Rehabilitation Services of Wilkes Medical Center works to help restore function, prevent disability and provide education for adults and children.

Rehab Services provides inpatient and outpatient physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, massage therapy and athletic training services.

Our staff recognizes the value of each patient and puts great emphasis on patient dignity and individual rights. Our outpatient facility is located in a 36,000 square foot offsite facility.

All patients seen in outpatient or inpatient rehab must have a physician's order. Diagnoses may include but are not limited to:

  • Joint replacements
  • Arthritis
  • Tendon repairs
  • Fractures or other orthopedic injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Strokes or other neurological impairments
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Speech delays
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Lymphedema
  • Genetic disorders 

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy will help to improve your movement, strength, coordination and functional mobility. The goal of physical therapy is to decrease patient pain while increasing movement, strength, and function.

Services include but not limited to the following:

  • Evaluation
  • Modalities
  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Gait Training
  • Home Instruction
  • Orthopedics and Equipment
  • Joint Mobilization/Manual Therapy
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Pediatric Physical Therapy
  • Wound Care/Pulse Lavage
  • Sports Medicine

Aquatic Therapy

We offer a private therapy pool with water that is kept at approximately 90 degrees. Therapeutic aquatic exercise programs are prescribed based on individual patient needs. Aquatic therapy may be indicated for a large variety of patient conditions from pediatrics to elderly. WATSU (Water Shiatsu Massage) is also available in our therapeutic pool. 

Sports Medicine

Our athletic trainers provide treatment and training for injured athletes in the community. For minor injuries or soreness, the therapists will provide the athlete with exercises or offer suggestions that will assist in the healing process.

A parent, guardian, or coach who can provide a consent form for their medical treatment must accompany athletes.

Massage Therapy

We have a full-time licensed massage therapist on staff. The beneficial results of massage can be numerous. Massage is very useful for managing stress. A single massage is like a mini-vacation from physical, emotional and mental stress. Having regular massages is even more beneficial.

Find information on our massage therapy services and fees.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy consists of an Occupational Therapist and support staff that focuses on the fine motor skills of hand and arm coordination.

Therapists help improve upper extremity strength, coordination, movement, cognitive skills and activities of daily living. The goal is to help redevelop daily living skill such as dressing, eating and personal grooming.

Hand therapy treatment is provided by the occupational therapy staff  and treats a variety of conditions.

We also have trained therapists who can address your lymphedema needs. They offer a combination of treatments and modalities that include; manual lymph drainage, compression bandaging, exercises, and lymphapress. Each program is individualized to meet each patient’s needs.

Speech Therapy

Speech therapy focuses on increasing functional communication and remediating speech and voice patterns. Our specialists concentrate on regaining safe swallow ability and improving cognitive skills for daily living.

Our speech therapists perform modified barium swallow studies. This study involves swallowing liquids of different consistencies and observing through images to see if the liquid goes where it should.

To schedule a swallow study you must first obtain a physicians order.

We also offer Deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation, a therapeutic program that restores muscle strength and reflexes within the pharynx for improved efficient swallow function by providing stimulation input via multiple cranial nerve tracks within the pharynx. 

In-Patient Services

Wilkes Medical Center also offers In-Patient Rehab Services including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy, during acute hospital admission for recovery of strength, mobility and activities of daily living skills along with instruction for a safe return to home and the community.