Physical Therapy Aids Patient Recovery

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy is a method of rehabilitation most often used to help restore function and health in patients after surgery, injury or illness. Outpatient physical therapy also can help patients prepare for surgery, prevent an injury, or treat a health condition such as Parkinson’s disease or pelvic floor dysfunction. Advanced physical therapy includes specialized services for amputees, stroke patients, joint replacement patients, and others who have unique needs. .

The Rehabilitation Center offers physical therapy at 17 rehabilitation centers throughout Central Pennsylvania. Our centers are staffed by quality physical therapists who develop individually tailored programs for our patients. Our physical therapists provide both inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, as well as work with patients in their homes through our Community Nurse program. Our physical therapy centers are equipped to treat a large variety of patients, including those with orthopedic and neurologic conditions, arthritis, and musculoskeletal issues.

Who Benefits from Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy is used to treat many different types of conditions stemming from an injury, surgery, or chronic disease. It may be used to prevent injury, prepare for surgery, or during recovery. Physician therapy often is used along with other treatments, such as medication or surgery. Or, you may choose to have physical therapy in place of other treatments. Your physician may refer you to physical therapy for:

  • Sports injuries, such as concussion, rotator cuff tears, and stress fractures
  • Chronic or acute back pain
  • Neurological conditions, such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease
  • Women’s health issues, such as urinary incontinence
  • Swelling after cancer surgery (called lymphedema)
  • Overuse injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis

What Types of Treatment are Used in Physical Therapy?

At the Penn Highlands Rehabilitation Center, our expert physical therapists evaluate each patient and develop individualized treatment plans to help achieve your goals. Depending on your rehabilitation goals, your physical therapist might use some combination of the following treatments:

  • Controlled exercise, using a treadmill, stationary bike, and weight machines
  • Functional exercises, using physio balls, balance boards, and exercise bands
  • Ultrasound heat treatments
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Manual therapy
  • Traction
  • Massage
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Whirlpool

How Quickly will I See Improvement with Physical Therapy?

How long it will take to see improvement in your condition depends on your injury or condition as well as your commitment to performing the exercises prescribed by your physical therapist. You may only need a few appointments to learn some exercises in order to prevent an injury or you may need daily intensive physical therapy to regain skills after a major surgery or illness. Your physical therapist, working closely with your physician, will provide you with a customized plan that tells you how often you need to perform physical therapy and when you can expect to start seeing results.

What is Swing Bed Therapy?

The swing bed units at Penn Highlands provide transitional care for patients who no longer need the acute care of the hospital but don’t yet feel comfortable returning home. Our swing bed units are available at all four Penn Highlands hospitals in Brookville, Clearfield, DuBois, and St. Mary’s. Eligible patients include those who are recovering from:

  • Orthopedic surgery, such as joint replacement
  • Stroke or a major surgery but don’t qualify for admission to an inpatient rehabilitation center
  • Infection or illness affecting strength and mobilityWhat are Some of the Specialty Physical Therapy Programs Offered by PHH?

To learn more about the Swing Bed Program download the Swing Bed brochure located in the Resources sidebar.

Specialty and Advanced Physical Therapy Programs

Penn Highlands offers a wide range of specialty and advanced physical therapy programs to meet our patients’ needs. They include:

LiteGait: This body-weight supporting training device is used during inpatient physical therapy. It enables patients to practice walking, weight bearing, stepping, and balance in a safe, supported environment. It is highly beneficial for patients who have stroke-related paralysis, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions.

Aquatic Therapy: Aquatic therapy involves performing exercises in water. This type of physical therapy promotes muscle relaxation, increases strength and circulation, reduces pain, and increases ease of movement. Aquatic therapy is often used with patients recovering from orthopedic injuries or traumatic accidents. Our physical therapists offer aquatic therapy at Penn Highlands DuBois.

