Specialized Programs

Specialized care and support for chronic and serious conditions

Midwest Regional Medical Center offers dedicated programs that address the unique needs of specific illnesses and conditions. Each person has different needs during recovery, so our rehabilitation programs include a range of therapies and assistance to ensure patients receive the care and support they need. Therapists also serve as educators to ensure patients, family members and caregivers are well informed and able to meet recovery challenges.

Our multidisciplinary rehabilitation team provides expert, compassionate care and support to address a range of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis – Management therapies incorporate stretching, exercise and pain management techniques to preserve and improve range of motion.
  • Cancer – Recovery strategies focus on helping patients regain strength and endurance.
  • Heart and vascular conditions – Rehabilitation strategies include exercise, diet and education to help patients regain their overall health.
  • Joint replacement – Physical rehabilitation focuses on helping patients regain mobility and return to daily activities.
  • Neurological conditions – Customized therapies are designed to meet the cognitive, physical and emotional needs of each patient. Therapists assist with everything from helping patients re-learn skills to offering compensatory strategies to provide patients with as much independence as possible.
  • Pulmonary conditions – Rehabilitation strategies focus on reducing shortness of breath and other respiratory symptoms, as well as building strength and endurance.
  • Incontinence therapy – There are a variety of causes for pelvic floor weakness. From prostate surgery or enlargement, to childbirth, to aging and inactivity, many people experience some form of incontinence at some point in their lives. Our trained incontinence therapists can help. Combining education, exercises, and the Neotonus Chair, our physical therapists have great success in the treatment of urinary incontinence. The Neotonus Chair, is a non-surgical therapy for the treatment of stress, urge, and mixed incontinence in women and men.
  • Vestibular therapy – Dizziness or loss of balance is the second most common complaint heard in physicians’ offices.  Vertigo, dizziness, nausea and balance problems can be frustrating, but there is help.  Our specially trained staff of therapists, uses movement and exercise to eliminate dizziness and vertigo, improve balance and safety, decrease associated nausea and reduce falls.  Disorders like inner ear infections, trauma, neuromas, Meniere’s disease, and benign positional vertigo are just some of the health issues our therapists are trained to treat.
  • Aquatics therapy – There are many properties of aquatic therapy that make it beneficial for a wide range of disorders.  Whether you are suffering from back pain or you are rehabilitating after a knee surgery, the pool can be a useful tool.  The buoyancy of the water puts less stress on the joints and allows patients to exercise with less pain.  The pressure of the water helps decrease swelling and increases a patient’s awareness of joint position.  The water also relaxes muscles and dilates blood vessels, increasing blood flow.  Midwest Rehab incorporates aquatics into the treatment of many of their patients.  Talk to your physician about whether aquatics might be useful for you.
  • Outpatient dysphagia – Midwest Regional has over 45 years of combined experience in the field of speech, swallow and language disorders. Leah Cannady, CCC, SLP, Diane Pine, CCC, SLP and Stephanie Herndon, CCC, SLP work together to provide a continuum of care for our patients from the hospital to home health to the outpatient clinic. Outpatient Speech-Language pathology services are provided at Midwest Rehab for individuals with aphasia (problems speaking and understanding), cognitive-communication disorders (difficulty with memory and problem solving), dysarthria (weakness of speech muscles), apraxia (difficulty planning muscle movement, dysphagia (problems swallowing), and voice disorders. Speech-language pathologists work with individuals who have difficulty speaking, listening, reading, writing, and swallowing as a result of stroke, head injury, breathing problems, head and neck cancers, severe or long-term illness, voice disorders, and diseases that affect the brain, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. An additional service provided at our outpatient clinic is LSVT Loud treatment for individuals with speech disorders related to Parkinson’s disease. Our therapists also provide outpatient modified barium swallow studies with fluoroscopy to assess a person’s ability to swallow and his risks for aspiration. All speech language pathologists at our facility have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. This credential is the highest level of preparation which includes a master’s degree in speech-language pathology, passing a national examination, and completion of supervised post graduate clinical work.
  • Lymphedema – Lymphedema is the swelling of soft tissues that results from accumulation of fluid in the extracellular spaces, this occurs with some form of malfunction of your lymph nodes and lymphatic vasculature. It can occur in the head, neck, abdomen, genitalia and extremities. Primary lymphedema occurs without a known cause and can be congenital or hereditary. Secondary lymphedema, is more commonly seen, and occurs as a result of some interruption or injury to the lymph nodes, like that seen following surgery or radiation for cancer, blood clots, and vascular diseases. Kristi Dillinger, OTR/L, CLT, is trained in the LeDuc method of lymphatic treatment.  
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