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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 Gainesville, Florida

Physical therapy and rehabilitation are crucial to many patients' recoveries following injuries, illnesses, surgeries and inpatient hospital stays.

At HCA Florida North Florida Hospital, we have licensed therapists on-site to begin the rehabilitation process while you are still in the hospital. We also partner with community providers, so you'll have easy access to outpatient services to continue your recoveries. It's our goal to help you restore your abilities, regain your independence and recover fully.

Our physical therapy services

Our hospital offers access to a variety of physical therapy and rehabilitation services, including inpatient and outpatient care.

Types of therapy we offer

Everyone in our hospital who receives rehabilitative care has their own set of unique needs and abilities. This is why we offer multiple types of therapy to help you regain and relearn certain skills and daily tasks. At our hospital, you'll have access to the following therapies:

  • Occupational therapy — This type of therapy is dedicated to helping you relearn tasks of daily living after a disease, medical event or injury. Sometimes, this may involve teaching you how to accomplish tasks using assistive devices.
  • Physical therapy — This type of therapy focuses on regaining proper movement and strength building. It helps to reduce pain, increase range of motion and speed recovery following an injury.
  • Speech therapy — Also commonly called speech language pathology, this type of therapy helps with speech and language conditions.
Inpatient rehabilitation services

Each of our patients have access to short-term physical therapy services.

Our goal for acute care patients is to help them reach a medically stable position where they are strong enough to either return home or participate in an outpatient rehabilitation program.

Our physical therapists examine each patient and develop a plan of care to promote movement, reduce pain, restore function and prevent long-term disability. We not only partner with our patients throughout their rehabilitation journey, but we also involve friends, family and other support people to achieve positive recovery outcomes.

Outpatient rehabilitation services

We gladly work in partnership with ReQuest Physical Therapy to make sure our patients have access to the continued care they need. ReQuest Physical Therapy offers outpatient rehabilitation services for a variety of conditions ranging from back pain to cancer rehabilitation. Services are offered at the following locations:

  • ReQuest Physical Therapy at the Gainesville Health and Fitness Center in Gainesville, Florida
  • Request Physical Therapy at the Tioga Town Center in Newberry, Florida

Specialized rehabilitation services

Our hospital offers dedicated care to patients following a stroke, orthopedic surgery, cardiac surgery or heart disease diagnosis.

Cardiac rehabilitation

Following a heart disease diagnosis, heart attack or cardiovascular surgery, you may need additional support to regain strength and transition to leading a heart-healthy lifestyle.

At The Heart & Vascular Center, we offer a cardiac rehabilitation program that focuses on exercise, education and nutrition. We are here to help you manage your heart disease and provide the recovery care needed following complex heart and vascular surgeries.


Orthopedic rehabilitation

As part of our orthopedic care program, we offer rehabilitation following an injury or surgery. Orthopedic rehabilitation is often an essential part of recovery to help bones, tendons, ligaments and muscles heal properly and regain strength.


Stroke rehabilitation

According to the American Stroke Association, strokes are the leading cause of adult disability in the U.S. Our rehabilitation specialists can help you regain strength, mobility and independence after a stroke. The team includes licensed physical, occupational and speech therapists.


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