When it is determined that an individual is in need of Physical Therapy (PT), outpatient physical therapy can be provided on-campus for individuals who have been prescribed physical therapy by their physician. Physical therapists provide therapies to maximize motor skills or maintain prior skills by increasing a person's range of motion (ROM), improving mobility skills, or by prescribing positions and/or orthotics to maintain optimal postures. Also, yearly, a physical therapy complete assessment is performed on each individual to determine if there has been any regression in a function that needs to be addressed, or if status has improved indicating a need for more aggressive treatment to try to maximize independence.
This department is also involved in clinics with a wheelchair company and orthotics company. During these clinic sessions, a team approach is used regarding the appropriateness of wheelchairs or orthotics for the individual. The team determines if modifications of current equipment or referral for new equipment is the most appropriate avenue to address physical problems. Referrals may also be made to an outside physiatry clinic to treat abnormal muscle tone through medical management.
The PT Department and the Adaptive Equipment Department work hand-in-hand to build and maintain positioning equipment, or make wheelchair repair and orthotic adaptations when needed. Correct positioning is essential in maintaining overall physical health, and to promote strong bones, strong muscles and flexible joints.