Our Care Approach - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Our Care Approach

Physical therapy patient

Our licensed and highly skilled therapists are dedicated to exceptional patient care and clinical outcomes. Our goal is to help patients regain physical function at an optimum level and reduce pain and discomfort associated with a variety of health conditions.

To ensure that we stay up-to-date with the latest advances in treatment, Crozer-Keystone encourages continuing education, advanced degrees and certification and we support the use of proven, evidence-based techniques. Some examples include:

  • The Graston Technique®, which uses specially designed stainless-steel instruments to treat acute and chronic soft tissue injuries throughout the body. Patient benefits associated with this technique include faster rehabilitation/recovery, a reduced need for anti-inflammatory medication and resolution of chronic conditions thought to be permanent. Learn more.
  • The McKenzie Method® for the treatment of spinal-related disorders. This method empowers patients to overcome back, neck and extremity pain through a well-researched, exercise-based approach.
  • Active Release Techniques® (ART) is a form of manual therapy that treast problems with muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and nerves. ART may help relieve problems associated with the overuse of muscles, as well as other soft tissue problems, including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, shin splints, shoulder pain, sciatica, plantar fasciitis, knee problems and tennis elbow, among many others.
  • Electromyography (EMG) is an outpatient test that assists in disease diagnosis by evaluating nerve and muscle health. During the test, a fine needle is inserted into a muscle to measure its response to stimulation. It’s often used when patients have pain, tingling and numbness.

We work closely with each patient to develop and carry out an individualized care plan to achieve optimal improvement.

Our Rehabilitation Team

Treatment teams are unique and tailored to meet the special needs of each patient. Your Team will be comprised of a combination of the following specialists:

  • Physiatrists: Physicians who specialize in evaluating and treating rehab patients’ medical needs while in the hospital. They oversee the plan of care and lead the team of specially trained professionals who carry out that plan.
  • Primary Care Physicians: Physiatrists work with the patient’s primary care physician, hospitalists and other specialists during the patient’s hospital rehab program.
  • Rehabilitation Nurses: Nurses trained in rehabilitation medicine who help patients apply the skills they learned in therapy. Nurses also teach and encourage healthy lifestyle habits in preparation for independence after discharge.
  • Physical Therapists: Help restore function for patients with problems related to movement, strength and joint function.
  • Occupational Therapists: Help restore function for patients with problems related to activities of daily living.
  • Speech/Language Pathologists: Help patients restore skills related to memory, communication and/or swallowing.
  • Care Coordinators: Assist patients and their families with resources needed for discharge. These specialists also help to plan, organize, coordinate and monitor services and resources for patients and their families—including communicating with insurance companies, obtaining home equipment and/or home care services.
  • Clinical Liaisons: Develop referral relationships within the geographic territory with an emphasis on face-to-face contacts. Perform comprehensive pre-admission screening for potential inpatient rehabilitation patients.