Rehabilitation Services

SAMC’s Rehabilitation Services provides comprehensive inpatient and outpatient therapy that includes:

  • Physical
  • Speech
  • Occupational

These services are for patients who have disabilities due to an accident or injury, stroke, amputation or illness. Our team-oriented approach helps patients recover and return to their daily work and leisure activities as quickly and safely as possible.

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Rehab Services East

1480 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36301
334-712-3726
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

Rehab Services West

4550 West Main Street
Dothan, AL 36301
334-712-3726
Hours: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Friday

The NeuroBalance Center is the only service of its kind in our region. Our programs include education, specialized rehabilitation and wellness programs for persons with neuromuscular disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and for individuals who are susceptible to falls.

Rehabilitation

Our rehabilitation therapy programs increase mobility, balance and strength, which lead to improved independence and a better quality of life. Specially trained and certified therapists create an individualized plan and work one-on-one with each patient. Therapies include physical, occupational, speech and aquatic.

Our facility provides patients a safe, controlled environment to exercise with a highly-trained staff. We use state-of-the-art equipment such as body weight supported treadmill systems, Biodex balance training, BSDI fitness assessment and training, and the GAITRite® training system for walking.

Wellness

Our wellness program is an exercise program that offers an individualized initial assessment by a wellness specialist, and a follow-up assessment every six months. Each person works with a fitness specialist to establish an exercise and wellness program tailored to the individual.

Education

We offer educational programs throughout the year on topics such as nutrition, medical management, home safety and fall prevention.

Research

Our research at our NeuroBalance Center suggests that Parkinson’s disease patients who participate in a specialized rehabilitation and wellness program demonstrate significant improvements in gait speed, balance measures, balance confidence, functional mobility, fine motor skills and quality of life. Our research on this topic was published in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease in September 2013 and presented at the 2013 World Parkinson Congress, an international research conference in Montreal, Canada.

For more information on our NeuroBalance Center, please call 334-712-3726.

The goal of Occupational Therapy is to use creative and innovative methods to provide inpatients and outpatients with the care they need to return to a maximum level of independence as quickly as possible.

Our Occupational Therapy offers the most comprehensive array of therapy services in the region. In addition to providing care to those in need of therapy for daily living skills, we provide specially designed treatment for conditions related to strokes, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, fractures, amputations, joint replacements, rotator cuff injuries, tendon and nerve injuries, burns, Upper Extremity wounds, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Medial and Lateral Epicondylitis, Arthritis, development delays, congenital deformities, sensory deficits, chronic pain disorders, and Downs Syndrome.

Available services include:

  • Retraining upper extremity coordination, dexterity, strength, range of motion
  • Fabrication and monitoring of custom made splints
  • Instruction in activities of daily living
  • Instruction in the use of adaptive equipment
  • Retraining in cognitive and perceptual tasks
  • Assessment of and intervention in development delays of the pediatric patient
  • Assessment and treatment of handwriting problems
  • Evaluation, treatment and education for Lymphedema management
  • Neuro re-education
  • Low Vision Rehab
  • Pediatrics
  • Hand splinting and wound care
  • Orthopedic Rehab
  • Total Joint Education
  • Joint protection and energy conservation for the arthritic patient

For more information about our Occupational Therapy Department and the services we provide, please call 334-793-8161.

To address osteoporosis (a disease primarily affecting older women in which bones become fragile and more likely to break), we have developed an Osteoporosis Care Program at Rehab Services. Guided by research from the National Osteoporosis Foundation, our program assists individuals in coping with and preventing progression of bone disease.

Our program provides education and exercise classes specifically designed for the four different stages of the disease. Our program includes:

  • Evaluation of posture, strength, flexibility
  • Proper exercise instruction
  • Balance training (including how to prevent falls)
  • Nutrition education with a registered dietitian
  • Prevention of other skeletal problems

Admission to the program is by physician referral. For more information, contact your physician or the SAMC Osteoporosis Care Program at 334-712-3726.

