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Other Outpatient Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Services

Our comprehensive outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation programs help patients of all ages regain mobility and function resulting from injury, disease, overuse of muscles or tendons, pain or loss of a body part. Our care is individualized and tailored to meet your needs.

Amputee Support

Amputee Clinic

Our amputee clinic offers a wide variety of treatment approaches to address amputee impairments. Our multi-disciplinary team brings a variety of expertise to help you with prosthetic and functional needs.

We will evaluate your needs and set up a plan to get you back to living a healthy and active lifestyle. This can often be achieved through the use or modification of prosthetics, an individualized physical therapy treatment plan, and/or the use of mobility aids.

Our primary goals are to help you with prosthetic needs, adjustments, and mobility.

Amputee Clinic Services

  • Comprehensive assessment by a Physiatrist (a Rehab Physician), Physical Therapist, and Prosthetic Specialist
  • Recommendations for therapy needs and prosthetic equipment and training
  • Assistive and adaptive equipment needs
  • Expert prosthetic treatment
  • Educational resources

All amputees are welcome. We will address issues with both upper and lower extremity amputations.

Amputee Support Group

A pathway to sharing, facilitating, healing and positive growth.


  • To provide peer support for amputation survivors, as well as their families, friends, and designated caregivers.
  • To provide an enriching environment for sharing experiences and mutual concerns relating to amputation.
  • To provide education about coping skills for adjusting to the changes in daily living.
  • To provide education about amputation, its causes, treatment, prevention, and implications.
  • To provide information about community resources for positive community re-entry.

Who Should Attend?

The amputee support group is open to all amputees, as well as their friends, families, and caregivers.

Meeting Dates, Times & Locations

A meeting is held on the fourth Thursday of every month from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at Wheaton Franciscan – Wauwatosa Campus, 201 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, in the 5th Floor Conference Center – Room 5C. The building is wheelchair accessible.

Please call 414-874-4345 to confirm meetings and dates.

Continence & Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

Our Continence and Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation Clinics offer a wide variety of state-of-the-art treatment approaches to address incontinence problems and pelvic floor dysfunction. We can help you with urge and stress leakage related to your bladder and bowels. We can also help alleviate constipation and pelvic floor pain.

Our primary goal is to help you improve control of your bladder and bowel functions and to reduce pelvic floor discomfort.

Our Services

  • Continence counseling
  • Expert treatment
  • Educational resources
  • Training for elimination disorder including constipation
  • Continence training for bladder and bowel, including biofeedback
  • Biofeedback temperature and relaxation training
  • Bladder and bowel health education
  • Continence training after prostate surgery

Our Approach

  • Multi-disciplinary, state-of-the-art, highly personalized non-surgical treatment to improve bladder and bowel control and pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • A solid record of outstanding outcomes for discharged patients, including a 70% improvement in quality of life.
  • Frequent communication and progress reporting to the primary care or referring physician.

You can expect:

  • Better quality of life
  • Improved bladder and bowel health
  • Fewer bladder and bowel accidents
  • Less use of incontinence products and medications
  • Increased self-confidence
  • Decreased pelvic pain

Referral & Appointment Information

A referral from your primary physician or specialist is required.

What to Bring to Your Appointment

  • Physician order (unless previously faxed to us)
  • List of all previous surgeries and hospitalizations
  • List of current medications
  • Insurance cards
  • Completed diaries if we have sent them to you

What to Expect at Your Appointment

Your intake evaluation will take about two hours. It will include detailed questions about your incontinence and pelvic floor problems, educational materials, and an evaluation using the biofeedback equipment. Treatment options will be discussed at that time.

Incontinence Symptoms & Facts

Symptom Checklist

Check any item below that occurs on a daily, nightly or weekly basis. If one or more items are checked, referral is appropriate.

  • Has a strong, often sudden, urge to urinate. Sometimes leaks urine before making it to the toilet.
  • Has the need to urinate every 1-2 hours.
  • Leaks urine upon coughing, sneezing, or standing up.
  • Sometimes leaks urine without warning or knowing it.
  • Has urinary patterns that interfere with daily activities (shopping, cleaning, recreation, trips, and work).
  • Fears urine loss in public.
  • Currently uses protective pads for leakage problems.
  • Restricts activities because of urine/stool leakage.
  • Has stool control problems or constipation.
  • Has pelvic floor pain that has not responded to other medical treatment.

Facts about Incontinence

  • Incontinence, the loss of control of urine or stool, affects women, men and children of all ages and stages in their lives.
  • Incontinence is not a normal consequence of childbearing or the aging process.
  • Incontinence problems often lead beyond embarrassment, to isolation and interference with usual activities and depression.
  • It is estimated that 60% of people with incontinence problems never mention this problem to their doctor.
  • Incontinence is the second leading cause of institutionalizing the elderly.
  • Most people with incontinence problems can be helped.
  • Pain is not naturally associated with voiding, and pelvic floor pain can be improved.
  • Constipation can contribute to incontinence.
  • Straining is not an accepted voiding practice.

Craniosacral Therapy

CranioSacral therapy (CST) is a light touch approach that releases tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and performance.

The CranioSacral system is the soft tissues and fluid that protect your brain and spinal cord within the Central Nervous System. Dysfunction can result from repeated stresses and strains.

CranioSacral Therapy releases those tensions and allows the entire body to relax and self-correct. By freeing the Central Nervous System to perform at its best, CranioSacral Therapy naturally eliminates pain and stress, strengthens your resistance to disease and enhances your health and well-being.

