Specialized Therapy Programs

Amputee and Prosthetic Training

PVHMC Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation 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 activities.  

Aquatic Therapy

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.

Cardiac Rehabilitation

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

Our Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) leads a team of occupational therapists and physical therapists in the specialized care of finger, hand, wrist, elbow, and shoulder patients following surgery, acute injuries, cumulative disorders, arthritis, or stroke. Treatment programs address pain, swelling, sensation, motion, and strength. Modalities and exercise, including 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.  

Lymphedema Management

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 discharge.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

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!  

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Provided 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!

Sports Medicine and Athletic Rehabilitation

Since 1983, PVHMC has offered expert and timely care to the athletic community through its Sports Medicine Center.  Professional 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 the 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 Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department at PVHMC.
 
Physical therapy for athletes is available through either insurance or cash-pay options and requires a physician referral. Using computerized testing equipment including 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 clinic hours.

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 independence.

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.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Dizziness, 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 treatments!

Women's Health Management

Recognizing 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 job? 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 successful recovery. We know how to get you the results you need, safely and quickly. Historically under the California average for physical therapy visits per work comp referral ... the average at our clinics is 8-9 visits!

Wound Care Center

Treating several 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 Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Department. This physician-directed outpatient program is led by Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, Devdas Wali, MD, along with specially trained and experienced physical therapists.
 
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