Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

At Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital, our highly skilled physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists help you get back to your daily routine.

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation is now accepting direct access to Physical Therapy with no physician referral required. Learn more.

We support you throughout your recovery using exercise, massage and other non-invasive therapies. Through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine, we give you access to the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques.

Our licensed staff offers care in the hospital and at outpatient clinics so you can receive convenient therapy at every stage of treatment, including steps to prevent future injuries and rebuild your strength and endurance. We work closely with you to help you achieve your goals and create personalized treatment plans to fit your needs and address your specific conditions. Through our Be Well Program, we offer education and wellness classes for current and past rehabilitation patients, and others with stable medical conditions. The program includes:

Patients trying to overcome physical, functional, cognitive, and communicative obstacles can receive specialized rehabilitation in the Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital Acute Rehabilitation Center. Here our highly trained rehabilitation staff, including physicians, therapists, speech language pathologists and members of our social services staff will help you customize goals and monitor your progress throughout therapy.

Physical Therapy

Our physical therapists use a variety of methods to evaluate, treat and exercise your body so you can get back to optimum health. These methods include manual therapy, therapeutic exercise, electrotherapeutic modalities and prescription and application of special devices and equipment.

Our services include:

Occupational Therapy

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital provides occupational therapy focused on promoting independence in daily activities. Limitations that keep a person from being able to do essential tasks related to self-care, home management or returning to school or work may be the result of illness, injury or the aging process. Our team uses therapeutic activities and exercise, often based upon the actual daily task that is of concern, to help you return to full function. Treatment may also include training in adaptive techniques or the use of adaptive equipment.

Our services include:

  • Hand therapy. We use a variety of modalities, splints and therapeutic techniques to treat orthopedic conditions affecting the upper extremities, such as fractures, overuse syndromes and arthritic conditions.
    Download a printable Hand Therapy Brochure.
  • Lymphedema clinic. Lymphedema is an abnormal swelling in a body part due to an accumulation of lymph fluid. Lymphedema can decrease mobility and is sometimes painful. Lymphedema is not curable, but can be managed effectively with proper instruction and treatment.
    Download a printable Lymphedema Clinic Brochure.
  • Wheelchair assessments. Our specially trained occupational therapists conduct a functional mobility assessment that helps determine the appropriate equipment needed, such as a specialized wheelchair, a power scooter or specialized seating and positioning systems.
    Download a printable Wheelchair Assessment Brochure.

Speech Therapy

Our speech-language pathologists provide evaluation and therapy services, both inpatient and outpatient, for individuals of all ages with communication, cognitive and/or swallowing impairments.

Our services include:

  • Communication therapy. A speech language pathologist is a professional who is educated to work with a full range of communication needs.
    Download a printable Communication panel card.
  • Dysphagia treatment. Dysphagia is the medical term for difficulty swallowing, or the feeling that food is "sticking" in your throat or chest. Our clinical dysphagia evaluations, including modified barium swallow study, are available to infants, children and adults having trouble with feeding and/or swallowing.
    Download a printable Dysphagia panel card.
    Download a printable Head and Neck Recovery Screening form.
  • VitalStim therapy. This non-invasive, external electrical stimulation therapy re-educates the throat muscles needed for swallowing. It is the first proven treatment for dysphagia and the only neuro-muscular electrical stimulation device cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat dysphagia. It is effective in patients with a wide range of primary diagnoses, including stroke, head or neck cancer, respiratory conditions and degenerative neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
  • Voice lab. Our highly skilled speech-language pathologists offer comprehensive voice evaluations in our voice lab, including the videostroboscopy procedure, which illuminates and magnifies the view of the larynx and vocal cords during voicing and at rest to determine appropriate therapeutic interventions. Additional acoustic and aerodynamic assessment tools, and assistance with speech options, including use of voice prostheses, are available. 

Pediatric Therapy

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital pediatric rehabilitation services offers a Pediatric Fluoroscopy Swallow Study (VFSS) for children from birth to 13 years of age. A VFSS is a moving X-ray of an individual’s swallow that shows food and liquid passing from the oral cavity through the throat and into the esophagus while eating. The test is performed in the radiology department and conducted by a speech-language pathologist and a radiologist. Your child is video recorded while they sit in a special support chair and may be fed by a familiar person. Age appropriate foods and liquids of different consistencies are fed via bottle, cup or spoon. A small amount of barium is added to the foods in order to view them during the procedure. The VFSS helps to view anatomy, determine the safety of oral eating/drinking and identify possible causes for disrupted feeding patterns and the risk of aspiration. Following the test, we work with you to develop a plan to promote the safest feeding experience.
Download a printable VFSS Brochure to learn more.

Additional Contact Information

IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation Outpatient Center
3300 W. Community Dr.
Muncie, IN 47304
765.751.2555

IU Health Ball Memorial Rehabilitation Services (inside Central Indiana Orthopedics)
3600 W. Bethel Ave.
Muncie, IN 47304
765.213.3870

IU Health Blackford Hospital Rehabilitation
400 Pilgrim Blvd.
Hartford City, IN 47348
765.348.4197

Acute Rehabilition Center: 765.751.5398.
Lymphedema Clinic: 765.747.3239
Wheelchair Assessments: 765.751.2555
Speech Therapy: 765.747.3239
Pediatric Swallowing Therapy: 765.254.9717

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