Rehabilitation Clinic Helps a Wide Range of Patients
Whether a hand injury is making it difficult to button a shirt or lower back pain is preventing a morning run, the skillful physical and sports therapists of the rehabilitation clinic at Community Hospital Long Beach (CHLB) can help patients reclaim their health and quality of life.
The rehab clinic provides a wide range of services, including physical, occupational and speech therapies. With a focus on orthopedics – treatment of injuries involving muscle and bone – the top priority is to restore functional capabilities. Brad Laskowski, M.P.T., physical therapist and clinical lead for rehabilitation services at CHLB, empathizes with the frustrations that patients may feel.
“Whether facilitating recovering from hip or knee replacement or treating tennis elbow, we realize how challenging this time can be for the patient. We assess each individual’s condition and tailor a therapeutic program that soon has them seeing gains in strength, flexibility, endurance and confidence,” says Laskowski.
Our hands, elbows and wrists play a critical role in many of our daily activities. A sudden injury or chronic medical condition such as arthritis can severely impair even the simplest tasks. In the bright, airy outpatient rehabilitation gym located in the hospital’s historic front wing, certified hand therapists provide personalized attention in one-on-one sessions.
“Hand injuries require special treatment techniques to help patients regain their range of motion. Some people just want to get back to work. Others want to play racquetball again. Either way, patients are surprised by how much progress can be made in just a few sessions,” says Maria Satterfield, O.T.R./L., C.E.A.S., certified hand therapist at CHLB.
Complementary therapies such as electrical stimulation, custom splints and hot paraffin wax also are available to expedite recovery and help patients regain their independence.