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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.

Physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists in Tallahassee, Florida

If you have are recovering from a surgery, illness or injury, our physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists are here to help.

HCA Florida Capital Hospital offers a range of rehabilitation services designed to support you by encouraging healing and strength. We also work closely with nurses and physicians in other specialties to provide a multidisciplinary team approach to recovery. Together, our friendly and knowledgeable team is dedicated to helping you recover and return to your daily activities as quickly as possible.

Our rehabilitation services

We offer a variety of advanced therapeutic specialties and provide patients with individualized care, including:

Balance and vestibular rehabilitation

Vestibular rehabilitation is an exercise-based program that helps improve your balance and reduce your dizziness. This may be especially useful if you have recently experienced a stroke, brain injury or fall or if you have:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV)
  • Dizziness
  • Imbalance
  • Ménière's disease
  • Migraines
  • Neck-related dizziness
  • Vertigo

Positive outcomes of vestibular rehabilitation can include:

  • Decreased dizziness
  • Decreased fall-risk
  • Improved ability to stabilize vision
  • Improved balance
  • Improved neck motion
  • Increased body strength
  • Increased confidence in maintaining balance
  • Increased movement and functionality

Lymphedema management

Lymphedema occurs when an abnormal buildup of fluid and cellular waste accumulates in a certain area of the body, most commonly in the arms and legs. People who have had lymph nodes removed, followed by radiation therapy, have the highest risk of developing lymphedema.

Our Lymphedema Management Program is designed for anyone with a compromised lymphatic system. We use techniques to help reduce the size of an extremity by moving lymph fluid back into the circulatory system. We also educate you so you can successfully manage your lymphedema independently following treatment.

Our lymphedema management services include:

  • Compression bandages
  • Education on the lymph system
  • Exercises
  • Manual lymph drainage (a specialized type of massage)
  • Skincare

To participate in our lymphedema program, you need a referral from a Florida-licensed physician or physician assistant.

Outpatient speech therapy

The outpatient speech therapy program at our hospital is one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind in North Florida. It includes a range of treatments for people of all ages who have conditions affecting their speech, communication and swallowing abilities.

Our speech pathologists are state-licensed and certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). They commonly treat:

  • Aphasia
  • Acquired apraxia of speech
  • Age-related voice changes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognitive-communication disorders
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Head and neck cancer-related speech and swallowing issues
  • Parkinson's disease symptoms
  • Voice disorders

Orthopedic rehabilitation

Our physical therapists have extensive experience rehabilitating patients following orthopedic procedures. To expedite your recovery process, we offer:

  • Back and spine injury rehabilitation
  • Bone and joint rehabilitation
  • Manual therapy
  • Sports injury rehabilitation

The Gym Joint

In general, the sooner you begin moving after orthopedic surgery, the faster you will recover. That is why we offer the Gym Joint — a space where you can begin your rehabilitation during your hospital stay. This helps you gain confidence in your ability to make a full recovery.

Patients who meet specific criteria can begin working with our physical therapists in the Gym Joint using low-impact equipment, light stretching and mat exercises.

Stroke rehabilitation

Stroke rehabilitation is an important phase of recovery for stroke survivors. That is why our stroke rehabilitation program helps survivors relearn skills that were lost and learn new skills to compensate for any abilities that have been permanently changed. Some of these skills include walking and self-propelling a wheelchair.

We also offer individualized treatment programs for stroke survivors. These programs are designed to increase functional independence and improve each person's overall quality of life.

Animal therapy

Our animal therapy program is a specialized treatment in which you can visit with therapy dogs to improve your mental and physical health. The goal of our animal therapy program is to shift your focus from discomfort to happiness. Visiting with therapy dogs can lower your blood pressure, heart rate and stress.

With a physician's approval, any patient at our hospital can request an animal therapy visit. If appropriate, animal-assisted therapy can be incorporated into your care plan.

If approved for animal therapy, you have control over the length of the visit and the activities performed during the visit. You can enjoy the therapy dog from a distance, sit next to the dog or even pet or brush them.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Center

Our 20-bed HCA Florida Capital Hospital Rehabilitation Center is located directly behind and connected to the main hospital. We provide intensive inpatient therapy for patients recovering from various medical conditions. Our goal is to restore you to the highest level of independence possible.

Our Physical Rehabilitation Center features 20 spacious, private patient rooms with private bathrooms. The therapy gym is furnished with the latest therapeutic equipment and technology advancements.

Our services

We offer rehabilitation for patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Stroke, brain and spinal cord injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Orthopedic disorders
  • Cardiac and pulmonary disorders
  • Burns
  • Debilitating conditions from extended illness
Our team

While in our rehabilitation program, you will work with a dedicated care team comprised of:

  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Medical director oversight
  • Case managers/social workers
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Clinical dietitians
  • Rehabilitation and specialty physicians
  • Pharmacists
Admission criteria

Anyone can refer a patient to the Physical Rehabilitation Center.

Patients can be admitted from any location.


Patient referrals can be made from a variety of sources:

  • Hospitals
  • Emergency rooms
  • Assisted nursing facilities
  • Skilled nursing facilities
Insurance information

We accept most insurance plans. Please contact our admissions department at (850) 895-5100 to review your insurance coverage and benefits.

2626 Capital Medical Blvd., Tallahassee, FL 32308

Tel: (850) 895-5100
Fax: (850) 895-5126