Therapy Success Stories

At Valley-Bay Therapy, Inc.  we maintain the highest standard of clinical excellence for our patients.  We believe in quality service over quantity.  Our staff remains patient focused.

The goal of Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Speech-Language Pathology is to assist patients in regaining function or compensating for loss of functional abilities and enhancing their quality-of-life. Our extraordinary therapists share a common goal—to help patients return to normal activities as soon as possible.

We believe in going above and beyond for our residents.  At Valley-Bay patients are never just a number.  Each patient is an individual to be cared for and respected with specific needs and distinctive goals.  Patient success is a badge of honor.  When a patient succeeds so do we.

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Patient Age: 91

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnosis: Vertebral Fracture

This patient had a history of atrial fibrillation, hypertension, hypothyroidism, non-insulin dependent diabetes, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and dementia. This   individual came to therapy with a vertebral fracture, complaining of severe pain to the right hip and back.  During her stay in the facility she also injured her left shoulder and had severe pain.

As a result of her injuries, she required a maximum level of assistance from two therapists for transfers, was completely dependent in activities of daily living involving the lower extremities and required a minimum level of assistance from facility staff and therapists for upper body activities of daily living.  This individual had no active range of motion in the left shoulder.  This meant that she was unable to even lift her own arm prior to the onset of therapy.

The treatment regimen for this patient lasted 2 weeks and consisted of short wave diathermy to the right lower back, hip area and left shoulder five times a week, therapeutic exercises, Biofreeze and hot pack application to affected areas.

After treatment this patient reported no lower back pain.  Left shoulder pain was reported as absent to minimal.  Left shoulder range of motion was back to 75% of the baseline.

Over all the patient was thrilled.  She reports:

“I can’t believe the pain is gone!  I don’t hurt anymore!”

 

 

 

 

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Patient Age: 87                                                        enjoylife

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnosis: Rheumatoid Arthritis

This patient entered therapy with rotator cuff tears and degenerative joint disease.  At the time of her initial therapy evaluation she indicated that her pain level was an 8 on a scale of 10 (0 being no pain and 10 being excruciating pain).  She had poor active range of motion in her shoulder.

This individual’s treatment plan consisted of diathermy and ultrasound 3 days per week, manual therapy, therapeutic activities and therapeutic exercises.  After a period of 9 weeks this patient was discharged from therapy and had made significant functional gains.  Her active range of motion improved to the point she could reach for grooming products and her telephone independently.  She rated her pain level a 2 on a scale of 10.  This is a decrease in her pain of 6 points on a 10 point scale.

Upon her discharge from therapy the patient stated:

“Therapy has helped me so much.  My arm pain is nothing compared to what it used to be.”

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Patient Age: 67

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnosis: Aftercare-joint replacement, Fatigue and Difficulty Walking

This individual came to Valley-Bay Therapy for rehabilitation after a bilateral knee replacement. At the time of her evaluation she required moderate to maximum assistance with all mobility (getting from one place to another).  She also rated her pain level as an 8 on a scale of 10 (0=no pain, 10=severe pain).  Her range of motion in her right knee was 90 degrees and in the left knee it was 85 degrees.

This patient was originally seen in therapy 6 days per week.  She was treated with Interferential Current Therapy (IFC) which targets pain on a particular site and not the entire body and also with Electrical Stimulation to initiate muscle contractions and help build strength.  In addition to the modalities utilized (IFC and Electronic stimulation) this patient also received strengthening therapy, range of motion therapy and manual therapy to speed her on her way to recovery.

After her initial 2 week rehab stay in the Skilled Nursing Facility this individual was so impressed with Valley-Bay’s clinical expertise that she chose to return to Valley-Bay Therapy as an outpatient to continue treatment.  For an additional 8 weeks, she continued exercises and therapy to increase her strength in her lower extremities and to increase range of motion in her knees.

After her initial 2 weeks in therapy, her pain level was reported as a 3 to 4 out of 10.  Her Range of motion on the left had increased to 111 degrees and on the right it increased to 112 degrees.  She was able to ambulate (walk) with a wheeled walker.

After her continued therapy (an additional 8 weeks) the patient had achieved all the goals she had initially set out to accomplish.  She reported no pain, was able to walk without the assistance of a walker, increased her strength to a normal level, could walk up and down steps and her range of motion on both the left and the right was 121 degrees.

On a follow up call regarding her rehab experience the patient reported to the therapists that

“4.5 months after surgery I danced at my niece’s wedding and walked on the beach.”

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Patient Age: 84

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnosis: Below Knee Amputation

This individual came to Valley-Bay Therapy for rehabilitation after a below the knee amputation.  This patient had several other issues that made this a challenging case.  She suffered from Congestive Heart Failure, Hypertension, Diabetes and had a history of falls.