Ergonomic Program: Our physical therapists help patients maximize productivity, long-term health, and safety in the workplace by identifying risks, suggesting changes, and providing resources.

Urinary Incontinence/Pelvic Pain Program: This type of physical therapy treats pelvic pain and dysfunction as well as urinary incontinence.

Vertigo and Vestibular Treatment Program: Designed to decrease dizziness, increase balance, and increase general activity levels in patients with vestibular (inner ear) disorders.

PACE Program: This circuit-training program combines strength training and aerobic exercise in one 30-minute workout to help improve fitness and conditioning. It is available at the Brockway clinic and open to the public.

Massage Therapy: Performed by our licensed massage therapist for soft tissue manipulation and pain relief. Our massage therapy is offered only for patients, not the general public.

Community Services: Our physical therapists provide a variety of services to the community, including conducting health fair screenings, speaking at special events, and administering work-site evaluations.

Physical Therapy at Penn Highlands

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 1200 Wood Street in Brockway offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - BrockwayA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

1200 Wood Street
Brockway, PA 15824
814-265-8792

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 88 Industrial Park Road in Brookville offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - BrookvilleA Service of Penn Highlands Brookville

88 Industrial Park Road
Brookville, PA 15825
814-849-6878

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 809 Turnpike Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - ClearfieldA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

809 Turnpike Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2285 Option 2

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 465 State Street in Curwensville offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - CurwensvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

465 State Street
Curwensville , PA 16833
814-236-8359

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 145 Hospital Avenue in DuBois offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - DuBoisA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

145 Hospital Avenue
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-3372

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 757 Johnsonburg Road in St. Marys offers:

  • Hand Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - ElkA Service of Penn Highlands Elk

757 Johnsonburg Road
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8490 Option 1

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 416 North Broad Street in Emporium offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - EmporiumA Service of Penn Highlands Elk

416 N. Broad Street
Emporium, PA 15834
814-486-7878

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 230 Hemlock Avenue in Force offers:

  • Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - ForceA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

230 Hemlock Avenue
Force, PA 15841
814-787-8767

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 929 14th Street in Huntingdon offers:

  • Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - HuntingdonA Service of Penn Highlands Huntingdon

929 14th Street
Huntingdon, PA 16652
814-643-0337

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 111 and 113 Cobb Street in Johnsonburg offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - JohnsonburgA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

111 Cobb Street
Johnsonburg, PA 15845
814-965-5279

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 190 North Fraley Street in Kane offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - KaneA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

190 N. Fraley Street
Kane, PA 16735
814-837-8955

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 100 Meadow Lane in DuBois offers:

  • Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - Meadow LaneA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

100 Meadow Lane
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-6830

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 1323 Brookville Street in Fairmount City offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - New BethlehemA Service of Penn Highlands Brookville

1323 Brookville Street
Fairmount City, PA 16224
814-275-1190

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 502 Park Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - Park AvenueA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

502 Park Avenue
Clearfield, PA 16830
814-768-2285 Option 2

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 271 Railroad Street in Philipsburg offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech Language Pathology Services

The Rehabilitation Center - PhilipsburgA Service of Penn Highlands Clearfield

271 Railroad Street
Philipsburg, PA 16866
814-342-8287

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 21886 Route 119 in Punxsutawney offers:

  • Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - PunxsutawneyA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

21886 Route 119
Punxsutawney, PA 15767
814-249-7013

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 809 Turnpike Avenue in Clearfield offers:

  • Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - ReynoldsvilleA Service of Penn Highlands DuBois

5 N. Third Street
Reynoldsville, PA 15851
814-653-7660

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 104 Metoxet Street in Ridgway offers:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - RidgwayA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

104 Metoxet Street
Ridgway, PA 15853
814-788-5534

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Center at 1100 Million Dollar Highway in St. Marys offers:

  • Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Center - SMCMBA Service of Penn Highlands Professional Group

1100 Million Dollar Highway
St. Marys, PA 15857
814-788-8071

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