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Physical Therapy is a profession that seeks to enhance the quality of life of patients afflicted with any number of neuro-musculoskeletal disorders.
Visits to our Physical Therapy department emphasize education of the patient. We do a thorough evaluation then explain, in terms that you can understand, that assessment. We work with your physician or other health care provider to develop the plan of care that best suits your particular diagnosis and needs. We foster independence by teaching self-management. Although we do use some modality type treatments such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, iontophoresis, and TENS, it is rarely the solution to the problem and so these methods of treatment are only used as needed to accomplish our goals.
Scope of Practice
Although Minnesota is a direct access state, (legally you can receive a physical therapy evaluation and treatment without first going to your doctor) most of our patients come to us by referral. Check with your insurance to see if a referral is needed. Most insurance carriers, including Medicare, require a referral from your doctor, but some don’t. We are trained to identify signs and symptoms that do not “fit” and refer our patients to their doctors if there is some suspicion of a medical diagnosis that would need to be addressed.
We treat a very wide variety of ailments including, but not limited to:
Sprains/strains, vertigo, pelvic floor weakness (incontinence), chronic and acute back pain, headaches, post-surgical patients, neuromuscular disorders like Parkinson’s, traumatic brain injury, stroke, MS, and many others.
We have been affiliated with the Montevideo School System providing sports medicine services since 1998. Those services include: free athletic screenings, participation in pre-participation physicals, concussions, local and regional event coverage, then, if necessary rehabilitation from injury. We have an excellent working relationship with the coaching staff and have your or your child’s, well-being as our highest priority.
We coordinate with the school for ImPact testing of concussions. The school does baseline pretesting, then either we or the school will do the follow up testing in the event an athlete sustains a concussion. The results of the tests are then analyzed and reviewed with physicians to determine when it is appropriate for the athlete to safely return to activity.
We also provide rehabilitation services for the CCM Health inpatients for a variety of reasons including, post operative orthopedic patients, helping to determine safe living environments for ill or impaired patients, balance and safety assessments, and recommendations for assistive devices to be used in the home upon discharge.
All our physical therapists have their Doctorate in physical therapy (DPT).
LSVT-BIG (Lee Silverman Voice Therapy – BIG)
Physical debilitation from Parkinson’s disease (PD) often leaves patients less mobile and less able to participate in the activities of their daily life. Based on the evidenced based research of Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT-LOUD), LSVT-BIG is a physical therapy treatment program specifically designed for persons with Parkinson’s disease in efforts to prevent and treat physical detriments due to the disease process. Sheena Dauer is a certified LSVT-BIG clinician who provides this physical therapy service at CCM Health.