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Rehabilitation Services at Our Hospitals

Rehabilitation Services consists of both outpatient and acute care therapy services. Our therapists are dedicated to helping you achieve your highest level of recovery and independence. All of our therapies, except massage, require a doctor’s referral and are available in an inpatient and outpatient setting. 

Driving Program and Evaluation (Roper Hospital only)

The Rehabilitation Hospital offers a driving assessment program led by a Certified Driving Rehabilitation Specialist. This program helps to get patients back into driving safely and comfortably. The program includes computerized driving simulation and actual field driving in collaboration with A-Lord Ashley driving school. Adaptive driving equipment is available for trial and training. 

Physical Therapy

Our therapists treat patients with neurologic, orthopaedic and/or debilitating conditions. We provide prosthetic training for amputees, spinal cord injury rehabilitation (both chronic and acute), neurological re-education of strokes and traumatic brain injuries, wound care, ultraviolet light therapy and orthotic fabrication. Our hospital-based clinics are outfitted with the most advanced equipment and services (equipment and services may vary at different locations), including: 

  • Standing Frame and Gliding Standing Frames to improve range of motion, spasticity management, weight bearing through the legs and cardiovascular training.
  • Body-Weight Supported Gait Training to decrease weight through a patient’s legs as needed in order to begin both weight bearing and gait training in correct movement patterns.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) devices: 
    • Bioness:  stimulating muscle movement through specified gait cycles.
    • Restorative Therapies FES Cycle:  assists patients in cycling motion for strength, endurance and cardiovascular training (FES and motor support help as much or little as a patient needs).
  • ReWalk Exoskeleton: gives patients, who meet specified criteria, the opportunity to experience walking once again.
  • Game Ready combines cold and compression therapies after an injury or surgery to promote healing, decrease pain and increase return of mobility.
  • Smart Wheel: examines manual wheelchair use by analyzing each push on the hand rim.
  • Dry needling can be used to treat both acute and chronic pain and improve range of motion. This technique involves releasing or inactivating trigger points, tight bands in the muscles.
  • LSVT BIG is an evidence based treatment program shown to improve gait performances, mobility and balance for individuals with Parkinson Disease. This is prescribed 4 times a week for 4 weeks with a focus on increasing amplitude of movements so the patient can perform activities of daily living with less difficulty.

Occupational Therapy

Our occupational therapists help increase functional independence and safety for those affected by stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury, arthritis, upper extremity fractures, carpal tunnel, amputations, tendon rupture/lacerations, tendonitis/bursitis, rotator cuff injuries, joint replacements and crush injuries and lymphedema treatments. Our advanced technologies include (services may vary at different locations): 

  • Reo-Go: Advanced robotic device for the upper extremity that uses tactile and visual cues
  • Dyna Vision: A visual motor and neuro-cognitive rehabilitation device to improve cognitive processing ability, balance and functional mobility.
  • Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) Devices: 
    • Bioness:  uses functional electrical stimulation to promote improved activation and function of the wrist and hand. 
    • Restorative Therapies FES Cycle: assists patients in cycling motion for strengthening, endurance training and cardiovascular training (FES and motor support help as much or little as a patient needs).

Speech Therapy

Our speech therapists treat patients with communicative, hearing, cognitive or swallowing disorders such as dysphagia, aphasia, cognition deficits associated with a stroke, traumatic brain injury, craniotomies, dysarthria, voice disorders and laryngectomy. Our speech therapists also work with other neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and head and neck cancers.

Swallowing skills can be assessed clinically or with the use of a Modified Barium Swallow study which is completed in conjunction with Radiology. 

Aquatic Therapy (St. Francis Hospital only)

Patients with conditions that are too painful for traditional physical therapy often benefit from aquatic therapy (heated pool therapy).  Aquatic therapy may also be useful in spasticity management and strengthening within a more buoyant setting. Aquatic therapy services are available only at our St. Francis Hospital facility.

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