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Outpatient Therapy Services (Sports Medicine)
Our 10,000 square-foot Sports Medicine Center complex is staffed by exemplary professionals specializing in the design and administration of personalized rehabilitative programs. We are equipped to enhance the quality of life through prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and diseases. Our custom programs focus on helping each patient achieve individual goals to enjoy a full life.
We offer highly specialized therapeutic care for infants, children and adolescents affected by developmental disorders, or injury and such conditions as autism, cerebral palsy, language disorders and Down Syndrome.
Our licensed physical, occupational and speech language therapists use state-of-the-art equipment and engaging techniques in outpatient settings tailored to each child's specific needs. Standardized evaluation instruments, sensory integration and Praxis tests help to assess patients and create these personalized treatments.
Speech-language therapy improves or corrects deficits in speech, language, swallowing and cognition. Treatments focus on enhancing articulation, expressive and receptive expression, fluency, auditory and linguistic processing, oral motor skills, and pragmatic and social skills.
Our speech therapists treat a wide variety of conditions including post CVA/stroke, traumatic brain injury, Parkinson's and other debilitating neurological conditions.
Occupational and Hand Therapy
Occupational and hand therapies incorporate manual activities with therapeutic methods to help restore function and normal daily activity lost through injuries or debilitating conditions.
Occupational therapists treat conditions affecting the hands, wrists, elbows and shoulders, as well as individuals affected by injury or stroke. Certified hand therapists provide custom-splinting as well as treatment to restore function for a variety of hand conditions.
LYMPHEDEMA is the abnormal accumulation of protein-rich lymphatic fluid due to a deficient or damaged lymphatic system.
Secondary lymphedema is commonly due to cancer treatment including lymph node removal or radiation; or may be due to trauma including burns, crush injuries, amputation or obesity.
Primary lymphedema occurs in individuals who were born with fewer lymph nodes than average or have anomalies in the structure of the lymphatic anatomy; this often presents following a severe injury.
Treatment of Lymphedema
- Manual Lymphatic Drainage: a hands-on skin stretching technique (often referred to as massage) that re-routes the lymphatic fluid from the affected area to a healthy area that can process the fluid for elimination.
- Wrapping the extremity with short-stretch bandages to aid in further reducing the fluid and preventing re-accumulation.
- Education on precautions to help initially prevent lymphedema and cellulitis from occurring or worsening; as well as teaching self-wrapping and self manual lymphatic drainage.
- Therapeutic exercise targeted at reducing fluid and regaining loss of motion, strength or function as a result of lymphedema.
When to speak to your Doctor about a referral to Physical Therapy for Lymphedema Treatment:
- If you have had lymph nodes removed in any part of the body; radiation or injury to any lymph nodes.
- If you have evident fluid accumulation or a feeling of "fullness" or heaviness in the area.
- If you have lost motion, strength, function or have pain as a result of cancer treatment or trauma to the lymphatic system.
- If you plan to fly and have had lymph nodes removed or damaged. A compression garment is advised to reduce the risk of developing lymphedema.
- If you have had a severe injury or surgery and have chronic swelling past the expected time for this to resolve.
- If you are in doubt...ask for an evaluation and we can determine if there are treatment options or education that can benefit you!
For questions regarding Lymphedema and its treatment, please call:
CHRISTUS St. Vincent Sports Medicine at (505) 913-5100.
Our physical therapy services are designed to prevent injury, alleviate discomfort, build strength and promote physical healing. Licensed therapists use the latest hands-on techniques and equipment to create personalized therapeutic programs for you.
The goal is to assist you in overcoming conditions or injuries of the neck, back, shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and feet, as well as to provide rehabilitative services to those affected by injuries, stroke, neuromuscular disorders and weakness caused by extended periods of inactivity.
Women’s Health Physical Therapy
What is the Pelvic Floor?
The pelvic floor is a group of muscles in the pelvis that play a role in urinary continence, fecal continence, sex- ual intercourse, and core stabilization. Therefore, when they are not functioning correctly, you may experience urinary issues including frequency and incontinence that may include leakage with laughing, coughing, sneez- ing, squatting, or bending over. Dysfunction in these muscles can also result in pain with intercourse as well as low back pain, abdominal pain, and pelvic pain. Women are vulnerable to issues with the pelvic floor throughout the course of life including during pregnancy, post-partum, and menopause.
When to Speak to Your Doctor
When to speak to your doctor about a referral to Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor/Women’s Health Physical Therapy:
- If you are experiencing urinary or bowel incontinence (leakage).
- If you feel you are unable to completely empty your bladder or the urinary stream is not normal.
- If you are having any vaginal or anal issues following breast, uterine or gastrointestinal cancer.
- If you are experiencing dysmenorrhea (painful periods).
- If you are experiencing dyspareunia (pain with intercourse).
- If you are experiencing any musculoskeletal pain during pregnancy or post-partum.
- If you are experiencing any urinary leakage or pain with intercourse following delivery.
- If you are experiencing pain at the tailbone or near the sit bones while you are sitting.
- If you are experiencing pain in the pelvis, vagina, or lower abdomen.
- If you are experiencing a prolaps of your pelvic organs.
Rehabilitation May Include:
- Pelvic floor relaxation/strength training
- Bladder/bowel retraining
- Exercises designed to stretch/strengthen affected muscles to correct imbalances
- Manual therapy
- Restoration of normal posture and alignment
- Improvement of pelvic organ alignment
- Strategies to decrease incontinence episodes
- Improvement/restoration of joint movement
Rehabilitation May Include:
At the initial appointment, your therapist will begin the evaluation with an interview to identify your specific problems and their effect on your daily activities. Your examination will be done in a private room. Your movement patterns will be assessed as well as your strength and flexibility. Your therapist will discuss the findings with you and provide you with education regarding your specific condition and the expectation of therapy. Any questions you have will be addressed.
At CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s Seating and Mobility Clinic (Wheelchair Clinic) our goal is to optimize your freedom of mobility, function and endurance. Together, our Occupational Therapists and Assistive Technology Professionals will work with you to determine your needs and goals and help you obtain the most comfortable and appropriate wheeled seating system on the market.
Individuals interested in an appointment for the Seating and Mobility Clinic are welcome to call with a self-referral. Each person MUST have a physician’s prescription for a “Wheelchair Evaluation by Occupational Therapist” that also includes their diagnosis on the prescription. This prescription must be less than 30 days old. All health insurance companies have coverage provisions for people needing wheelchairs, though coverage may vary.
Partnership with Santa Fe Public Schools
The CHRISTUS St. Vincent Sports Medicine program has partnered with Santa Fe Public Schools to provide athletic training services for Santa Fe High School and Capital High School. The role of the athletic trainer is to provide care, prevention and rehabilitation for high school athletes.
This program allows CHRISTUS St. Vincent Sports Medicine to share its experience and expertise with local high schools, thus ensuring proper education and treatment with injured high school athletes. CHRISTUS St. Vincent is proud to support all high school athletes in Northern New Mexico.
Santa Fe Clinic
440 St. Michael's Drive,
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Los Alamos Clinic
2237 Trinity Drive,
Los Alamos, NM 87544
Services: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Hand Therapy and Women’s Health Therapy