Rehabilitation Services

Douglas County Hospital (DCH) provides Occupational, Physical and Speech Therapy services to outpatient, inpatient and home care patients. Services are provided at 3 convenient locations that include PT, OT and SLP at Douglas County Hospital, PT and OT at Alexandria Clinic and PT at the YMCA.  Our team of highly skilled professionals work collaboratively as a team with the patient to meet each patient's individual needs.

We also provide a number of specialty programs including: driveABILITY, Return to Work, Women's Health and Pediatric Rehabilitation.

For more information about our services and programs, please click on the links below or feel free to contact us at 320-762-6079 or by email at rehab@dchospital.com and we would be happy to assist you.

Available Rehabilitation Services 

DCH Rehab Services

DCH Rehabilitation Services is available to serve your needs at the YMCA. 
Offering adult and pediatric aquatic therapy.

Other Rehab Services offered at the YMCA include treatment for:

  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Spine and Extremity Conditions
  • Manual Therapy
  • Balance Difficulties
  • TMJ
  • Fibromyalgia

Contact DCH Rehab Services at the YMCA for more information.

DCH Rehab Services at the YMCA
110 Karl Drive NW
Alexandria, MN 56308
Telephone: 320-762-6479

driveABILITY

Douglas County Hospital has the only program between Minneapolis and Fargo to provide comprehensive driver evaluations in their entirety by licensed occupational therapists.
The driveABILITY program offers services for:

  • Drivers who have experienced an illness or injury
  • Older drivers who want to make sure they are still able to drive safely
  • New drivers who need more than traditional driver's training

Lymphedema

Lymphedema is a condition that is characterized by chronic swelling of an extremity, including the arm or leg, but can occur in the breast or trunk region. The affected area may feel heavy or full and you may experience a decrease in movement. Additional symptoms include a dull ache or a feeling of tightness in the affected limb. This condition can be caused by a surgery that includes removal of lymph nodes or radiation/trauma to a lymph node area. Lymphedema may develop days, months or years after the surgery, trauma or an infection has taken place.

Our Approach to Lymphedema Management:

  • Evaluation completed by a certified Lymphedema Therapist
  • Manual lymphatic drainage techniques: A gentle massage technique used to redirect lymphatic fluid to the healthy lymph nodes
  • Compression therapy: Special bandages are used to provide support and prevent fluid build up
  • Exercise: Decongestive exercises are performed by the patient to help further reduce swelling while compression is in place
  • Extensive patient education: Patients are instructed on skin care, massage, bandaging, exercises, and garment instruction to help manage their lymphedema independently in their home

For more information about Douglas County Hospital's Lymphedema Program or to schedule an appointment, contact Rehab Services at 320-762-6079.

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Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy Department provides skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all areas of their lives.  Occupational therapy assists people in developing the skills for the job of living that are necessary for independent and satisfying lives. 

Common conditions treated include: stroke, traumatic brain injury, orthopedic hand & arm conditions, nerve injuries, lymphedema, arthritis, spinal cord injuries, visual & cognitive deficits.  Our Occupational Therapy Department also provides services for inpatients, pediatrics, (including pediatric feeding program) driveABILITY program & return to work program.  

Pediatric Rehabilitation and Feeding

Pediatric rehabilitation at Douglas County Hospital offers an array of comprehensive services including occupational, physical and speech therapy.  Our team of highly skilled rehabilitation therapists collaborates with children and their caregivers to design goals and implement services to meet each child's unique needs.

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Pediatric Feeding

Douglas County Hospital now offers a comprehensive pediatric feeding program for children from birth to eighteen years of age who have feeding and eating difficulties. Therapists Chrissy Haugen, OTR/L and Kristin Ostlund, MS, CCC-SLP are trained in the SOS Approach to Feeding. This program integrates sensory, motor, oral, behavioral, medical, and nutritional factors when evaluating and treating children with feeding difficulties. The SOS Approach focuses on teaching children to interact with food in a playful, non-stressful way while leaming the basic rules of eating.

Pediatric Feeding Program  

For more information about our feeding program or to request an evaluation, please contact Rehab Services at Douglas County Hospital at 320-762-6079.

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy mobilizes, strengthens and reduces pain in order to promote your highest level of functioning. Treatments involve stretching, strengthening, gait, balance and coordination along with pain management and education programs. 

Douglas County Hospital staff consists of eight Physical Therapists, five Physical Therapy Assistants and five Support Staff with a total therapy experience of over 250 years to provide you with the best care.

Douglas County Hospital services outpatients, inpatients and home care patients of all ages. Douglas County Hospital (DCH) provides physical therapy services at 3 convenient locations including Douglas County Hospital, Alexandria Clinic and at the YMCA.

Common conditions treated include:

  • Headaches and chronic pain
  • Low back and neck pain
  • Neurological conditions including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury
  • Orthopedic conditions of the shoulder, hip, knee, ankle and foot
  • Osteoporosis
  • Pre- and post-operative conditions
  • Repetitive stress syndromes
  • Sports injuries
  • TMJ
  • Vertigo
  • Weakness and deconditioning
  • Women's health conditions including incontinence and pelvic pain

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Return To Work Program

The Return to Work Program focuses on injury prevention in the workplace and assisting injured individuals to return to work.  An individual may undergo a Functional Capacity Evaluation which determines his/her physical tolerance and establishes work-related abilities.
The Return to Work Program offers the following:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • Work Conditioning
  • On-site job analysis
  • Industry Consultation and Pre-work Screenings

 

Speech Therapy

Douglas County Hospital offers inpatient and outpatient speech and swallowing services from licensed and certified speech-language pathologists. Speech-language pathologists work with individuals across the lifespan, from birth through adulthood. Individuals may need speech therapy for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Developmental Delay

  • Autism

  • Down Syndrome

  • Traumatic Brain Injury

  • Vocal Nodules or Polyps

  • Stroke

  • Degenerative Diseases (e.g., Parkinson's Disease)
     

Below is a list of some of the many deficit areas that a speech-language pathologist may be able to help with:

  • Articulation (speech) disorders (e.g., difficulty with the correct pronunciation of sounds)

  • Language disorders (e.g., difficulty understanding or expressing language)

  • Cognitive deficits (e.g., difficulty with attention, memory, problem-solving, or reasoning)

  • Swallowing difficulties (e.g., difficulty chewing or swallowing food and/or liquids)

  • Fluency disorders (e.g., stuttering or cluttering)

  • Voice disorders (e.g., chronic hoarseness, loss of voice, laryngectomy)

  • Autism (e.g., addressing socials skills and appropriate use of eye contact)

  • Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) (e.g., communication devices for those who can't speak on their own)

  • Feeding difficulties (e.g.,  failure to thrive, poor weight gain, pocketing)

These lists do not encompass all reasons for speech therapy or all services that can be provided by a speech-language pathologist, but do provide an idea of why and when speech therapy may be appropriate.

To initiate services, we require a physician's order.  Please contact your physician, and they will make the referral to us.

Specific Programs offered through our Speech Therapy Department include:

For more information on the Speech Therapy Department, or to make an appointment, call (320)762-6079.

 

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