About Us & Services

  Rehab Associates offers comprehensive physical therapy at three locations. Our goal is for patients to progress to the highest level of function, the highest quality of life, and to resume the activities they enjoy the most!

  • Physical Therapy
  • Industrial Services
 
  Aqua Therapeutics
Arthritis
Balance Disorders
Carpal Tunnel
Cervical Pain and Whiplash

Fibromyalgia

Fitness Training

Graston Technique
Low Back Pain
Osteoporosis


Plantar Fascitis
Sports Injuries
TMJ Disorder
Tendonitis
Tennis Elbow
Vestibular Disorders
         

Aquatic Therapy Program

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Most individuals with orthopedic or neurological dysfunctions can benefit from pool therapy. The great benefits of water therapy are due to the properties of water. Buoyancy reduces the effects of gravity thus decreasing the pain associated with weight bearing. Hydrostatic pressure works to decrease swelling and increase circulation. The water’s viscosity provides even resistance to allow strengthening.

The Aqua Ark pool at Rehab Associates allows complete non weight bearing exercise at one end while offering an adjustable platform at the other end for varied weight bearing. A lift is available for patients unable to climb stairs. The pool temperature is maintained at 93 degrees to allow warmth but maintain safety for exercise.

The aqua therapy staff at Rehab Associates has been specially trained in aquatics rehabilitation. These skilled, caring and experienced personnel are focused on the safety and improvement of our patients.

 
         
Arthritis
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Chances are, you or someone you know has arthritis. Nearly 43 million Americans have some form of arthritis. Most forms of arthritis are characterized by swelling, warmth, redness, pain, and stiffness of joints that can lead to loss of joint motion or function. However, with proper diagnosis and treatment, the signs and symptoms of arthritis can be controlled, joint damage can be limited or prevented, and joint motion and flexibility can be improved.

You may think that exercise and arthritis do not go hand in hand, but you would be mistaken. Research has shown that exercise is an essential tool in managing your arthritis. Regular, moderate exercise offers a whole host of benefits to people with arthritis. Exercise reduces joint pain and stiffness, builds strong muscles around joints, increases flexibility, and improves endurance. In addition, it also helps promote overall health and fitness by giving you more energy, improving sleep, controlling weight, reducing depression, and promoting self-esteem.

At Rehab Associates, we believe in looking at the whole person prior to designing a program specific to your problems. We will perform a functional evaluation so that we can assess your abilities and limitations. Physical therapy can offer a wide variety of treatments to reduce the pain, stiffness, and swelling that occur with arthritis. Some of the treatment options include aquatic therapy, heat, ice, dynamic strengthening, low impact exercise, and instruction in self management skills.

 
         
Balance Disorders
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Balance is a function that our body performs continuously. It is often taken for granted unless it is not working properly. Balance limitations can cause risk of injury in all age groups and levels of activity. The cause of balance problems is varied but can include neurological conditions, joint instability, vestibular conditions, advanced aging, and many other conditions.

Rehab Associates offers a complete balance evaluation and rehabilitation program. The “Balance Better” Program is a screening and exercise program that integrates fall risk assessment, balance testing, rehabilitation, and home exercises. We know that the key to balance improvement is training in a functional position – or one that challenges your balance. In addition, a Certified Vestibular Therapist is on staff to evaluate vestibular causes of balance problems. The Rehab Associates Balance Team will evaluate your needs specifically and develop a program to improve your function and abilities.

 
         
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
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Carpal tunnel syndrome is a condition in which the median nerve is compressed in the carpal tunnel. The carpal tunnel is a narrow tunnel on the palm side of the wrist bounded by bones and ligaments. The median nerve travels through this small tunnel along with nine tendons that bend the fingers. When the median nerve is compressed in the tunnel, it can cause pain, burning, and tingling of the hand, fingers, and thumb. As the syndrome progresses, hand weakness can occur. Compression and symptoms often increase when the wrist is bent to an extreme and over time, scar tissue can complicate the problems.

Physical therapists and occupational therapists play a key role in relieving the symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome. Treatment in the early stages of carpal tunnel syndrome may be as simple as changing the way you perform an activity and learning how to avoid further stress to the carpal tunnel. Additional treatments include night splinting to reduce the compression on the median nerve, ultrasound, iontophoresis, and ice to reduce inflammation. Exercise plays an important role in recovery and includes stretching and strengthening.

We are proud to offer another approach to relief of carpal tunnel symptoms. This approach stimulates healing and regeneration. “Augmented soft tissue mobilization” is performed by moving specially designed devices over the affected soft tissues in a stroking pattern. Areas of fibrosis are caught by the instruments, which produces a local inflammatory response, and in turn leads to resorption.

