living (ADLs) because they are the cornerstone of independent living.

Basic ADLs include eating, dressing, bathing, grooming, toileting and transferring (moving between surfaces such as the bed, chair, bathtub or shower). Instrumental ADLs (IADLs) require more complex cognitive functioning than ADLs. IADLs include preparing meals, communicating by telephone, writing, using a computer, managing daily drug regimens, cleaning, doing laundry, shopping for food and doing other daily errands, managing finances, traveling as a pedestrian or by public transportation, and driving. Many are complex activities requiring integration of visual, physical and cognitive tasks.

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