The Reading Hospital offers both physical and occupational therapy on an outpatient basis. Individuals who are well enough to go home, but still require assistance during their recovery process, may utilize one or both of these services if the physician feels it's necessary.
A physical therapist will assess movement abilities, and evaluate condition and potential. Based on this assessment, the physical therapist will design a treatment program to restore and maximize movement and function. For example, they will work on overall strength, conditioning, balance, use of a wheelchair, and/or walking skills.
Occupational therapists assist in learning the skills and changes required to be independent, productive, satisfied at home, and active again in the community. The occupational therapist will work to strengthen muscle groups and improve coordination. Activities focus on preventing, lessening, or overcoming disabilities associated with activities of daily living. Basic life skills such as eating, grooming, dressing, bathing, and the use of adaptive equipment are all part of the therapy process.