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Rehabilitation LMH Services


RehabilitationThe LMH Departments of Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy are dedicated to providing patients with the highest quality of care in their recovery following an accident, injury or illness. Our comprehensive, interdisciplinary approach is designed to return you back to your maximum level of function quickly and effectively.

Our therapists are highly trained and specialized healthcare providers who treat a variety of individuals with physical, cognitive or developmental challenges that interfere with daily living. Each treatment plan is individualized to help achieve each patient’s specific goals.

At LMH our commitment to customer satisfaction is demonstrated by our high-quality clinic care, complete and timely communication to physicians and case managers, patient education programs, and prompt appointment availability.

RehabilitationServices offered at LMH:

  • Hand/Occupational Therapy
  • Physical Therapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation

Specialized Services:

  • Total Joint Pre/Post Operative Program
  • Vestibular/Balance Clinic
  • TMJ Rehabilitation
  • Low Back Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning Program
  • Wound Care Clinic
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • VitalStim Therapy (Difficulty with Swallowing)
  • Computer Language Lab

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a skilled service to enable or enhance an individual’s participation and independence in meaningful occupations including, self-care, home management, education, work, leisure, and social participation despite physical or mental impairments or limitations.

Who Can Benefit from Occupational Therapy?
Occupational therapists work with patients across their lifespan. Infants, children, adolescents, adults and the elderly can all have health care needs that will benefit from Occupational Therapy.

RehabilitationIndications for an occupational therapy referral include:

  • Decline in participation, independence, and safety with activities of daily living (Self-Care and Home Management activities)
  • Decreased upper extremity range of motion and strength
  • Decreased coordination
  • Developmental delays
  • Hand/Wrist Injuries

Diagnoses commonly seen by OT include but are not limited to:

  • Upper Extremity Orthopedics
  • Work-related injuries
  • Limitations following a stroke or heart attack
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or other serious chronic conditions
  • Developmental Delays
  • Down Syndrome
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Burns, spinal cord injuries, or amputations

Speech/Language Pathology Department

RehabilitationThe Speech and Language Pathology department at Laughlin Memorial Hospital assists individuals in the area of communication and swallowing disorders. Patients may be referred to this department for diagnosis and treatment of unintelligible speech, delayed speech, or for loss of communicative abilities following injury, stroke, or illness. This includes both receptive (understanding speech) and expressive (speaking) communication problems. Speech Therapists also evaluate and treat people with swallowing disorders due to stroke, brain injury, or other nervous system impairments. The therapists providing these services hold state licensure and are certified by the American Speech-Language Hearing Association.

Comprehensive Services Include:

  • Language therapy to improve comprehension and expression for functional communication.
  • Speech and voice therapy to improve unclear/unintelligible speech and remediate ineffective vocal function (i.e. disorders in vocal quality, pitch, volume, rate, fluency).
  • Computer lab provides interactive computer therapy, tailored to specific client goals that may include listening, speaking, writing, thinking and vocational skills. This program is designed to assist the patient in progressing from initial 1:1 treatment to more independent completion of tasks, thus promoting carryover of skills.
  • Dysphagia treatment by therapists certified in VitalStim (neuromuscular electrical stimulation technology) and Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation, to improve swallowing function.
  • Modified Barium Swallow (MBS) studies: x-ray designed to further assess swallowing function, followed by identification and implementation of diet modifications and compensatory strategies.

Physical Therapy

Injuries can occur at any time or any place: in your own home, in the workplace, on the playing field, or even in a motor vehicle accident. Without proper diagnosis and treatment programs, recovery can often become a slow and painful process. Physical Therapy utilizes a wide variety of procedures to restore function to the body, reduce pain, prevent future injury, and return you to work/recreational activities.

After the initial physician examination and diagnosis, each patient is evaluated by a Laughlin physical therapist and an individualized, active program is designed to meet the patient’s specific rehabilitative needs. Under constant supervision of a Laughlin therapist, patient goals are established and treatment begins. Physical therapy is aimed at the reduction of pain, if present, increasing joint motion and increasing strength. The rehabilitation process also includes conditioning exercises so that the patient may return to his or her activity level. Intervention may include use of manual techniques as needed to facilitate healing.

RehabilitationComprehensive Services Include:

  • Total Joint (knee, hip, shoulder) care
  • TMJ Rehabilitation
  • Low back and neck programs
  • Rotator Cuff Rehabilitation
  • ACL (tear & repair) program
  • Wound Care Clinic
  • Balance/Dizziness/Vestibular Clinic
  • Arthritis Program
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Work Conditioning Program
  • Post-Mastectomy Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Care

Pediatric Therapy

Pediatric therapy is a skilled service to enable or enhance a child’s participation and independence in meaningful daily activities including, self-care, education, play, and social participation despite physical or cognitive impairments. Laughlin Pediatric Rehabilitation Department uses different scopes of health care professionals to improve a child’s functional performance and to enhance a child’s ability to interact within his or her physical / social environment.

Physical Therapy

  • Gross Motor Skills & Balance Development
  • Neurodevelopmental Therapeutic Exercises
  • Gait Training
  • Adaptive Equipment & Wheelchair Evaluations

Occupational Therapy

  • Basic Activities of Daily Living (Dressing, Toileting, Grooming, Bathing and Feeding)
  • Sensory Processing
  • Neurodevelopmental Techniques
  • Visual Motor / Visual Perception Development
  • Gross / Fine Motor Development
  • Adaptive Equipment
  • Upper Extremity Splinting

Speech Therapy

  • Receptive & Expressive Language Development
  • Articulation Testing
  • Oral Feeding & Swallowing Issues
  • Stuttering & Voice Therapy
  • Training With Augmentative Communications Devices

Balance / Vestibular / Dizziness Rehabilitation

RehabilitationHave you or has someone you know ever experienced a fall or sudden loss of balance, or been dizzy with no apparent cause? If you have, you are not alone.

Dizziness is one of the most common complaints to physicians. Symptoms may include lightheadedness, spinning, floating or unsteadiness. There are many sources of these symptoms including cardiovascular, neurological, anxiety, loss of sensation in the feet, impaired vision, loss of hearing, muscle weakness, and vestibular disorders.

Balance Retraining Therapy is a specialized form of physical therapy to decrease, if not eliminate, primary symptoms of movement-related dizziness and imbalance through a customized “hands-on” approach. Additional symptoms addressed in therapy may include decreased strength, loss of range-of-motion, muscle tension, anxiety and fatigue.

Comprehensive assessment by a licensed physical therapist of strength, balance, and gait can detect treatable balance problems before someone has an injury from a fall.

Physical therapists treat patients with dizziness and/or imbalance resulting from disorders including:

  • Neurological Disorders (stroke, brain injury, multiple sclerosis)
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Vertigo (BPPV)
  • Vestibular Labyrinthitis
  • Ototoxicity
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Parkinson’s Disease