Our Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Department has the largest staff in the area, offering occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy and sports medicine. All of these services are available at two Unity Health clinics in Searcy: one at the Orthopaedic and Spine Center of Central Arkansas, 710 Marion St., and Searcy Medical Center - West Clinic, located at 2505 W. Beebe-Capps Expy.
The Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Department works with patients to restore or improve their physical and functional ability. When referred for any rehabilitative service, patients receive a comprehensive evaluation specific to their illness, injury or disability. Based on these findings, an individualized plan of care is established by the attending therapist and referring physician. As the basis for treatment, this plan of care is modified and updated as the patients condition improves and goals are met.
Occupational therapists work with patients to help them regain functional independence in activities of daily living that has been impaired due to injury or illness. With emphasis on the upper extremities, an occupational therapist helps patients regain range of motion, muscle control, coordination, and strength. Some of the more common diagnoses treated by occupational therapists include stroke; head injuries; fractures of the shoulder, elbow and wrist; and carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition to regaining lost abilities, occupational therapists teach patients compensatory techniques and the use of adaptive equipment in order to allow the greatest level of independence with a disability.
Physical therapists work with patients to help them overcome physical limitations resulting from injury or illness. The physical therapist uses a wide range of activities designed to speed the healing and recovery process. In addition to physical exercise, other treatments utilize the forces of electromagnetic energy, sound waves, heat and cold, and light and water. Physical therapy can provide benefits for many diagnoses. Some the more common problems treated by physical therapists include orthopedic injuries; stroke; back and neck pain; burns and wounds; and soft tissue injuries (sprains and strains).
Speech therapy focuses on a variety of conditions. The therapist utilizes a wide array of assessment and treatment tools along with individualized patient education and instruction. Two common problems addressed by speech therapists include difficulty or inability to swallow and impairment of speech due to a brain injury. Speech therapists assist patients of all ages. The ultimate goal of speech therapy is to maximize the patients’ independence in communication.
For more information, please call the Unity Health Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Department at (501) 207-5890.