The Ringgold County Hospital Rehabilitation Department provides Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy as well as our newer services of Women's Health Therapy , and Functional Dry Needling. Our therapists will perform a personal evaluation and then develop a plan of care to meet each patient’s needs based on their debility. We treat a broad range of diagnoses, but the goal of all therapies is to help individuals regain and maintain maximal physical and cognitive function. Our highly trained therapists also work with patients while staying in the hospital recovering from an illness or surgery. Many patients benefit from rehabilitation services to improve their quality of life and it can be applied at any stage of life.
RCH Physical Rehab: What to Expect
When you visit the Rehabilitation Department at RCH, our knowledgeable, friendly, and compassionate team of therapists will begin with a personal evaluation and then develop a plan of care designed to meet your specific needs.
Our therapists work with patients both in and out of the hospital. Many of our patients begin care with us while still an inpatient, recuperating after a surgery or any other debilitating health conditions they may be experiencing.
We also provide rehabilitation services to patients who have never been hospitalized at RCH. For example, many older patients come to us for flexibility and strength training – especially those who are susceptible to stress fractures, falls, or other types of injuries. For those living with chronic medical conditions like arthritis or fibromyalgia, our rehab service providers promote pain-free movement and dramatically improve a person’s quality of life. We provide rehab services to the younger population as well, including those with sports related injuries and recovery.
Our Rehabilitation Services
Should you require rehabilitation services, the rehab services providers at Ringgold County Hospital are here to meet your needs.
Our warm water therapy allows us to provide aquatic therapy in addition to our popular land-based rehab programs. Aquatic therapy is commonly used to help with sports injuries, post-surgical recovery, and pain management.
RCH rehab service providers are trained in aquatic therapy. By beginning rehab therapy in our warm water therapy pool, patients will be functioning at a higher level and able to tolerate the transition to land-based physical therapy with less pain.
Dry needling is a type of physical therapy that can help your body heal from injuries and improve your overall movement. The therapy involves inserting thin needles into your skin and muscles to stimulate healing.
Dry needling can be used to treat various conditions, including:
- Chronic pain
- Joint pain
- Muscle spasms
Your therapist will insert the needles into the areas of your body that are most affected by your condition. The needles will then be left in place for a short period of time before being removed. You may feel a slight discomfort when the needles are first inserted, but this should quickly go away.
Dry needling can provide pain relief and help improve your overall movement. The therapy is safe and effective, and can be used in conjunction with other forms of physical therapy. If you are interested in dry needling, talk to your physical therapist about whether this therapy is right for you.
Ringgold County Hospital’s occupational therapists help people of all ages develop the skills they need to live independent and satisfying lives. Occupational therapy is centered around improving a person’s ability to perform their usual daily activities – and adapting environments to fit the person.
Common OT interventions we provide include:
- Helping those recovering from an injury regain skills
- Providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes
- Helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations
Patients participating in occupational therapy will receive an evaluation, in which our therapist works with the patient and their loved ones to determine the goals of therapy. Then, a customized plan is developed to reach these goals, and a patient’s progress is monitored along the way, so changes to the plan can be made as needed.
Conditions Improved by Occupational Therapy:
- Amputation of fingers, hands, and upper extremities
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
- De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis
- Duputren’s Contracture
- Golfer’s Elbow
- Joint Replacement
- Ligament injuries
- Edema (swelling)
- Tendon and nerve repair
- Tennis elbow
- Trigger finger
- Work comp injuries
The physical therapists at Ringgold County Hospital provide care to people of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions, illnesses, or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform daily activities. Both aquatic and land-based rehabilitation therapies are provided.
Choosing physical therapy can help to improve balance, regain flexibility, strengthen muscles, and help prevent the loss of mobility. PT can maintain or restore your ability to move and function optimally. Whether you’re recuperating from an injury, surgery, or getting used to living with a chronic medical condition. Therapists at RCH are here to help you.
Conditions Improved by Physical Therapy:
- Sports injuries
- Back and neck pain
- Limited range of motion
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Joint replacement
- Ankle sprain
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Post fracture recovery
- Knee ligament injury
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Generalized weakness
- Work comp injuries
Speech therapists help improve a patient’s communication, swallowing, and cognitive skills.
“Communication” encompasses a wide range of components, including speech, language, social communication, cognitive communication, and more. Patients can have swallowing or cognitive disorders due to a wide variety of medical or other reasons.
RCH speech therapists treat children and adults. In most cases, the therapist will work one-on-one with the patient. However, in some cases, our therapists may also provide support for the families of patients, as well.
Speech therapy begins with an initial evaluation, followed by recommendations for treatment, condition management, and counseling or other follow-up services.
Conditions Improved by Speech Therapy:
- Articulation disorders
- Receptive/expressive language delays
- Issues with oral-motor reflexes
- Traumatic brain injury
- Cognitive delays
- Weak oral or tongue muscles
Adults with speech and swallowing disorders as a result of stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s Disease, ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s disease) or MS (multiple sclerosis).
Pelvic floor physical rehabilitation is a specialized form of physical therapy that focuses on the muscles of the pelvic floor. The pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support the organs in the pelvis, including the bladder, uterus, and rectum. These muscles can become weak or tight due to pregnancy, childbirth, surgery, and other factors. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help to strengthen these muscles, improving function and relieving symptoms such as pain, incontinence, and sexual dysfunction.
Personalized Rehabilitation Care in Mount Ayr, IA
At Ringgold County Hospital in Mount Ayr, Iowa, we have the rehabilitation therapists you need to heal better, faster, and more completely. Call the RCH Rehabilitation Department at (641) 464-4428 to find out more about our rehab services, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and more. You can also request an appointment now.