Rehabilitation Services

Rehabilitation Services at Scotland Memorial Hospital consists of four distinct services, all of which play a role in restoring patients with physical problems due to illness, injury or birth defect to a healthy lifestyle.

The Physical Therapy staff provides services to hospital inpatients, outpatients and residents of the Edwin Morgan Center. In addition, services are provided to Scotland County schools and local industry through the Occupational Health program.

Registered Occupational Therapists provide occupational therapy to clients of all ages with a focus on enabling individuals to become more functional in all areas of daily living. Areas that are addressed through occupational therapy include stroke, traumatic brain injury, joint disease, sensory or perceptual deficits, traumatic hand or upper extremity injuries, neuromuscular disease, developmental delays, and burns.

Speech Pathologists provide specialized services to treat communication disorders in children and adults. Medical diagnoses that often include accompanying communication problems include traumatic brain injury, neurological diseases, birth defects, developmental delays, laryngectomees, dementia, Alzheimer's Disease. Other services include hearings screenings for children age 3 to adult, accent reduction lessons, and screenings for swallowing disorders.

Industrial Rehabilitation specializes in physical work performance evaluations, ergonomic assessments, work conditioning and training programs. Services include:
Physical Work Performance Evaluations to test an employee's ability to perform each component of what the U.S. Department of Labor defines as work. Tests determine if an injured worker can safely return to their job or another position.
Work Conditioning designed with the goal of returning to work.
Ergonomic Analysis to help modify the way certain tasks are performed, thereby reducing the incidence of injury and associated costs.
Preplacement/Post-0ffer screenings to determine a job candidate's ability to perform the essential functions of a job.
Job Site Analysis/Job Descriptions conducted to comply with many regulatory agencies and statutes pertaining to industry.
Training programs to educate managers and supervisors on ways to prevent injury through proper lifting techniques, body mechanics and appropriate exercise.

Dysphagia Program
Help is now available for those with swallowing difficulties through a service called VitalStim Therapy. This treatment option safely re-educates the pharyngeal muscles with neuromuscular electrical stimulation. The therapy is the first and only electrical stimulation therapy for dysphagia. VitalStim Therapy is FDA cleared to treat the debilitating effects of this condition. Patients most commonly affected with dysphagia include: stroke survivors, patients with progressive neurological disorders like Parkinson's Disease, and patients suffering from head and neck cancer, tumors, or traumatic brain injury. An estimated 50% of all rest home patients suffer from difficultly in swallowing. Talk to your physician about dyphasia therapies or contact Speech Therapist Iris Locklear.

Lymphedema Program
An estimated 2.5 million people in the United States suffer from lymphedema, a condition caused by the build-up of lymph fluid in the body. Lymphedema causes swelling in the arms, legs, or face. Help is available at Scotland Health Care System Rehabilitation Services. Talk to your physician about the Lymphedema program at Scotland Memorial Hospital or contact our Physical Therapy Department at 910-291-7800, toll-free 1-877-SMHRHAB, or by clicking Lymphedema Program.

Support Groups
Scotland County's Stroke Support Group is facilitated by members of the Rehab Department. The Support Group meets the third Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Dining Room at Prestwick Village, located on Johns Rd in Laurinburg. Call Rehab Services at 910-291-7800, toll-free at 1-877-SMHRHAB, or by e-mail at Physical Therapy for information. This support group is funded by Scotland Memorial Foundation.

The Multiple Sclerosis support group provides emotional and educational support for MS patients and their family members. Meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center at Scotland Health Care System. Call Juanita Sweeney-Griffith, at 910/291-7327, toll-free at 1-877-SMH-RHAB, or by e-mail at Leslie Sellers. This support group is funded by Scotland Memorial Foundation.

All Rehabilitation services are available Monday through Friday. Effective July 2008 the hours of operation have changed to 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Fridays. For more information call Robin Crump, Director, at 910-291-7800, toll-free at 1-877-SMH-RHAB, or by clicking Robin Crump.

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