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Rehabilitation Services

Sabetha Community Hospital's rehabilitation program is geared towards helping people recover from injuries, surgeries, and other health related conditions. The team consists of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology who work with in-patients at Sabetha Community Hospital, provide outpatient rehabilitation, Home Health Services, and SNF/Swing Bed. The SCH Rehabilitation Department offers all levels of rehabilitation to assist patients in returning to the highest possible level of independence following injury or illness.

Physical Therapy

At the Sabetha Community Hospital Physical Therapy Department, we take pride in our quality of care and our commitment to our patients. Our goal is to work with patients to relieve pain, improve mobility, restore impaired functions and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. Our Physical Therapists; John Sheeran, David Thompson and Michelle Tedman will develop an individualized program of care tailored to your unique needs and abilities. Our therapists and team of licensed Physical Therapy Assistants treat patients with a wide range of conditions, including:

Back and neck injuries
Orthopedic conditions
Sports injuries
Foot posture; John Sheeran, PT fabricates custom orthotics
Trauma and fractures
Rehabilitation following surgery
Work-related injuries
Wound Care; Dave Thompson,PT,CWS (Certified Wound Specialist)

The Physical Therapy department at SCH offers a variety of therapeutic techniques and uses state-of-the-art therapeutic equipment in our treatment regimes. Your therapist will closely monitor your exercises and therapies during your sessions and may prescribe a home exercise program to reinforce your treatment. In addition, we will show you techniques to prevent recurring injury and to maintain your renewed mobility. For more information about Physical Therapy services offered at the Sabetha Community Hospital call 785-284-1537.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy at the Sabetha Community Hospital focuses on mastering the essential activities of daily living and returning individuals to their highest potential level. This is achieved by improving and restoring function, learning skills to compensate for disabilities and/or learning strategies to adapt and compensate for dysfunction. Patients who benefit from these kinds of services include but are not limited to:

Post Surgical Patients
Post Stroke Patients
Patients experiencing Neurological Disorders (i.e. Parkinson, MS,and head injuries)
Orthopedic Patients
Cardiac and Pulmonary Patients
Joint Rehabilitation Patients
Oncology Patients
Trauma and Fractures
Hand Rehabilitation

For more information about Occupational Therapy Services at the Sabetha Community Hospital or to schedule an appointment contact Cynthia Hill, OTR at 785-284-1582.

Speech Language Pathology

The ability to communicate is fundamental to our quality of life. The Sabetha Community Hospital's Speech Therapy department offers personalized and effective speech and language therapy services to individuals of all ages. Our goal is to facilitate success in each individual's ability to communicate with others. Our speech-language pathology services include:
Aphasia Therapy (Stroke)
Swallowing Therapy
Cognitive/Linguistic Retraining
Voice Therapy
Literacy Program

For more information, please call 785-284-1537.

Repiratory Therapy

Patients in need of respiratory therapy are often those suffering with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, lung cancer, AIDS, and other lung or lung-related conditions. Premature infants and accident victims often need the care of respiratory therapists as well. Our Respiratory Therapist is trained to treat conditions of the cardiopulmonary system and perform both diagnostic and therapeutic therapies and tests to include:

Measuring the capacity of a patient's lungs to determine if there is impaired function
Operating and maintaining highly sophisticated medical equipment to administer oxygen or to assist the patient with breathing
Using mechanical ventilation for treating patients who cannot breath on their own
Administering medications in aerosol form to alleviate breathing problems and to help prevent respiratory

For more information on speech therapy services contact the Sabetha Community Hospital at 785-284-2121.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy at Sabetha Community Hospital

Experienced therapists are waiting to help in a state-of-the-art facility featuring:

Temperature controlled environment
Current with variable speed
Under water treadmill

Aquatic Therapy is often used in conjunction with traditional landbased therapy to enhance and restore a person's functional abilities. Populations who may benefit range from children to older adults. Often times, patients may regain their quality of life faster and more thoroughly than with land therapy alone.

How Does Aquatic Therapy Promote Healing?

The buoyancy of water provides support, allowing a patient to move more easily. This can reduce apprehension to movement.

Hydrostatic Pressure
Pressure from water molecules surrounding the body helps circulate blood from the legs to the heart, often reducing swelling in the ankles and feet.

Water resistance improves balance and strength in all muscle directions, as well as increasing sensory awareness. Resistance can be tailored to each individual patient based on the speed of movement.


Accelerate healing
Decrease apprehension to movement
Initiate rehab at an earlier stage; therefore returning to activities of    daily living in the shortest possible time.
Decrease rehabilitation time and overall treatment costs
Enhance exercise and create a safe environment for progressive    rehabilitation
Improve tolerance to weight-bearing activity

Who Can Be Helped?

Aquatic therapy is beneficial to patients of all ages. Common diagnoses that can be improved with aquatic therapy include, but are not limited to:

Low back pain
Joint & Muscle pain
Orthopedic Injuries
Sporting Injuries
Work Related Injuries
Post-Operative Knees, Hips, Ankles and Shoulders
Impaired Balance
Difficulty Walking
Generalized Weakness
Multiple Sclerosis
Spinal Cord Injuries
Cerebral Palsy
Parkinson's Disease
Traumatic Brain Injuries

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