Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Institute

Outpatient Rehab

Some patients in need of rehabilitation won't require the intensity of inpatient care. Others will need to continue therapy after they have been discharged from the hospital setting. Willis-Knighton offers multiple outpatient rehabilitation clinics throughout the Shreveport-Bossier area that are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) .

Most of our clinics offer the full continuum of rehabilitation services including Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Pathology, Counseling and Case Management Care. Therapy is provided for a variety of conditions including orthopedic & sports injuries, back and neck pain, neurological impairment, geriatric care, women's and children's services, orthotics, prosthetic training, wound care, cancer, lymphedema and work related injuries. Several clinics have specialized programs specific to their location. All clinics can offer flexible hours with advanced arrangements.

Our Outpatient Rehab Services Include:

General Rehabilitation Services

  • Gait Training
  • Strength and Endurance Training
  • Activities of Daily Living Training
  • Measurement for Pressure Garment
  • Splinting
  • Neuromuscular Re-Education
  • Cognitive / Language Evaluation and Treatment (limited locations)
  • Evaluation and Treatment of Swallowing Disorders
  • Hearing Screening
  • Articulation / Fluency of Speech (limited locations)
  • Evaluation and Treatment
  • Wound Management
  • Orthotics Fabrication
  • Visual / Perceptual Testing
  • Fine and Gross Motor Coordination Retraining
  • Modalities

Comprehensive Neurological Program

Willis-Knighton’s OUTPATIENT NEUROLOGICAL REHABILITATION program provides an integrated, functional approach to aid in the recovery from neurological dysfunction due to stroke or brain tumor, mild or severe head trauma, spinal cord injury, oxygen deprivation and other progressive medical conditions that affect the brain or spinal cord.

The goal of the Neuro-Rehab program is to return individuals to their home, community, work, educational, and social roles. This may include rehabilitation therapies for mobility, independence in self-care and home management, communication and language, cognition and memory skills and emotional adjustment and coping.

In addition to the traditional rehab therapies of physical, occupational and speech, this specialized program offers cognitive and behavioral rehab and case management. Emphasis is placed on teaching compensation techniques for maximum function in all capacities.

Participants must: require only minimal assistance to use the restroom or have an attendant, have potential for functional improvement, and be able to communicate basic needs. Minimum age is 13. Participants must be free from active substance abuse and not be a risk to harm self or others.

The Neuro-Rehab program is located at the Willis-Knighton Medical Center campus but individual neurological therapies may be provided at other locations for patient convenience. If you would like more information, please contact us at:

Willis-Knighton Medical Center
2600 Greenwood Road
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 212-4720 Fax: 212-4195

Wound Care

Wound Care services are available for typical wounds such as diabetic, arterial, venous and wounds due to trauma. Wound care therapists have two hyperbaric chambers within the Willis-Knighton system to support their wound cares services.

Balance Disorders

The Balance Disorders or Vestibular Rehabilitation Program is designed to treat patients with peripheral, distorted and central balance disorders. Vestibular Rehabilitation is one of the few conservative treatment options found to be successful in alleviating the symptoms of dizziness and loss of balance.

Therapists with specialized training in vestibular pathology complete a thorough evaluation that consists of in-depth history, review of diagnostic test results, postural control assessment, balance assessment, visual-vestibular interaction testing, vertigo assessment with INVIEW frenzel goggles, and gait analysis.

The program offers a well-designed course of repetitive exercise, surface orientation, visual and postural control exercises, which can significantly decrease a patient’s sense of dizziness and improve balance. Patients are also provided education and an individualized home exercise program.

Our ultimate goal is to improve the quality of life for individuals with dizziness and balance disorders. If you would like more information about balance disorders please contact:

Willis-Knighton Medical Center
2600 Greenwood Road
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 212-4720 Fax: 212-4195

Pediatrics & NICU Follow up Clinic

Pediatric rehabilitation therapists evaluate newborns, infants and children to determine if any developmental delays are present. If problems are found, an individualized treatment plan is implemented to begin the developmental therapy process. Rehab therapists work closely with physicians and nurses to coordinate care among the entire team and family. Services are provided in the Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units as well as the pediatric floor.

Evaluation and Treatment of the following areas is provided:

  • oral motor
  • feeding
  • positioning
  • orthopedic conditions
  • neurobehavioral

Parent education and case management services are also provided. Upon discharge, each NICU graduate is scheduled to attend a follow-up program where he or she will be evaluated by a physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech language pathologist for continued appropriate development.

