Therapy Center

Quick scheduling and therapist flexibility for hours are certainly convenient, but it's the quality of therapy we provide and the way we care for you that will make the difference in your recovery.

The Therapy Center at Benefis Health System is a spacious facility for Outpatient Therapy Services. The professional staff are dedicated to help patients achieve their optimal functional level and quality of life. Our outpatient therapy services include Physical Therapy, Occupational Therap, Speech Therapy, Pediatric Therapy and Lymphedema.

Why Choose Us?

  • Individualized Care
  • Motivating Atmosphers
  • Compassionate Care
  • Experience

Our Locations:

Benefis Therapy Center
The Orthopedic Center of Montana
1401 25th Street South
Great Falls, Montana
406.731.8930

Benefis Pediatric Therapy Center
Benefis West Campus -- Main Floor
500 15th Avenue South
Great Falls, Montana
406.455.2661

Benefis Physical Therapy at the Peak
1800 Benefis Court
Great Falls, Montana
406.727.7325

Physical Therapy – Bringing Motion to Life.

Physical Therapists are hands-on specialists that help decrease pain, restore function, and improve mobility. After evaluation to identify specific needs, the physical therapist may provide:

  • Balance Training
  • Therapeutic Exercise to improve strength & Endurance
  • Injury Assessments
  • Gait Training
  • Pain Management
  • Functional Mobility Skills
  • Orthotics
  • Orthotic and Prosthetic Training
  • Neuromuscular Re-Education ( how to use your muscles again after injury, surgery or illness)
  • Patient Education – Self Care, How to Prevent Injury, Independent Exercise programs

Download an stretching exercise routine HERE.

What to Expect from a Physical Therapist

The optimal combination of treatments—blending science with inspiration—physical therapists teach you how to prevent or manage a health condition while motivating you during therapy to gain optimal physical functionality.

A personal wellness plan tailored for you

Your partner in health—Physical Therapists and Physical Therapy Assistants—are your partners throughout your journey to restoring and maintaining motion so that you can function at your personal best. 

Injury Assessments

An Injury Assessment Screen is a free service (15 minutes) provided by the licensed Physical Therapists at the PEAK Therapy clinic to answer any questions you may have about your physical health. During this screening the physical therapist will do a brief Physical Therapy evaluation and provide a recommendation for treatment and/or follow-up care. This 15-minute screening should provide you with quick answers to your questions and recommendations for treatment. If necessary, it might be recommended that you see a physician or schedule a physical therapy visit for a more comprehensive physical therapy evaluation and treatment.

Occupational Therapy

The Occupational Therapy team at Benefis Therapy Center has a great deal of experience and compassion. Occupational Therapists use everyday life activities with individuals or groups to promote health and wellness.
 
Common problems addressed and treated by occupational therapists include:

  • hand and upper extremity injuries
  • repetitive train and work related injuries/problems
  • neurological and orthopedic problems/deficits
  • age-related deficits related to self care and independent living, adapted equipment and wheelchair needs
  • pediatric services

Resources

Benefis Therapy Center is located at The Orthopedic Center of Montana, 1401 25th Street South, Great Falls. Contact us today by calling 406.731.8930.

Speech Therapy

Our Speech Therapy team strives to help unlock potential one patient at a time, so that living well can be enjoyed.

Through Benefis Health System’s Outpatient Speech-Language Department, speech and language pathologists (SLPs) offer assessments and treatment to children from infants to adolescent age, as well as for adults. Besides offering complete, in-depth and individualized speech-language evaluations and treatments, Speech Therapists focus on helping children and their family members learn strategies for improving functional communication and oral motor or feeding/swallowing skills.

Speech Therapy can help with the following: 

Speech Development Information

How to Find Us:

Speech Therapy
The Orthopedic Center of Montana
1401 25th Street South
Great Falls, Montana
406.731.8930

Lymphedema Therapy

Lymphedema is an abnormal accumulation of protein-rich fluid in tissues. It is caused by an obstruction of the lymphatic system that results in the swelling of the extremity or the body. Lymphedema occurs in one of three stages, with stage three being the most severe. We know that it develops gradually and will worsen if left untreated. The earlier lymphedema is treated, the better the success of treatment. Lymphedema is most common following:

• Mastectomies or other surgeries of the extremity or trunk
• Radiation treatment
• Trauma
• ports injuries

Symptoms of Lymphedema

• welling and tightness or thickening of the extremity.
• Heaviness and decreased mobility of the skin in the extremity.
• Tingling or burning radiating down an extremity.
• Difficulty or inability to wear clothing and jewelry due to swelling.
• General aching feeling in the limb. 

