REHABILITATION SERVICES

  

 

We offer a full range of specialized therapy and rehabilitation services for individuals who require care in the hospital, in our Acute Inpatient Rehab Facility, at Spring Creek Skilled Nursing and Rehab Center and in our outpatient clinic, the Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine. Therapy staff work with physicians, nurses, registered dietitians, athletic trainers and other health care professionals to provide a comprehensive plan which encompasses the full continuum of care for each patient.

 

Our highly-trained staff provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and speech language pathology. We not only treat the patient’s injury or illness from pediatrics to geriatrics, but also help to prevent injuries in athletes and employees.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy involves treatment in patients whose movement and function are threatened by aging, injury, disease or environmental factors. Impairments, disabilities and limitations may be caused by injury or illness.  The Physical Therapists at MCCH are highly trained and experienced in all settings. Many of our therapists are Doctors of Physical Therapy and others have the benefit of many years of experience in a variety of settings.


Doctors of Physical Therapy graduate with the education, clinical skills and perspectives which prepare them to carry the responsibility of primary caregivers in a direct care environment. It also ensures that DPT therapists have an awareness and understanding of evidence based practice in order to make sound judgments built on valid scientific literature. Physical Therapists with Doctoral degrees may use the title of Doctor, but are required to indicate that he/she is a physical therapist.


Patient Testimonial
MCCH Rehabilitation Services
Left to right – Becky, Sally, Betty and Kristie


Walking, sitting and standing had become a painful chore for Ms. Sally McIntosh, and she knew she needed help. After turning to Murray-Calloway County Hospital (MCCH) she was able to get the care and guidance she needed to get back to her normal life.  


After surgery in Nashville, TN, Sally, knew she wanted therapy close to home. And after two days of therapy in Nashville she was ready to be back in her home town. She called Spring Creek Healthcare one morning, worked with their admissions coordinator and by that evening was admitted into their rehab program.

Sally is a Mayfield native but has lived in Murray since 1984. After completing her degree at Murray State University (MSU), she decided to stay at Murray State as a professor and has been there ever since. This year will make 25 years of her teaching English Composition at MSU. In her spare time, when she is not grading papers, she enjoys reading non-fiction books and doing needlepoint projects, which is a form of thread embroidery.

“I enjoy working with such a diversified group of students each semester. Since all students have to take this class I get to interact with so many different types of people. It makes each semester new and exciting,” said Sally McIntosh about teaching at MSU.

Ms. McIntosh said with teaching at MSU, a lot of walking is involved. “Walking to class became very painful for me and when this pain started affecting my daily living I knew I had to do something,” she said.

She then set up appointments at MCCH to explore her options. She tried physical therapy but it did not work, so then she was referred to a surgeon in Nashville who would be able to complete the invasive surgery she needed. Sally had extensive back surgery in June where she underwent two surgeries in 10 days.

After the surgery Sally was brought to Spring Creek Healthcare where she completed 8-weeks of inpatient therapy. When she first arrived staff had to use a lift to help her get up, but after time she was able to use a walker to help her and then eventually was able to walk on her own while completing her therapy there.

“The staff at Spring Creek did not let me give up or get discouraged. Any time I thought it was too difficult they were there to cheer me on. Betty, Becky and others at Spring Creek helped me push myself to do what I never thought I could. Everyone I interacted with was so kind and encouraging, they were continuously checking on me to make sure I was comfortable. This is a facility that I will continue to recommend to others needing rehab. Without this team of help I would have never been able to be where I am today,” said Ms. McIntosh.

After Spring Creek, she then completed in home therapy for the next 4-weeks where she was able to do more walking. Her goal was to walk for 20 minutes a day and she did just that.

Her next step in the recovery process was the outpatient care at the Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine. This part of the rehab has been taking place since October and she only has three or four more weeks to go.

“Kristie (Physical Therapist) has been so helpful at the Wellness Center. She was there for me before and after surgery and helped me regain my strength to being able to walk again. I am so thankful for her and the whole team who made this happen for me,” said Sally.

After finishing therapy, Sally wants to join the Center for Health and Wellness so she will be able to keep moving with the help of the wellness staff.

