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Rehabilitation

Our Rehabilitation Department is committed to serving the community by providing exceptional care to all of our patients through our personal and advanced approach to rehabilitation. We don’t just treat the symptom or the diagnosis, we treat the whole person, addressing pertinent criteria that will enable our patients to participate fully in therapy and reach their functional goals.

Experiencing a serious accident, athletic injury or illness can make simple tasks, such as tying your shoes, walking across a room or even communicating, difficult to accomplish. Our Rehabilitation Department staff is skilled and certified to evaluate and treat a variety of diagnoses, and we pride ourselves on providing an encouraging and helpful environment for you to achieve the goals you set for yourself when you come in to see us.

We are here for you to help you one step and one word at a time by providing a wide range of services that can help you reach your maximum ability and independence as quickly and safely as possible.

Wilbarger General offers rehab services on an inpatient, outpatient and home health basis. An order from your personal physician must be obtained for all therapy assessments to be completed.

For more information, please call 940-553-2857.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

The newest program that our Rehabilitation Department has added is the Cardiac Rehabilitation program. If you have had a heart attack, heart surgery or treatment for heart disease (medicine, angioplasty or stent), then you may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. The program provides education, physical rehabilitation and emotional support to speed the recovery and improve your ability to function on a day-to-day basis.

Through the exercise program you will rotate through different stations that will help you build strength and improve the ability to complete personal activities better. As you exercise, you will be monitored for signs or symptoms of progress or continued heart problems.
We offer two levels of cardiac rehab:

  • Level 1 Cardiac Rehab – exercise therapy provided on an outpatient basis. You are monitored and supervised by an exercise specialist and a nurse. Our therapists provide education on continuing recovery, activity and diet. Therapy typically occurs three times per week for 4-12 weeks.
  • Level 2 Cardiac Rehab – continuation of exercise therapy for outpatients with at least two coronary risk factors (e.g., obesity, history, age or high blood pressure.)

Level 2 is a maintenance program that typically occurs four times per week. Our therapists visually monitor progress and look for possible health issues, which may need to be referred to your physician. You are not monitored electronically during exercises.

Level 1 is typically covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. Level 2 is usually on a self-pay basis.

For more information, please call our Rehabilitation Department at 940-553-2857.

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists help you return to everyday activities we often take for granted, like cooking, dressing and bathing. The goals of our therapists are to help you: increase functional independence with activities of daily living; decrease pain; increase movement, strength, endurance and range of motion.

Our therapists are here to help you if you: have overuse or repetitive strain injuries; recently underwent surgery on your hip, knee, shoulder or hand; suffer from arthritis, or a muscle or nerve disease; have suffered a hand, wrist, shoulder or elbow injury that causes problems with completing everyday activities.

Our therapists will use a variety of treatments to help you reach the goals they have set for you. Those treatments include: ultrasound; e-stim; kinesiotaping; cognitive retraining; manual therapy; splinting; and joint protection strategies.

Some of our staff members are LSVT BIG certified. LSVT BIG is a program designed to train therapy professionals in a treatment protocol for individuals with Parkinson disease. And, we have a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner.

Medicare, Medicaid and other insurances typically cover occupational therapy.

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists will put together a rehabilitation program according to your specific needs and abilities, following specifications given by your physician. Along with treating your injury, our therapists are also experts in movement and function, and will teach you exercises and techniques to prevent re-injury.

In addition to general strengthening, our physical therapists provide therapies and treatments for: injury; post orthopedic surgery; overuse sports injuries; foot and ankle pain; plantar fasciitis; neck and back pain; hip and knee pain, shoulder and elbow pain; and vestibular dysfunctions (inner ear/balance).

Our physical therapy services include aquatic therapy, sports specific treatment, manual therapy, kinesiotaping, and job placement and return to work assessments.

Medicare, Medicaid and other insurances typically cover physical therapy costs.

Pulmonary Rehab

Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a program of exercise, education, and support to help you learn to breathe—and function—at the highest level possible.

At pulmonary rehab you’ll work with a team of specialists who will help you improve your physical condition. You will also learn how to manage your COPD, so you will stay healthy and active long after you complete the course.

In order to qualify for pulmonary rehab, you must be referred by your doctor and have spirometry test results within the past year that show you have COPD.

Your rehabilitation team will take a complete health history, talk with you about your current level of activity, and help you set goals for what is most important to you. You will walk as they monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and oxygen level. Don’t worry if you can’t walk very far! Our Respiratory Therapists are experts at working with people with severe shortness of breath, and they’ll make sure you’re safe.

You may only be able to start out exercising at a slow pace, even for only a minute or two. That’s okay. If you need supplemental oxygen you can use it. Your oxygen level, heart rate, and blood pressure will be monitored so you can exercise safely and effectively. You will be surprised at how much you can accomplish!

The exercises start at a level that you can handle (some people start exercising while sitting and others on a treadmill). The amount of time you exercise will be increased in time and the level of difficulty will change based on your ability. As your muscles get stronger, you will be more active with less breathlessness and be less tired.

At pulmonary rehab, you will also learn about: breathing techniques, medications, nutrition, relaxation, oxygen, travel, how to do everyday tasks with less shortness of breath, and how to stay healthy and avoid COPD exacerbations. You’ll also learn how to cope with the changes that often come with COPD - depression, panic, anxiety, and others. A bonus is that you’ll also meet people with COPD who have many of the same experiences, questions and feelings that you do.

Our program meets 2 to 3 times a week and can last 4 to 12 weeks or more depending on your needs.

Pulmonary Rehab is covered by Medicare, Medicaid and most private insurances. For more information please call our respiratory department at 940-552-9351 ext 812.

Speech Therapy

Speech and language issues, as well as problems swallowing can strike people of any age at any time. Speech-language pathologists are experts in communication who work with people of all ages to help treat many types of communication and swallowing problems. WGH serves our younger patients through our Pediatric Speech Lab.

Our Rehab Department’s speech-language pathologist has earned the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s highest level, a Certificate of Clinical Competence. The speech-language pathologist works with people who have problems with: sounds and putting sounds together into words; understanding what they hear or read, and telling others what they are thinking; reading and writing; stuttering; and memory, attention, problem solving, organization, and other thinking skills.

Our speech-language pathologist is also LSVT and VitalStim certified. The LSVT certification deals with helping patients with Parkinson Disease as well as others with neurological disorders to be able to speak and/or swallow more efficiently. The VitalStim certification strengthens and re-educates the swallowing musculature for a more efficient and safe swallow.

Our speech-language pathologist can also perform modified barium swallow studies. 

For more information on our Speech Therapy program, please call our Rehabilitation Department at 940-553-2857.

Wound Care

Our Wound Care program provides a smooth continuum of care pathway for you if you have an acute and/or chronic wound and are in an acute, swingbed, outpatient and/or home health setting. Our Wound Care team performs a comprehensive evaluation and then implements a treatment plan to meet your individual needs.

The goals of the team are to heal your wound, educate you about effective wound management and prevent a recurrence of the wound. Since wound management is a multidisciplinary process, team members active in your care while you are in the program include representatives from nutrition, pharmacy, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, laboratory, case management and infection control.

Our staff includes a member who is Wound Care Certified by the National Alliance of Would Care & Ostomy.

Wounds treated by our Wound Care team include: 

  • Non-healing wounds associated with a variety of underlying medical conditions such as: venous disease, diabetes, neuropathy, arterial disease, arthritis, immobility, blood disorders, lymphedema, chronic inflammatory conditions.
  • Wounds caused by cancer, chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
  • Post-operative wounds.