Rehabilitation and Therapy
Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy
2319 Danville Road SW, Ste 110
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Physical and Speech Therapy
Decatur General Hospital
1201 7th Street SE
Decatur, AL Map
Decatur General Hospital
1201 7th Street SE
Decatur, AL Map
Rehabilitation and Therapy
Getting you back to the business of living your life can be difficult after an injury or surgery. Our highly trained and experienced staff understand what you are going through and take extra care in developing the best program to meet your specific needs. Our Rehabilitation and Therapy programs are designed to help you get back to your everyday routine.
Goals of our Rehabilitation Department
- Assist patients in maintaining optimum health
- Preserve and elevate patients to their functional capacity
- Develop and implement plans to help aid in the recovery of function after impairment.
- Provide appropriate, productive, and efficient care.
Our physical therapists can assist you with
- Arthritis Pain
- Back Pain
- Knee Pain
- Overuse Injuries
- Shoulder Pain
- Sprains, strains, and fractures
- And much more
Meet your Physical Therapist Partner
Our physical therapists are dedicated to helping you improve your strength, flexibility, coordination, balance and functional mobility skills. They will examine you to develop a plan of care using a variety of treatment techniques designed to help you move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability. They will also help you prevent loss of mobility and motion by developing fitness and wellness oriented programs tailored to your specific needs.
Improving Mobility and Motion
In order to give you the best possible care and treatment, our physical therapists have received specialized training in a variety of sciences including physics, human anatomy, kinesiology (human movement), and biomechanics, to name a few. They understand how the body works and how to get you moving again. To help restore and maximize mobility, they know how to manage all four of the body’s major systems – musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular/pulmonary, and integumentary (skin).
Eliminating Pain without Medication
Physical therapy can help reduce pain and inflammation, including back pain, eliminating the need for medication. This is especially important if you are at risk of heart disease. In fact, the American Heart Association encourages seeing a physical therapist for the initial treatment of pain resulting from tendonitis/bursitis, degenerative joint problems (osteoarthritis), and inflammatory joint problems (rheumatoid arthritis), rather than prescription pain medication. A great alternative to medication and surgery for musculoskeletal pain, Physical Therapy can help patients experience greater improvement in function and decreased pain intensity.
Let our Physical Therapists develop a plan that's right for you
Living with diabetes, recovering from a stroke, a fall, overuse, or sports injury can all be very challenging obstacles to face. Our physical therapists will work closely with you to evaluate your condition and develop an effective, personalized plan of care.
Decatur General Occupational Therapy
Our Occupational Therapists are trained to help patients re-learn activities after suffering from an illness, injury or disability.
Areas of Occupational Therapy Practice
- Mental Health
- Productive Aging
- Children and Youth
- Health and Wellness
- Work and Industry
- Rehabilitation, Disability, and Participation
Our occupational therapy services include:
Customized treatment programs to improve our patients ability to perform daily activities Comprehensive job site evaluations with adaptation recommendations Performance skills assessments and treatment Adaptive equipment recommendations and usage training Guidance to family members and caregivers
Some health conditions that benefit from occupational therapy include
- Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
- Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
- Birth injuries, learning problems, or developmental disabilities
- Mental health or behavioral problems including Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and post traumatic stress
- Burns, spinal cord injuries, and amputations
- Broken bones or other injuries from falls, sports injuries, or accidents
Decatur General Speech Therapy
Our speech therapists are trained to work with the full range of human communication and its disorders. Our speech-language pathologists evaluate, diagnose, and treat speech, language, cognitive-communication and swallowing disorders.
Adults may experience speech and language difficulties for a variety of reasons, including:
- Speech Disorders
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Huntington’s Disease
- Laryngeal Cancer
- Oral Cancer
- Right Hemispheric Brain Injury
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia) in Adults
Treating swallowing disorders (Dysphagia) in Adults
What are swallowing disorders?
Swallowing disorders, also called dysphagia, can occur at different stages in the swallowing process:
- Oral phase – sucking, chewing, and moving food or liquid into throat
- Pharyngeal phase – starting the swallowing reflex, squeezing food down the throat, and closing off the airway to prevent food or liquid from entering the airway (aspiration) or to prevent choking.
- Esophageal phase – relaxing and tightening the openings at the top and bottom of the feeding tube in the throat (esophagus) and squeezing food through the esophagus into the stomach
What are some signs and symptoms of swallowing disorders?
General signs may include:
- Coughing during or right after eating or drinking
- Wet or gurgly sounding voice during or after eating or drinking
- Extra effort or time needed to chew or swallow
- Food or liquid leaking from the mouth or getting stuck in the mouth
- Recurring pneumonia or chest congestion after eating
- Weight loss or dehydration from not being able to eat enough
As a result adults may have:
- Poor nutrition or dehydration
- Risk of aspiration (food or liquid entering the airway), which can lead to pneumonia and chronic lung disease
- Less enjoyment of eating or drinking
- Embarrassment or isolation in social situations involving eating
How are swallowing disorders diagnosed?
