Rehab Services

Recovery is Only Steps Away

ACMH is one of the only facilities in the area that offers the availability of all three outpatient therapies - physical, occupational and speech therapy - in a single location!

Loss of function/ability can be devastating. It is important to know that services are available within your community which can assist in your recovery. ACMH provides services to patients/clients who have functional limitations, pain control impairments, disabilities or changes in physical function and health status resulting from injury, disease, or other causes. Our staff consists of caring, qualified individuals (many with advanced degrees and specialist certifications) in the Inpatient, Outpatient, Skilled Nursing and Acute Rehab Units.

Physical Therapy

Licensed physical therapists perform individualized assessments resulting in the design of a customized treatment program. Therapy is administered utilizing hands-on techniques combined with state-of-the-art equipment. Our goal is to return patients to their highest functional level by providing quality therapy in an environment that is friendly and supportive to patients and their families.

Specialized therapy is available for:

  • Concussion rehab
  • Lymphedema treatment
  • Orthopedic/sports rehab
  • Pediatric interventions
  • Post-surgical rehab
  • Pain control
  • Somatics
  • Stroke rehab
  • Vestibular conditions
  • Wound care

Occupational Therapy

A customized treatment plan will be developed based on individualized assessments performed by our registered occupational therapists. The goal of occupational therapy is to improve a person’s functional ability to meet the basic demands of daily living.  Adaptive equipment in simulated kitchen, laundry, bedroom and bathroom facilities are used for training purposes to assist in regaining those functions.  Specialized therapy is available for stroke management, hand and wrist injuries, adaptive splinting and pediatric interventions.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy
The purpose of pediatric occupational therapy is to assess the child’s development of skills for play, school performance, and activities of daily living.  Therapy is conducted in an environment that fosters growth and development of each child’s individual needs.  Areas that are addressed during therapy may include, but are not limited to:

  • Fine motor skills (activities working on improving overall dexterity and grip strength)
  • Handwriting (working on pencil grasp, letter formation and sizing)
  • Self-help skills (including dressing, buttons, zippers, shoe tying)
  • Visual motor/visual perceptual skills (eye-hand coordination, recalling visual input, copying sentences from a chalkboard)
  • Splinting

Occupational therapy provides treatment to children with diagnoses including, but not limited to:

  • Developmental Delay
  • Fine Motor Delay
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Neurological disorders, such as cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Visual motor/visual perceptual deficits
  • Hand injuries
  • Post-surgical rehab
Hand Therapy
The Rehabilitation Department at ACMH offers a variety of services, including outpatient hand therapy.  An in-depth evaluation is performed by an experienced occupational therapist.  A customized treatment plan is developed to address the patient’s needs, including, but not limited to, range of motion, strengthening, fine motor and coordination, edema control, pain control, and splinting needs.

Speech Therapy

Adult and pediatric services are provided by licensed speech-language pathologists who are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).  Services include clinical evaluation and individualized treatment of communication and swallowing/eating disorders associated with, but not limited to, those related to the following:

  • Stroke
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Developmental delays
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Articulation disorders
  • Voice disorders
  • Language disorders
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Cognitive impairments

Specialized services are available including modified barium swallow studies, Vital-Stim Therapy, augmentative and alternative communication.

Pediatric Speech Therapy
The pediatric speech therapy program at ACMH provides comprehensive speech, language and feeding services to children of all ages. Individualized treatment plans are designed for each child’s specific need and implemented within a welcoming and fun environment. Our therapists are skilled in treating a diverse population including children with developmental delays, autism, apraxia and other neurogenic disorders.

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein rich fluid that causes chronic edema and changes in the skin and surrounding tissue. Common signs and symptoms include slow progressive onset of edema that occurs most often in the extremities, but can also be present in the face and trunk. The most common cause of lymphedema in the United States is due to treatment of cancers such as breast, uterine, cervical, ovarian and prostate cancer. Other causes include trauma, infection, obesity, and chronic venous insufficiency. 

