Physical therapy helps patients to maximize their functional level and promotes wellness through improved strength, flexibility, quality of movement and decreased pain.
The following physical therapy services are offered on an outpatient basis in the Northwest Pavilion on Valley Medical Center's campus:
- Orthopedic and sports medicine
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Vocational rehabilitation
- Vestibular rehabilitation
- Pelvic dysfunction
Inpatient physical therapy improves a patient's functional level and ensures a safe and timely discharge from the hospital. Inpatient physical therapy services include the following:
- Acute orthopedic therapy for patients following joint replacement surgery, traumatic injury and other orthopedic surgery.
- Acute rehabilitation therapy for stroke, neurological, and head injury patients focusing on mobility, strength and endurance for functional activities.
- Acute general medicine therapy for oncology, arthritis, intensive care, and pre-rehab patients and wound care management (hydrotherapy).
For more information about Rehabilitation Services at Valley Medical Center, call 425.251.5165.
Happy National Physical Therapy Month!
“May the core be with you”
What is the core? Most people are not able to answer this question in great detail, but state that having a strong core is important. It is often misunderstood that a having a strong core means a washboard chiseled abdomen that you get by doing repetitive sit-ups. However, the core is made up of much more than just that single muscle that is strengthened by performing sit-ups.
The core is complex and made up of four major muscle groups listed below:
- Rectus abdominis: One big sheet of muscle tissue that runs from your breastbone down to your pelvis. Produces that 6-pack that we all work for.
- External obliques: Run from your ribs to your hips in a forward direction.
- Internal obliques: Run from your ribs to your hips in a backwards direction.
- Transverses abdominis: Located deep in your abs, underneath the obliques. It attaches to your spine and wraps around the body similar to a corset.
There are also 15 other muscles that help support the core such as your diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, and hip muscles. The core muscles are used constantly through the day, but they often become weak and can lead to different types of back injuries. Proper body mechanics training and strengthening of the core musculature are key factors in preventing back injuries while at work.
If you have a back injury or want to learn how to avoid a back injury, Physical Therapy can help to prevent your risk of an on the job injury. They can provide you with an individualized assessment and custom home program that will strengthen your core and teach you how to maintain proper body mechanics.
Please contact Rehabilitation Services at 425-251-5165 to make your appointment today!