Serving the Community with Outpatient Rehab Services
Gina Varela, Therapy Manager
HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tinton Falls
2 Centre Plaza, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724
BIO: HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospitals lead the way in rehabilitation services, consistently outperforming peers with a unique, intensive approach to rehabilitative care. They partner with every patient to fi nd a treatment plan that works for them. In addition to providing quality inpatient care, HealthSouth in Tinton Falls serves the community with a variety of outpatient rehabilitation services designed to help anyone achieve their recovery goals.
How do your outpatient programs serve the HealthSouth community?
At HealthSouth we have two roles – to provide a continuum of care to our HealthSouth inpatients once they are discharged to home and also to provide outpatient services to the surrounding community. Our mission is to offer a full spectrum of rehabilitation services for the community, and our outpatient programs play an important part in helping each individual patient achieve their optimal level of recovery. We want people in the community to know that we are more than an inpatient facility – we are here to serve their outpatient rehabilitation needs.
What kinds of outpatient services do you offer?
We offer Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy services. We treat a variety of patient diagnoses, including orthopedic injuries, neurological impairments, balance disorders, pre- and post-surgical rehab, cognitive/memory/language disorders and hand injuries. Our team of highly skilled and experienced therapists are able to provide the newest evidence-based treatments and rehabilitation techniques. Therapists work together to create the most effective individualized plan of care to help each patient reach their full potential for recovery and independence.
What are some of your specialized outpatient programs?
We offer many specialized programs including Vestibular Rehabilitation, which is designed for people who have vertigo, post-concussion syndrome vestibular dysfunction or balance deficits.
We also provide a program designed for patients living with the effects of Parkinson’s Disease or other movement disorders, which is called PWR (Parkinson’s Wellness Recovery). This is a comprehensive program that is evidence-based, and utilizes structured exercises designed to help slow disease progression, restore motor function and improve quality of life. To further help our patients living with Parkinson’s Disease we offer an LSVT LOUD Program. This is a voice-specific therapy designed to help improve voice volume, speech intelligibility, increase facial expression and improve confidence.
Our Driver Assessment Program utilizes the DriveABLETM which is an evidenced-based assessment tool designed to evaluate medically-at-risk drivers. It is used to help physicians, patients, and family members make objective, informed decisions about a patient’s fitness-to-drive. This assessment is helpful in determining when – or if – an individual who has experienced cognitive decline due to stroke, dementia, or similar conditions can safely return to driving.
How would someone access outpatient rehab at HealthSouth?
Though patients often come to us after discharge from our inpatient rehab, no prior hospital stay is necessary to take advantage of our outpatient rehabilitation services. We participate in most insurance plans. Anyone who feels they would benefit from outpatient rehabilitation can call (732) 460-5384 to schedule an appointment or for more information.
How Can PRP Help Your Orthopedic Recovery?
Platelet-rich plasma, commonly referred to as PRP, is a nonoperative solution for injuries and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Although blood is mainly a liquid called plasma, it also contains small solid components such as red cells, white cells, and platelets. Platelets are best known for their importance in clotting blood. However, platelets also contain hundreds of proteins called growth factors which are of prime importance in the healing of injuries.
“PRP therapy is a concentration of your body’s own blood platelets, spun in a centrifuge that separates blood by weight,” says sports and regenerative medicine specialist Daniel Savarino, DO, RMSK.
“The platelets are injected into damaged areas of the body to promote tissue repair and accelerate healing,” continues Dr. Savarino. “Platelets are rich in growth and healing factors which means, on average, an injured individual can get back to a pain-free life in six to eight weeks. Some patients require two or three injections, based on the severity of the injury, but many respond to a single treatment.”
Awareness of PRP has risen as it has been utilized successfully by professional athletes, including Tiger Woods, who received four treatments following knee surgery, tennis star Rafael Nadal, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Takashi Saito and Bartolo Colon, both Major League baseball players.
“PRP can be a great treatment for people who have tried conventional treatments with no success,” concludes Dr. Savarino.
A Long-Lasting, Permanent Solution
Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Marshall Allegra, MD says, “Injuries treated with PRP therapy include rotator cuff, quadriceps, hamstring, Achilles tendon injuries, tennis elbow, as well as conditions such as osteoarthritis.”
“PRP therapy can also be an alternative to surgery as well as part of an enhanced healing program following surgery,” continues Dr. Allegra. “PRP presents patients with a long lasting, permanent solution that will not wear off over time as with a traditional pain injections such as cortisone. For this reason, the use of PRP could help a patient avoid joint replacement surgery, and potentially back surgery. With any treatment option, the effectiveness of the treatment depends upon the severity of the injury.”
The risks associated with PRP are minimal. It uses the body’s own blood and there may be increased pain at the injection site, but the incidence of other problems, such as infection, tissue damage and nerve injuries, appears to be no different from that associated with cortisone injections.
Physical Therapy Enhances PRP Treatment
Following regenerative procedures such as PRP, physical therapy is introduced to help restore function and improve strength and mobility of the joint or muscle,” says physical therapist David Bertone, PT, DPT, OCS.
“Treatment utilizing the AlterG® Anti-Gravity treadmill is the perfect complement to PRP therapy,” says Dr. Bertone.
“By reducing up to 80 percent of body weight, the AlterG treadmill continues each patient’s enhanced treatment plan by reducing stress and strain on the lower body from impact walking or running, while maximizing healing and conditioning.”
“Additional physical therapy modalities can be used to increase circulation and healing in the injured area,” continues Dr. Bertone. “These may include electrical stimulation, Laser class IV treatment, heat and cold therapy and ultrasound, as well as manual therapy such as massage and joint mobilization.”
Revolutionary treatments like PRP therapy, supported by the latest treatment technologies in physical therapy, are helping patients experience less pain, accelerate healing, and get back in the game of life more quickly.
There are plenty of physical therapy centers in Central New Jersey, but none of them offer the expertise and state-of-the-art evidence-based approach offered by Dr. David Bertone and his team at db Orthopedic Physical Therapy. The practice has two centrally located offices to serve adults and children suffering from injuries including back and knee pain, post-surgical rehabilitation, concussion management and even golf performance enhancement!
For more than 27 years, Dr. Bertone has focused in work on orthopedic rehabilitation. At his offices, patients receive care backed by the most forward-thinking research.
Dr. Bertone is committed to connecting with his patients, not only with his healing hands but with his belief that effective healthcare begins before a patient even walks in the door. That’s why Dr. Bertone signed on to become a featured doctor on HumanizeMD.com — the web’s one-stop-shop for patients who want to “meet’ their doctors before they make an appointment. Learn more about Dr. Bertone in his own words.
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