Therapy & Rehab



Rockcastle Regional strives for the best technology and customer service to suit our patients’ therapy and rehabilitation needs. Whether you are recovering from an accident or surgery, or desire to become more independent, our excellent staff will work with you to reach your goals. Our therapy and rehabilitation services include the following:


Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation at Rockcastle Regional is an outpatient based multidisciplinary comprehensive system of services which includes the elements of exercise coupled with education, counseling, and behavior change intervention. The program is designed to limit the physiological and psychological effects of cardiac illness, control cardiac symptoms, and enhance psychosocial and vocational status of the patient.

The core of the cardiac rehabilitation program involves the exercise prescription by a physical therapist in conjunction with the ACLS certified cardiac nurse, individualized to each patient's abilities and needs. The exercise prescription consists of aerobic and strength training. During exercise training, each patient is physically monitored by the physical therapist, while the nurse monitors via telemetry. The progression of exercise is determined by the response of the patient’s heart rate, blood pressure, and the patient’s self-report of fatigue following a specific exercise.

In addition to exercise training, the cardiac rehabilitation program also consists of patient education. Below is a list of topics that are covered while educating the patient:

  • Smoking cessation
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Risk factor reduction
  • Weight management
  • Lipid control
  • Dietary counseling
  • Stress management/mental health counseling
  • Pharmacological management


Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is skilled treatment that assists individuals to achieve independence in all facets of their lives.

Occupational Therapy not only treats the medical condition, it helps clients to remain engaged in the activities that give them pleasure or a sense of purpose, despite challenges they face.

Occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants focus on whatever occupations or activities are meaningful to the individual. Occupational Therapy can help restore the client’s ability to perform day-to-day tasks; including bathing, grooming, dressing, eating, and home preparation such as laundry and cooking.

At Rockcastle Regional, Occupational Therapy plays an important role with helping the residents of our ventilator unit achieve their highest potential in everyday living. Each client is carefully evaluated and receives personalized treatment based on their needs. By taking the full picture into account – a person’s psychological, physical, emotional, and social makeup, as well as their environment – occupational therapy assists clients to do the following:

  • Achieve goals
  • Function at the highest possible level
  • Concentrate on what matters most to them
  • Maintain or rebuild their independence
  • Participate in daily activities that they need or want to do

Our services include, but are not limited to and may benefit those with the following:

  • Birth injuries or birth defects
  • Sensory processing/integrative disorders
  • Hand injury
  • Traumatic injuries (brain or spinal cord)
  • Learning problems
  • Autism and other pervasive developmental disorders
  • Arthritis and juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • Broken bones or other orthopaedic injuries
  • Developmental delays
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Burns
  • Spina bifida
  • Traumatic amputations
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other chronic illnesses
  • Work hardening/work conditioning
  • Pulmonary insufficiency

Physical Therapy

Rockcastle Regional's excellent staff features four physical therapists and three physical therapy assistants who work with our physical, pulmonary, cardiac, and respiratory rehabilitation programs. 

Our services include, but are not limited to assisting those with the following:

  • Athletic conditioning
  • Back and neck pain
  • COPD
  • Joint pain
  • Myocardial Infarction (MI) (heart attack)
  • Muscle dysfunction
  • Post-surgery rehabilitation
  • Stent placements
  • Work hardening
  • Wound management 



Speech Pathology

The Speech Pathology Department at Rockcastle Regional provides services for individuals across the life span with speech, language, cognitive-communication, and swallowing disorders. The department provides a full range of services under ASHA certified speech pathologists including evaluation and diagnosing, as well as treatment and education. Services are provided through acute care, the respiratory care unit, and in the outpatient clinic.
The Speech Pathology Department is dedicated to providing quality services with a focus on establishing or restoring communication, cognition, feeding, and swallowing. Staff obtains ongoing education to ascertain that treatment is supported by scientific evidence. Our facility supports a multidisciplinary approach in all settings.
Services include assessment and treatment for:
  • Speech production and comprehension
  • Voice disorders
  • Swallowing and/or feeding disorders (includes modified barium swallow)
  • Delayed speech and language
  • Stuttering
  • Memory
  • Aphasia
  • Apraxia and/or dysarthria
  • Augmentative communication system (training) 

Referrals to the speech-language pathology program may be made by parents, spouses, affected individuals, nursing staff, and/or physicians; however, a written physician's order must be attained for the evaluation and treatment process to begin.


For more information regarding speech-language pathology services at Rockcastle Regional Hospital or for referrals, please contact us at (606) 256-7763. Our hours are Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.