Clinical Services

Physical Therapy

Evaluation and treatment by licensed Physical Therapists strives to improve physical strength, balance, and function in the home, community, and work setting. Each person reaps the benefit of 48 years of clinical experience.

Occupational Therapy

Evaluations and treatments are performed by certified Occupational Therapists to improve strength, endurance, fine motor skills, activities of daily living (ADL), and functional independence in the home, community, and work setting. Each individual reaps the benefit of 27 years of clinical experience.

Functional Capacity Evaluation

Our therapists are certified in the Key Method and Matheson Method of functional capacity evaluations (FCE). When used in conjunction with a job analysis or specific job description, an FCE can determine a client’s safe level of physical ability. It can determine the individual’s level of effort, reliability, and validity of participation in the test as well as measure any deficiencies in motion, strength, endurance, coordination, dexterity, sensation, and functional skills.

Work Hardening

Work Hardening provides a transition between acute rehabilitative care and full or accommodated return to work. We address the issues of productivity, safety, body mechanics, and appropriate worker behaviors (attendance, attitude, and perseverance). The Work Hardening program uses conditioning activities with real or simulated work tasks. It is designed to be a highly structured, goal-oriented, individualized program aimed at maximizing the ability to return to work. Work Plus Rehab Center is the only true work hardening facility in the region.

 

Adaptive Driver Evaluation and Training (ADET)

ADET is an evaluation and training program designed for persons with disabilities. The goal of the program is to enable persons with disabilities to learn to drive safely and independently in their own vehicles with the use of adaptive equipment and/or compensatory techniques. The evaluator identifies individuals with physical or cognitive impairments that have the potential to drive safely and then works with them to acquire their permit or license. This includes clinical and on-the-road training with one of our certified driving rehab specialists.

Common diagnosis served by this program:

  • Stroke
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Amputations
  • Impairments in Visual Processing
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Various Progressive Diseases

"My legs have been weak all of my life, but they have gotten to where I felt unsafe driving over the past couple of months. The hand controls that I now use are great and I feel safe driving my grandkids to and from school events! Thank you so much for giving me my independence back."

Patsy M.

 

Intensive Therapy

This program can enable an individual who suffered injury or a disease process to return to their former level of independence. Intensive therapy is a bridge between acute therapy and achievement of their highest level of independent functioning. It works on increasing endurance, muscle strength, motion, and function.

Adaptive equipment, splinting, compensatory techniques, modalities, exercise, and stretching are all used appropriately. All programs are individualized and address the goals of the patient. While our trained staff can work with an array of diagnoses, the more common ones are:

  • Neurological: CVA (stroke), traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, brachial plexus injuries
  • Advanced Orthopedic: hip replacement, knee replacement, upper and lower extremity fractures
  • Cognitive Deficits: memory, attention, comprehension, new learning, and problem solving, etc.
  • Activities of Daily Living: money management, sequencing, driving, safety, and hygiene, etc.
"Everyone worked very hard to help with my speedy recovery from a stroke. I get to return to work only two months after suffering my stroke! Also, I had corrective foot surgery in the 70’s and didn’t have P.T. I am walking better now than I ever have. I credit all of them for my speedy recovery."

Sandy J.

Physical Abilities Screening/ Pre-work Screening

Post-offer, pre-employment assessments help determine if a prospective employee can physically and safely do the job for which they are being considered. These can be standardized or customized based on a job analysis or very specific job description.

Ergonomic Assessment

Office and industrial evaluations of the work environment are important for optimal work health and safety. We have Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialists (CEAS) that can evaluate each unique situation. An analysis of the work process in industry can identify problem areas to prevent and enhance the productivity of the workers. The CEAS can review a person's office or workstation for prevention of repetitive motion problems or pain. A written report of identified problems and recommendations for solutions is included.

Low Vision Rehabilitation

The Low Vision Rehabilitation Program at Work Plus Rehab provides a comprehensive service to assist persons who have low vision. Low vision is commonly caused by macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma or cataracts. It may present as a loss of visual field, light sensitivity, distorted vision or loss of contrast. Many visually impaired individuals experience difficulty with regular activities of daily living such as cooking, shopping, managing finances and medication, watching television, reading, and driving.

Our occupational therapists will work with you, the primary physician and/or ophthalmologist to conduct an initial evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, a treatment plan will be established. The therapist will provide individualized instruction to help you achieve your personal rehabilitation goals.

  • Evaluate what activities are difficult because of decreased visual functioning and explore ways to improve activity performance.  
  • Education about your eye problem and its affect on function
  • Introduction to glare control, contrast enhancement and lighting to improve ability to see
  • Strategies for writing, watching television, reading, cooking safety and use of optical/non-optical aids
  • Trial use of magnification devices
  • Recommendations for home and community safety/community mobility
  • Information on community resources, support services and driver safety

Our goal is to maximize your independence and safety while performing everyday tasks.

Wheelchair Assessment/ Pressure Mapping

The primary goal of a wheelchair assessment is to ensure the optimal fit of a wheelchair to its user. This enables an individual to maintain safe and independent access to their environment. Pressure mapping involves ensuring the appropriate cushion is used in conjunction with a wheelchair to provide optimal pressure relief for the user. These evaluations are completed using a team approach involving a therapist (PT or OT), an assistive technology professional (ATP) and a referring physician. Using this approach provides the most appropriate combination of chair and cushion for the lightweight manual wheelchair user as well as those who have need for a custom power wheelchair.

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