Medical Rehabilitation

What is medical rehabilitation?

Medical rehabilitation, also called “medical rehab,” represents a vital process in the healthcare landscape, merging the expertise of medical practice with the personalized approach of therapeutic rehab. It's primarily aimed at supporting patients in regaining as much independence and quality of life as possible while navigating the challenges of acute or chronic conditions that result in temporary or permanent disabilities.

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital stands as a pillar of support and hope for those looking to reclaim their independence and improve their quality of life. We believe in the power of family support throughout the rehab process and actively encourage participation from loved ones. Our dedicated team is here to guide you and your family through each step of the process, ensuring a compassionate and comprehensive approach to rehab.

What can medical rehab treat?

By focusing on improving endurance, minimizing secondary complications of chronic diseases and addressing the psychological impact of illnesses, we strive to foster an environment where recovery is not just a goal but a reality. We help treat patients with a wide range of acute or chronic conditions that cause temporary or permanent disability, which may include:

  • Renal or metabolic disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Immune system disorders
  • Cancer

Patients also come for inpatient medical rehab after:

  • Multiple trauma
  • Postoperative deconditioning
  • Organ system failure and transplants

Ultimately, our aim is to help patients regain as much independence as possible. We take a creative approach to therapy and provide patients with a minimum of three hours a day for at least 5 days a week.

What is medical deconditioning?

Medical deconditioning is a common concern for many undergoing prolonged periods of inactivity due to illness or surgery. It involves the loss of physical fitness, muscle strength and general endurance, complicating recovery and increasing the risk of further health issues.

Understanding and addressing medical deconditioning is a critical component of medical rehab. Rehab focuses on helping individuals recover from the impacts of deconditioning, with the goal of returning them to their highest level of function and independence. Through a combination of physical therapy, occupational therapy and sometimes speech and psychological therapy, rehab professionals work closely with patients to develop and implement a comprehensive treatment plan. This plan may include exercises to improve muscle strength and flexibility, activities to enhance coordination and balance, and strategies to manage any accompanying pain or discomfort.

Our comprehensive approach at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital seeks not only to mitigate these risks but also to reverse the effects of deconditioning, emphasizing a holistic path to recovery.

Medical rehab treatment options

Tailored to address the specific needs of each patient, our treatment options are as diverse as the conditions we treat. Our inpatient medical rehab program emphasizes managing lifestyle changes, reducing anxiety, increasing self-esteem and ensuring a smooth transition to outpatient services for continued progress.

Our therapists tailor exercises specific to your medical status, goals and interests. Programs within inpatient medical rehab might include:

  • Oncology program, which improves strength and endurance, and reduces the debilitating effects of major surgery, chemotherapy and/or  radiation therapy
  • Cardiology program, which promotes an improved level of function and an earlier return to activity after a cardiac event or procedure
  • Pulmonary program, which increases endurance, strength and mobility while patients learn to conserve energy and minimize respiratory distress

What to expect from medical rehab

Medical rehab at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital means entering a supportive and collaborative environment. The nature of the inpatient medical rehab program requires close collaboration between specialists to address the vocational, social and lifestyle needs of every individual.

Some of our goals for patients with acute or chronic conditions might include:

  • Minimizing deconditioning effects of prolonged bed rest or postoperative complications
  • Minimizing secondary complications of cardiac disease and/or surgery
  • Increasing independence with ambulation and self-care
  • Improving endurance and efficiency of activities of daily living (ADL)
  • Developing and implementing energy conservation techniques

Inpatient medical rehab can help patients:

  • Manage lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and sexuality
  • Reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and enhance coping mechanisms
  • Address the psychological effects of an illness and any resulting impairment
  • Transition to outpatient rehabilitation services for continued progress

As an acute rehab hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is uniquely positioned for medical rehab with the following clinicians:

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Related specialties

Equestrian Therapy

Equine-assisted therapy provides physical as well as cognitive benefits for a person’s recovery. As the horse walks, the repetitive swinging motion helps to improve the person’s balance, coordination and strength and muscle tone through the trunk and legs. Cognitive skills improve because riding requires balance, stability, timing and planning.

Speech Therapy

Our multidisciplinary approach to inpatient and outpatient speech therapy rehab includes expert diagnosis and treatment of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders led by master’s-level, licensed and certified speech pathologists.

Orthopaedic Rehabilitation

As one of the most extensive programs at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, our primary focus is to help patients build strength, mobility and endurance for a variety of orthopaedic conditions.

Horticultural Therapy Center

Getting well doesn’t just happen from a hospital bed or inside a gym. Sometimes, letting patients get back to nature is the key to physical and psychological recovery.

Work Hardening Program

For people with work-related injuries and chronic pain, we offer a range of therapies through RehabWorks, a worker rehabilitation program that brings together a multidisciplinary team to support people who have lost functional capacity due to a work-related illness or injury.

Driver Rehab

Independence is a major goal of every rehabilitation program. For over 30 years, the driver rehabilitation program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital has offered a unique way for patients to return to this crucial aspect of their lives.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

With three locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, we’re sure to offer pelvic floor rehabilitation near you. Our pelvic floor PTs treat pelvic floor conditions in men and women and we’re able to offer comprehensive treatments for these sometimes complex conditions.

Concussion Rehab

One of the first acute rehabilitation hospitals in the country to provide treatment for brain injury, we’re recognized as a leader in the field of concussion treatment and recovery.

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