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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.


Rehabilitation specialists in St. Petersburg, Florida

The physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists at HCA Florida Northside Hospital offer a range of therapies for patients recovering from surgery, trauma and a variety of health conditions. 

With our rehabilitation specialties, we aim to relieve pain, improve strength and restore function. We offer physical, occupational and speech therapies to help patients reach their highest level of physical functionality.

Our rehabilitation services

Our rehabilitative care services include:

Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation

We offer inpatient and outpatient pulmonary and cardiac rehabilitation programs to help patients recover from surgeries or manage diseases. Our programs involve individualized treatment plans, which may include physical therapy, monitored exercise and dietary education.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy assesses a patient's ability to function independently. Our occupational therapists address the physical, cognitive and mental challenges accompanying a patient's injury or condition. They also assist patients in developing the skills they need to carry out day-to-day activities.

Additionally, we rehabilitate patients after work-related injuries through our occupational medicine program, Company Care.

Hand therapy

Certified hand therapy is a rehabilitative service for patients with conditions of the upper extremities. Our certified hand therapists (CHTs) are experienced in certified hand therapy, occupational therapy, massage therapy and ergonomics. CHTs use a variety of techniques and tools in therapeutic intervention, including exercise and manual therapy.

A physician's referral is required for our certified hand therapy services. If you'd like more information, please call us at (727) 521-5149.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can be beneficial to patients who have experienced sports injuries, surgery or trauma, and it can play a key role in orthopedic care. Physical therapy helps restore strength and movement to the affected area of the body and helps improve proper walking, balance and transfer skills.

Speech therapy

Speech therapy, also called speech language pathology, evaluates and treats a patient’s ability to effectively communicate through speech and language skills. Speech therapy can also help patients with the ability to swallow, and it can play a key role in comprehensive stroke care.