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  1. Pomona 909.865.9810
  2. Chino Hills 909.630.7878
  3. Claremont 909.865.9104
  4. La Verne 909.392.6531
  5. Milestones Center for Child Development - Chino Hills 909.630.7877
  6. Milestones Center for Child Development - Claremont 909.630.7166

We offer 23 specialized therapy programs

  • Amputee & Prosthetic Training‚Äč
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Arthritis Management
  • Back & Neck Rehabilitation
  • Balance & Fall Reduction
  • Concussion Rehabilitation
  • EECP Cardiac Treatment
  • Hand & Wrist Rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema Management
  • Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Therapy
  • Neurologic Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • PAD Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET)
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation
  • Post-COVID-19 Recovery Therapy
  • Sports Medicine Center and Athletic Rehab
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Total Joint Rehabilitation
  • Urinary Incontinence/Pelvic Pain Management
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation
  • Work Injury Rehabilitation
  • Wound & Burn Care

Amputee and Prosthetic Training

AmputeePVHMC Rehabilitation Services has been the region’s leader in amputee training since opening our doors in 1954. Our primary therapists in this program have years of amputee training experience helping patients adjust to using a prosthetic (artificial) limb. Therapy begins immediately after surgery for wound care, swelling control and proper shaping of the remaining limb. The goal is to regain the flexibility, strength, and endurance necessary to be successful with the prosthesis. Working closely with the patient’s prosthetist, our patients and their families learn how to put the prosthesis on and monitor its fit and function. Patients train on a variety of walking surfaces, including the Solo Step Ceiling Mounted System, and with the assistive devices necessary to safely return back to standing, walking, and daily activities. Amputee and Prosthetic Training is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills and Claremont.

Aquatic Therapy

aquatic therapy

Did you know that because of buoyancy, exercising in water can reduce the forces on your joints and muscles by more than 50 percent? 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 our La Verne and Chino Hills Clinics, this program is ideal for arthritic and chronic pain patients. 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 Aquatic Wellness 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.

Arthritis Management

Managing arthritis through physical and occupational therapy may help ease symptoms, reduce the need for pain medication, and even delay or avoid the need for surgery. Our experienced therapists provide individualized treatment plans to increase joint mobility, strengthen muscles improve posture, and use assistive devices effectively … all designed to help patients safely work around pain and avoid injuries. Determining the type of therapy needed, frequency of sessions and overall outcome depends on the type and severity of arthritis, the patient’s lifestyle, health, and other factors. Education is key in helping patients understand how to reduce stress on their joints to extend the benefits of treatment to manage pain on their own, and maintain their mobility and independence.

Back and Neck Rehabilitation

Back and NeckYou 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. 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, including acupuncture, traction and soft tissue techniques assist us in returning our patients to their normal work, recreation and daily activities. Whether you are suffering from a sprain or strain, bulging or herniated disc, pinched nerve or degenerative arthritis, we can help. Back and Neck Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

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 licensed 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. Balance deficits are identified using the computerized Balance System SD by Biodex in combination with standardized tests and measures. Individualized treatment plans address flexibility, strength, coordination and walking. The Solo Step Ceiling Mounted System limits exposure to risk and allows patients to see results immediately. The goals of this program are to reduce the chance of falling and to maintain a safe, independent lifestyle.

For more information, click here to download our Balance & Fall Reduction brochure. Balance and Fall Reduction is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

Concussion Rehabilitation

A concussion is a mild form of traumatic brain injury (TBI) that can result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head, neck or body. This sudden movement can cause the brain to bounce around or twist in the skull, sometimes stretching and damaging brain cells. Rest is the most important first step in recovery—and the good news is research shows 80% of concussions resolve within 21 days. However, if you’ve had a concussion and your head still hurts or symptoms last for more than a few weeks, months or even years after the injury, you may be part of the 20% that could benefit from post-concussion physical therapy. With appropriate care and guidance these symptoms are treatable and recovery time can be dramatically reduced. Our specialized team of physical therapists has advanced training and experience in post-concussion management. Because symptoms and recovery times can vary greatly between individuals, we thoroughly evaluate your symptoms and develop a treatment plan to help you heal gradually—and safely get you back to the activities you enjoy!

EECP Cardiac Treatment

The Enhanced External Counter Pulsation (EECP) program is available for those who experience pain associated with angina pectoris despite prior treatment. Benefits of this noninvasive procedure include reduction of angina pain, decreased need for medication, increased level of exercise tolerance, return to everyday and leisure activities, and improved quality of life. For more information about the Outpatient EECP Program visit the Stead Heart & Vascular Center.

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 as well as custom splinting, may be used to maximize function and restore normal hand and arm use. A licensed acupuncturist is on staff if desired.

For more information, click here to download our Hand & Wrist Therapy brochure. Hand and Wrist Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

Low Vision Rehabilitation

doctor and patientIf 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. Low Vision Rehabilitation is offered at our Pomona clinic.

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. Lymphedema Management is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills and Claremont.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Therapy

At PVHMC, our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) pediatric occupational and physical therapists, and board-certified Certified Neonatal Therapists (CNT), 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 High Risk Infant Development Clinic allows many NICU “graduates” to be monitored after discharge.

Neurologic Rehabilitation

Our outpatient team is led by Neurologic Clinical Specialist (NCS) staff recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as board certified in the area of neurology. 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. Use of the Solo Step Ceiling Mounted Harness System allows these patients to feel safe while performing challenging exercises. Neurologic Management is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills and Claremont.

