Therapy Services 

Helping Patients Reach Their Full Potential

Our physical, occupational and speech therapists work in concert with our medical staff to coordinate patient care. Our friendly, caring professionals have extensive training and clinical expertise.




Physical Therapy (PT)

The physical therapists at Des Peres Hospital are skilled professionals dedicated to providing quality care to all patients recovering from injury, surgery or illness.

Each patient is evaluated and treated with an individualized program designed to meet their specific needs, whether the goal is to return to work, a favorite sport or simply to be free of pain.

No matter the issue, our goal remains the same: to promote wellness and improve the quality of each patient’s life through increased strength, flexibility, balance and overall fitness.


Therapy for Vertigo and Those at Risk for Falls

Des Peres Hospital’s outpatient Physical Therapy offers treatment for the vertigo patient and patients at risk for falls. Following a thorough examination, we create a personalized course of action to address the patients’ needs, including:

  • Functional strength and endurance exercises
  • Postural balance strategies
  • Visual compensation strategies
  • Retraining proprioceptive and kinesthetic responses
  • Repositional maneuvers and habituation techniques for positional vertigo
  • Ocular training to induce vestibular adaption
  • Gaze stabilization exercises
  • Cervical relaxation and stretching

We re-assess patients at each visit, and progress the difficulty of therapeutic interventions as needed. We also provide patients with written home guidelines. 



Occupational Therapy (OT)

An occupational therapist’s overall goal is to help people continue to take care of themselves and safely resume as many of their activities of daily living as possible. They do so by looking at the daily tasks people must do to care for themselves, then breaking these tasks down into parts to make them safer and easier to do.

OT practitioners are skilled professionals who focus on the social, emotional, and physiological effects of illness and injury.

Our therapists see patients during acute medical stays and as
outpatients. They have an important role in helping people recover from total joint replacement, upper extremity injury,arthritis, stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, or other neurological problems.



Speech Therapy

Speech-language pathologists evaluate and treat speech and language disorders including voice, cognitive communications, fluency disorders, swallowing and related disorders in people of all ages.

At Des Peres Hospital,our speech therapists help people recover c ommunication, cognition and swallowing competence following stroke, head injury or disease. Our therapists may perform modified barium swallows, which are X-ray procedures that can be useful in determining swallow function and in recommending diet consistencies.


To schedule services with a physical, occupational or speech therapist,or for more information, call 314-966-9131.