St. Joseph's Area Health Services staff of physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, occupational therapists, speech language pathologist, athletic trainer, and support staff are all highly qualified professionals who stay current in treatment options by attending continuing education programs.
Our Rehab Services staff will work with you in all settings of your rehabilitation. We will help coordinate your care between all settings including inpatient hospital stays, same day surgery, home visits, local school, residency at Heritage Living Center as well as at our outpatient departments located in the hospital and in Walker. Our therapists work closely with you and your physician to share information, emphasizing teamwork and assuring the best outcomes for you while maintaining confidentiality.
St. Joseph's Park Rapids Rehabilitation: 218-237-5496
St. Joseph's Walker Rehabilitation: 218-547-7650
St. Joseph's Physical Therapy helps patients achieve their highest level of function following illness, injury, surgery or other causes.
Each patient is assessed and an individualized program is developed depending on their particular disability and potential. Patients are an active partner in their rehabilitation. Activities are designed to promote and encourage the patients' return to as normal and full a life as possible. Exercises, therapeutic treatments, and patient education help the patient by decreasing pain and improving conditions.
Physical Therapy services available include:
- Therapeutic exercise
- Functional training in self care, home management, work, community,
and leisure activities
- Sports medicine
- Manual therapy techniques
- Electrotherapeutic modalities
- Physical agents and mechanical modalities
- Pediatric developmental treatment
- Instruction for individuals, families, and caregivers
- Vestibular rehab
Speech and Language Pathology
Our speech and language pathologist is dedicated to the needs of individuals with communication and swallowing disorders. Mike Mattson, a Masters of Science, Certified Clinical Competence, Speech Language Pathologist (MS/CCC/SLP), offers his services to schools, skilled nursing facilities, home health clients and more.
Speech therapy treatment areas at St. Joseph's cover cognitive functioning, swallowing disorders, speech, voice and language. Conditions treated through St. Joseph's speech therapy include:
- Huntington's chorea
- closed head injuries
- hearing loss
- motor speech impairments
- articulation disorders
- delayed language
- multiple sclerosis
- voice disorders
- neurologic impairments
- head or neck cancer
- cerebral palsy
- Down's syndrome
- clef palate
- auditory comprehension and processing
- developmental language
- accent reduction
- autism spectrum disorders
St. Joseph's now offers a new Commit to be Fit personal training program. Angel Clark, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Athletic Trainer, offers customized training for every age and ability. Training focuses on five components of a healthy lifestyle: exercise, nutrition, stress reduction, belonging, and purpose & reflection.
Learn how to reduce pain, improve performance in a favorite activity, lose weight, heal an injury, and stay fit for life.
Please call 218-255-1289 for more information or to sign up.
Athletic Training services provided by St. Joseph's enables the athletic population to get back to sport specific activities as quickly as possible after injury. Proper evaluation, movement analysis, and sport-specific rehabilitation is performed regularly. A trainer is available for schools as well.
Other service include:
- Weight room programs (demonstrations)
- Game coverage
- Taping clinics
- Equipment fitting
- Weight certification for wrestlers
- Protective devices (bracing, padding, etc.)