Our Services and Programs
Physical Therapists apply research and proven techniques to help people get back in motion. They are trusted health care professionals with extensive clinical experience who examine, diagnose, and then prevent or treat conditions that limit the body's ability to move and function in daily life. (APTA definition)
Physical Therapy focuses on your arms, legs, and spine and will help in restoring flexibility, strength, speed and power.
Occupational Therapy is a skilled profession which enables people of any social circumstance, age, ability, injury and/or disease to engage in meaningful life activities - the Occupations - of life. (MEOTA.org)
Occupational Therapy at Stephens Memorial Hospital focuses on helping improve your effectiveness in completing daily living activities, with hand rehabilitation or with cognitive perceptual skill application. Occupational Therapy helps people throughout the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do.
Our speech language therapists at Stephens Memorial Hospital can help you complete a barium swallow study in coordination with your physician or assist you in recovering from speech impairments due to developmental delay, stroke, head injury, or other neurological disorders.
Speech Therapists are educated to assess speech and language development and to treat speech and language disorders. Speech-language pathologists can also help people with swallowing disorders.
The Stephens Memorial Hospital, Physical Therapy department has the only local indoor pool. Our pool space recently had a full renovation. A new and improved non-slip floor was installed along with a new pool liner, railings, dehumidification system and locker room heater.
Exercising in the water provides many benefits that exercising on land does not. Water provides buoyancy that unloads weight bearing joints such as the knees, hips and spine. Water also provides resistance and assistance to help progress the exercise routine gradually. This type of gentle assistance allows an exercise routine to progress easily with less stress than on land. In addition, the warmth of the water also increases blood flow, getting more oxygen to injured tissues that help healing. Like land therapy, exercises can include aerobic, stretching and strengthening.
In addition to Physical Therapy with a physician referral, there are community pool classes open to the public. The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program classes are offered twice a week. Participants are required to have a doctor's signature verifying they have an arthritic condition.
Stephens Memorial Hospital has teamed with the Orthopedic Surgeons on staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital to bring you a knee and hip replacement program here in Norway. At the Joint Center for Excellence you'll have the convenience of being close to home, your family and friends, as well as an information-packed Joint Camp to help you prepare for your for surgery. An excellent rehabilitation team is an essential part of a successful joint replacement program. Stephens Memorial Hospital's joint replacement team has skilled and experienced Physical and Occupational therapists.
Joint Camp is available to all patients who are having knee or hip replacement at Stephens Memorial Hospital. This class helps prepare patients for their joint replacement experience by giving them a better understanding of what to expect before, during and after surgery. These are two hour education classes where Registered Nurses, an Occupational Therapist, and a Physical Therapist will discuss:
- The basics of surgery
- How to prepare for your surgery
- What to do when you get home
- Home safety tips
- How to use devices that will help you around the house, in the bathroom and outdoors
- Question and answer opportunity specific to your joint replacement
A coach is a family member or friend who helps you through the period of surgery and recovery. A coach will attend appointments and classes with you, help prepare your home, and visit you in the hospital to learn how to help you after your discharge. Having a coach is not required, but we strongly recommend you have a coach to improve your success.
Your Hospital Stay
We have teamed with the best surgeons in the area who use modern, minimally-invasive techniques for your quicker recovery. Usual length of stay is 3 days or less! In the hospital, therapists help patients practice activities of daily living to make for a smooth transition home. These activities might include the following: dressing, walking, getting in and out of the shower, up and down stairs, and even how to safely get in and out of your vehicle! The therapists also help with "discharge planning" as you get equipment and further therapy appointments arranged.
What you can expect to find:
- Private rooms
- Excellent client-to-nurse ratio
- Effective pain control
- Personal guidance through the steps to complete recovery
- Customized care close to home
- Doctors closely involved with your team of nurses, therapists, and support staff.
Patients practice home exercises to increase strength and improve balance. Patients can even continue rehabilitation with the same familiar faces here in our outpatient therapy department. All this practice and planning are key to a successful recovery and that smooth home transition.
Stephens Memorial Hospital Physical Rehabilitation Department's Physical Therapist, Tracie MacLeod, DPT has obtained her Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) through the American Physical Therapy Association. By completing Pelvic Floor Level 1 and Level 2, she can treat patients with urinary incontinence and pelvic pain.
Pelvic floor rehab involves learning how to find the right muscles in the pelvic floor and use them correctly. Tracie also helps provide information on diet and nutrition to avoid food and drinks that may irritate the bladder. Tracie is using this new research and assessment skills to help improve patient outcomes and every-day function. Learn more specifics about treatment by reading the links below.
Dizziness, vertigo and balance problems are the number one complaint of older patients to their physicians. The program emphasizes new evidence based, hands-on training in the treatment of such vestibular problems.
Physical Rehabilitation Department's Physical Therapist Amy Bottomley, DPT has been certified in vestibular rehab by the American Institute of Balance and has passed Emory University's competency based course in Vestibular Rehabilitation. Bottomley offers vestibular services for advanced treatment approaches for people who have had a concussion, positional vertigo and vestibular hypo function. At Stephens Memorial Hospital, Amy is now using these new skills with patients as part of their therapy program at the outpatient rehab department located in the Ripley Building.
Physical Rehabilitation Department Balance Programs:
Matter of Balance
A more in depth balance program that entails 8 two-hour sessions. Matter of Balance is offered in the Spring and Fall. Small group discussions helps reduce the fear of failing by increasing activity levels, providing exercises to increase strength and balance and giving recommended changes to decrease fall risks at home.
Exercise to Energize
Exercise to Energize is an exercise program designed for seniors 60 and older to help build strength, improve balance and have better function. It includes mostly seated and some standing exercises. This program is led by staff from the Physical Therapy Department of Stephens Memorial Hospital. This program does not replace the exercise prescribed by a doctor or therapist.
Exercise to Energize will be held from September to May for 8-week sessions. Participants wanting to join another session will have to call to reserve a spot before the beginning of each 8 week session.
There is a nominal fee per class.
Stephens Memorial Hospital now has trained therapists who can help runners who have pain. New scientific findings and literature support new treatment approaches in the clinic. Certain therapists can assess running form using video analysis and provide specific exercises to target running problems.
Along with a Physical Therapy Evaluation we offer:
- Video Running Analysis
- Show Wear Instruction
- Orthotic Use Assessment
Lymphedema Care is now available close to home. Staff members Kaz Toita, PT and Beth Damon, PTA are Certified Decongestive Therapists (CDT) and offer complete lymphedema services here at Stephens Memorial Hospital's Outpatient Rehabilitation Department. Complete Decongestive Therapy consists of: skin care, manual lymph drainage (specific type of gentle message), compression bandaging and exercise. Patients transition to a home program after maximum decongestion is achieved.
- Beth and Kaz look forward to partnering with members of the community that will greatly benefit from this service. In particular:
- Medical Practices
- Woman's Imaging Center
- Wound Clinic
- Cancer Program