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Specialty Therapy Programs

SSM Health Therapy Services provides the following specialty therapies as part of our commitment to specialized care for patients. To learn more about each specialty, please click the appropriate link. 

Please note that many of these services require a physician referral. If you don't have a primary care provider, please see our Provider Directory to find a provider that meets your needs.

Back Care Seminar

An informative lecture, video, and interactive workshop to provide patients with a better understanding of how they can use their backs properly to avoid future back pain and injury. The seminar focuses on anatomy of the spine, proper posture and body mechanics and how certain activities can affect the spine. The interactive workshop provides an opportunity to practice correct techniques for everyday activities. Taught by Dean Medical Group Physical Therapists, the seminar is held once a month. Requires a physician referral.

Continence Program

This program is intended for adult male and female patients with stress, urge, and/or mixed incontinence. It is applicable to non-surgical as well as pre- and post-surgical patients.

The program utilizes surface EMG (biofeedback) and/or manual assessment as an evaluative and rehabilitative tool for pelvic floor muscle retraining. Behavioral and dietary modifications are also incorporated in the patient's treatment program. Requires a physician referral. For more information related to incontinence in women, please see our Women's Health Services section below.

Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation

Regardless of age or level of disability, Dean Medical Group Occupational Therapy, in conjunction with Adaptive Experts, Inc. offers a comprehensive program to assess the ability to drive.

Driving Evaluation and Rehabilitation can benefit people with many challenges, including Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, learning disabilities, visual impairment, arthritis, muscular dystrophy and more.

Our three-step approach

  1. Evaluation by an occupational therapist, addresses functions like vision, cognition and sensation. 
  2. Behind-the-wheel-test, with an occupational therapist, a licensed driving instructor and a driving rehabilitation specialist from Adaptive Experts, Inc. 
  3. Rehabilitation. If appropriate, a rehabilitation program may be recommended.

Insurance coverage

Please contact your individual insurance provider to determine coverage of the occupational therapy portion of the evaluation. All other portions of the program are self-pay or may be funded by other sources and programs.

How to get started

Ask your physician for a referral to Dean Medical Group Occupational Therapy. To be eligible for a referral, you must:

  • Be 15 years of age or older
  • Have a valid driver’s license or temporary permit
  • Be seizure-free for at least one year or have a physician’s authorization that seizures are under medical control
  • Have a physician’s order for an Occupational Therapy evaluation

For more information, please call our Driving Evaluation Intake Line at (608) 294-6094.

Geriatric Risk Assessment Program

Dean Medical Group's Physical and Occupational Therapists work together to provide physicians, patients, and family members information and treatment for geriatric clients who are at risk for falls or have other home safety issues. Physical Therapists provide evaluation of patient's range of motion and strength, gait and balance deficits, and assessment of need for assistive device and issuance of appropriate device if required.

Follow up treatment can be provided for pain management, gait and balance training, and exercise prescriptions for strength and conditioning of the geriatric patient. Occupational Therapists assess the geriatric patient's cognition, perception, sensation, motor skills, and daily living skills with attention toward the patient's home situation to determine if a geriatric patient is still able to be safe and independent in that environment. Physician referral is required and can be for either a Physical or Occupational Therapy consult, or both.

Get Back to Golf Program

Specially trained Physical Therapists provide patient-specific rehabilitation programs for the treatment of associated orthopedic conditions (low back pain, shoulder impingement, elbow tendinitis, knee dysfunction), and work in conjunction with selected area golf professionals to prevent injury by educating golfers in appropriate flexibility and strengthening exercises, proper set-up posture and swing mechanics to develop a stabilized-spine golf swing. Requires a physician referral.

Hand Therapy

Occupational and Certified Hand Therapists provide evaluation and treatment to patients with hand and upper extremity dysfunction. Diagnoses treated include: traumatic injuries, such as fractures and crush injuries, burns, tendon and nerve lacerations, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, arthritis, neurological and congenital hand conditions. Our Hand Clinic team consists of an orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgeon, Physician Assistants nursing and Therapy Staff. Requires a physician referral.

Industrial Rehabilitation Therapy

A multidisciplinary team of Physical and Occupational Therapists work in conjunction with a patient's physician, employer, insurance carrier and rehabilitation nurse to provide the most efficient care for an injured worker.

Services Available

We offer individualized programs for preventing, or rehabilitating industry/work-related injuries. Some of the services provided include:

  • Job-specific activities and work-task simulation
  • Work hardening and work conditioning programs
  • Strengthening exercises and core stabilization
  • Functional capacity evaluations
  • Pre-employment testing
  • Job-site assessments
  • On-site ergonomic and therapy services

Additional services include:

  • Outpatient physical therapy and occupational therapy for work-related injuries
  • Business and community education/presentations along with onsite therapy services at pre-designated locations

How Can I Receive Industrial Therapy Services?

A physician referral is required for industrial therapy services. If you don't have a primary care provider, please use our Provider Directory to find a provider that meets your needs.

Lymphedema Management

Our specially trained Physical Therapists provide education and treatment for patients with primary or secondary lymphedema. The rehabilitation program incorporates skin care and therapeutic exercise as well as manual lymph drainage techniques and the use of bandaging and compressive garments. The overall goal is for patients to achieve self management of chronic and/or progressive lymphedema. Requires a physician referral and evaluation of cardiac and venous insufficiency problems before initiating therapy.

