The Aquatic Physical Therapy program through Fort Therapy & Sport Center is designed to assist the progression of patient’s overall treatment goals. Aquatic therapy is an excellent way to rehabilitate any injury. The unique physical properties of water provide an ideal healing environment for therapy.
The buoyancy of water reduces the effect of gravity, allowing you to exercise in more comfort and achieve your rehabilitation goals more quickly by minimizing painful compressive forces through your joints. As a result, your muscles are exercised while your joints are protected. The hydrostatic pressure of the water on your body assists in reducing swelling, especially in the ankles and knees, and increases circulation to deep muscle groups. The viscosity of water provides significant resistance to movement, which makes the exercises challenging while helping to build your muscle tone and strength. Using paddles, floats, or weights increases the intensity of the exercises. Additional total body benefits include increased endurance/cardiovascular fitness as well as improved balance and coordination.
Each of our satellite therapy sites offers access to the Center for Hand Care. This unique program is designed for those who are having discomfort with their fingers, hands, and/or wrists and are seeking a multidisciplinary approach to their care. Our team includes both orthopedic surgeons and occupational therapists, many of whom are certified hand therapists. We begin by developing an individualized plan of care for each person and then coordinating this care with all team members to ensure seamless and coordinated care from start to finish. We have access to state of the art equipment and technology and expertise in fabricating a variety of custom splints.
The Center for Joint Replacement is a comprehensive planned course of treatment for people having a knee, hip, or shoulder replaced. Your team includes physicians, physician’s assistants, care technicians, nurses, physical therapists, and occupational therapists specializing in total joint care. Every detail, from teaching before surgery to exercising after surgery, is considered and reviewed with you to return you to an active lifestyle as quickly as possible.
Foot orthotics are functional shoe inserts that are designed to promote sound structural integrity of the feet and legs. Physical therapists are experts in analyzing musculoskeletal dysfunction and body movement. Orthotics help redistribute pressures on the bottom of the feet when the mechanics of the legs are not optimal. Orthotics help to realign the body’s biomechanical forces, which when out of alignment, can cause lower extremity pain and disability. Orthotics have been successful in the treatment of many types of pain, injury or misalignment syndromes of the foot, knee, hip and back.
Stepping On is an evidence-based class designed to increase confidence for those who have fallen or have a fear of falling. Wisconsin and Fort Health Care are leaders in offering this program, which teaches comprehensive factors that contribute to falling such as strength / balance, vision, medicine, footwear, and home environment. This class meets for two hours per week over seven weeks and participants learn from guest experts as well as each other. To learn more about Stepping On, visit the Wisconsin Institute on Healthy Aging website.
Many acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions are, at their root, the result of muscle tension, spasm, and decreased tissue extensibility. Functional dry needling (FDN) is the an effective tool in a physical therapist’s tool box for addressing musculoskeletal conditions caused by muscle extensibility issues or trigger points. Most physical therapy interventions seek to create an internal change by external means. FDN allows us to create an internal change through internal means, and the results are often immediate, profound, and lasting.
Functional dry needling is NOT acupuncture. The similarity begins and ends with needle used. The methodology, purpose, desired benefits, and treatment approach of Dry Needling are vastly different to that of acupuncture. Acupuncture is steeped in Eastern medicine; FDN is based on Western medicine, physiology and knowledge of anatomy.
There are a variety of conditions that cause a child to have difficulty controlling his/her bladder and/or bowels. This can include urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence, and constipation.
A physical therapist can educate children and their families about proper bowel and bladder habits, dietary modifications, and pelvic floor awareness and control. Children can learn where their pelvic floor muscles are, how to contract and relax them, and how to use them properly to avoid accidents. A non-surgical method called Biofeedback can help children correctly use and relax the pelvic floor muscles that help with bladder and bowel control.
Most people associate physical therapy with helping patients recover from injuries, but it can also be a solution for bladder and bowel control, pelvic floor dysfunction, and abdominal or pelvic pain in both women and men. Physical therapy can help with pregnancy related pain and also play an important role in rehabilitation following breast or prostate surgery.
At Fort HealthCare Therapy and Sport Center, you will find specially trained physical therapists that are able to evaluation and treat common and complex conditions that affect female and male patients across the life span. Our therapists work with you and your physician to individualize your treatment plan, using a team approach provide the best care possible.
The role of Physical therapy in the treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction is to address postural imbalance of the arms, head and spine which contribute to joint and muscular pain of the neck, face and teeth. Were possible we like to coordinate care with Your dentist, orthodontist, and/or Oral surgeon. We use numerous techniques to improve strength, mobility, musculoskeletal imbalances and to reduce your pain.
Physical therapy can play a role in return to function when an individual has an episode of vertigo (dizziness). Physical therapy can treat Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV), vestibular hypofunction, cerviogenic dizziness (dizziness due to problems in your neck), post-concussion symptoms and other causes of dizziness. When you attend physical therapy for your vertigo, a therapist will start with an examination to determine the underlying cause of your vertigo. The therapist will then determine the best plan of care to decrease your dizziness. We have therapists at each of our satellite clinics as well as at the hospital who are specially trained to treat vestibular conditions.
Work Hardening is a structured rehabilitation program for individuals who have incurred a work related injury. The program combines conditioning and strengthening with work simulation based on the individual’s job; the goals are to safely return to work and with less recurrence of re-injury. Other services offered are Functional Capacity Evaluations, ergonomic assessments, and on-site injury prevention.