Occupational Therapy in Saint Cloud
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Top Rated Lymphedema Occupational Therapists in Saint Cloud
If you’re seeking an occupational therapist specializing in lymphedema, we have the ideal opportunity for you. Each member of our team has undergone professional training and holds specialized certification in lymphedema therapy. We offer comprehensive solutions tailored specifically to address lymphedema-related concerns. With our reliable solutions and expert care, you can trust us to provide professional services that prioritize the maintenance and well-being of your body.
Our occupational therapists are proud to create individualized and personal occupational therapy treatment plans that are unique to each individual. They also provide extensive education about how to improve one’s health and prevent future injuries.
Personalized Care from Our Team
There are no two people exactly the same. Therefore, injuries can be different even though they may affect the same body part. Our expert medical team will evaluate your condition and create a customized treatment plan that will get you back on track to being your best. Our staff will guide you through each visit with personalized attention and dedication.
Success Stories & Testimonials
Occupational therapy plays a pivotal role in managing and mitigating the effects of lymphedema. This chronic condition, characterized by an accumulation of lymphatic fluid, can lead to painful swelling in the arms and legs.
At Pathways, we are proud to offer an all-encompassing range of wound care services, specially curated for patients grappling with the challenging conditions of compromised vascular and lymphatic function.
Pre & Post Rehabilitation Oncology
At the intersection of medical advancement and holistic care, we find an approach uniquely suited to your cancer journey: Prehabilitation and Rehabilitation for Oncology.
Post Op-Lymphatic Massage
Post-operative lymphedema massage, a specialized form of occupational therapy, is an effective treatment for managing and reducing these post-surgery symptoms.
Occupational therapy is a great first-line treatment for most muscle and joint problems. Clinically proven to reduce pain and dysfunction, occupational therapy also saves you time and money too.
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is a specialized type of therapy, it’s used to treat vestibular disorders. This therapy often includes manual head maneuvers, as well as a progressive program.
Manual therapy is a safe, effective and non-invasive treatment method that is used by our experienced occupational therapists. Typically, patients visit a manual therapist when they are experiencing musculoskeletal pain.
Occupational therapists often use therapeutic exercise during patient rehabilitation. This exercise can help restore muscular and skeletal function, correct impairments, and reduce pain.
Our Occupational Therapy Programs
We offer top-notch occupational therapy and personalized training programs for patients with lymphedema. We strive to empower our patients by equipping them with the perfect tools and techniques to navigate their lymphedema journey successfully.
The programs are designed to help you achieve your physical health goals. They start with lymphedema management and continue to use corrective exercises to build your body’s strength.
Then, you’ll be doing functional training activities and then the injury prevention phase. This is crucial to keep your strength up and prevent injury.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Do I Need To Do Prior To Scheduling The First Visit?
Please contact our office at (407) 593-2626 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we accept your medical insurance, if our services will best help you, and if you are in the counties we serve.
What Do I Need To Send To PTS Before The Initial Visit?
Our team will provide you with the paperwork required to be filled out prior to scheduling the first appointment. We will also need a copy of your ID and medical insurance along with a physician referral. For post-op clients, we will need some paperwork including the procedures completed prior to scheduling.
What Should I Expect For The First Visit?
After confirming a date and time frame for your initial evaluation, the therapist will call prior to getting to your home for verification. The therapist will then sit and talk with you about detailed medical history, medications used, previous treatment, measurements needed, and other assessments such as balance/range of motion/strength. A plan of care will be advised including frequency of visits, goals, supplies needed, and a transition to maintenance after therapy.
Does My Health Insurance Cover Your Services?
PTS is a mobile outpatient service. We are a Medicare Part B provider. If you are receiving Home Health through Medicare Part A, our service will not be covered at the same time. If you are receiving Hospice Care, medical insurance will not cover us at the same time for the same diagnosis. We also accept private insurance but will need to run your specific coverage to see if you qualify.
What Supplies Might I Need For Lymphedema Therapy?
Supplies needed for lymphedema therapy are usually not covered by medical insurance. We can refer to a local DME company to see if your coverage qualifies. Supplies include but are not limited to short-stretch compression bandages, stockinette, gauze, compression garments, wound care supplies, weights, and adaptive equipment for donning garments.
How Would I Know That Lymphedema Therapy Is For Me?
If you have unexplained swelling, swelling after cancer treatment, unhealed wounds, swelling since childhood, swelling even after prolonged elevation, or use of water pills (diuretics); then a consultation would be beneficial.
How Would Vestibular Rehab Help Me?
If you have dizziness or vertigo that impacts your life or frequent falls because of imbalance, then vestibular rehab will help to reduce and possibly eliminate all your signs and symptoms. The goal of VRT is to retrain the brain to recognize and process signals from the vestibular system in coordination with vision and proprioception. This often involves desensitizing the balance system to movements that provoke symptoms. Depending on the diagnosis, the therapist may also involve a specialized form of VRT called a canalith repositioning procedure, often referred to as the Epley maneuver.
Why Would I Need Occupational Therapy?
OT works with people of all ages who need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives due to physical, developmental, social, or emotional problems. Occupational therapists use the “occupations” of self-care, work, and play/leisure activities to increase independence, enhance development, and/or prevent disability. To achieve these goals occupational therapists may also adapt to the task or the environment.
What Is Manual Lymphatic Drainage?
This hands-on technique is a light touch to stimulate the superficial lymphatics of the body. A slow stretch to the skin is all that is needed to stimulate and reroute lymphatic fluid within the body. The natural drainage of the lymphatics is from lymph vessels to lymph nodes to the heart. The filtered lymph fluid is then sent to the kidneys and bladder to be urinated out. A full-body lymphatic massage usually takes up to 45 minutes.
How Can Manual Lymphatic Drainage Help After Post Op Surgery?
MLD helps to increase lymph load and filters lymph fluid which removes cellular debris (from bruising), removed excessive proteins in the interstitium which can cause fibrosis (hardening of the skin), and remove excess fluid from the surgery site which delays healing. MLD is a gentle stretch of the skin to stimulate lymph fluid to move out of the body through its natural path-eventually out in your urine. MLD is a soothing massage that promotes relaxation and an analgesic effect.
Will Someone Drain Fluid Out Of My Body?
Licensed massage, occupational, physical, and speech therapists in the state of Florida CANNOT legally drain fluid from your body through incisional or other openings. Incisional drainage should never be performed outside of a surgical/hospital setting due to risk of infections.