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Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.

Rehabilitation and physical therapy in South Denver

If you need additional support until you're back on your feet, we can help.

At Sky Ridge Medical Center, our specialists in Douglas County provide a wide range of physical rehabilitation services. This includes physical therapy, cancer rehabilitation and lymphedema programs. With our services, our goal is to strengthen your body and increase your independence.

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Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

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Rehabilitative services we offer

Our Sky Ridge Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation team offers specialized one-on-one attention and personal care to adults and children. We believe in an active, wellness approach to your care. Your therapist's role is to teach you strategies for recovery so you can continue to heal long after you have left the hospital. To do this, and to ensure you receive the individualized care that is right for you, we offer a variety of therapeutic services.

Occupational therapy

Our team of occupational therapists provides a variety of services that enable you to return to everyday activities. These services include:

  • Activities of daily living training
  • Functional deficit care related to stroke
  • Pre- and postsurgical hand and upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Traumatic brain injury and concussion therapy
  • Splinting
  • Vision therapy
  • Work conditioning

Physical therapy

Our physical therapy specialists provide medically supervised exercises that help you restore function and maintain maximum movement. Your physical therapy regimen may include cardiovascular exercise, strength training, endurance exercises and manual therapy techniques. Our focus is on improving mobility and getting you back to your everyday activities as quickly as possible.

We accomplish this through:

  • Cancer exercise program
  • Dry needling
  • Education in injury prevention
  • Manual therapy
  • Neurological care services for stroke, traumatic brain injury, concussion and more
  • Pre- and postoperative spine rehabilitation and education
  • Therapeutic exercise and modalities
  • Vestibular (balance) rehabilitation

Other medical conditions treated by physical therapy

Our physical therapists help patients regain their strength after major surgeries, injuries and accidents. They may also assist with other chronic medical problems through an appropriate form of exercise and movement. Other medical conditions helped through physical therapy include:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Diabetes (Type 2)
  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Incontinence (inability to control your bladder)

Speech therapy

Our team of speech pathologists provide education, treatment and counseling to help you if you experience speech or swallowing difficulties following an injury or illness.

Speech conditions are diagnosed through a complete evaluation of the speech mechanism, language expression, comprehension and cognitive skills.

Our programs and services include:

  • Head and neck cancer rehabilitation
  • Modified barium swallow studies
  • Swallow therapy
  • Vocal loudness therapy for Parkinson's disease
  • Voice therapy

Sports medicine

Our sports medicine team focuses on diagnosing and treating sports-related orthopedic conditions and other injuries. Using targeted techniques, our goal is to get you back in the game as quickly as possible.

Sports injuries we treat

Our sports medicine specialists are experienced in treating a wide range of sports-related injuries. Some of the most common include:

  • Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)
  • Dislocated knee
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Hip pain and injuries
  • Medial collateral ligament (MCL) tear
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Rotator cuff injury
  • Runner's knee
  • Sprains and strains
  • Tennis elbow

Sports medicine services and treatments we offer

We offer a variety of sports medicine services and treatments, such as:

  • Concussion management
  • Elbow tendon repair
  • Foot and ankle care
  • Hand and upper extremity care
  • Joint care
  • Knee replacement
  • Meniscus surgery
  • Pain management therapies
  • Shoulder replacement
  • Spine care
  • Sports injury prevention and safety
  • Sports physicals
  • Tommy John surgery

Cancer rehabilitation

As part of our comprehensive approach to cancer care, our cancer exercise program provides a unique opportunity for patients to participate in a customized exercise program. The goal is to improve your quality of life by reducing fatigue and boosting your immune system during and after cancer treatment.

A therapist will work with you to develop a program to fit your needs. This program does require your physician's approval and is usually covered by insurance benefits. We also incorporate speech therapy for patients who have been diagnosed with head and neck cancer. This provides speech or swallowing exercises and education to address deficits in these abilities.


Lymphedema program

Our lymphedema program includes preventive services for post-surgical and post-radiology patients who are at high risk of developing lymphedema. Other services of this program include:

  • Bandaging and appropriate garment selection
  • Exercise and self-care instruction
  • Manual lymph drainage techniques
  • Manual therapy techniques for scar tissue
  • Patient education

What is lymphedema?

Lymphedema is chronic swelling in the arm, leg, chest or back due to accumulation of protein-rich, lymph fluid. This is the result of an obstruction of the venous or lymphatic systems. Left untreated, lymphedema can lead to limited mobility, decreased strength and decreased range of motion.


Visiting our facility

Sky Ridge Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation is conveniently located on the east side of the hospital's campus. We have our own private entrance and parking.

Our hours of operation are 7:00am to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday.