Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation ServicesMedical Rehabilitation at TMC Lakewood offers patients a personalized treatment program focused on regaining the highest level of function, and independence following injury or disabling illness.  Patients have access to both an acute inpatient setting or intensive outpatient services depending on the severity of patient needs.

Our rehab team works with people of all ages who have various conditions and/or disabilities, such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Work Related Injuries

Acute Inpatient Services

Medical Rehabilitation patients at TMC Lakewood  may receive care in a dedicated  unit which provides patients access to a team of rehabilitation specialists- physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.  Therapists  work with the patient and family members to develop individualized treatment programs, unique to the needs and of each patient and supportive of the patient achieving an optimal level of functioning.  Family members participate in therapy and training to make the transition to home a successful event.  While at Lakewood, patients have access to board certified physicians 7/24.

Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Services

TMC Rehabilitation Services focuses on maximizing independence and facilitating healthy living.  Our rehab team works with people of all ages who have various conditions and/or disabilities, such as amputations, arthritis, cerebral palsy, brain injury, spinal cord injury, stroke, total joint replacement, urinary incontinence, and work-related injuries.  We offer:

  • Occupational Therapy  
  • Physical Therapy  
  • Speech Therapy  
  • Audiology  

Special Programs  

Lymphedema Prevention and Management:  
Lymphedema occurs when a clear fluid known as lymphatic fluid builds up in the soft tissues of your body, usually in an arm or leg.  The most common causes of secondary lymphedema are surgery or radiation treatment for certain types of cancer, such as breast and testicular cancers.  At TMC, we have certified specialists for treatment of lymphedema massage and wrapping.  Patients receiving therapy learn to manage lymphedema on their own.  Our therapists provide patient education about lymphedema treatment and demonstrations to the family to ensure ongoing home therapy.  

Vestibular/Balance Program:  
Dizziness is the third most common complaint made to physicians.  Each year more than two million people visit a doctor for dizziness.  At TMC, we have a physical therapist that has been specially trained and certified in treating dizziness.  Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation Therapy (VBRT) has been shown to improve balance, decrease risk of falling, improve vision and in some cases, can help eliminate your dizziness altogether.  Patients will be assessed on muscle strength, visual, balance and sensory function.  Treatment may include the following:

  • Head positioning maneuvers
  • Exercises to help your vision
  • Exercises to help your balance
  • Extensive education    

Wound Care:  
Wounds that don't heal can become infected, spread and become painful.  At TMC, certified wound care specialists offer treatment for a minor burns, pressure ulcers, diabetic and venous stasis ulcers.

Certified Hand Therapist:  
Hand therapy helps a patient regain maximum use of his or her hand after injury, surgery or the onset of disease.  At TMC, the goal in treatment is to return patients back to optimal function in their daily lives of work, leisure and self-care.  Our certified hand therapists teach exercises and create custom splints to help the hand heal and protect it from additional injury.    

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction/ Urinary  or Fecal Incontinence:
More than 14 million Americans suffer from urinary or fecal incontinence (bladder or bowel leakage) .   It is the second leading reason for nursing home admissions in the U.S.  Common causes include childbirth, obesity, surgeries, medications, diabetes, stroke, menopausal changes, prostectomy, Chron’s Disease.  At TMC, our therapists use exercise, and education to increase muscle strength and control and decrease pain. Treatment includes:
  • Pelvic floor muscle and abdominal strengthening
  • Bladder training
  • Education in bladder irritants and urge suppression techniques
  • Use of computerized EMG for biofeedback
  • Overall re-education of postural muscles 

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) treatment: 
The peripheral nervous system brings information to and from the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body.  Peripheral neuropathy is the result of nerve damage, often causing weakness, numbness and pain, usually in the hands and feet.  One of the most common causes of PN is diabetes, but it can also occur from toxins such as chemotherapy treatments, traumatic injuries, infections or have no known cause.  A physical or occupational therapist with extensive experience in treating neuropathy will perform a complete evaluation so not only will they treat the pain and numbness but also work on strengthening, balance and improving function.  
The LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) programs are intensive exercise and sensory retraining   therapy for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease.  These programs are specific exercises and protocols that are administered by trained and certified speech, physical and/or occupational therapists.  LSVT LOUD targets the speech motor system and LSVT BIG targets the limb motor system.  The programs are delivered in individual treatment sessions (1 hour each) 4 days a week for 4 weeks.  
Low Vision Rehabilitation:
TMC Lakewood’s Occupational Therapist will evaluate and treat patients whose vision is limited due to disease or neurological impairment.  We assess vision for acuity, contrast sensitivity, visual field, reading and writing ability.  As occupational therapists, we also assess how each patient’s vision affects his/her ability to perform daily living tasks.  Treatments can vary in frequency and duration, but 5-8 visits are the most common recommendation.  
Our services provided include:  
  • home safety recommendations
  • lighting recommendations
  • visual skills training
  • cooking safety suggestions
  • financial management adaptations
  • scotoma awareness training
  • preferred retinal loci training
  • handwriting training
  • optical and other low vision equipment training.    

Wheelchair Seating Clinic:  
TMC Lakewood Rehabilitation Department has a monthly wheelchair seating clinic with durable medical equipment providers to complete a formalized wheelchair seating and positioning evaluation with referred patients.  This is often required by insurances to obtain custom manual or power wheelchairs.  Custom manual wheelchairs are indicated often for those who have a neurological diagnosis, history of wounds, and/or need for a custom-sized wheelchair.  Power wheelchairs are indicated for patients who live at home and are unable to self propel a manual wheelchair or walk on their own. We will contact you to schedule an appointment once a physician referral is received.  
VitalStim® Therapy:  
Dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) effects over 15 million people in America. VitalStim is provided by a Speech Pathologist certified in providing this  treatment.  It retrains the muscles needed to complete the swallowing process through specially designed electrodes that are attached to the patient’s neck. A small current stimulates motor nerves, causing the muscles in the neck to contract for improved swallowing. Repeated therapy helps to gradually retrain the muscle groups to complete the swallowing process.

If you have questions on how we can help you, please call 816-404-9250

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