Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services - VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois
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VA Illiana Health Care System, Danville, Illinois

 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services

About the Program

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service emphasizes comprehensive rehabilitation of the veteran across a full continuum of care. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach, PM&RS aims to prevent, manage or limit impairments and disabilities of individual patients, while improving their functional abilities, independence and quality of life.

Scope of Service:

Physiatrist
Physiatrist provides specialized medical assessment and interventions for injuries and disease processes that have resulted in the need for rehabilitation and in specialized musculoskeletal/neurological and functional examination.  The physiatrist assesses the veteran’s needs as a whole, develops treatment strategies with input from specific rehabilitation team members, requests consults as needed, coordinates implementation of the rehabilitation services, routinely assesses the veteran's progress and contributes toward discharge planning.  The physiatrist completes an admission history and physical examination that meets the current standards of the medical facility.  The admission history and physical, in addition to those elements required by the facility, will also contain a functional history and examination, other medical conditions that impact rehabilitation, and impression regarding prognosis for the rehabilitation goals.

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) provides evaluation, treatment, and management of speech, language, voice, fluency, cognitive, communication, and swallowing disorders.  After an initial evaluation, the results of the diagnostic battery are used to determine the most effective modalities for treating each veteran. In addition to direct care, the SLP communicates information about the veteran's abilities and disabilities to other members of the team, as well as working with family members and other caregivers to develop effective communication strategies to use with the veteran.

Physical Therapist
Physical Therapist provides evaluation in muscle strength, balance and coordination, joint flexibility, physical endurance, locomotion and transfer mobility, and pain.  Specific assessment techniques include, but are not limited to, manual muscle tests, gait analysis, range of motion, and neurological examination.  Common interventions include neuromuscular re-education, resistive muscle strengthening, gait training, use of prostheses and orthoses, recommendations for specialized equipment, and use of modalities such as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulator (TENS), functional muscle stimulation, and ultrasound.

Occupational Therapist
Occupational Therapist provides assessment of cognitive/perceptual skills, and physical abilities of the upper extremities to determine potential for independence in activities of daily living.  Specific assessment techniques include manual muscle testing, range of motion measurements, cognitive and/ perceptual evaluations, pre-vocational assessments, and evaluating activities of daily living.  Common treatment interventions include therapeutic exercises, muscle re-education, activities of daily living training, and cognitive training as well as use of assistive devices.

Kinesiotherapist
Kinesiotherapist provides scientifically based exercise techniques adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of individuals with functional limitations or those requiring extended physical conditioning.  Specific assessment techniques include musculosketal, neurological, ergonomic, biomechanical, psychosocial, and task specific functional tests and measures.  The Kinesiotherapist will determine the appropriate evaluation tools and interventions necessary to establish, in collaboration with the veteran, a goal specific treatment plan.  Common interventions may include strategies to educate the client and caregiver on techniques to enhance neuromusculoskeletal, psychomotor and psychosocial well being.

Chiropractic services
Chiropractic focuses on disorders of the musculoskeletal system and the nervous system, and the effects of these disorders on general health. Chiropractic care is used most often to treat neuromusculoskeletal complaints, including but not limited to back pain, neck pain, pain in the joints of the arms or legs, and headaches. Chiropractors have broad diagnostic skills and are also trained to recommend therapeutic and rehabilitative exercise and provide lifestyle counseling. The most common therapeutic procedure performed by doctors of chiropractic is known as “spinal manipulation,” also called “chiropractic adjustment.”   The purpose of manipulation is to restore joint mobility thereby alleviating pain and muscle tightness, and allowing tissues to heal.

Audiology Services
Audiology is the branch of science that studies hearing, balance, and related disorders. Audiologists employing various testing strategies (e.g. hearing tests, otoacoustic emission measurements, videonystagmography, and electrophysiologic tests), audiology aims to determine whether someone can hear within the normal range, and if not, which portions of hearing (high, middle, or low frequencies) are affected and to what degree. If an audiologist determines that a hearing loss or vestibular abnormality is present he or she will provide recommendations to a patient as to what options (e.g. hearing aid, cochlear implants, surgery, appropriate medical referrals) may be of assistance.
 

Contact Info

Location

  • VAIHCS
    1900 E. Main Street
    Danville, IL 61832

Contact Number(s)

  • 217-554-3000

Hours of Operation

  • M-F 7:30a.m.-4:00p.m.