The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion keeps up-to-date with current treatments and technology. We strive to provide patients with the best comprehensive rehabilitation services needed to return to home, work and community. Using an interdisciplinary approach that focuses on adjustment, support, education, skill achievement and reintegration into the community, we offer a number of specialized services.
Lite Gait Training
Lite Gait is a gait training device that controls weight bearing, posture, and balance using an overhead suspension system and harness over a treadmill or ground. It allows the therapist to adjust the speed, the amount of weight that patients bear as they walk, as well as allowing the therapist to manually assist the patient's legs to achieve proper gait patterns. It is a safe and effective method to address mobility for patients with a wide range of impairments and functional levels.
Body in Balance Rehabilitation
Many neurological and orthopedic conditions can produce balance problems. The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion can address these problems through balance
retraining. The primary goal of Body in Balance Rehabilitation is to assist the patient in achieving a maximal level of independence with household and community mobility with decreased risks of falling.
Our Body in Balance Rehab includes:
- Postural control
- Range of motion and flexibility
- Perturbation training
- Dynamic gait activities
- Environmental hazards
Dynavision is an electronic visual tool used in therapy.
The Dynavision is an electronic visual tool that is used to help patients more quickly scan and process what they see as well as to achieve better motor skills and reaction time. It also can be used to improve overall balance and mobility. This training assists clients in reacting to the environment in order to better perform household and community activities.
Driving is an activity that many people take for granted. Physical, psychological, and/or cognitive impairments affect driving performance. Driving evaluations are performed to test the areas necessary to be a skilled, safe driver. Driving retraining is conducted to address deficits identified in these areas. Testing includes visual screening, physical assessment, brake reaction, cognitive testing (memory, attention, problem solving), road sign evaluation and behind-the-wheel assessment with adaptive equipment, as needed. This service is provided by a certified Rehabilitation Driving Specialist.
The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion provides training to maximize an individual's function following an amputation. These services can begin immediately following the surgery and continue with training after fitting of the prosthesis. Therapists with special training in this area work in conjunction with the prosthetist to ensure proper fit and mobility using the prosthesis in order to return to many activities of their daily lives.
Visual Compensatory Training
One of the most overlooked physiological factors related to a decline in routine function is vision. Often, a person can begin having difficulty reading, writing checks, walking, dressing, bathing, cooking, driving, and other daily tasks and not realize that visual changes may play a role in this type of functional decline. Patients requiring therapy services for various diagnoses often have visual deficits that impact the way they perform basic everyday activities. The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion offers visual retraining and compensatory strategies to help clients see and perceive their environment, thereby helping them better complete routine tasks. Visual Compensatory Training may include:
- Scanning Activities
- Perception/pattern tasks
- Compensatory training with daily activities using adaptive equipment and/or adaptive techniques
- Patient and family education concerning deficits and safety limitations
- Dynavision training
Neurodevelopmental Training (NDT)
NDT is used to help re-train functional actions like walking and sitting without assistance. This training relies on established developmental neurology as a basis for structuring activities and the progression of treatment.
Wii for Rehabilitation
The popular Wii interactive computer system is used for therapeutic intervention of the body and mind. A variety of sports and other leisure activities, such as playing guitar, help to make therapy a more enjoyable process.
Captain's Log is a computerized cognitive rehabilitation training system designed to help build attention, reasoning, memory, listening skills, impulse control and basic skills for academic and life success. Several of the speech-language pathologists at the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion are CAPT certified.
VitalStim Swallowing Program
VitalStim is a form of non-invasive, external electrical stimulation used for the safe and effective treatment of patients having swallowing difficulties or dysphagia. It is the only neuromuscular electrical stimulation and equipment system to have received clearance from the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of dyphagia. VitalStim uses specially designed electrodes approved to stimulate the muscles of the throat to promote proper swallowing. Speech-language pathologists at the DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion are certified in VitalStim therapy.
Swallowing difficulties, or dysphagia, can result from a variety of acute and chronic illnesses. If untreated, it can affect a person's eating and breathing. Our program is designed to ensure effective evaluation and management of patients with dysphagia. Patients with swallowing and/or feeding difficulties are evaluated to determine the type, extent and severity of the disorder. Therapeutic intervention is provided to meet the individual needs of the patient. This service is provided by a speech-language pathologist with specialized education and training in swallowing disorders.
Videoflouroscopic Swallowing Evaluations
Considered by many to be the gold standard for swallowing assessment, this exam is done to identify potential disorders of the swallowing mechanism that may be undected by other measures. Conducted in the radiology department in conjuction with a radiologist and a speech therapist, a moving image of the swallow in real-time helps in guiding treatment and diet. The DCH Rehabilitation Pavilion is the only facility in West Alabama with the capability to perform this swallowing assessment.
A fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing (FEEs) is used to evaluate swallowing function using a flexible scope to observe the patient eating and drinking. This exam provides direct assessment of the motor and sensory aspects of the swallow to guide the management of patients with swallowing problems to decrease the risk of aspiration pneumonia.
Outpatient Rehabilitation Program
You may still require some additional therapy after being discharged from our inpatient program. Outpatient rehabilitation therapy is a comprehensive therapy program, which can include physical therapy, occupational therapy and/or speech-language pathology for both adult and pediatric clients.
Individualized therapy programs may consist of one or any combination of these disciplines and is provided in one convenient location. Services are provided by a team of trained therapists experienced in rehabilitation for diagnoses including stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, balance disorders, amputations, fractures, joint replacements, and other neurological and orthopedic disorders.
Our primary goal is to assist patients in achieving their maximal level of independence with household and community mobility as well as to facilitate their return to work or school as needed. Our pediatric program provides comprehensive services for children from birth to the age of 21.
Specialty programs/services provided include the following: Driving Program, Dysphagia Program, Dynavision, Body in Balance, VitalStim, Lite Gait, Captain's Log, Wii for Rehabilitation, Videoflouroscopic Swallowing Evaluations, Amputee/Prosthetic Training, Visual Compensatory Training, and Reconditioning Program.
The Outpatient Rehabilitation Clinic offers a Reconditioning Program to clients who wish to continue exercising in an accessible gym atmosphere. This service is designed for clients who have completed a therapy program and would benefit from continued exercise and conditioning. Supervision and monitoring is provided by therapy personnel during activities in a group setting. Clients pay a monthly fee to attend two sessions per week. A family member or caregiver is required to accompany the client to sessions if they are not independent in equipment use or mobility.