To Live the Life You Love
You, your family and your physician are an integral part of the multidisciplinary team during and after the rehabilitation process. We work closely with your physician to ensure proper and timely communication, ultimately enhancing your continuity of care.
A particular focus during the rehabilitation process is preparing you for discharge by using home programs and community-related resources to assist in your return to regular life.
AdventHealth Ottawa, formerly Ransom Memorial Health, provides specialties in Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Departments:
- Aquatic Therapy
- Sports Medicine
- Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
- Lymphedema Therapy
- Work Conditioning including Functional Capacity Evaluations, Pre-Work Screens & Functional Job Analysis
- Pediatric Care
- Wellness Clinic
- Vestibular Rehabilitation including BPPV treatment
- Occupational Therapy
What is Occupational Therapy?
Occupational Therapy is a skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. It gives people the “skills for the job of living” necessary for independent and satisfying lives.
The Occupational Therapist may provide the following:
- Evaluation and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, development disorders or work injuries
- Education and training in performing daily living tasks
- Sensorimotor treatments for increasing strength, endurance, range of motion, coordination and balance
- Therapeutic activities for memory/perception, cognitive integration and daily life skills
- Instruction and/or fabrication of adaptive equipment
- Splint fabrication for proper positioning, facilitation of motion, spasticity and edema control and pain reduction
- Lymphedema Therapy
- Physical Therapy
What is Physical Therapy?
Our physical therapists partner with our patients to help them reach their optimal independence. They evaluate each patient’s needs and devise individualized therapeutic treatment programs, which may include:
- Therapeutic exercise programs to help increase muscle function, coordination, endurance and mobility
- Gait and functional training for safety and independence
- Muscle re-education to regain function
- Joint and soft-tissue mobilization to increase range of motion
- Pain management
- Prosthetic training
- Wound/scar management
- Edema management
- Patient and family education
- Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation
- Speech Therapy
What is Speech Therapy?
Our Speech-Language Pathologists evaluate communication problems as well as swallowing dysfunction. They design treatment plans relevant to each patient’s needs that may focus on:
- Comprehension skills for written and verbal communication
- Verbal and nonverbal communication, including the use of augmentative systems when necessary
- Cognitive status which may include memory, orientation and reasoning skills
- Oral muscle strength and functioning for speaking and swallowing
- Swallowing skills and techniques
- Work Conditioning/Ergonomic Assessment
What is Work Conditioning / Ergonomic Assessment?
Work Conditioning is:
A systematic program of gradually progressive, work-related activities performed with proper body mechanics to physically and psychologically reconditions the client in order to facilitate return to full employment.
Ergonomic Assessment is:
Functional Capacity Evaluation – Matching Work and Worker
Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a physical test that measures an injured worker’s abilities. In the FCE, workers perform various activities that simulate on-the-job work. Those activities can then be matched to the specific tasks of a certain job. The FCE combines the highest level of safety with objective findings and, when necessary, significantly aids in developing an effective return-to-work program for injured workers.
FCE uses a unique approach to a physical examination by allowing the worker to test for maximum objective strength without fear of injury. In this kinesiophysical method of testing, it is the therapist skilled in musculoskeletal function — not the worker — who identifies precise physical and functional abilities.
The therapist observes:
- Muscle function
- Movement patterns
- Physiological changes
- Worker behavior in one evaluation
- Correlates physical findings with functional limitations
- Provides specific solutions regarding when and what capacity that worker can safely return to work
Prework Screening – Matching the Physical Requirements to the Job
Prework Screen (PWS) are functional tests used to determine if individuals’ physical abilities match the physical requirements of a specific job. The tests are based on the results of a Functional Job Analysis (FJA) to ensure job relatedness. The screening process ensures a match between the worker and the work in a non-discriminatory manner. The PWS program has been developed to comply with all regulations put forth by ADA and Human Rights legislation. The ability to perform PWS at RMH allows you to:
- Provide employers with a mechanism to make hiring decisions in a legal and non-discriminatory way.
