The FHN physical, occupational, and speech therapy team is over 40 people strong and offers patients of all ages a full-service rehab environment on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, sports medicine, and speech therapy with specialists in all areas for both adult and pediatric patients.
Specialty services include aquatherapy, lymphedema care, functional capacity evaluations (FCE), work conditioning, ASTYM (targeted soft-tissue treatment that stimulates the body's healing response), and athletic training.
Services are offered in three Freeport locations (FHN Memorial Hospital and FHN Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation at Burchard Hills) as well at FHN Family Healthcare Centers in Stockton, Lena, and Mount Carroll.
What is Physical Therapy?
Anything keeping you from your optimum mobility and motion for daily tasks - whether that's pain, problems with balance, or physical limitations - is an opportunity to experience the benefits of physical therapy.
Many people think of physical therapy as a path to rehabilitation following a major medical trauma like a stroke or heart attack, or a car or workplace accident or surgery, and that's one of their primary roles. However, physical therapists can also act independently of traumatic situation, offering excellent non-surgical, drug-free options for conditions ranging from back pain and muscle tears to degenerative bone conditions like osteoarthritis and diseases such as Parkinson's or cerebral palsy.
It's important that you are willing and able to work collaboratively with your physical therapist, since the plan of care developed for you is usually developed with you. Treatment by a physical therapist is rarely a passive activity, and participating in your own recovery is usually very rewarding.
FHN physical therapy begins with an assessment of the patient's condition, performed by a physical therapist. A physical therapist works with patients to establish a plan of care and personal goals, focusing on maximizing function. Physical therapy services are available for patients of any age, from pediatric to geriatric.
If you are in pain or experiencing swelling, getting those issues under control will be the first order of business. This may require manual therapy (massage or manipulation), educating you about how your body works (or doesn't), or techniques such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and aquatherapy (exercising in water).
Because this field of care is working to restore or optimize your physical movements, physical therapy almost always includes exercise, which might be stretching, weight lifting, or movements like walking or swimming that are specific to your injury, illness, condition, or that can help prevent future health problems. Your physical therapist will probably teach you how to exercise on your own so that you can continue to improve once your course of therapy is complete.
FHN physical therapists provide evaluation and treatment for patients of all ages. Based on your needs, your physical therapy team could include doctors, nurses, various types of therapists, psychologists or other behavioral health professionals, social workers, and others. FHN therapists can help you navigate various healthcare channels to develop the best possible plan of care. A referral from your healthcare provider is needed for FHN physical therapy services.
Some physical therapists are board-certified in areas such as orthopedics, sports, and neurology, or may offer more specialized care such as cardiac rehabilitation or treatment focused on children, the elderly or women's health. Some physical therapists also use devices such as prosthetics (artificial limbs), orthotics (braces and supports), or other equipment.
Our capabilities include:
Physical Therapy for Adults and Children (birth to age 17)
- Post-surgical conditions
- Neurological conditions such as stroke, Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis
- Orthopaedic and sport-related injuries
- Bio-mechanical problems and muscular control
- Vestibular vertigo impairments
- Back and neck pain
- Acute or chronic pain
- Evaluation and treatment for flexibility and strengthening impairments
- Balance, exercise, and coordination training
- Recovery from work-related injuries
- Recuperation from injuries
- Developmental delay or other neuromuscular dysfunction
- Therapeutic exercise, range of motion and stretching exercise
- Gait (walking training)
- Electrical stimulation, ultrasound, traction, heat/ice therapy, and manual techniques to ease movement and help heal injured tissue
Aquatherapy is exercising in water. This form of treatment is performed while the patient is floating, partially submerged, or fully submerged in water.
Lymphedema care is treatment for lymphedema, which is a collection of fluid that causes swelling (edema) in the arms and legs. This can be the result of surgery (often related to cancer treatment), injury, illness, or poor circulation. Treatment depends on its cause and can include exercise, manual or mechanical stimulation, elevation of the affected areas, wearing compression garments such as stockings or sleeves, proper diet and skin care, and fluid drainage.
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE)
Functional capacity evaluation (FCE) is a one- or two-day evaluation that assesses a person's capabilities in work-related activities. Individuals who have had surgery or an injury and are hoping to return to work may have an FCE done to conclude if they are capable of returning to their full range of duties.
Work conditioning is an individualized treatment program, usually performed in two-hour segments, designed to get the patient back to work.
ASTYM (A'-stim) stands for "a stimulation" of the body's healing response, which results in the remodeling/resorption of scar tissue and the regeneration of degenerated tendons. The approach is a non-invasive therapy that works fast and consistently.
ASTYM is used to treat conditions including:
- Lateral epicondylosis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylosis (golfer's elbow)
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- DeQuervain's tenosynovitis
- Trigger finger
- Plantar fasciopathy/heel pain
- Achilles tendinosis
- Shin splints
- Patellar tendinosis
- IT band syndrome
- Chronic hamstring strain
- Joint contractures
- Overuse injuries
- Pain or loss of motion & function following surgery, trauma, or overuse injury
Athletic training helps athletes of any age compete to the best of their ability. For more information, please visit our Sports Medicine section.