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Physical Therapy


St. Luke’s Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Services encompasses a spectrum of rehabilitative care. Care begins in the inpatient unit and continues through the hospital experience, followed by outpatient services. All therapists are specially trained using advanced techniques and equipment in the detection, prevention and treatment of complications caused by illness and injury. Your doctor may order any of the following areas of rehabilitation:

Physical Therapy: With inpatients, therapists focus on training to improve ambulation, strength, balance, stair-climbing and chair/bed transfers after an injury, surgery or neurological event.. The next step is outpatient physical therapy services. Therapists focus on optimizing the neuro-musculoskeletal systems. Our staff is trained to evaluate your musculoskeletal problems and design a treatment program tailored to the specific problems that are identified at your evaluation.

Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic therapy or pool therapy consists of an exercise program that is performed in the water. It is a beneficial form of therapy that is useful for a variety of medical conditions. Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of water to assist in patient healing and exercise performance.

One benefit of aquatic therapy is the buoyancy provided by the water. While submerged in water, buoyancy assists in supporting the weight of the patient. This decreases the amount of weight bearing which reduces the force of stress placed on the joints. This aspect of aquatic therapy is especially useful for patients with arthritis, healing fractured bones, or who are overweight. By decreasing the amount of joint stress it is easier and less painful to perform exercises.

The viscosity of water provides an excellent source of resistance that can be easily incorporated into an aquatic therapy exercise program. This resistance allows for muscle strengthening without the need of weights. Using resistance coupled with the water’s buoyancy allows a person to strengthen muscle groups with decreased joint stress that cannot be experienced on land.

Aquatic therapy also utilizes hydrostatic pressure to decrease swelling and improve joint position awareness. This is important for patients who have experience joint sprains, as when ligaments are torn. The hydrostatic pressure also assists in decreasing joint and soft tissue swelling that results after injury or with arthritic disorders.