Physical Therapy

The Physical Therapy Department at Harrison County Community Hospital uses a variety of services to get you moving, function, and back to being YOU.

We strive to exceed the expectations of our patients. Our staff utilizes a variety of techniques in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, sports medicine, and orthopedics. Using a hands-on approach, in a friendly and encouraging atmosphere, we provide the following services:
  • After Care (Post-Therapy Exercise Continuum)
  • Amputee Care (Lower-Extremity Mobility Programs)
  • Arthritic Management
  • Gait and Balance Training/Re-Education
  • Acute Chronic Back Pain
  • Sciatica Problems and Disc Herniation
  • Hip, Ankle, and Knee Pain, Injury and Surgery Recovery
  • Modalities
  • Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
  • Osteoporosis (Bones and Balance)
  • Pain Management (Fibromyalgia, Myositis, etc)
  • Pediatric Therapies
  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Work Related Injuries
Our services offer an emphasis on exercise and manual therapy. Sessions are spent working one-on-one with therapy staff to assure each patient is achieving the highest level of progress possible.

Manual Therapy

Manual therapy is a specialized form of joint and soft tissue mobilization techniques delivered with the hands as opposed to a device or machine. In manual therapy, practitioners use their hands to manipulate tissue and joints in an attempt to decrease back pain caused by muscle spasm, muscle tension and joint dysfunction. Manual therapy provides more effective physical therapy treatments than just exercise and modalities alone. The hands-on techniques of manual therapy have been proven effective in treating issues which were unresolved for years.

Sports Rehabilitation

Sports Rehabilitation is a multi-faceted treatment plan designed to get the athlete back to pre-injury abilities as quickly as possible. Treatment typically begins with pain management through various physical therapy modalities including ice or heat application and electrical or ultrasound stimulation.
Ultrasound speeds up the healing process by increasing circulation to the area of the injury, reducing painful swelling.

Electrical stimulation, or transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), relieves pain by using electrical waves to penetrate muscles.

Our therapists utilize manual therapy to rehabilitate each athlete with a plan customized for their specific athletic activity. Additionally, our HCCH therapists excel in creating an environment conducive to rapid recovery and maximum results.

Chronic Pain Management

We often talk about “movement, function, and freedom” being a common product of the therapy department at Harrison County Community Hospital. Chronic pain can inhibit all three.

Tens of millions of Americans are suffering from chronic pain. Whether merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating, pain lasting longer than six months makes a crushing blow to quality of life.

Often times, chronic pain is present because the true source has not yet been identified. Our therapists possess an arsenal of tools utilized in restoring quality of life. They will try various techniques until they find one that works for you. We don’t want to mask your pain with medications, we want to help manage your pain and make it no longer “your pain.”

Temporo-Mandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ Disorders)

Though you may not have known it exists, or maybe have never really thought about it, your Temporo-Mandibular Joint (TMJ) is an important one.

Your TMJ is your jaw joint. It’s the gliding-hinge joint connecting your mandible (lower jaw) and temporal bone (the bone the forms the side of your skull). Because this joint allows us the ability to drink, eat, talk, kiss, sing, etc., we get more use out of it than any others. Like all joints, your TMJ can wear down over time causing pain.

Certain behaviors can increase rapidity of damage, such as frequent gum chewing, stress and tooth grinding, poor posture (e.g. holding your head forward while looking at your computer causes increased strain on the face and neck), arthritis, malpositioned jaw, nail biting, pencil chewing, ice crushing, etc.

Symptoms of TMJ disorders often present as:
  • Difficulty/discomfort biting and chewing
  • Decrease in range of motion of the jaw
  • Jaw pain
  • Headache
  • Jaw popping/clicking
  • Locking of the jaw
  • Ear Pain
Patients diagnosed with TMJ disorders are frequently under the impression that drastic steps, like surgery, are necessary. Though this is sometimes the case, physical therapy is also an option for many.

HCCH therapists will assess your specific symptoms and develop a treatment plan consisting of techniques ranging from eliminating a habit (such as nail biting) to massage, application of heat, exercises, ultrasound, and any others modalities which will get you the best results, fastest.

Balance and Fall Prevention

According to the World Health Organization, each year an estimated 424,000 accidental deaths are attributed to falls, making it the second leading cause of accidental death worldwide. An additional 37.3 million people seek medical attention for injuries resulting from a fall. Adults 65 years of age or older suffer from the greatest number of fatal falls.

Falls can occur for a number of reasons. Medical conditions, weakness, vertigo, poor mobility, decreased cognition, limited vision, side effects of medication, poor balance, and unsafe environments for those suffering from these conditions are just a few.

The therapists at Harrison County Community Hospital can help you develop a comprehensive and multifaceted fall prevention plan to identify and modify the risk of falling and the severity of injury should a fall occur.

Prevention strategies can include Physical Therapy as a method of increasing strength and balance as well as Occupational Therapy to assess the patient's home and identify environmental risk factors and utilization of appropriate assistive devices.