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Comprehensive physical and occupational therapy

Integrated care for the best possible orthopedic outcome

Our team of highly-skilled physical and occupational therapists brings decades of experience and knowledge to help you heal, restore functionality and get back to living life to the fullest. Whether you are undergoing a procedure for a fracture, ligament damage or are considering a partial or total joint replacement, our therapists are ready to work directly with you and your surgeon to prepare you for your journey and to ensure a quick and successful recovery.

“Not only do our physical and occupational therapists who work with our orthopedic patients have the skill and knowledge base to do what is best for the patient, they are passionate and compassionate about what they do and they want to make sure that those patients are cared for as best as they can,” Director of Therapy Solutions Justin Minden said. “You will not find better care anywhere else in the region. We provide incredible care that will make sure you have the best possible outcome.”

Our Team
The overall success of your orthopedic procedure is often dependent on what you do during your post-surgery period and having the right physical and occupational therapist makes a significant difference in your path to recovery. Our therapists have an average of nearly two decades of professional experience and every year our team completes extensive continuing education to ensure they are up to date in the latest technology, procedures and recommendations.

Your physical therapist will examine you and talk to you about your symptoms and your daily activity. He or she will then work with you on a treatment plan. The goals are to help your joints move better and to restore or increase your flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination and/or balance.
Physical therapists are trained to help patients of all ages regain their strength and mobility after an injury or surgery. Working with your surgeon, they will tailor a customized therapy and recovery plan with your specific needs and goals in mind.

“One of the most rewarding things with orthopedic patients is that we can help them return to their functional activities that they love to do, whether it be getting back with family, recreational activities, sports or even returning to work,” Physical Therapist Shirley Rencken said. Rencken specializes in the care of patients who are preparing for or recovering from orthopedic surgeries at Gritman. “It just makes me feel good when I see a patient who was hobbling with a walker and then a few weeks later they are going up and down stairs, walking on gravel and other uneven surfaces, and they don’t have pain.”

Two of our physical therapists – Cliff Knelsen and Stephen Barbuto – have obtained an Orthopaedic Specialists Certification, through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. This is the highest level of certification for physical therapists.

Occupational therapy is treatment to help people live as independently as possible. Occupational therapists work with people of all ages who, because of illness, injury, developmental delays, or psychological problems, need assistance in learning skills to help them lead independent, productive, and satisfying lives. Occupational therapists use work, self-care and recreational activities to increase independent function.
In addition, our occupational therapists work with you during all stages of your journey to help you live independently and to safely resume your normal activities as quickly as possible. When you are healthy, you don’t give much thought to completing routine activities like getting dressed, cooking and going to the bathroom – but when you are recovering from an orthopedic procedure, those once simple tasks may become difficult. Our occupational therapists will help you learn to complete these tasks and to safely move around during your recovery. Our therapists can also work with you to address potential safety hazards in your home and your workplace.

Education
Our Total Joint Replacement classes are designed for people considering or planning a total joint replacement. Taught by experts who can answer all of your questions, we will get you on your way to living a healthier and more vibrant life with less pain.

Attendees have access to our leading therapists who will offer tips and advice to ensure the best possible recovery. The classes touch on pre- and post-surgery exercises and instruction, nutritional counseling, home preparation and a daily breakdown of what to expect during your stay at the hospital.

Facilities
Not only do our patients have the top surgeons and therapists in the region guiding them on their path to recovery, when you have surgery at Gritman you will have access to our state-of-the-art facilities.

Dedicated Inpatient Therapy Gym – Our inpatient therapy gym is a space dedicated solely to your recovery from your total joint replacement. We have the equipment and space to focus on you and your recovery in a private secure setting – all located down the hall from your recovery room.

HydroWorx Therapy Pool – Gritman Therapy Solutions has the most advanced therapy pool in the region. The HydroWorx 2000 therapy pool has a variable depth platform that allows patients to step directly onto the platform and be lowered into the pool to avoid the need for stairs or lifts. It also has an 8-by-12 foot underwater treadmill, resistance jets and a camera system to allow patients to see how their body moves under water. At 90 degrees, our therapy pool allows patients with all abilities to perform better.