Levi Arthritis & Rehabilitation Clinic
P. Ross Bandy, M.D.
A Move In The Right Direction
Arthritis affects one in every three people.
Facts About Arthritis
An estimated one out of every three adults — about 70 million Americans in all — have been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, or has chronic joint pain symptoms.
Chances are that you or someone you know has arthritis. Arthritis is a serious disease that causes pain and loss of movement. It is usually chronic. This means that it can last, off and on, for as long as a lifetime. There are a hundred kinds of arthritis affecting many different parts of the body. Joints are most often affected. People of all ages, including children and young adults, can develop arthritis. Treatment may include medication, use of hot or cold packs and for some, surgery to reduce pain and maintain movement. Exercise, pacing activities, and using proper techniques to protect joints are among the many things people with arthritis can do to help themselves.
Long known nationwide as a landmark arthritis treatment center, Levi Hospital’s reputation today is enhanced by the contemporary personalized attention every patient receives. In the Levi Arthritis Treatment Program, the goal is to provide a comprehensive service for the medical rehabilitation and treatment of arthritis and related illnesses. We strive to achieve this goal through:
- Specialized physician evaluation and follow-up by a Board Certified Rheumatologist
- Appropriate medication therapy
- Physical therapy to restore range of motion and function
- Aquatic therapy in large thermally heated pool
- Occupational therapy evaluation and treatment to improve self-care abilities, as well as provide upper extremity orthotics/adaptive equipment as needed
- Social service support to address the emotional aspects of arthritis
- Providing patients with insight into what their physical problems are and development of realistic expectations
- Laboratory and radiology services
- Inpatient and outpatient services
COMMUNITY POOL EXERCISE PROGRAM
The Hot Springs National Park Thermal Water that comes directly to the Levi pool can help treat Arthritis conditions. Levi Hospital’s Community Pool Exercise Program is offered two times weekly. The classes meet on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. These aquatic sessions are for those who can benefit from a structured program, but do not require the medical necessity for outpatient rehabilitation treatment. The public is welcome to join this program. Listed below are the requirements for acceptance as a participant in the Community Pool Exercise Program:
- You must be 16 years or older.
- You must be medically stable (no acute problems).
- You must be continent of bowel and bladder.
- You must be able to tolerate and function in a water temperature range of 94 – 100 degrees Fahrenheit.
- You must be able to dress/dry yourself and enter/exit the pool without assistance. You must bring your own towel to each session
- You must have a participant card which can be purchased from the Levi Hospital Physical Therapy Department
- You must have a physician information/consent form approving your participation.
You can receive a questionnaire/form by calling 501-622-3412.
Mail or Fax Questionnaire/Forms to:
Levi Outpatient Physical Therapy
Attn: Community Pool
300 Prospect Avenue
Hot Springs, AR 71901
Hours & Appointments
The Levi Arthritis & Rehabilitation Clinic is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 Noon. The clinic offers the services of P. Ross Bandy, M.D., a Board Certified Rheumatologist. To make an appointment, call (501) 622-3577