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Specialized therapies

Individualized treatments and therapy services for specialized conditions

Man receiving therapy

Parkinson's therapy

LSVT programs are effective, evidence-based programs for people in all stages of Parkinson's disease. These standardized protocols are customized to the unique goals of individual patients to improve motor function and vocal quality. The program provides patients with daily activities to help them implement lifelong habits and improve their quality of life.

Patients in all stages of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) may benefit from LSVT treatment. Those patients in Hoehn and Yahr stages 1-3 are the best candidates for LSVT BIG.  

This program could improve:

  • Decreased fall risk
  • Increased independence with self-care
  • Faster walking with bigger steps
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation
  • Improvements in activities of daily living such as bed mobility
  • Improved Motor Score
Man on balance device with physical therapist

Restoring your balance

Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. When the vestibular organs are damaged with disease or injury, the brain can no longer rely on them for accurate information about equilibrium and motion, often resulting in dizziness, vertigo, balance problems, and other symptoms.

If the vestibular compensation process is not successful, a person's ability to maintain posture and coordinate balance may become overly dependent on input from the eyes (vision) and muscles and joints (proprioception). Our skilled physical and occupational therapists develop an individualized treatment plan that includes specific head, body, and eye exercises to be performed both in the therapy setting and at home.

A patient in need of vestibular rehabilitation may be experiencing: 

  • dizziness
  • vertigo
  • blurry vision with head movements
  • neck stiffness with avoidance of head movements
  • imbalance
  • need to hold onto objects when walking
  • frequent falls 
  • experience vertigo/spinning

Vestibular rehabilitation treatment options may include:

  • Canal repositioning maneuvers
  • Exercises to improve balance and walking
  • Vision stability exercises

Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema is an accumulation of lymphatic fluid in the body’s tissues that causes swelling, most often in an arm or leg. St. Anthony’s offers certified Lymphedema therapists who can perform Complete Decongestive Therapy, the gold standard medical treatment for adults and children. Lymphedema therapy is non-invasive and incorporates four essential elements:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage
  • Compressive Bandaging
  • Skin Care
  • Therapeutic Exercise

Breast cancer rehabilitation

This service is for patients who have undergone surgery for breast cancer. It includes:

  • Range of motion
  • Stretching
  • Strengthening
  • Scar Massage