“There are so many classes to get involved in no matter your skill level and I look forward to being able to continue visiting the Wellness Center that has been so helpful to me during my outpatient care,” said Sally.

“Something so small as walking can often be overlooked, but it is until you are unable to do it that you realize just how vital it is to you. I will now always encourage people to be thankful for everything they have because you never know when something could happen and change everything for you. Being able to do little things like walk to my office and to class never seemed like they were so bad until the pain became unbearable for me,” said Sally. “Walking through Walmart even seems like such an annoyance but one of my goals is to be able to walk that store again without the pain I had before.”

After being fully recovered Sally can’t wait to get back to her students and take them on class tours of the library again.

The Rehab Suites at Spring Creek Healthcare are designed to help patients recover quicker from orthopedic or reconstructive surgery, trauma or a neurological condition. Individual plans and goal setting with the patient and family help patients enhance their abilities, regain their independence and return home to their friends and family. For more information about Spring Creek Healthcare Rehab Center, call 270.752.2900 or visit their facebook page: www.facebook.com/SpringCreekHealthCare/

The Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine is able to treat a wide variety of diagnosis such as patients who suffer from back strain/sprains, and degenerative changes associated from wear and tear and bulging discs. The Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine also offers services for patients recovering from major surgery, strokes, heart attacks, neurological and orthopedic conditions, as well as other illnesses, injuries, chronic conditions and disabilities. For more information, contact the Center for Rehab & Sports Medicine at 270.762.1854.



Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy involves the use of treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of people with a physical, mental or developmental condition. Occupational therapy interventions focus on adapting the environment, modifying the task, teaching the skill, and educating the client/family in order to increase participation in and performance of daily activities, particularly those that are meaningful to the client.


Speech Language Pathology

Speech Language Pathology involves the evaluation and treatment of communication disorders and swallowing disorders. Speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent speech, language, cognitive, communication, voice, swallowing, fluency, and other related disorders.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy refers to water-based treatments or exercises for physical rehabilitation. Treatments and exercises are performed while floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water. A trained therapist directly supervises the activities in our private temperature-controlled pool. Rehabilitation commonly focuses on improving the physical function associated with illness, injury, or disability.


Aquatic therapy uses the buoyancy of water that reduces the effects of gravity, the resistance of water instead of weights and the hydrostatic pressure of water to support and stabilize joints.


Patients who have had difficulty with traditional therapy often tolerate aquatic therapy and show improvement. 


The goal is to transition the patient from hydrotherapy to a land rehab program in a timely manner.  Aquatic therapy is ideal for the following conditions:  Arthritis management/joint pain, endurance/cardiovascular training, gait abnormality, musculoskeletal disorders, chronic back pain/lumbar stabilization, foot/ankle/knee pain, spinal cord injuries, generalized weakness, and fibromyalgia.


Hand Therapy

Hand Therapy includes the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle. It is a merging of occupational and physical therapy theory and practice that combine comprehensive knowledge of the structure of the upper limb with function and activity. Using specialized skills in assessment, planning and treatment, hand therapists provide therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction, restore function and/or reverse the progression of pathology of the upper limb in order to enhance an individual’s ability to execute tasks and to participate fully in life activities.


Patients that benefit from hand therapy are those with injuries or dysfunctions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder; neurological disorders, tendon injuries, joint replacements, chronic and debilitating diagnoses that affect the upper extremities, and those in need of orthotic or prosthetic training, or fabrication/modification of splints or orthotics.


Kim Clark, MOT, OTR/L is working towards the National Hand Therapy Certification. She provides hand therapy for patients in the hospital and the out-patient clinic, the
Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine.

 

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the swelling of one (or both) of your arms or legs that occurs due to blockage in your lymphatic system. Lymphedema can include the head and neck. The blockage prevents lymph fluid from draining as it should. It is most commonly caused by the removal of or damage to your lymph nodes as a part of cancer treatment. While there is no cure for lymphedema, it can be controlled.


