United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital

Physical Therapy

 

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.


Treatment interventions may include, but are not limited to, therapeutic exercises; balance and walking re-education; functional mobility training; manual therapy techniques; prosthetic training; residual limb management; wound care; and modalities. Veterans requiring assistive devices will be measured for and trained prior to being issued canes, crutches, wheelchairs, walkers, and other home equipment.

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)

 

Community Living Center (CLC) 

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.

 

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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.

Inpatient PT staff

Hines inpatient PT staff
 

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.

 

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Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic


 

Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic Bldg 228

Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic Bldg 228

The Outpatient Physical Therapy Clinic provides therapeutic treatments to Veterans with muscular and joint pains; neurological problems; and lower limb amputations. It also provides assessment and education and training in the use of manual and power mobility devices. The clinic is equipped with advanced rehabilitation devices to help assess and treat our Veterans to accelerate their recovery and reach optimal goals.

Physical therapists provide Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs).  An FCE is a comprehensive battery of performance-based tests that is used commonly to determine ability for work, activities of daily living, or leisure activities. All outpatient physical therapy services are provided in Building 228, Room B1009, in the basement. 


Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders(SCI/D)

 

Physical Therapy,  Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) 

Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders

Services for Spinal Cord Injury/Disorders are provided in Building 128, Room A100 and at bedside.  The Spinal Cord Injury Physical Therapy Department provides physical therapy services to Veterans with paraplegia, tetraplegia, and quadriplegia including ventilator-dependant patients. In addition to traumatic spinal cord injuries, patients with non-traumatic spinal problems, such as ALS, MS, arthritic changes, and spinal infections resulting in spinal cord injury, are served by the SCI/D Physical Therapy department. 

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Edward Hines, Jr.
VA Hospital
5000 South 5th Avenue
Hines, IL 60141

Physical Therapy
708-202-2287


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Professional Organizations

American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) *

Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) *

The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) *

American Stroke Association *

American Amputee Foundation * 

The ALS Association  *

The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center * 

The National Parkinson Foundation  *

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