Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Methodist Rehabilitation Hospital’s orthopedic team operates under the leadership of a physiatrist and provides comprehensive Orthopedic Physical Rehabilitation. Diagnoses range from fractures to dislocations, to nerve damage, and are usually the result of a fall, injury, or age. The areas on the body most commonly affected include the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, spine, hip, knee, foot, and leg. Other orthopedic rehabilitation team members include physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, and a case manager to oversee the patient’s progress from admittance to discharge.

Program Objectives

The overall goal of Methodist Rehabilitation’s orthopedic program is to prepare the patient for transitioning back to home and into the community. Accordingly, a number of objectives are established based on the patient’s individual needs. These might include:

  • Gait training
  • Stair climbing (if indicated)
  • Transfer training
  • Joint management
  • Nutritional support
  • Proper body mechanics
  • Muscle strengthening / endurance
  • Fall safety
  • Dressing, bathing, toileting
  • Operating a vehicle

Orthopedic Recovery

The rehabilitation team closely monitors a number of areas of concern for orthopedic injuries, including proper skin care for the surgery site. For orthopedic operations that require substantial range of motion therapy, such as knee replacement rehabilitation or hip replacement rehab, the team works to strengthen the surrounding muscles to improve movement and stability, and addresses ambulatory and lifestyle issues affected by the injury or surgery based on the patient’s individual needs. Patients—and their families—are taught how to compensate for the injury and also shown ways to attain maximum independence by managing the activities of daily life.

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