Therapy & Recovery

My father has suffered from a stroke and I heard Wooster Community Hospital has received the Get With the Guidelines Bronze Achievement Award for stroke. What does this award mean?

Wooster Community Hospital’s stroke center has proudly received the Bronze Achievement Award that has been awarded by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association. The award is based on the delivery of high quality care and excellent patient care outcomes for our stroke center.

Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist/Stroke Nurse Coordinator

I just had a heart attack and my physician referred me to WCH cardiac rehabilitation, but I’m not sure what that is. Can you explain?

The primary goal of a Cardiac Rehabilitation program is to help the patient achieve his/her optimal physical, psychological, and social functioning through exercise training and education on lifestyle change. Cardiac Rehabilitation is an important part of the care for the patients who have undergone acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), after invasive coronary procedures such as coronary angioplasty or coronary stent placement, and those with chronic stable angina.

Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Specialist

Q. As a coach, how can I keep my athletes safe during practice at the beginning of fall?

A. While working with athletes keep in mind that in addition to making your practices productive, you need to help protect them against potential injuries.

A few key factors for coaches to remember as fall begins:

1. Provide athletes multiple fluid breaks as they will dehydrate easily during conditioning. Remember, participants will need to increase fluids and the number of breaks if they are training outdoors in the intense summer heat. While training outdoors you must be aware of the temperature and the increased risk for a heat related illness. Also remember sun screen.

Exercise Physiologist, HealthPoint

Joint Care

For people who make the decision to have joint replacement, their main concern is their recovery and a more mobile life.  “Joint center care” is an emerging concept in joint rehabilitation designed to prepare patients for this process from the first night in the hospital to the care needed at home.  The main goal of this type of program is to help patients return home to a normal life of activity. 

Manager of The Joint Center, Med/Surg, Pediatrics, IVT

Inpatient Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation is treatment designed to promote recovery from injury, illness, or disease back to as normal a condition as possible. Inpatient treatment in a hospital setting provides opportunity for recovery like no other outpatient or skilled nursing facility can offer. Regaining strength. Improving mobility. Performing activities of daily living independently. Returning you home if possible.

Manager of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit

HBO Therapy

The National Cancer institute reports that 1.2 million new cases of invasive cancer will be diagnosed this year.  Half of these patients will receive radiation therapy as part of their management; however, 5% will develop late effects of radiation.

Manager of the Hyperbaric Medicine & Wound Healing Center

External Counterpulsation (ECP) Therapy

For many patients, bypass surgery and stents have not relieved chest pain and other debilitating heart conditions.  For some, another surgery is not an option; so many people continue to suffer with chest pain, congestive heart failure, or other heart related conditions.  There is another alternative out there that may just be the answer.  External counterpulsation therapy is a therapy that has been around for many years.   ECP was approved by the FDA in the 1990’s and was then approved in 1999 by Medicare.  ECP is a safe alternative that is low risk and is a non-evasive procedure.

Coordinator, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Blood Flow Screening

A blood flow screening is an inexpensive test that anyone can request without a doctor’s order.  A blood flow screening can identify potential risk factors associated with the onset of a stroke, circulation to the legs, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.  With the Blood Flow Screening’s brief ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck and of the abdomen, and a leg circulation screening, you can discover potential risks in several key areas of your body before your health has been jeopardized.

The blood flow screening identifies:

Benefits of Pool Therapy

Swimming pools can be for more than just fun.  Pool therapy (AKA water therapy) is an exercise program that is performed in water.  Therapeutic benefits include pain relief, improved strength and flexibility, and improved balance.  Because of these benefits, pool therapy is ideal for those recovering from CVA or suffering from chronic pain due to conditions like fibromyalgia or arthritis.  Water therapy can help a variety of people deal with limitations and improve quality of life.

Physical Therapist at HealthPoint