Comprehensive rehabilitation therapy under one roof

By on August 15, 2018

Drive by The Outer Banks Hospital (TOBH) these days and you can’t help but notice the growth. In January of this year, TOBH completed construction of a 3,000-square-foot rehabilitation services center. This new center houses physical, occupational, speech and balance therapy. Our highly skilled team of therapists treats patients of all ages, from infancy to older adulthood.

“It’s comprehensive rehab therapy and all under one roof,” says Dr. Chris Mann, orthopedic surgeon with Outer Banks Orthopedics and Sports Medicine and medical director of The Outer Banks Hospital Rehabilitation Therapy, “and I’m not sure that’s happening anywhere else on the beach.

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Physical therapy may be included during a hospital stay resulting from an injury, illness, or part of the recovery from an elective procedure such as knee or hip replacement surgery. A primary care physician or specialist may also refer an individual on an outpatient basis to help him or her with movement and function affected by an illness or injury.

This therapy is also an effective tool for athletes to help prevent injury. Licensed professionals use therapeutic techniques, such as exercise, joint mobilization, hot/cold therapy and electrical stimulation, to help restore movement, decrease pain and prevent disability. The goal of physical therapy is a return to normal mobility.

Sometimes an injury or medical condition can affect a person’s ability to perform activities of daily living, such as dressing, preparing meals and performing job tasks. Occupational therapy helps patients learn or regain their ability to function independently at home, school and work, with adaptive techniques that utilize a person’s strengths to compensate for impairments.

The goal of speech language therapy is to help patients learn or regain the ability to communicate and swallow. Therapy may be required during a hospital stay, or a primary care physician, pediatrician or specialist may refer a patient for outpatient speech therapy. This therapy is also very effective for individuals with traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s, dementia, injury to the face and neck, and various developmental disorders.

While there are many causes for dizziness and balance issues, a large percentage of them are due to a weakness within the vestibular system. Working closely with the patient and his or her personal physician to develop an individualized plan of care, therapists assess the patient’s balance and coordination with the goal of achieving stabilization. Balance therapy may include exercises, visual system training and retraining activities that build progressively.

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TOBH therapists also hold specialized certification in lymphedema therapy for cancer patients’ upper and lower extremities, heads and necks; LSVT BIG® and LSVT LOUD® therapies for Parkinson’s treatment; vestibular rehabilitation therapy; concussion management; VitalStim® therapy for swallowing; and dry-needling therapy for pain management.

For more information about rehabilitation therapy services at The Outer Banks Hospital, call (252) 449-4560.

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