The department of physiotherapy is concerned with the diagnostics and therapy of functional disturbances, especially of the locomotion apparatus, in patients with backache, neurological disorders, in patients after injury or surgery of the locomotion system and the spine, and those with damaged brain and spinal cord. It provides physiotherapy the patients hospitalised in all department of the hospital, i.e. exercise therapy and physical therapy as a continuation of the treatment programs and surgical procedures of individual specialties.
In the department proper, the staff team, composed of a physician, nursing personnel, a physiotherapist, ergotherapist, psychologist, social worker, and logopedist, carries out comprehensive therapeutic physiotherapy, both on an outpatient basis and in inpatients in 34 beds for early physiotherapy. In addition to the standard equipment, the department of physiotherapy and rehabilitation has the following specialized workplaces: complex lymphotherapy, early physiotherapy of the hand including dynamic splinting, reflex therapy of children with cerebral palsy and functional disturbances of the locomotion apparatus, a workplace for myoskeletal medicine that includes the so-called “back school”. It operates ergotherapy targeting the functional motorics of the hand, swallowing, speech, education in self-sufficiency, which includes the use of technical aids. The workplace of the psychologist is concerned with the diagnostics and re-education of cognitive functions. The functional laboratory, equipped with a stabilographic platform, a dynamometer, and testing, serves the purpose of determining the residual psycho-sensorimotor potential of the patients.
Since 1998, the department has provided the services of a Rehabilitation Centre and contributes to the resocialization of disabled patients in productive age. The department of physiotherapy cooperates with the Employment Office in České Budějovice in providing pre-employment testing for this office. In cooperation with civic associations, the department participates in the mobilization of individuals with combined damage: in swimming projects and hippotherapy, that is, therapeutic horse-riding. It also provides exercise therapy for patients with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and osteoporosis.
The department is also involved in the education of undergraduates from the School of Social Healthcare of the South-Bohemian University, in the following fields of study: Rehabilitation-Psychosocial Care for Disabled Children, Adults, and the Elderly, General Nurse, Midwife, Protection of Public Health, and Physiotherapy. The department has also been accredited for specialized training in the speciality Physiotherapy (Rehabilitation) and Physical Medicine. It also participates in post-graduate education of all physicians as part of the education programs of individual specialties.