Outpatient Rehabilitation Center

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Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center provides a full service, multidisciplinary program offering outpatient therapies including physical and occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, and industrial rehabilitation. The Center is staffed by licensed physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech/language pathologists who work with your physician to help patients regain physical strength and motor skills.

A freestanding facility located adjacent to Catawba Valley Medical Center’s main tower, the Center for Rehabilitation includes a rehabilitation treatment gym, individualized treatment rooms, a community fitness center and a heated pool.

For more information or for a tour of the Outpatient facility please call 828.326.2131.


Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy
Physical Therapy can improve circulation, restore motion, relieve pain, prevent injury, strengthen muscles, correct deformities and promote healing. The physical therapist evaluates each patient’s needs before customizing a course of treatment and education designed to attain maximum improvement as quickly as possible. To assist the therapist, a fully equipped gym housing the best rehabilitative equipment is available.

Some of our specific services include:

  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Gait and mobility training
  • Dry needling
  • Neuromuscular re-education/Balance training
  • Spine stabilization
  • Therapeutic pain management
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Vestibular rehabilitation
  • LSVT® Big
  • Patient and family education
  • Pelvic Rehab
  • Modalities (moist heat, cold, E-stim, TENS, ultrasound)

Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy
Illness or injury can prevent an individual from performing daily tasks of life that most people take for granted. Occupational Therapy reduces limitations by improving muscle strength, desensitizing painful areas and enhancing behavioral/ cognitive skills. Through therapy, patients improve self-care abilities and acquire skills to regain/maintain maximum function and ability to return to activities of daily living. For injuries of the hand, therapy is designed to restore impaired function through the use of customized splints and therapeutic exercise.

Our services include:

  • Day-to-day skills
  • Visual perception
  • Stroke recovery
  • Lymphadema therapy
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Patient and family education

Speech Therapy

Speech/Language Pathology
Speech Pathology provides rehabilitative services to adults who have neurologic disorders due to stroke or head injury, (ALS, Parkinson’s, etc.), and have impairments in receptive or expressive communication, cognition or swallowing. Patients who have lost the ability to talk due to laryngectomy, cancer or other voice disorders receive training in alternative methods of communication. Children with acquired or developmental language disorders, articulation or feeding/oral motor disorders receive therapy to reach their maximum potential.

Our specific services include:

  • Speech and language assessment
  • Swallowing evaluation and treatment
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Speech treatment/voice disorders
  • MBS (Modified Barium Swallow Study)
  • Clinical feeding/oral motor evaluations
  • LSVT® Loud
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallow (FEES)

Industrial Rehabilitation

Industrial Rehabilitation
On-the-job injuries can be costly to employers and employees. That’s why the Center for Rehabilitation at Catawba Valley Medical Center has a special department that addresses industrial needs, from prevention to rehabilitation to return-to work.

Below are our specific services:

  • Functional Capacity Evaluations (FCEs) - Provide a comprehensive measurement of physical limitations and functional abilities and assess return-to-work capabilities.
  • Work Conditioning - Prepares patients to return to work.
  • Job Site/Task Analysis and Modification - Identifies injury-producing jobs or conditions and helps employers make them safer.
  • Preventive/Education Programs - Lower the incidence of cumulative trauma disorders.
  • Pre-employment placement screening - Assesses individuals to determine if physical capabilities match the available job to help reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic Therapy
The center’s aquatic program consists of a three-lane, 25-yard heated pool, located in Catawba Valley Medical Center’s Fitness Plus Center. Therapy performed in water reduces stress to joints and injured areas, because of this, aquatic therapy is especially beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, back injury, fibromyalgia, and many other musculoskeletal and neurological diagnoses. A chair lift makes the pool accessible for all patients.

Contact the Rehabilitation Center

810 Fairgrove Church Road SE, Hickory, NC 28602

For more information call 828.326.2131