It helps to relieve a full spectrum of pain, illness and dysfunction including:

  • Migraines and headaches
  • Chronic neck and back pain
  • Stress and tension related disorders
  • Motor coordination impairments
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Orthopedic problems
  • And many other conditions

Driver Skill Assessments

Driver Skill Assessments are available at Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph Campus. Assessments will benefit anyone experiencing physiological or neurological changes that may affect driving ability. These might include a stroke, confusion or slowed reflexes.

Skills Assessed

Assessments are performed by specially trained Occupational Therapists who assess the following areas:

  • Physical skills including range of motion, strength and reaction time
  • Visual perceptual skills: visual acuity, depth perception and peripheral vision
  • Judgement and reasoning skills focused on knowledge and problem solving required for driving

Based on the results of the assessment, an on-the-road assessment can be facilitated through an independent agency.

Program Components

  • Driving skill assessment utilizing specialized equipment
  • Referral for on-the-road assessment
  • Community linkages for resources when driving is not recommended
  • Written report sent to referring physician including recommendations for therapeutic intervention

A physician's prescription is required.

How to Initiate a Referral

Please call Wheaton Franciscan - St. Joseph Campus at 414-447-2208.

Lymphedema Treatment

Lymphedema is a swelling of a body part, most often an arm or leg, resulting from accumulation of fluids from obstructed lymph vessels. It may be present at birth or can be triggered by the removal or radiation of lymph vessels or nodes and may occur following surgery, trauma or cancer treatment. The condition can occur immediately after a medical condition/procedure or years later.

Lymphedema interferes with wound healing and provides an environment for bacteria, increasing the potential for infection. As swelling and inflammation persist, the tissue thickens and becomes fibrotic, causing discomfort and decreased mobility which intensifies the condition. This can lead to depression and worsening of a patient’s health.

Treatment Intervention

The most effective treatment approach for lymphedema is a method called Combined Decongestive Therapy (CDT). This includes a specialized form of massage called Manual Lymph Drainage that accelerates and redirects the flow of lymph fluid from an area with damaged lymph nodes or vessels. This treatment is provided by an occupational therapist or physical therapist trained in CDT.

Combined Decongestive Therapy is tailored to the specific needs of each person. It typically includes the following four essential elements:

  • Manual Lymph Drainage™
  • Medical Compression Bandaging
  • Exercise instruction to increase lymph flow
  • Education on skin care and self-management of the affected part

Who Can Benefit from Treatment?

Those with:

  • Swelling of the face, neck, torso, arms or legs following cancer surgery, radiation or other treatment
  • Unresolved swelling of the arm or leg following injury or surgery
  • Chronic cellulitis or infection
  • Chronic swelling following resolution of a blood clot
  • Venous insufficiency causing swelling of the legs
  • Venous ulcers
  • Chronic swelling following a stroke
  • Primary (congenital) lymphedema

Treatment for new or long standing swelling is proven to be effective in cases ranging from mild to severe.

Our Expertise

Wheaton Franciscan Rehabilitation Services employs certified therapists for treating lymphedema. One treatment available is the Vodder Method of Combined Decongestive Therapy. This method promotes high standards of education and research and requires 135 hours or more of training.

Upon completion of this training, our therapists qualify for certification by the Lymphedema Association of North America (LANA). Our program, which has been in existence since 1996, demonstrates excellent results both in the reduction and ongoing management of all forms of lymphedema, even in cases of longstanding swelling.

Locations of Care

Lymphedema treatment is offered at the following Wheaton Franciscan Rehabilitation Services locations:

Massage Therapy

Massage offers skilled, compassionate touch by professionally trained therapists. All Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare massage therapists are graduates of an accredited school and are licensed by the State of

Massage is beneficial to men andwomen of all ages. Some
documented benefits are:

  • Increased joint flexibility
  • Improved immune system response
  • Improved circulation
  • Strengthened muscle tone
  • Reduced mental and physical fatigue
  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased chronic tension and pain

Types of Massage Offered

  • Swedish Massage
  • Deep Tissue
  • Myofacial Release
  • Reflexology

Appointment Lengths

Massage appointments range from 30 to 90 minutes. Basic heated stone massages are scheduled for 60 minutes. 


Massage therapy is offered at our Rehabilitation Services clinics on Layton Avenue in Milwaukee and S. 27th Street in Franklin. Services vary from site to site.

To learn more about massage therapy, pricing, confirm services and to schedule an appointment, please call 414-389-3023 in Milwaukee and 414-325-4850 in Franklin.

No tipping is allowed at any Wheaton Franciscan massage facility.

Wound Care

Physical therapists possess a wealth of knowledge that may be employed to enhance wound healing. Their expertise includes knowledge and competence in the use of exercise, mobility assessment, wheelchair assessment, gait training, therapeutic modalities, debridement and the use of topical agents.

Physical therapists play a major role assisting the body in healing various wound types:

  • Arterial insufficiency
  • Burns
  • Chronic, non-healing wounds
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Surgical site wounds
  • Traumatic injury
  • Venous insufficiency

Our physical therapists provide individualized, purposeful and skilled treatment to promote wound healing allowing individuals to return to normal movement and function. Following a thorough evaluation, skilled physical therapy treatment may include any of the following interventions:

  • Debridement: Enzymatic, autolytic, sharp (must be ordered by MD), Mechanical (non-selective)
  • Dressings to promote healing
  • Modalities: Whirlpool, E-STIM, Pulsed Lavage
  • Pressure relief

For More Information

For further information or to make a referral, please call us at one of our convenient outpatient Rehabilitation Services locations.

Care Locations