At the time of her initial therapy evaluation this patient required a maximum assist from two therapists for transfers and a maximum assist of one therapist for bed mobility.  This meant that two therapists had to lift this individual from one place to another (i.e. from the bed to the wheelchair and back again) and that she could not adjust her positioning in bed on her own.  In addition to these limitations the patient also    complained of phantom limb pain.

Therapy treatment included the use of therapeutic electrical stimulation 5 days per week in addition to standing exercises,  therapeutic exercises, and desensitizing the patient’s leg stump.

After three weeks of therapy the phantom limb pain was gone and the patient was able to stand and hop with a walker on her own.

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Patient Age: 83

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnoses: Rhabdomyolysis, Acute Kidney Injury, Atrial fibrillation,Urinary Tract Infection

This individual came to Valley-Bay due to a fall.  The fall occurred in her home and the circumstances surrounding the fall are uncertain.  Additionally, it was not clear how long it took caregivers to find her after the fall happened.

At her initial evaluation this individual required maximum assistance for all ADL (Activity of Daily Living) tasks and she required a stand up lift to transfer from one location to another.  Additionally, she required maximum assistance for bed mobility.  This meant that she could not adjust her position in bed or sit up in bed on her own.  The patient complained of pain in her right hand and wrist.

Therapy treated this individual with Diathermy and Electrical Stimulation 5 times per week, therapeutic activities therapeutic exercises, and self-cares to progress to ADLs.  Self-cares to progress to ADLs means that therapy taught this individual how to utilize adaptive equipment and other strategies to increase her independence with bathing and dressing (ADL) so she could live in a more independent setting.

After 100 days of therapy this individual was able to perform all activities of daily living (ADLs) independently.  She was independent in her functional mobility (getting from one location to another) with the use of a four-wheel walker.  She reported no pain in her right wrist and had good range of motion in that same wrist.

The patient and family were incredibly satisfied not only with the treatment, but  also with the exemplary therapy staff.  The family was thankful for the encouragement their loved one received and that she was able to discharge to an  assisted living facility successfully.

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Patient Age: 82

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnosis: Leg Pain/Edemaboating

This individual came to Valley-Bay with leg pain and severe edema.  Additionally, she suffered from COPD, an atrial flutter and diabetes.  She was not able to ambulate (walk) on her own, required maximum assistance from two therapists to stand in place, and utilized a stand up lift to transfer from a bed to a wheelchair and vice-versa.

Therapy treated her 5 days a week with a patented form of electrical stimulation called PENS.  Additionally, she utilized the NuStep to help build strength in her legs.

Upon completing 15 hours of therapy, the patient was able to stand from a sitting   position with a contact guard assist.  This meant that someone needed to be nearby to monitor and possibly assist if she had any problems standing.

This patient was ecstatic to be able to stand on her own without the use of the lift or significant assistance from her caregivers.

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Patient Age: 83

Patient Gender: Female

Diagnosis: Disorders of Sacrum

Prior to a hip fracture this individual lived independently at home and utilized a four-wheel walker to assist in her independence.  She also has some assistance from her son and daughter as needed.  This patient began therapy in January 2013 due to a fall resulting in a hip fracture.  At this time she complained of severe left hip pain and was unable to care for herself.  In addition to the pain related to the hip fracture, this individual also suffered from congestive heart failure, COPD, and osteoporosis.

At her first therapy evaluation this individual was able to move from a sitting position to a    supine (lying on her back) position with a minimal amount of assistance, could ambulate (walk) 15 feet with the aid of a walker and a moderate level of assistance from the treating therapist.  She could complete transfers with a minimum amount of assistance.  She rated her pain level as a 6 on a scale of 10.

This individual was seen by therapy 5 days a week for hip pain and treated utilizing short wave diathermy for two weeks.  Her entire therapy stay was 3.5 weeks long.  In   addition to the    diathermy treatment, this individual also received several other lower extremity treatments to speed her recovery.  These treatments consisted of gait training, transfer training, standing and balance training and massage to the left hip region.

After treatment, this individual was discharged to an assisted living facility.  She was able to walk 150 feet (an improvement of 135 feet) with the aid of a four-wheel walker and a stand by assist from the treating therapist due to being legally blind.  She was independent in bed mobility, meaning she was able to get into and out of bed and reposition on her own.  She did require a stand by assist (someone to monitor her) when getting in and out of bed due to poor vision.

Upon admission to therapy she rated her pain a 6 out of 10.  Upon being discharged from    therapy she rated her pain a 0 out of 10 most of the time with an occasional 1 out of 10.

The patient’s family was very pleased with the outcome of her therapy treatments.  They did not anticipate her being pain free after such a short period of time.

One of the patient’s children was quoted as saying:

“You girls are all so nice.  Thank you for everything you  did for mom!”

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