Pediatric Outpatient Services

Willis-Knighton uses a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate and treat children for a variety of diagnoses. Upon referral from a physician, formal evaluations are completed and individual treatment plans are developed to create an integrated and comprehensive plan. Children, parents, and therapists work together to establish treatment goals, and coordinate services with the school system when necessary. Therapists provide evaluation and treatment of:

  • central hypotonia
  • developmental delay
  • orthopedic conditions
  • neuromuscular disorders
  • sensory processing disorders
  • autism spectrum disorders
  • speech disorders
  • cerebral palsy
  • hearing impairments
  • traumatic injury
  • feeding disorders
  • failure to thrive

If you would like further information on PEDIATRIC THERAPY offered at Willis-Knighton, please contact:

WK Canterbury Square
Pediatric Rehabilitation
2530 Bert Kouns Ste. 148
Shreveport, LA. 71118
(318) 212-5336 Fax: 212-5204

Infant Feeding Program

Young infants feed primarily by sucking and, while extremely efficient, this process involves a very complex interaction of multiple systems. The infant has to coordinate the suck, swallow, and breathing skills while managing neuro-behavior states. As the infant ages, the feeding difficulties can persist and the child may exhibit difficulties spoon-feeding. Parents faced with problems while feeding their baby can be helped with tips given by a qualified professional. A child does not need to be diagnosed with a specific disorder to have problems feeding. A few of the more common diagnoses that have a high incidence of feeding difficulty include failure to thrive, trauma, hypotonicity, prematurity, cleft palate, visually impaired, children with sensory or motor impairments, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, gastroesophogeal reflux, and congenital heart disease.

Willis-Knighton uses a multi-disciplinary approach to evaluate and treat children with feeding difficulties. After a referral from a physician, a thorough evaluation is completed. Often the parent only needs a home program with ideas and techniques on how to facilitate the child’s feeding skills. However, it may be necessary to bring the child into therapy for oral motor stimulation techniques to help resolve sensory motor dysfunction if a home program is not sufficient.

Let Willis-Knighton’s certified infant feeding team help you with any feeding problems you encounter. For more information call:

WK Pediatric Therapy
Canterbury Square
2530 Bert Kouns, Ste.148
Shreveport, LA 71118
(318) 212-5720 Fax 212-5204

Orthopedic Rehabilitation / Therapy

Orthopedic clinical specialists provide therapy for joint and muscle disorders including knee, shoulder, hand, ankle and foot dysfunctions. Rehab therapy follows evidence-based practices as appropriate, with testing to provide the most effective treatment and outcomes.

Sports Medicine

Physical therapists with sports medicine training facilitate the recovery of patients from sports related injuries. Isokinetic equipment generates reports of strength and range of motion deficits for the upper and lower extremity before and after training. Special services for female athletes are also available. For more information, please visit the Sports Medicine Web site.

The Hydroworx Pool ® System

This state-of-the-art approach to aquatic therapy decreases joint stress with a weightless environment and offers increased strength and conditioning secondary to water resistance. Warm temperatures promote muscle relaxation with the added features of an underwater variable speed treadmill. This pool features a fully adjustable floor allowing patients to walk or roll directly onto the floor, varying levels of immersion, and powerful water jets for resistance for competitive sports training or deep tissue massage as well as video observation system. This pool’s benefits have proven so successful that many major sports teams – both professional and college – include Hydroworx in their athletic and training facilities.

Spine Institute

The Spine Institute offers a comprehensive approach to the treatment of neck and back pain. Services include a specialized rehabilitation program that employs evidence-based physical therapy services, counseling and case management.

Following assessment at either of The Spine Institute’s Assessment Centers, patients may elect to receive rehabilitation at any of four convenient outpatient locations in Shreveport and Bossier City. The locations are at or near a Willis-Knighton hospital and follow established protocols to ensure a standardized treatment regime with state-of-the art equipment. Rehabilitation goals include improvement of strength, endurance, flexibility and overall physical fitness with an emphasis on decreasing pain. An empowering, positive approach to patient care is provided with a focus on patient education and staying active. Counseling is offered to help with the issues of limitations caused by spine disorders and pain. Case management is available to coordinate insurance coverage and access community resources.

The Assessment Centers are located at:

2403 Greenwood Road
Shreveport, LA 71103
(318) 212-7746, Fax: 212-8978

WK Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center
7925 Youree Dr. , Ste. 140
Shreveport, LA 71105
(318) 212-3720, Fax: 212-3725

www.thespineinstitute.com

Hand Rehabilitation

The Willis-Knighton Hand Therapy program focuses on upper extremity injuries with special attention to the hand. Treatment is performed by certified hand therapists (CHT), the highest level of competency available in hand rehabilitation for injuries that include fractures, tendon injuries, tendonitis (tennis elbow), amputations, nerve injuries / compressions (Carpal Tunnel), arthritis, burns, wounds, impingement syndromes and traumatic hand injuries. If you have an arm or hand injury, take advantage of the expertise we have to offer. Call us at:

WK Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center
7925 Youree Dr., Ste. 140
Shreveport, La 71105
(318) 212-3720, Fax: 212-3725

WK Bossier Medical Pavilion
2449 Hospital Dr. Ste. 140
Bossier City, LA 71111
(318) 212-7720, Fax: 212-7715

Pelvic Floor Disorders

As with all joint and muscle groups, physical therapists also evaluate and treat patients with pelvic floor disorders including:

  • Chronic or recurring hip pain
  • PGD or Pelvic girdle dysfunction
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Urinary or fecal incontinence
  • Painful intercourse
  • Perineal pain while sitting
  • Burning, inflammation, & increased sensitivity in the perineum 
  • Severe menstrual pain 
  • Osteoporosis 
  • Pregnancy related: 
    • Back pain and joint dysfunctions 
    • Complications of episiotomy & Cesarean surgery or scarring 
    • Carpal tunnel & other nerve compression syndromes 
    • Plantar fasciitis

