Therapy 

 At SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital 

Highly individualized treatment, dedicated staff, ongoing communication, flexible scheduling, cost effective rehabilitation programs.

These are just a few of the benefits available through the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) Department of SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. 

Patients with movement and functional disorders receive specialized treatment through our inter-disciplinary team of dedicated physical, occupational and speech therapists. We focus on providing quality, individualized sessions that are one to one by licensed therapists.

When you come to SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital for therapy services, you can expect:

  • A comprehensive evaluation of the patient within 1-2 weeks of referral unless otherwise designated
  • An individualized program based on physician recommendations and specific diagnoses with one-to-one treatment session
  • A professional staff of licensed therapists who conduct treatment, emphasizing continuity of care
  • Written progress reports sent to referring physicians in a timely manner
  • Open communication among therapists, physicians and other healthcare professionals

The primary goal of therapy is to return the patient to the highest level of function possible.  Treatment is available for a variety of musculoskeletal, athletic, neurological and cardiopulmonary injuries and disorders.  We base our services on a patient’s own goals, needs, abilities and physical impairments.

Therapy Locations at SLU Hospital

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital
3635 Vista at Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63110
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Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 6 pm
Friday 7:30 am - 4:30 pm

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital - South Campus
1755 S. Grand Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63104
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Hours
Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 6 pm
Friday 7:30 am - Noon

Therapy Programs at SLU Hospital

Physical Therapy
Patients with movement and functional disorders receive treatment that focuses on improving range of motion, flexibility, strength, endurance, balance, musculoskeletal biomechanics, posture and functional mobility. Therapists provide patients with assistance in pain relief, edema control and strengthening.

For patients with scoliosis, kyphosis and other spinal deformities, experts at Saint Louis University Hospital offer a specialized physical therapy treatment plan called the Schroth Method.

The Schroth Method is a non-surgical approach to eliminate pain, halt curve progression and improve posture. This method is used for patients of all ages - from children who are not yet skeletally mature to adults with degenerative scoliosis. This method aims to improve musculoskeletal imbalances,focusing on all three planes of movement through personalized exercise plans. These plans incorporate strengthening, stretching and breathing techniques to encourage symmetrical alignment of the pelvis and spine.

All of the physical therapists at Saint Louis University Hospital emphasize patient education supported by home exercise programs to encourage independence and improve long-term recovery.

Occupational Therapy
Therapists assist patients in achieving optimal function in self-care, home management, work activities and leisure activities.  Activities that focus on improvement in function include range of motion, daily living training, strengthening, scar massage/desensitization, hand coordination, and upper extremity/hand therapy.

The level of performance may be optimized for each patient through adaptive equipment and custom splinting. 

 

Speech Therapy

Speech and language pathologists are skilled at performing modified barium swallows (MBS).

 

Hand Therapy

Patients with repetitive motion disorders and traumatic hand injuries receive treatment with emphasis on improving range of motion, strength, scar mobility, coordination and functional skills.

 

Customized Splinting

The occupational therapists are skilled at customized splinting, fabricated to meet positional, post-surgical and functional needs of the patient.

 

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Causes of vertigo such as decreased proprioception, difficulty with vision and cardiopulmonary/pulmonary difficulties are assessed.  Patients are taught alternative ways to improve functional abilities with emphasis on exercises that can assist in overcoming areas of impairment.

Pelvic Floor Retraining (hospital only)

This is an evaluation and treatment of patients with urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation and pelvic floor disorders. The program uses EMG, exercises and relaxation to re-educate muscles. Download our brochure for more about the Pelvic Floor Retraining program at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. To learn more about the women's services offered at SSM Health locations, visit ssmhealth.com/women

Exercise/Endurance Program (hospital only)

Offers alternative beyond medication, oxygen therapy and breathing aides.  The goal is to return the patient to the highest level of function through exercise and education. Education includes, but is not limited to, topics related to pulmonary disease, exercise training and energy conservation.