Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at Black River Memorial Hospital provides excellent physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and sports medicine services. 

By making these services available right here in Black River Falls, many patients are able to stay close to home instead of traveling for rehabilitation care.

Our highly qualified rehabilitation specialists offer a full range of therapies for neurological, developmental, muscle, soft tissue, bone and joint injuries; post-surgical recovery; injury prevention education and more. 

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Concussion Home Care Guidelines

Post-Concussion Protocol

Our clinicians have experience in:



Although pain cannot always be completely eliminated, the pain management team can teach patients skills that increase their comfort and ability to function. 




Wound Care

Proper management of wounds is essential to promote healing and reduce pain, inflammation and the risk of infection. At Black River Memorial Hospital, we provide specialized care to treat a variety of wounds that may be of diabetic, surgical, vascular, pressure, traumatic or burn origin.

Our wound care treatments include:
  • Removing damaged tissue or objects in wounds
  • Specialized dressing application
  • Education on maintaining healthy skin and decreasing risks for recurring ulcerations
  • Referrals to registered dietitians or other healthcare providers who would aid in the healing process


Vestibular Rehabilitation

Many things can cause dizziness. One of the major causes is your vestibular system (the inner ear-to-brain connection) for balance. The other systems that make up your balance or equilibrium are proprioception (which lets you know where your body is at all times) and vision.

Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Department has a program designed to treat certain conditions associated with dizziness and vertigo.

The first step is to see your family doctor and ask if vestibular rehabilitation or physical therapy could help. Your therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation, and based on the results, develop an individualized treatment program.


Hand Therapy

 A Hand Therapist works with patients who have upper extremity disorders, including arthritis, fractures, amputations, deep cuts of the tendon or nerves or a repetitive motion injury such as tennis elbow or carpal tunnel syndrome.

Therapy methods include:
  • Edema management
  • Sensory re-education
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Exercise instruction
  • Scar management
  • Desensitization
  • Wound management
  • Orthotic fabrication
  • Job site analysis


Lymphedema program

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is swelling in the arms, legs and/or trunk, caused by a blockage in the lymphatic system, which prevents lymph fluid from draining properly. Our lymphedema therapists provide individualized treatment to minimize symptoms, restore movement and maximize comfort. In addition to providing treatments, we teach patients techniques to manage and control their condition on their own.

 Lymphedema control techniques include:
  • Lymphatic drainage massage
  • Compression bandaging
  • Compression pumps
  • Compression garments
  • Exercise
  • Education
  • Dietary considerations
The dangers of ignoring lymphedema

The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system. If left untreated, lymphedema can cause conditions that interfere with wound healing and increase your risk for infection. Also, the persistent swelling and inflammation can make affected tissue thick and hard, limiting mobility and ultimately worsening the condition.


If you have any questions regarding any of these specialized programs, please contact the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services Department at 715-284-1330.


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