About Our Treatments Available

Our lymphedema therapist is certified in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy. tudies show that therapy is highly effective in reducing the volume of edema and pain in patients diagnosed with lymphedema, including those undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Volume reduction of 50 percent is common following lymphedema therapy for more significant cases.

Complete Decongestive Therapy is a primary tool in lymphedema management consisting of manual lymph drainage, short stretch compression bandaging, therapeutic exercise, and skin care.

Manual Lymph Drainage

Manual Lymph Drainage (also referred to as simply MLD) is a very gently type of massage therapy used to drain excess fluid from the body and improve the overall functioning of the lymphatic (immune) system.  MLD is most commonly used to treat lymphedema, which is characterized by the blockage of lymph nodes in the arms and legs. 

Compression Bandaging

Compression bandaging, also called wrapping, is the application of several layers of padding and short-stretch bandages to the involved areas.  Short-stretch bandages are preferred over long-stretch bandages (such as those normally used to treat sprains), as the long-stretch bandages cannot produce the higher tension necessary to safely reduce lymphedema and may in fact end up producing a tourniquet effect.  During activity, whether exercise or daily activities, the short-stretch bandages enhance the pumping action of the lymph vessels by providing increased resistance for them to push against.  This encourages lymphatic flow and helps to soften fluid-swollen areas.

Exercise Programs

In addition, specific therapeutic exercise while compression bandaging is worn is a valuable part of therapy, not only because it aids in the elimination of excess fluid, but also because some patients with chronic lymphedema or large, swollen areas may have poor strength or range of movement.

Skin Care

Skin care is an important component of CDT. People with lymphedema or who have had lymph nodes removed are at a higher risk for infections of the affected areas, and so need to be taught a specific regimen of thorough but gentle cleansing followed by moisturizing in order to keep the skin in the best health possible. Teaching higher risk sufferers about the signs and symptoms of infections is also important, since awareness is the key to early identification and treatment. Untreated infections can further damage an already impaired system and lead to more severe lymphedema and skin ulcers.

In addition to these four components of Complete Decongestive Therapy, we offer patient education, home programs for self massage, and self bandaging. Your therapist will work with you to establish the best care for your lymphedema needs.


Pediatric Therapy

Specializing in outpatient physical, occupational and speech-language therapy, members of the pediatric therapy staff are licensed therapists, specifically trained in pediatrics.

The center offers a wide range of services including:

  • Family education and assistance.
  • Evaluations to determine developmental levels.
  • Screening of hearing problems.
  • Augmentative or alternative communication evaluations.
  • Treatment of fine and gross motor delays.
  • Treatment of swallowing, feeding and/or eating problems.
  • Treatment of cognitive and communication delays.
  • Selection and fitting of adaptive equipment.
  • Selection and fitting of orthotics.
  • Consultative outreach services to Northcentral Montana.

The combination of dedicated pediatric treatment professionals, roomy treatment areas and a fun working environment make the Benefis Therapy Center at Benefis Health System a pleasant experience for children and parents alike.

A note to parents...

Usually, the first one to notice that "something doesn't seem quite right" with your baby is you. Maybe your baby seems different from your other children or from other children you know. It may not be anything definite, just something you sense.

Children who are having difficulty with eating, hearing, muscle or speech control may not learn new skills as quickly as other children. The good news is that children who have difficulties can frequently be helped to overcome some or all of them. It is very important to understand that these difficulties can occur regardless of a child's intelligence level.

If you are concerned about your child's development, discuss your observations and concerns with your physician right away. Your physician understands that parents' observations are very important and will be happy to talk with you about them. Addressing a difficulty early can usually lessen its severity and its impact on functional skills and outcome.

Contact Benefis Pediatric Therapy Center at:
Benefis West Campus -- Main Floor
500 15th Avenue South
Great Falls, Montana
406.455.2661