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Physical therapy

When your doctor recommends physical therapy, the team at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center is ready to help. You'll be in good hands. Our physical therapists are certified and licensed professionals who are trained in many different treatment methods. They care for you with compassion, respecting and supporting your desire to return to the activities in life that are important to you.

Do you need physical therapy?

Our physical therapists can help you with general orthopedic conditions, including sprains, strains and surgical recovery. A physical therapist can also help you to overcome a physical impairment, a functional limitation or difficulties caused by an ongoing disease.

We also offer specialized treatment programs for people dealing with:

  • Dizziness or other vestibular disease symptoms.
  • Lymphedema.
  • Nerve conduction issues.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Urinary incontinence.
  • Wounds.

Creating your physical therapy plan

During your first visit, your physical therapist will perform a complete evaluation. Your therapist will assess your:

  • Ability to complete activities of daily living, such as eating, cooking and cleaning.
  • Endurance.
  • Flexibility.
  • Gait and stability.
  • Muscle strength and tone.
  • Need for and use of braces and artificial limbs.
  • Nerve performance.
  • Reflexes.

After your evaluation, your therapist will create an individualized treatment plan that's designed to help you meet your specific recovery needs and goals. Your treatment plan might include:

  • Aquatic therapy.
  • Biofeedback.
  • Cryotherapy.
  • Electrotherapy.
  • Gait training.
  • Heat therapy.
  • Hydrotherapy.
  • Iontophoresis.
  • Joint mobilization.
  • Massage.
  • Paraffin therapy.
  • Range-of-motion exercises.
  • Therapeutic exercise.
  • Traction.
  • Ultrasound.
  • Wound debridement.

All of these therapies are available to you in our Ogdensburg hospital, so you won't have to go from facility to facility to get the care you need. Your therapist will work with you on each part of the treatment program, and the program will change as your needs change.

Enrolling in our physical therapy program

We are available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with flexible hours. In order to receive physical therapy treatment, a physician referral is required. Treatments are covered by most insurance carriers. Speak with your physician about whether physical therapy would be beneficial for your condition.