Outpatient Rehabilitation Services

=Images= | Physical TherapyThe OSF Saint Anthony Outpatient Rehabilitation Services includes a skilled team of physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. They work closely with patients and families in an atmosphere of dignity and respect to provide the best possible outcomes.Whether you were injured in sports, are experiencing neck or back pain or are dealing with a neurological injury such as stroke, we have a certified and skilled expert who can help.Physical therapists address gait, balance, strength and other problems with movement.  They meet with patients if special equipment is needed to help with walking or moving.Occupational therapists deal with arm function, daily living and self-care skills, and they assess whether or not you might need adaptive equipment. Speech-language pathologists help with speech and swallowing problems.  They offer strategies for improving thinking processes, self-expression and memory. Together, our team approaches patient care by focusing on the individual and restoring function…and hope.

Physician Referral Form

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Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapists at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center provide skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence.  Services include:

  • Customized treatment programs aimed at improving the ability to carry out activities of daily living.
  • Recommendations and training in the use of adaptive equipment, such as walkers or canes, to replace loss of function.
  • Treatment of orthopedic injuries and neurological conditions, including customized splinting, scar management, strengthening programs, desensitization and sensory re-education following upper extremity nerve injuries.
  • Customized lymphedema treatments.


Lymphedema Management

Lymphedema is a condition resulting in a persistent swelling of an arm or leg due to damaged lymphatic structures.  This usually occurs after surgery, radiation therapy or infection.  In some cases, the cause of lymphedema is not known.  Generally, the earlier lymphedema is treated, the better the results will be.

During your first visit for lymphedema management, a therapist will evaluate your condition and take measurements of your affected and non-affected arm or leg.  The therapist will explain how our program works, your specific diagnosis, and how to manage and prevent further swellihng. 

Sessions are typically one hour in length.  Your session may consist of special compression bandaging, skin care, specialized massage, continuing education and a home exercise program that fits your individual needs. 

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your condition and how your body responds to the treatment.  Patients typically receive treatment three to five times per week for two to four weeks.  More severe cases may require longer treatment. 

You will be discharged from our program once your measurements have been reduced to an agreed-upon level.  At that time, you will be referred to a vendor who will fit you with a compression garment to prevent further swelling.  Compression garments are routinely used for long-term management of lymphedema.


Myofascial Release

Myofascial release involves a gentle technique for relieving pain and improving movement for patients suffering from chronic pain.  The John Barnes myofascial release is a treatment that uses gently sustained pressure into restricted areas of myofascial tissue. 

As pressure is applied and sustained, the hardened, tight fascia softens into its unrestricted, pliable and mobile state again, relieving pressure on pain-sensitive structures and restoring movement and function. 

What is fascia? 

Fascia is a strong connective tissue that runs as a continuous webbing throughout our bodies, from the top of our head to the tips of our toes and fingers.  It surrounds, supports and is imbedded into every tissue and organ of our bodies and normally moves fluidly with our body while providing strength and support.

However, traumas like a fall, whiplash injury, surgery, inflammation and even poor posture can accumulate over time in the fascial tissue.  These traumas can cause the fascia to harden, lose its elasticity and exert excessive pressure on surrounding tissues such as blood vessels, organs, muscle, bone and nerves, thereby causing pain.

What kinds of conditions can be treated with Myofascial Release? 

Some of the conditions that can be treated with myofascial release are:  back, neck and chronic pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, fibromyalgia, TMJ problems, urinary incontinence, mastectomy pain, lymphedema, painful scars, coccygeal pain and restrictive mobility. 

Not all problems stem from fascial restrictions, although a surprisingly high percentage of cases do.  This is often the case when all the standard tests such as CAT scans, MRIs, x-rays and myelograms are negative, and medications help only temporarily. 

How can I receive Myofascial Release Treatment? 

If you feel you might be a candidate for myofascial release treatment, contact your physician.  If your doctor agrees that myofascial release would help you, he/she will write a referral for physical therapy, myofascial release treatment. 

Then, you should contact the OSF Saint Anthony Outpatient Rehabilitation Department at 815-395-4505 to set up your first appointment. 

You will receive an initial evaluation by a physical therapist trained in myofascial release during your first appointment, and hour-long sessions for the following weeks will be set up as determined by your therapist.

How will I feel during and after treatment? 

Your pain should be relieved and in some case, eliminated.  You will experience more flexibility and a better range-of-motion.  Most patients report that they have been able to resume many of their former activities.  Just a few comments we have recieved include:

  • “I thank my two doctors for leading me to the myofascial release program.”
  • “I even made the bed…which I haven’t been able to do for a long time.  I feel great!”
  • “My headaches have gone away since I started this treatment.”
  • “My back and neck pain have been relieved so much since I started treatment!"

Speech Language Pathology

OSF Saint Anthony provides a full spectrum of Speech Language Pathology services.   