The first-line treatment for lymphedema is Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive therapy. This treatment is aimed at improving lymphedema with manual lymphatic drainage, compression therapy, and education on skin care, exercise and other self-care. Therapy is typically completed within 3 weeks of evaluation with compression garments fitting, depending on the amount of edema and fibrosis (hardness of tissue).


Robin Blake, PT is certified in Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. Robin received her certification through the Academy of Lymphatic Studies in 1999 and has been performing Lymphedema therapy for MCCH, currently in the
Center for Rehab and Sports Medicine.  For more information call 270-762-1854.

 

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Pediatric Outpatient Therapy
Murray Calloway County hospital's Pediatric Rehabilitation Program offers the most current therapeutic approaches and state-of-the-art technologies to help children with physical, speech or occupational disabilities or injuries and live their lives to the fullest.

Conditions commonly diagnosed and treated:

  Autism  •   Brachial plexus injury 
•   Cerebral Palsy  •   Communication delays 
•   Developmental delays  •   Feeding difficulties 
•   Fine motor impairments  •   Genetic disorders 
•   Hand injuries  •   Juvenile Arthritis 
•   Musculoskeletal Disorders  •   Neurological Disorders 
•   Oral motor deficits  •   Orthopedic conditions 
•   Sensory motor impairments  •   Sports injuries 
•   Sensory processing disorders 
 
 


Speech Language Pathology services can help children with all types of speech, language, feeding and swallowing, and cognitive communication disorders and are done one-o-one with a Speech-Language pathologist..

Physical Therapy is intended to help both infants and children with strength, balance, endurance, ball handling skills and progression with gross motor skills.  Functional activities including rolling, crawling, walking, jumping and much more with a one-on-one therapist.  

Occupational Therapy involves muscle strengthening, range of motion, work on coordination, motor planning, visual perception skills and motor skills.  It also includes direct practice of the task, often with adaptations or modifications of the fine motor and self care tasks (cutting, writing, tying shoes) that are difficult for the individual child.


Vital Stim®

"After a stroke, many people have difficulty chewing due to weakness or lack of sensation, as well as initiating a swallow. VitalStim helps, especially focusing on the first two stages of the swallow--oral and pharyngeal."

- Tisha Pierce, Speech Therapist.


An estimated 15 million Americans are afflicted with dysphagia, a condition that causes discomfort or difficulty swallowing. At its most severe, this disorder can take away the ability to eat and profoundly disrupt life. Dysphagia is particularly common after a stroke or a traumatic brain injury, but also is common in various neurological disorders, head and neck cancer and in the aging population.

VitalStim at Murray-Calloway County HospitalVitalStim® uses neuromuscular electrical stimulation in conjunction with conventional swallowing exercises to strengthen, reeducate and improve muscle control.

The electricity stimulates inactive or atrophied swallowing muscles, with the goal of strengthening and reeducating the muscles and improving motor control of the swallowing mechanism.

VitalStim® Therapy is used to assist patients who suffer from acute stroke, aging, difficulty swallowing, dysphagia, head/neck cancer or neurological diseases. The benefits are an accelerated recovery from restricted diets, FDA approved, sustainability of long-term results, non-invasiveness and safe and effective.

Our VitalStim® providers are Crisann Chander, M. S. CCC-SLP, Erin DeLancey, M. S. CCC-SLP and Tisha Pierce, MCD, CCC-SLP.

Wound Therapy

Trained Physical Therapists can treat patients with acute or chronic wounds and often work with physicians, nurses, dietitians and caregivers to develop a specific plan for each patient.
A therapist trained in Wound Therapy has specialized understanding of anatomy, competency in modalities used in wound care, debridement and education in positioning.

 

Patients who benefit from wound therapy are those with necrotic wounds, diabetic wounds, pressure wounds, venous wounds and non-healing surgical wounds

While wounds can be treated in a variety of settings, our Wound Therapist, Sarah Martin, DPT, treats most of her patients in the long term care and inpatient rehabilitation setting.

WorkWell Quality Provider MCCH Rehabilitation Services

MCCH Rehabilitation Services is a Certified WorkWell Quality Provider. Our therapists are certified in an integrated approach to pre-work physical screening, workers’ comp program management and return-to-work plans.  Please visit our WorkWell page for more information.