Specialized Therapy Programs
Amputee and Prosthetic Training
PVHMC Rehabilitation Services has been the region’s leader in amputee training since opening
our doors in 1954. Helping patients adjust to their new prosthetic
limb begins immediately post-op. Our highly trained physical therapists have
years of experience working with local prosthetists, assisting with wound care,
swelling control, and proper shaping of the remaining limb. We assist the
amputee in regaining the flexibility, strength, and endurance necessary to
successfully walk with their prosthesis. Working closely with our patients and
their families, we teach them how to put the prosthesis on and monitor its fit
and function. Patients train on a variety of walking surfaces and with the
assistive devices they will need to safely return to standing, walking, and daily
Did you know that because
of buoyancy, exercising in water can reduce the forces on your joints and
muscles by 50% to 90%? When attempts at traditional exercise repeatedly cause a
flare in symptoms, our warm water pool programs may be just what’s needed to
get back on the road to health and wellness … and they’re FUN! Offered at two
indoor facilities, including on-site at our Physical Therapy &
Rehabilitation clinic inside the Pomona Valley Health Center at Chino Hills,
and at Ability First in Claremont, this program is ideal for arthritic and
chronic pain patients, as well as those in need of weight management. As
patients become more independent and begin to transition out of formal aquatic
therapy treatment sessions, they have the option of continuing their aquatic
exercises on a cash-pay basis through our supervised “Stay Well” aftercare classes. Whether individual or in a
group, all treatments are directed by licensed PVHMC
physical therapists who have advanced training or certification in aquatic
rehabilitation. Both of our therapeutic pools
are Medicare Certified.
Back and Neck Rehabilitation
You do not have to live with pain! Our spine therapists, certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT), provide specialized evaluation and treatment for both acute and chronic back and neck pain utilizing the McKenzie Approach. Whether you are suffering from a sprain or strain, bulging or herniated disc, pinched nerve or degenerative arthritis, we can help. The components of this program include educating the patient on their particular problem and self-treatment techniques through awareness of proper postures and body mechanics, lifting and moving strategies, as well as individualized flexibility and core strengthening programs. When necessary, pain-relieving modalities and soft tissue techniques assist us in returning our patients to their normal work, recreation, and daily activities.
Balance and Fall Reduction
A fall, or even the fear of falling, can change your life. This program specifically evaluates a patient’s standing and walking balance, identifying the key areas that put them at risk. Our physical therapists, specially trained in balance assessment and treatment, focus on reducing the risk of falling and improving self-confidence and independence in elderly, neurologic and orthopedic patients. To help identify and assess balance deficits accurately, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at PVHMC utilizes the computerized BALANCE SYSTEM SD by Biodex. This versatile state-of-the-art diagnostic tool
generates detailed balance information which is compared to
age specific normative values.
Individualized treatment plans address flexibility, strength, coordination and walking. Our goal is to reduce the chance of falling and to maintain a safe and independent lifestyle.
Upon discharge from the Hospital after a cardiac event, many patients will begin an outpatient cardiac program. PVHMC offers three uniquely different outpatient cardiac rehab programs depending on diagnosis and level of independence … Outpatient Cardiac Rehab, EECP and Health & Wellness. Individualized programs are designed to help patients resume a normal lifestyle and reduce the risk of disease progression through carefully monitored exercise and patient education on lifestyle modification. Each cardiac rehab and wellness participant receives personal care and attention as they exercise in the Stead Cardiac & Wellness Center, PVHMC’s medically supervised fitness gym located on the basement level of the Hospital. For more information visit our Cardiac Rehab page.
Hand and Wrist Rehabilitation
Therapist (CHT) leads a team of occupational therapists and physical therapists in the specialized care of finger,
wrist, elbow, and shoulder patients following surgery, acute injuries,
cumulative disorders, arthritis, or stroke. Treatment programs address
swelling, sensation, motion, and strength. Modalities and exercise,
the computerized Baltimore
Therapeutic Equipment (BTE) Work Simulator, as well as custom splinting, may be used
to maximize function and restore normal hand and arm use.
Low Vision Rehabilitation
If you have trouble seeing
well enough to read, cook, or recognize the faces of people you know … even
with your glasses on … you may have low vision. Low vision makes everyday tasks
a challenge despite the use of ordinary glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or
surgery to improve eyesight. People with low vision often have other related
health problems such as macular degeneration, cataracts, glaucoma, or diabetes.
