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Orthopedic and Sports

Our Physical and Occupational Therapists specialize in the evaluation, treatment and management of children, adolescents and adults with a variety of congenital, developmental, neurological and musculo-skeletal or acquired disorders.

Physical Therapy

A Physical Therapist provides individual treatment for inpatients and outpatients who suffer from physical disabilities resulting in decreased mobility, loss of function, decreased strength and pain.

Treatment and home exercise programs are designed to facilitate maximum independence and function to individuals with acute or chronic conditions.

Conditions that may benefit from Physical Therapy Treatment include:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Muscle and Joint Injuries
  • Bursitis and Tendon Injuries
  • Herniated disc
  • Hip Replacement
  • Knee Replacement
  • Neck injuries
  • Osteoarthritic Pain
  • Shoulder Rehabilitation following surgery
  • Temporo/mandibular Joint Dysfuction (TMJ)
  • Open Wounds

Occupational Therapy

An Occupational Therapist provides inpatient and outpatient services for individuals with physical and/or neurological disabilities resulting in pain, decreased mobility, decreased upper extremity strength, loss of function or decreased ability to perform self-care.

Occupational Therapists specialize in the rehabilitation of the hands.

Individualized treatment and home programs are designed to maximize independence with self-care while increasing strength and endurance needed to return to work and independent living. Our goal is to help you return to the job and the joy of living. Conditions that may benefit from Occupational Therapy Services include:

  • Hand Rehabilitation
  • Hand/Finger Arthritis
  • Hand and Upper Extremity injuries:
    • Bursitis
    • Tendon injuries
    • Tendonitis
  • Wrist & Elbow Fractures
  • DeQuervain’s Tenosinovitis
  • Finger & Thumb injuries
  • Golfer’s Elbow
  • Tennis Elbow
  • Shoulder impingement
  • Carpal Tunnel and other repetitive-motion injuries
  • Work related injuries
  • Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
  • Stroke and other neuromuscular disorders

Pediatric Occupational Therapy

A Pediatric Occupational Therapist provides early intervention for children from birth to 5 years old with developmental and sensory delays.

To meet each child’s need, Occupational Therapy services are provided at home, at Head Start, at pre-schools and at our outpatient clinic at Waldo County General Hospital.

Your child may be referred to our program by Child Development Services or by your pediatrician.

Signs to look for in your child to determine if he/she may benefit from OT:

  1. Inattention and distractibility
  2. Difficulty with visual tasks such as letter recognition and copying from a blackboard
  3. Difficulty eating, dressing and following instructions
  4. Awkward running / jumping and planning body movements
  5. Writing difficulties and other hand skill issues
  6. Struggles with self-control or is easily overwhelmed
  7. Difficulty with processing sound, touch or textures
  8. Behavioral issues such as biting, kicking and fighting

Remember: A referral from your pediatrician is needed prior to beginning of services.

Pediatric PT

Pediatric PT at Waldo County General Hospital is here to help your child thrive.

Serving newborns to teenagers, for short-term or long-term care. We provide:

  • A friendly, nurturing approach
  • Customized, flexible treatment in your home, a preschool, our clinic, a park or playground – whatever works best for your child
  • A team approach, working closely with family members, other therapists, teachers, and doctors to get the best results

We treat conditions including:

  • Prematurity
  • Developmental delay
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Spina Bifida
  • Down Syndrome
  • Rare genetic disorders
  • Coordination issues
  • Toe walking
  • Neck Muscle Tightness (Torticollis)

We are experienced in treating children who also have

  • Behavioral issues
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Autism
  • Hearing and visual disorders

Aquatic Physical Therapy

We offer individualized aquatic physical therapy from specially-trained licensed therapists. Water lessens the pressure on muscles and joints, providing an opportunity to exercise for people who are limited in their function on land. It is especially helpful with patients who suffer from orthopedic injury, lower back pain, weight-bearing limitations, balance dysfunctions, stroke or are involved in post-surgical recovery. Appointments may be made by calling 338-4666 or 338-9316. A doctor’s referral is required.

Prosthetics and Orthotics

WCGH – OT/PT Department offers Prosthetic and Orthotic Services on Mondays of each week by appointment. Jeremy Dular is a Hanger Clinic Orthotist with 12 years of experience.  He specializes in all lower and upper extremity orthotic services. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 872-8779.

Women’s Urinary Incontinence Retraining

What is involved in Urinary Incontinence Retraining? Exercises and EMG Biofeedback treatments are used to help patients utilize the pelvic floor muscle and avoid substituting with abdominal and gluteal muscles. EMG helps differentiate between patients with weak or lax pelvic floor muscles who need strengthening and patients with tense or tight muscles that may need a relaxation-based program.

We provides customized therapeutic exercise programs and valuable instruction on how to maintain physical and psychological wellness. Aquatic therapy services are also available for those unable to begin an exercise program on land. More

For more information on this program,contact Donna at 338-9316. A physician’s referral is needed prior to treatment.

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