St. David's HealthCare

St. David's HealthCare is one of the largest health systems in Texas and Austin's third-
largest private employer, with more than 60 sites throughout Central Texas, including
seven hospitals, four urgent care centers, four ambulatory surgery centers, and two
freestanding emergency departments, with a third set to open in Bastrop this summer.

St. David's HealthCare has a long history of serving the residents of Central Texas
with exceptional medical care. Our 7,500 employees touch over 858,000 lives each
year with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

Visit our main website at www.StDavids.com

Therapy Programs - Descriptions

Accent Modification
The main purpose of accent modification is to help those who speak proficient English learn to speak more clearly in order to enhance personal and professional communication. Engaging in extensive conversations, presentations, and telephone calls requires clear concise communication tools for better listener comprehension.

Adaptive Driving
This program is vital for regaining independence when living with limitations from stroke, brain injury, paraplegia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and other physical disorders. Through clinical and on-the-road evaluations, a specially certified occupational therapist gathers information about a client’s ability to drive following illness or injury. Skills assessed include vision, strength, balance, coordination, decision-making and reaction time. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has approved and certified the program. A physician’s referral and a valid driver’s license or permit is required. Contact us: (512) 544-8140.

ALS Clinic
The ALS Clinic at Round Rock Medical Center offer state-of-the-art comprehensive care in a supportive, family oriented atmosphere. This "one-stop" approach is especially effective for people with ALS (PALS) who usually have limited mobility and a variety of symptoms. In a single appointment patients receive individualized attention from a team of skilled medical professionals, including neurology, pulmonology/respiratory therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech pathology. These special health care teams understand the unique challenges facing those with ALS, their caregivers and families and help them find renewed hope and a better quality of life. Contact us: (512) 341-6125.

Aquatic Therapy
Individual and group aquatic therapy programs benefit people recovering from a broad range of muscle, bone, or neurological conditions, including joint replacement, arthritis, stroke, brain injury, sports injury or back pain. Aquatic therapy is available at several locations. Call our closest location for scheduling.

Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Brain injury recovery continues after a stay in the hospital. Brain injury rehabilitation combines treatments and therapies uniquely designed for each individual. Continued improvement begins with a structured intensive program, with adjustments along the way.

Community re-entry is a cornerstone of brain injury recovery. Neurologic rehabilitation experts provide continued evaluation of a patient’s functional abilities and needs, developing strategies for gaining and maintaining independence. Reaching the goals might include using adaptive equipment, re-learning communication or time-management skills, adaptive driving, or self-care.

St. David’s Rehabilitation also provides peer and family support groups, behavior modification programs, as well as family and caregiver education.

Cardiac Rehabilitation and Risk Reduction
Participants in this program have had a heart attack, stent, catheterization, heart surgery, or have been diagnosed with heart disease. They work with our specialized staff in a safe, controlled and structured program, gradually increasing the level of physical activity while the body’s response is closely monitored.

Constraint-induced Movement Therapy (CIMT)
Stroke or other neurological conditions can result in decreased arm or hand function. CIMT can help restore function through intensive therapy on the affected limb. The program lasts from two to three weeks, with six hours of onsite participation five days per week and a home exercise program.

Community Aquatic Program
Our pool-based exercise classes are for graduates of rehabilitation who wish to continue exercise programs established by their therapists. Classes are offered at varying times and at several locations during the week for individuals with pain, arthritis, low back and orthopedic conditions, as well as for weight management and bariatrics.

Fibromyalgia Program
Fibromyalgia is a complex diagnosis complicated by emotional stress, trauma, environmental factors, and imbalances in muscles or bones. Experts from several specialties help patients manage their symptoms and develop habits that decrease symptom frequency and intensity.

Gait and Video Running Analysis
Gait analysis is the study of foot motion during normal running and walking. With the help of computer-assisted video, a therapist evaluates the foot's structure, muscle flexibility and strength to assess how those factors influence the way a person runs or walks. Competitive runners, casual joggers, and walkers use the analysis to find comfortable footwear, prevent injury and assess chronic injuries or soreness.

