In-Patient Rehabilitation Programs and Treatments

The rehabilitation department at Quabbin Valley Healthcare offers a wide variety of services to meet the needs of the diverse population we serve. We use the modalities of e-stim, diathermy and ultrasound, and have established specialized protocols to address falls prevention, urinary incontinence, wound healing, and contracture and pain management. These new treatments allow us to help every patient reach and maintain their highest practical level of independence.

Our specialized team of physical, occupational, speech and respiratory therapists have helped patients regain functions thought lost forever. The rehabilitation team has developed proven wellness programs for diagnoses and treatments including:
Physiotherapist With Patient In Rehabilitation

  • Stroke
  • Neurological/Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Post-Surgical Recovery
  • Comprehensive Wound Management
  • Rehabilitative Dining Skills
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Pain Management
  • Cardiac Step Down
  • Pulmonary Complications
  • Activities of Daily Living

The rehab equipment available at QVHC is state of the art. They are the same modalities used by professional sports teams including the New England Patriots. Each therapist has undergone extensive training and competency testing in the use of these modalities. QVHC offers patients a unique rehabilitation experience. In addition to the modalities, you may be treated up to three hours in the gym. We have fitness equipment that includes a supine-stander, bikes, treadmills and free weights to enhance your recovery.

Treatment for Stroke Patients

A stroke can occur at any time, leaving the most independent person dependent on others. Considering QVHC as a recovery center is a great idea.

At Quabbin Valley Healthcare we use electrical stimulation to:

  • Re-educate weakened muscles in proper contraction patterns
  • Decrease the synaptic space between neurons, creating a stronger, faster current to facilitate muscle firing
  • Work to decrease unwanted tonal changes in the limbs by exhausting the muscles that are over-firing

Treatment for Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease is a slowly progressing, debilitating condition usually affecting a person’s strength, balance and fluidity of motion. Often times people develop a short shuffled gait pattern, have tremors, and have difficulty completing simple activities of daily living.

At Quabbin Valley Healthcare we use electrical stimulation to:

  • Re-train impaired muscles to recreate a normal EMG reading. This teaches muscles to fire precisely, improving the quality of gait.
  • Provide a nerve block, which inhibits the patient from feeling pain when difficult stretching is required to loosen tight joints
  • To Improve a patient’s proprioception (knowing where they are in space) which will increase balance and decrease falls
  • Improve coordination and decrease tremulous activity which allows greater independence in self- feeding, bathing and dressing

Advanced Wound Care

Nurse taking care of senior woman in retirement home bandaging aThe Rehabilitation department at QVHC has had advanced training in the identification and treatment of wounds. Our wound care team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, therapists and registered nurses trained and certified in the care of acute and chronic wounds. Proper healing of a wound can take from as little as a few treatments to as long as several months depending on the complexity of the injury and other medical issues. Modalities such as electrical stimulation and diathermy are used in conjunction with traditional treatments to improve the condition of chronic wounds and enhance the healing rate of acute wounds.

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