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Rehabilitation Specialty Programs
In aquatic therapy, the buoyancy, support, accommodating resistance and other unique properties of water will help you with musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and cardiovascular/pulmonary disorders and conditions. The pool allows you to walk and run without having to bear all of your weight, which allows you to start rehabilitation earlier. Exercises in the pool are also easier on the joints and provide several levels of resistance. The exercises in aquatic therapy are designed to improve or maintain function, aerobic capacity, endurance conditioning, balance, coordination, agility, body mechanics, flexibility, muscle strength and relaxation.
Through biofeedback therapy, patients learn to use special instruments that provide instant feedback on their stress levels. Patients also become more aware of the different effects of stress on the body, such as tense muscles, increased heart rate, more rapid breathing, a drop in blood flow and increased skin conductivity.
This is a structured, comprehensive outpatient program for adults with impairments from stroke, traumatic brain injury as well as from musculoskeletal or other neurological disorders. The day rehab program is designed to ease your transition from the hospital to your home and allows you to achieve your goals in a supportive, safe environment. Physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy are offered during day rehab.
Loyola’s hand rehabilitation program is prepared to treat the most traumatic industrial hand and upper extremity injuries, including crush injuries, replantations, amputations, tendon lacerations, fractures, burns, pain syndromes and cumulative trauma disorders. Early intervention and intensive postoperative care focuses on quick healing and recovery of hand movement and function so that patients can return to work and get back to their lives.
Lymphedema therapy is crucial and the sooner it is initiated, the easier it is to manage. The treatment options may include the following: manual lymphatic drainage (MLD), compression bandaging, exercise (including a home exercise program), compression pump therapy and patient education.
Loyola’s pediatric rehabilitation services focuses on maximizing the developmental potential for infants and children with special needs. A hallmark of our program is emphasizing family/caregiver involvement in therapy with the professional guidance of experienced pediatric occupational, physical and speech therapists.
Pelvic-floor Dysfunction Therapy
Pelvic-floor dysfunction treatment helps correct the following conditions: urinary/bowel incontinence, constipation, urinary retention, fibromyalgia, dysmenorrhea (painful periods), obstetrical dysfunction and pelvic-floor tension/pain. These conditions may be a result of muscle, connective tissue, joint, scar tissue or nerve problems. Symptoms that you may experience include difficulty sitting, urinating, painful intercourse and pain in the hips or lower abdomen. These conditions may require physical therapy, occupational therapy or a combination of both. While some therapies can be very personal in nature, the results can be profound.
Postlaryngectomy Voice Restoration Services
Loyola offers voice restoration services after patients have had a laryngectomy to regain speech. Some patients will need an electrolarynx while others will require a voice prosthesis. Once fitted, our speech language pathologists will help you recover your proficiency in speech.
Speech and language pathologists provide evaluation and therapy services for patients with communication, cognitive and/or swallowing difficulties. Loyola's experienced, certified and licensed speech/language pathologists are committed to your speech impairment prevention, rehabilitation and education.
Sports Rehabilitation Therapy
Loyola offers specialized rehabilitative services for people with sports-related injuries. Our program stresses early intervention, accurate diagnosis and proper treatment. We offer fitness profiles, functional evaluations, gait/running analyses, brace and orthotic fittings, a running clinic, injury prevention education and a contracted athletic trainer program.
If you are having trouble swallowing, you might need to undergo a videofluoroscopic swallow study. A speech language pathologist and a radiologist will use this study to evaluate a person’s swallowing ability. Following the study, the speech language pathologist will review the results with the patient. Additionally, an individualized treatment plan will be discussed, including strategies for swallowing food and liquids to prevent aspiration, therapeutic exercises to improve swallow function and recommendations for alternate means of nutrition if safe swallowing is not possible.
Patients who experience dizziness may be referred to physical therapy for vestibular rehabilitation. Symptoms may include lightheadedness and a feeling that you are spinning, floating or unsteady. Once a vestibular diagnosis has been made, patients may be referred to physical therapy. Our therapists are specially trained in treating these disorders. They will tailor an individual exercise program designed to address balance, dizziness and overall fitness.
Loyola’s physical therapists are specially trained in treating patients with a wide variety of wounds. We are dedicated to working with our patients and their families in providing the best and most viable treatment options for their wounds, including referral to other disciplines as indicated. We treat, among other things, wounds from arterial insufficiency, venous insufficiency, diabetic ulcers, pressure ulcers, dehisced surgical wounds, trauma, graft/flap postoperative care and wounds from dermatological or metabolic conditions. The treatments that we use include electrical stimulation, therapeutic ultrasound, negative (vacuum) pressure, pulsed lavage, selective debridement and compression therapy.