Treatment for lymphedema includes Complete decongestive therapy (CDT) followed by use of the most appropriate compression garmet upon completion of CDT. Complete decongestive therapy consists of a specialized massage also known as Manual Lymphatic Drainage, followed by compression bandaging, exercise and instruction in self care.

At ACMH, our goal for lymphedema treatment is to reduce fluid, restore motion, prevent infection such as cellulitis, and improve quality of life. We aim to make patients and their families as independent as possible in their lymphedema care. A therapist trained in lymphedema management will perform a comprehensive evaluation and help to determine the best course of treatment for each individual patient and family.

Somatics

Somatics is a neuromuscular re-learning system in which a core concept is Sensory Motor Amnesia. This occurs due to habituation of the three involuntary neuromuscular reflexes of stress. The first is the Startle reflex which is a tightening in the front of the body due to fear. The second is the Landau reflex which is a tightening of the back of the body due to effort. The third is the Trauma reflex which is a tightening of usually one side or part of the body due to injury. The good news is that through simple movement lessons voluntary control can be regained of the muscles of the body by the cortex of the brain. In performing these movement lessons, the sensory motor cortex is re-set by increased sensory feedback to change the motor output. This essentially reduces stiffness, increases movement capability, decreases pain and the habituation of the reflexes of stress so that you are in conscious control of the muscular system.

Stroke Rehabilitation

A stroke diagnosis can be life altering for the patient and for the patient’s family/caregivers.  Here at ACMH, we strive to help our patients in achieving maximal functional recovery. We will work closely with the patient, family, and caregivers to help with equipment, social services, and recommendations for modifications in the home and functional routine to promote independence. The staff will also work together as a team to co-ordinate service delivery whether the patients are staying on our acute rehab floor or are following up as an out-patient. Each person is affected differently by their stroke symptoms and a plan will be made to address that unique experience.

An essential part of treatment planning is incorporating the patients’ and the families’ goals. We will use that information along with information gathered in the initial evaluation to address balance, cognition, dressing, eating, fine motor co-ordination, mobility and recreational activities.  

Community Fitness

Rehabilitation Services offers a fitness program open to the community.  This program also works well for many of our patients transitioning from their formal therapy program to an independent exercise or fitness regimen.  Our center offers a full complement of state-of-the-art exercise equipment.  One of our therapists or fitness experts will orient each individual to our equipment and assist with the creation of a personalized exercise program.  The exercise enthusiast has the benefit of exercising in an environment with therapist supervision. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can someone get therapy services?
Outpatients should call or stop in to make an appointment (bring physician prescription).

How soon can someone get therapy services?
Outpatients can typically be scheduled for an appointment within 1-2 days or sooner as available.

What makes ACMH Rehabilitation Services different from other area rehab facilities?
ACMH Rehabilitation Services is one of the few local rehab departments where PT, OT and SLP may be provided in the same location. Additionally, as a hospital-based rehab department, emergency and other services are immediately available as needed.

For more information, please call 724-543-8145.

ACMH Hospital

One Nolte Drive
Kittanning, PA 
16201
Phone: 724-543-8145
Fax: N/A
Monday - Thursday: 8:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 4:30PM

Ford City Health Pavilion

202 Fifth Avenue
Ford City, PA
16226
Phone: 724-763-2264
Fax: N/A
Monday & Wednesday: 7:00AM - 5:30PM
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00AM - 2:00PM
Friday: 7:00AM - 3:00PM

Leechburg Primary Care Center

116 Main Street
Leechburg, PA
15656
Phone: 724-845-1211 ext. 5025
Fax: 724-845-5465
Monday & Wednesday: 8:00AM - 5:30PM
Friday: 8:00AM - 2:30PM

Cardiac Rehab

Cardiac Rehab an exercise program exclusively for people with heart disease, designed to cater to the special needs of those who have recently experienced a cardiac event. You will be surrounded by other people who have “been there, done that,” and understand what you are going through. The staff is specially trained to deal with cardiac patients and their unique problems.

For more information, please call 724-543-8453.