Pate’s physical therapy program focuses on restoring mobility and physical function to patients with brain injuries.
Physical therapy works to improve motor function, minimize physical disabilities, and restore normal movement patterns to maximize the patient’s independence, safety, and ability to return to their prior level of function.
Physical therapists (PTs) examine each individual patient and develop a customized treatment plan based on the person’s needs and their specific goals.
The PT’s evaluation becomes part of a larger, comprehensive plan with an inter-disciplinary approach that may include cognitive, speech, occupational, vocational, behavioral, and psychological therapies. The physical therapy team members serve as advocates and continued resources for the patient and family. Pate physical therapy treatment may include:
- Neuromuscular re-education
- Postural re-education
- Balance and safety training to reduce falls and further injuries
- Strength/range of motion exercises
- Cardiovascular endurance exercises
- Tone management
- Vestibular training
- Aquatic therapy
- Pain management
- Wheelchair evaluations and wheelchair mobility training
- Bed mobility and transfer training
- Gait training on all surfaces (while integrating cognitive components-visual scanning, topographical orientation, avoiding obstacles, multi-tasking/divided attention, and improving mobility within distracting environments)
- Community re-integration training/outings (within all areas of the community and the patient’s home environment)
- Evaluation of adaptive/specialized equipment and orthotics
- Compensatory techniques and strategies
- Caregiver training and family education
- Home evaluations with recommendations for modifications and equipment to maximize independence
- Return to work evaluations- analysis of the work environment and specific job tasks
- Assessment on return to driving (we offer driving rehabilitation (website info)
- Public transportation training
Because each person, lifestyle, and environment is different, a cookie-cutter approach to therapy just won’t work. Each patient and treatment plan is individualized.
The end goal of physical therapy is always for the rehabilitation training to carry-over to real life in the patient’s home, workplace, school, and community. Pate physical therapy takes place in both one-on-one and group settings.
This approach helps people regain function in real-world settings surrounded by other peers and distractions. At the same time, individualized attention and activities provide the care and focus our patients need.
The physical therapy team has the expertise to care for medically complex patients. Several Pate therapists have advanced certifications such as being board certified Neurological Clinical Specialists (NCS), Advanced Proficiency in Aquatic Physical Therapy (ATRIC), and Certified Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS). These therapists have met the requirements and passed a specialty examination for these specific certifications.
Pate Rehabilitation integrates advanced treatment, proven therapies, and cutting-edge technologies to optimize each patient’s progress and independence. Our treatment team also continues to explore new avenues of treatment and engage in promising new research to benefit individuals with neurological conditions.
Pate therapists also offer:
- Home evaluations and modifications advice
- Home safety training for family and patient
- Return-to-work evaluations – analysis of the work environment and job tasks to specify treatment to fit those goals
- Community outings to re-integrate into the community
- Practicing daily-life tasks like grocery shopping in real settings
- Assessment on return to driving (we offer driving rehabilitation); if not, we can take patients out and practice different options in public transportation
- Wheelchair modifications