Our speech-language pathologist (SLP) will evaluate patients who are having difficulty eating and drinking. Our speech-languge pathogist will:
- Take a careful history of your medical conditions and symptoms
- Look at the strength and movement of your muscles involved in swallowing
- Observe feeding to see posture, behavior, and oral movements during eating and drinking
- Possibly perform special tests to evaluate swallowing, such as modified barium swallow – patient eats or drinks food or liquid with barium in it, and then the swallowing process is viewed on an X-ray
What treatments are available for patients with swallowing disorders?
Our speech-language pathologist may recommend:
- Specific swallowing treatment (e.g., exercises to improve muscle movement)
- Positions or strategies to help patients swallow more effectively
- Specific food and liquid textures that are easier and safer to swallow
- Vital Stimulation
What are swallowing problems after head and neck cancer?
Patients who have been treated for head and neck cancer, such as laryngeal cancer or oral cancer, often experience swallowing problems (dysphagia). The seriousness of the swallowing problem depends on the type and nature of the treatment, the size and location of the tumor, and the nature of any reconstruction.
What are some signs and symptoms of swallowing problems after head and neck cancer?
Patients treated for head and neck cancer may experience any or all of the following swallowing problems:
- The need to swallow many times to clear food from the mouth and throat
- Gurgly, wet-sounding voice after swallowing
- Coughing or choking
- Throat clearing while eating
- Pain and dryness when swallowing
Our speech-language pathologists typically see a person prior to medical or surgical intervention. Our therapist will discuss possible changes in speech and swallowing. After the intervention, our speech-language pathologist will evaluate patients to determine the nature of any swallowing disorder and the appropriate diet needed. Patients may initially have a feeding tube through their nose until swelling from surgery goes down. If our speech-language pathologist suspects a pharyngeal swallowing problem, additional studies may be recommended to determine the risk of aspiration.
What treatments are available for patients with swallowing problems after head and neck cancer?
- Muscle exercises
- Compensatory strategies
- Head postures (e.g., chin tucks or turning the head to one side may help for a safe swallow)
- Designing a safe diet
- Safe swallow techniques
Decatur General Cardiac Rehabilitation
What is Cardiac Rehabilitation?
Cardiac Rehabilitation (rehab) is a professionally supervised program to help people recover from heart attacks, heart surgery and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures such as stenting and angioplasty. Cardiac rehab programs usually provide education and counseling services to help heart patients increase physical fitness, reduce cardiac symptoms, improve health and reduce the risk of future heart problems, including heart attack.
Who needs a cardiac rehab program?
You may benefit if you have had a:
- Heart attack
- Heart condition, such as coronary artery disease (CAD), angina, or heart failure
- Heart procedure or surgery, including coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), including coronary angioplasty (balloon angioplasty) and stenting, valve replacement, or a pacemaker or implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
How do we give you the best cardiac rehab care?
We offer programs that include:
- A medical evaluation to figure out your needs and limitations. Our medical staff uses this information to tailor a rehabilitation program for you and help you set goals.
- Our physical activity program is tailored to your needs. Training often starts in a group setting where your heart rate and blood pressure are monitored during physical activity. We will show you how to check your heart rate and your level (intensity) of activity. Later, we will help you work up to a more intense aerobic activity on a treadmill or exercise bike.
- Counseling and education to help you understand your condition and how to manage it. You may work with a dietician to create a healthy eating plan. If you smoke, you may get counseling on how to stop. Counseling may also help you cope with depression, anger, and stress during your recovery.
- Support and training to help you return to work or your normal activities and to help you learn to manage your heart condition.
How long do patients attend cardiac rehabilitation programs?
Your rehab plan is designed to meet your unique needs. You may need six weeks, six months or longer to learn how to manage your condition and develop healthier habits. Many programs last only three months.
What are the benefits of attending a supervised cardiac rehab program?
- Regular physical activity helps your heart and the rest of your body get stronger and work better. Physical activity improves your energy level and lifts your spirits. It also reduces your chances of future heart problems, including heart attack.
- Counseling and education can help you quit smoking, eat right, lose weight, and lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Counseling may also help you learn to manage stress and to feel better about your health.
- You have the advice and close supervision of healthcare professionals to help you improve your health and lower your risk of future problems.
Decatur General Wellness Center
We believe everyone can benefit from a wellness and fitness program. We have a variety of programs available for all ages, backgrounds, and levels of health, from teenagers to senior citizens, from athletes to people with arthritis. All can enjoy wonderful benefits by becoming involved in our continuing programs focusing on maintaining or restoring wellness and fitness.
Our Facility and Activities
- Two indoor heated activity pools
- Cardiac equipment
- Cybex strength training equipment
- Group aquatic (pool) classes
- Group exercise classes
- Private men and women locker rooms
- Personal training
- And more
Hours of Operation
- Monday – Thursday 5:00am-8:00pm
- Friday - 5:00am-6:00pm
- Saturday – 8:00am-1:00pm
All changes to hours will be posted. The Wellness Center will be closed on all major holidays.