PMC Rehabilitation - Physical Therapy Physical Therapy

Physical therapy addresses disabilities, impairments, or limitations in your overall physical function including agility, balance, endurance, mobility, range of motion, and strength.

Physical Therapy is a component of the services offered through Pioneer Medical Center’s Rehab Department. Whether your deviations are the result of disease, injury, or pathological process our physical therapists examine, evaluate, diagnose, develop treatment plans, and provide prognosis for each patient on an individual basis. Through the modalities of exercise, mobilization, manipulation, heat, cold, and electrical stimulation, physical therapists work to restore function, improve mobility, and decrease pain with the goal of re-establishing a patient’s prior functional level.

Physical therapists focus on the evaluation of strength, balance, range of motion, co-ordination, endurance, and posture of each individual patient. From this initial examination, the physical therapist then develops a treatment plan specific to correcting pertinent physical findings. Each patient’s individual treatment plan is geared toward reaching specific rehabilitation goals that are set by the therapist and the patient together as a team. However, the physical therapist will help in determining realistic goals through their knowledge of pathology and prognosis.  Rehabilitation strategies often involve specific exercises to stretch and strengthen muscles as well as to improve posture, balance, and endurance.

Whether you are still in the hospital or already at home, we offer care designed to get you back to what you love doing.

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Pioneer Medical Center’s Physical Therapy offers:

  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Certified Cancer Exercise Therapy Specialist
  • Spine Care
  • Manual Physical Therapy
  • Sports and Recreational Rehabilitation and Sports Injury Assessment
  • Worker’s Compensation Rehab
  • Motor Vehicle Accident Injury Rehab
  • Postural Re-Education
  • Treatment for Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Women’s Health
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy (out-patient and school based)
  • Skilled Swing Bed Rehabilitation
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Long Term Care Residents
  • Evaluation for Foot Orthotics

Please contact the Rehab Department at Pioneer Medical Center for more information (406) 932-4603.

Occupational TherapyOccupational Therapy

Occupational therapy addresses activities of daily living, fine motor and upper extremity function, adaptive equipment and environmental modification needed to return a person to work or home.

As part of the Rehabilitation Department at Pioneer Medical Center, Occupational therapists (OT) work with patients who have acute injuries as well and/or debilitating chronic illnesses.  “OTs” work with the patient, and the medical team, to help a person resume basic self care skills needed to complete tasks such as getting dressed, toileting and getting around in their own home safely.  Upon evaluation, the OT works with the patient to establish a treatment plan that meets the patient’s need.  This may include exercise, use of adaptive equipment such as wheelchairs or toilet risers, modification of the task to accommodate the disability, home evaluation to identify barriers, or retraining appropriate to the level of healing.  Patients with chronic health issues, such as osteoarthritis, often benefit from learning joint protection strategies and energy conservation techniques, and may utilize splints provided by the OT to rest inflamed joints.  Patients with acute injuries may receive education and manual assistance to mobilize and strengthen affected joints.

Occupational Therapists work with children, adults and seniors to engage in their particular “occupations” at the highest level possible in the most efficient way possible.

The Pioneer Medical Center’s Occupational Therapy offers:

  • Post surgical hand, wrist and elbow rehabilitation
  • Custom splinting for acute and chronic hand conditions
  • Home evaluation for accessibility and safety
  • Adaptive equipment provision and training
  • Wheelchair fitting and training
  • Caregiver training
  • Joint protection and energy conservation education
  • Fine motor evaluation
  • Perceptual motor and developmental evaluation and treatment
  • Skilled swing bed rehabilitation
  • Worker’s compensation rehabilitation

Stop by to meet our therapists!  We will be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.  Please contact the Pioneer Medical Center Rehab Department at (406) 932-4603 for more information.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy is a service offered by the Pioneer Medical Center’s Rehab Department.  Speech therapy is the diagnosis and treatment of disorders that affect a person’s speech, language, cognition, communication and/or swallowing.

Disorders or conditions diagnosed and treated by speech therapy include but are not limited to the following:

  • Dysphagia, or problems swallowing
  • Aphasia, a disorder that commonly occurs following a stroke
  • Language disorders such as developmental delay
  • Speech disorders with articulation
  • Dysarthria or slurred speech
  • Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, and other related disorders
  • Cognitive disorders, which can occur after a stroke or head injury

Please contact the Pioneer Medical Center Rehab Department for more information about speech therapy services.

Nutritional Therapy

Medical Nutrition Therapy is available to meet your needs of achieving a healthier lifestyle, whether you are trying to manage a health condition or simply lose weight.  A Registered Dietitian will work with you to:

  • Assess your current nutrition status
  • Recommend diet, exercise and lifestyle interventions
  • Monitor and assess your progress

Why see a Registered Dietitian (RD)?

Individuals with the RD credential have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor’s degree, completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination—in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

There are also nutritionists who give nutrition advice, but not all nutritionists are Registered Dietitians. The definition of a “nutritionist” varies, especially from state to state and in some states, almost anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist” regardless of their education and training.

RDs provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for a variety of diseases and conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular Diseases: hypertension, dyslipidemia, congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes: Type 1, Type 2, Gestational
  • Disease Prevention: general wellness
  • GI Disorders: celiac disease, cirrhosis, Crohn’s disease
  • Immunocompromise: food allergy, HIV/AIDS
  • Nutritional Support: oral, enteral, parenteral
  • Oncology
  • Pediatrics: infant/child feeding, failure-to-thrive, inborn errors of metabolism
  • Pulmonary Disease: COPD
  • Renal Disease: insufficiency, chronic failure, transplantation
  • Weight Management: overweight/obesity, bariatric surgery, eating disorders
  • Women’s Health: pregnancy, osteoporosis, anemia

Please contact Kelsey Proue, RD at 406-932-4603 for more information about nutritional therapy.

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