Weak or inflexible muscles, if stressed by a lot of running over time, can lead to injury. Even a simple movement such as an excessive arm swing can make a difference in the performance of a competitive runner, adding a precious second or two to running times.

Hand Therapy
Certified Hand Therapists and Occupational Therapists treat a wide variety of hand-injured patients, including traumatic, post-surgical, and sports injuries as well as overuse injuries. Treatments include custom splinting, joint and soft tissue mobilization, therapeutic activity/exercise, ergonomic retraining and education before and after surgery.

Lymphedema Management
Lymphedema can result when the lymphatic system circulation is compromised by radiation therapy or surgical removal of lymph tissue. It can be controlled with proper treatment customized to the needs of the individual. Our specialists develop personalized treatment plans to include lymphatic and soft tissue manipulation, compression, exercise and education.

McKenzie Therapy
The McKenzie Method consists of a comprehensive evaluation that assesses the effect of repetitive movements and body positioning on a client’s symptoms and function. Based on this evaluation, a treatment strategy aims to resolve current symptoms and prevent recurrence. Therapists from across the world come to train with the McKenzie experts at St. David’s Rehabilitation.

MDA Clinic
The Muscular Dystrophy clinic at Round Rock Medical Center offers an interdisciplinary team approach to diagnosis and follow-up care. Individuals suspected by their physicians of having neuromuscular disorders included in MDA’s program have access to a nationwide network of specialists. The clinic physician can advise about the initial diagnosis and recommend measures to manage the condition. Follow-up care ranges from management of symptoms to medical intervention designed to help assist individuals in maintaining the highest possible quality of life. Contact us: (512) 341-6125.

Neurologic Day Program
Designed for people who have had traumatic brain injury, stroke, or other central neurological injury, this program focuses on re-entry into the community, home, school and work settings. Patients may remain onsite Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., or appropriate times for treatments. This program has two convenient locations. Contact us: Round Rock (512) 218-8230 or Downtown Austin (512) 544-5391.

Neurologic Rehabilitation
No other health network in the region has as many certified neurological rehabilitation experts as St. David’s Rehabilitation network. Neurological rehabilitation is our specialty. With a comprehensive program devoted to the treatment of neurological diagnoses, our goal is to promote independence and safety so individuals can achieve their full potential. St. David’s Rehabilitation therapy teams place an emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach to treatment. Our focus is on patient and family education, including safety needs and an introduction to community programs and resources such as the St. David’s Wheelchair Fitness Center and the Community Pool Program.

Neuromuscular Retraining Program
The neuromuscular retraining program at St. David’s Rehabilitation Center treats people with physical deficits from spinal cord injury, stroke, cerebral palsy, orthopedic injuries and other non-progressive neurological disorders. Through the Brucker Method of Electromyographic biofeedback (EMG), very fine measurements of motor signals to several muscle groups are simultaneously monitored and presented on a video screen for visual feedback. Clients perform specific tasks and exercises to learn coordinated control of muscles in the neck, trunk, arms and legs. This is the only program of its kind in the Southwestern United States.

Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy helps increase independence by restoring functional interaction between an individual and his or her environment. Our programs are designed to help clients increase efficiency and skill in a safe and caring environment, helping to maintain a balance between self-care, productivity and leisure.

Orthopedic Therapy
St. David’s Rehabilitation has a comprehensive inpatient and outpatient treatment program to address patients who have illness or injury of the bones, muscles or joints. The program is dedicated to managing orthopedic impairments through a team-oriented approach to maintain the highest quality of care.

Pain Management Program
Physical pain can limit an otherwise healthy person’s independent lifestyle. The Pain Management Program is a team approach to controlling and managing pain from muscle or bone injury, or other conditions.

