At Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital, we offer patients in St. Charles County with a range of outpatient therapies to treat a variety of conditions.
Pediatric Physical Therapy
Pediatric physical therapy is a customized plan of exercises and/or treatments specifically aimed at assisting each child in reaching their maximum potential. Family education and involvement are crucial components to pediatric physical therapy. Physical therapists work to improve children’s motor development, strength, range of motion, endurance, balance, coordination and gait difficulties.
Vestibular rehabilitation therapy is used to treat a range of vestibular disorders, such as vertigo, dizziness or imbalance. Physical therapists work with patients using special maneuvers, visual exercises or balance activities to treat symptoms. They may also provide a home exercise program and will monitor any changes in symptoms. Exercises are typically performed over 4-6 weeks.
VitalStim therapy is designed to treat dysphagia, or difficulty swallowing, through the use of Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES). Electrical stimulation helps strengthen the muscles used in swallowing. In most cases, a Modified Barium Swallow Study (MBSS) is recommended prior to onset of treatment. VitalStim® Therapy is typically administered three to five times each week for one hour. Most patients can expect their therapy to last four to eight weeks.
Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of lymphatic fluid in body parts. The fluid buildup results when there is a blockage to the normal flow of lymph system drainage. Lymphedema is treated through complete decongestive therapy (CDT) which consists of manual lymph drainage (MLD), compression bandaging and/or garments, therapeutic exercise, skin and nailcare, and instructions in self-care.
All services require a physician order.