Rehab Associates has specially trained therapists that will perform a detailed evaluation to determine the severity of your symptoms and the appropriate treatment approach for you.

 
         
Cervical Pain and Whiplash
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Neck pain is often caused by injury, such as a motor vehicle accident; however, neck pain is most commonly caused by posture and habits of our daily activity. However your neck pain is caused, Rehab Associates can work to eliminate pain and improve function.

Often, neck pain is accompanied by headaches, muscle tightness, limitation in movement, radiating pain and weakness. Evaluation of your specific limitations can allow the most effective program to be developed for you.

Rehab Associates staff will devise a program to result in relief of pain, and return to normal activities. This will often include stretching, massage, traction, heat, and other modality treatments, exercise, and education. We will work with you to alleviate your symptoms.

 
         
Fibromyalgia
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Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by chronic pain in muscles and surrounding structures, including bursa, tendons, and ligaments. These areas are also unusually tender to touch. Symptoms include pain, fatigue, dysfunctional sleep, headaches, numbness, tingling, joint pains, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder, depression, sensitivity to cold, memory loss, and concentration difficulties.

Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic illness; however, it is not terminal. First and foremost, education of this syndrome is critical to self-management. The treatment of fibromyalgia varies from one person to another. Treatment can include therapeutic exercise, aquatic exercise, modality treatments, massage, and correction of other specific problems.

 
         
Fitness Training
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Fitness training should be an important part of health management for all of us. Rehab Associates can assist with development of a fitness program to meet your goals or needs. Whether you are a high level athlete who needs assistance with a specific goal or you want to begin an exercise program, we can provide recommendations. In addition, we can assist those with arthritis, fibromyalgia, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions in developing a comprehensive, safe program.
 
       
Graston Technique  

The Graston Technique is an innovative, patented form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables clinicians to effectively break down scar tissue and fascial restrictions.  The technique utilizes specially designed stainless steel instruments to specifically detect and effectively treat areas exhibiting soft tissue fibrosis or chronic inflammation.

www.grastontechnique.com

 
       
Low Back Pain
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Low back pain affects the majority of individuals sometime during their life. Only 2% of those who have back pain require surgery. Therefore, the other 98% can improve with conservative treatment including physical therapy.

Rehab Associates staff has advanced training in injury prevention, initial management of conditions following injury, progressive rehabilitation, and programs for return to functional activity. Treatment includes exercise, pain control treatments, water exercise, home programs, body mechanic training, traction, and education for prevention of recurrence.

The key to our success in treatment of your back condition is an individual evaluation and development of a personalized treatment program. Rehab Associates offers a comprehensive selection of programs to meet your needs.

 
         
Osteoporosis
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Osteoporosis is a disease in which the bones become brittle and more likely to break. However, osteoporosis is for the large part preventable. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends that everyone engage in regular weight bearing exercise to reduce osteoporosis. In addition, it is recommended that the daily ideal amounts of calcium and vitamin D are obtained, smoking and excessive alcohol use is avoided, regular physician consultations are made, bone density testing, and medication schedules recommended by your physician are followed

Osteoporosis affects 55% of the people over age 65 in the United States. It is a leading cause of fractures. Osteoporosis can also affect young people, and research has shown that prevention takes place at an early age. Osteoporosis is a silent disease; the disease is not typically found until a mild injury results in a fall or fracture.

Rehab Associates Physical Therapy has staff trained to evaluate your condition and instruct you in exercise to prevent and combat osteoporosis. The program includes weight bearing and resistant exercise. In addition, physical therapy can help with pain control techniques, postural exercise, and exercise to prevent falls.

National Osteoporosis Foundation: www.nof.org

 
         
Plantar Fascitis
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Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) along the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toes.

The plantar fascia acts like a shock-absorbing bowstring supporting the arch in the foot. If tension becomes too great, minute tears and inflammation can occur. The result is a stabbing or burning pain that is usually worse in the morning when your feet first hit the ground. The fascia tightens overnight. Once the foot is stretched out by normal activities and weight bearing, the pain may decrease; however, it will increase again with prolonged standing or after getting up from a seated position. Walking may be very painful.

Plantar fascitis generally improves with the help of physical therapy. Rehab Associates can provide treatment to reduce pain and inflammation, stretches to increase length of the fascia, and splinting to assist in reducing the contraction of the fascia that occurs overnight. According to the most recent research, about 90% of those treated will improve after the initial two months.

