Specialties

  • Services We Offer

  • An interdisciplinary approach to rehabilitation means trained professionals work directly with the patient and family to design a plan of care to meet each individual's particular condition and needs. Team members may include:

    • Physical Therapists (PT) carefully evaluate their patients and implement individualized treatment programs to optimize movement, flexibility and muscle control, build strength and endurance, and improve balance. The goal of physical therapy is mobility and ease of accomplishing everyday tasks.
    • Occupational Therapists (OT) help patients gain independence in performing daily activities, such as meal preparation or more complex tasks required in the workplace. A program is customized to increase strength, range of motion and coordination through exercise.
    • Speech Therapists are certified to provide specialized help with many aspects of communication and swallowing. Therapy may introduce compensatory strategies and retraining techniques, as well as the use of electronic devices and computers.
    • Rehabilitation Nurses are specially trained Registered Nurses (RNs).
    • Physiatrists are physicians who are specially credentialed in physical medicine and rehabilitation.  They are nerve, muscle and bone experts who treat injuries or illnesses that affect how you move. 
    • Nurse Counselors
    • Social Workers
    • Case Management services address the social and economic issues that arise as a result of disability and coordinates team recommendations with patients, their families and insurance carriers. Case managers also link patients with an array of community resources that can smooth the transition to home, community and work.

     

    Together with other members of the team, doctors are committed to helping patients return to their homes, their families and their work as quickly as possible.  Capron Rehabilitation discharges a higher percentage of patients to home or community settings compared to other regional or national rehabilitation facilities.

    Extraordinary medical capabilities are backed by state-of-the-art equipment and the expertise to move patients through a smooth, positive transition to the next level of care, whether at home or in an outpatient setting. A wealth of resources and a compassionate staff reflect a rehabilitation philosophy that encourages independence and movement toward self-sufficiency.

    A peer mentoring program, Rehab Buddies, provides inpatients with one-on-one personal support during difficult adjustments and offers links with community support groups.

    Rehabilitation Services at Penrose-St. Francis are accredited by The Joint Commission (TJC) and the Inpatient Rehab Unit has an additional accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).  These two accreditation sources provide the most prestigious standards of excellence in inpatient hospital and rehabilitation care.

    Penrose Hospital Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Colorado Springs offers a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services and specialty equipment to our patients.

    Services Provided

    • Acupuncture - Acupuncture is a system of health care based upon traditional oriental medical concepts that employ oriental methods of diagnosis, treatment, and adjunctive therapies for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health, and the prevention of diseases.
    • Cancer Rehabilitation - We create an individualized program assessing edema, fatigue, neuropathy, pain, weakness, endurance and neurologic deficits resulting from radiation, chemotherapy, or surgical interventions. All therapies are provided by credentialed professionals that are highly trained and provide the latest treatment techniques using evidence based protocols and technologies.
    • Certified Hand Therapy - Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) manage patients with hand or upper extremity conditions including but not limited to tendon lacerations, fractures, repetitive strain injuries, nerve compression and other orthopedic complications.
    • Concussion Clinic - A multi-disciplinary therapy approach that provides care for clients who experience residual symptoms (trouble with thinking, memory, changes in emotion or mood, changes in sleep, or physical problems, such as headache, dizziness, excessive fatigue or sensitivity to noise or light) lasting greater than 2-3 weeks after concussion.
    • Driving Program - This program is intended for experienced drivers who have had injury or age related functional changes that affect driving or new drivers with needs that place them beyond the general driver's education classes. The Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) provides clinical evaluation, behind the wheel evaluation, and adaptive equipment prescription. The CDRS provides training in skills that are essential to driving and balances public safety with maximizing the independence of individuals in our community.
    • Edema Management - An individualized program that includes identification and assessment of compression needs, guidance in self-care, instruction in self-drainage technique, instruction in a home exercise program and volumetric measurements
    • Intrathecal - Baclofen Test Trials - This test procedure is done in conjunction with an anesthesiologist to determine if a patient is a candidate for an intrathecal catheter and pump system. The patient's tone is assessed pre- and post-test dosage of baclofen and monitored for tone reduction.
    • Modified Barium Swallow Studies - These studies evaluate the swallowing process using a contrast material, which can be seen under X-ray for people who are having problems swallowing. Together the radiologist and speech language pathologist assess swallowing function and make diet and therapeutic recommendations.
    • Neurological Rehabilitation - This is when a team of physical, occupational and speech therapists provide multidiscipline care for patients with closed head, spinal cord and multiple trauma injuries and other neurologic conditions.
    • Orthopedic Rehabilitation - This type of rehab focuses on spine including spinal dysfunction, extremity musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain management through patient education, manual therapy, modalities and muscle re-education techniques. Additional techniques include dry needling and kinesiotaping®, sports therapy/injury rehabilitation and post-surgery rehab.
    • Seating and Positioning Clinic - This clinic is staffed by board certified physicians and supported by licensed physical therapists that specialize in seating and mobility. Licensed therapists will evaluate a patient's needs and make specific and appropriate recommendations to ensure the wheelchair allows for maximum function and comfort.
    • Vestibular Program - This specialized program provides physical therapy approaches for treatment of patients with balance and dizziness disorders.
    • Vision Therapy - As a specialty of occupational therapy, vision therapy deals with rehabilitation of functional visual skills as well as visual motor disorders. It includes treatment for oculomotor dysfunction, as well as, binocular visual problems such as acquired strabismus, diplopia, convergence insufficiency and accommodation problems. Visual perceptual deficits and field loss are also addressed in the context of meaningful functional activities.

