At the IMSMP, traditional physical therapy services are provided from 8am-7pm Mondays through Friday, and on select Saturdays from 9am-4pm. Under unique circumstances, home care can also be provided. Our services include examinations to assess and treatments to address impairments related to the musculoskeletal and neurologic systems, as well as cardiovascular and integument (skin) problems which may hinder a person's ability to be active and independent. Dr. Stephen Kanter supervises the division.
At the IMSMP, the primary physical therapy services include an initial examination to determine current impairments which affect one's ability to function independently. Whereas, each person has different functional needs and desires, physical therapy treatments are prescribed to most effectively and safely maximize one's function. One-on-one, individualized, physical therapy treatments including therapeutic exercises(strengthening and stretching), balance training, gait training, posture re-education and other individualized neuromuscular re-education procedures are provided. Neuromuscular re-education, the cornerstone to quality neurologic physical therapy, is an intervention in which a physical therapist or occupational therapist will train a person to move efficiently using available muscles in the most optimal sequence. As part of neuromuscular re-education, fall prevention strategies and fall recovery techniques are incorporated when necessary or upon request from the patient or the family.
Aside from traditional physical therapy services, the clinicians in the Rehabilitation Department can assess each patients needs for assistive devices such as canes and walkers, as well as needs for power mobility (see Wheelchair/Seating Clinic below). Patients who need a new cane or crutch can be issued the product, trained in its use, and be able to go home with it without delay. This expedited equipment service allows each patient to progress toward independence in the most efficient and safe manner. For family members of patients at the IMSMP, the rehabilitation team offers transfer training andsafety education. This exclusive service allows family members to be more confident in their ability to help the patient in transferring within the home or in the community (e.g. car transfers). By helping family members learn how to transfer the patient, it decreases risk of injury for both the patient and family member. Massage therapy and ultrasound therapy is also offered through the department for patients with pain and spasticity.
For patients who plan on modifying their living environments, Dr. Kanter is available to consult on design plans. With his knowledge of "Universal Design" philosophies and the ADA guidelines, Dr. Kanter can help to ensure the home modifications can maximize potential for independence.