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, Rehabilitation Services at PVHMC has gained a reputation as the area’s leader in providing outstanding orthopedic rehabilitative care. Led by Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) staff who are recognized by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties as board certified in the area of orthopedics, our team of physical therapists use evidence-based treatment protocols to maximize each individual’s recovery. Our clinicians frequently lecture and author educational material for the community and serve as clinical instructors for students focusing on orthopedics. From sprains and strains to serious trauma, joint replacements, and post-op rehab, we know how to get our patients back in the game of life! Orthopedic Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

“PAD Rehab” Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET)

Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) is a chronic circulatory condition, which if left untreated can result in unnecessary limb amputations. PAD affects approximately 18 million U.S. citizens, and 160,000 to 180,000 of those patients are estimated to undergo limb amputation each year. The good news is research has shown Supervised Exercise Therapy (SET) to be an effective, noninvasive method to alleviate the most common symptoms associated with PAD. Studies have found patients participating in SET were able to improve their walking ability more than those completing a non-supervised program, such as home-based exercise, or just following walking advice. SET programs, long supported by the American Heart Association as a first-line, noninvasive, low risk therapy for PAD—are now covered by Medicare. Our outpatient “PAD Rehab” SET program is provided in our Cardiovascular Rehabilitation gym.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

children's therapyProvided at our Milestones Centers for Child Development in Chino Hills and Claremont, pediatric rehabilitation at PVHMC focuses specifically on the unique medical needs of children through adolescence.

Outpatient services include...

  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Pediatric Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy

Our caring pediatric team includes speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and a board-certified Pediatric Clinical Specialist (PCS). 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 Milestones strive to help children achieve success in all facets of their lives including home, school, community and beyond!

For more information, visit our Milestones Centers for Child Development page.

Post-COVID-19 Recovery Therapy

Trouble getting back to your old self after COVID-19? You’re not alone. An estimated 10 to 30 percent of COVID-19 survivors are experiencing persistent symptoms lasting for months after recovery. Shortness of breath, chronic fatigue, cognitive “brain fog” issues, difficulty eating and drinking, speech and language problems, cardiac issues, plus the anxiety or depression often associated with these challenges, can affect almost every aspect of life and make resuming previous activities harder than expected. At Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC), we recognize that post-COVID-19 recovery is a complicated, multi-layered process. Our highly skilled multidisciplinary therapy team carefully evaluates symptoms, tests each patient’s underlying physiologic impairments and individualizes a specific treatment plan based on the findings. The goal is to help patients recover from the continuing effects of the disease through specialized therapies and progressive exercise programs designed to improve lingering symptoms and restore functional independence as quickly and safely as possible.

Sports Medicine and Athletic Rehabilitation

Sports medicine patient and doctor

Since 1983, PVHMC has offered expert and timely care to the athletic community through its Sports Medicine Center (SMC). 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, family medicine residents, and licensed physical therapists. Knowledgeable in the unique demands of sports, the SMC offers convenient, quick, and FREE athletic injury screens and x-rays (when needed) at our SMC Physician Clinic, held by appointment only, Wednesday evening at 5 pm in the Rehabilitation Services department at PVHMC. The SMC does not require a physician referral.

Using computerized testing equipment including the Biodex, sports specific training routines and injury prevention programs, our experienced therapists know how to return athletes to their sport quickly and safely. Performance enhancement training for a variety of skills can also be requested. Physical therapy for athletes is available through either insurance or cash-pay options and requires a physician referral. Athletic Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

For more information visit our Sports Medicine Center section.

Stroke Rehabilitation

StrokeA 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. Stroke Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills and Claremont.

Total Joint Rehabilitation

After total knee arthroplasty (TKA) surgery you can expect gradual improvement over the coming months. The rehabilitation instructions and exercises you receive as an inpatient are critical for positive long-term results from your surgery and key to your safety, comfort and recovery at home. Your outpatient rehab sessions are designed to help you progress and move forward. Under the expert care and guidance of our orthopedic physical therapists, you’ll experience less pain, stiffness and swelling as you move toward a more independent lifestyle.

Urinary Incontinence / Pelvic Pain Management

Over 13 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! Pelvic pain is pain felt in the lower abdomen, pelvis, or perineum. It has many possible causes and affects up to 20% of the population in the United States, including women and men. Offered at our Pomona and Claremont clinics, PVHMC’s 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 and chronic pelvic pain. Our focus on patient education offers customized pelvic floor muscle exercises, a thorough explanation of contributing factors to these conditions, and recommendations for helpful lifestyle changes.

For more information, click here to download our Urinary Incontinence brochure.

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 treatment sessions!

For more information, click here to download our Vestibular Rehabilitation brochure. Vestibular Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills and Claremont.

Work Injury 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, we are under the California average for physical therapy visits per work comp referral—the average at our clinics is 8-9 visits! Industrial Rehabilitation is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

Wound and Burn Care

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. Care from specially trained physical therapists who can triage and treat all would is offered at the following clinics: Pomona, Chino Hills, Claremont and La Verne.

Our Wound Care Center (WCC) is led by board-certified vascular surgeon, Jerry Kim MD. As the WCC Medical Director, Dr. Kim serves as a valuable resource to our center. Through his experience and expertise, the WCC is able to identify and refer difficult cases to other advanced wound care specialists when needed.

For more information, visit our Wound Care Center.

For more information about Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center's Rehabilitation Services, please call 909.865.9810. For maps to all of our rehabilitation facilities click here.

Leading The Way In Rehabilitative Healthcare Since 1954