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Acute care rehabilitation is provided by a multidisciplinary team of experienced therapists who specialize in evaluation and treatment of individuals ranging in age from adolescent to geriatric. Our team consists of occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and speech-language pathologists.

Our acute care therapists specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients in the acute care recovery stage following surgery, illness, or acquired impairments. Some of the medical conditions and diagnoses treated by our therapists include:

  • Orthopaedic and total joint replacement surgery
  • General surgery
  • Pulmonary disorders
  • Vascular disorders and surgery
  • Amputation
  • Cancer
  • Cardiac disorders
  • Cardiac and cardiothoracic surgery
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Neurological disorders including stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury
  • Neurological surgery
  • Speech/language disorders
  • Swallowing/feeding disorders
  • Critical care/intensive care early  mobility
  • Patient/family education

Our acute care rehabilitation team designs a plan of care with the patient and his/her family with the purpose of working to restore function, prevent complications, coordinate care among different providers and assist with the transition of care and plan for leaving the hospital.

Occupational Therapy 

Following a formal evaluation, treatment provided by occupational therapy may include:

  • Strength training
  • Fine motor coordination training
  • Training in completion of daily living skills
  • Visual-motor retraining
  • Perceptual-motor retraining
  • Balance training to complete daily living skills
  • Splinting
  • Training in use of adaptive equipment
  • Patient/family education

Physical Therapy

Following a formal evaluation, treatment provided by physical therapy may include:

  • Strength training
  • Early mobility in critical/intensive care
  • Patient/family education
  • Wheelchair mobility training
  • Gait training
  • Transfer training
  • Balance training
  • Functional mobility training/retraining
  • Strength training
  • Gross motor coordination retraining

Speech-Language Pathology

Following a formal evaluation, treatment provided by speech-language pathology may include:

  • Swallow rehabilitation and diet modification
  • Motor-speech rehabilitation
  • Language rehabilitation
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Vocal hygiene
  • Vocal training with tracheostomy speaking valve
  • Patient/family education

Speech-language pathologists also provide specialized testing, including:

  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies: An X-ray procedure completed by a speech-language pathologist and a radiologist. The studies of the mouth and throat are taken while the patient swallows food and liquid. This evaluation assists in determining the types of food and liquid a patient will be safe to swallow to prevent choking.
  • Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing: An evaluation performed with a flexible scope while viewing swallowing on a screen. 
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