Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism Program
The Deep Vein Thrombosis or Pulmonary Embolism Program is designed to improve your quality of life through strengthening, balance training and education. Our program will identify patitnts via risk stratificaion with Wells DVT/Wells PE assessment and refer to physical therapy. Community outreach assesses individuals using anticoagulants for fall risks.
By using Wabash General’s Deep Vein Thrombosis/Pulmonary Embolism Program, patients can experience the following benefits:
- Decreased risk of Post Thrombotic Syndrome
- Improved compliance with skin care and compression use
- Decreased fall risk and decreased risk for injury
- Frequent contact and assessment with Physical Therapist to assess for clinical changes associated with DVT over a 10-week period.
Dynamic Ankle Foot Orthosis (DAFO)
The Rehabilitation Department at Wabash General Hospital offers services for custom fit orthotics and dynamic ankle foot orthosis (DAFO) through Cascade DAFO. Children who are slow to walk, have low tone, walk on their toes or just have difficulty with walking may benefit from the use of a DAFO, also called an ankle brace or leg brace. It is very important to choose the correct DAFO early in a child’s development and our team can help.
Individuals experiencing foot pain caused by issues such as plantar fasciitis, arthritis, bunions or flat feet may benefit from custom fit orthotics to wear inside their shoes to decrease pain and improve their quality of life.
A test performed to evaluate the health of your nerves and muscles. It will assess how well your nerves and muscles are working, and give your physician insight into your particular condition. A patient may be referred for an EMG if they experience numbness, tingling, pain, weakness, muscle cramping or twitching.
Certified lymphedema therapists (CLTs) are healthcare professionals who specialize in the treatment of lymphedema. After performing a comprehensive evaluation, your extremities will be measured and treatment can begin. Lymphedema treatment is done in two phases.
- Intensive phase - involving skin and nail care, manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), compression bandaging and exercise. During this time, the patient will learn how to manage lymphedema.
- The second phase, known as the "maintenance phase," begins when the extremity reduces in size. Patients assume responsibility for protecting and monitoring their skin, performing self-MLD, maintaining/managing wear and care of compression garments (along with exercise), and following up with their healthcare provider(s) to keep their condition(s) manageable.
The "gold standard" for successful treatment consists of a multicomponent approach:
Occupational Therapy Services
- skin and nail care
- compression (short-stretch bandaging followed by garments or wraps)
- appropriately prescribed exercises
Our occupational therapists help patients maximize their independence with activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing and cooking after surgeries or injuries. Our services are most often used to help patients with orthopedic conditions involving the shoulder, arm, wrist, and hand, plus neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury and multiple sclerosis with fine motor skills training and critical thinking skills training. We also assist patients with work-injuries and return-to-work programs to help them return to work.
Wabash General Hospital offers hand therapy services performed by a certified hand therapist (CHT). This therapy involves not only the hand but also the entire upper limb.
Parkinson's BIG and LOUD Programs
LSVT BIG® Program
These two programs are designed to help improve speech and body movement, which Parkinson's disease primarily affects. These programs are led by certified licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists.
- LSVT BIG® is a standardized treatment protocol, which is customized to the unique goals of each patient including both gross and fine motor skills. LSVT BIG can be adapted or progressed in order to meet each patient's needs across a range of disease severity and presenting impairments. The LSVT BIG® treatment consists of:
- 16 one-hour sessions spread over four weeks
- Individual one-hour sessions
- Daily homework practice
- Daily carryover exercises - home exercise is critical to successful treatment.
Research on the LSVT BIG has documented improved ratings on tests of motor functioning in people with Parkinson's Disease following treatment include:
LSVT LOUD® Program -
- faster walking with bigger steps
- improved balance
- increased trunk rotation
- improved UPDRS motor score
- improvements in activities of daily living such as transferring in and out of the shower
LSVT LOUD® is an effective speech treatment for people with Parkinson's disease (PD) and other neurological conditions. LSVT LOUD® is built on three key strategies to make the treatment as effective as possible: target, mode and calibration. In addition to these key strategies, LSVT LOUD® keeps people highly engaged, not only with frequent treatment sessions but also daily assignments for practicing newly learned skills at home and in their communities. Further, LSVT LOUD® individualizes treatment exercises to each person’s interests and personal goals for improving communication. Like LSVT BIG, LSVT LOUD® involves 16 one-hour sessions spread over four weeks and home practice is essential for success.
Wabash General Hospital offers physical therapy services to both children and adults. Our therapists guide patients with movements and exercises designed to increase strength, mobility and endurance. It is most often used following orthopedic surgery, for neurological conditions such as stroke, brain injury and multiple sclerosis, and to help cancer patients reduce tiredness after treatment. Therapy can take place in the hospital or as an outpatient.
Speech Therapy Services
Our speech therapists offer assessment and treatment of communication issues and disorders through our speech therapy program. We determine your needs and develop the best treatment. Therapy can help individuals with swallowing dysfunction due to stroke or brain injury plus other voice disorders like hoarseness. In children, speech therapy can help increase communication skills if they are experiencing a developmental delay.
Short-Term Rehab/Swing Bed
Wabash General Hospital offers a solution for patients who need short-term rehabilitation or skilled nursing care after being hospitalized. Medicare calls this type of care a “swing bed,” but to us, it is just our family taking care of your family until it is possible to return home.
While in short-term rehab, care is individualized but may include:
- Skilled nursing care
- Physical, speech, and/or occupational therapy
- Nutrition counseling
- Ancillary services (lab, imaging, respiratory therapy, pharmacy)
The average stay at Wabash General is less than 15 days. Once goals are met or maximum recovery is achieved, a member of our team will help make preparations for discharge.