     


    Specialty Equipment

    • Balance Master® - This Machine uses visual biofeedback to assess and retrain sensory and voluntary motor control of balance. A sensitized fixed platform allows for enhanced assessment and training capabilities for tasks ranging from essential daily living activities to high-level athletic skills. Patients are scored and compared to age related norms.
    • Computerized Dynamic Posturography - This clinical test assesses both motor and sensory systems for deficits that impact balance and stability with a comparison to age related norms.
    • ERGYS FES Bike - This bike allows patients with limited or no voluntary leg movement to cycle smoothly using Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES). FES allows patients to flex and extend their lower extremities. This can improve strength, circulation, range of motion, cardiopulmonary function, bowel and bladder function, decrease muscle atrophy, muscle spasms and UTI's. In some circumstances the use of the ERGYS FES bike can be a precursor to more independence with functional mobility.
    • Guldman Harness System -This gait training device can simultaneously control weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground. It can be used for a wide range of impairments and varied levels of severity affecting ambulation. It has a unique harness design that permits unilateral or bilateral support, allowing progression of weight, and allows the clinician to manually assist the legs and pelvis to achieve proper gait patterns.
    • NESS H200™/L300 - These unique electrical stimulation devices are available through a partnership with Bioness, Inc. and allow Penrose the ability to conduct assessments and therapy that are appropriate for stroke, spinal cord or brain injured patients with upper and lower limb weakness. For use in the hospital, outpatient department or at home, the NESS H200™/L300 uses a remote microprocessor to pre-program the level and cycle of stimulation that promotes functional or therapeutic improvements in hand or foot movement.
    • NeuroMove - The NeuroMove is a medical device that works with surface electrodes placed on a patient's arm, leg or shoulder. When the person attempts to move, the NeuroMove detects little electrical changes coming from the brain to the nerves inside the muscle. It then rewards the patient with the muscle movement/contraction they attempted. By repeating these brain exercises it is possible for patients to relearn lost movements.
    • VitalStim® Therapy - This non-traditional treatment for dysphagia uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. Trained specialists help patients "re-educate" their muscles to improve the swallow function.


    Specialty Services

    • Therapy Dog - Therapy dogs are expertly trained dogs who partner with a facilitator working in a health care, visitation or education setting. They are trustworthy in professional environments and can perform more than 40 commands designed to motivate and inspire clients with special needs. Their training begins with a "puppy raiser" and finishes with a professional trainer from an accredited institution. The training consists of basic obedience, commands, team training and temperament assessment.
    • Rehab Buddies - These previous patients provide current patients with one-on-one personal support during difficult adjustments and offers links with community support groups.

    St. Francis Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Colorado Springs offers a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services and specialty equipment to our patients.

    Services Provided

    • Biodex® - This equipment uses visual biofeedback to assess and retrain sensory and voluntary motor control of balance. A sensitized fixed platform allow for enhanced assessment and training capabilities for tasks ranging from essential daily living activities to high-level athletic skills. Patients are scored and compared to age related norms.
    • Cancer Rehabilitation - We create an individualized program assessing edema, fatigue, neuropathy, pain, weakness, endurance and neurologic deficits resulting from radiation, chemotherapy, or surgical interventions. All therapies are provided by credentialed professionals that are highly trained and provide the latest treatment techniques using evidence based protocols and technologies.
    • Concussion Clinic - A multi-disciplinary therapy approach that provides care for clients who experience residual symptoms (trouble with thinking, memory, changes in emotion or mood, changes in sleep, or physical problems, such as headache, dizziness, excessive fatigue or sensitivity to noise or light) lasting greater than 2-3 weeks after concussion.
    • Modified Barium Swallow Studies - These studies evaluate the swallowing process using a contrast material, which can be seen under X-ray for people who are having problems swallowing. Together the radiologist and speech language pathologist assess swallowing function and make diet and therapeutic recommendations.
    • Neurological Rehabilitation - This is when a team of physical, occupational and speech therapists provide multidiscipline care for patients with closed head, spinal cord and multiple trauma injuries and other neurologic conditions.
    • Occupational Therapy - This therapy manages patients with hand or upper extremity conditions including but not limited to tendon lacerations, fractures, repetitive strain injuries, nerve compression and other orthopedic complications.
    • Orthopedic Rehabilitation - This type of rehab focuses on spine including spinal dysfunction, extremity musculoskeletal dysfunction and pain management through patient education, manual therapy, modalities and muscle re-education techniques. Additional techniques include dry needling and kinesiotaping®, sports therapy/injury rehabilitation and post-surgery rehab.
    • Pediatric Speech Therapy - For ages 3 and up, this therapy evaluates and treats with language and/or speech impairments or delays.
    • Vestibular Program - This specialized program provides physical therapy approaches for treatment of patients with balance and dizziness disorders.
    • Vital Stim ® Therapy - This non-traditional treatment for dysphagia uses small electrical currents to stimulate the muscles responsible for swallowing. Trained specialists help patients “re-educate” their muscles to improve the swallow function.
    • Voice Therapy - This individualized therapy evaluates and treats voice disorders in adults and children.




  • St. Francis Medical Center Outpatient Rehabilitation Services in Colorado Springs offers a comprehensive range of rehabilitation services and specialty equipment to our patients.
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