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Avera Therapy Services is the region’s resource for effective treatment of all physical impairments, with personal diagnosis and treatment for a successful return to a normal way of life. Our specialized therapists provide you with the highest level of health care in the region, with a compassion found nowhere else.

Physical therapy

Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals who have health conditions, illnesses or injuries that limit their ability to move and perform daily activities. Physical therapists work with patients to restore movement while minimizing pain.

Achilles Tendon Injury

Your Achilles tendon runs from behind your heel to the back of your ankle. Both active and inactive people can injure their Achilles tendon. The severity of the injury is graded on a level from I (mild) to III (completely torn).

Physical Therapy Benefits

Most Achilles tendon injuries are sport-related, so a physical therapist’s goal is to get the athlete back on track with the strength and knowledge to prevent future injury. Physical therapy benefits include:

  • Easing pain and inflammation through ice application and brace
  • Strengthening muscles
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Regaining flexibility
  • Identifying proper movement
  • Addressing inappropriate exercises and footwear

Ankle Sprain

A sprained ankle occurs when the strong, flexible ligaments, which connect the bones together, are stretched or torn. Though typical in athletes, anyone can experience a sprained ankle. The severity of the injury is graded on a level from I (mild) to III (completely torn).

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy can ensure proper healing and prevent ongoing pain, swelling and instability in the ankle. In physical therapy, you will work on:

  • Strengthening muscles
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Restoring mobility
  • Alleviating symptoms through manual therapy, ice/heat treatments or electrical stimulation
  • Improving reaction to uneven surfaces through body awareness exercises
  • Practicing sport-specific exercises for athletes

ACL Tear

The ACL is a ligament that connects the shin bone to the thigh bone. An ACL tear typically requires surgery to repair the damage. However, some patients may undergo intense physical therapy to avoid invasive strain on the knee. In either case, physical therapy is key to rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Immediate and proper care after an ACL injury is crucial to restore your knee’s health. After surgery, a physical therapist helps patients concentrate on:

  • Improving balance
  • Controlling swelling through compression and ice
  • Strengthening muscles through weight-bearing exercises and electrical stimulation
  • Regaining range of motion
  • Practicing sport-specific exercises to prevent future injury

Biceps Tendinitis

Tendinitis in the biceps is a gradual injury typically caused by constant movements that pull, push, pinch and rub the tendon in the shoulder.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Your physical therapist can create a personal plan to restore the functionality of your shoulder. During therapy sessions, you and your physical therapist will work as a team to:

  • Strengthen muscles through upper-body exercises
  • Regain range of motion
  • Improve mobility and flexibility through manual therapy
  • Manage pain with ice or heat
  • Address improper movements that cause or aggravate tendinitis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The median nerve in your wrist enters the hand through the carpal tunnel. Swelling, possibly due to an injury, can pinch the nerve. The pain and pressure you feel is carpal tunnel syndrome.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy offers a number of methods personalized to address your particular needs related to CTS. Working with a physical therapist, you’ll have the opportunity to:

  • Relieve pain through cold and hot treatments and night splints
  • Restore muscle strength in hand and back, if necessary
  • Regain wrist and finger function through stretching
  • Fix improper movements and posture that contribute to CTS
  • Manage scars if surgery was necessary for severe CTS

Cervical Ridiculopathy

The bones (vertebrae) along your spinal cord are separated by disks, which cushion and space your vertebrae. Cervical ridiculopathy occurs when a disk is weak or moves out of place in the neck, putting pressure on the root nerves coming off the spinal cord.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy is a proven method to help those with a slipped disk. Individualized treatment sessions with your physical therapist will focus on:

  • Easing pain and inflammation in the neck
  • Reducing numbness through manual therapy
  • Practicing proper posture to alleviate pressure in the neck
  • Strengthening muscles through gradual exercises
  • Addressing everyday activities and habits that may worsen your condition

Concussion

When the brain endures a big movement inside the skull, such as whiplash or when an object hits the head, a concussion may result. This brain injury may change the chemistry of the brain, impacting your emotional, mental and physical well-being. Seek medical help immediately if you think you have a concussion.