Pediatric Rehabilitation
Rehabilitation Services are an integral part of our commitment to children. Rehabilitation therapy for children from infancy through teens is provided at our outpatient pediatric specialty clinics. We use therapies that are just right for young bodies and minds. Our team of experts is specially trained in pediatric rehabilitation, so they can assess your child’s abilities and build the right kind of therapy program.

Pelvic Floor Therapy
This program offers non-surgical treatments to improve urinary continence, certain types of pelvic pain, pre- and post-partum disorders, and also helps women who are experiencing secondary muscle problems following childbirth or hysterectomy. Treatment is provided by the only certified pelvic floor therapists in Central Texas.

Physical Therapy
Physical therapists help clients correct and prevent short- or long-term movement problems that are affecting their ability to function in everyday activities. A combination of treatment includes exercise, strength training, manual therapy, gait training and education to promote optimum health and function.

Speech and Language Therapy
Conditions resulting from neurological illness or injury can result in impaired ability to speak, swallow or reason. Our therapists help clients overcome such difficulties through assessments of speech, language, thinking skills and swallowing impairments combined with therapeutic exercises to improve skills.

Spinal Cord Injury Program
When life is interrupted by a spinal cord injury, rehabilitation is critical to recovery by providing tailored care in an optimal environment. Rehabilitation re-trains nerves and muscles to “talk” to each other again, or in new ways. The goal is return to community – and life. St. David’s Rehabilitation has the most comprehensive spinal cord injury program in the region, using a combination of standard and innovative therapies for the best outcomes.

Spine Therapy
Exercise is important both before and after spine surgery. It is the key to eliminating fatigue, getting patients back to activity safely, and avoiding re-injury. Rehab is critical both in helping the body heal from the original injury and in preventing (or minimizing) future episodes of back pain.

Stroke Rehabilitation
As an integral part of St. David’s Stroke Centers, rehabilitation starts as soon as possible for patients who have suffered a new stroke or are experiencing symptoms from an old one. Carefully directed, individualized rehabilitation helps survivors re-learn skills that may have been lost when a stroke occurred.

Support Groups

  • ALS
  • Amputee
  • Brain Injury
  • Brain Tumor
  • Cardiac
  • MDA
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Stroke

Texas Step – Parkinson’s Program

Our program incorporates Texas Step therapy into a comprehensive treatment plan that includes medical management and therapy. Texas Step is designed both for people who have not been diagnosed but are experiencing difficulty with gait and for people with known Parkinson’s disease who have either motor complications, autonomic problems, or a combination of increased rigidity and dementia that has made them more difficult to manage at home. Neurologists who specialize in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease direct the program.

Think First
This nationally acclaimed program promotes prevention of head and spinal cord injuries through public education. St. David’s HealthCare is the Central Texas program sponsor. Call 512-451-2284 to schedule a program.

Vestibular Therapy
Vestibular rehabilitation is for people with balance problems or dizziness due to conditions like Meniere’s syndrome, stroke, brain injury, or multiple sclerosis. Very specific exercises and therapies help “reset” the brain, helping it adapt to new ways of creating balance in posture, movement, coordination, and sight. Therapists who have undergone specialized training in this area provide treatment.

Voice Therapy
Dysarthris (difficulty speaking) and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) can be very limiting symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, but they can be helped with Lee Silverman Voice therapy (LSVT). It is a specialized treatment for the speech communication needs of individuals with Parkinson disease as well as other neurological conditions. It is considered the “Gold Standard” in voice therapy. Speech-language therapists are available to:

  • Recommend appropriate communication techniques, providing treatment that will aid in the success of daily activities
  • Treat all types of speech, language and communication issues.
  • Evaluate swallowing function and recommend changes

Wound Care
Our comprehensive wound treatment and self-management program is customized to the specific needs of diabetics and others with wounds that are difficult to heal. After discharge from the hospital, individual assessment, education, nutritional counseling, cleaning, dressing and ongoing support are available.

 
 

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