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Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Physical therapy focuses on the restoration of function and mobility. Getting you back to optimum performance and quality of life following an illness or injury.  

Physical therapy is provided for individuals of all ages who have or may develop impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions related to (1) conditions of the musculoskeletal, neuromuscular, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and/or integumentary systems.

On your initial visit a therapist will evaluate your injury or dysfunction and develop an individualized treatment plan to:

  • Relieve pain
  • Promote the healing process
  • Improve or maintain a body function
  • Prevent secondary complications of an injury or disability
  • Restore function, strength, mobility, and/or coordination.
  • Rehabilitate each patient to the optimal degree possible.

Many conditions respond favorably to physical therapy. Among the most common conditions treated are:

  • Degenerative conditions – those affecting joints and locomotion – such as osteoarthritis
  • Fractures, dislocations
  • Muscle and soft tissue injuries
  • Inflammatory conditions such as bursitis, tendonitis, etc.
  • Chronic diseases/dysfunction such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, chronic low back pain.
  • Neurological injuries/conditions
  • Wounds
  • Circulatory conditions/disorders
  • Vestibular Issues

Other conditions treated with physical therapy include spinal cord injuries (paraplegia, quadriplegia), burns, ulcers, amputations, various forms of neuritis, and skin diseases such as psoriasis and scleroderma. The physical therapists work closely with physicians, nursing services, and other practitioners in providing the best possible program for each patient.


Occupational Therapy

In general practice, Occupational Therapy the focus is to help individuals achieve independence in their lives. Occupational Therapy gives people the skills necessary to lead satisfying lifestyles. Services include:

  • Treatment programs customized to help improve abilities to facilitate activities of daily living
  • Home and job environment evaluations and recommendations for adaptation needs
  • Performance skills assessment and treatments
  • Adaptive equipment recommendation and training to replace loss of function
  • Family member and attendant instruction in safe and effective means of caring for individuals

Occupational therapists are skilled professionals whose education includes the study of human growth and development. Emphasis is placed on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury in this regards.

The occupational therapist works closely with physicians, nursing services, rehab counselors and other practitioners to provide the best possible program for the patient. Occupational therapy is administered under the direct order of a patient’s physician. Treatment may include exercise, functional activities and splinting. Adaptive equipment to increase the patient’s ability to perform activities of daily living and instruction in their use may also be provided.

Strive! provides Occupational therapy at the Ocala Regional Medical Center and West Marion Community Hospital for rehabilitation of acute care patients as well.


Specialized Hand Therapy

Our HandCare Divisions are located at the Maricamp and West Marion Centers and staffed with Occupational Therapists specializing in Hand Therapy. In fact, all  of our hand therapists are nationally recognized as “Certified Hand Therapists”.

Specialized hand therapy treatment is limited to disease and injury of the upper extremity which may include, but is not limited to:

  • Fractures of the wrist and hand
  • Rheumatoid and osteoarthritis
  • Dupuytren’s Disease
  • Congenital deformities
  • Tendon injuries
  • Soft injury of hand, wrist and forearm
  • Overuse (cumulative trauma) disorder
  • Reconstruction secondary to spinal cord injuries and CVA’s

The main objectives of Hand Therapy are:

  • Evaluation of strength, endurance, and coordination motion
  • Increase functional use of the upper extremity within the limits of the patient’s disability
  • Decrease pain
  • Fabrication of dynamic and static splints

Sports Medicine

Several of our centers offer supervised fitness programs.  

Our members have access to a full line of the latest cardiovascular equipment, resistive weight machines, and free weights. Additional services include: Personal Training, Massage Therapy, Fitness Assessments, Isokinetic Muscle Testing, and Nutritional Counseling. Whatever your need or desire Strive! for Life will make it a point to serve you and provide a solution.

We also provide an opportunity for Post-Rehab Fitness. We are unique in this respect because on-site you have access to medically certified and licensed staff including physical therapists and physical therapist assistants. This is of great benefit as you continue to recover and train your body in regards to your specific post-surgical recovery or injury.

Hours of operation are currently Monday-Friday 7am-6pm.

occupational therapy

Occupational Medicine

Strive! has provided occupational medicine services to many of the largest employers in Marion County for the past 30 years. We use a sports medicine approach treating injured workers as industrial athletes. Our sports medicine expertise and our extensive experience in the occupational medicine helps us return injured workers back to work in a shorter amount of time, with less cost, and a higher overall patient satisfaction compared to both state and national averages.* We treat the injury while enlisting the patient’s active participation in the recovery process and further empower our patients by teaching them self-management and injury prevention.

Our Occupational Medicine Services:

  • Acute Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Services
  • Pre-Employment Screens
  • Job Site Analysis
  • Functional Capacity Evaluations
  • X-RTS™ Hand Strength Assessment
  • X-RTS™ Functional Lifting Assessment
  • Ergonomics

*based on Focus On Therapeutic Outcomes (FOTO – a national benchmarking organization).