Physical Therapy


All RCH Therapy Patients

Park on north side of hospital for direct access to rehab center

See a Physical Therapist – Without a Doctor Referral

If you’re in pain, off-balance, feeling dizzy, or can’t perform a physical task you previously could,  Physical Therapy may be able to help without a referral from your physician. Screenings are free if therapy is not indicated. If therapy is needed, the initial evaluation is billable through insurance. *Physical Therapists cannot offer a formal medical diagnosis, order x-rays, or prescriptions.

“Our goal is to help you reach your maximum potential. Whether it is tying your shoes, going for a walk without pain, running a marathon or winning state championships, we’re here to help you obtain your highest quality of life!”

Scott Carpenter, PTA, Rehab Manager
Aleesha Wilson, PT, DPT, ATC
Justin Thummel, PTA
Traci Hamel, PTA

Monday – Friday
7 am to 5 pm

Enter Rehab Center on the North Side
of Hospital with Direct Access from
North Side Parking Lot

Phone: 785.688.4425
Fax: 785.688.4496

“I would recommend the Physical Therapy Department for anyone! They are very skilled and are always asking your pain level. I would recommend to anyone to go to Rooks County Health Center for treatment.”

Zero-Entry Aquatic Therapy Pool with Treadmill Floor

RCH’s Aquatic Therapy Pool helps patients move safer and sooner. Water naturally supports patients taking most of the pain and discomfort out of their workout. The water also relieves falling and balance issues. From the ground level, patients walk or wheelchair onto the pool’s treadmill floor which then lowers to the desired depth to submerge patients in temperature-controlled water up to the knees, waist or chest.

Underwater cameras allow RCH therapists to watch and measure a patient’s progress. The patient’s foot placement, hip and knee movement can all be monitored when facilitating walking and gait analysis. The pool’s treadmill floor can remain stationary or set to walking, jogging or running paces. Adjustable handrails provide additional confidence and support. Aquatic therapy, used in conjunction with traditional physical therapy, allows RCH’s therapists to develop the best plan of care.

Dry Needling

Experience Dry Needling, the innovative approach that helps release muscle tissues and relieve pain without the use of medication. Dry needling doesn’t just treat pain symptoms, instead it addresses the actual cause of pain. Professionally trained physical therapists use thin needles inserted into trigger points to relief tension and restore function. RCH is one of the first hospitals in western Kansas to offer this new service.


IASTYM treatments regenerate healthy soft tissues while removing undesirable scar tissue which may be causing you pain or restriction in your movement. The success of this treatment is that it resolves the underlying cause of soft tissue problems, rather than just providing temporary relief of symptoms. It is proven effective for tendinopathies, scar tissue problems and other soft tissue dysfunctions. In order to determine whether IASTYM treatments are right for you, visit with your doctor at 785.688.4425.

At 36 weeks RCH’s CLC provides mothers with a basic overview of breastfeeding including infant feeding patterns, what a correct latch looks like, how to know if the breastfed infant is getting enough, and a breast anatomy assessment if desired. Following delivery, RCH’s CLC provides onsite support making sure the infant has a correct latch and that the mother is not experiencing any pain with feeds.

The first two weeks of breastfeeding tend to be the most challenging. RCH’s CLC offers follow-up visits and weight checks.

About RCH Physical Therapy Services

The Rooks County Health Center Physical Therapy Department is staffed by two board-certified physical therapists and three physical therapist assistants, who believe strongly in providing quality, small-town health care. RCH’s staff provides a comprehensive approach to therapy to include not only our patient’s physical needs, but emotional and social needs as well.

In most cases to undergo physical therapy, one should first receive a referral from his or her health care provider. RCH will schedule an initial evaluation during which RCH’s physical therapist will complete a series of tests and measurements appropriate for the medical diagnosis given by the health care provider. The information gathered in the initial evaluation will guide the therapist in determining an appropriate plan for each individual.

The therapist’s main goal is to provide each patient with an individualized home exercise plan that gives the patient the tools that he or she needs to continue therapy at home.

Some of the conditions for which RCH offers physical therapy treatment include the following: 

  • Acute Injury
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • Arthritis Pain
  • Back and Neck Pain
  • Blood Flow Restriction Training
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident (stroke)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Needling
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • General Weakness or Deconditioning
  • Headaches
  • High School Visits for Student/Athlete Injury Screenings
  • Impaired Balance and Coordination
  • Orthopedic Injuries and Post-Surgical Weakness
  • Pediatrics
  • Post Offer Employment Testing
  • School Athletic Training Services
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Vertigo
  • Work and Sports Related Injuries
  • Work Conditioning 

The RCH’s physical therapy team provides care for patients on an inpatient basis as well. Hospitalized patients are assisted in transfers and ambulation to increase strength and endurance to prepare them for a safe return home. Patients who have balance problems or difficulty walking due to pain or weakness are assigned and fitted with a proper assistive device such as a cane or walker. By teaching a patient to use such a device properly, our physical therapy staff promotes further community involvement and safety.