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Fairview Rehabilitation - Inpatient and Outpatient Services

Inpatient and Outpatient Services
Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants are trained to improve movement and function, prevent injury and disability, relieve pain and promote optimum levels of health and wellness for people with a variety of needs. Physical therapy may focus on building the patient's strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, posture or ability to use assistive equipment.

Occupational therapy involves the therapeutic use of work, self-care, and leisure activities to increase a person's independent functioning despite their illness, injury, or disability. It may include the adaptation of a task or the environment to achieve maximum independence and to enhance the quality of life.

Patients can be evaluated and treated at both the Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee. A physician's referral is required. At both locations, our skilled rehab professionals use the highest standards in physical and occupational therapy to help our patients achieve excellent results.

Our programs and services include the following (click on the items below for a more detailed description of each program):

Aquatic Therapy
The aquatic therapy program meets two mornings/week for one hour in a group setting in the pool at Berkshire South Community Center on Crissey Rd. in Great Barrington, MA. It is staffed by therapists and assistants who have been trained by Aquatic Physical Therapy Resources, Inc. This program is designed for patients who may have difficulty undergoing traditional forms of physical therapy secondary to pain or limited weight bearing status. The buoyancy of the water allows patients to increase flexibility, strength, trunk stabilization and endurance in a reduced weight bearing environment.

Patients with a variety of injuries and disabilities such as low back pain, fibromyalgia, rotator cuff injury, and hip, knee and ankle conditions which may or may not have required surgery can benefit from aquatic therapy. Participants generally progress to a land-based program and/or independent pool exercise program. We also offer a maintenance level class for those who have progressed beyond the need for skilled physical therapy but would like to continue on a pay-for-service basis. Patients can be evaluated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Back and Neck Care
Back and neck conditions may include injuries and/or degenerative and postural issues. Treatment for these diagnoses may include any combination of Body Mechanics/Postural Retraining, injury prevention education, core strengthening, Functional Training, Mackenzie technique, home exercise program, self-management techniques, manual therapy or modalities based on the individual's needs/goals. Patients can be evaluated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Body Mechanics/Postural Retraining
Poor posture is the leading cause of back and neck problems. Our trained therapists work with you to correct postural impairments with the appropriate exercises and positioning tips for the things you do whether at home, school, work or play. You will also be taught proper body mechanics for lifting, reaching, carrying, etc. while maintaining good posture. Patients can be evaluated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
Fairview Rehab is dedicated to the care of women before, during and after breast cancer treatment, and patients undergoing axillary node dissection for other cancers as well. Included in this program is an assessment of motion, strength, posture, function, conditioning and patient goals. Treatment includes manual therapy to minimize scar tissue, adhesions and fibrosis, exercises to restore the patient to their maximum level of function and Lymphedema prevention education and treatment if necessary. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Functional Training
Functional training is best described as a continuum of exercises that teach individuals to handle their own body weight in all planes of movement. Functional training trains movements not muscles and is therefore task oriented. Whether the purpose is to return an athlete to competitive sport or an elder to increased independence at home this type of training prepares the individual for the demands of their sport, job and daily activities, working not only on strength and stability but also on flexibility and balance. It is characterized by actions such as squatting and lunging or pushing and pulling, focusing on multi-joint movement as much as possible. This integrates muscle groups into movement patterns that are very functional. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Hand Therapy and Splint Fabrication
Occupational therapy provides hand therapy for all ages and various orthopedic conditions such as fractures of the wrist, finger or elbow; tennis elbow; carpal tunnel syndrome; tendonitis and arthritis. We fabricate splints when needed, address pain and swelling and teach ergonomics to prevent repetitive stress disorders. We help strengthen hands and mobilize joints to maximize the person's function. Patients can be evaluated and treated by our certified hand therapist at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department.

Low Vision Program
Our low vision program is designed to help older adults remain in their home safely and enable them to be as independent as possible while being engaged in the activities that are meaningful to them. We can help patients with macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and other disorders learn to use their remaining vision effectively. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington.

Lymphedema Treatment
Our staff is trained to treat breast cancer related (axillary node dissection, radiation) lymphedema using the complete decongestive therapy method. This method of treatment includes therapeutic exercise, compression bandaging, manual lymph drainage and skin care education. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington.

Manual Therapy
Our staff has advanced training in such manual therapy techniques as joint mobilization, muscle energy, John F. Barnes myofascial release, soft tissue mobilization, trigger point release. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation/Sports Rehabilitation
Our staff treats a myriad of orthopedic conditions due to injury, degeneration, surgery and/or disease. We commonly treat patients of all ages recovering from bone fractures, ligament and tendon injuries (including rotator cuff and ACL), joint replacement, muscle strains and back, neck and TMJ pain. Our programs are individually designed to provide recovery of motion, alleviation of pain and quick return to an active lifestyle. Treatment includes sport-or work-specific strengthening, conditioning and training and manual therapy and modalities as indicated. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Osteoporosis Program
The Osteoporosis Program is designed to help those who have been diagnosed with osteoporosis or osteopenia (early stages of mild bone density decrease). The program includes a musculoskeletal evaluation by a physical therapist, with treatment plan and exercise regimen developed based on the individual's needs. Treatment sessions include education regarding risk factors, nutritional considerations and the effects of postural changes. Where necessary, pain management techniques, balance work and recommendations for home modifications to minimize risk for falling are also addressed.

The goal of the program is to help you become comfortable and independent in performing a safe and effective exercise regimen. This, combined with medical recommendations of your physician, and, as necessary, nutritional consultation with a dietician can assist to keep optimal bone health and improved ability to lead a full, active life. Patients can be evaluated at Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department in Great Barrington or Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

Parkinson's Program
This group meets one afternoon/week for one hour of exercise that includes stretching, strengthening and balance work. The class specifically targets the issues of community mobility, flexibility and strength and provides a supportive atmosphere in which participants are encouraged to share experiences and ideas. Medical clearance by a physician is required. Call the Fairview Hospital Rehabilitation Department for more information.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Fairview Hospital now offers a multi-disciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation program for those with chronic respiratory conditions such as COPD, asthma and chronic bronchitis. The goals of this program are to reduce medical interventions, control shortness of breath with daily activities, and improve the quality of life of those affected by lung disease. The program consists of one hour sessions, three days per week for twelve weeks and includes gradual, supervised exercise that is tailored to the needs of the individual patient. The weekly educational component addresses issues specific to those living with a respiratory condition. This program is held at Fairview Hospital, 29 Lewis Avenue in Great Barrington, MA. For more information, please call 413-854-9740 or 413-854-9737.

Vestibular Rehabilitation
Approximately 8 million people per year visit their doctor for the evaluation and treatment of dizziness. Vestibular rehabilitation is a form of treatment for inner ear disorders using positioning techniques and symptom-specific exercise to decrease dizziness and improve balance. Patients can be evaluated and treated at Fairview Physical and Sports Therapy in Lee.

 



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