Physical, Occupational & Speech Therapy

715-685-5482

Hours: M-F; 8 am – 5:30 pm

With over 175 years of combined experience, the physical and occupational therapists at MMC provide professional service with a caring touch.

Some of our specialties include:

  • Balance assessment
  • Recovery from surgery, injury, or accident
  • Back or neck problems
  • Return to sports
  • Lymphedema management
  • Stroke rehab
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Work Site Ergonomics Studies
  • Post-Job Offer Screening
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Workman’s Compensation
  • Pediatrics
  • Wound care
  • Runner’s clinic

The entrance to Rehabilitation Services is on the north side of the main MMC building. The sign above the entrance says “Rehab Services Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy.” Patient and disabled parking is available at this entry.

Physical Therapy

Injuries and persistent ailments prevent many people from staying active. Those injuries and ailments can take much of the fun out of life. MMC’s Rehabilitation program helps people of all ages resume an active lifestyle or return to full athletic competition following an injury. Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior, someone just beginning to develop a more active lifestyle, or someone recovering from a stroke, surgery, or injury, our professionals coordinate and facilitate your rehabilitation program.
Your Individualized Program May Include:

  • Therapeutic Exercises
  • Manual Therapy Techniques (Soft Tissue & Joint Mobilization)
  • Gait Training
  • Neuromuscular Re-education (Balance & Proprioception)
  • Mechanical Traction
  • Electrical Stimulation/ TENS unit
  • Ultrasound
  • Laser Light Therapy
  • Running Assessment with Treadmill
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Biofeedback
  • Biodex Balance Testing & Treatment
  • Lymphedema Massage & Wrapping
  • Wound Debridement & Dressing Changes

To learn more about the Physical Therapy staff of MMC, click here.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a science-driven profession that helps people participate in the things they want and need to do after an injury, illness, surgery, or disease. This is partly achieved through the use of everyday activities or in other words, occupations. These occupations include

  • eating
  • getting dressed
  • taking a shower or bath
  • taking care of children and pets
  • working or going to school
  • participating in hobbies

At MMC the occupational therapists treat people of all ages from childhood through adulthood. Some examples of diagnoses or problems that are seen are:

  • Developmental delays
  •   Autism spectrum disorder
  • stroke
  • Arthritis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Elbow, wrist or hand fractures
  • Wrist or hand tendon injuries
  • Shoulder tendonitis
  • Fine motor difficulties such as handwriting, buttoning, zipping
  • Post-offer work screenings and Functional Capacity evaluations

Occupational therapists use a variety of treatment activities and techniques to help a person be able to do functional activities again. Some of these include:

  • Adaptive equipment to help a person do daily activities such as getting dressed by using a long-handled shoehorn, a device to button, etc.
  • Learning different ways to do daily tasks such as getting in the shower after a hip replacement
  • Wrist or hand splints to decrease pain, immobilize an injured area, etc
  • Exercises to improve shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand flexibility and strength
  • Exercises to improve fine and gross motor coordination
  • Activities to improve attention span, memory, problem-solving
  • Activities to decrease swelling in the arm
  • Various modalities to decrease pain and inflammation or to increase flexibility in the arm such as cold, heat, paraffin baths, etc.
  • Hand therapy
  • Activities to improve attention span, memory, and problem solving

A visit to the OT department at MMC would require a call or visit to your doctor to obtain an order to receive therapy. When you come to your first appointment the therapist will do an evaluation to see what areas of need there are and discuss with you a treatment plan. You will often be given activities or exercises to work on at home. You may be provided a splint or brace for your hand or wrist. You may be shown different ways how to do things that you are having trouble with or be shown equipment to help you with these.

To learn more about the OT staff at Memorial Medical Center, please click here.

Department hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Please call to set up an appointment or if you have questions about what occupational therapy can do for you. The phone number is 715-685-5480.

Speech Therapy

Speech Therapy provides both in-patient and out-patient services across the life span. Speech therapy addresses a multitude of issues, not just talking. The Speech Language Pathologist (speech therapist) will evaluate and create a comprehensive plan of treatment specific to a patient’s needs. Depending on needs of a patient a speech therapist may work on improving: Expressive and Receptive language, Cognition, Memory problems, Articulation, Swallowing issues (Dysphagia), Voice quality and strength. Speech therapy specializes in treating patients who suffer from any of these issues as a result of a : Stroke, Traumatic brain injury(including concussions), Neurogenic disorder, Neurological disease (i.e. Parkinson’s, MS), Birth defect, Developmental Disorder, a Motor Movement Disorder, and the process of aging. The goal of speech therapy is to facilitate the patient attaining the highest level of independent function .

Some Tools that are often used to attain the highest level of function are:

  • LSVT (Less Silverman Voice Training)
  • Vital STIM Therapy (electro stim therapy used to address muscle weakness of the oral/pharyngeal muscles for speaking/articulation, eating, and drinking).
  • XRAY Swallow Studies (X-ray study performed to assess the swallowing process of an individual).