NorthBay Rehabilitation Services

    A Team Approach to Improve Function and Reduce Pain

    When recovering from surgery, injury or illness, a rehabilitation program can help you regain strength and flexibility, relearn skills or find new ways of doing the things you did before. NorthBay Rehabilitation Services provides a wide range of therapies designed to reduce pain, restore function, promote independence and prevent disability.

    As part of your rehabilitation program, an individualized treatment plan will be designed to help you hasten your recovery. Our rehabilitation professionals work closely with you throughout the healing process to help you achieve independence and reach your goals as soon as possible. 

    A treatment plan may include the following services: 

    • Physical therapy to improve strength, mobility and fitness and reduce pain
    • Occupational therapy to help improve your ability to perform daily activities and achieve independence
    • Hand therapy to improve function of the hand, wrist and elbow
    • Speech therapy to improve speaking, understanding, reading, writing, cognition, memory and swallowing

    Physical Therapy

    pt-rehab.jpgPhysical therapists (PTs) treat a wide variety of injuries and disabilities. They help restore freedom of movement and independence following illness, accident, or surgery. A therapist first evaluates your strength, range of motion, balance and coordination, posture, muscle performance, and/or motor function. Your PT then works with you to develop an individualized program designed to help improve mobility, reduce pain, and increase your fitness level to maximize your independence and performance.

    Who can benefit from a physical therapy program?

    Depending on your injury, disease, or condition, a physical therapy program can help you improve flexibility, strength, endurance, coordination, and/or balance.

    NorthBay physical therapy programs include:

    • Arthritis Management
    • Fall Management
    • Balance/ Vestibular program
    • Sports Injuries
    • Work Injuries
    • Total Joint Replacement Program
    • Lymphedema
    • Post-mastectomy
    • Sprains/Strains
    • Prosthetic Training following amputation
    • Stroke
    • Chronic Pain Program
    • Aquatic Therapy


    Occupational Therapy 

    Occupational therapists (OTs) work with individuals to improve their ability to perform tasks in their daily living and work environments. Using self-care, work and recreational activities, your therapist can help you improve independent function. Your therapist will help you develop, recover or maintain skills that may be impaired due to an illness, accident or surgery. Your OT’s goal is to help you enjoy an independent, productive and satisfying lifestyle.

    Who can benefit from an occupational therapy program?

    If illness, injury or disability has affected your ability to perform routine tasks, occupational therapy programs can help you get on with the "occupation" of living.

    Occupational therapy focuses on:

    • Personal care and home activities
    • Instruction in protecting joints and conserving your energy
    • Physical exercises to increase good posture and joint motion as well as overall strength and flexibility
    • Recovery and return to work after work-related injury
    • Assessment and training in the use of assistive devices, such as special key-holders for people with stiff hands.
    • Fitting splints or braces

    Hand Therapy

    hand-therapy.jpgHand therapy merges occupational and physical therapies to treat conditions affecting the hands and upper extremities. Certified Hand Therapists evaluate each patient's symptoms and challenges, developing specialized programs of exercise and treatment.

    A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. The Certified Hand Therapist credential offers assurance to the public that the therapist has achieved the highest level of competency in the profession.

    Who can benefit from hand therapy?

    A loss of function of the hand, wrist or elbow through injury or accident can have a devastating effect on every aspect of life. Hand therapy can improve function for many conditions and situations including:

    • Cumulative Trauma/Repetitive Stress injuries such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or tendonitis
    • Sprains/Strains
    • Dupuytren’s contracture
    • Flexor/extensor tendon injuries
    • Orthopedic injuries
    • Work injuries
    • Amputation/Replants
    • Wound care/Scar Management
    • Pain Management and Desensitization
    • Splint and Positioning Management
    • Ergonomics

    Speech-Language Therapy  

    Speech and language pathologists (SLPs) evaluate and treat individuals with communication, cognitive and/or swallowing disorders. Individualized treatment programs emphasize the improvement of language abilities including speaking, reading and writing skills. Dietary modifications and swallowing techniques ensure safety when eating and swallowing. An SLP will work closely with you to develop the communication and swallowing skills that are necessary to lead a comfortable and satisfying lifestyle.

    Who can benefit from speech and language therapy?

    Speech and language disorders take many forms. Individuals can be born with these disorders, or injury or illness can cause them at any age. Whatever the kind or cause, speech and language disorders have serious consequences. Speech and language disorders can limit academic achievement, social adjustment and career advancement.

    The practice of speech-language pathology may benefit any individual with the following problems/issues:

    • Swallowing problems -- choking, coughing while eating/drinking
    • Speech intelligibility problems -- slurred speech, poor articulation
    • Language problems -- word finding, inability to communicate ideas
    • Voice problems -- hoarseness, decrease loudness
    • Speech fluency problems -- stuttering, choppy speech
    • Memory problems

    NorthBay speech-language therapy offers programs including:

    • Speech and language evaluation and therapy
        • Motor speech disorders such as Apraxia (articulation) and dysarthria (slurred speech)
        • Aphasia (verbal expression, language processing, word finding, comprehension)
        • Fluency therapy (stuttering)
        • Voice evaluation and therapy
        • Cognitive aspects of communication
          • Attention/concentration
          • Memory
          • Visual-spatial/construction
          • Executive function – problem solving, abstract thought/reasoning, interpretation of figurative language
      • Swallowing evaluation and therapy includes:
        • Clinical swallow evaluation
        • Modified barium swallow studies
        • Neuromuscular electrical stimulation (Vital Stim)
        • Thermal-tactile stimulation (deep pharyngeal neuromuscular stimulation)
        • Laryngeal video stroboscopy
    Our Clinics Offer Health Club Amenities

    A traditional treatment room isn’t always the best or most convenient place to receive rehabilitation therapy. NorthBay Rehabilitation provides physical and occupational therapy at local health clubs, offering patients services that combine traditional one-on-one treatment with exercise programs using aerobic and strengthening equipment available at the sport clubs, offering a unique set of advantages:

    • An expansive choice of equipment better accommodates the needs of our clients.
    • Access to swimming pools allows use of water therapies, providing a specialized opportunity to exercise and perform therapeutic techniques in a relatively weightless environment.
    • Public fitness gyms provide a healthy atmosphere and greater encouragement to meet individual goals.
    • Becoming familiar with a sports club or gym can raise the comfort level to join a health club and continue exercise programs upon completion of therapy. In addition to improved general fitness, joining a gym may offer a means of self-managing an illness, injury or disease process over the “long haul.”


    Frequently Asked Questions 

    How do I start using NorthBay Rehabilitation Services?
    Are rehabilitation services covered by insurance?
    What if my insurance does not cover rehabilitation services?  


    Q. How do I start using NorthBay Rehabilitation Services?

    A. Our programs require a medical referral from your physician.  Ask your doctor if a program of rehabilitation services may help improve your condition.




    Q. Are rehabilitation services covered by insurance?

    A. Yes. Most insurance plans cover rehabilitation services. We accept most major insurance, worker’s compensation, Medicare, auto, and Medi-Cal.

    Q. What if my insurance does not cover rehabilitation services?

    A. Our Business Office staff can work with you to structure a private payment plan.