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Rehabilitation services at Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan provides treatment for patients of all ages and diagnoses. We work to help you increase mobility and function, reduce the risk of injury, and alleviate pain. Whether you are hospitalized, recovering in the inpatient rehabilitation unit, or receiving treatment on an outpatient basis, our expert team can help you regain as much independence as possible.

You may need speech therapy, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, or multiple types of treatment, but the goal of each is the same — to achieve maximum independence by rebuilding important skills and abilities lost as a result of illness, injury or disability. Rehabilitation combines medical treatment with therapy, education, support, and the latest equipment to restore your quality of life.

Inpatient rehabilitation

Via Christi Hospital in Manhattan's inpatient rehabilitation unit offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary program to improve the quality of life for people with debilitating illness or injuries.

Our goal is to enable those with physical disabilities to achieve an optimal level of functioning and the highest degree of independence possible. Our professional and personable staff is committed to providing the best medical care while treating our patients and their families with compassion and respect.

We are a Medicare-certified provider and accept most insurances.

A physician may refer you for admission evaluation, or you may make your own evaluation appointment by calling 785-587-5403.

Who can benefit from inpatient rehabilitation?
We work with patients who have been diagnosed with a number of illnesses or injuries, including:

  • Stroke
  • Multiple trauma
  • Orthopedic injury or surgery
  • Joint replacement
  • Neurological disorders
  • Heart disease
  • Arthritis
  • Brain injury
  • Amputation
  • Parkinsons
  • Pneumonia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Spinal Surgery

Physical therapy

Who can benefit from physical therapy?
We help people who are dealing with limitations following:

  • Joint replacement or other orthopedic surgery
  • Cumulative trauma or repetitive motion injuries
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Fractures
  • Muscle or ligament strains or tears
  • Sport injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Inflammatory disorders
  • Other degenerative chronic conditions

Our specialties include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Children's rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema treatment
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Osteoporosis management
  • Sports injury
  • Women's health issues
  • Incontinence
  • Post-mastectomy care
  • Pregnancy-related pain
  • Corporate services
  • Ergonomics
  • Functional capacity evaluation
  • Work injuries
  • Pre-employment/post-offer screens
  • Jobsite evaluation


The science of fitting jobs to people

  • Workstation analysis
  • Identification of job-site risk factors
  • Evaluation of employee work methods
  • Job description analysis and creation
  • Development of practices that increase productivity and employee safety
  • Expert, on-site training of individuals or teams

Functional capacity evaluation

The science of measuring physical abilities

  • Measurement of an injured worker's abilities
  • Evaluation of the client's level of effort
  • Analysis of perceived functional abilities vs. actual abilities
  • Testing of strength, flexibility, endurance and speed
  • Reliable results to establish:
  • Appropriate work restrictions
  • Objective data for disability determination
  • Maximum voluntary effort
  • Work simulations, distraction-based tasks, and standardized and non-standardized tests

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps individuals develop the abilities for everyday life — with "occupation" referring to the wide range of activities you do during the course of a normal day.

Via Christi occupational therapists work to help patients be as independent as possible with daily living skills. The areas of difficulty we address include:

  • Vision
  • Cognition
  • Dressing
  • Bathing
  • Toileting
  • Return to work
  • Homemaking
  • Arm and hand weakness
  • Incoordination

Who can benefit from occupational therapy?

We help people who are dealing with limitations related to:

  • Arm injuries/trauma
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Burns
  • Visual and cognitive impairments
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative chronic conditions
  • Sensory integration or autism

Hand Clinic

The Hand Clinic specializes in the rehabilitation of the hand and arm. Under the direction of a hand therapist certified by the Hand Therapy Certification Commission, this focused therapy helps patients regain maximum use of their hands after injury, surgery or the onset of disease. By getting quality, effective treatment, you'll reduce your recovery time, lower your medical costs, and get back to work faster.

Who can benefit from hand therapy?
Patients with:

  • Wrist/finger fractures
  • Work-related injuries
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Tennis elbow
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Cumulative trauma/repetitive motion injuries
  • Inflammation disorders
  • Injury rehabilitation
  • Sprains
  • Strains
  • Deformities

Hand clinic services

Treatment may include:

  • Conditioning and strengthening exercises
  • Specialized splinting
  • Massage
  • Scar management
  • Use of adaptive equipment
  • Joint protection techniques
  • Ergonomic instruction
  • Ultrasound
  • Training activities for daily living
  • Other therapeutic treatments

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Treatment

The Brain Injury Association of America has designated traumatic brain injury (TBI) the silent epidemic due to the number of subtle — and usually long-term — effects of this injury. TBI occurs suddenly and without warning, and the long-term effects often go unrecognized.

While the leading cause of TBI is motor-vehicle crashes, the reality in our community is that many men and women are returning from war and experiencing the long-term, often unrecognized effects of having suffered a TBI while serving our country.

Individuals with TBI demonstrate a wide variety of physical, cognitive and communication impairments, as well as behavioral-emotional changes. Impairments targeted by speech pathologists include difficulties with:

  • Awareness
  • Alertness
  • Orientation
  • Ability to discriminate
  • Memory
  • Reasoning
  • Understanding
  • Talking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Gesturing
  • Problem-solving

 These impairments are likely compounded by behavioral-emotional changes that result from TBI, including:

  • Lack of emotional control
  • Self-centeredness
  • Denial
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lowered self-esteem
  • Agitation
  • Lack of motivation

Our goal? To help these individuals identify the long-term effects of TBI and get the rehabilitation they need...right here at home.

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