Medical Rehab

What is medical rehabilitation?

Combining medical practice with therapeutic rehabilitation, the inpatient medical rehab program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, supports 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

Patient outcome reports

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 rehabilitation 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

Ultimately, our aim is to help patients regain as much independence as possible. We take a creative approach to therapy and strive to have patients in therapy a minimum of three hours a day for five out of seven days a week.

Inpatient medical rehab team

The nature of the inpatient medical rehab program requires close collaboration between specialists to address the vocational, social and lifestyle needs of every individual. As an acute rehabilitation hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab is uniquely positioned for medical rehab with a full range of staffed clinicians, including:

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

Family support of inpatient medical rehab

For the best results possible, we allow and encourage family members to actively participate in the rehabilitation process. This can be a great support for the patient, as well as an ideal chance for family to get the education and training they may need for life after Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

Related specialties

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.

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.

Cardio-Oncology Program

Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologists with expertise in cancer-related heart problems are working with oncology colleagues across Main Line Health to coordinate cancer treatment with heart care. Main Line Health Cardio-Oncology Program is devoted to protecting heart health after a cancer diagnosis.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy and sensory integration helps patients who’ve experienced a debilitative injury or illness return to activities of daily living (ADL), such as dressing, eating, writing, shopping, toileting and driving.

Brain Injury Rehab

Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital was one of the first facilities in the country to offer traumatic and nontraumatic inpatient brain injury rehab as well as outpatient brain injury rehab and has remained one of the best rehabilitation hospitals for brain injury treatment in the Philadelphia region for more than 30 years.

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.

Kidney Disease Diagnosis

To pinpoint your diagnosis, check for kidney damage and evaluate how well your kidneys are working, nephrologists use several sophisticated tests.

Vestibular Therapy

At Bryn Mawr Rehab we help patients with chronic or acute dizziness and vertigo get back to active, normal living. With several outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, there’s sure to be a vestibular therapist near you.

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