What is the difference between physical and occupational therapy?
The licensed physical therapists at Weeks assess and treat musculoskeletal and neurological disorders with the primary goal of improving movement and function, expanding movement potential, and relieving pain. They treat a wide variety of injuries and perform post-surgical rehabilitation on both the upper and lower body. Occupational therapists offer upper extremity treatments due to orthopedic and neurological diagnoses to enable patients to restore independence and engage in their activities of daily living. Occupational therapists also assess environmental factors and recommend modifications as needed.
Does the Rehabilitation Department at Weeks offer speech therapy?
Yes, our speech therapists work with people who have difficulty talking, understanding language, swallowing, reading, writing, and stuttering. Patient diagnoses include stroke, head injury, head and neck cancer, Parkinson’s, developmental disorders, and related disorders of communication and swallowing.
What can I expect as a rehab patient?
Our administrative staff works closely with the medical staff to set up timely appointments with the therapists. During the initial visit, the therapist will complete a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s condition. The therapist will prepare a treatment plan specific to the patient’s needs and provide the patient with therapeutic exercises and offer functional training in self-care.
What are some common rehabilitation-related issues treated at Weeks?
Our therapists treat a wide variety of injuries and post-surgical rehabilitation on both the upper and lower body. Below is a list of the more common rehabilitation related issues that are treated at Weeks.
- Arthritis, tendonitis, & bursitis
- Muscle strains and tears
- Back pain
- Rotator Cuff Tear/Repair
- MCL/ACL tears/sprains
- Joint replacement
- Youth and adult sports injuries
- Knee sprains
- Chewing/swallowing disorders
- Speech problems
Does Weeks offer joint replacement rehab therapy?
Our rehab team works very closely with post-surgery patients who have had either a knee or hip replacement. Rehabilitation can range from a few days to a couple of weeks depending on the patient’s age and overall health. Occupational therapists are also part of the rehab process and review precautions with patients related to everyday activities.
Are there other rehabilitation programs at Weeks?
We work very closely with the cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation teams. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a six-week exercise and education program that serves patients who have had cardiac-related medical issues. The OT for COPD program is an exercise and education program designed for patients with chronic lung disease and breathing problems.
Do I need a referral from my healthcare provider?
A referral from your healthcare provider is required to determine if diagnostic procedures are necessary prior to therapy or if prescribed medications are recommended along with your therapy. Also most insurance companies require a referral.
By Scott Baxter
Scott Baxter is the manager of the Rehabilitation Department at Weeks Medical Center in Lancaster. For more information or for an appointment, please call 603-788-5095.