The goal of Physical Therapy is to provide services to Veterans who have changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. The physical therapist will evaluate, assess, and develop goals and treatment plans in collaboration with the Veteran. The therapist educates and uses treatment interventions to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
A referral from a primary care provider is needed for a Veteran to receive physical therapy services. Phone (708) 202-2174
Community Living Center (CLC)
The Community Living Center provides physical therapy services in a clinic setting, on Easy Street, and at bedside. The Community Living Center physical therapy department provides rehabilitative, respite, long term, and spinal cord injury physical therapy for Veterans with sub-acute medical conditions, multiple chronic health problems, functional disabilities, and cognitive impairments.
The veteran's service organization AMVETS (American Veterans of WW II, Korea, and Vietnam) generously donated "Easy Street." Easy Street is a replica of a village main street with shopping facilities, a vehicle, and a house with kitchen, bedroom, living room, and bathroom. This street is anything but easy, though. It holds a number of obstacles that replicate everyday challenges faced by elderly Veterans. On Easy Street, Veterans can learn how to overcome these obstacles under the supervision of a therapist.
Inpatient and Acute Rehabilitation
The role of the physical therapist is to provide services to Veterans who have impairments, functional limitations, or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. The physical therapist will evaluate and assess each veteran, and develop goals/treatment plans in collaboration with the veteran. The physical therapist will also educate and use treatment interventions to promote the ability to move, reduce pain, restore function, and prevent disability.
Treatment interventions may include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercise, including neuromuscular re-education; functional mobility training; manual therapy techniques and modalities; measurement for, training with, and issuance of assistive devices, wheelchairs, and home equipment, as well as functional training with these devices; prosthetic training and residual limb management; and wound care.
Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs - 810 Vermont Avenue, NW - Washington, DC 20420
Reviewed/Updated Date: July 3, 2012