United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Battle Creek VA Medical Center

Rehab

Name of Service or Program: KT Therapeutic Pool, Gym, and Community Living Center Clinics

Location of Service or Program: Building 134 and Building 84

 

Contact names and telephone extensions:

Extended Care, Service Chief: Tammy Terpstra

Extension 33486

Physical Rehab, Supervisor: Linda VanSyckle

Extension 31830

 

Battle Creek Kinesiotherapy Scheduling, Extension 33926

 

Kinesiotherapy is defined as the application of scientifically based exercise principles adapted to enhance the strength, endurance, and mobility of individuals with functional limitations or those requiring extended physical conditioning.

 

At the Battle Creek VA Medical Center, Kinesiotherapy is included in the following clinics:

 

  • Therapeutic Pool
  • Therapeutic Gym
  • Diabetic Education
  • PACT
  • MOVE! Weight Management
  • Home Base Primary Care (HBPC)
  • Community Living Center
  • Employee Wellness Clinic

 

Overall Kinesiotherapy Treatments include, but are not limited to:

 

  • Transfer and gait training
  • Wheelchair mobility and assessment
  • Manual and power wheelchairs
  • Home evaluations
  • Caregiver training
  • Individualized home exercise programs
  • Strength training
  • Muscular and cardiovascular endurance
  • Fall prevention and recovery techniques

 

Program Description:  Must have a referral from Primary Provider. The Kinesiotherapy Program at the Battle Creek VA Medical Center site provides:

 

  1. Therapeutic Pool: 

 

The water's healing properties improve muscle strength, endurance and flexibility with minimal impact on joints.  Exercising in the pool improves balance, coordination, cardiovascular, and cardio respiratory fitness while decreasing pain and stiffness.

The Aquatic Therapy programs are developed for each individual patients needs.  They are a series of progressive physical movements which use the water's buoyancy and resistance designed to be performed with or without aids for the individual patient.

 

Patients with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, arthritis, daily living stress, muscle and joint problems have all benefited from participating in a water therapy. 

 

II.  Diagnoses treated in the Kinesiotherapy Therapeutic Pool include, but are not limited to:  

 

  1. Neurological conditions
  2. Gait Training
  3. Balance and Mobility conditioning
  4. Arthritic conditions
  5. Musculoskeletal pain
  6. Obesity
  7. Fibromyalgia
  8. Osteoarthritis       
  9. Decrease Edema, increased circulation
  10. Improved Range of Motion

 

  1. Kinesiotherapy Gym and Community Living Center Clinic:

 

  1. Assessments including:
    1. Orthopedic conditions including:

Fractures

Dislocations

Joint strains

Ligament Repairs

Joint Replacements

Degenerative Joint Disease

 

  1. Neurological conditions including:

CVA

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Parkinson’s Disease

Alzeihmer’s Disease

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

 

  1. Gait Training
  2. Arthritic conditions
  3. Musculoskeletal pain
  4. Education and training for walking devices

 

Name of Service or Program:  PACT Clinic

Location of Service or Program:  Building 82, Room 8

 

Contact names and telephone extensions:

Extended Care, Service Chief: Tammy Terpstra

Extension 33486

Physical Rehab, Supervisor: Linda VanSyckle

Extension 31830

 

Vonda Pope, PTA

PACT Coordinator

Extension 35311

Battle Creek site only

 

Program Description:  Must have a referral from MD.  Podiatry and Rehab physicians also refer to PACT.  PACT Program is located at the Battle Creek site only.

 

The PACT Program provides a preventative assessment for eligible Veterans who are at risk for limb loss or have undergone amputation and are at risk for further limb loss.

 

Patients with diagnoses such as diabetes, neuropathy, cellulitis, peripheral vascular disease, PVD, renal failure, vascular insufficiency, neuropathies, cellulitis or history of lower extremity ulcer should be considered for evaluation in the PACT Clinic.

 

  1. Assessments including:
  • Diabetic Foot Screen
    • Visual inspection of feet
    • Screening for circulation
    • Palpation of pedal pulses
    • ABI’s
    • Sensory Testing
  • Diabetic Foot Care

 

  1. Patient education on diabetic foot care
  2. Provides needed equipment for foot care

                  Includes

                              Foot brush

                              Foot inspection mirror        

 

Name of Service or Program: Seating Clinic

Location of Service or Program: Building 82, Room 7

 

Contact names and telephone extensions:

Extended Care, Service Chief: Tammy Terpstra

Extension 33486

Physical Rehab, Supervisor: Linda VanSyckle

Extension 31830

Program Support: Beth Swain

Extension 35301

 

Program Description:  Must have a referral from Primary Provider

for Seating Clinic is located at the Battle Creek site only, for some applications we will travel to the Grand Rapids site.

 

The Seating Clinic evaluates for manual wheelchairs, cushions, hospital beds, specialty mattresses, patient lifts, positioning, scooters and power chairs.

 

Patients need to understand that they must meet Medical Eligibility for each item referred for.  A referral for Seating Clinic does not mean you will be approved for power mobility.   The majority of patients should progress from cane, to walker to manual wheelchair prior to being referred for power mobility. 

 

 

  1. Assessments includes:
  • Cushions all types
  • All types of manual wheelchairs
  • Scooters
  • Power wheelchairs.

Other Home Medical Equipment (Grab bars, patient lifts, Hospital beds, etc.)