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Our rehabilitation team is here to help

Life can sometimes surprise you. Even when you're usually healthy, you may find yourself, at some point, in a situation that requires professional help. When it comes to assistance with restoring your health, Dameron Hospital is here for you, whenever you need us.

Dameron Rehabilitation Services provides treatment and care that can help you restore, maintain or improve abilities that you need for daily life. Whether you've lost abilities because of a disease or injury or as a result of medical treatment, rehabilitation can improve your physical, mental, and cognitive health and function.

The three main types of rehabilitation are occupational health, physical therapy and speech therapy. Each type serves a unique purpose, but all share the ultimate goal of helping the patient return to a healthy and active lifestyle.

Who can benefit from rehab?

Rehabilitation is for people who have lost abilities that they need for daily life. Some of the most common causes are:

  • Injuries and trauma, such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries and spinal cord injuries.
  • Sports injuries, including ankle sprains and concussions.
  • Chronic pain, including back pain and headaches.
  • Stroke.
  • Severe infections.
  • Surgery.
  • Side effects from medical treatments, such as from cancer treatments.
  • Certain birth defects and genetic disorders.
  • Developmental disabilities.
  • Occupational pain and injuries.

Regaining your independence

The overall goal of rehabilitation is to help you get your abilities back and regain independence, but the specific goals are different for each person. They depend on what caused the problem, whether the cause is ongoing or temporary, which abilities you lost, and how severe the problem is. For example, a person who has had a stroke may need rehabilitation to be able to dress or bathe without help. Or someone with lung disease may get pulmonary rehabilitation to be able to breathe better and improve their quality of life.

What happens in a rehabilitation program?

When you get rehabilitation, you often have a team of different healthcare providers working with you to figure out your needs, goals and treatment plan. Treatment plans sometimes include:

  • Assistive devices — tools, equipment and products that help movement and function.
  • Cognitive rehabilitation therapy to relearn or improve skills such as thinking, learning, remembering, planning and decision making.
  • Working with nutrition and mental health specialists as part of a collaborative approach.
  • Occupational health to help with daily activities.
  • Physical therapy to help with strength, mobility and fitness.
  • Speech-language therapy to help with speaking, understanding, reading, writing and swallowing.
  • Treatment for pain.
  • Vocational rehabilitation to build skills for going to school or to a job.

How we deliver excellent care

Dameron Hospital has partnered with PT Solutions Physical Therapy to manage our physical therapy, occupational health and speech therapy services across our outpatient, acute care and inpatient settings.

"PT Solutions starts with a true love of therapy and fuses that passion with science and training to create an unmatched standard of care for patients," says Matt Eastwood, PT Solutions regional vice president of operations. "We love our work, and that enthusiasm is evident in all we do, both in the clinic and in the community. With acute care, inpatient rehab and outpatient clinics in 20 states, we work in partnership with our patients and are committed to keeping them in motion throughout all phases of injury and healing."

"It is critical that all of our services deliver an amazing care experience for patients and work experience for staff," says Tim Karagounis, operations executive for Dameron Hospital. "Based on our experience with PT Solutions, it's very clear that they have significantly enhanced our rehab services operations. As the current rehab service provider for our patients at Adventist Health Lodi Memorial for a number of years now, their approach has yielded consistently positive benefits to our patients, physicians and employees. We are already seeing this at Dameron as well."

Rehab designed with you in mind

Physical therapy

Exercise and education are the foundation of physical therapy. Physical therapists are trained in the latest pain and exercise research. They can help patients understand and address the specific causes of their concerns and help them make necessary lifestyle modifications, if needed, so they can move and live their lives with confidence.

Our physical therapists design exercise programs specific to the patient's concerns and goals. These comprehensive programs are designed to provide long-term success. Exercise is used to reduce pain, improve strength and endurance, reduce the likelihood of future injury, and help patients return to the activities they love.

In addition to exercise, physical therapists often use manual therapy to decrease pain and improve mobility. Our treatments are guided by the latest scientific evidence and advanced physical therapy training.

Sports medicine

Sports medicine involves diagnosing, treating and preventing injuries or conditions in people who are active in sports. Sports medicine focuses on health issues that are caused during or by playing sports. While sports medicine sounds like something only professional athletes need, it is also beneficial for children who play sports in school or as extracurricular activities, as well as adults who play sports recreationally. Sports medicine focuses on helping people reach their body's maximum capabilities so that they can perform their best in the safest way possible.

Our physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine understand the nature of sports-related injuries, conditions and surgeries and are skilled in helping individuals heal and strengthen themselves. In sports medicine, physical therapists use targeted training to help the individual heal, return to their game and reduce the chance of re-injury.

Speech therapy

Speech therapy is designed to treat communication disorders and swallowing disorders. Speech therapists work to prevent, assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication and swallowing disorders in both children and adults.

For patients with speech or language barriers, our therapists evaluate speech and language skills, including speech clarity and quality of voice, verbal and written expression, and auditory and reading comprehension. For patients experiencing feeding and swallowing difficulties, therapists will determine an appropriate diet, maneuvers or postures for best feeding, exercises to improve feeding and swallowing, and whether it is safe for the patient to eat by mouth. We may also assess cognitive-linguistic skills.

After a full evaluation, your therapist will develop a treatment plan that focuses on increasing strength of the speech and swallowing muscles and teaching compensatory strategies as appropriate.

Occupational health

Occupational health is an evidence-based practice that supports patients who have challenges with completing everyday tasks or occupations. Therapists help them live life to the fullest by promoting wellness and preventing (or living better with) injury, illness or disability.

A patient working through occupational health will feel stronger, more in control of their life and more confident because they have been given the tools to adapt their environment to their lives.

If limitations are hindering an individual from activities of daily living, such as bathing, using the restroom, getting dressed, eating, moving around, grooming or sleeping, occupational health can help.

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