Rehabilitation at the
Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
The Rehabilitation Department is located within a 5,000 square foot area within the Medical Campus. It has been designed to accommodate an increasing growth, allow for an expanded array of therapeutic interventions, and to provide more convenient access for patients.
Our team of rehabilitation specialists consists of highly trained and skilled professionals that include physical, occupational, and speech therapists as well as cardio-pulmonary specialists. They offer the latest techniques in therapeutic inventions such as: Biofeedback for urinary incontinence, orthotics and splinting, joint pain and joint replacement programs, balance and gait training, Vestibular rehabilitation (vertigo), spinal injuries, training in activities of daily living, cardiovascular health, and much more. The department also offers services related to Sports Medicine and Occupational Health.
Staff is here to serve you Monday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday-Friday 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. For more information about our services, contact our department at 218-546-2315, toll free at 888-487-6437 or e-mail the Rehabilitation Department.
Comprehensive Rehabilitation Services at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center
Sports therapy involves the collaboration of several disciplines having the philosophy of getting athletes back into the game as quickly and safely as possible after an injury. We provide an athletic trainer at all the Crosby-Ironton High School home football, wrestling and hockey games in case of injury during these high risk sports. We at CRMC also believe in the importance of prevention and offer consultation services to athletes, coaches and parents in this regard as well as free injury screens to high school athletes should an injury occur.
Biofeedback for Incontinence
Biofeedback is a safe non-invasive treatment for incontinence. The goal of biofeedback therapy is to improve the strength of the muscles related to incontinence. The potential improvement with the use of biofeedback treatment is significant. Behavioral therapy is also practiced in the biofeedback therapy sessions for the re-education and training of a patient’s control mechanisms. The patient's retraining is based on muscle pressure sensor readings as recorded by the biofeedback machine. There are no side effects related to this treatment.
A significant portion of urinary incontinence cases can be improved by using this method to teach the patient to regain control over their pubococcygeus (p.c.) muscle. When regular training of the p.c. muscle is practiced, it can improve cases due to muscle weakness or when the control mechanism is impaired. The therapy involves performing daily exercises to isolate and strengthen the muscles at home combined with biofeedback sessions in the clinic.
At CRMC, many of our physical and occupational therapists have undergone specialized training in delivering various types of manual therapy to help facilitate a recovery from your specific problem. Manual therapy involves the skilled use of a therapist’s hands intended to mobilize stiff joints and relax tense tissue in the body resulting in improved mobility and a relief of pain. Many extremity and spinal problems, including headache pain, can be significantly reduced or eliminated using the techniques our therapists have been specifically trained to perform.
As always, the goal of therapy in our department is to get you functioning as pain free as possible, and in the process, teach you how to maintain the progress our therapists have helped you achieve.
Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Cardiac patients such as those who have suffered heart attack, those with stable angina and those who have had open heart surgery may be encouraged to participate in a cardiac rehabilitation program. Participants will learn to manage controllable risk factors such as smoking, eating right, controlling hypertension and diabetes as well as customized exercise for the cardiac patient. Your doctor may send you to cardiac rehabilitation for the following reasons:
· To help you to recover faster.
· To help you reduce your risk factors.
· To assist you in attaining your highest level of functioning.
· To provide an environment to safely exercise with the assistance of trained staff.
· To help reduce your risk of future heart problems.
Pulmonary rehabilitation may also be recommended to the cardiac patient who suffers from breathing difficulties. Cuyuna Regional Medical Center’s specialized rehabilitation team will work with the patients to aid in their pulmonary rehabilitation. The participation in pulmonary rehabilitation may lead to:
· An improved quality of life.
· Increased control and alleviated symptoms of respiratory impairment.
· A decrease in symptoms such as anxiety or depression.
Functional Capacity Testing
A functional capacity evaluation, or FCE, is a process performed by either a specially trained physical or occupational therapist. During a FCE a patient’s functional capabilities are measured. Some of the capabilities measured include: lifting, carrying, sitting, standing, climbing and reaching.
This evaluation provides those in need with comprehensive information to assist in developing the most effective care plan to insure a speedy recovery. Physicians, insurance companies, lawyers and others find the information useful in determining an individual’s physical capabilities.
The Rehabilitation Department at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center employs the Isernhagen method of evaluation. This method involves two consecutive days of testing and has been shown through extensive research to be a valid and reliable way of determining a person’s physical capabilities.
Vestibular and Balance Rehabilitation
Vestibular rehabilitation is a non-invasive approach for patients with vestibular and balance disorders. Vestibular rehabilitation involves a systematic, individually designed regimen of exercises and activities that address the unique needs of individual patients.
The goals of vestibular and balance therapy include: a decrease in frequency, intensity, and duration of vertigo, a decrease in related symptoms such as headache, nausea, and lightheadedness, improved balance, and an increase in independence in daily activities. Vestibular and balance rehab also helps develop compensatory strategies for dealing with dizziness, disequilibrium and associated anxiety.
Vestibular and balance rehabilitation at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center is custom-designed for each patient. Consider the following factors to determine if you would benefit from a checkup and referral from your physician.
· Do you have a history of falls?
· Do you have poor balance?
· Do you experience positional or persistent vertigo?
· Do you lose your balance when you turn or make quick movements?
· Do you experience motion sensitivity?
· Does your vision blur?
· Do you have a fear of falling or experience agoraphobia (fear of open spaces)?
· Do you have frequent headaches or neck pain?
If you answered "yes" to two or more of these questions, contact your physician for a referral, testing and possible diagnosis.
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FM) is a chronic pain disorder characterized by widespread pain, fatigue and sleep disturbance. It affects 2 to 6% of the population. A diagnosis of FM can be made by your physician or rheumatologist.
Treatment for FM can include:
· Light exercise
· Nutrition changes
· Support groups
· Physical therapy
Some associated symptoms of Fibromyalgia include:
· Loss of memory
· Difficulty concentrating
· Temperature sensitivity
· Chest wall pain
· Irritable bowel/bladder
· Weight gain
Fibromyalgia can be a disabling condition with a large emotional and social impact. It affects not only the lives of those who experience it — but often their families, friends and colleagues. The goal of rehabilitation is to provide people who have FM with coping strategies to improve their quality of life. Research suggests that group-based therapy, combined with exercise and lifestyle management strategies, offers the best outcomes for people with FM.