Physical Therapy Benefits

The physical therapist will examine you to determine which therapies are appropriate for your particular recovery needs. Physical therapy after a concussion will help you:

  • Stop dizziness
  • Regain balance and focus through vestibular therapy
  • Slowly increase physical activity
  • Address additional neck or back pain endured by the accident

Degenerative Disk Disease

The cartilage between the vertebrae of the spine is called intervertebral disks. As we age, these cartilage disks lose their rubbery consistency, and the space between the vertebrae decreases. Degenerative disk disease occurs if the vertebrae get close enough that they rub together and cause irritation.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy will help you find ways to continue engaging in day-to-day activities comfortably and easily. The exercises you practice with your physical therapist will:

  • Relieve pain
  • Promote healthy body weight
  • Increase mobility through manual therapy
  • Improve posture
  • Restore flexibility

Developmental Delay

A developmental delay is when a young child’s ability to move, talk or play develops slower than other children the same age. Some children may have a diagnosed condition that causes a developmental delay, while others may not have a condition but still demonstrate a developmental delay.

Physical Therapy Benefits

After thoroughly examining your child, the physical therapist will work with you to create a plan of care that addresses your child’s particular needs. With the therapist’s guidance, you and your family will play a vital role in helping your child gain the strength and confidence to achieve new skills, such as standing, walking or balancing.

Dizziness

Dizziness occurs when your brain does not get enough blood.

Physical Therapy Benefits

By determining the cause, a physical therapist can make an effective individualized plan to help you cope with the symptoms of dizziness. Practicing the exercises may help you:

  • Improve balance
  • Boost coordination
  • Focus vision
  • Increase energy
  • Correct vestibular (inner ear) disorders
  • Discover ways to do activities without getting dizzy

Down Syndrome

When a baby is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, he or she has a condition called Down syndrome. This condition causes developmental changes in the brain and body.

Physical Therapy Benefits

A person with Down syndrome can live a fulfilling life, and a physical therapist can help in that journey. With a physical therapist’s assistance, the physical components of Down syndrome can be effectively managed by:

  • Strengthening muscles
  • Mastering motor skills
  • Improving balance
  • Boosting coordination
  • Preventing weight gain

Elbow Fracture

An elbow fracture typically occurs from a direct blow to the elbow or when you reach out to catch yourself during a fall and the impact travels through your arm. The severity is graded on a scale from I (cracked elbow) to III (multiple cracks in the elbow).

Physical Therapy Benefits

A physical therapist will be by your side throughout each step of recovery — both during the cast and after the cast. Guided exercises with your therapist will:

  • Restore strength in the elbow and arm
  • Lessen stiffness and improve flexibility
  • Ease pain
  • Return you to daily activities
  • Educate you to prevent future injury

Falls

A bad fall when you are older can prevent you from living an active lifestyle. Nearly one-third of people over age 65 and nearly half of people over age 80 fall each year.

Physical Therapy Benefits

If you have a condition that may cause a fall, a thorough medical exam with a physical therapist can address these issues and possibly prevent a future fall. Your therapist will create a personal exercise plan that will lower your chances of falling. The exercise plan will focus on:

  • Improving balance
  • Strengthening leg muscles
  • Developing walking techniques
  • Increasing ability to walk and talk simultaneously
  • Managing the fear of falling
  • Addressing safety concerns in the home

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a disorder in which the person has long-term pain throughout the body.

Physical Therapy Benefits

There is no cure for fibromyalgia; however, physical therapy can give you the knowledge and confidence to cope with fibromyalgia symptoms and regain your quality of life. Physical therapy helps:
• Reduce pain and stiffness
• Increase range of motion
• Improve quality of sleep
• Increase tolerance for exercise
• Discover ways to do daily activities efficiently

Frozen Shoulder

The bones, ligaments and tendons in the shoulder are surrounded by a capsule. If the capsule enlarges around the shoulder, movement can be painful and limited. This is a frozen shoulder, or adhesive capsulitis.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Frozen shoulder is categorized by its stages, I through IV. Your physical therapist will create a plan of care personalized to your particular stage. However, each plan of care will focus on:

  • Preventing further stiffness
  • Restoring movement
  • Alleviating pain
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Relaxing and strengthening muscles

