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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 in Panama City, Florida

Physical rehabilitation can be an important component of recovering from some surgeries and health conditions.

At the Rehabilitation Center of HCA Florida Gulf Coast Hospital, you have access to a variety of inpatient and outpatient therapeutic services. Our physical therapists offer comprehensive care for adults and children. Therapies vary in intensity and scope based on your individual needs.

Conditions we treat

Therapy can be used to help you regain function and mobility following many types of diseases and injuries, such as:

  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Chronic and acute pain syndromes
  • Orthopedic injuries
  • Neurological disorders
  • Sports injuries
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Vertigo and other balance disorders
  • Work injuries

Our rehabilitation services

We offer therapies and treatments for patients with a variety of injuries and illnesses.

Comprehensive rehabilitative care

Our rehabilitative and therapeutic services include:

  • Custom splinting
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Inpatient pediatric physical therapy
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Orthopedic rehabilitation
  • Outpatient speech therapy
  • Pediatric-modified barium swallow studies
  • Pediatric outpatient therapy services
  • Postoperative total joint rehabilitation
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Spine rehabilitation
  • Sports rehabilitation
  • Vestibular (balance/dizziness) rehabilitation
  • Work injury rehabilitation
  • Work performance evaluations

Our rehabilitation specialists

Our rehabilitation team includes a variety of professionals dedicated to helping you get back to your daily activities. At our hospital, you have access to:

  • Certified athletic trainers
  • Massage therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Occupational therapy assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Physical therapy assistants
  • Speech pathologists

Pediatric outpatient therapy services

The Neonatal Developmental Follow-up Clinic monitors and promotes the development of at-risk children, including children born prematurely.

Pediatric conditions we treat

The pediatric team provides therapy for:

  • Autism
  • Brachial plexus (spinal nerve) injuries
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Developmental delay
  • Down syndrome
  • Hypertonia (excess tightness of muscle tone)
  • Hypotonia (decreased muscle tone)
  • Torticollis (a spinal muscular disorder caused the head to tilt down)
  • Plagiocephaly (a condition causing the baby's head to have a flattened appearance)
  • Sensory processing disorders
  • Prematurity

Neonatal conditions we treat

Our neonatal specialists treat the following conditions in newborns:

  • A low birth weight
  • An identified condition that may lead to a developmental delay
  • Birth defects
  • Special care needs during the newborn period

Neonatal rehabilitation services

We offer pediatric outpatient therapy services at the Rehabilitation Center. Our team provides developmental assessments, speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

  • Activities and exercises to promote development
  • Care coordination to provide family support and help accessing community services
  • Developmental screening and assessment at critical intervals throughout infancy and toddlerhood
  • Education regarding developmental milestones or stages
  • Screening assessments and treatments individualized to meet the specific needs of the child and family

Pediatric occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists strive to promote a child's successful participation in activities of daily living. Pediatric occupational therapists use play-based therapies for:

  • Sensory integration
  • Visual-motor coordination
  • Visual-perceptual skills
  • Vestibular and proprioceptive input

Strengthening and mobility are also addressed as they relate to play and the manipulation of tools for eating and school readiness. Environmental modifications are recommended for optimal engagement in eating, sleeping and play. Parent education and home programs are provided to help you include therapies into your daily routines.

Pediatric physical therapy

Our physical therapists strive to help children develop gross motor skills to independently and safely move and participate in their environment.

Pediatric physical therapy promotes strength, function, movement, improved range of motion, improved balance and functional independence at the highest level possible. We provide play-based therapy and parent education to maximize each child's abilities.

Pediatric speech therapy

Our speech-language pathologists offer a broad spectrum of services focusing on parent/caregiver education and engaging activities for the child.

Pediatric speech-language pathology promotes intensive education and intervention targeting swallowing, appropriate attachment, social interaction, play, language comprehension and language expression for children 3 years old and younger.

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