Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

At Indiana University Health, our highly skilled physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists support you throughout your recovery. We provide services throughout Indiana to patients of all ages.

Indiana University Health Tipton Hospital offers comprehensive physical, occupational and speech therapy services, including inpatient and outpatient care. Our therapists help you get back to your daily routine using exercise, massage and many other noninvasive therapies. Our sports medicine program is staffed with two experienced certified athletic trainers, concussion certified physicians and an orthopedic surgeon.

At IU Health, you have access to the latest advancements in rehabilitation techniques through our partnership with the Indiana University School of Medicine. We provide innovative therapies and use the latest research to create personalized treatment plans that fit your needs and specific condition. 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy works with people of all ages who, due to physical injury or disease, need specialized assistance to lead independent, productive lives. We focus on activities of daily living to help patients regain overall balance, strength, range of motion, increase gross/fine motor coordination and sensory loss. Our comprehensive evaluations and treatment plans are based on each patient’s needs and goals.

We offer a variety of rehabilitative treatment interventions, including:

  • Orthotic fabrication to protect, prevent or correct injuries or deformities. Injured joints are given custom-made splints designed for easy application and removal. This immobilizes a joint to promote healing and reduce pain.
  • Training in activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). These activities include bathing, dressing, cooking, cleaning and leisure/sport activities.
  • Use of adaptive equipment. This special equipment allows a patient to be independent with activities of daily living in a modified way.
  • Joint protection and energy conservation. Education is provided for patients who have arthritis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other debilitating diseases to help them increase their independence and function with less pain and fatigue.
  • Ergonomics assessment. A work environment assessment with recommendations for improving function, decreasing pain and preventing injury.
  • Manual therapy. This therapy includes instrumental assisted soft tissue mobilization, myofascial release and joint mobilization, kinesiotaping and scar and edema management.
  • Lymphedema management. The process of reducing edema (swelling) in arms and legs through manual techniques and compression garments.
  • Modalities. For pain control, we use moist heat and cold treatment, Iontophoresis, ultrasound and neuromuscular electrical stimulation.
  • Therapeutic exercise and activity. This individualized program increases joint motion, provides progressive strengthening and incorporates functional activities.
  • Neuro-muscular re-education. Treatment that provides feedback to nerves and muscles to increase normal sensation and muscle contractions.
  • Functional capacity evaluations (FCE). Employer and physician-ordered evaluation that assesses a person’s abilities in work assimilated tests. These evaluations help determine an injured worker’s capabilities and readiness to return to work.

IU Health Tipton Hospital occupational therapy services are located at:

  • IU Health Tipton Hospital for both inpatient and outpatient services within the hospital
  • Rehabilitative and Orthopedic Centers of Indiana in Cicero for outpatient services

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy prevents, identifies, corrects and alleviates acute or prolonged physical disabilities. It can help restore motion, relieve pain, prevent injury, strengthen muscles and promote healing. The ultimate goal is recovery and re-entry into the community, home and work environment at the highest level of independence and self-sufficiency possible.

Our experienced staff of physical therapists and assistants works with your physician and other members of the healthcare team to develop a customized treatment program to meet your needs.

Physical therapy techniques may include:

  • Balance/Vestibular training. Includes comprehensive balance testing, such as vestibular assessment, rotational chair and caloric irrigations.
  • Compression garments. These custom garments are designed for upper or lower extremities to assist with swelling, fluid return and scar management. 
  • Ergonomic assessments. We perform single or multiple workstation evaluations to provide expert recommendations for simple modifications.
  • Functional capacity evaluations (FCE). Functional capacity evaluations provide information that helps your doctor or employer determine if you are capable of returning to work.
  • Joint replacement rehabilitation. We offer pre-surgery classes to educate you about what to expect after joint replacement surgery. You may be given some exercises before surgery, if needed. After joint replacement, you will receive therapy in the hospital and then transition to outpatient physical therapy.
  • Manual therapy. During manual therapy, a variety of techniques are used to decrease pain and improve joint range of motion and soft tissue mobility.
  • Mobility training. These exercises improve your gait pattern and ability to walk and/or transfer more independently with or without assistive devices, such as walkers, canes or crutches.
  • Orthotics. We design custom orthotics to help with a variety of foot disorders.
  • Pain management. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), electric stimulation, ice and heat are used in conjunction with other treatments to manage pain.
  • Posture and movement re-education. We provide personalized instruction that considers symptoms and diagnosis to help patients learn how to stand and sit in better postures. In addition, we educate patients about lifting techniques and other ways caring for the spine can help prevent a reoccurrence of lower back pain.
  • Therapeutic exercise. This customized program includes passive, active and strengthening exercises. We also offer an at-home program to speed recovery.
  • Wound care. We offer several therapies for wound care, including mist therapy (cleans wounds and stimulates healing), negative pressure wound therapy (speeds healing and promotes tissue regeneration) and a variety of high-tech dressings to absorb or add moisture to the wound bed.
  • Other modalities. Other therapies include cervical and lumbar traction, cold packs, moist heat, ultrasound, iontophoresis and electrical stimulation.

Speech-Language Pathology

Speech-language pathology at IU Health Tipton Hospital provides speech and language services and treatment of swallowing disorders. Our speech-language p­­­athologist is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, and can assess and treat both children and adults in the following areas:

  • Articulation
  • Language
  • Cognition
  • Swallowing
  • Voice
  • Fluency
  • Oral motor

Evaluation and treatment of swallowing disorders include:

  • Modified barium swallow study
  • Bedside/Outpatient swallowing evaluation
  • Oral or pharyngeal compensatory strategies

Call 765.675.2663 for speech-language-swallowing services.

In addition, the Specialty Care Center at IU Health Tipton Hospital is an office where highly skilled physicians see audiology patients, reducing the need to travel out of town for consultations and follow-up visits. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 765.675.1410.