Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy provides treatment to individuals who have pain, disease, injury or impairment that limit their ability to perform sports, work, leisure or other daily activities. They also educate and assist people to maintain a healthy lifestyle and prevent injury.  Physical Therapists can also educate and make recommendations for workplace design, stress management, relaxation training, and Wellness programs.   Diagnosis or injuries that are referred to Physical Therapy include:

  • Neuromuscular disorders (i.e. stroke, head injury, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson’s disease)
  • Post-orthopedic surgery (i.e. total joint replacements, rotator cuff repair, ACL reconstruction, fractures)
  • Low back or neck pain
  • Fractures, Sprains, and Strains
  • Sports Injuries
  • Work-related injuries
  • Arthritis, bursitis or tendinitis
  • Balance disorders
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vertigo
  • Lymphedema
  • LSVT BIG program for patients with Parkinson’s Disease

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy focuses on functional, day to day activities which a person needs or wants to be able to do. These tasks can be as basic as feeding yourself or as complex as caring for your home or meeting job requirements. We work with people all across the life span, to help them recover from injuries and illnesses and to adapt so that they can still be independent even if some problems remain.

The types of conditions we most often work with include:

  • Arthritis
  • Joint replacements or other orthopedic surgery
  • Brain trauma
  • Stroke
  • Developmental Delay
  • Mental Health conditions
  • Injuries that affect a person’s ability to complete daily activities
  • Neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease
  • Driving component skills screening and assessment
  • Cognitive assessment/retraining/adaptation focusing on functional tasks
  • Orthotics – custom fitted supports for hand and arm problems
  • Home safety assessment (one time visit)

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a supervised program that is designed to improve your heart health after a cardiac event.   With a team approach, we have the ability to offer an individualized exercise program with comprehensive education to reduce risk factors associated with heart disease.   

You may benefit from cardiac rehabilitation if you have a history of :

  • Myocardial infarction (heart attack)
  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)
  • Current stable angina pectoris
  • Heart valve repair or replacement
  • Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA)/or coronary stenting
  • Heart or heart-lung transplant
  • Heart failure and those with ventricular assist devices
  • Coronary artery disease equivalents such as diabetes or peripheral artery disease

At Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County, we offer both Phase 2 and Phase 3 programs which require a physician referral.

Phase 2:  Outpatient Phase

  • Supervised and monitored exercise sessions 3 days per week (MWF)
  • Group and individual educational sessions designed to promote heart and vascular health and improve lifestyle motivation.  
  • Individualized exercise program that may include use of the following equipment:  treadmill, recumbent bicycle, Nustep and hand weights. 
  • Most insurance programs assist with coverage, staff will verify insurance coverage prior to program initiation

Phase 3:  Maintenance Program

  • Supervised but non-monitored program offered 3-5 days per week
  • Self-pay program
  • Individualized exercise program that may include use of the following equipment:  treadmill, recumbent bicycle, Nustep and hand weights 

Speech and Language Pathology

Speech-language pathologists (SLPs) work with patients of all ages to prevent, assess, diagnose, and treat speech, language, social communication, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders such as:

  • Alternative and augmentative communication
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia of speech
  • Articulation disorder
  • Cleft lip/palate
  • Cognitive-linguistic deficits
  • Dysarthria
  • Swallowing disorders/dysphagia
  • Stuttering
  • Speech and/or language delays and disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Cognition related to remembering and using information from reading and conversation
  • LSVT (Lee Silverman Voice Treatment) Loud Program for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pediatric feeding (dysphagia and picky eaters)
  • People with voice problems such as vocal nodules and vocal cord dysfunctions

Birth to Three

  • The Birth to Three Program is a service provided to children birth to three years of age who show delays in their development. The child may be referred by a parent, caregiver or health care provider. The referral process is started by calling the Program Coordinator at Lafayette County Human Services, 608-776-4913.
  • The program includes a Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, and Speech Therapist. Once the therapist(s) evaluates the child; the family, program coordinator and therapist(s) meet to develop an Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) if therapy is needed. An IFSP includes goals and what will be done to accomplish them as well as the frequency of visits. Therapy takes place in the child’s natural environment (home, daycare, etc).

Pulmonary Rehabilitation

Pulmonary Rehabilitation is a supervised program that is designed to help patients who have obstructive or restrictive lung disease.   With a team approach, it is our goal at Memorial Hospital of Lafayette County to improve your overall quality of life through education and an individualized exercise program that is tailored to improve shortness of breath and endurance.

You may benefit from pulmonary rehabilitation if you have a history of:

  • COPD (Emphysema or chronic bronchitis)
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer or lung cancer surgery
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Pre and post lung transplantation
  • Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

Athletic Trainer

Athletic Trainers (ATs) are multi-skilled healthcare professionals who specialize in the prevention, assessment, treatment, and rehabilitation of sport related injuries/illnesses. Athletic Trainers differ from Personal Trainers in education, skillset, job duties, and patients. Athletic Trainers must obtain a bachelor’s or master’s degree from an accredited program where the academic curriculum and clinical training follows a medical model. In order to practice as a Certified Athletic Trainer, they must complete and pass an exam.

An Athletic Trainer works with professional, collegiate, high school, and youth athletes as well as those in performing arts. Athletic Trainers can be seen in a variety of settings, such as schools, clinics, and even businesses.

Whether you are an athlete, weekend warrior, or have a physically demanding job, an Athletic Trainer can evaluate your weakness or injury and give recommendations to improve function. They will do this through education on stretching and functional exercises, as well as ways to keep proper form in order to prevent further injuries.

The Athletic Trainer at MHLC, Kelsey Knautz, primarily visits local schools to meet with young athletes and provide injury prevention and rehabilitation services for those who need it and providing athletic training services to home events. You may also see Kelsey at the hospital providing support to the Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Departments.


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