- Provides employers with employees that have the abilities to safely perform the work required in a specific job, therefore, reduced the incidence and severity of work-related injuries.
- Provides employees with objective information on the physical requirements of the job which can be used both at the time of hire and if needed for return to work decisions after an injury.
Functional Job Analysis – Identifying and Evaluating the Work
Functional Job Analysis (FJA) is a comprehensive, structured process of identifying and evaluating the physical aspects of work. A critical factor in developing an effective work injury prevention and management process, the FJA involves analyzing the worker, the work and the worksite.
With the assistance of a worker who performs the job, the FJA objectively quantifies, measures, and categorizes the active components of the job, including the required movements, functions, forces, actions and postures. The FJA is an important component in injury prevention; it identifies risk factors associated with cumulative trauma injuries, and provides recommendations related to ergonomic modifications and other strategies to reduce or eliminate such injuries.
Objective and comprehensive, the FJA results in principal outcomes:
- Developing recommendations for eliminating the risk of injuries, such as hazards and stressors, by:
- Redesigning the workplace
- Changing work practices
- Designing a Prework Screen (PWS)
- Creating a Functional Job Description (FJD)
The FJD catalogs the activities and physical, functional demand of specific jobs. Compliant with American with Disabilities Act (ADA), Canadian Human Rights legislation and other international anti-discrimination laws, the FJD includes:
- Job title
- Job objective(s)
- Essential job functions
- Non-essential functions
- Equipment used
- Significant work measurements
- Critical demands
- Possible modifications
- Reasonable accommodations
- What is Botox?
Botox is a purified protein that can be injected into muscle to temporarily block muscle activity resulting in relaxation of that muscle and thus create smoother-looking skin. Cosmetic Botox is primarily injected into the muscles of the face to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes and along the forehead.
It starts to work in about 3 days and has a temporary effect that can last for 3-4 months.
- What are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane and Voluma, are soft tissue injectables composed of either collagen or hyaluronic acid, both naturally occurring substances in our bodies. They are injected into the skin to plump up and fill in fine lines, wrinkles, and scars to restore a smoother appearance or augment the lips or cheeks by restoring definition and volume. Most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary, lasting typically 6-9 months up to 2 years, and are eventually absorbed by the body.
- What are Chemical Peels?
Chemical peels are topically applied acids that help rejuvenate the skin surface by creating an even and controlled shedding of the skin cells. This allows new layers of skin to be exposed resulting in smoother skin, fewer wrinkles, and a fresher younger-looking appearance. Chemical peels can be used to treat fine lines and wrinkles to acne scars and skin discoloration and melasma. They can be done to different depths depending on the acids used. The deeper the penetration the more dramatic the results but also the longer the recovery time.
- What is Sclerotherapy?
Sclerotherapy is a treatment for tiny spider veins on the skin. It can be done by injecting a highly concentrated solution of sodium chloride or irritant into the vein or by using a high-powered laser. This results in inflammation, scaring and collapse of the vein, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. It may take a couple weeks for the vein to be reabsorbed and disappear.
- What is Micro-Needling?
Micro-needling is a procedure that uses tiny micro-needles to create controlled micro-channels in the skin in order to aid in the production of collagen and elastin. It basically causes small injuries to the skin to stimulate the body’s own repair process resulting in a thicker epidermis with a softer appearance of wrinkles. These micro-channels also allow topical gels, creams and serums to be absorbed more effectively, enhancing the effects in deeper layers of the skin.
What is it for?
Micro-needling helps reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and improves skin tone and texture with softer, younger-looking skin with fewer signs of aging.
It can also improve the appearance of hyperpigmentation as well as uneven skin tone, acne scars, traumatic scars and stretch marks.
A Customized Playbook
It can be a difficult balancing act: You want to re-engage in your active life. But you also need to take the time to heal. We're here to help you stay on a safe and steady course to recovery. Using your customized care plan as their guide, our multidisciplinary team will connect you to the medical professionals, community resources, and local support services you need to help you get back to doing all the things you love.