Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy
Our therapists provide patient-centered therapy to individuals who have a variety of conditions limiting their function including orthopedic injuries, stroke, arthritis, neuromuscular injuries, work injuries, sports and recreation injuries and speech and language problems. Our rehabilitation department is one of the few facilities in Skagit Valley able to provide a multidisciplinary approach for patients that encompasses physical, speech, and occupational therapies.
Physical therapists work to promote mobility, functional performance and improved quality of life through examination, evaluation and treatment techniques. Our therapists are committed to helping patients meet their own unique goals and reach their maximum level of function.
- Orthopedic Therapy - We offer comprehensive assessment and treatment of any musculoskeletal (muscle, bone or joint) injury that may result in pain and/or movement limitations. This may include sprains/strains to rehabilitation following surgery. The goal is to alleviate pain and restore function.
- Sports Therapy – We focus on sport-specific training to return individuals to sports and recreation as well as provide injury prevention.
- Vestibular Therapy - Vestibular rehabilitation is for patients dealing with dizziness (vertigo) and other balance dysfunctions. This type of therapy may include habituation exercises, education for self-management as well as exercises to improve balance and stability.
- Neurological Therapy - We work with individuals who have a neurological disorder or disease. These include stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease and brain injury. Our therapists work with patients to improve areas of dysfunction to improve function and safety.
- Cancer and Lymphedema Therapy - We work with individuals who have gone through cancer treatment or are currently receiving treatment. Treatment is also available for patients who have upper or lower extremity lymphedema. Treatment may include manual lymphatic drainage massage, compression bandaging, compression garments, therapeutic exercises, range of motion and strengthening as well as education.
- Women’s Health - Treatment is available for urinary incontinence, both stress and urge, and pelvic pain. Treatment for may include therapeutic exercises, EMG biofeedback, education, bladder fitness and bladder retraining. The goal is to decrease pain and restore function.
Physical Therapy is offered in Mount Vernon and in Arlington
Our Speech Pathologists also work with a wide range of disorders related to strokes, head injuries and other neurological impairments. This may include problems related to speech, language, and/or cognition. Speech deficits may include slurred, hard-to-understand speech. Language disorders may encompass reading, writing, word-finding and understanding information. Cognitive deficits include problems with memory, attention, problem-solving and executive functioning organization/planning/initiation). Therapy often focuses on retraining skills, learning compensatory techniques, home activites and education.
- Voice/Swallowing - Our therapists work with a variety of impairments that involve voice and/or swallowing. Diagnoses may include, but are not limited to: head and neck cancer, vocal nodules, aspiration pneumonia, parkinson's disease. We can help with vocal hoarseness, gastroesophageal reflux, chronic throat clearing or coughing, vocal cord dysfunction, food or liquids getting "stuck" or going down the "wrong pipe". Therapy may consist of diet texture modification, instruction in compensatory strategies, therapeutic exercises, electrical stimulation, and ongoing education.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) focus on an individual’s ability to function effectively in his/her daily environment. OTs utilize extensive activity analysis to determine a person’s deficits (from trauma, disease, or other cause) and how to best incorporate a graded, realistic recovery approach to help the person return to functioning in activities of daily living (ADLs) as normally as possible.
- Hand Therapy Services - Skagit Valley Hospital hand therapy services focus on traumatic, congenital/developmental, chronic, disease-based, and repetitive stress-based disorders to help restore function and normal use of the upper extremity. We provide services at the Certified Hand Therapist level, a multi-year professional certification process, to help ensure the highest quality of therapeutic intervention for upper extremity disorders.
For more information, call the Skagit Valley Hospital Rehabilitation Center at 360-814-2184.