Greater Trochanteric Bursitis

The trochanteric bursa, a sac of fluid, is located on the greater trochanter, the most prominent part of your hip bone. Its purpose is to reduce friction between the hip bone and surrounding muscles. Painful bursitis occurs when the bursa becomes irritated.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Working together, you and your physical therapist will devise a plan of care that focuses on a slow and steady recovery and return to normal activity. Your physical therapy exercises will:

  • Relieve pain
  • Return range of motion to hips
  • Increase muscle strength in lower extremities and core
  • Teach proper movement through functional training
  • Identify and eliminate factors that could reinjure bursa, such as exercise choices

Herniated Disk

The cartilage between the vertebrae of the spine is called intervertebral disks. As we age, these cartilage disks lose their rubbery consistency, and the space between the vertebrae decreases. When the vertebrae get so close they rub together and cause irritation, it’s called a herniated disk.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy will help you find ways to continue engaging in day-to-day activities comfortably and easily. The exercises you will practice with your physical therapist will:

  • Relieve pain through ice treatment or electrical stimulation
  • Promote healthy body weight through aerobic exercise
  • Increase mobility through manual therapy
  • Support spinal joints through strengthening exercises
  • Improve posture
  • Restore flexibility

Iliotibial Band Syndrome (ITBS)

The iliotibial band (ITB) is a tendon that runs along the outside of your pelvic bone to just below the knee. Iliotibial band syndrome occurs when the ITB becomes swollen and irritated from rubbing against the bone on the outside of your knee.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Strategic physical therapy can properly heal ITBS and offer solutions to preserve your knees. Your care plan will focus on:

  • Improving range of motion by comparing the mechanics of the injured and uninjured knees
  • Restoring strength through hip and core exercises
  • Correcting improper body mechanics through functional training

Incontinence

Leaking urine at inconvenient times is called urinary incontinence. There are different types of incontinence. Stress, urge, mixed and overflow incontinences are related to the bladder and/or weak pelvic-floor muscles. Functional incontinence is due to mental or physical obstacles.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Based on your individual needs, the physical therapist will make a plan that can help reduce future incontinence. Incontinence physical therapy will:

  • Strengthen pelvic-floor muscles, including Kegels
  • Stretch muscles related to bladder support
  • Improve awareness of pelvic-floor muscles through electrical stimulation therapy
  • Address joint or muscle pain that slows movement to the bathroom

Knee Pain

There are infinite reasons why you may experience knee pain. Typically, it’s caused by either disease or injury. If from injury, cartilage or ligaments are commonly torn.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Whether or not you needed surgery to heal your knee, physical therapy will help in the recovery process. Physical therapy will focus on:

  • Strengthening muscles to support the knee
  • Reducing knee pain through electrical stimulation
  • Increasing muscle endurance
  • Restoring range of motion
  • Identifying less jarring exercises

Low Back Pain

Nearly everyone experiences back pain at some point. It can interfere with your work, daily activities and hobbies. No matter how long it lasts, may affect your quality of life and perspective.

Physical Therapy Benefits

A personalized physical therapy plan from your physical therapist can help relieve low back pain. The benefits include:

  • Alleviated pain through ice/heat treatments or electrical stimulation
  • Restored joint and tissue mobility
  • Increased flexibility
  • Strengthened muscles
  • Corrected movement during everyday tasks

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is the swelling in the arms and legs when there is a blockage of the lymph vessels. Lymph vessels drain fluid from tissues throughout the body and allow immune cells to travel where they are needed.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy aims to control the swelling. Through physical therapy, you will:

  • Reduce swelling through compression garments, massage and elevation
  • Develop an exercise program
  • Modify your diet

Shoulder Multidirectional Instability (MDI)

MDI of the shoulder occurs when the shoulder joint is displaced from its position in the socket, and settles in front, below or behind the socket.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Physical therapy addresses the weakness in the shoulder blade and joint. Strengthening the two allows you to return to your everyday life. During physical therapy, you will work on:

  • Strengthening muscles
  • Restoring muscular balance
  • Decreasing pain through ice/heat treatments and wearing a sling
  • Improving range of motion
  • Returning to physical activities

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disorder. It is due to aging and wear and tear on a joint.

