The practice of therapy is as old as pain itself. Early cultures used means similar to today's to relieve pain and as preventative healthcare.
Today's therapists are specialists trained to promote optimal human health through a variety of means. They work closely with the patient, their families and physician to set and meet rehabilitation goals. Our physical therapists assist in helping patients increase mobility, strength, endurance, coordination, balance, and gait. Occupational therapists evaluate the patient's present abilities and plan activities and exercises that will help them return to their home or job. Our speech therapist evaluates the patient's ability to understand others and express themselves when communicating.
Physical therapists examine individuals with impairments, functional limitations, disabilities, and other health related conditions in order to determine a diagnosis, prognosis, and appropriate interventions. Therapeutic interventions are designed, implemented, and modified to alleviate impairment and functional limitations.
Physical therapist's work to prevent injury, impairment, and disabilities including the promotion and maintenance of fitness, health, and quality of life in persons of all ages.
Occupational therapists work together with individuals of all ages and with individuals with a variety of diseases/disabilities to help them lead lifelong, independent, productive, and satisfying lives. The occupational therapists at MCH work in all types of settings including inpatient rehab, outpatient hand therapy, schools, skilled nursing facilities, outpatient work hardening/ergonomics, and home health. OT also performs hand therapy including nerve conduction testing for carpal tunnel syndrome.
The ability to communicate is essential to achieve and maintain independence. When communication is impaired it affects every aspect of a person's life including their education, work and family relationships, and friendships. The speech-language pathologist at Madison Community Hospital specializes in the identification,
assessment, and treatment of individuals with speech, voice, language, cognition, and swallowing disorders. Swallowing problems can lead to poor nutrition,
dehydration, pneumonia, and social isolation. The speech pathology department at Madison Community Hospital serves people from infancy through geriatrics in
hospital, outpatient rehabilitation, skilled nursing, assisted living, and home health settings. The speech language pathologists at the Madison Community Hospital hold a master's degree in communication disorders and have earned their certificate of clinical competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
At Madison Community Hospital, our physical therapists work in many settings including inpatient acute care, inpatient skilled care, outpatient skilled nursing
facilities, school systems, adjustment training centers, wellness, sports medicine, aquatics, and ergonomic consulting to other businesses.
Madison Community Hospital's therapists work in MCH's newly constructed
rehabilitation area. State-of-the-art equipment including weight machines,
treadmills, stationary bikes and other equipment are used for therapy needs. Five
individual treatment rooms and a hydrotherapy room are also available. For more information, contact our therapy department by calling 605-256-8915.