Our rehabilitation department at Benewah Community Hospital boasts an extensive array of equipment and physical therapy programs that help a wide variety of patients, from those recovering from injury, to those seeking help with balance and gait patterns
The physical therapy staff at BCH is well educated and has extensive postgraduate education. The rehabilitation manager, Mark Feasline, has two master’s degrees one in exercise physiology and one in physical therapy. He also is certified in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (McKenzie Method), ASTYM, and is a Strength and Conditioning Specialist. Megan Bruce has a Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy; she has been certified in Neuro Developmental Treatment (NDT), in Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy, and ASTYM. Deborah Moore has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has done extensive training in fall prevention and gait difficulties. Jeff Jiles has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy and has extension training and experience in manual therapy. Glenda Thie has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Therapy and works at BCH part-time. Mark and his staff at BCH are highly trained and excited about the future of the rehabilitation department and are committed to learn and grow as practitioners.
The Physical Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine department was given a complete overhaul during the expansion project in 2012. The training room is filled with exercise equipment, specialized treatment appliances, and software that helps in the assessment process.
In addition to our experienced staff and cutting-edge equipment, we are thrilled to be able to make physical therapy readily accessible. Most often, you are referred to a therapist by your physician. Idaho is a direct-access state; patients can seek physical therapy directly, without going to a doctor. Some insurance companies require a doctor’s referral, so be sure to check with your carrier before seeking therapy treatment.
Our physical therapists work closely with you and your physician to help determine what type of treatment will best suit your situation. Treatment varies, of course, but the first appointment will usually consist of an assessment to determine your needs. Your therapist will give you an evaluation, and from there, you both will decide the course of therapy. Therapy can consist of a list of at-home exercises to something as extensive as multiple visits over a period of time.
Oftentimes patients are referred to therapy to try to fix a problem in an effort to avoid surgery. Physical therapy appointments are also done post-surgery. In those cases, your surgeon may have a more specific protocol to help with your healing process.
In addition to having a great working relationship with our in-house and contracted physicians and surgeons, our physical therapists work closely with physicians from all over the area. Not only does this help us with the coordination of your care, it also means that you can dictate where you seek your treatment. Regardless of where your doctor suggests you get your physical therapy done, the order can be processed here at Benewah Community Hospital.
Sports medicine is another important service we provide within the rehabilitation department. We work closely with all departments within Benewah Community Hospital and St. Maries Family Medicine to help coordinate all aspects of your sports therapy. In addition to holding degrees in exercise physiology and physical therapy, our department manager, Mark Feasline, is a certified strength and conditioning specialist, which means he can offer a unique perspective to the field of sports medicine.
We enjoy working with all levels of physical performance and even offer programs for area youth involved in athletics. Our Athlete Performance Enhancement session is offered annually and is open to all interested middle and senior high school students. The program is designed to improve athletic performance, mechanics, and prevent injury.
Free sports physicals are offered through St. Maries Family Medicine once a year for all student athletes in the area. Although dates change from year to year, the physicals are usually available in the summer months, as the athletes prepare for fall sports. Call the clinic at (208) 245-2591 for more information.
Our involvement in student athletics doesn’t stop there. Our sports medicine department works closely with the school district throughout each sports season as it coordinates the concussion program with St. Maries High School. We are instrumental in helping student athletes safely return to his or her sport after suffering a concussion with our return-to-play protocol. The step-by-step process is overseen by a licensed therapist and a physician who will ensure a full recovery.
In addition to helping with injuries sustained during physical activity, we also provide important strength training and specific exercises to help with other aspects of physical rehabilitation. Our underwater treadmill has been instrumental in helping patients with all types of ongoing physical issues, including arthritis, joint replacements, and those struggling with balance.
Although each case is different, if you are referred to our sports medicine department, your first visit will usually include an evaluation to help us establish a starting point. Most often, you will be referred to us through your physician or surgeon, but physical therapy is accessible to you even without a doctor’s order. Many insurance companies’ require a referral, so be sure to check your benefits before making an appointment.
Our department is open Monday through Friday 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. They can be reached by calling (208) 245-7634.