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Mountain States Rehab Inpatient Services at Norton Community Hospital

Norton Community Hospital operates a comprehensive rehabilitation program for both inpatient and outpatient services. There are multiple allied health professionals involved in this program. The services provided include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Work Hardening and Conditioning, FitOne Wellness Center, Sports Medicine Clinic, and an 11-bed inpatient rehab unit. Outpatient services provided at The Regional Rehab Center located adjacent to the hospital within the Norton Square Shopping Center. For more information call (276) 439-1450.

Physical Therapy

The Regional Rehab Center offers inpatient and outpatient physical therapy. Physical Therapy is a service where each client received an assessment and an individualized plan of care for clients with decreased functional levels due to developmental disabilities, neurological dysfunctions, orthopedic injuries, or general debility. Each client receives a treatment plan focusing on improving various levels of function.

Treatment may include but is not limited to:

  • Modalities such as moist heat, cryotherapy, ultrasound, or electrical stimulation for pain and inflammation reduction/management
  • Manual therapy such as traction, joint mobilization, or massage
  • Therapeutic exercises including strengthening of certain muscle groups, gait training, increasing joint range of motion, and building general endurance
  • Balance and proprioception training
  • Patient education on proper lifting techniques, proper body mechanics, relaxation techniques, correct posture and ergonomics
  • Taping/bracing

Common injuries or diagnoses treated on an outpatient basis:

Total knee replacement, total hip replacement, ACL reconstruction, Patellar-femoral pain, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, rotator cuff repair, shoulder tendonitis or impingement syndrome, sprain/strains, fractures, back pain, stroke, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, multiple neurological dysfunctions, wound care and many more.

Common injuries or diagnosis treated on an inpatient basis:

Total knee replacement, total hip replacement, ACL reconstruction, post-surgical orthopedic patients, back pain, CVA, traumatic brain injury, myocardial infarction, wound care and many more.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy provides assessment and treatment to individuals with developmental, neurological, orthopedic and hand injuries. Intervention for hand injuries include, edema management, increasing range of motion, strengthening, and scar management with the use of modalities and therapeutic exercises. Occupational therapy also provides hand patients with static and dynamic splints when indicated. The various types of hand conditions include but are not limited to: Fractures, Sprains and Strains, Carpal Tunnel Release, Tendon repairs, and Arthritis. Occupational therapy may also focus on increasing patients' level of independence with functional activities including feeding, bathing, dressing, and functional mobility. Diagnosis frequently seen for functional deficits include, but are not limited to: CVA's Parkinson's, Total hip replacements, and Osteoarthritis. Our program also provides assessment and training for adaptive equipment following disability, home environment adaptation and ergonomics. For more information call (276) 439-1350.

FitOne Wellness/Fitness Program

FitOneis the premier community fitness center in the area. The center is staffed with trained technicians and equipped with a full line of cardio, conditioning and weight training equipment. FitOneoffers a complete workout to those in the Wise County area. The center is equipped with Nautilus Weight Machines, LifeFitness Treadmills, Elliptical Runners, Cycles, and Rowers, as well as, shower facilities. New members are oriented to the facility on their first visit and staff members are always present to provide assistance to those in need. The atmosphere is very welcoming to those with little to no experience with an exercise program. Hours of Operation are Monday thru Friday from 5:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (276) 439-1453.

Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation programs offer supervised and carefully monitored therapeutic exercise program for patients post myocardial infarction, coronary by-pass surgery, congestive obstructive pulmonary disease and black lung disease.

The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is a 6 to 12 week exercise and education program in which individuals who have experienced a heart attack or coronary artery bypass surgery may participate. The patient is monitored using telemetry heart monitoring during an individualized exercise program where they will progress with conditioning and strengthening exercises. The benefits of this program are to enhance the quality of life, improve heart capacity, and decrease risk factors for further heart disease.

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program is a 6 week course in which patients complete 30-90 minute treatment sessions to increase the level of independence with self-care tasks, home management tasks, and community mobility.

The staff carefully monitor oxygen saturation, heart rate, and symptoms. The program includes therapeutic exercises, therapeutic activities, patient education on pursed lip breathing techniques, energy conservation, and self-assessment and symptom management.

Individualized educational programs are also offered for smoking cessation, nutrition classes, and on-going fitness training.

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Licensed as an Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospital within Norton Community Hospital, the in-patient rehabilitation unit offers a comprehensive and interdisciplinary scope of service. With a focus on functional ability, the staff of the rehabilitation unit provides an individualized plan of care designed to promote as much functional independence as possible. The interdisciplinary staff includes the patient, physician, rehabilitation nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, social worker, and when applicable, speech therapist. Additionally, orthotics/prosthetic services, audiology and vocational rehabilitation counseling can be provided as needed. The program also provides for patient/family training, community re-entry, home evaluations and safety training. For referrals, call (276) 439-1352.

Speech-Language and Swallowing Therapy

The speech program at the Regional Rehab Center employs a certified and licensed speech-language pathologist. Our therapist is licensed by the Department of Health Professions of Virginia, has obtained a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and has a Master's degree in the field of speech-language pathology. Our therapist is highly qualified to serve populations of all ages.

Our facility provides large, private treatment rooms for both adults and children. All patients can be seen for individual treatment sessions. Patients are never grouped together unless it is highly beneficial for them to participate in group activities. What better treatment could be provided than that of one on one with a certified therapist?

Here at the Regional Rehab Center, we pride ourselves in providing a healthy environment where the patient's dignity, respect, and confidence are of the utmost importance when providing treatment. Patients and their families are always involved in the selection of treatment goals in an attempt to provide the most functional treatment that will meet their needs.

Types of Disorders

  • Dysphagia: A disorder of swallowing which may place the patient at risk for aspiration of food or liquids into the lungs
  • Aphasia: Loss of speech and/or language abilities resulting from a stroke or head injury
  • Articulation Disorder: Difficulty with sound or sound combination productions
  • Stuttering: An interruption in the flow or rhythm of speech characterized by hesitations, repetitions, or prolongations of sounds, syllables, words, or phrases
  • Voice Disorder: Characterized by inappropriate pitch, loudness, or quality
  • Delayed Language: Characterized by marked slowness in the development of the vocabulary and grammar necessary for expression or understanding of language

How We Can Help

The clinical methods used will vary depending upon the nature and severity of the problem, the age of the individual, and the individual's awareness of the problem. Here at the Regional Rehab Center, we provide many specialized professional services which include:

  • Assisting people with proper positioning and oral motor skills for safer swallowing techniques
  • Performing modified barium swallow studies to determine the nature and severity of the disorder
  • Helping those with aphasia to re-learn language and speech skills and sentence order to compensate for lost skills
  • Assisting people who stutter to increase the amount of fluent speech, and to cope with this disorder
  • Helping people with articulation disorders learn proper production of speech sounds
  • Teaching people with voice disorders to develop proper control for correct production
  • Counseling people and their families about the speech, language, and/or swallowing disorder so that they may understand the disorder and to achieve normal function in educational, social, and vocational settings
  • Advising individuals and the community on how to prevent speech and language disorders

Helping people understand the types and severity of communication disorders