Inpatient Care

Physical Therapy (Acute)

At UMC Health System, our physical therapists treat patients throughout all phases of the acute rehabilitation process and in the outpatient setting, as well. In the most acute stages of illness or injury, physical therapy focuses on basic performance areas needed to prepare for improved independence. These treatment/performance areas include: lower extremity range of motion, lower extremity strengthening, activity tolerance and overall improved functional mobility. In addition, physical therapy performs burn and wound care throughout the hospital and in the outpatient clinic setting. Within the fast paced nature of acute care, the physical therapy staff is frequently consulted to assist with discharge planning/recommendations. Recommendations for patient disposition are made based on the patient's medical status, cognitive abilities, and progress with functional tasks. 

Occupational Therapy

The acute care Physical Therapists at UMC treat a broad range of medical diagnoses for pediatrics and adults. These diagnoses can include: trauma, orthopedic, burn, wound, and neurological injuries. Other specialized treatment areas include outpatient therapy with a specialty in women's health and the region's only burn clinic.

Occupational Therapy (Acute)

In the acute care setting at UMC Health System, our occupational therapists treat patients in the earliest stages of the rehabilitation process. In the most acute stages of illness or injury, occupational therapy focuses on basic performance areas needed to prepare for improved functional independence. These treatment/performance areas include: upper extremity range of motion, upper extremity strengthening, activity tolerance, fine motor skills, infant massage, positioning/splinting of upper or lower extremities, cognitive re-training, self-care tasks, developmental play and edema control. Due to the fast paced nature of acute care, OT staff are often consulted to assist with discharge planning/recommendations. Recommendations for patient disposition are made based on the patient's medical status, cognitive abilities, and progress with functional tasks.

The acute care occupational therapists at UMC treat a broad range of medical diagnoses for neonates, pediatrics and adults. These diagnoses include: trauma, orthopedic, burn, and neurological injuries, as well as developmental disorders. Other specialized treatment areas covered by the acute care OT staff include: outpatient UE splinting, lymphedema treatment, and outpatient follow-up for burn injuries.

Speech and Language Pathology

The acute care department of speech pathology at UMC Health System is innovative. This team of seven speech pathologists leads the region in evaluation and treatment of dysphagia, cognitive deficits, voice disorders, speech and language deficits, and pediatric feeding. Advanced skills include velopharyngeal competency testing of children following cleft palate repair, voice prosthesis fitting, modified barium swallows, rehabilitation of infant feeding delays and disorders, use of Passy-Muir speaking valve, use of VitalStim, and use of videostroboscopy & flexible endoscopy.  Members of the acute care team continually take advantage of opportunities for professional growth; they often present nationally-televised continuing education over aspects of speech pathology. In addition, the acute care team is participating in the first research study to address premorbid contribution to pediatric burn injury. Sustained growth in outpatient diagnostics for dysphagia, voice disorders and infant feeding disorders is anticipated.

For more information or to contact any of the departments mentioned above,
please call the PM&R Department at 806.775.9224.

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