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Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.

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Physical therapy and rehabilitation facility in Bradenton, Florida

You deserve to live a strong, healthy life, but you may need help achieving that after certain medical conditions, such as strokes or orthopedic injuries.

When this happens, the rehabilitation specialists at HCA Florida Blake Hospital are with you every step of the way. We can help diagnose and treat you, offering you immediate attention in our acute inpatient rehabilitation unit. We can also offer you ongoing and follow-up care at our outpatient clinic. Whatever you need, we help you restore strength, endurance, balance, communication and your ability live the life you want.

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H2U aquatic exercise class

We offer aquatic exercise classes to the public at Blake Outpatient Therapy. Classes and pricing are based on a six-week session, which meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We offer aquatic exercise classes to the public at Blake Outpatient Therapy. Classes and pricing are based on a six-week session, which meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Conditions and injuries we treat

Our rehabilitation specialists care for people with all types of conditions and injuries, including:

  • Arteriovenous malformations (AVMs)
  • Brain tumors
  • Cerebral aneurysms
  • Disc herniation
  • Epilepsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Peripheral nerve disorders
  • Spinal arthritis
  • Spinal tumors
  • Strokes

Types of rehabilitation services we offer

The different types of rehabilitation we offer include:

Inpatient rehabilitation

Our inpatient rehabilitation unit offers 28 private and semi-private patient rooms and is dedicated to providing comprehensive rehabilitative care. As part of our inpatient program, you also have access to a higher level of care, if needed, such as dialysis, diagnostic imaging, medical consultations or laboratory testing.

To take a personalized tour of our inpatient rehabilitation unit, call us at (941) 526-3718.

Types of inpatient therapy we offer

Patients in our inpatient rehabilitation unit have access to:

  • Therapeutic recreation — to address your needs, deficiencies, interests, barriers, life experiences and potential for reintegrating into the community; this therapy may include:
    • Functional skill development
    • Social adjustment skill training
    • Leisure skill development
    • Leisure education and counseling
    • Community reintegration training
    • Humor project
    • Magic therapy
    • Pet therapy
  • Occupational therapy — to help you learn new ways to complete the activities of daily living after an injury or condition
  • Physical therapy — to restore your function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent physical disability from physical impairments
  • Speech-language pathology — to improve your ability to communicate and/or swallow

To learn more about our speech-language pathology services, please call us at (941) 798-6220.

Outpatient rehabilitation

Our outpatient therapies are offered at Blake Outpatient Therapy, located on our hospital's main campus in Blake Park.

Similar to our inpatient services, we offer multiple therapies on an outpatient basis, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language pathology
  • Aquatic therapy
Outpatient equipment and specialty programs

Blake Outpatient Therapy is equipped with all the resources you need during recovery, including a fully furnished gym and a large swimming pool.

Specialized programs and technology are also available, such as:

  • Ankle and foot evaluation and treatment
  • Dysphagia therapy for swallowing disorders
  • Electrical stimulation therapy used by speech and occupational therapists to stimulate the swallowing muscles
  • Special techniques to help with motor speech disorders increase vocal loudness and improve functional oral communication
  • Interactive metronome therapy to improve motor function, coordination, balance, communication and cognitive skills
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Hand therapy
  • Vestibular (inner ear) and balance rehabilitation
Participating in outpatient therapy

You do not need to be a patient at our hospital and your doctor does not need to be a part of our staff for you to receive care in our outpatient rehabilitation program.

If you have questions about our outpatient rehabilitation services, please call Blake Outpatient Therapy at (941) 798-6189.

Support for family and friends

As you adapt to change, the support of family and friends is vital, but they face their own challenges with the sudden onset of change for their loved one. We help by including support for your family, caregivers and friends, in our individualized therapy care plans. All members have an opportunity to learn about their role, and each is asked to participate in therapy training sessions as needed.

Discharge planning

Discharge planning is an important step in the rehabilitative process. Upon discharge from our center, equipment and home or outpatient services are coordinated to complete the final stages of the rehabilitation program.

About our rehabilitation center

Our inpatient rehabilitation unit is equipped with a range of unique technology to aid in the rehabilitation process, including:

  • Specialized apartments to practice activities of daily living with full bathroom, kitchen and laundry appliances
  • Assistive movement tool that helps you walk faster and farther with increased independence
  • Smart physical therapy equipment used for all types of therapies involving the upper and lower extremities
  • Advanced system that allows radiographic viewing of the swallowing process
  • Interactive technology that synchronizes body movements to enhance motor skills, strength, endurance and coordination
  • Measurement tools for oral strength and endurance as it relates to speech therapy
  • Gait-training equipment that controls the amount of weight being supported, posture and overall balance
  • Interactive video game technology for balance, endurance and strengthening
  • Use of electrodes to stimulate the swallowing muscles

Rehabilitation team

When you are in our care, you have access to a range of specialty physicians, including:

  • Physical therapists
  • Physical therapy assistants
  • Occupational therapists
  • Therapeutic recreations specialists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Prosthetic-orthotic specialists
  • Neurologists
  • Orthopedists
  • Surgeons
  • Vascular and wound care physicians
  • Infectious disease specialists
  • Pulmonologists
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Neuropsychologists
  • Physiatrists
  • Radiologists
  • Scheduling coordinators

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