            As of Wednesday, June 2, 2010, the OSF Saint Anthony outpatient rehabilitation services department began offering new services in speech pathology.  The department has acquired new technology that allows speech pathologists to evaluate voice and swallowing skills at a more advanced level.

            Videostroboscopy is a procedure that allows the therapist to view the vocal folds in pseudo-slow motion with either a rigid or flexible scope. The exams record images and video that can then be sent back to the ordering physician for further medical decisions.

            Acoustic Testing is an exam involving computer software which breaks down the voice into all acoustic parameters. This exam will likely be completed in conjunction with the standard perceptual voice evaluation and/or videostroboscopy.

            FEES (Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing) is a procedure that evaluates swallowing with the use of a flexible scope. Unlike the standard Modified Barium Swallow/Videoswallow, this exam does not involve radiation or time limitations.

            OSF Saint Anthony is the only healthcare facility in the area to offer acoustic testing and FEES. 

            The services are available in the otolaryngology and dermatology offices at OSF Specialty Clinic, Guilford Square, 698 Featherstone Road, Rockford.

                        Other services offered by OSF Saint Anthony speech pathology include:

  • Standard Speech, Language and Cognitive Evaluations and Treatment
  • Standard Bedside Swallow Evaluations and Swallowing Treatment
  • Head and Neck Lymphedema Evaluations and Treatment
  • Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT), a speech treatment designed for patients with common changes to voice and speech seen in Parkinson's Disease
  • Vital Stim, a swallowing treatment with use of intensive exercise paired with neuromuscular electrical stimulation
  • Videofluoroscopy, also known as Modified Barium Swallow Study or Videoswallow.
  • Laryngeal massage and repositioning
  • Resonant voice therapy

Speech Therapy encompasses treatment within the following areas:

Swallowing Skills, Voice Production, Speech Production, Receptive Language, Expressive Language, Cognitive Skills, Reading Comprehension, Written Production and Mathematical Functioning. 

Whether the problems are significant and affecting daily communication and function or whether they are subtle  and affecting your ability to work, we can help by providing a full service line and excellent treatment. 

For more information, call (815) 395-4545.


Cardiac Rehabilitation Program

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You can have confidence in the OSF Saint Anthony cardiac rehabilitation program.  It has been awarded Program Certification by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR).  

 This voluntary three-year certification recognizes programs that have been reviewed by the AACVPR national board and found to have met the rigorous requirements for standards of care. Programs that meet the strict standards for national certification demonstrate a strong commitment to safe processes and procedures and reflect a dedication of the cardiac rehabilitation team to high standards of patient care.

The cardiac rehabilitation program is open to individuals who have had open-heart surgery, other cardiac procedures, myocardial infarction (heart attack), or who have risk factors which could lead to cardiovascular disease. The program is designed to teach patients about cardiovascular disease as well as provide structured, supervised exercise. A specially trained staff of nurses, exercise physiologists and dietitians assists each patient through the program. The staff works under the general direction of the referring physician to help restore each patient’s cardiovascular system to its maximum capacity. The overall goal of the cardiac rehabilitation program is to help patients make permanent lifestyle changes to reduce the risk factors for coronary artery disease. The Cardiac Rehabilitation Program is part of the OSF Regional Heart Institute. The office is located at 444 Roxbury Road – Suite 300, Rockford.

The OSF Fitness Center is located at 5510 East State Street, Rockford.

All patients entering Phases II-IV receive a comprehensive health and lifestyle evaluation.

PHASE I is a combination exercise and education program starting immediately after a coronary event, while the patient is still hospitalized.

PHASE II is usually an eight-week outpatient telemetry monitored program for individuals who have experienced open-heart surgery, myocardial infarction (heart attack), valve replacement, angioplasty, coronary stent placement or other cardiac procedures.

This phase is designed to restore the maximum amount of cardiovascular efficiency for each patient.  Included at this phase are classes which teach the patient permanent lifestyle changes.  Regular progress notes are sent to the attending physician and/or cardiologist.

PHASE III-IV is a medically supervised exercise and education program for individuals who have coronary artery disease or who are at least 12 weeks post open-heart surgery, myocardial infarction (heart attack), valve replacement, angioplasty, coronary stent placement or other cardiac procedures.

It is also intended to help those who have significant cardiovascular risk factors, such as high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, obesity and diabetes.

Program Admission and Cost

After the attending physician signs a referral form, you will be contacted for an initial appointment. The costs of Phases I and II are generally reimbursed by most insurance companies. Please check with your individual plan for coverage. The other phases are provided on a self-pay basis. If you have any questions regarding the program or insurance reimbursement, please call us at 815-484-7490.


Pulmonary Rehabilitation

The pulmonary rehabilitation program uses a team of specialists to provide rehabilitation care to patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma. 

The program helps improve the health and quality of life for people with chronic pulmonary disease. 

