NSHC provides evaluation and treatment services for a broad range of conditions in patients of all ages. The physical therapy team focuses primarily on orthopedic concerns such as ankle sprains and back injuries, but also works with patients experiencing difficulty walking, weakness or open wounds. We utilize a variety of treatment options including modalities (therapeutic ultrasound, iontophoresis, electrical stimulation) as well as hands on treatments (mobilization and manipulation). Services are provided at Norton Sound Regional Hospital in Nome, with semiannual field visits to the village clinics.
One of the most important aspects of physical therapy provided is patient education in self care, including a regular home exercise program. In addition to these services, NSHC now offers electromyography and nerve conduction studies. These tests are used by referring physicians to determine if a patient might have a nerve or muscle disease.