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Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center

Advanced Physical Medicine and Rehabilitative Services

Our rehabilitation treatment is tailored to the patient’s individual needs and may include several—or all—of the following therapeutic services.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) is the diagnosis and treatment of injuries and illnesses that affect the body’s movement through a focus on the whole patient rather than on a particular symptom or condition.

Physical Therapy (PT) uses exercise and manipulation to address movement and functional issues related to musculoskeletal dysfunction, neurological disorders, injuries, and surgeries. Specialized physical therapy programs are also available:

Aquatic Therapy uses the weightless environment of a pool to enable patients to perform exercises that may be difficult or even impossible out of the water. The warm water relaxes joints and limbs for exercise with little or no discomfort.

Bioness Lower Extremity Electrical Stimulation Orthotic uses mild electrical stimulation with an orthotic to decrease muscle spasms and improve lower extremity limb function.

Lymphedema Treatment improves function and reduces or eliminates swelling associated with lymphedema. At Mt. Ascutney Hospital, therapists incorporate the Vodder therapeutic massage technique and wrapping for lymphedema treatment.

Postural Restoration is a unique treatment approach that uses both hands-on techniques and exercises to address postural patterns and muscular imbalances associated with conditions such as scoliosis and other musculoskeletal dysfunctions.

Occupational Therapy (OT) addresses neurological issues associated with conditions such as stroke, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. Treatment focuses on functional mobility, cognitive and visual impairments, and introduces daily living activities such as dressing and home management. Treatment may incorporate the following specialized services and techniques:

Bioness Upper Extremity Electrical Stimulation Orthotic uses mild electrical stimulation with an orthotic to decrease muscle spasms and improve upper extremity limb function.

Bioness Vector Gait and Safety System is a ceiling-mounted technology that supports a patient’s weight to enable walking; ideal for those recovering from stroke and spinal cord injury, amputation or orthopedic injury, or from surgery to the hip and lower extremities.

Hand Therapy offers assessment, planning and treatment of therapeutic interventions to prevent dysfunction or restore function of the upper limb, including the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder girdle.

Dynavision Screening, originally designed as a device to improve the visuomotor skills of athletes, may be used for patients whose visual and/or motor function has been compromised by injury or disease.

Speech Therapy evaluates and treats swallowing, speech, language and cognitive- linguistic skills that may be impaired in people with neurological conditions such as stroke and Parkinson’s disease.

Recreational Therapy offers leisure lifestyle counseling to enhance quality of life after life-changing illness or disability. Relaxation and stress management techniques are taught to aid in managing symptoms.

Pain Management works closely with the patient and the rehabilitation team to monitor and assess pain and to provide treatment in order to both improve comfort and speed recovery.

Cardiac Rehabilitation uses exercise and education to improve physical fitness and reduce the risk of progressive heart disease in patients who have experienced a heart attack, cardiac surgery, angina or other heart conditions.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation services are also available.