Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

Outpatient Rehabilitation Center
Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center provides a range of therapeutic services to patients who do not need to be hospitalized for treatment. The Center is staffed by licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech pathologists and fitness professionals who work with your physician to help patients regain physical strength and motor skills.  For more information or for a tour of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 828.326.2131.


Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy can improve circulation, restore motion, relieve pain, prevent injury, strengthen muscles, correct deformities and promote healing. Since a problem in one of the body’s systems is likely to affect the others, the course of treatment may include skeletal function, the muscular system and the neurological system. The physical therapist evaluates each patient’s needs before customizing a course of treatment and education designed to attain maximum improvement as quickly as possible. To assist the therapist, a vast array of the best rehabilitative equipment is available. Some of our specific services include the following:

  • Gait and mobility training
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Modalities (moist heat, cold, E-stim, TENS, ultrasound)
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Spine stabilization
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Vestibular therapy
  • Patient and family education

Occupational Therapy
Illness or injury can prevent an individual from performing daily tasks of life that most people take for granted. Occupational Therapy reduces limitations by improving muscle strength, desensitizing painful areas and enhancing behavioral/cognitive skills. Through therapy, patients improve self-care abilities and acquire skills to regain/maintain maximum function and ability to return to activities of daily living. For injuries of the hand, therapy is designed to restore impaired function through the use of customized splints and therapeutic exercise. Our services include the following:

  • Day-to-day skills
  • Visual perception
  • Stroke recovery
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Patient and family education

Speech/Language Pathology
Speech Pathology provides rehabilitative services to adults who have neurological disorders due to stroke or head injury, (ALS, Parkinson’s, etc.), and have impairments in receptive or expressive communication, cognition or swallowing. Patients who have lost the ability to talk due to laryngectomy, cancer or other voice disorders receive training in alternative methods of communication. Children with acquired or developmental language disorders, articulation or feeding/oral motor disorders receive therapy to reach their maximum potential. Our specific services include the following:

  • Speech and language assessment
  • Swallowing evaluation and treatment
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Speech treatment/voice disorders
  • Clinical feeding/oral motor evaluations

Industrial Rehabilitation
On-the-job injuries can be costly to employers and employees. That’s why the Center for Rehabilitation at Catawba Valley Medical Center has a special department that addresses industrial needs, from prevention to rehabilitation to return-to-work. Below are our specific services:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) – provide a comprehensive
    measurement of physical limitations and functional abilities and assess
    return-to-work capabilities
  • Work Conditioning – prepares patients to return to work
  • Job Site/Task Analysis and Modification – identifies injury-producing jobs or
    conditions and helps employers make them safer
  • Preventive/Education Programs – lowers the incidence of cumulative
    trauma disorders
  • Pre-employment placement screening -Assesses individuals to determine if physical capabilities match the available job to help reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries.

Aquatic Therapy
The center’s aquatic program is especially beneficial in the treatment
of arthritis, back injury and chronic pain. Therapy performed
in water reduces stress to injured areas. A three-lane, 25-yard pool, located in
Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Fitness Plus Center, accommodates exercise groups for
fibromyalgia, MS, post-polio and other treatments.  A chair lift makes the
pool accessible for all patients.


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