Rehab – Physical, Occupational, & Speech Therapy

Our staff are committed to helping patients of all ages regain the independence they desire. We believe the comfort and convenience of rehab services, performed close to home with family, are vital for patients to reach optimal rehabilitation.

Physical Therapy

Recover more effectively from acute trauma, surgery, recent or congenital illness, work or sports-related musculoskeletal injuries, motor vehicle accidents, chronic pain, and disease. PVH offers a wide range of physical therapy services, including orthopedic, pediatrics, sports related injuries, neurological, and geriatrics.

The gym includes a full array of cardio and resistive equipment, free weights, and specific areas for balance activities, core strengthening, and stretching.  Our facility also includes 8 private treatment rooms where patients are seen in a one-on-one setting for evaluation and treatments.

Our physical therapists use a variety of manual therapy techniques to help patients reach their goals.  We also have a complete array of modalities including ultrasound, electrical stimulation, laser, myofascial taping, and mechanical traction to help ease pain and facilitate patient participation in an active treatment program.  All patients are evaluated using standardized, objective functional outcome tools and are guided through a treatment program to help them make measurable and meaningful progress toward their goals.

Treatment is coordinated with the patient’s medical team, including primary care physician and specialists.

All patients work with our skilled physical therapists to have exercise programs developed and progressed, at home and the gym when appropriate, so that they can continue with their progress after discharge.

Patients who can benefit from the skills of a physical therapist include:

Post-operative patients following joint or spine surgery:

  • Joint replacement
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • ACL repair
  • Spinal fusion or discectomy

Patients with joint or spine pain seeking conservative management:

  • Shoulder, knee, hip, ankle pain
  • Neck or low back pain

Patients with gait or balance disorders:

  • Older patients at high risk for fall, reporting falls, or in need of an assistive device for walking
  • Patients with Vertigo or dizziness

Patients with Neurologic diagnoses:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Post-CVA
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nerve injuries

Patients with chronic conditions that would benefit from skilled PT intervention due to medical complexity or pain to begin participation in an exercise program and work with a therapist to transition to an independent program for improved health and disease management, including those with:

  • Diabetes
  • Osteoporosis
  • COPD
  • CHF
  • Post-MI
  • Morbid Obesity

Patients following fractures or surgical fixation of fractures

Patients with sports-related injuries:

  • Recurrent ankle sprains, knee, foot, hip or shoulder pain

Patients with overuse injuries such as tendonitis and bursitis

Patients with amputation

Our department works to help all patients meet their goals and provide quality, effective care.

Most patients are scheduled within 5 business days of receiving their referral, and post-surgical patients or those in need of an urgent evaluation are typically seen within 2 days if indicated by an MD. Our therapists work with patients to schedule treatments at times convenient to them, with therapist hours from 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. The term “occupation” refers to life activities that people engage in to maintain an independent and productive lifestyle.

OT services are customized, using several tools, techniques, and treatment programs to improve one’s ability to perform daily life activities. These treatment programs might include both home and work-related evaluations with recommendations for care and equipment.

At Penobscot Valley Hospital, OT services are provided for pediatric, adult and geriatric patients. Services are available for patients in the hospital and on an outpatient basis.

Patients who can benefit from the skills of an occupational therapist include:

  • Adaptive equipment training
  • Arthritis
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Carpal tunnel release
  • De quervain’s
  • Elbow extensor tendon repair
  • Excision ganglion/finger cyst
  • Hand related injuries
  • Medial or lateral epicondylitis
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post CVA
  • Pediatric (autism, sensory processing, handwriting) 
  • Patients requiring assessment for benefit of adaptive equipment for self-feeding or daily activities.
  • Orthopedic clients (wrist fracture, humeral fracture and hand fracture) 
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Should injuries/post surgical
  • Trigger finger release
  • Ulna nerve decompression and transposition

Speech Therapy

Our professionals are concerned with the evaluation, treatment, prevention, and research in human communication and its disorders. We treat speech and language disorders and work with individuals of all ages–from infants to the elderly.

Our staff diagnoses and evaluates speech problems, such as fluency (stuttering), articulation, voice disorders, or language problems, such as aphasia and delayed language and related disorders, such as dysphagia (swallowing difficulties). We work collaboratively with other rehabilitation specialists and clinical staff in the care of patients. We provide individual and group therapy sessions offering a family-centered perspective.

Speech-Language Pathologists provide services to improve communication skills, including:

  • Helping people with articulation disorders learn proper production of speech sounds
  • Assisting people who have difficulty swallowing as a result of illness, surgery, stroke, or injury
  • Assisting people with voice disorders to improve voice
  • Pediatric speech therapy

Some of these therapies may include:

  • SOS (Sequential-Oral-Sensory) approach to Feeding for infants through teens with feeding, oral-motor, sensory, and swallowing difficulties
  • Research based Swallowing Exercises by Logemann, Shaker, Masako, Ludlow.
  • Clinical Swallowing Evaluations performed at bedside or in the office to gauge a person’s swallowing abilities
  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS) in conjunction with PVH’s radiology department
  • Cognitive-communication strategies for improving language and memory
  • Picture symbol use to encourage speech/language and reduce communication frustration
  • Literacy Speaks! Techniques
  • Sign and Gesture use to build language and speech
  • Traditional speech therapy methods
  • Kasper & Kaufman’s Techniques for improved speech production

Speech Therapy is also provided at Penobscot Valley Hospital for inpatients.

Location & Contact Info
Our center is located in downtown Lincoln, across from Marden’s. For more information contact the Rehabilitation and Wellness Center Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Rehabilitation & Wellness Center

37 Main Street

P.O. Box 368

Lincoln, ME 04457