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Patient Services

Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy Locations:

Community Memorial Hospital 805/652-5011

Ojai Valley Community Hospital 805/646-1401

Physical Therapy

The Rehabilitation Team at CMHS is comprised of Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology Departments. The Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Departments are hospital based services and Speech Pathology is a contractual service.

The objective of the rehabilitation team is to provide physicians, patients and families with a unique body of knowledge in patient care, which through sound physiological and therapeutic techniques will achieve the highest preservation and/or restoration of functional capabilities to return to an optimum living situation. These services are appropriate to the patient's age, developmental level and clinical status.

The Rehabilitation Team at CMHS is is staffed by a team of Licensed Physical Therapists, Licensed Occupational Therapists and Speech-Language Pathologists, as well as Licensed Physical Therapist Assistants who are trained in:

  • Arthritis Program
  • Geriatric Exercise Program
  • Neurological Conditions
  • Post Operative Orthopaedic Conditions
  • Postural Training
  • Spine Stabilization Program
  • Sports Medicine
  • TMJ
  • Vestibular and Balance
  • FastTrac Fitness Center
  • Outpatient and Inpatient Speech Therapy
  • Outpatient Physical Therapy
  • Outpatient Occupational Therapy
  • Wound Care

What is Physical and Occupational Therapy?

Physical and Occupational Therapists are healthcare providers who are experts in examination and treatment of problems that affect peoples’ abilities to move and function. Because people of all ages need to move and function, the physical therapy department works with patients and clients from newborns to the very aged and in all types of settings, from hospitals and outpatient clinics to the home; from schools to the workplace. Physical and occupational therapy offers a range of therapies for muscle and soft tissue injuries, bone and joint injuries, and post-surgical therapies.

How We Help

Whether it’s regaining use of a knee after Orthopaedic surgery or learning to walk again after a stroke, our physical therapists have the expertise to get you back on your feet. While our occupational therapists will help you transition back to activities of daily living through the improved use of your arm or hand for those essential daily tasks.

Our staff of highly-qualified rehabilitation specialists, backed by advanced therapy equipment, offers a full range of therapies for muscle and soft tissue injuries, bone and joint injuries, post-surgical therapy and more.

Our services are available to inpatients and outpatients, and include pediatric, adolescent, adult and geriatric patients with varied diagnoses.

Our therapists work with you to educate you about your impairment and how to avoid future injury. When an injury or disabling disease prevents you from leading the active life you’re accustomed to, our staff of trained professionals is here to help you.

Based on your medical provider’s therapy recommendations, our therapists work with you to develop a personalized program that will help you attain the best quality of life possible.

Physical and occupational therapy can address a number of problems. Below is a list of more common diagnoses that we treat. While we can evaluate your injury you must have a current prescription from a doctor in order to receive treatment.

Common Diagnoses/Injuries:

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, or Hand problems
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Rehabilitation After a Serious Injury
  • Total Joint Replacements
  • Acute Sprains/Strains of joints
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Post-Surgery Diagnoses
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Hip Fractures
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Chronic Pain
  • Athletic and Sports Injuries
  • Neurological Impairments/Injuries
  • Worker’s Comp Injuries
  • No Fault Injuries
  • Speech Therapy (available off-site through a referral)

Our center consists of treatment areas, including private rooms, a large gym area, and a whirlpool/ wound care area.

Our therapists work to stay current in the advancing technologies and have a solid knowledge of manual therapy techniques. At the time of your evaluation each therapist will make a clinical decision on which type of treatment will best meet your needs.


Physician’s Referral

Once you have a prescription from your doctor you will need to call 805/652-5063 to schedule an evaluation. Our friendly front desk staff will let you know what you will need to bring. Depending on the level of care required, every effort will be made to schedule your appointment as soon as possible.

The therapy team assesses the appropriateness and clinical necessity of therapy on an ongoing basis based on achievement of therapy goals. Physical and occupational therapy patient goals are formulated based on interactions with patients, families, and caregivers, physicians, nursing and appropriate ancillary staff.

When you return to your physician for a followup visit, your therapist will send a progress note. It is important that you let the therapist know when you are returning to see the doctor. If you do not have a follow-up appointment, the therapist will send a note when you have completed your rehabilitation.

Standards/Guidelines for Practice

The Rehabilitation Services department at Community Memorial Hospital is an approved site by the State of California Physical Therapy Board, Board of Occupational Therapy, and California Speech- Language and Audiology Board, California Title 22, State and Federal Regulations, Physical Therapy Department Policies, National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc., American Speech and Hearing Association guidelines, and the American Physical Therapy Association.

Treats Patients for a Vast Array of Problems

  • Low Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Shoulder, Arm, Wrist, or Hand Problems
  • Knee, Ankle, or Foot Problems
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Sprains and Muscle Strains
  • Rehabilitation After a Serious Injury
  • Chronic Respiratory Problems
  • Stroke Rehabilitation
  • Problems and Functional Limitations with Balance
  • Hip Fracture