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therapy and rehabilitationTHERAPY SERVICES

Your physician may prescribe physical or occupational therapy following surgery, an orthopedic injury or another long-term illness or condition. Your physician may refer you to speech therapy for communication or swallowing disorders. YCH offers comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy in an outpatient and inpatient setting to meet the needs of our patients. Our programs include:

  • Occupational and Hand Therapy
  • Sports injury rehabilitation
  • Stroke rehabilitation
  • Functional training
  • Pain management
  • Wound care
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Speech therapy
  • Swallowing assessments and treatment
  • Cognitive assessments and treatment

Click the headings below to learn more.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy uses a variety of procedures to restore function to the body, reduce pain and help prevent future injury. All treatment is provided one-on-one by a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.


Patients receive outpatient physical therapy services in the new YCH Professional Building. After a physical examination and initial diagnosis by a physician, patients are referred to YCH physical therapy. At the first session, the patient receives an initial evaluation, treatment plan and then rehabilitation begins.


We offer inpatient physical therapy services during an acute stay or through our Swing Bed Program. Receiving this treatment at YCH allows patients to be closer to family and friends and eases their transition home.

Types of Patients:
Our staff members have years of clinical experience in treating patients including these acute and chronic conditions:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Back & Neck Pain
  • Bells Palsy
  • Brain Injuries
  • Burns
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • CVA (stroke)
  • Muscular Pain
  • Muscular Strain Parkinson’s Disease
  • Pre-surgical Rehab Post Fracture Rehab
  • Postsurgical Rehab
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Tendon  Sprain
  • TMJ Pain
  • Wound

Therapeutic Modalities Available:

  • Cervical & Pelvic Traction
  • Contrast Bath
  • Cryotherapy
  • Debridement
  • Fluor-Methane / Spray & Stretch
  • Iontophoresis
  • Moist Heat
  • Neuromuscular Stimulation
  • Paraffin Bath
  • Phonophoresis
  • T.E.N.S.
  • Ultrasound
  • Whirlpool
  • Wound care

Equipment Available:

  • Exercise Bikes
  • Free Weights
  • Jogger Trampoline
  • NuStep Trainer Bike
  • Parallel Bars
  • Stair Stepper
  • Thera-Balls
  • Thera-Band
  • Thera-Putty
  • Treadmill
  • Vigor Gym

Programs Available:

  • Back Injury Program
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation
  • Speech Therapy
  • Work Hardening
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Sports Injury Rehabilitation
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation
  • Functional Training

Aquatic Therapy

Physical therapy patients will now benefit from the Therapy Pool located inside the new YCH Professional Building. Patients can receive physical therapy treatment in a heated indoor pool specifically designed for our therapy patients. Patients receive guided and hands-on treatment in the pool with either a physical therapist or physical therapist assistant.

Pool-Based Therapy Benefits
Aquatic therapy aims to rehabilitate patients after injury or treat those with chronic or acute conditions. Each exercise program is designed to maximize the physical properties of water to aid in improving function on land. Specialized equipment used in the pool can enhance the activities in your therapy program.

The many benefits include:

  • Warm water reduces pain by relaxing muscles and increasing blood flow
  • Buoyancy supports the weight of the patient and reduces stress on joints
  • Natural water resistance allows for muscle strengthening and improves cardiovascular function
  • Hydrostatic pressure can help decrease joint or tissue swelling

Right for You?
Patients who may benefit from aquatic therapy include those treated for:

  • Stroke or other neurological disorder
  • Joint replacements or other post-operative condition
  • Loss of strength or mobility
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Arthritis or joint pain
  • Back pain
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Balance deficits

Ask your doctor if aquatic therapy at YCH could help you improve your strength, flexibility, cardiovascular stamina or circulation. A physician referral is required to participate.

Splash Your Way to Health
YCH also offers a community fitness program at the therapy pool. This aquatic fitness program consists of group exercise classes designed to improve cardiovascular health through a low impact work out. Call (361) 293-2321 for more information.

Occupational Therapy

In its simplest terms, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants help people of all ages participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities (occupations). Unlike other professions, occupational therapy helps people function in all of their environments (e.g., home, work, school, community) and addresses the physical, psychological, and cognitive aspects of their well-being through engagement in occupation.

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and develop social skills, helping people as they recover from injury to regain function through retraining and/or adaptations, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • An individualized evaluation, during which the client, family, and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • Customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • An outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or to modify the intervention plan based on the patient’s needs and skills.

Occupational therapy services may include comprehensive evaluations of the client’s home and other environments, recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use, training in how to modify a task or activity to facilitate participation, and guidance and education for family members and caregivers. Entry-level practice requires a master’s degree for occupational therapists and an associate’s degree for occupational therapy assistants (who must be supervised by an OT).            From AOTA.org Speech Therapy (From ASHA.org)

Speech Therapy

Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) is defined as the professional who engages in professional practice in the areas of communication and swallowing across the life span. Communication includes speech production and fluency, language, cognition, voice, resonance, and hearing. Swallowing includes all aspects of swallowing, including related feeding behaviors.

The overall objective of speech-language pathology services is to optimize an individual’s abilities to communicate and to swallow, thereby improving quality of life. As the population of the United States continues to become increasingly diverse, SLPs are committed to the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate services and to the consideration of diversity in scientific investigations of human communication and swallowing.

Speech-language pathologists have expertise in the differential diagnosis of disorders of communication and swallowing. Communication, speech, language, communication, and swallowing disorders can occur developmentally, as part of a medical condition, or in isolation, without an apparent underlying medical condition.

Speech-language services are designed to optimize the ability to communicate and swallow, thereby improving quality of life. SLPs develop and implement treatment to address the presenting symptoms or concerns of a communication or swallowing problem or related functional issue. Treatment establishes a new skill or ability or remediates or restores an impaired skill or ability. The ultimate goal of therapy is to improve an individual’s functional outcomes.

Areas of evaluation and treatment include:

  • Fluency
  • Speech Production
  • Language- Spoken and written language (listening, processing, speaking, reading, writing, pragmatics)
  • Cognition
  • Voice
  • Resonance
  • Feeding and Swallowing
  • Auditory Habilitation/Rehabilitation