Rehabilitation in southeastern New Hampshire

At Frisbie Memorial Hospital, we provide patients in Greater Rochester with a comprehensive rehabilitation experience by offering a variety of services in one location.

Our team of dedicated rehabilitation therapists and physicians offer a wide range of inpatient and outpatient services—from cancer rehabilitation to aquatic therapy—for injuries.

For more information about our Rehabilitation Services, call (603) 330-8952 or Consult-A-Nurse®.

Comprehensive rehabilitation services

When a diagnosis or health condition hinders your ability to perform everyday activities, the rehabilitation team at Frisbie Memorial Hospital is here to help. Our rehabilitation services offer innovative programs designed to help you safely return to your previous level of mobility before an accident, injury or illness.

Our highly trained and experienced physical, occupational, speech and cardiopulmonary therapists treat you as an individual. We begin the treatment process with a one-on-one evaluation to assess your current physical condition, which will help us design a personalized treatment plan.

After the initial evaluation, the therapist will work closely with you, gauging progress and making adjustments to meet your personal goals. Our therapists collaborate with other specialists as needed to ensure the best possible outcome of treatment.

Inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation

For patients that need intensive care and monitoring, we offer an inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation program. Our therapists are an integral part of the patient care team. Our staff works together to provide the best plan of care for each patient during their hospital stay, helping determine the safest discharge plan from hospital to home or to another healthcare facility.

For each patient, we provide a comprehensive assessment and will develop a treatment plan with the goal of increasing independence and restoring one’s ability to function at the level prior to their hospitalization. With the aim of improving overall quality of life for our patients upon discharge, we help educate and make recommendations to patients and caregivers on equipment options and level of care needed on an outpatient basis.

Conditions treated by our rehabilitation team

The physical therapy and rehabilitation staff at Frisbie Memorial Hospital specializes in the care for multiple medical conditions, including:

  • Above and below knee amputations
  • Acute pain
  • Back and neck surgery or injury
  • Cardiac events
  • Critically ill patients who have been incubated or on mechanical ventilation
  • Multiple trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Pulmonary diseases
  • Stroke
  • Total shoulder, hip and knee replacements
  • Vascular conditions
  • Vertigo

Outpatient rehabilitation services

Although patients have access to a variety of comprehensive services while in the hospital, patients that do not require hospital admission may receive many of these services on an outpatient basis.

In order to meet the unique needs of each patient, we offer a wide array of outpatient services.

Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy facilitates muscle relaxation and circulation to decrease pain and sensitivity and improves balance, stability and strength. This therapy is performed one-on-one, offsite, in a pool with warm water. Being underwater makes it easier to regain strength in the muscles and decreases the strain on joints for those experiencing arthritis, chronic pain or athletic injuries.

Benefits of aquatic therapy include:

  • Decreased pain
  • Greater ease of movement
  • Improved agility
  • Improved balance and coordination
  • Improved muscle strength and endurance
  • Improved posture, alignment and stability
  • Increased range of motion and flexibility

Cancer rehabilitation

Together with our oncology department, our cancer rehabilitation program aims to increase patients’ quality of life, reduce depression, relieve fatigue, improve heart and lung performance, enhance muscular strength and endurance and increase flexibility and balance. Our exercise program is rooted in the protocols established by the Rocky Mountain Cancer Rehabilitation Institute (RMCRI), which is part of the Northern University of Colorado and has been researching the impact of exercise on cancer patients since 1996.

We have adapted the RMCRI’s four-phase program and married it to our physical therapy knowledge to offer a multidisciplinary approach to patients experiencing chemotherapy toxicity and deconditioning as a result of their primary cancer treatments. Our goal is to use these techniques to help patients regain health and mobility during or after cancer treatments.

Our core treatments are always one-on-one and set at a level appropriate to your cancer diagnosis and physical condition when you enter the program. Each patient will receive individually tailored:

  • Balance training
  • Cardiovascular exercises
  • Flexibility training
  • Strength training

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation

The cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs at Frisbie Memorial Hospital are certified by the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation (AACVPR). Our programs are designed to help patients improve their health and overall feeling of well-being through regular exercise sessions and health education to help patients manage chronic disease and reduce risk factors for future health problems.

Our cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation programs consist of a multidisciplinary team—including registered nurses, physical therapists and dietitians—that develop personalized treatment plans to meet the unique needs of each patient. Each plan will include educational and physical exercise components, consisting of three classes each week for several weeks.

Cardiac program

Our cardiac program helps patients who have recently experienced a cardiac condition, such as:

  • Angina
  • Cardiac surgery, such as coronary bypass or valve surgery
  • Coronary artery angioplasty or stents
  • Heart attack
  • Heart failure

Receiving tailored cardiac rehabilitation helps patients:

  • Control symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain and shortness of breath
  • Decrease the chances of having another heart attack or cardiac event
  • Gain emotional support and share camaraderie with others who have had similar experiences
  • Improve confidence and well-being
  • Improve strength, stamina, ability to walk and other enjoyable activities
  • Learn ways to reduce personal risk factors for heart disease

Pulmonary program

In our pulmonary program, we treat the following diagnoses and conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD)
  • Emphysema
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Lung cancer
  • Lung surgery
  • Lung transplantation
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • Pulmonary hypertension

Pulmonary rehabilitation helps patients:

  • Decrease shortness of breath with activity
  • Gain emotional support and share camaraderie with others who are living with chronic lung disease
  • Improve strength, stamina, ability to walk and other enjoyable activities
  • Learn to control breathing and improve breathing effort
  • Learn how to live better with existing lung condition

Dry needling

When muscles tighten, they become sore with knots, also known as trigger points. These can be painful, causing loss of function or irritation of surrounding joints, nerves and other bodily tissues.