Physical Therapy Benefits

An effective physical therapy regimen can help you avoid surgery and slow osteoarthritis’ progression. Your physical therapist will help you:

  • Reduce pain
  • Improve range of motion
  • Adjust your environment to avoid strain on joints
  • Lose weight to lessen strain on joints

Pain

Pain is personal, an experience that is unique to every individual. Pain may be acute, experienced in the past three months, or chronic, experienced for more than three months.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Pain is the main reason people seek physical therapy. After diagnosing your particular source of pain, the physical therapist will create a treatment plan, assisting you every step of the way to meet your goals. Typically, the plan will treat pain by:

  • Strengthening muscles
  • Increasing flexibility
  • Mobilizing bones and soft tissues through manual therapy
  • Returning range of motion
  • Using hot/cold applications or electrical stimulation

Parkinson’s Disease

Nerve cells use a brain chemical called dopamine to help control muscle movement. In Parkinson's disease, the brains cells that make dopamine die. Without dopamine, the cells that control movement can’t send messages to the muscles.

Physical Therapy Benefits

After an exam, the physical therapist will create a treatment plan that focuses on your particular situation to keep you living as independently as possible. Physical therapy exercises will help you perform everyday activities by:

  • Increasing physical fitness
  • Improving walking coordination
  • Easing ability to stand
  • Practicing simultaneous movements
  • Developing strategies for certain tasks (getting out of bed/cars, climbing stairs, etc.)

Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome

The triangle-shaped bone located in front of the knee is called the patella, or kneecap. Pain surrounding the patella is called patellofemoral pain syndrome (PFPS). It is commonly reported in athletes and people who perform physical labor.

Physical Therapy Benefits

To heal PFPS and help prevent reoccurrence, a physical therapist will guide you through exercises aimed to:

  • Strengthen muscles in the hip, knee, thigh and ankle
  • Increase flexibility in leg muscles
  • Retrain muscles to move efficiently
  • Enhance performance in sport- or work-related tasks without causing pain
  • Lessen pain

Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain in the lower abdomen and pelvis can have many causes as well as symptoms. Common in women, it may be the result of pregnancy or delivery. In others, it’s caused by pinched nerves in the pelvis or weak muscles that control bowels/bladder. Pain varies in each individual’s situation, feeling sharp and brief to dull and long term.

Physical Therapy Benefits

After diagnosing the source of pelvic pain, the physical therapist will create a treatment plan to help you return to your everyday life. To ease and prevent further pain, the plan may include exercises that focus on:

  • Easing pain through relaxation techniques
  • Strengthening pelvic-floor muscles, including Kegels
  • Stretching muscles that support the abdomen and pelvic area
  • Improving awareness of pelvic-floor muscle through electrical stimulation therapy

Plantar Fasciitis (Heel)

The band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch in the foot is called the plantar fascia. When it tears or becomes inflamed, the injury is known as plantar fasciitis.

Physical Therapy Benefits

A physical therapist will guide you through a treatment plan to heal plantar fasciitis and help prevent reoccurrence. The techniques in your treatment plan will:

  • Return ankle flexibility through stretching exercises
  • Reduce inflammation and pain with athletic tape and ice treatments
  • Encourage proper footwear to avoid future stress on the foot
  • Maintain ankle alignment with a night brace

Rotator Cuff Tear

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach to the bones of the shoulder joint, allowing movement and stability. A tear occurs when one of the tendons is torn from overuse or injury.

Physical Therapy Benefits

See a professional immediately if you suspect your rotator cuff has torn. Failure to do so could cause permanent damage. Your orthopedist and physical therapist will determine if surgery is required, or if physical therapy is enough for recovery. In either case, physical therapy is necessary for the healing process. Therapy will help:

  • Alleviate pain
  • Strengthen muscles
  • Increase range of motion
  • Improve coordination
  • Return you back to job or physical activity

Rotator Cuff Tendonitis

The rotator cuff is a group of muscles and tendons that attach to the bones of the shoulder joint, allowing movement and stability. Tendonitis occurs when the tendons become irritated and inflamed.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Visiting a physical therapist right away can prevent rotator cuff tendonitis from becoming a tear. A personalized treatment plan can stop the damage and return your shoulder back to health by:

  • Relieving pain through cold/hot treatments or electrical stimulation
  • Increasing flexibility through stretches
  • Strengthening muscles through resistance exercises
  • Addressing everyday activities that aggravate the shoulder

