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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.

Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers in Miami, Florida

We offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to help you restore your abilities, regain your independence and recover fully.

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital provides this care via our physical, occupational and speech therapy services. HCA Florida Mercy Hospital Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation opened in 1993 as a hospital-based, acute inpatient rehabilitation facility. We are a comprehensive medical rehabilitation program: a place where those who have suffered disabling illness or injury will find an opportunity to rebuild their lives.

An important key to success in rehabilitation is using the interdisciplinary team approach. Our team will assess you or your loved one’s ability to function independently and return to his/her daily activities while providing medical management. Each member of the team complements the rest. Our highly trained professionals work in harmony to develop a treatment plan for you or your loved ones physical, cognitive, emotional and spiritual needs.

We are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

Conditions we treat with rehabilitative therapy

Our rehabilitation team has experience treating many conditions and disorders, including:

  • Amputations
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Brain injuries
  • Cognitive and perceptual deficits
  • Hip fractures
  • Impaired mobility, balance and coordination
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Limitations in self care
  • Limitation in strength and range of motion
  • Major multiple traumas
  • Neurological disorders
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Strokes
  • Swallowing disorders

Our rehabilitation services

We offer comprehensive rehabilitative care to help you recover abilities, gain strength and maximize independence.

Accredited rehabilitative care

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital’s Rehabilitation Center, our inpatient rehabilitation center, is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities International (CARF International) as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehab Program.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps restore the abilities needed to return to work, school and activities of daily living. To help you adapt to any permanently changed abilities, our occupational therapists may help with home modifications or wheelchair fittings.

Occupational therapy can also help with:

  • Activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing or homemaking
  • Cognitive performance
  • Lymphedema management
  • Splinting
  • Upper extremity function (strength, range of motion)

Physical therapy

Our licensed physical therapists provide individualized programs to help you regain strength, mobility and independence after an illness, injury or medical procedure.

On your initial visit, your therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and customize a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Some of the physical therapies and rehabilitative techniques we offer include:

  • Balance and coordination training for vestibular problems
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Fall prevention and recovery
  • Injury prevention
  • Physiotherapy
  • Postoperative rehab
  • Strength and endurance programs
  • Wound care

Speech-language therapy

Speech-language therapy helps restore your speech and language skills and oral motor function skills.

Our speech therapists are trained to help with:

  • Aphasia (trouble using or understanding words)
  • Apraxia (trouble producing speech)
  • Cognitive-linguistic communication (trouble with communication)
  • Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)

Some of our speech, language and swallowing therapies and services include:

  • Alternative communication devices
  • Modified barium swallowing studies
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Voice therapy

Our specialized rehabilitation programs

We also provide specialized programs, including:

Lymphedema management

Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part, most often an arm or leg, caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. It can be both debilitating and disfiguring. People with lymphedema can experience swollen limbs and body parts, a worsening condition, repeated infections and thickening skin.

Our lymphedema management program is a nonsurgical and highly effective combination of the following techniques:

  • Bandaging — Bandaging provides constant gentle pressure, helping to maintain the reduction of swelling achieved during manual lymph drainage treatment. Bandaging is done daily while the limb size is changing.
  • Custom-fitted compression garments — Once fluid reduction is achieved, you may receive custom compression garments for long-term use to maintain circulation.
  • Exercise — The lymphatic system is stimulated by using muscle contraction as a pump for the lymph vessels. Exercises to reduce edema (swelling) may be done while wearing the compression bandages to maximize lymph drainage.
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD) — MLD is a gentle manual massage treatment that improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. MLD reroutes lymph fluid around blocked or damaged areas to decrease swelling in the affected area.
  • Skin care — Good hygiene and skin care are essential to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth and prevent infection within the affected body part.
Neurological and stroke rehabilitation

Our neurological rehabilitation program helps patient's recovery from head injuries, spinal cord disorders, genetic diseases, strokes and other neurological conditions.

Our inpatient rehabilitation center also helps patients recover their abilities after receiving initial stroke treatment.

To aid in a full recovery, you gain access to a range of rehabilitative therapies and advanced equipment, including:

  • Body weight supported exercise equipment
  • Family and caregiver training
  • Fully equipped kitchen, bedroom and bathroom for therapy training
  • Neuromuscular retraining
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • One-on-one therapy available with physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Stroke prevention education
  • Vital stimulation therapies provided by a certified therapist
  • Vocational, family, financial and intimacy counseling
Orthopedic pain management

Our full continuum of orthopedic care includes orthopedic rehabilitation. We focus on managing pain in the low back, neck and extremities. Additionally, we provide therapies to help you recover from a joint replacement surgery or to relieve pain caused by an injury.

Our physical therapy treatment centers

Our inpatient and outpatient physical therapy programs take place at separate locations. For any physical, occupational or speech therapy needs, contact your physician to receive a prescription for your evaluation and treatment.

Inpatient physical rehabilitation center

Inpatient therapy programs are provided at HCA Florida Mercy Hospital Rehabilitation Center.

This newly renovated facility offers patients private rooms, larger areas for rehabilitation and an upscale dining area. Patients receive proactive, around-the-clock care with the primary goal of restoring abilities and regaining independence.

For more information about our inpatient rehabilitation center, please call (305) 285-2775.

Services provided on–site

  • Diagnostic radiology
  • Hemodialysis
  • Hyperbaric oxygen treatment
  • Laboratory services
  • Medical nutrition therapy
  • Orthotics/prosthetics
  • Pharmacy services
  • Respiratory therapy
  • Spiritual support
  • Supportive counseling
  • 24-hour intensivist care as needed
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Outpatient pharmacy for discharge needs
Hospital-based acute rehabilitation benefits

Our location within an accredited, acute care hospital offers many advantages such as:

  • You will be seen by an attending physician on a daily basis.
  • Attending and specialized physicians are available 24/7.
  • Availability of in-house dialysis, wound care and hyperbaric oxygen treatments as needed.
  • If a sudden change in condition occurs, a complete array of medical services is readily available to help you.
  • We provide an intensive, individualized therapy program.
  • Our statistics show improved outcomes and quicker recover times.

Rehabilitation Institute of HCA Florida Mercy Hospital’s Rehabilitation facilities are located at:

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital
3663 South Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 331331

Outpatient physical rehabilitation center

Outpatient physical therapy is provided at our Kohly Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation, located at our hospital. Outpatient therapy can help you continue making steps toward a full recovery.

For more information about the Kohly Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation, please call (305) 285-2966.

The outpatient physical therapy center is located at:

HCA Florida Mercy Hospital
3663 South Miami Ave.
Miami, FL 33133