Susan Portner, RPT / Director
The Physical Rehabilitation Center staff of Registered Physical Therapists, Certified Athletic Trainers, Occupational Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants provide a full spectrum of physical therapy to both non-surgical and post-operative patients at the Mt. Vernon and Centralia locations. View biographies.
Injuries occur daily, ranging from work related to accidental. There are a diverse number of injuries that benefit from a thorough physical therapy plan. Modes of treatment range from the latest in computerized technology to hands-on treatment.
Back and Joint related injuries can be very debilitating and can occur to any number of individuals including domestic engineers, construction workers, executives, athletes, etc. We provide the latest in the treatment of back and joint injuries including: mechanical traction, heat fluidotherapy, electrical stimulation, etc., to return you to a pain free lifestyle.
Physical Therapy, often abbreviated PT, is a health care profession primarily concerned with the remediation of impairments and disabilities and the promotion of mobility, functional ability, quality of life and movement potential through examination, evaluation, diagnosis and physical intervention carried out by Physical Therapists and Physical Therapist Assistants. In addition to clinical practice, other activities encompassed in the physical therapy profession include research, education, consultation, and administration.
- Exercise Prescription
- Initial Evaluations by a Registered Physical Therapist
- Joint Mobilization- Including Sacroiliac Joint
- Manual Therapy
- Massage Therapy
- Mechanical Traction
- Specialized Therapeutic Exercise
- Use of Therapeutic Modalities
- Electrical Muscle Stimulation
- Ultrasonic Therapy
- Whirlpool Therapy
- Hot/Cold Packs
Special Tests and Services
- Nerve Conduction Velocity (NCV) testing for peripheral entrapment neuropathies such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS)
- Lido Evaluation: Computerized muscle testing. Allows quantitative measurement of muscular strength after injury.
- Custom knee braces
- Custom foot orthotics
- Custom back orthoses
- Fitness Gym
Diversified array of individual cybex isotonic stations
- Cybex / Biodex Cardiovascular
- StarTrac Treadmills
Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCE)
A Functional Capacity Evaluation is a set of tests, practices and observations that are combined to determine the ability of the evaluated to function in a variety of circumstances, most often employment, in an objective manner. Physicians change diagnoses based on FCEs. They are also required by insurers in when an insured person applies for disability payments or a disability pension in the case of permanent disability.
An FCE can be used to determine fitness to work following an extended period of medical leave. If an employee is unable to return to work, the FCE provides information on prognosis, and Occupational Rehabilitation measures that may be possible. An FCE can also be used to help identify changes to employee workload, or modifications to working conditions such as ergonomic measures, that the employer may be able to undertake in an effort to accommodate an employee with a disability or medical condition. FCEs are needed to determine if an employee is able to resume working in a capacity "commensurate with his or her skills or abilities" before the disability or medical condition was diagnosed. An FCE involves assessments made by one or more medical doctors.
FCEs may be required by law for some employers before an employee can return to work, as well as by insurers before insurance payments can be made. FCEs are also used to determine eligibility for disability insurance, or pension eligibility in the event that an employee is permanently unable to return to work.