Low Vision Rehabilitation does not cure the cause of vision loss, but instead
provides training to utilize the remaining vision to its fullest potential. Our
Low Vision occupational therapists equip patients with the knowledge, skills,
adaptive techniques, and assistive devices needed to achieve success with the
visual tasks essential to performing activities of daily living. Carefully
selected assistive devices are sold and individualized training on how to use
them effectively provides each patient the opportunity to maximize their
independence and enjoy life. Low Vision Rehabilitation at Pomona Valley
Hospital Medical Center is a specialized Occupational Therapy program.
Treatment takes place on an outpatient basis and begins with a referral from
the doctor. Low vision evaluations and therapy
sessions by an occupational therapist are covered by Medicare, but assistive
devices are not. They may be covered by other sources, however.
Cancer treatments and
injuries can sometimes disrupt normal lymphatic function resulting in dramatic
arm or leg swelling. If left untreated, lymphedema can lead to serious
complications. At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, physical
therapists certified in Manual Lymph Drainage Massage (MLD), use non-invasive treatments and preventative
techniques to reduce pain and minimize the formation of chronic swelling. Along
with proper bandaging, garments, skin care, exercise and patient education … we
can help you manage this condition.
Neonatal Intensive Care
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) pediatric occupational and physical therapists play an important role in the daily care of the hospital’s
tiniest patients ... babies that are born premature or ill. Involved in the
infant’s care early in their life, these highly specialized therapists provide
therapeutic touch and stretching activities, developmental care, and other
diagnostic specific interventions. Feeding readiness and coordination are
evaluated and ongoing education is given to parents and caregivers. As part of
the NICU interdisciplinary team, our therapists work together with physicians, nurses, and other team members to provide comprehensive care for each baby. Our Follow-Up Clinic allows many NICU “graduates” to be monitored after
When orthopedic problems
arise, young and old alike share a need for quality rehabilitation. Whether it is 6-year old with a dislocated elbow, a
40-year old with a rotator cuff repair, or a 70-year old with a total
knee replacement, we treat all our patients as if they are a “superstar!”
Respected throughout the region by both patients and their physicians since
1954, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at PVHMC has gained a reputation as
the area’s leader in providing outstanding orthopedic rehabilitative care.
Evidence based treatment protocols, highly trained and experienced orthopedic physical therapists, and a department philosophy to maximize each individual’s recovery
have been the keys to our success. Our clinicians frequently lecture and author
educational material for the community, serve as clinical instructors for
students focusing in orthopedics, and participate in ongoing university
sponsored clinical research. From sprains and strains … to serious trauma and
post-op rehab, we know how to get our patients back in the game of life!
at our Milestones Center for Child Development in Claremont, pediatric rehabilitation at PVHMC
focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of children through age 18.
Outpatient services include ...
- Pediatric Physical Therapy
- Pediatric Occupational Therapy
- Pediatric Speech-Language Pathology
Experienced and highly trained, our caring
staff of pediatric therapists consists of California Children’s Services
(CCS) paneled occupational and
physical therapists, and Speech-Language Pathology & Audiology Board
(SLPAB) licensed speech therapists.
These specially trained clinicians provide comprehensive evaluations and
develop individualized treatment plans that address a wide range of problems
... from strength, coordination and balance deficits ... to sensory processing,
feeding and oral motor difficulties ... to articulation problems, language
disorders, and communication readiness. Encouraging family participation and
education, the pediatric therapists at our Milestones Center for Child Development strive to help children achieve success in all facets
of their lives including home, school, community ... and beyond!
Do you have a chronic lung
condition such as COPD, emphysema or persistent asthma that makes it difficult to breathe? Our Pulmonary Rehabilitation program uses exercise and education to put you back in charge of
breathing, instead of your breathing being in charge of you. Patients
enrolled in this program are finding that after just a few weeks of treatment, they are less short
less tired and more independent. And there’s even more good news ...
research has shown that people with chronic lung conditions who exercise
feel better, and if they are hospitalized, are admitted for a shorter
period of time than those who don’t exercise. Offered in the Stead Cardiac and Wellness Center at PVHMC, the one-on-one exercise instruction and personalized feedback on progress and performance that our pulmonary
rehabilitation specialists provide, make this program the
only one of its kind in the area. For more information visit our Pulmonary Rehab
Sports Medicine and Athletic Rehabilitation
PVHMC has offered expert and timely care to the athletic community through its
Sports Medicine Center.
