Rehabilitation (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy)

Norton County Hospital provides the following rehabilitation services: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

Physical Therapy

Physical TherapyPhysical Therapy provides health care services to patients of all ages and health conditions. The overall goal of Physical Therapy is to achieve the highest level of function and independence.

Norton County Hospital Physical Therapy provides services to outpatients as well as hospital inpatients in acute, skilled and intermediate levels. The department is staffed by two physical therapy assistants who work under the supervision and direction of two consulting physical therapists on staff. Dry Needling

Patients are seen for evaluation and establishment of a plan of care. Treatment may include modalities for pain control, muscle re-education and functional limitations. An exercise program may be initiated for post-surgical, muscle weakness, vestibular or imbalance. Patient education is included to cover mobility, posture, body mechanics, the recovery process and ergonomics. An additional service offered in this department is dry needling. Functional Dry Needling® (FDN) involves inserting a tiny monofilament needle in a muscle or muscles in order to release shortened bands of muscles and decrease trigger point activity. This can help resolve pain and muscle tension, and will promote healing.

Norton County Hospital Physical Therapy staff offers an eight-week water aerobic class each summer at the city pool. They offer three levels to challenge participants of all ages and ability levels. This has been a great success over the past years with a wide variety of ages participating each summer.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy at Norton County Hospital includes services for individuals in inpatient and outpatient settings. Occupational Therapy focuses on a patient's goals to return to participating in daily life by asking "What matters to you?" Occupational Therapy will strive to assist individuals to live as independently as possible.

Inpatient services include an evaluation and a plan of care developed to focus on self-cares, including toileting, bathing, dressing, etc., as well as safety and possible modifications in preparation for discharge. Outpatient services include evaluation and development of a plan that can focus on self-cares, rehabilitation of arm (shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, etc.) or fine motor skills.

Occupational Therapy services require a prescription from a medical provider to be evaluated and treated. Occupational Therapy services are provided to individuals of all ages with a variety of diagnoses or injuries.

Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists (sometimes called speech therapists) assess, diagnose, treat, and help to prevent communication and swallowing disorders in patients of any age. Speech, language and swallowing disorders result from a variety of causes, such as a stroke, brain injury, hearing loss, developmental delay, Parkinson’s disease, a cleft palate or autism.

Speech therapists can help with all communication disorders, voice disorders and swallowing disorders. In the case that speech therapy is needed, simply get an order from your physician and make an appointment. All speech therapy and swallow study services are available by appointment.

Hours and Contact InformationRehabilitation Team

Monday - Friday 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Patients can check in and register at the reception desk in the therapy department, which is located on the lower level to the left of the Norton Medical Clinic entrance. For convenience, patients may park in the clinic lot adjacent to Hwy 283.

For more information, contact:
Kellen Jacobs, DPT
Director, Physical Therapy
Phone: 785-874-2222
Fax: 785-874-2243