Comprehensive Evaluations include: 

  • History
  • Physical Examination

Treatment Options Include:

  • Therapeutic Exercise
  • Modalities
  • Maternity Supports
  • Orthotics
  • Biofeedback
  • Education

If you would like more information about these specialized therapy services please contact us at:

WK Orthopedic &
Sports Medicine Center
7925 Youree Drive, Ste.140
Shreveport, LA 71105
(318) 212-3720, Fax: 212-3725

Joint Replacement Camp

Joint Replacement CampStudies have shown that patients who know what to expect during their hospital course progress faster with less anxiety. This pre-op class enlightens hip and knee replacement patients in what they should expect of the hospital experience from before admission to after discharge . It also offers a forum to answer your questions. The Joint Replacement Camp is generally scheduled at the time surgery is scheduled. Following the class there is an opportunity to start the admission process. An extended “prehab” program is also available by physician referral for patients that require more in-depth training for conditioning, strength and range of motion prior to their surgery.

To RSVP for the Joint Replacement Camp of your choice, call (318) 212-8225. 

  • Every first Tuesday
    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    WK Bossier
    Conference Room B
  • Every Third Tuesday
    9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
    WK Pierremont
    2nd Floor Conference Room 203

Following surgery, outpatient rehabilitation therapy is available at any of our four locations:

  • WK Medical Center
    2600 Greenwood Rd.
    Shreveport, LA
    (318) 212-4720
  • WK Canterbury Square
    2510 Bert Kouns, Ste. 148
    Shreveport, LA
    (318) 212-5720
  • WK Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center
    7925 Youree Dr., Ste. 140
    Shreveport, LA 
     (318) 212-3720
  • WK Bossier Medical Pavilion
    2449 Hospital Dr, Ste. 140
    Bossier City, LA
    (318) 212-7720

Cancer Rehab

Individuals recovering from cancer often experience a variety of secondary health problems caused from the disease as well as from various treatment regimes such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. Some of the most common side effects include extreme fatigue and weakness, pain, balance difficulties resulting in increased risk for falls, skin changes or wounds, significant swelling in various parts of the body due to the removal of lymph nodes (lymphedema), and swallowing difficulties secondary to tumors or radiation.

In addition to the comprehensive array of cancer related services available, Willis-Knighton offers physical rehabilitation services to address these common but serious health problems. Rehabilitation therapists provide education, prevention techniques and treatment of each of these acute and chronic conditions.

The Cancer Rehab Clinic offers a multidisciplinary team and includes: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counseling, and case management. The program is located across from the WK Health and Wellness Center in the WK Spine Institute building at 2403 Greenwood Road. For more information, please contact (318) 212-8110.

Lymphedema Management Program

Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. This swelling is most often in the extremities but can also manifest in the face, neck, abdomen or chest areas.

Willis-Knighton Lymphedema Management program is designed to treat patients with primary or secondary Lymphedema that can lead to pain, limited range of motion, disability, cosmetic deformities and poor self-image. Left untreated, lymphedema can result in chronic low-grade inflammation, cellulitis, and fibrosclerotic changes in the skin of the involved area as well as other serious complications.

Our certified lymphatic therapists are trained in complete decongestive physiotherapy. This non-invasive conservative treatment is effective in reducing the volume of the swollen area.

Complete Decongestive Physiotherapy Protocol consists of manual lymph drainage, multi-layered bandaging, skin care, and exercises. Once the swelling has been reduced with treatment, patients are fitted with a compression garment and instructed in a personalized home program. This program includes a regime of bandaging techniques, massage and exercises to maintain the improvements.

The Willis-Knighton Lymphedema program is located in the WK Spine Institute building at 2403 Greenwood Road across from the WK Health and Wellness Center. For more information call (318) 212-8110.

Swallowing and Speech Rehabilitation

Sometimes following illness or injury, people may experience difficulty with chewing, swallowing, drooling, comprehending, or speaking. Willis-Knighton offers specialized rehabilitation services for such patients. Our Speech Therapists are trained in the assessment and treatment of:

  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Cognitive / Thinking Problems
  • Chewing / Swallowing Dysfunction
  • Facial / Lingual Paralysis
  • Augmentative Communication
  • Progressive Neurological Diseases

During assessment and management, our speech therapists utilize tools such as:

  • Cognitive & Language Testing
  • Videoesophagrams (modified barium swallow)
  • Compensatory Swallowing Strategies
  • Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation – Vital Stim ® 
  • Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation
  • Facial Icing and Massage
  • Oral Motor Exercise
  • Aphasia Testing and Management 
  • Lee Silverman Voice Program

Our ultimate goal is to improve quality of life for individuals with swallowing or communication disorders. For more information about Speech Therapy Services at Willis-Knighton, call any of the following comprehensive outpatient rehab clinics:

WKMC 212-4720
WK Canterbury Ctr 212-5720
WK Bossier 212-7720
WK Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Ctr 212-3720