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Acute Rehabilitation Services at NMMC is comprised of three disciplines: physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology. Patient populations vary from orthopedics/trauma, neurological (which includes stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and other degenerative neurological pathologies), wound care, post vascular thoracic procedures, as well as general deconditioning.
Physical therapists: Primarily address functional activities such as bed mobility, transfers, ambulation (and associated adaptive equipment), patient/family education and wound care.
Speech-language pathologists: Address communication, cognitive and swallowing concerns. Speech-language pathologists are instrumental in reducing the incidence of aspiration pneumonia for patients through determination of appropriate diets and compensatory strategies. Speech-language pathologists offer varying techniques to rehabilitate deficits in communication and swallowing including electrical stimulation (Vital Stim); Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation; adaptive devices such as Passy-Muir valves, electrolarnynges, and augmentative communication devices; and traditional language, cognitive, speech and swallow rehabilitation strategies.
Occupational therapists: Address upper extremity coordination and strengthening activities of daily living (ADLs) such as donning/doffing clothes properly and safely, hygiene and self feeding. Occupational therapists also address cognitive issues. In addition to techniques, occupational therapists can offer adaptive equipment to assist in performing tasks. Occupational therapists also fabricate splints and cervical collars for correct positioning.
Often, especially for stroke rehabilitation patients, all three disciplines work together to address the patient's needs.
Acute Rehabilitation Services offers a comprehensive wound program that is multidisciplinary in nature and tailored to each patient's needs. Various treatment options include whirlpool, pulse lavage and biosurgical debridement. Depending on wound location, size and type, the most appropriate treatment is selected by the physician and performed by the physical therapist and/or physical therapist assistant.
When indicated, the physical therapist or physical therapist assistant utilizes sharp debridement to remove dead and contaminated tissue or foreign matter from the wound. Appropriate bandages are selected and applied to meet specific needs of the wound as the status changes. Biosurgical debridement is another treatment option that includes the use of live fly larva to debride necrotic tissue and bacteria from the wounds.
The physical therapists and physical therapist assistants work closely with physicians and the entire multidisciplinary staff to address multi-faceted issues to overall improve patient outcomes.
Our professional staff keeps physicians updated throughout the course of treatment through direct observation, phone calls, evaluation reports and progress notes regarding their patients.
For more information about NMMC Acute Rehabilitation Services, call (662) 377-3729 or 1-800-843-3375.
North Mississippi Medical Center
830 South Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS 38801