Outpatient Physical Therapy
The goal of outpatient physical therapy is to provide high-quality, cost-effective and convenient outpatient physical therapy services to patients of all ages through treatment approaches that make use of state-of-the-art equipment and up-to-date treatment approaches. Emphasis is placed on patient education and exercise to reach mutually established goals by the patient and the therapist as well as to prevent reoccurrence of the problem.
The Incontinence to Confidence Program helps men and women suffering from urinary leakage problems. General treatment includes pelvic floor muscle reeducation, bladder retraining and behavior modification. This program also utilizes the state-of-the-art technology of biofeedback and electrical stimulation to further progress the patient. Treatment goals are to eliminate or reduce symptoms to a desired level where patients can regain control of their lifestyle and improve their overall quality of life. Treatment is available Monday through Friday in the lower level of Medical Tower 3.
Outpatient physical therapy is located on the lower level, Professional Center 3, and is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
(Outpatient physical therapy also is offered at the Belmont Rehabilitation Center, Belmont Community Health Center, St. Clairsville Health Center and the Wellsburg Clinic. See below.)
For more information, call Curt Neel, MS, PT, ATC, at 304-243-3307.
Aquatic Therapy is available for patients who have had surgery for fractures, total joints, ligament reconstruction, arthritis or fibromyalgia, or any other condition where water affords the best environment for exercise. The pool temperature is kept between 90-92 degrees. This affords comfortable temperature, yet promotes the benefits of water-based exercise. Aquatic Therapy is available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in Lower Level, Professional Center 3.
Rick Riedel, PTA, at 304-243-3307.
(Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing)
Wheeling Hospital provides a program for post-concussion assessments. It is a computer software program that analyzes the cognitive functions of the brain following concussion. Done in conjunction with the physician evaluation, objective data is obtained to assess memory, sequencing, reaction time and visual motor speed. This is the same program used by the National Football League and the National Hockey League to aid in the assistance of post-concussion athletes. Physicians from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center have spearheaded the project on an international level.
Contact and collision sports (football, soccer, hockey, wrestling, basketball) participants are encouraged to participate in the free baseline testing. Although baseline testing is not a requirement, it is highly recommended so that if a concussion occurs, the data can be compared to the individual's preinjury performance. The combination of the physician evaluation and cognitive testing are used in determining return to participation in sport. Program staffers keep records of all results and work in conjunction with the patient's treating physician to help athletes return to play.
For more information, call 304-243-3317.
Industrial Physical Therapy
In order to assist employers and employees with reducing lost time due to a work-related injury, the Wheeling Hospital Industrial Rehabilitation Program incorporates:
- acute physical therapy treatment.
- work simulation.
- work hardening.
- functional capacity evaluation.
The program utilizes therapist-controlled functional capacity testing to ensure that injured employees' abilities match the demands of their jobs. This assists in early return to work and/or case closure. The center offers specific preemployment screening and job site analysis.
The patient is typically referred by a physician, rehabilitation counselor, MCO or employer for this service. Industrial Physical Therapy is available for employees who are injured during the performance of their job. This includes sprains, strains, after-fracture or surgery.
The Industrial Physical Therapy Program, located on the Lower Level, Professional Center 3, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call Mark Goode, PT, Industrial Medicine Coordinator, at 304-243-6563
Continuous Care Center
This location serves skilled and intermediate care residents. Emphasis is placed on maximizing functional abilities in combination with the resident's personal goals. The Physical Therapy Department provides services including gait training, stair training, transfers and bed mobility, balance and safety training, therapeutic exercise, and patient/care taker education.
Physical therapy is located on the second floor of the Bishop Hodges Continuous Care Center. It is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until finished on Saturdays.
For more information, call Dr. Christina Zdilla, PT, DPT, at 304-243-3816.
Inpatient Physical Therapy
Inpatient physical therapy's goal is to restore maximal function for patients being discharged to home or prepare them for participation at another level such as skilled. Exercise, gait training and physical therapy modalities are utilized to achieve this end.
Inpatient Physical Therapy is located on the fourth floor of Wheeling Hospital, and is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. until finished on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call Billie Jo Johnston, MS, PT, at 304-243-3255.
Skilled Physical Therapy
Emphasis is on exercise and functional training to prepare the patient for discharge. The interdisciplinary staff provides a comprehensive service in a positive and encouraging environment. Patient and family education are essential elements for success.
Located on the sixth floor of Wheeling Hospital, skilled physical therapy is offered from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. until finished on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, call Thom McCracken, PT, MBA, at 304-243-3142.
Sports Physical Therapy
The focus is on the prevention, care and rehabilitation of the interscholastic, intercollegiate, professional and recreational athlete. The goal is to restore patients to their highest level of function through exercise and patient education. Several members of the staff provide coverage of athletic events on all levels.
Sports physical therapy is located on the lower level, Professional Center 3, and is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, call James Thomas, MSPT, PT, Sports Coordinator, at 304-243-3317