The Rehabilitation Department strives to provide quality comprehensive therapy services to assist both inpatients and outpatients in achieving their highest level of function. The caring staff of the Rehabilitation Department assists patients who have lost mobility regain and improve their ability to perform daily activities at home, in the community or in physical activity (sports).
The Rehabilitation staff believes that education is the key to prevention and provides community education presentations on topics such as back care, Parkinson’s Disease and exercising with fibromyalgia. Windom Area Hospital Physical Therapy also provides services to the Mountain Lake Clinic.
For more information, contact the Rehabilitation Department at 507-831-0634.
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Physical Therapy Services
Physical Therapy Services
Appointments are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (and by special arrangement) Call (507) 831-0634 to schedule an appointment.
Neurological: Preventive: Other Services:
Occupational Therapy Services
Occupational Therapy Services
- Activities of daily living
- Cognitive retraining
- Adaptive equipment
- Hand rehabilitation
- Driving Assessments
Appointments are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m., or by special arrangement. Call (507) 831-0634 to schedule an appointment.
Speech Therapy Services
Speech/Language Therapy Services
Appointments are accepted Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. (and by special arrangement)Call (507) 831-0634 to schedule an appointment.
Vestibular Therapy Services
Do you have problems with dizziness? When you lay down in bed or roll over quickly does your whole world spin? When you walk, do you weave from side to side or feel like you are walking on a boat? These symptoms may be a sign of an underlying vestibular disorder.
Vestibular disorders can cause a variety of symptoms including dizziness (vertigo), unsteadiness (disequilibrium), nausea, sweating, increased heart rate and increased respirations. Due to the dizziness and unsteadiness, fear of falling is a major issue, which further more decreases levels of activity and increases social isolation.
There are three main types of vestibular disorders: benign positional vertigo (BPV), unilateral vestibular loss/weakness (UVL), and bilateral vestibular loss/weakness (BVL). BPV generally produces a sense of dizziness or spinning when a person’s head is placed in a provoking position. These positions usually include lying down, rolling over in bed, bending over and/or looking up. When the head is placed in certain positions, tiny pieces of free-floating crystals in the inner ear move and produce dizziness. During therapy, the patient’s head is moved through a series of positions designed to move the crystals into a portion of the inner ear where they will no longer cause any symptoms.
Unilateral vestibular loss or weakness usually causes a sense of unsteadiness or disequilibrium due to decreased input from the inner ear on one side. This perceived inequality give the sensation of being off balance. Physical therapy can be effective in prescribing individualized exercises to help the patient accommodate and eventually decrease the perception of disequilibrium.
Bilateral vestibular loss or weakness may or may not cause problems. If the loss is equal bilaterally, there will not be any abnormal sense of movement, however balance problems may still be an issue. Compensatory strategies and balance exercises are the treatment of choice for this particular problem. If the loss is not equal bilaterally, the symptoms will be similar to that of UVL and treated with individualized exercises and compensatory strategies.
Dizziness and imbalance do not have to be a part of daily life. Windom Area Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department can improve your quality of life. Contact your primary care provider today for a referral. For more information, contact Windom Area Hospital’s Physical Therapy Department at (507) 831-0634
Meet the Staff
Mitch Boeck, DPT
Mitch graduated from Northern State University, Aberdeen with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. Mitch received his Physical Therapy degree from St. Ambrose University, Davenport. Mitch’s therapy interests include general orthopedics and sports specific rehabilitation. Mitch is married with two children and enjoys coaching, playing sports and spending time with family.
Carmen Brockman, PT Aide
Carmen assists the Therapy staff and is instrumental in setting appointments and maintaining the rehabilitation facilities. Carmen is married with three children.
Terri Elder, MSPT
Terri is a graduate from South Dakota State University in Brookings, with a degree in Athletic Training. She then received her Physical Therapy degree from the University of South Dakota. Terri’s therapy interests include orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and vestibular (inner ear disorders) rehabilitation. Terri is married with three children and enjoys sporting activities and spending time with her family.
Jean Gerdes, MSCCC, SLP
Jean graduated from Mankato State University in 1992. Jean’s therapy interests are in the areas of dysphasia and neurogenic disorders. Jean is married with three children and enjoys camping, boating and gardening.
Laridee Herding, DPT
Laridee graduated from Dakota State University, Madison, with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science. Laridee then received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Des Moines University, Iowa. Laridee’s therapy interests include neurological rehab, general orthopedics and wound care. Laridee is married with two children and enjoys being outside and spending time with her family and friends.
Carmin Johnson, PTA
Carmin completed the two-year Physical Therapist Assistant program at Lake Superior College, Duluth in 2010. Carmin’s therapy interests include orthopedics and Parkinson’s Disease. Carmin is married with two children and enjoys time with her family and many outdoor activities.
Nicole Sammons, OTR/L
Nicole graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Lacrosse in 2001. Nicole’s therapy interests include orthopedics, Parkinson’s Disease and neurological rehabilitation. Nicole is married with four children and enjoys sporting activities and time with her family and friends.
LSVT BIG Program
Patients with Parkinson’s Disease have a non-prescription option for treatment of the neurological disorder. Three therapists at the Windom Area Hospital are certified in the LSVT® BIG program, a series of treatments focused on increasing the quality of life in patients.
The program consists of therapy targeted at increasing the amplitude of limb and body movement, along with improvement in joint range of motion, in people with Parkinson disease. Patients going through the program have seen improvements in upper and lower limb speed, balance and overall quality of life.
The treatment is administered in 16 sessions over a single month (four individual 60 minute sessions per week). This protocol was developed specifically to address the unique movement impairments for people with Parkinson disease. The protocol consists of many repetitions of core movements that are used in daily living. This type of practice is necessary to optimize learning and basically retrain the brain.
Our therapists had to attend two full-day LSVT Training and Certification Workshop in their respective discipline before becoming certified to deliver the LSVT research-based treatments to patients.
Laridee Herding, one of the trained therapists notes, “We are already working with two patients in the program and one just said to me today that she is seeing positive changes in every aspect of her life, and she just completed week two. She noted that even beyond physical improvement, she is experiencing more mental clarity and energy for daily living. This is going to be a great program for patients at any stage of Parkinson’s.”
Progressive neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease impair speech, swallowing, limb function, gait, balance, and activities of daily living. Roughly one million American’s live with Parkinson’s, which does not have a cure nor a specific cause.
Call the rehab department to find out more at 507-831-0634.