Combining medical practice with therapeutic rehabilitation, the medical rehab program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital treats a wide range of acute or chronic conditions that cause temporary or permanent disability. This program focuses on regaining as much independence as possible for patients with any of the following conditions:

  • multiple trauma
  • postoperative deconditioning
  • organ system failure and transplants
  • renal or metabolic diseases
  • cardiovascular diseases
  • pulmonary diseases
  • immune system disorders
  • cancer

Medical rehabilitation: Our approach

Bryn Mawr Rehab takes a creative approach to therapy. The medical rehabilitation program is designed to have patients in therapy a minimum of three hours a day for five out of seven days a week.

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

  • rehabilitation physicians
  • rehabilitation nurses
  • pharmacists
  • physical therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • speech therapists
  • psychologists
  • care managers
  • dietitians
  • recreational therapists
  • internal medicine physicians, including a cardiologist

Patient profile

Patients enrolled in the medical rehabilitation program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital can either be inpatients in the early stages of recovery or outpatients who continue to make meaningful progress toward their recovery goals. Due to the wide range of diagnoses in this program, there is no typical patient recovery time. In fact, there’s no such thing as a typical patient.

Our therapists will tailor exercises specific to each patient’s medical status, goals and interests. A sample of programs within medical rehabilitation 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

View the patient outcome report

Inpatient rehab

Depending on the severity and type of condition, a personalized medical rehabilitation regimen may be recommended for patients recovering from operative surgery or debilitating diseases. Some of the goals that may be applied to these patients are:

  • minimizing the deconditioning effects of prolonged bed rest or postoperative complications
  • minimizing the secondary complications of cardiac disease and/or surgery
  • increasing independence with ambulation and self-care
  • improving endurance and efficiency of activities of daily living
  • developing and implementing energy conservation techniques
  • managing lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and sexuality
  • reducing anxiety, increasing self-esteem and enhancing coping mechanisms
  • addressing the psychological effects of an illness and any resulting impairment
  • transitioning to outpatient rehabilitation services for continued progress, as needed

Outpatient rehab

In addition to the inpatient services noted above, we offer a series of additional outpatient therapies that can complement treatment and enhance a patient’s quality of life and independence. These include:

Outpatient medical rehabilitation services are available at any of our outpatient locations throughout the Philadelphia area.

Family involvement

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.

For admission to Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital for acute inpatient rehabilitation, call 484.596.6000. To schedule an outpatient appointment for physical, occupational and speech therapy, call 484.596.5000.