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Physical therapy intervention focuses on posture, locomotion, strength, endurance, cardiopulmonary function, balance, coordination, joint mobility, flexibility, pain control and activities of daily living. Locomotion training may include the use of orthotic, prosthetic or assistive devices, and we may aid your therapy with heat, cold, light, water, sound, electricity, massage, mobilization and therapeutic exercise. Education is an important part of each treatment plan. In particular, our physical therapists have been trained by a nationally recognized expert in care for temporomandibular disorder (TMD) and specially trained in care for lymphedema, swelling caused by inadequate flow of fluid through the lymphatic system.
Dry Needling (DN) is a form of therapy in which fine needles are inserted into myofascial trigger points (painful knots in muscles), tendons, ligaments, or near nerves in order to stimulate a healing response in painful musculoskeletal conditions. Dry Needling can also be coupled with electrical current to further reduce pain for patients with appropriate conditions.
What is Dry Needling Effective For?
Evidence has shown dry needling can significantly decrease:
- Low-Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- TMJ (Jaw) Dysfunction
- Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoulder impingement
- Elbow pain (such as Tennis elbow)
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Shin Splints
- Knee Pain
- Post-surgical scar tissue pain
How is DN different from acupuncture?
- Dry Needling is research and evidence-based practice
- Dry Needling is a modern, anatomy-based intervention for musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction
Occupational therapy maximizes independence for people with physical disabilities and helps prevent further disability. We’ll work with you on activities of daily living such as feeding and dressing; creating and fitting orthotics or splints; and teaching you how to use adaptive equipment. In particular, our occupational therapists are specifically trained in caring for patients with lymphedema.
Our Physical Performance Center boasts a 40-by-20-foot saltwater pool for exercise that’s easier on the body, allowing for a quicker return to activity without overstressing healing tissues. The graded pressure from deeper to shallower water also helps blood flow to reduce swelling. Patients with back pain, fibromyalgia, arthritis and injuries benefit from aquatic therapy. After completing the initial program, you can participate in our monthly pool membership program and/or try an instructor-led aquatic arthritis class two or three days per week for improving strength, endurance and joint mobility.
Our Physical Performance Center offers therapy services for children who need a level of care greater than school-based programs but not as extensive as full-day or residential programs. Our pediatric treatment room is a safe, sensory-appropriate environment that makes therapy fun with touch screens, iPads, a swing, balance platform, hammock, water and sand play area and more. Speech/language pathologists work with children experiencing feeding and/or swallowing problems, developmental delays, speech/language delays, motor speech disorders, cognitive impairments and fluency issues. Physical and occupational therapists address congenital muscular torticollis, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological problems, developmental delays, orthopedic injuries and fine motor difficulties.
Vestibular disorder, which involves dizziness (vertigo) and often affects balance, can be caused by small crystals in the inner ear becoming lodged in the semicircular canals due to BPPV (benign positional paroxysmal vertigo). These symptoms could also be caused by stroke, benign tumors, head trauma, cervical spine dysfunction or a virus. Physical therapists trained in vestibular rehabilitation will assess the likely cause of vertigo before employing the most appropriate treatment, such as positioning maneuvers to move small crystals out of the semicircular canal, gaze stabilization exercises and positional exercises.
Speech/language pathologists work with clients of all ages to treat conditions including:
- Infant feeding aversions
- Developmental delay
- Dysphagia (swallowing disorder)
- Speech/language disorders
- Motor speech disorders
- Voice disorders
- Cognitive impairments
VitalStim® therapy is available for the treatment of swallowing disorders secondary to stroke or other neurological conditions as well as from cancer and radiation treatment.
Norman Regional Health System is pleased to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.
SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients and their speech-language pathologist work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in a SPEAK OUT!® Workbook.
Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by a speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another.
Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call Norman Regional Physical Performance Center at (405)447-1571.
Our therapists, including a certified hand therapist, are experienced in the treatment of hand and upper-extremity dysfunction resulting from arthritis, injury or cumulative trauma. Hand therapists have extensive knowledge in orthotics fabrication for a variety of diagnoses, creating orthotics — or splints — for post-op surgical protection or immobilization, correction of injury or deformity, and conservative management of common upper extremity syndromes.
Other specialty treatments include:
- Joint protection (e.g., for arthritic joints)
- Industrial consultation
- Work conditioning, hardening and retraining
- Scar tissue management
- Prosthetic training
- Pain management, acute and chronic
- Wound care to the upper extremity
Our therapists provide preventive and post-injury care for the recreational and competitive athlete. Acute injury care with a progressive strengthening and conditioning program is specifically designed to get the athlete back to the game as quickly and safely as possible while decreasing the risk of future injury.
Treatment includes post injury care and pre- and post-surgical rehabilitation. Our therapists employ physical methods when appropriate as well as manual therapy and therapeutic exercise including core stabilization.