Shin Splints

A shin splint occurs when too much stress is put on the tibia, or shin bone. The pain is from the swelling of the muscles, tendons and tissue around your shin.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Untreated, a shin splint can turn into a stress fracture — keeping you even longer from the activities and sports you enjoy. Goals of physical therapy include:

  • Relieving pain
  • Strengthening leg and foot muscles
  • Increasing muscle flexibility
  • Practicing proper movement to prevent further injury
  • Wearing supportive footwear, orthotics or shoe inserts

Spinal Stenosis

Spinal stenosis is the narrowing of the spinal column that causes pressure on the spinal cord or the nerves that leave the spinal column.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Pain caused by spinal stenosis can interfere with your everyday life. Physical therapy can help relieve this pain and return you to the quality of life you enjoy. Progress from physical therapy may include:

  • Relieved pain
  • Strengthened muscles, especially in the rear
  • Increased mobility in the muscles and joints of the spine
  • Improved ability to handle strenuous activities
  • Improved posture

Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. If blood flow is cut off for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing lasting damage.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Many factors contribute to how well you recover from a stroke, such as general health and how quickly you sought medical help. Physical therapy is instrumental in the rehabilitation process. With your hard work and dedication, along with your physical therapist’s expertise, you will:

  • Relearn how to walk
  • Relieve any pain
  • Strengthen muscles on the side the stroke occurred
  • Stimulate the affected part of the brain by mentally moving arms, legs, etc.
  • Learn how to use prescribed devices (as needed), such as canes, wheelchairs, etc.

Tennis Elbow

A tendon is the part of the muscle that attaches to a bone. Some muscles in the forearm attach to the bone on the outside of the elbow. When you overuse these muscles, small tears develop in the tendon, resulting in irritation and pain where the tendon attaches to the bone. Tennis elbow is soreness or pain on the outside (lateral) side of the upper arm near the elbow.

Physical Therapy Benefits

Tennis elbow is a completely treatable and preventable condition. Your physical therapist will create an effective treatment plan for you, focused on:

  • Relieving pain through rest, cold treatments, brace, etc.
  • Regaining mobility through manual therapy
  • Strengthening wrist and forearm muscles
  • Addressing improper muscle movement to prevent future injury
  • Modifying everyday tasks to ease stress on hands and arms

Torticollis

Torticollis is a twisted neck in which the head is tilted to one side, while the chin is turned to the other. The condition can be inherited or acquired during your lifetime, perhaps developing after damage to the nervous system has occurred. This damage weakens and/or thickens the muscles in the neck, causing the tilt.

Physical Therapy Benefits

The earlier you access appropriate treatment, the better. Untreated, the condition can cause trouble breathing, body numbness, incontinence, etc. Physical therapy is an integral part of treating torticollis. The treatment plan will work on:

  • Strengthening and stabilizing neck muscles
  • Increasing range of motion
  • Improving posture
  • Decreasing muscle tension

Total Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement is a surgery that removes damaged bone and cartilage from the hip and replaces it with an artificial hip. A damaged hip may be caused by arthritis or an injury.

Physical Therapy Benefits

A physical therapist will help you before and after the surgery. Before surgery, lower body strengthening exercises will prepare your body for surgery. You will also practice using a cane or walker. After surgery, physical therapy exercises rehabilitate you by:

  • Relieving post-operative pain
  • Strengthening leg muscles for walking or climbing
  • Increasing hip flexibility
  • Regaining balance when standing
  • Eliminating the need for assistive devices (when possible)

Total Knee Replacement

Knee damage due to arthritis, fracture or misalignment may require a total knee replacement. This surgery removes the end of the shin bone at the knee joint and thigh bone, replacing it with an artificial joint.

Physical Therapy Benefits

A physical therapist will help you before and after the surgery. Before surgery, lower body strengthening exercises will prepare your body for surgery. You will also practice using a cane or walker. After surgery, physical therapy exercises rehabilitate you by:

  • Relieving post-operative pain and swelling
  • Strengthening leg muscles
  • Regaining range of motion
  • Increasing awareness of surroundings, such as uneven surfaces
  • Eliminating the need for assistive devices

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury results when the brain endures an outside force hitting the head. In this event, the brain could be altered in an unlimited number of ways. Physical, emotional and cognitive changes could occur.

