Physical therapy on the inpatient rehabilitation unit assists patients who have recently experienced a decline in functional status to achieve their highest level of physical mobility. The rehabilitation team collaborates with patients to develop treatment goals that maximize the patient’s ability to participate actively in daily life. Physical therapy focuses on functional mobility including transfer training, gait training, balance training, coordination, strengthening and neuromuscular re-education within the inpatient setting.
The Inpatient Physical Therapy Department offers:
- Interdisciplinary team approach
- Bioness training to improve ambulation
- Lite gait training to improve ambulation
- Wii therapy to improve balance/coordination/reflexes
- Home visits when appropriate to prepare a patient for discharge and give recommendations to the patient and family prior to discharge
- NDT-certified therapists to progress the neurologically involved
- Support groups, including for families of patients
- Partnering with Hanger for prosthetics/orthotics
- W/C clinic prior to discharge
- Wound care clinic
- Community reintegration to prepare patient for discharge
Definitions of some of the above:
Lite gait: a safe and effective partial weight-bearing therapy device, which allows a therapist to assist and improve patient coordination, balance and posture during walking.
Bioness: a medical device worn on the leg to stimulate certain nerves and muscles in a weak leg to lift the foot and help a patient walk more naturally.
NDT: Neurodevelopmental treatment approach, which was developed to address underlying neuromotor deficits, as well as posture and movement disorders. Therapists certified in NDT use various handling techniques that promote function and normal movement patterns to improve a patient’s movements and promote independence.