athletes, middle-aged weekend warriors and kids of all ages
and caliber have sought out care from our highly trained staff of board certified physicians and licensed physical therapists. Knowledgeable in
unique demands of sports, we offer convenient, quick, and FREE athletic injury screens and x-rays (when needed) at our SMC Physician Clinic ... held by appointment only, every Monday and Thursday from 5
PM–7 PM in the Rehabilitation Services Department at
Physical therapy for athletes is available through either insurance or cash-pay options and requires a physician referral. Using computerized testing
the Biodex and Sports Rac, sports specific training routines and injury
prevention programs, our experienced therapists return athletes to their sport quickly and
safely. Performance enhancement training for a variety of skills can also be
requested. Athletic rehab is provided at each of our outpatient clinics during regular
Stroke and Neurologic Rehabilitation
A stroke or Cerebral
Vascular Accident (CVA) can be a life-changing event. Proper care, from the outset,
is critical in maximizing recovery of function in these patients. Stroke
Rehabilitation at PVHMC enhances the recuperative process by offering patients
a continuum of care as they progress through both inpatient and outpatient levels of recovery and
treatment. In each phase of recovery, communication with
family and physician remains a priority as our highly trained and experienced physical, occupational, and speech therapists develop specialized treatment
plans customized for the patient’s individual needs.
Patients with neurological
conditions are treated by Neuro Developmental Techniques (NDT) trained therapists who focus on
measurable, functional improvements in those areas most necessary for regaining
Urinary Incontinence Management
An estimated 15-25 million
Americans experience unwanted “leaking” during their adult life. The causes and
types of urinary incontinence vary. Fortunately, for many, there is good news.
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) reports that physical
therapy treatments can help reduce the frequency of stress incontinence
episodes by 71.9 percent! At PVHMC, our specially trained physical therapists
use the latest techniques and computer technologies, including biofeedback and
electrical stimulation, to discreetly and sensitively treat the many causes of
involuntary urine loss. Our focus on patient education offers customized pelvic
floor muscle exercises, a thorough explanation of the factors contributing to
incontinence, and recommendations for helpful lifestyle changes. With our help,
you can keep leaking under control.
or spinning (vertigo), is the primary complaint of patients with problems
related to the vestibular system. Often referred to as Benign Paroxysmal
Positional Vertigo (BPPV), symptoms can effect patients of any age and create
problems with position changes, walking and balance. A detailed assessment by
our experienced vestibular therapists, can identify the exact cause of the
dizziness. Repositioning techniques, as well as prescribed positions and
exercises, can often eliminate the problem entirely ... in just 1 to 3
Women's Health Management
that a woman faces unique health issues throughout her life, the department of
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center
has treatment options available for women of all ages. Our specialized
approaches to problems such as lymphedema, urinary incontinence, frozen
shoulder, fibromyalgia, and osteoporosis are structured to fit each woman's
individual needs. Keeping an eye on wellness, we also offer the following “Stay
Well” programs on a
cash-pay basis. Our ACL Jump Program focuses on protecting the female athlete's knee from injury while
maximizing her athletic performance. Our Massage Therapy Program offers pregnancy massage by a Certified Massage Therapist as an option
designed specifically for expectant mothers who have received the required
written clearance from their doctor.
Work Injuries and Industrial Rehabilitation
Hurt on the
We offer industrial rehabilitation services that employers, case managers and top doctors can trust to get the job done right. Most
insurance plans are accepted and we can help injured workers obtain
authorization. Knowing that scheduling is important to both the
employee and employer, injured workers who have authorization are seen
within 24 hours, and flexible scheduling through early/late
appointments is offered at all of our
locations. Providing an outstanding continuum of care, our therapists
understand that doctor—employer—employee communication is key to a
We know how to get you the results you need, safely
and quickly. Historically under the California average for physical
per work comp referral ... the average at our clinics is 8-9 visits!
Wound Care Center
hundred wound and burn patients each year, we have been successfully caring for
both acute and chronic wounds on an outpatient basis since 1954. Consulting
with the patient's doctor throughout treatment, we thoroughly assess the wound
and suggest a plan of care. Using evidence-based techniques such as sharp
debridement of damaged tissue, compression wrapping, total contact casts,
orthotic shoe modifications, advanced dressings and vacuum assisted closure, we
often get even the most chronic and infected wounds to heal. Complex wounds are
referred for physician consult to the Wound Care Center housed in the PVHMC Rehabilitation Services Department. This physician-directed outpatient
program is led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Devdas Wali, MD, along with specially trained and experienced physical therapists.
PVHMC REHABILITATION SERVICES ... (909) 865-9810
Leading The Way In Rehabilitative Healthcare ... Since 1954
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