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NMMC-West Point offers physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech-language pathology for hospital patients and outpatients Conditions treated include orthopedics/trauma, neurological (which includes stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and other degenerative neurological pathologies), wound care, 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.
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.
Speech-language pathologists: Address communication, cognitive and swallowing concerns. In additional to traditional speech-language rehab techniques, they also use adaptive communication devices. Speech-language pathologists help prevent aspiration pneumonia by determining appropriate diets and compensatory strategies for patients.
Often, all three disciplines work together to address the patient's needs.
NMMC-West Point offers a comprehensive wound program tailored to each patient's needs. Various treatment options include whirlpool and debridement. 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.
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-West Point Rehabilitation Services, call (662) 495-2345.