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Rehabilitation Services and Treatments

Comprehensive Treatment for Complex Care

Located on the 6th floor of Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, the rehabilitation care unit specializes in the comprehensive rehabilitation of various medical conditions. Below you will find a detailed description of the services and treatments we provide.

Brain Injury

  • The brain injury team works with patients within a continuum of services to meet the needs of people affected by acquired brain injury.
  •  Our interdisciplinary team focuses on maximizing the patient's ability to function as independently as possible within the home and community.
  •  Our goal is to optimize physical and cognitive abilities and develop compensatry stretegies for successful community reintegration.

Stroke

  • The stroke rehabilitation team is one component of Lutheran General Hospital's Stroke Center of Excellence.
  •  Our interdisciplinary team uses the most current evidence-based practices in the treatment of stroke patients.
  •  We approach each stroke patient with two primary goals:
    • To restore maximal function.
    • To teach compensatory strategies for diminished physical, cognitive and speech and language abilities.

Spinal Cord Injury
Lutheran General Rehabilitation's team provides a comprehensive approach to the treatment of spinal cord injury.

  • Adaptive movements and techniques are taught to allow maximal independence with bed mobility and transfer skills.
  •  Therapists fit the patients for a wheelchair with custom seating and positioning, with pressure relief emphasis to prevent skin breakdown.
  • Standing may be initiated with a standing frame. Whenever possible, standing and walking is facilitated using a body-weight-supported system on the treadmill or over ground.
  •  Bowel and bladder programs are put into place.
  •  Patient and family receive instruction on home programs and learn what to expect after discharge. 

Amputation
Our interdisciplinary team provides care for patients who have recently undergone an amputation or are beginning training with a new prosthesis.

  • Lower-Extremity Preprosthetic Training
    • Therapists provide patient and family education about the postoperative recovery process.
    •  The rehabilitation team works closely with the prosthetist to monitor and manage the swelling of the residual limb using ACE wraps or commercial compression stockings.
    • Patients work on strength training, sitting and standing balance, and getting in and out of a bed or chair (functional transfers), in preparation for discharge to home.
       
  • Lower-Extremity Prosthetic Training
    •  When a patient returns to the rehabilitation unit for prosthetic training, the rehabilitation team works closely with the prosthetist to begin a prosthetic wearing schedule.
    • The team provides education to the patient and family on the management and care of the prosthesis.
    • Patients work with on functional transfers (getting on and off the toilet, for example), gait (walking) training, balance, strength training and community reintegration.

Cancer Rehabilitation

  • Cancer rehabilitation on the rehabilitation unit focuses on comprehensive patient care to provide improved quality of life and functionality.
  • Supportive, restorative and palliative aspects of care are emphasized to make a positive impact on patients' lives.
     

Orthopedic
Lutheran General's Rehabilitation team specializes in the treatment of complex orthopedic injuries/conditions which include, but are not limited to:

  • Bilateral joint replacements
  • Multiple fractures
  • Neck and back surgeries

Education and training patients on the use of adaptive equipment and compensatory strategies to enable increasing independence with self-care activities and mobility is a focus.

Neurologic Conditions
Whether a patient is experiencing a new neurological diagnosis or an exacerbation of an existing diagnosis, the goal of rehabilitation is to maximize function in self-care activities, cognition and mobility. Neurological conditions treated include, but are not limited to:

  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Guillain-Barre
  • West Nile Virus

Medically Complex Conditions
The rehabilitation team provides care to patients who have experienced prolonged hospital stays and multiple complications due to illness or injury. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Post-cardiac surgery
  • Wound care
  • Tracheostomy care
  • Trauma

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