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Our Services

Rehabilitative Services

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital’s rehabilitative services are designed to meet the needs of both inpatients and outpatients. While hospital patients receive therapy within the hospital during their stay, outpatients are treated at Cox Rehabilitation Center located on the campus of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. The center, named for long-time board member and community leader, Walter Cox, is a 7,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility featuring a fully equipped gym and therapy pool.

Physical Therapy

Our highly trained physical therapists use a hands-on approach that includes examination, diagnosis and treatment of your problem. They will teach you how to take care of yourself by showing you how to do exercises and how to use your body properly to gain strength and mobility and prevent recurring injuries. They may also advise you on proper posture and body motion, treat injuries, and consult on fitness and wellness. Our physical therapists treat patients of all ages and diagnoses.

Some commonly treated diagnoses include:

  • Neurological impairments, including stroke, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and degenerative conditions
  • Athletic injuries
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Wound care
  • Back and neck pain
  • Work-related injuries
  • Headaches and TMJ
  • Amputee care
  • Prosthetic and orthotic training

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapists use a wide variety of strategies and tools to assist people in regaining, developing, and building skills essential for independent living and optimal health and well-being. Occupational therapists can help people overcome physical impairment, functional limitations, disability and handicaps in their activities of daily living such as dressing, bathing and feeding. OTs can provide adaptive equipment to increase independence. They can evaluate and modify your work area and make recommendations to decrease the risk of injury.

Occupational therapists commonly treat the following conditions:

  • Neurological (strokes, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries)
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Burns
  • Amputations
  • Cardiopulmonary diseases
  • Degenerative diseases (multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, ALS)
  • Visual/perceptual/cognitive deficits
  • Training in performance of daily life skills through adapted methods and equipment

Industry consultation includes:

  • Establishing preventive programs for workers with cumulative trauma disorders
  • Recommending modifications to workstations and alternative work methods to help ensure healthy work styles for employees

Speech Therapy

Speech pathologists assess communication and swallowing difficulty after a stroke, a head injury or other neurological problems. They also assess and treat children with developmental delays and disabilities in speech and language. Our speech therapists work with people of all ages from infants to adults.

Hand Therapy

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital’s hand therapist has specialized training in hand therapy and can evaluate and identify problems relative to the upper extremities. The hand therapist can effectively treat and rehabilitate the patient through postoperative rehabilitation, prevention, nonoperative or conservative treatment.

Postoperative rehabilitation includes:

  • Management of open or suture wounds
  • Control of hypertrophic (raised and/or swollen) and hypersensitive scars
  • Reduction of swelling
  • Instruction of therapeutic exercise to increase function of hand

Preventive, nonoperative or conservative treatment includes:

  • Management of acute or chronic pain
  • Desensitization following nerve injury or trauma
  • Sensory re-education after nerve injury
  • Design and implementation of exercise programs to increase motion, dexterity and/or strength
  • Splint fabrication for prevention or correction of injury
  • Conditioning prior to returning to work
  • Treatment for hand injuries (flexor/extensor tendon, crush, fractures, arthritis)
  • Treatment for cumulative trauma (carpel tunnel syndrome, DeQuervain’s, epicondylitis)

Aquatic Therapy

Our aquatic therapy program features a Hydroworx 1500 Aquatic Therapy pool, a popular choice for many university and professional sports teams. An integrated treadmill and powerful resistance jets maximize recovery. Multiple depths allow a person to vary the amount of weight he or she bears. An underwater camera monitors treatment and is projected on a viewing screen at eye level with the patient and therapist, who can then easily see incorrect and abnormal movements and make necessary adjustments. The pool is fully handicapped-accessible and includes a lift for patients who may need assistance getting in and out.

Patients who benefit include:

  • Recent surgical patients
  • Chronic pain patients
  • Patients who don’t respond to traditional therapy
  • Those with strains, sprains or tendonitis
  • Patients who are deconditioned or unable to perform traditional exercises
  • Pregnant women with back pain
  • Injured athletes

Contact Information

Cox Rehabilitation Center
2204 Wilborn Ave.
South Boston, VA 24592

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