Physical Therapy Benefits

You may need to relearn how to perform particular functions, such as walking or standing. The physical therapist will examine you to determine which therapies are appropriate for your particular needs. Strides toward improvement include:

  • Strengthening muscles
  • Increasing muscle and joint flexibility
  • Improving balance while standing, sitting, etc.
  • Regaining coordination while walking
  • Decreasing fatigue
  • Returning to daily roles

Vertigo

The strange feeling that you are spinning or the room is spinning around you is called vertigo. Problems, such as migraines or infections, may affect your inner ear (vestibular system) and cause these sensations.

Physical Therapy Benefits

After determining the cause, a physical therapist can develop an effective treatment plan to help you cope with the symptoms of vertigo. Practicing the exercises may help you:

  • Improve balance
  • Boost coordination
  • Focus vision
  • Correct disorders affecting the inner ear

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapists identify the limitations of individuals to perform daily living activities and developmental delays in children. A developmental condition, injury or illness may have caused these challenges. Occupational therapists design treatment plans to correct or minimize these limitations.

Developmental Delay in Children

A developmental delay is when a child’s day-to-day abilities develop slower than other children of the same age. Some of the abilities that may be delayed include chewing and swallowing food, communicating with correct facial movements, using the bathroom, or recognizing relationships between objects, time or space.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

Occupational therapists understand that each child develops at his or her own pace. However, your occupational therapist has the knowledge to help your child reach milestones in an enjoyable and stress-free way. Depending on your child’s needs, the benefits may include:

  • Adapting to home environment with ease
  • Communicating with proper facial and tongue movements
  • Performing self-care routines with confidence
  • Playing with others without conflict

Autism in Children

Autism is a developmental disorder that appears in the first 3 years of life, and affects the brain's development of social and communication skills. It’s linked to an abnormal biology and chemistry makeup in the brain.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

If your child has autism, the biggest — and scariest — transition will be starting school. An occupational therapist will provide strategies on how your child can prepare for this change. Depending on your child’s needs, the benefits may include:

  • Adapting to a new environment more smoothly
  • Understanding and following the rules
  • Reducing fear and anxiety
  • Performing self-care routines with confidence
  • Playing with others without conflict

Hip Replacement

Total hip replacement is a surgery that removes damaged bone and cartilage from the hip and replaces it with an artificial hip. A damaged hip may be caused by arthritis or an injury.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

Occupational therapy after a hip replacement allows you to return to your everyday routine. The plan of action your occupational therapist provides will help you:

  • Use a walker or cane properly
  • Dress easier using equipment (shoe horn, sock aid)
  • Complete house tasks safely
  • Position yourself in chairs or bed so as to not cause strain
  • Address any hazards in your home environment

Stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to a part of the brain stops. If blood flow is cut off for longer than a few seconds, the brain cannot get blood and oxygen. Brain cells can die, causing lasting damage.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

A stroke may change your vision, mental abilities and speech. Your occupational therapist will develop a plan to help you live as independently as possible after a stroke. Goals of the plan include:

  • Increasing memory and concentration
  • Regaining independence of everyday activities (dressing, housework, etc.)
  • Expressing emotions appropriately
  • Creating a safer home environment
  • Maintaining relationships and a healthy mindset through community activities

Traumatic Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury results when the brain endures an outside force hitting the head. The brain could be altered in an unlimited number of ways. Physical, emotional and cognitive changes could occur.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

Changes in the brain could affect your job, relationships or roles. During occupational therapy, the plan of care your therapist supplies will address your needs. These exercises will help you:

  • Increase memory and concentration
  • Develop organization habits
  • Practice safety in home environment
  • Express emotions appropriately
  • Maintain relationships and a healthy mindset through community activities

Aging

As you or your parents get older, normal activities may become more difficult to perform.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

An occupational therapist can help you or your parents maintain independence at home. The strategies your therapist gives you will:

  • Improve safety in the home through modifications (adding grab bars, removing clutter)
  • Increase organization to help memory (paying bills, going to appointments)
  • Maintain a healthy mindset through community activities or support groups

Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation, swelling and pain in joints, such as hands, knees, hips, etc. There are different kinds of arthritis, such as osteoarthritis or rheumatoid.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

Your occupational therapist will create a plan to help you return to your everyday roles and activities without the interference of symptoms. Goals of occupational therapy include:

  • Reducing pain when handling objects
  • Learning different ways to do some everyday tasks
  • Installing or using tools to avoid strain (hand bars, carts)
  • Continuing meaningful activities
  • Dealing with emotions (frustration, sadness, fear)

Falls

A bad fall when you are older can prevent you from living an active lifestyle. Nearly one-third of people over age 65 and nearly half of people over age 80 fall each year.

