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Advanced Surgical Hospital: Helping You Get Back to Your Daily Routine
By Daniel Casciato


If you suffer from any pain, have injuries, or are recovering from a surgery, physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) can help you get back on your feet.

At Advanced Surgical Hospital in Washington, PA, the rehabilitation team can help you gain the strength, flexibility, and conditioning that you will need to fully participate in your recovery process. Their mission is simple—to provide you with the highest quality care while meeting and improving your wellbeing.

The rehab team also specializes in sports conditioning, general conditioning, gait and balance problems, and chronic pain issues. The therapists will work closely with your physician and surgeon to return you as quickly as possible to all the things that you enjoy doing.

According to John Evans, DPT, director of rehabilitation for Advanced Surgical Hospital, anybody can come to Advanced Surgical Hospital for rehab—you do not have to be a patient or even have had surgery. Treatment is customized for each patient by the PT/OT professionals. The staff will work with you to provide a guided course of treatment, he notes.

“There are many factors that go into deciding which mix of treatments is best for you,” says Evans. “Our team will consider your diagnosis, age, body composition, mobility, and current physical fitness.”

In addition, they will also review short term and long term goals which are set by you, your doctor and the therapists.

Differences Between OT and PT

The primary difference between OT and PT is that an occupational therapist focuses on improving your ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL) while a physical therapist focuses on improving your ability to perform movement of your body.

Occupational therapists can help you recover from injury or surgery to regain motor skills, emotions or behavior. There are two types of occupational therapy:

  • Inpatient: which focuses on ADL such as dressing, standing, eating, and how to adapt during recovery.
  • Clinic/Outpatient: the occupational therapists will work on any problems with your hands, wrists, elbows, and shoulders.

A physical therapist help you increase mobility, align bones and joints, or minimize your pain.

At Advanced Surgical Hospital, each of the PT staff members have advanced certifications (education and training). Whether you need OT or PT, they can treat:

  • Post-Surgical Rehab
  • Arthritic Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Sports Related Injuries
  • Joint Replacement Rehab (Knee, Hip, Shoulder)
  • Shoulder, Elbow, and Hand Injuries
  • Hand and Finger Splinting
  • Foot and Ankle Injuries
  • Overuse Injuries
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Job-Related Injuries
  • Motor Vehicle Injuries
  • Pre-Surgical Rehab (Prehabilitation)

Another way that Advanced Surgical Hospital stands out among the competition is that they also have a hand therapy/OT, a certified hand therapist on staff.

“Not all facilities that perform physical therapy or occupational therapy have staff who are specifically trained and educated to do this,” says Evans. “They work with people who have had intricate surgeries on their shoulders, elbows, wrists or hands.”

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Gym memberships are available for a low monthly fee. For more information on Advanced Surgical Hospital, call 724-228-3905 or visit http://ashospital.net/services/therapy/.

Depending on your specific needs, customized treatment plans at Advanced Surgical Hospital may include:

  • Medical Exercise Therapy
  • Strengthening Exercises
  • Flexibility and Range of Motion Exercises
  • Cardiovascular Conditioning
  • Gait and Balance Training
  • Posture and Coordination Training
  • Manual Therapy
  • Joint Mobilizations
  • Spinal Mobilizations
  • Spinal Decompression
  • Soft Tissue Massage
  • Myofascial Release
  • Active Release Techniques
  • Stretching
  • Kinesio Taping
  • Physical Agents
  • Electrical Stimulation
  • Therapeutic Ultrasound
  • Iontophoresis
  • Mechanical Traction
  • Heat and ice
  • Fall Prevention
  • Injury Prevention
  • General Fitness and Wellness


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