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.”
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.
“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.
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.
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.