Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Service
Restoring Function. Maximizing Potential. Improving Quality of Life.
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is located in the Lower Ground Floor of the Hospital Building Tower One and is open from 7 AM to 7 PM on weekdays, 7 AM to 5 PM on Saturdays, and 8 AM to 5 PM on Sundays. We extend a 15 minute grace period time to all scheduled procedures. The department is manned by a multi-disciplinary staff composed of physiatrists, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists who work together to provide the maximal physical ability and function of patients through manual therapeutic techniques, use of modalities, and a conscientious analyses and remediation for rehabilitation conditions.
Services and Procedures
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Rehabilitation Services, as well as Splinting and Acupuncture Services. Diagnostic procedures related to Rehabilitation such as Electromyography and Video fluoroscopic Swallowing Studies are available.
- Rehabilitation Specialist Consultation A physiatrist or a rehabilitation medicine specialist performs an assessment and physical exam on the patient who has rehabilitation concerns. The doctor then arrives to a diagnosis and recommends accordingly to sections of the department for management.
- Physical Therapy is a branch of rehabilitation that focuses on treating movement dysfunctions, impairments, functional limitations and disabilities as they relate to mobility and health. Physical therapy aims to promote patient self-responsibility in attaining highest level of function through proper education, therapeutic exercises and functional training
- Occupational Therapy seeks to help people in participating in their activities through therapeutic use of occupations. OT interventions include aiding children with disabilities to participate functionally in school and social situations, and providing help for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Dysphagia management is also a hallmark of OT practice. Occupational therapists also perform Splinting to immobilize, inhibit or protect a joint from further injuries.
- Speech Therapy is a branch of rehabilitation that deals with speech, language and communication disorders. It aims to screen, assess, diagnose and treat individuals that present with communication and swallowing disorders and perform interventions through direct training of linguistic behaviors, teaching patients to respond effectively to the linguistic demands, or a combination of both.
- Acupuncture is a form of complementary medicine that focuses on needling acupuncture points to stimulate the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. A Physiatrist who has undergone training in Acupuncture performs this.
- Electromyography and Nerve Conduction Velocities Studies is a diagnostic procedure, which analyzes the nerve and muscle electric activity. For Nerve Conduction studies, the muscles and nerves are stimulated with small bursts of electricity to find out if the tested parts respond normally. We use these procedures to diagnose or rule out various rehabilitation and neurologic diseases or conditions.
- Videoflouroscopic Swallowing Studies is a diagnostic procedure that permits visualization of bolus flow in relation to structural movement throughout the upper digestive tract in real-time. VFSS allows detection of the presence and timing of aspiration and is the instrument of choice for diagnosing swallowing disorders.
- Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Imaging uses sound waves to produce pictures of muscles, tendons and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears and other soft tissue conditions. Ultrasound is safe, noninvasive and does not use ionizing radiation
- Real Time Ultrasound Core Strengthening (RTUCS) uses musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging in real time, to assess and train the core muscle function within the body. Our physiotherapist work individually with clients to teach how to effectively switch on and off ‘core’ and pelvic floor muscles. Then build up these muscles through a progressive exercise regime. RTUCS is crucial in allowing us to actually see if the correct muscles are switching on, and if so, if they are switching on in the right sequence. It is also great for clients to see their muscles switch on – we find that this visual cue creates a strong image in the brain which translates well to ‘muscles memory’; i.e. clients can activate their weakened muscles much better after even one session of RTUCS.
Please do not forget to bring your most recent doctor’s prescription, especially on your first session. The therapist will base their evaluation from your doctor’s prescription.
- Clothing: Depending on the area to be treated and the program prescribed by the doctor, we encourage you to consider the type of clothing you wear on your appointments. In general, we recommend loose-fitting clothing, shorts and rubber shoes for those who will have conditioning exercises. For patients who will require some exposure of body areas for treatment, will ask you to use a hospital gown for the duration.
- Liniments, Ointments, Etc.: As a precaution, please avoid applying any pain plasters, liniments or topical ointments not prescribed by your doctor BEFORE your therapy sessions. These pain-relief methods may alter your skin’s perception to heat or cold and may cause unprecedented burns.
- Schedule: Always check your schedule slip to ensure your appointment time and date. Please take note there is a 15-minute grace period only for scheduled sessions. In case of delay, you have the option to continue with the remaining hour, or to reschedule your session. This is to avoid disrupting the appointment of the next patient.
All Rehabilitation services are by appointment either through phone or through personally discussing schedule details with our administrative assistants. Our administrative assistants will also entertain any clarifications or inquiries you may have regarding your procedures.
Sports Medicine and the Human Performance Center
Asian Hospital and Medical Center’s Human Performance Center provides a one-stop shop for sports rehabilitation. We provide access to sports medicine specialists to deliver outcome-based results for sports-related concerns.
The Human Performance’s Center’s services include:
- Comprehensive Rehabilitation
- A special program customized specifically for the client’s injuries, goals, and activities
- Performance Improvement Training
- In-house Sessions (Individual or Team) — a special training session held at the Human Performance Center under the supervision of performance coaches and physical therapists.
- Weight loss wellness and fitness program guided by PTs and coaches
Location and Operating Hours
The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is located on the Lower Ground (LG) Floor of the Main Hospital Building. We are open from Monday to Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
For inquiries and appointments, call (632) 876-5749 or (632) 876-5757.