Focus on research and continuing education activities to promote the science of physical therapy and influence the advancement of the profession.
Scope of Services & Hours of Operation
The department services have three aims: preventive, therapeutic, and consultative. The department is growing with its specialized staff in different areas of Physical therapy: Musculoskeletal, Neurology, Osteopathy and Manual Therapy; Cardiopulmonary and Vestibular rehabilitation, in addition to splinting and Hand rehabilitation. All professionals are holders of a Masters' Degree (MPT) and/ or a Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT). Professionals work to implement international standards of care and maintain high quality of services by continuously introducing new evidence-based methods of assessment, treatment and innovative specialties.
1-Cardio- Pulmonary Rehabilitation
The first multidisciplinary program in the country. Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at AUBMC provides chronic pulmonary disease patients with state-of-the-art, evidence-based, multidisciplinary, and comprehensive care aimed at reducing their symptoms and health care costs, and improving their functional status and health-related quality of life. The average improvement in patients' outcome in the activities of daily living and patient functioning is 67%, ranging between 24% and 100%.
2- Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy (VRT)
Vestibular Rehabilitation Therapy is an exercise-based program designed to promote central nervous system compensation for inner ear deficits. Vestibular rehabilitation can help with a variety of vestibular problems, including, but not limited to:
3-Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD)
The only center in Lebanon treating lymphedema by applying
Complete decongestive therapy (CDT), also called complex decongestive therapy. It is an intensive program that combines many of the different treatment approaches including bandaging, compression garments, manual lymphatic drainage, exercise, and self-care. Manual lymphatic drainage is a type of gentle manual technique consisting of various manipulations intended to stimulate the lymphatic system. MLD uses a specific amount of pressure and rhythmic circular movements to stimulate lymph flow and to eliminate excess water that may cause congestion and peripheral edema. MLD is recommended for patients suffering from primary or secondary lymphedema related and not restricted to breast cancer, uterine and prostatic cancer, lymphoma and melanoma. Although it is a lifelong treatment, the improvement of patients in terms of decrease of edema is an average of 50%, and an average of 75% in the patient functioning in the activities of daily living.
4- Pelvic Floor Incontinence Rehabilitation
Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation includes treatment for men and women complaining of urinary or fecal incontinence, urgency/frequency of urination, and/or pain in the pelvic region. Secondary to trauma, disuse or surgery, the pelvic floor muscles may become weak, tight or spastic. The therapist evaluates each individual and develops a plan of care. The objectives of the program are to decrease pain, improve urination control and improve control of bowels. More importantly, it is aimed at improving self- confidence that is deeply affected with incontinence.
5- Musculoskeletal Diseases
They constitute the main load of patients. They include the treatment of spine related problems, applying, among other methods, the McKenzie Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT), sports injuries, and rheumatological diseases. Evidence-based protocols are implemented in this area. The department published articles in this specialty related to implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in mechanical low back pain, which resulted in cost and time-effective treatment for patients and physical therapists.
6- Neurological Diseases
In this specialty, similarly to other specialties, evidence –based clinical practice guidelines are implemented. The department treats primary and secondary neurological diseases i.e. stroke, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis and the like.