Comprehensive Rehabilitation services require a team of interdisciplinary healthcare professionals and aim to enhance and restore functional ability and quality of life to those with physical impairments or disabilities. Rehab medicine specialists focus on restoring optimal function to people with muscle, bone, tissue and nervous system injuries. Emphasis is placed on the optimization of function through the use of medications, physical modalities, physical training with therapeutic exercise, movement and activities, prosthesis and experiential training. Common conditions that are treated with comprehensive rehabilitation include amputation, spinal cord injury, sports injury, stroke, musculoskeletal pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia and traumatic brain injury. Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation helps those affected with heart or lung disease, while chronic pain management is targeted through a multidisciplinary approach involving physical therapists, occupational therapists and chiropractors.
Comprehensive rehabilitation services at the South Texas Medical Center include physical therapy, which treats, promotes and prevents habilitation and rehabilitation. Physical therapists diagnose and treat individuals of all ages who have medical problems or other health-related conditions that limit their ability to move and perform in their daily lives. Another side of the rehabilitation process involves the implementation of occupational therapy. In its simplest terms, occupational therapy helps patients participate in the things they want and need to do in life. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities, helping people recover from injury to regain skills and providing support for the elderly experiencing physical and cognitive changes.
The South Texas Medical Center also offers services for patients suffering with speech or language disorder who can benefit from Speech and language therapy. Speech-language pathologists work together with other healthcare professionals during the rehabilitation process. Patients that have suffered a stroke or head injuries may require speech and language pathology services to complete their rehabilitation process. Patients with hearing loss, physical disabilities, speech disorders, stammering or cerebral palsy are also good candidates to receive speech and language therapy.
Individuals affected by chronic illness or a physical disability can also find rehabilitation nursing services at the South Texas Medical Center. Rehabilitation nurses take a holistic approach to meeting a patient’s medical, vocational, educational and environmental needs. They work with individuals and their families to educate and empower them when they return home.
There are acute care hospital therapy programs available at the South Texas Medical Center that specialize in working with patients with acute medical conditions and work closely with physicians, nurses and case management. Major diagnoses treated include multiple sclerosis, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, organ transplant, burns, traumatic injuries, arthritis, breast cancer and wound care.