Therapy Services

RIO’s Outpatient Therapy is only offered at our Orange facility
Program Description:
RIO’s Therapy Services are provided by a multidisciplinary team of highly trained and skills physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists. Assisted by social workers, a consulting neurologist, and referring physicians, the professional staff evaluates and treats patients that may have illness, injury, or brain defects. 
RIO offers outpatient rehabilitation for all ages – from neonates to the geriatric population – with conditions such as stroke, head injury, amputation, arthritis, fractures, speech/language and hearing dysfunction, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, developmental delay, laryngectomy, voice disorders, swallowing problems, and stuttering. The common goal is to promote the highest level of functioning for the patient at home, in school, on the job, and in the community. 
Types of Therapy Offered:
Physical Therapy:
Physical Therapy specializes in aquatic and land therapy for a variety of physical conditions including chronic pain, post-surgery, total joint replacements, arthritis, sports and work injuries, head injury, spinal cord injury, balance deficits, and decreased functional mobility along with a variety of other diagnosis. 

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Fully equipped gym includes:
  • Cardiovascular equipment
  • Universal gym
  • Ultrasound
  • Cold/Moist heat
Aquatic Physical Therapy:
Aquatic Therapy is an excellent therapeutic, low impact activity for individuals of all abilities. Aquatic Therapy activities can be done in either indoor or outdoor pool facilities and consists of cardiovascular endurance and conditioning exercises. These include walking, jogging, jumping, swimming, kicking, and other continuous rhythmic activities that elevate metabolism and improve cardiovascular function. 

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Why do we do it?
Buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, viscosity, and turbulence result in an optimal environment for mobility, strengthening, and pain relief. We can begin rehabilitation sooner in our warm therapeutic pool resulting in a shorter recovery period. 
Who pays for it?
As long as it is medically necessary, Aquatic Physical Therapy is usually covered by insurance, some HMO’s and Medicare. We also accept private pay. 
Where do patients receive Aquatic Physical Therapy?
At RIO’s indoor, warm (92°) therapeutic pool at our Orange facility. There is a lift for clients with wheelchairs and parallel bars to assist with ambulation. 
How do patients receive it?
With a doctor’s prescription and a phone call to RIO at (714) 633-7400 ext. 253. Prescriptions and referrals may also be faxed to (714) 633-0738.
What happens after Aquatic Physical Therapy is completed?
Upon discharge from Aquatic Physical Therapy, clients may transition into any of the following aquatic programs or progress to a land based program here: Water Exercise Program, Water Aerobics Program, Persistence Pool Exercise, Independent Exercise Programs, Family Swim Program, Adapted Swim Instruction, Fibrocise (Fibromyalgia Pool Exercise) 
Occupational Therapy:
Occupational Therapy specializes in therapy for adults and children who exhibit deficits with their cognitive, vision, perceptual/visual, sensory, and motor skills. Emphasis is placed on developing and regaining function for self-care, household and community activities, financial and medication management. 
Treatment will emphasize:
  • Upper extremity functional task training
  • Activities of daily living training
  • Energy conservation training
  • Cognitive training and visual perception training
Speech Therapy:
Speech Therapy specializes in therapy for adults and children with speech and language disorders. Includes speech and language deficits due to stroke, brain injury, other neurological disorders, developmental delays, and voice disorders. 
Treatment will emphasize:
  • Activities to improve auditory processing and verbal expression
  • Reading the writing tasks
  • Exercises to improve oral motor function for speech and swallowing
  • Exercises and techniques to improve voice
  • Activities to optimize and improve functional communication
Program Hours:
  • Services are provided Monday through Friday from 9:00am – 5:00pm
  • Extended hours are available by arrangement
Insurances Accepted:
  • Mission Heritage Medical Group
  • Mission Hospital Affiliated Physicians
  • St. Joseph Heritage Medical Group
  • St. Joseph Heritage Affiliated Physicians
  • St. Jude Affiliated Physicians
  • St. Jude Heritage Medical Group
  • Veterans Affair
  • Medicare
  • BlueShield
  • BlueCross
  • Orange Unified School District
Admission Requirements:
  • A written prescription from physician
  • Completion of the admission process
Contact Information:
Program Director: Lisa Jenks
Phone: (714) 633-7400, ext. 253