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The Morrison Community Hospital rehabilitation department offers inpatient and outpatient therapy to individuals needing physical,  occupational, speech, and massage therapy. Our rehabilitation team is highly regarded and referred to by many area physicians and facilities.

Hours and Contact

Physical Therapy: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:00 AM – 4:30PM. Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM – 5:30PM.
Occupational Therapy: Monday – Friday 6:00 AM – 3:30 PM
Phone: 815-772-5548

Physical Therapy

  • Basic mobility training (bed mobility, transfers, ambulation)
  • Management of pain, swelling, joint stiffness, muscle spasm and contractures
  • Improve mobility and flexibility
  • Develop muscle strength
  • Lower back pain, neck pain, knee and hip pain
  • Improve cardiovascular and respiratory endurance
  • Retraining of balance and coordination
  • Treatment of Vertigo, Dizziness
  • Improve posture and body mechanics
  • Wound Care
  • TMJ disorders
  • Adaptive equipment (walkers, canes, etc.) prescription and training
  • Orthotic (braces, splints, shoe inserts, etc.) and prosthetic devices prescriptions, training and application as appropriate
  • Home exercise programs, fitness, and wellness

Occupational Therapy

  • Training on self care and home management (dressing, grooming, eating, bathing, cooking, money management, housekeeping)
  • Adaptive equipment for activities of daily living
  • Upper extremity range of motion, strengthening and coordination
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations, Work Conditioning program
  • Home Assessments
  • Sensory integration
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Wheelchair/scooter fitting, positioning and training
  • Orthotics (upper extremity splits, etc.)
  • Improvement of arousal, attention, and cognition

Speech Therapy

All ages and medical diagnoses are included in our scope of care, such as autism, aphasia, apraxia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, strokes, difficulties arising from radiation therapy, surgeries, and head injury, among others.

  • Language therapy for challenges with expressing oneself verbally and in writing as well as understanding information one hears or sees/reads.
  • Dysphagia therapy for eating, chewing, swallowing, oral vs. non-oral nutritional support and feeding adaptation.  Video Fluoroscopic Swallowing studies (involves medical imaging) and clinical swallowing evaluations are also provided.
  • Cognitive therapy for attention to task, memory, orientation, thought organization, problem solving, abstract reasoning, auditory processing, etc.
  • Nonverbal communication therapy for artificial larynx, use, augmentative communication devices and gesture/sign.
  • Voice, fluency (stuttering) and laryngeal therapy.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic benefits of massage includes:

  • Decreasing pain including soft tissue strains or injuries and scar tissue build up.
  • Reducing anxiety and stress thus improving mood.
  • Improving range of motion
  • Decreasing carpal tunnel symtoms
  • Relax and soften injured, tired, and overused muscles
  • Increasing circulation and reduce blood pressure
  • Lessening anxiety and depression and help improve sleep
  • Relieving back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Promoting tissue regeneration
  • Relieve post-surgery adhesion and swelling
  • Relieving migraines and headaches

Why Choose Us?

Our rehabilitation department is able to offer more intensive in-patient rehabilitation than most nursing homes due to our special Critical Access Hospital designation. This designation allows us to spend more time with our patients and allocate more resources. Because of this, our average in patient length of stay time is half of what a patient would average at a nursing home based skilled care unit. This means we can get a patient healthier and back home quicker.
Inpatients are seen six days a week, Monday through Saturday. We have licensed therapists on the premises at all times and therapy is provided by licensed staff rather than on-the-job trained individuals.

Our Staff

Pedro (“Peter”) Becerra, DPT, is a board certified orthopedic rehabilitation specialist by the American P.T. Association board of specialties. He is also a credentialed clinical instructor by the APTA, for students from St. Ambrose University, Midwestern University and Blackhawk College.

Diane Ritenour, P.T., specializes in wound healing and clinical rehabilitation.

Joy Johnson, OTR/L, and Daniel Howard, OTR/L are certified occupational therapists. They specialize in upper extremity rehabilitation, wheelchair prescription, and rehabilitation of activities of daily living. Occupational therapists often visit the patients home prior to their discharge from the Skilled Care unit and perform a functional assessment of any modifications or adaptations needed for safety and functionality at home. They also provide clinical training for students from the Brown Mackie COTA program.

Amber Hopkins, Licensed Massage Therapist, specializes in deep tissue massage.