 
     
Sports Injuries
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Sports activity can occasionally lead to injury. In this event, Rehab Associates is prepared to quickly decrease symptoms and work to return to sporting activity. In addition, we work to enhance your training program to prevent further injury.

Prevention of injury or re-occurrences can be obtained by a specialized conditioning program. All of the staff at Rehab Associates specializes in functional training and strengthening. This can be applied to all sport activity and enhance any exercise program. Preseason conditioning is also offered.

 
     
TMJ Disorder
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The tempromandibular joint disorder is a condition affecting the joint in the jaw. This is often accompanied by headaches or pain in the jaw area and can lead to dysfunction with chewing or opening the mouth. Treatment to this area involves controlling the pain at the joint, reducing muscle tightness, teaching protection of the joint, and return to normal activity. Staff are trained in treatment techniques for this area.
 
     
Tendonitis
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Tendonitis is inflammation or irritation of a tendon. A tendon is the thick fibrous cord that connects muscle to bone. Most commonly, tendons become inflamed by performing a repetitive activity that places excessive forces on the tendon. Tendonitis produces pain, tenderness, and stiffness near a joint and is aggravated by movement. Tendonitis can occur in various locations in your body and produce specific types of pain:

Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis): Pain occurs on the outer side of your forearm near your elbow when you rotate your forearm to place the palm down or grip an object.

Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis): Pain occurs on the inside of your forearm near your elbow when you rotate your forearm to place the palm up or grip an object.

Achilles Tendonitis: Pain occurs just above your heel.

You should seek medical advice if you experience pain that interferes with your normal day to day activities or have soreness that doesn’t improve within 2 weeks despite self care measures. Seek medical advice sooner if you have a fever and the area that is painful is red, swollen, or warm.

Rehab Associates provides successful treatment, education in self care measures and prevention that will alleviate your symptoms and reduce the risk of occurrence. Treatment often includes ultrasound treatment, iontophoresis, and stretching with progression to strengthening.

 
     
Vestibular Disorders
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Rehab Associates has provided WorkSTEPS Functional Testing System for over 20 years.  WorkSTEPS is a testing system developed to provide a functional employment test that is medically safe, legally compliant, scientific, and objective in order to match a worker's functional capabilities with the essential functions of the job. 

Employers utilizing the WorkSTEPS program are experiencing average work injury reductions of 50% during the first year of implementation with continued reductions in the second and third years.

Benefits of WorkSTEPS:   - Decreased turnover

                                         - Diminished incidence of fraud and abuse

                                         - Increased worker productivity

                                         - Reduced modifier rates,Worker's Compensation Premium

                                         - Reductions in Lost Time Injuries

                                         - Employees will be safer!

A full spectrum of services are provided for the worker and the employer. Certified therapists work to evaluate the worker, the workplace, and the work to ensure safe environments and highest productivity.


 
         
Work Site Analysis
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Work site analysis is performed by specially educated staff at Rehab Associates.   An on site evaluation identifies issues for ergonomic intervention, injury prevention education, and work site redesign. A written job description is provided to the company.

 
         
Functional Capacity Evaluation
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Functional Capacity Evaluation is a standardized test that comprehensively and objectively measures an individual's abilities in work related tasks.  Results of the evaluation provides documentation of the overall physical abilities of the worker and how that it relates to his function. This test is performed to determine the return to work disposition of a worker, the amount of disability, or the level of activity that the client is qualified to perform.

The therapists at Rehab Associates who perform FCE’s are Certified Isernhagen Therapists and have completed advanced certification as well. The testing process is a two day, one on one test.

 

 
         
Employee Screening Programs
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Employers may determine if an applicant has the ability to perform a job appropriately. Rehab Associates performs employee screenings as requested by the potential employer. This testing consists of preliminary information including a medical history, aerobic testing, strength testing, mobility testing, and the ability to perform job specific tasks.

 
         
Return to Work Programs
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Often following a medical condition, the client is unable to immediately return to the level of prior function. With the return to work programs at Rehab Associates, a client can work toward improved functional levels. Work conditioning is a two to four hour program in which the client participates in therapeutic exercise for aerobic conditioning, strengthening, and mobility exercises. A large component of this program is functional work training in which the client participates in work similar to or progressing to work demands. Work hardening is a four to eight hour program similar to work conditioning with the addition of more involved work simulation activities. For instance, a towboat deckhand will exercise using the towboat rigging, a carpenter may work toward hammering, and a waitress may work toward carrying the weight of a tray of food.
 
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220 Berger Road • Paducah, KY 42003
270-442-4396 • Fax: 270-442-3346