Hand therapists at Mercy specialize in the evaluation and management of tendon injuries, tendonitis, nerve injuries, tumors and cysts, arthritis, burns and amputations. They are also skilled in making and fitting of custom splints and adaptive equipment.
Mercy is proud to give patients the opportunity to work with a therapist who specializes in providing the treatment and management of lymphedema. Treatments include skin care, manual lymph drainage using stretching and massaging techniques, compression bandaging, exercise prescription, and the fitting of compression garments. The end goal for patients is self management by the patient or a caregiver. This service is exclusively available at Mercy West Physical Therapy.
Functional Capacity Assessments (FCA)
A FCA objectively determines an individual’s present functional capabilities in terms of job-specific activities. The findings of this standardized assessment are used to assist in determining the next step in the rehab process, and as guidelines for returning to work. This service is exclusively available at Mercy South Physical Therapy.
The evaluation and treatment of patients with vestibular and balance disorders includes a variety of techniques to decrease symptoms and maximize independence and safety. Mercy offers a computerized evaluation using the Smart Balance Master to assess and treat functions of the sensory systems involved in balance. Therapists may perform manual techniques to improve Benign Proximal Positional Vertigo or instruct patients in habituation or visual stabilization exercises.
Mercy Physical Therapy Clinics offer a wide-range of treatment options for various women’s health conditions, including pelvic pain, urinary and fecal incontinence, constipation and the impacts of pregnancy. Therapists specially trained in women’s health therapy work with patients to improve muscle strength and restore confidence so patients can maintain an active lifestyle. These services are specifically available at Mercy Waukee Physical Therapy and Mercy West Physical Therapy.
Therapists at Mercy are qualified to perform on-site evaluations for individuals to identify potentially harmful activities in the workplace before injuries occur. A report identifies modifications that could reduce the risk of injury, including improvements in posture, repositioning of equipment or other minor adjustments needed to improve the worksite ergonomics.
Mercy offers rehabilitation to patients with arthritis and related conditions. Services include treatment and education in pain management, joint protection, the use of adaptive equipment, and appropriate exercise programs to improve movement and function.