Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation
Located at the Family YMCA in the Center for Healthy Living, Forrest General Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation is in a newly renovated space designed just for kids! Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapy services are offered in one location made just for little ones with special needs for growth and development or injury recovery. We offer a comprehensive team approach to helping children restore normal movement for functional daily skills, improve speech and swallowing/feeding or assist with mobility and functional play. Children with developmental delays, learning disorders, orthopedic injuries, autism or neurologic disorders are among those that may be helped by our special team of therapists who have a passion to help children and their parents. For more information regarding services or to schedule an appointment, please call us at 601-288-3845.
Ouptatient Rehabilitation (adults)
Outpatient Rehabilitation, offered through the LiveWell Center, offers patients a comprehensive team approach with physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. The Outpatient Rehabilitation staff has a combined clinical experience of more than 100 years. The goals of these services are to treat, heal, prevent injuries and disabilities, rebuild confidence and restore function.
Individual attention during therapy appointments is provided by a licensed therapist or therapy assistant in accordance with the laws and practice acts of Mississippi. Forrest General emphasizes quality and a "hands-on" approach to treatment by employing skilled and credentialed therapists and including the patient and family in decision making, upholding the goal of creating a positive experience for each patient.
Outpatient Rehabilitation is located at the LiveWell Center, in the Cloverleaf Medical Plaza at 5909 U.S. Highway 49. Service hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 601-288-3860. Outpatient Rehabilitation staff will be happy to assist you with any therapy needs.
Physical therapists focus on mobility, wound healing, musculoskeletal impairment and balance skills. A variety of modalities, computerized equipment, Cybex exercise machines and educational tools may be utilized by the therapist to provide the best care for patients. Physical therapists strive to improve safety and foster functional independence of individuals as much as possible, to allow them the skills needed to climb stairs, get in and out of bed, walk, perform job skills or manage pain.
Aquatic physical therapy is another service offered at Outpatient Rehabilitation. The stainless steel heated aquatic pool is handicapped accessible. The pool area is fully equipped with both men's and women's locker rooms.
Patients who would benefit from aquatic pool therapy include those with:
- Chronic back pain
- Orthopedic patients
Balance and Vestibular Rehab Program
Forrest General's Outpatient Rehabilitation is the only center in Hattiesburg to utilize the Balance Master by Neurocom. The goal of balance and vestibular rehab is to assist with minizing fall risk by promoting stability while increasing the patient's mobility. The comprehensive treatment includes:
- Extensive evaluation
- Computerized balance testing
- Vestibular exercises
- Therapeutic exercises
- Gait/balance retraining
Patients who would benefit from Balance and Vestibular Rehab include those with the following conditions:
- Diabetes- neuropathies, visual deficits
- CVA or Parkinson's- motor control issues
- Vestibular disorders- gaze stabilization issues and safety
- General de-conditioning or prolonged hospitalization
- Aging mobility dysfunctions
Occupational therapists strive to increase an individual's level of independence with daily living skills including getting dressed, work or leisure skills and home management skills. Services typically include:
- Hand therapy
- Pediatric therapy
- Stroke rehabilitation *
- Assistance to improve one's ability to perform daily activities
- Adaptive equipment recommendations and training
- Education and training to family members and caregivers
*Our Out-patient Rehab department has Saebo® certified therapists: The SaeboFlex® technology by Saebo® features treatment for individuals who are suffering from a neurological injury such as a stroke or brain injury. The SaeboFlex® technology is a custom made dynamic hand splint that can be used to help individuals regain the ability to perform grasp and release activities using their affected hand and arm. It requires special training to be able to fit this device, and our Occupational Therapist and Occupational Therapist Assistant are certified to do so.
Speech therapists assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, cognition, voice, swallowing, fluency and other related communication disorders. Speech therapists work with people who cannot produce speech sounds, or cannot produce them clearly; those with speech rhythm and fluency problems, such as stuttering; people with voice disorders, such as inappropriate pitch or harsh voice; those with problems understanding and producing language; those who wish to improve their communication skills by modifying an accent; and those with cognitive communication impairments, such as attention, memory, and problem-solving disorders. They also work with people who have swallowing difficulties.
Forrest General's Outpatient Rehabilitation Resource staff holds certifications for the following treatment options: MDTP or McNeil Dysphagia Therapy Program which is a specialized swallowing treatment, NMES or Neuromuscular Electric Stimulation used for strengthening muscles for swallowing problems, Lee Silverman certification which is a specialized treatment program for Parkinson’s patients. We also provide out-patient Rehab Swallow studies to our adult and pediatric population.