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Occupational Therapy at Lavaca Medical Center

Lavaca Medial Center offers Occupational Therapy services in both the outpatient and inpatient settings.

Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists are trained medical professionals who treat individuals who have injuries or health-related problems that limit their ability to move or perform their daily tasks, including:

  • bathing
  • getting dressed
  • reaching overhead
  • doing buttons
  • grocery shopping
  • opening a package and jar
  • preparing food
  • lifting
  • grooming
  • As an outpatient you will be evaluated for a comprehensive review of your history, injury, diagnosis, and symptoms and a treatment plan will be developed specifically for you.  Common diagnoses and areas of treatment are:

    • Joint Fractures
    • Arthritis Pain
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Tennis Elbow
  • Numbness and tingling in the arms/hands
  • Difficulty performing daily activities affected by balance
  • Customized splinting for improving performance of daily tasks
  • Lymphedema Therapy evaluations for chronic swelling
  • Stroke with difficulty using their affected limb
  • Parkinsons Disease
  • Our therapy team develops a treatment plan for each individual consisting of therapeutic and functional exercises, modalities, trigger point and myofascial massaging, kinesio tapping, custom splinting, manual therapy, and compression wrapping.  The overall goal is to improve function through:

    • Increasing the joint range of motion
    • Increasing muscular strength and endurance
    • Improving flexibility and joint stability around a joint to provide better balance and posture

    Where Can I Do My Exercises And Treatments?

    As a patient at Lavaca Medical Center, your therapist has access to several areas in the facility to treat your diagnosis.  We have the LMC outpatient therapy clinic, the aquatic pool, and the LMC Health and Wellness Center.  All of these areas can be incorporated into your treatment program to give you maximum benefit in your rehabilitation.

    Do I Have Access To The Gym?

    All of the patient that complete their rehab program receive 30 days free access to the Lavaca Health and Wellness Center.  You will have access to the LMC gym, instructed classes, and our pool.  Your therapists will design a program for you in all of these different areas so that you can maintain your rehabilitation gains upon discharge.

    Come by for a tour of our therapy facility and talk to one of our therapists to find out if occupational therapy is right for you.

    (361) 798-9006 | Lavaca Medical Center | 1400 North Texana | Hallettsville, TX  77964

    Inpatient Occupational Therapy

    Lavaca Medical Center also offers occupational therapy services while you are an inpatient.  In collaboration with your doctor and medical staff, occupational therapy can play an important role in your recovery.  If your doctor orders occupational therapy during your inpatient stay, an evaluation will be completed by an occupational therapist to assess your function prior to discharge from the hospital.  With your therapy team you will have a personalized treatment program based on recovery goals specific to you.

    Your treatment may include:

    • exercise
    • balance training
    • patient education
    • training on adaptive equipment to improve function

    The therapy gym will be utilized to better serve your cardiovascular and pulmonary needs on the necessary equipment to prepare your body for the discharge home.

    Admissions Into The Hospital:

    Acute Inpatient Care

    Swing Bed Program

    • A Medicare program providing skilled care to patients needing additional recovery time
    • A key program to strengthen and foster relationships between critical access hospitals and larger tertiary facilities
    • A skilled care option for patients at the local/community level – close to home and near loved ones
    • The step between Acute Care and Home

    Contact Gayle Willett, RN, CCM Case Manager for questions and referrals for our Swing Bed Program.  (361) 798-6671.