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Physical Therapy

Personalized Recovery Programs Built for What Matters to You

Whether you have had surgery, want to avoid surgery, have chronic headaches, or poor balance, the physical therapy team at Horizon Health is here to help.

Our services include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Pediatric rehab
  • Women’s health rehab/pelvic floor rehab
  • Parkinson’s BIG Program
  • Sports enhancement/injury prevention
  • Dry needling

Horizon Health physical therapists provide a thorough evaluation followed by an individualized program, utilizing research-proven techniques to help you meet your goals. You can learn about some of our more specialized physical therapy programs below:

Aquatic Therapy

This service features the Hydroworx 350 underwater treadmill, which includes “zero entry,” adjustable water depth, variable speed treadmill, resistance jets, and a massage hose. The warmth of the water, in combination with the buoyancy, provides decreased pain and allows patients to move more freely than on land.
Benefits of aquatic therapy:

  • Reduced stress on joints, spine and extremities
  • Decreased pain
  • Ease of movement
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Increased flexibility and mobility
  • Increase in muscle strength

Pediatric Rehab

Our pediatric therapists are very experienced in treating children ages 0-21 for a variety of impairments. From orthopedic issues to developmental delays, neurological conditions to coordination impairments, our pediatric staff can work with the patient and family to meet any type of goal.

Conditions treated:

  • Developmental delays
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Coordination disorders
  • Intoeing
  • Genetic disorders
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Orthotic needs assessment

Our speech therapist works with children with speech and language deficits related to a variety of diagnosis, including developmental delays, autism, Down syndrome, Cerebral palsy, and hearing loss.

Lymphedema Therapy

Our lymphedema treatment services were developed in response to a great need of care in Paris, IL and the surrounding communities. Before our department was opened, patients had to travel for lymphedema care. Now, they have a facility that delivers high-quality healthcare close to home.

Treatment involves manual techniques in combination with a specialized wrapping technique that improves the body's ability to remove fluid. A certified lymphedema therapist will recommend appropriate compression garments to maintain proper lymphatic drainage.

Pain-Free Laser Treatments

Cutting-edge, therapeutic laser treatments are often used in conjunction with physical therapy to help manage pain and promote healing of injuries and other debilitating conditions. Laser treatments are performed by licensed therapists in the Horizon Health rehab department.

The Multi-Wave Locked System (MLS) laser is the only laser of its kind, combining two wavelengths of light therapy simultaneously, compared to other lasers that only have one. The laser promotes healing by increasing circulation and decreasing inflammation, which results in pain relief.

Treatment Duration

  • Positive results for acute injuries are typically seen after 6 to 8 treatments
  • Positive results for chronic injuries are typically seen after 10 to 12 treatments

Balance Program

Designed to decrease a patient's risk of falling, our balance program addresses a variety of impairments. Licensed therapists perform an extensive evaluation of strength, flexibility, balance reactions, and safety awareness. Skilled therapy sessions focus on challenging a patient's balance in the safety of the clinic to perform activities they may not be able to perform without the assistance of a therapist. In addition to home exercise programs, patients are educated on the safety and prevention of falling.

Cancer Program

With the increase in survival rates of patients with cancer, more emphasis is being placed on treating the impairments left behind. Our cancer program focuses on manual treatments for pain relief, strengthening, balance activities, and if needed, lymphedema treatments. Each program is individualized and one-on-one to help each patient reach his or her goals.

Dry Needling

Dry needling can be used for a wide variety of musculoskeletal issues, such as shoulder, neck, heel, hip, and back pain. Fine microfilament needles are pushed through the skin into irritable muscle “knots” (called trigger points). This stimulates the tissue and helps relieve pain and restore muscle function. The procedure is called dry needling because the needles do not inject any fluid or medication into the body. Dry needling is often used as a part of a broader physical therapy approach that includes exercise, manual therapy, heat therapy, and education.

Headache Program

After extensive evaluation, patients are treated for postural impairments, muscle tightness, and weakness that are proven to be directly linked to various types of chronic headaches. Patients are educated in prevention techniques and given tools to continue to prevent their headaches long after therapy is over.

Running Analysis

A licensed physical therapist will record, and subsequently analyze, a patient's biomechanics while running on a treadmill. Video is assessed frame-by-frame to determine abnormalities, which can then be addressed through skilled physical therapy sessions and individualized home exercise programs.

Vertigo Program

Vertigo is typically described as dizziness/spinning that occurs with certain movements. Our vertigo program includes an extensive evaluation to assess the various causes of dizziness or vertigo, followed by individualized treatment depending on evaluation results. Frequently, patients get relief in only one or two treatments.

Wheelchair Prescription

A licensed physical therapist will perform a functional mobility evaluation to determine needs for manual or power wheelchair. Recommendations for customization of chairs is then determined and submitted to the patient's company of choice. If applicable, the therapist will then collaborate with a seating specialist to design the ultimate wheelchair for each patient.

Work Conditioning

Our licensed therapists work closely with patients after work-related injuries to help them return to work quickly and safely. Sessions are up to two hours and are focused on work-related activities individualized to each patient's job.

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