Occupational Therapy Benefits

You and your occupational therapist can agree that preventing a fall is far better than rehabilitating from a fall! If you are an older adult or a person with a disability, talking to an occupational therapist about ways to prevent a future fall can save you time, money and pain down the road. Your plan focuses on safety and may recommend:

  • Decluttering your home
  • Investing in a sturdy step stool or ladder (NEVER stand on a chair)
  • Putting handrails in your home (NEVER grab ledges, towel bars, etc.)
  • Arranging furniture so you can move freely
  • Asking for help

Patient information

First Visit

The front desk will create an account for you and your therapy care. Remember to bring your insurance information (we will make a copy of your insurance card to keep on file). If you have a physician referral, please provide that as well. If you don’t have a referral, the staff will determine if one is needed. If your insurance company requires an upfront payment, we ask for that payment at each visit.

You will then meet with a therapist who will determine an appropriate plan of care for your specific needs. After you and the therapist agree on a treatment plan, future appointments can be made at the front desk.

Insurance Coverage

These terms may be on the Explanation of Benefits (EOB) provided by your insurance company.

Amount charged: The total amount charged by a health care provider’s services, whether or not the services are covered by your health plan.

Amount not covered: The part of the bill not covered by your health plan. Examples of amounts not covered include:

  • Services not medically required.
  • Services not covered by your health plan.
  • Services that have reached contract or benefit maximums.
  • Services received from a non-participating health care provider, any difference between the amount charged and the maximum allowable fee for the service. Maximum allowable fee is the amount we determine for covered services or supplies.

Amount paid by health plan: The amount paid to you or your health care provider.

Coinsurance: The amount you pay for services, determined using a set percentage. Your health care provider may bill you for these charges.

Co-payment: The fee you pay for covered services. Your health care provider may require this payment when you receive services.

Deductible: The fixed dollar amount you pay for covered services before benefits set in.

Network savings: The amount you saved by getting health care services within your insurance’s network.

Other insurance paid: The amount another plan pays if you have coverage with another health plan.

You are responsible for: Your share of the cost for the services shown on the EOB. You may have already paid this amount to your health care provider.

Direct access (evaluation and treatment without referral): Direct access is when a physical therapist can evaluate and treat patients without the need for a physician referral. Most states have some form of direct access. Physical therapists in states that don’t have direct access are working with state legislatures to ensure patients to have access to care.

Locations & Contact

Many services are offered at each of our locations but some specific services are only offered at certain locations. Please call a location below to find out if the service you are interested is offered.

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located at the Education Center 2nd floor
810 E. 23rd St., 2nd Floor
Sioux Falls SD 57105
605-322-5123
Fax: 322-5174

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located at Avera Medical Group McGreevy 7th Avenue

1200 S. 7th Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
605-782-8324
Fax: 782-8322

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located on the corner of West 41st Street and Terry Avenue

4901 W. 41st St. Suite 2
Sioux Falls, SD 57106
605-322-5075
Fax: 322-5079

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located at Avera McKennan Fitness Center
3400 S. Southeastern Ave.
Sioux Falls, SD 57103
605-322-5350
Fax: 322-5340

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located at Plaza 2
1100 E. 21st St., Suite 402
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
605-322-5080
Fax: 322-5085

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located in Brandon

103 N. Splitrock Blvd.
Brandon, SD 57005
605-582-3908
Fax: 582-3349

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located at Avera Medical Group McGreevy 69th & Western

1910 W. 69th St.
Sioux Falls, SD 57108
605-322-5285
Fax: 322-5287

Avera McKennan Outpatient Therapy
located at Johnson Aquatic Center Pool on the Avera McKennan campus

1325 South Cliff Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
605-322-5047
Fax: 322-5040

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