Orthopaedic Rehab

What is orthopaedic rehab?

The orthopaedic rehab program is one of our most extensive programs at Bryn Mawr Rehab, part of Main Line Health. With a primary focus on helping patients build strength, mobility and endurance for a variety of orthopaedic conditions, including:

Patients admitted to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, undergo three hours of intensive therapy a minimum of five days a week. Each patient benefits from a customized treatment regimen which may include:

  • Higher intensity physical and occupational therapy
  • Psychology
  • Cognitive retraining
  • Recreational therapy

On the inpatient side, a typical orthopaedic rehab session starts with pain reduction before increasing to range of motion, strength, mobility, coordination and endurance. In addition to traditional physical and occupational therapy, our orthopaedic rehab team offers creative treatment options like horticulture therapy and pet therapy to help orthopaedic rehab patients make progress toward their therapy goals.

Our dedicated team develops creative, individualized exercises that motivate therapeutic work, especially in the face of frustration. Initial goals include:

  • Improving mobility with gait and transfer training
  • Easing daily activities with prescribed adaptive aids
  • Alleviating pain through medical management and therapy

People who see us for inpatient care are encouraged to continue the healing process through our comprehensive outpatient programs. To find an outpatient orthopaedic rehab near you, we offer locations throughout Philadelphia.

450 — number of orthopaedic rehab inpatients between the ages of 18 and 97 each year
14 — average number of days patients stay on-site
84 — percentage of inpatients able to return home after discharge

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Outpatient orthopaedic rehabilitation motivates to succeed

Orthopaedic rehabilitation is customized to the goals and interests that best motivate our patients. At a Bryn Mawr Rehab outpatient location near you, orthopaedic rehab services may include:

Family support for orthopaedic rehab

Potentially immobilizing conditions like joint replacement and severe fractures can require support from family members. Throughout inpatient rehab, our team provides patients and their families with an expansive education on fall prevention and home safety, adaptive equipment use, pain management and training to assist with mobility and activities of daily living, as appropriate.

We encourage and support patient and family education whenever possible to ease the transition to an active lifestyle after hospitalization. To keep families involved during inpatient rehab, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital offers on-site guest accommodations for family members who do not live locally.

Orthopaedics at Main Line Health

Orthopaedics at Main Line Health offers a team of orthopaedic doctors with expertise in subspecialties such as hand and wrist surgery, shoulder and elbow surgery, spine surgery, joint replacement and sports medicine care. We provide a full range of treatment options including non-surgical and minimally invasive surgeries, hip and knee replacement procedures, hand surgeries, neuro-orthopaedic procedures and orthopaedic rehabilitation at all four of our acute care hospitals.

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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.

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Work Hardening Program

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