During dry needling, small, thin needles are inserted into a muscle to stimulate and release trigger points. Relief is felt quickly as the muscle relaxes, leading to increased flexibility and comfort. Our physical therapists are specially trained and certified in functional dry needling.

Dry needling is used to treat:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fibromyositis
  • Muscle spasms or trigger points
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendonitis

Gait analysis

When patients experience difficulty walking, a gait analysis is performed by a physical therapist. An individual’s gait, or the way they walk, is unique to them, so a customized treatment plan will be developed that will address their medical condition, current level of activity and the main difficulties that are preventing them from attaining their goals for movement.

The physical therapists use cutting-edge evaluation tools, such as the selective functional movement assessment, the functional movement screen and a breathing assessment. These tools allow therapists to isolate and identify the areas that need work to ensure the most effective corrective activities.

We use gait analysis to treat the following conditions:

  • Chronic back and lower extremity pain
  • Neurological dysfunction
  • Post orthopedic surgeries
  • Sports and athletic injuries

Graston Technique

The Graston Technique is used to detect and treat areas of scar tissue in muscles and other tissue that limit range of motion and cause discomfort and pain. The Graston Technique is used to “break up” this restrictive scar tissue.

Stretching exercises are used to promote realignment of the fibers so they behave more like healthy tissue, leading to less pain and more mobility. The Graston Technique treats a wide range of conditions—from achilles tendonitis to carpel tunnel syndrome.

The Graston Technique offers many benefits to patients, including:

  • Continued engagement in everyday activities
  • Decreased overall time of treatment
  • Faster rehabilitation and recovery
  • Reduced need for anti-inflammatory medication

Joint mobilization

Joint mobilization is a form of manual therapy where a physical therapist uses rhythmic and repetitive movements of the joints to improve range of motion and quality of joint movement. Joint mobilization is used on individuals that have a joint that has become swollen, irritated or misaligned as a result of injury, repetitive movement or age-related wear and tear.

This type of therapy helps reduce pain and increase mobility in patients experiencing joint conditions, such as:

  • Arthritis (elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, spine)
  • Ankle sprains
  • Rotator cuff tears and sprains
  • Sciatica
  • Tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow

Occupational therapy

Frisbie Memorial Hospital's occupational therapists and occupational therapy services are designed to help patients relearn how to participate in everyday activities or compensate for the loss of some bodily functions through guided practice and therapy.

Patients often receive occupational therapy after experiencing:

  • Brain injury (stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, hemorrhage, hypoxia)
  • Degenerative disorders (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease)
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Sensory processing difficulties
  • Visual perception deficit

Physical therapy

Our physical therapists work one-on-one with individuals and use a variety of techniques—including stretching and muscle manipulation—to help patients recover.

Physical therapy can be used to treat:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Headaches
  • Neurological conditions
  • Orthopedic injury
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Post-concussion therapy
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation
  • Stroke
  • Urinary incontinence
  • Vestibular and balance disorders, such as vertigo

Post-surgical orthopedic rehabilitation

Frisbie Memorial Hospital's certified hand therapists work closely with local hand surgeons to help individuals who have recently had surgery for a hand-related condition.

Our therapy team helps patients recover from:

  • Carpal tunnel release
  • Carpometacarpal (CMC) joint replacement
  • Cubital tunnel release
  • De Quervain’s release
  • Dupuytren's contracture
  • Surgically repaired fractures
  • Tendon repairs
  • Trigger finger release

Women's Health Program

Our physical therapists are specialty trained and have expertise in the evaluation and treatment of conditions unique to women, including pelvic disorders, incontinence and pelvic floor dysfunction.

Our specialized women’s health therapists provide one-on-one care in a discreet and comfortable environment and will develop a customized treatment program for each individual.

Our treatment options include:

  • Biofeedback training
  • Lifestyle modification
  • Muscle reeducation
  • Postural education
  • Soft tissue massage
  • Spinal and pelvic alignment corrections
  • Strengthening and relaxation exercises for pelvic floor muscles

Scheduling an appointment

When scheduling an appointment for physical therapy and rehabilitation, we require an order from your provider and you may also need a referral from your insurance provider. Patients are responsible for obtaining the referral order from their physician. The referral must be obtained from your provider within 30 days from when it was written.

After your initial evaluation has been scheduled, you will need to contact our registration department to provide your contact information, date of birth and insurance information. On the day of your initial evaluation, please arrive 15 minutes early to your appointment to allow for time to complete paperwork while also bringing a copy of your insurance card, a photo ID and the physician order.

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services Locations

South Main Street Campus
95 South Main Street
Rochester, NH 03867
(603) 330-8952