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Physical Medicine & Rehab

Phone Number:
(303) 498-1840     (303) 498-1845 fax
Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday – Friday
Contact: Karen Vizyak

Health History Form in English            Health History Form in Spanish


In our Physical Medicine Department we have Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Massage Therapists, and Speech Therapists.  We see patients across the lifespan—from infants to geriatrics.

We can help with these and other conditions:

Physical Therapy   Who are Physical Therapists?

  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Shoulder Pain (Non-surgical)
  • Shoulder Surgeries (Rotator Cuff, Labral, and all others)
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work-Related Injuries
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Whiplash
  • Cervical pain and headaches
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation
  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Arthritis Tendonitis
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Falling, Balance and Vestibular Issues
  • Orthotics Assessment

Occupational Therapy   Who are Occupational Therapists?

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Tendonitis of the elbow or wrist
  • Tendon Repairs of the hand/fingers
  • Customized hand/arm splints
  • Neurological Conditions
  • General Post-Surgical After Care

Speech Therapy   Who are Speech Language Pathologists?

  • Stroke/CVA Neurological conditions: MS, ALS, Parkinsons, etc
  • TBI/Head Injury
  • Swallowing disorder/Dysphagia
  • Cognitive disorders
  • Receptive and expressive language impairments
  • Speech impairments
  • Oral motor impairments
  • Voice disorders

Massage Therapy

  • TMJ Dysfunction
  • Headaches
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Chronic Injuries
  • Muscle Tears
  • Work-Related Injuries

Pediatric Rehabilitation

  • Autism / Asperger’s
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Developmental delays
  • Down’s syndrome
  • Torticollis
  • Gait abnormalities (toe walking)
  • Fine motor delays

We provide the following treatments in our Physical Medicine Department:

Manual Techniques: Joint mobilization/manipulation, soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic massage, myofascial release, tool assisted soft tissue mobilization.

Electrical Stimulation:  Uses electrodes placed around the painful area to help decrease pain, increase local blood flow, decrease swelling.  Neuromuscular electric stimulation can be used to help contract a muscle that is not working well in order to help re-educate that muscle.

Ultrasound:  Uses sound waves to create thermal (heat) or non-thermal effects in tissues. It can assist in healing and increasing the pliability/flexibility of structures.  The therapist uses a sound head with gel placed directly on your skin.

Infrared Laser:  It is used for soft tissue repair and can aid in regeneration of tissue. Uses cold light which penetrates through the skin layers to soft tissue cells to stimulate blood flow and cell metabolism to aid in healing.  It emits a red light that directs the energy to the injured cells to promote natural healing and pain relief.

Vasopneumatic Compression (Game Ready):  Game Ready® Dual-Action Wraps are designed using NASA spacesuit technology.  A sleeve or body wrap for the particular body area is used around the area to be treated.  The Dual Action wrap allows it to simultaneously supply intermittent compression and adjustable cold therapy.  It is very good for decreasing swelling.

Iontophoresis:  Using an electrode with a negative and positive side to drive medicine directly under the skin to involved tissue.  Usually uses a steroid, Dexamethasone.  It is most helpful for small, more localized areas of inflammation.

Cervical and Lumbar Traction:  Used for the neck or the back usually.  Traction can be done manually by the therapist or mechanically by a traction table.  It creates a pulling on the spine to create more room for the disc and nerves to get pressure off these areas.

Customized Therapeutic Exercise Programs:  Your therapist will help design a customized exercise program for your specific needs based on your injury, surgery, strength, flexibility, balance and many other factors.

Pelvic Floor Muscle Retraining and Bladder Habit Training:  A therapist who specializes in these issues will do a comprehensive evaluation of bladder and pelvic floor symptoms to create a specialized treatment plan specific for each patient.  This therapy emphasizes on pt education, home program, diet education, and manual treatments.

Yoga and Pilates Based Programs:  We provide one on one session for Yoga or Pilates based programs when your therapist feels that this type of program would be beneficial to you.

Vestibular Training:  Used commonly for patients who have dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, falling, inner ear problems that have lead to some of these symptoms.  The therapist works with the patient to help them to tolerate those positions and activities that cause the dizziness, etc and to be able to balance better during sitting, standing and walking

Balance Training:  Your therapist will work with you to improve your balance and stability with stable and unstable surfaces to decrease your risk of falling and improve joint receptors after surgery.

Primal Reflex Release Technique (PRRT):  Used commonly for treating pain conditions from sports injuries to the trauma of auto accidents.  PRRT works with the reflexes in the body to calm you and bring your central nervous system into a more relaxed state, and thereby eliminate your pain.  PRRT was developed by John Iams, a physical therapist from Poway, California.

Dry Needling:  Trigger Point Dry needling (TDN) is used to treat myofascial trigger points by placing a small needle into the muscle in order to cause it to contract and release. This will ease tension and improve flexibility for decreased symptoms. TDN is used to treat musculoskeletal pain and can be very affective. TDN can be performed by a Physical Therapist that has completed specific training per the CO Department of Regulatory Agencies. Although TDN uses acupuncture needles, the techniques and purpose differ in that it specifically targets muscular and myofascial dysfunctions. This may be effective on trigger points or tendonitis. TDN insurance benefits may differ from the Physical Therapy benefits. It may or may not be covered by your insurance provider.

Stroke, Parkinson’s, Traumatic Brain Injury Rehab (Neurological Rehab):  A Neurologic Physical Therapist specializes in the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems due to disease or injury of the nervous system.    Neurological rehabilitation works to progress a patient’s independence in ADLs (activities of daily living), transfers and gait by individualizing their rehab to focus on their strengths and improve their weaknesses.  Rehab includes a variety of techniques such as gait training (assistive device training, use of lite gait), ADL training, balance integration training (with focus on falls reduction), transfer training, home and adaptive equipment assessment, patient and family education as well as customized home exercise programs.

Customized Splints for the Upper Extremity:  An Occupational Therapist will customize a splint for your hand/wrist/forearm based on your condition and your physician’s recommendations.

Aquatic Therapy:  A therapist will work with you in the pool at the Brighton Rec Center to customize an exercise program for you using the benefits of the water such as buoyancy and progress you to a land-based program.

Saebo Arm Training Program:  A volitional approach to stroke treatment using functional dynamic hand orthoses.

Sensory Integration:   Neurological processes that organize sensations from one’s body and from the environment, making it possible to use the body effectively in the environment (J. Ayres)

Lower Extremity Orthotic Assessment:  Your physical therapist works with a pediatric orthotist to assess for and design foot orthotics as needed for positioning.

Free Monthly Developmental Screens: Developmental screens to assess motor, speech and language skills.  Screens are performed by a motor therapist (PT and/or OT) and a speech therapist.  Children ages 0-5 are eligible.

How does a patient access service? Patients are usually referred for therapy by their physician; however, in the State of Colorado, patients may also access therapy without a physician referral. Please note that many insurance companies will not cover therapy unless referred by a physician. If you are injured and need rehabilitation, call the Physical Medicine Department at Platte Valley Medical Center today and discover how we make your health, our mission.

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