Physical Therapy - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital
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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.

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 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

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 to work for those Veterans with a job offer or who are returning to work. All outpatient physical therapy services are provided in the basement of Building 228, Room B1009 as well as at the Joliet, Kankakee, and LaSalle Community Based Outpatient Clinics.

Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders(SCI/D)

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.