We offer a variety of outpatient rehabilitation services performed by:

  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech therapists
  • Prosthetists/orthotists

Rehab services include rehabilitation for neurological and orthopedic problems, pediatrics, lymphedema care, low vision, ADL retraining, urinary incontinence, functional capacity evaluations, vestibular disorders, pain management, bariatric wellness, arthritis, swallowing, feeding and cognitive re-training.

Our outpatient rehabilitation facility is at 1480 Ross Clark Circle, approximately a mile south of the medical center. For more information, please call 334-712-3726.

Our physical therapists evaluate each patient prior to beginning therapy. This assesses your range of motion, strength, muscle imbalance and joint restriction. It also provides information that is the basis for creating the optimal treatment plan. Therapists also provide you with instruction for home exercise programs designed to help further recovery and provide long-term physical benefits.

As a continued commitment to patients, we offer Anodyne Therapy and Balance Therapy. Balance Therapy allows you to utilize the latest physical therapy technology and equipment – including a Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer, a Biodex Gait Trainer Treadmill, and the Biodex Balance System.

The Biodex machines assess – and condition – patient gait and balance. They support our therapists’ goal to provide patients the best therapy and care available.

Our therapists treat:

  • Orthopedic Injuries/Problems
  • Work Performance/Work Hardening
  • Back and Neck pain
  • Sports Medicine related injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Pain
  • Osteoporosis
  • Neuropathy
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Vestibular/Balance
  • Bladder/Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
  • Incontinence
  • Bariatic Program
  • Pediatrics
  • Pregnancy Pain
  • Disability Services
  • Muscle Sprains & Strains
  • Post Motor Vehicle Accident Injuries
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Anodyne Therapy for peripheral neuropathy

Our physical therapy staff includes:

  • Physical Therapists
  • Physical Therapy Assistants
  • Physical Therapy Technicians
  • Certified Wound Specialist (CWS)

Our hours are Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Our outpatient rehabilitation clinic is at 1480 Ross Clark Circle, approximately a mile south of the Medical Center.

Physician referrals are required. For more information or to schedule an appointment,  please call 334-712-3726.

Post-mastectomy Lymphedema can occur in the arms and legs. It is a condition of localized fluid retention and tissue swelling produced by the body’s lymphatic system to fight infection. If the lymph vessels that carry the fluid are missing, impaired, damaged or removed, an abnormal amount of fluid can collect in the tissues of the affected area, causing the tissue to swell and become abnormally large. It interferes with wound healing and provides and environment for bacteria to grow, which can result in an infection if left untreated. The most effective treatment for lymphedema, which can be done through Occupational Therapy, is complete decongestive physiotherapy. This is a non-invasive, painless technique consisting of manual lymph drainage, exercise, compressive therapy and skin care.
We offer the following Speech-Language programs:

Infants/Pediatrics/Adolescents:

  • Feeding/swallowing problems
  • Stuttering/fluency disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Articulation disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Cognitive-linguistic disorders

Adults/Geriatrics:

  • Swallowing therapy
  • Aphasia following a stroke
  • Apraxia/Dysarthria of speech following neurological trauma
  • Cognitive-linguistic rehabilitation
  • Voice disorders
  • Stuttering/fluency disorders

Other programs:

  • Modified barium swallow studies to identify swallowing problems and assist with planning treatment.
  • Multidisciplinary approach for traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.
You will need a prescription or referral from your physician to take advantage of SAMC’s Rehab Services. You or your physician’s office can call to schedule an evaluation. Following the evaluation, a therapist will discuss the results and recommendations with you and also communicate the results to your physician.

The purpose of the initial evaluation is to determine the most appropriate course of care to meet your specific needs.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Rehab Services at 334-712-3726.

We offer an intensive, acute inpatient rehabilitation program to help patients return to independent living at home. Inpatient rehabilitation requires the coordinated efforts of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists, and includes 24-hour coverage by clinical staff skilled in medical rehabilitation.

The inpatient rehab team helps you establish goals for independent living, including improved mobility, self-care and speech skills. Weekly team conferences are held to share progress, concerns and update treatment goals. In addition, patient and family caregiver education is provided on an ongoing basis.