We provide education, motivation and rehabilitation so that people with breathing problems can reach their greatest potential in taking care of themselves and in performing everyday activities.  We also want patients to understand the disease and to reduce the frequency and severity of their symptoms.    

The program is designed to help people increase their strength, balance, mobility and tolerance for exercise.  We also aim to prevent symptoms from becoming worse and to decrease the number of doctor visits and hospitalizations.

Program Eligibility for Pulmonary Rehabilitation:

In general, pulmonary rehabilitation programs are suitable for people who have a chronic lung disease and are limited by complications of their respiratory problems.

A referral is required from your primary physician or pulmonologist.

Program Elements:

The Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program has several components which are established for each individual participating in the program:

  • Therapeutic exercise, which includes strength training, cardiovascular conditioning and a home maintenance program                      
  • Education sessions, which are provided individually and are specific to the patient needs.  Topics may include lung function, medications, oxygen therapy, mucus clearance and life management skills 
  • Breathing techniques and resistance training
  • Pulmonary nutrition session with a registered dietitian
  • Support group and maintenance exercise program

The outpatient pulmonary rehabilitation program meets three times per week for four to eight weeks.  Sessions are available in the morning or afternoon.

Please contact the pulmonary rehabilitation program at 815-484-7493 for more information.


Balance & Dizziness Center

Keeping your balance is a complex process.  Your brain, eyes, inner ear and the leg muscles and joints all gather information about your surroundings and your position so that you can respond appropriately.

If one of these systems is not working well, your balance can be affected. 

=Images= | Balance CenterWhy Is Balance Important?

Balance is vital to your normal everyday activities, such as getting up from a chair, walking across a room, or bending over to pick up a piece of paper. You might be lying still but feel as though the room is spinning.  You might stand up and feel so dizzy that you sit down quickly --  or even fall.

Balance problems can disrupt your daily life, making it difficult to complete even simple tasks.  They can reduce your independence, your leisure activities and your opportunity to work.

Why the OSF Balance & Dizziness Center Is Unique

Team Approach

The OSF Saint Anthony Balance and Dizziness Center team includes an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) physician, a neurologist, audiologists, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals. 

The team works together to determine what is causing your symptoms and what the appropriate treatment is for your specific needs. 

State-of-the-Art Diagnostic/Treatment Services

=Images= | Balance CenterOur services include testing for problems in the inner ear, evaluation for physical therapy and treatment to improve balance.

The OSF Balance and Dizziness Center also incorporates the NeuroCom Balance Manager System to evaluate and track progress.

Community-Based After Care

The OSF Saint Anthony Balance and Dizziness Center also participates in the FallProof™ Program, a fee-based program designed to improve safety and independence. 

This program helps many people move from formal therapy to after-care.

How Do I Get Help?

Ask your doctor if a referral to the OSF Saint Anthony Balance and Dizziness Center is right for you.

Working together with you and your doctor, our team offers testing, evaluation, and treatment planning to help you gain more independence, confidence and movement.

Most insurance is accepted for care delivered by our audiologists and physical therapists. Check with your insurance provider to determine coverage.

Call 815-484-7042 for more information.

"Water Walking" or Underwater Treadmill Therapy

            The OSF Saint Anthony Center for Health Fitness offers an individualized “Water Walking” program in which participants use an underwater treadmill to increase flexibility, strength and stamina.

             “Water Walking” is particularly beneficial for anyone with joint problems and those dealing with arthritis, fibromyalgia or other conditions that limit movement.

             An exercise physiologist works with the participant one-on-one to help with gait pattern, endurance and cardiovascular benefits.  The water is maintained at a warm and comfortable 90 to 92 degrees, and water jets help soothe aching joints and muscles. 

When the water jets are on low, “Water Walking” is relaxing, like a massage.  When the jets are on high, it provides more resistance and is great for strength training.

Because water offers natural resistance to movement, athletes can also use the underwater treadmill for a cardio work out and for muscle strengthening. 

            The fees for Water Walking are the same as for having a personal trainer --  $48 for two half-hour sessions.  Packages of four and eight sessions are also available.  Some participants choose to have a personal trainer help them in the OSF Fitness Center gym during one session and then guide them on the underwater treadmill for another session. 

            To schedule a free evaluation to see if water therapy can help you, for an appointment or for more information, call 815-395-4591. 


Industrial Rehabilitation

The industrial rehabilitation services department has an excellent record in returning injured workers to their jobs and avoiding re-injury. 

Our Work Conditioning Program is tailored to the individual.  We focus on simulating job duties and maximizing tolerance to physical demands of the job. 

Our Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a comprehensive and objective test of an individual’s ability to perform work-related tasks.

Other programs we offer:

  • Health Fitness
  • Healthy Lifestyle Education Classes
  • Diabetes Education
  • Individual Dietary Consultations
  • Sports Medicine Injury Evaluation and Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Smoking Cessation Classes