OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAQuality rehabilitation services provided at Yuma District Hospital include physical and occupational therapy.  Highly trained, skilled staff are available to work with patients in the following settings:

  • Inpatient care.
  • Acute rehabilitation (swing bed)
  • Outpatient care at Yuma District  Hospital and Akron Clinic
  • Home Health

Appointments for outpatient Rehabilitation or Cardiac Services are available 7:00 AM to 5:00PM, five days a week. Special appointments can be made for weekend care.

Physical Therapy 

Physical therapy is used in circumstances where the process of aging, injury or disease threatens movement and function.  The program will begin with assessment of physical problems, and then assist patient and family with appropriate interventions that may include: electro-therapeutic and mechanical agents, functional training, gait training, therapeutic exercise, instructions and education so that maximal functional movement is attained.  Physical therapy also includes instruction and information on prevention of injury and maintenance of strength and mobility.

Aquatic Therapy

Aquatic therapy is physical therapy performed in the on-site warm water pool.  This beneficial therapy is useful in treating a variety of medical conditions.  Aquatic therapy uses the physical properties of warm water to assist in healing and exercise performance.  It is especially useful for patients with arthritis, healing fractures and most orthopedic problems.  The warmth of the water will also assist in relaxing muscles and vasodilates vessels, increasing blood flow to injured areas.  It is often the treatment of choice for people suffering from fibromyalgia , muscle spasms and back pain.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy enables people to go about their daily activities despite impairments, activity limitations or participation restrictions.  The goal of occupational therapy is to assist patients in achieving quality of life, independence with functional activities, and well- being.

At Yuma District Hospital, our Occupational Therapy Department can:

  • Treat typical patients that need to learn new techniques for self care after stroke, injury or other illness
  • Treat patients with visual impairments including blind spots and low vision
  • Perform worksite ergonomic evaluations if your job is causing symptoms such as pain or tension;
  • Make recommendations to make your home safer and easier to stay in if you experience difficulty with mobility or are afraid of falling;
  • Treat Injuries to arms and hands; or
  • Even make recommendations to allow you to keep working/farming after injury or illness.


Cardiac Rehabilitation

If you are interested in fitness for the prevention of health problems, or maintaining your level of activity following the conclusion of cardiac rehabilitation, consider the independent Exercise Program available through the Rehab Department.  For $15 per month, the client will be instructed on the use of the exercise equipment in the department and then can utilize the equipment up to five times a week at their convenience.  Insurance, including Medicare, will not pay for this program.

In a continuing effort to meet the medical needs of our clients, the physicians and staff of Yuma District Hospital and Yuma Clinic, along with Specialty Clinic cardiologists, now offer a wide variety of cardiac services in Yuma.  Services include:

If you have suffered a heart attack, had heart surgery or have angina (chest pain diagnosed by doctor as angina), you are eligible for 3 sessions a week for up to six weeks of cardiac rehabilitation if prescribed by your physician, paid for by most insurance companies, including Medicare.  The program includes being closely monitored by Advanced Cardiac Life Support trained staff and EKG equipment with gradually increasing time and effort using at least three different types of exercise, education on smoking cessation (if needed), stress management, and diet for weight loss or lipid control. A physician will be available to visit with you during each session.

For our patients with pulmonary disease, such as COPD, we offer a program of education and exercise classes that teach about lung disease and exercise.    The goal of the program is to live better with a lung condition.   The program’s plan of care is to reduce symptoms, decrease disability, and increase participation in physical and social activities while achieving and maintaining the individual’s maximum level of independence and function in the community.  Classes are held 2 or 3 times per week.

If your doctor thinks it is indicated by symptoms, genetics or family history, a cardiac stress test will be ordered.  This consists of monitoring your cardiovascular system reaction (heart rate/pulse, blood pressure and EKG) while increasing the speed and incline of the treadmill at three-minute intervals until a target heart rate is achieved. All stress tests are conducted by a physician and assisted by certified staff.

To assist your physician in the diagnosis and treatment of cardiac problems, a holter monitor may be prescribed.  This is a device that is worn for 24 hours and digitally records the heart rhythm continuously. Following removal of the monitor, the digital recordings are sent through the computer for interpretation.  From this recording, a wide variety of information can be obtained including heart rates during the day and night, abnormal heart beats and recording of rhythm during any symptoms that occur during the 24-hour time period.

If the physician needs to see heart rhythm strips for a longer period of time than 24 hours, an event monitor may be ordered.  The event monitor is worn for a month and only removed to bathe.  The monitor will only record a rhythm strip when the button is pushed, saving the rhythm for several seconds before and after pushing the button.  After the recording of an event, the information is conveyed by telephone transmission to the cardiologist.  The event monitor can be used for fifteen cardiac events.

For additional information on these services call Yuma District Hospital Rehabilitation Department at 970-848-4851.