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Chatham Hospital offers rehabilitation services

Posted Thursday, December 9, 2010

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Siler City, NC - Chatham Hospital in Siler City is pleased to announce the expansion of therapy services to the residents of Chatham County and surrounding areas. In addition to an outstanding physical therapy staff, Chatham Hospital now offers occupational therapy services to inpatients at the hospital and community outpatients.

Why drive to Chapel Hill, Apex, Cary, Sanford or Asheboro to receive physical therapy or occupational therapy services, when you can get these services in your community? Both physical and occupational therapy staff are available at our convenient, easily accessible outpatient clinic in Siler City.

We have free parking. We offer rehabilitation services, including evaluation, treatment and consultation to adolescents, adults and older adults from 8 am to 5 pm Monday through Friday.

In early 2011, we will be moving to a new outpatient facility in the Chatham Hospital Medical Office Building located behind Chatham Hospital in Siler City. This new facility will include three private treatment rooms, a new multi-station resistive training gym, and implementation of Wii-rehab for balance, coordination training for outpatients.

Frequently asked questions about physical therapy or occupational therapy services at Chatham Hospital:

1. Why Chatham Hospital outpatient rehabilitation services?

There are numerous benefits of selecting Chatham Hospital outpatient PT/OT services, including a convenient, easily accessible outpatient clinic in your community, efficient and timely scheduling of client evaluations and treatments, functional outcomes and improved quality of life oriented treatment goals, as well as, a team of friendly and patient-care focused therapists who live in or around Chatham County. Our therapy team encourages client-centered care and patient involvement throughout the therapy process, including the establishment of therapy goals and treatment interventions.

2. What is Occupational Therapy and who would benefit from OT services?

Occupational therapy (OT) is a client-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of OT is to enable people to participate in meaningful *activities of everyday life * and return to favored routines/roles at home and work. Occupational therapy meets this outcome by addressing individual’s deficits and barriers, including the demands of the task or environment, that limit the patient’s ability to perform activities that they need or want to do related to independence in self-care, home management, work-related tasks, and participating in leisure and community pursuits.

Adolescents, adults, and older adults with limitations in participation in or performance of daily activities due to physical disability, injury or illness; chronic or age-related conditions; cognitive, neuro-muscular, sensory, visual or perceptual impairments; and environmental barriers can benefit from OT interventions. Occupational therapists can provide clinical outpatient services to clients with a wide range of conditions including but not limited to stroke, brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, low vision, Parkinson’s disease, cognitive deficits, amputations, fractures/sprains/hand therapy, carpel tunnel, arthritis/fibromyalgia, balance disorders, and office ergonomics.

Occupational therapy clinical services offered include education/training in daily living skills (self-care, home, vocational, leisure) and adaptive equipment, fabrication of arm/hand orthotic devices/splints, strengthening/coordination and neuromuscular re-education, body mechanics/energy conservation training, sensory integrative techniques, home and work safety assessments, and cognitive, visual and perceptual skills re-training.

3. What clinical services does Physical Therapy offer?

From a minor ankle sprain to complex neurological deficits, our physical therapy staff can help you get started on the road to recovery and return to an active lifestyle. Physical therapy provides services to adolescents, adults and geriatric patients to develop, maintain, and restore maximum movement and functional ability throughout the lifespan. Chatham Hospital PT staff provides therapy for individuals with spine problems, including low back pain, shoulder/arm injuries, work-related injuries, degenerative joint disease, amputations, orthopedic and sports injuries, chronic pain, neurological conditions or impairments such as stroke, brain injury, arthritis/fibromyalgia, cardiopulmonary limitations, and post-op joint/orthopedic rehabilitation needs.

Physical therapy treatments may focus on prosthetic device training, joint mobilization/manipulation, therapeutic exercise /stretching/ strengthening programs, use of therapeutic modalities including heat/cold, massage, ultrasound, electrical stimulation iontophoresis, ambulation/gait training, neuromuscular re-education and balance activities, body mechanics/care of
back, neck, chronic pain, and home safety assessments.

4. What is the training and experience of your therapists?

Our therapy team includes a Physical Therapist, two Physical Therapist Assistants, and an Occupational Therapist. All therapists maintain an active state of North Carolina license issued by the NC Board of PT and NC Board of OT respectively.

Our physical therapist is a recent graduate with a doctoral degree in Physical Therapy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Physical Therapy. He has clinical experience treating patients in inpatient acute care and outpatient musculoskeletal settings as well as working with patients requiring inpatient rehabilitation after severe traumatic brain injury. His clinical interests also include working with patients with neurological deficits. During graduate school, his doctoral project was centered around analyzing and synthesizing the latest literature on the effect of dual task performance on postural stability in individuals who have suffered mild traumatic brain injury. Our Physical Therapist Assistants have a combined 30+ years experience working in a variety of settings including skilled nursing rehabilitation, outpatient and pediatric clinics and have been with Chatham Hospital over ten years.

Our occupational therapist is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a master’s degree in Occupational Science with a Certificate in Aging. She has clinical experience treating patients in skilled nursing care, inpatient rehabilitation focusing on neurological conditions including stroke and mild to severe traumatic brain injury, inpatient acute care, and outpatient geriatric services. Clinical interests include geriatric services, low vision, home and work safety/environmental
modifications, and vestibular/ neuromuscular/cognitive rehabilitation.

5. How do I access physical and occupational therapy outpatient services at Chatham Hospital?

A physician’s referral is required to receive physical and occupational therapy services. Consult with your doctor to assess if you or a loved one would benefit from PT/OT outpatient services. When you have a physician’s order, please call 919-663-2314 to schedule an evaluation appointment and receive directions to our outpatient clinic.

6. Who can I contact if I have questions about Chatham Hospital Rehabilitation Services?

The Director of Rehabilitation Services is available to answer questions about therapy services at 919-799-4692. Please feel free to visit the Chatham Hospital website for information related to the wide range of patient services available to our community:

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