Neurological Rehabilitation

Our team of neurological-based physical and occupational therapists and speech and language pathologists offer thorough evaluation and coordination of care among providers, family members and advocates to preserve the functional independence of every patient. Our therapists participate in physician led interdisciplinary clinics for those with Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy and other associated neuromuscular disorders.

For rehabilitation of patients with more acute neurological problems (such as stroke, brain injury, and spinal cord injury) our experienced staff can provide a comprehensive team approach of physical, occupational and speech therapies. Specific treatment may involve the use of a partial weight bearing system that allows therapists to facilitate walking control.

Individualized exercise-based programs for Parkinson's Disease, Parkinson's Wellness Recovery Project and LSVT are available from our specialty trained staff.  

Post-Mastectomy Therapy

Pre-operative consultation and post-operative treatment is provided for patients requiring a lumpectomy or modified radical mastectomy (with or without axillary node dissection).

Treatment focuses on patient post-operative self-care and encompasses instruction in arm support through proper body mechanics and gentle range of motion exercises to promote healing of affected limb, restoration of functions and improvement of lymph circulation. Requires a physician referral. For more information, see our Women's Health Services content below.

Spine Stabilization Program

The philosophy behind the Spine Stabilization Program is to teach you how to improve the condition of your back through regular stretching and strengthening.

The program is available to any patient who has been referred by his/her healthcare provider. Prior to attending the class, you will meet with a physical therapist. This meeting allows the therapist to learn about your back history and customize an exercise plan.

You will be enrolled in a one-hour class which meets twice weekly for six weeks. The class is taught by our skilled physical therapy staff. Although you meet as a group, your instructor and therapist will get to know each of you, adapting the class to meet your personal requirements.

Here are a few benefits you’ll gain from this program:

  • Gain flexibility and strength through progressive exercises to emphasize neutral spine stabilization.
  • Use physioball exercises and functional movement to promote spinal stability.
  • Learn regular exercise programs to help heal existing problems and avoid the risk of new ones.
  • Learn proper postures and body mechanics to help you perform daily activities safely and with decreased pain.

If you are interested in this class, please talk to your provider or therapist for a referral.


A straight fee will be charged to you and your insurance for each week you attend, whether you attend one or both classes. You may wish to verify coverage with your insurance carrier. Charges are billed under HCPCS code 97150, for group therapeutic procedure.

Sports Therapy

Specially trained physical therapists and licensed athletic trainers provide evaluation and treatment of all sports-related and musculoskeletal injuries at all of our locations.

The Sports Therapy team consists of physical therapists and athletic trainers, who work directly with sports medicine physicians and orthopedic surgeons to provide comprehensive medical care and rehabilitation therapy services for competitive and recreational athletes of all ages. Requires a physician referral.

Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty Program

Located at Dean Medical Group - S. Stoughton Rd, Madison and Dean Medical Group - Janesville, specially trained and licensed Pediatric Therapists use the Dynamic Orthotic Cranioplasty or DOC Band® to treat infants with plagiocephaly (misshapen head) between the ages of 3 - 18 months. Also referred to as cranial remolding orthosis. Requires a physician referral.

Vertigo/Vestibular (Balance) Program

Specially trained Physical Therapists evaluate and treat patients with vertigo, vestibulo-ocular and balance problems. Vestibular rehabilitation patients are provided with appropriate exercises and positional maneuvers to allow them to manage and control their symptoms. Physician screening is required before obtaining a referral to the program.

Women's Health Services

At SSM Health Therapy Services our team of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants has specialized training that can benefit women with a variety of medical conditions. These therapists use their expertise to evaluate and treat female clients and develop treatment plans that can help promote and enhance health throughout their lives.

We treat a wide variety of conditions, including:

Incontinence. Incontinence is the involuntary loss or leakage of urine. Stress incontinence is the loss of urine with physical activities such as coughing, sneezing, laughing, lifting or jumping. Urge incontinence is urine loss accompanied by an overwhelming urge to go to the bathroom and/or a high frequency of urination. Exercises, diet changes, biofeedback and electrical stimulation can all be helpful in treating incontinence.

Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is a condition where bones become thin and brittle and are at risk for breaking. Exercise, instruction in proper postures, and other treatments can be used to manage osteoporosis.

Obstetrical dysfunction. Pregnant women may suffer from pain in the back, shoulder blades, pelvis or wrists due to changes in posture, weight and hormonal factors in pregnancy. Post-delivery issues may also require physical therapy. Exercise, positioning, and supportive garments may be used to treat obstetrical issues.

Pelvic floor tension/pain. Pain in the sling of muscles that support the bladder, uterus and rectum can be caused by muscle, joint and nerve problems. Women with pelvic floor problems may have trouble sitting, pain with intercourse or constant chronic pain. Therapy may include relaxation exercises, biofeedback and manual therapy.

Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a chronic condition with persistent and widespread musculoskeletal pain along specific tender points. Stiffness, fatigue and anxiety can accompany the musculoskeletal symptoms. Treatments are aimed at reducing pain and promoting function and may include stretching and strengthening exercises, relaxation, heat or cold modalities and instruction in body mechanics.

Lymphedema. Lymphedema is a persistent swelling of the arm or leg. It can occur after a mastectomy if lymph nodes are damaged or removed. It can also occur after an infection or scarring process that blocks the lymphatic flow. Exercises, massage and custom-made compression garments are among the treatment choices.

Please talk to your health care provider if you have any women's health conditions. Our team of physical therapists looks forward to helping you enhance your health throughout your life!

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