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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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Rehabilitation center in St. Petersburg, Florida

Physical therapy and rehabilitation services are available for patients in St. Petersburg, Florida at HCA Florida Pasadena Hospital.

We provide both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to help you regain strength, range of motion and/or skills following surgery, injury or medical diagnosis. With a range of rehab programs, including aquatic, lymphedema, occupational and speech therapy services, we seek to help you regain essential skills and improve your quality of life.

Conditions treated at our rehabilitation center

Whether you need occupational therapy for arthritis, physical therapy following a sports injury or speech therapy support for cerebral palsy, we have the rehabilitation specialists and the right space to help.

Conditions treated with occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation and work one-on-one with you to help maximize skills and abilities. Often, OT can make a significant difference in your ability to live independently.

A wide range of conditions may be treated through OT, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Conditions requiring hand and/or forearm splinting
  • Cumulative trauma disorder (CTD)
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lou Gehrig's disease (also referred to as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke
  • Upper extremity and hand injuries

Conditions treated with physical therapy

We treat a wide range of conditions using PT, including:

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vestibular (inner ear/balance) dysfunction

Orthopedic conditions we treat with physical therapy

PT is commonly used as a rehabilitation tool in the field of orthopedic care. Orthopedic conditions and injuries often require assistance in rebuilding strength, coordination and mobility, which can be aided through PT treatment. We commonly treat patients following an orthopedic injury or surgery, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Back, neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Hip, knee and/or foot pain
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Trauma and fractures
  • Work-related injuries

Speech therapy conditions we treat

Our therapy services include speech and language therapies designed to improve your abilities for speech, listening, reading, writing, organizing and solving problems. Our speech-language pathologists treat patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Brain or head injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognition deficits
  • Delayed language/articulation
  • Dysphagia (inability to swallow or difficulty swallowing)
  • Hearing loss
  • Mental disability
  • Reading comprehension difficulties
  • Stroke
  • Stuttering and other speech impairments
  • Visual perception difficulties

Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services

We offer a wide range of both inpatient and outpatient therapy treatments and services. Our state-of-the-art facility offers a variety of rehab programs, including aquatic, lymphedema, occupational and speech therapy services.

Inpatient rehabilitation services

Our inpatient rehabilitation program is for those who require rehabilitation services during their hospital stay. Inpatient rehabilitation is geared toward improving function and preparing you for discharge and aftercare if needed.

The acute care rehab team helps you recover from serious illnesses and injuries, such as cerebrovascular accidents (strokes), brain and spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, orthopedic injuries, surgeries and severe wounds. The goal of treatment is to help you regain your highest level of mobility, independence and practical function.

Our acute care rehab unit provides therapy services in a comfortable, medically supervised setting. The inpatient rehab program offers nurse coverage 24/7 and two gyms for therapy exercises.

Our inpatient rehabilitation services include:

  • Clinical and neuropsychological evaluation and treatment
  • Cognitive (brain) function rehabilitation
  • Nutritional counseling and consultation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Speech therapy
  • Swallowing evaluation and retraining

Our 20-bed, acute care rehabilitation unit is recognized by Medicare and commercial insurance providers as an approved setting for patients to receive intensive therapy services and physician care within a hospital environment. Inpatient rehab services are offered Monday through Saturday, with Sunday coverage available as needed.

Additionally, case management, discharge planning and other assistive services are available to help you transition from an inpatient hospital stay back into the community. We are here to educate you and your family and to provide convenient access to social services and community resources.

For more information about our inpatient rehabilitation services, call (727) 381-1000.

Outpatient rehabilitation services

Outpatient rehab at our hospital incorporates a wide range of services and cares for patients of all ages, including adolescents, adults and seniors. Services and therapies include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema therapy
    • Application and maintenance of compression bandages and garments
    • Lifestyle redesign and adaptive techniques
    • Lymphedema monitoring
    • Self-management
  • Mist therapy for chronic wounds
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Speech therapy

Outpatient rehab services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm with after-hours care available as needed. We are closed on holidays.

To contact the outpatient physical therapy department directly, please call (727) 341-7636.

Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy is a beneficial mode of treatment that allows you to exercise in a therapeutic pool. Warm water immersion helps you maintain better control over body movements than you may have during traditional therapy in a gym. Aquatic therapy and exercises are known to help reduce your pain and discomfort while increasing physical function.

Additionally, warm water immersion can offer the following benefits:

  • Encourages relaxation
  • Increases circulation, flexibility and balance
  • Promotes cardiovascular and muscular endurance
  • Promotes deep breathing
  • Promotes healing
  • Provides buoyancy and reduce weight-bearing stress on joints
  • Supports body weight and lessen the effects of gravity

Our hospital's outpatient rehabilitation program offers patients access to a pool specifically designed for therapy services and heated between 92 and 96 degrees. Our pool offers a flat floor with varying depths — three, four and five feet — so you can exercise comfortably no matter your height. Additionally, our pool offers a hydraulic lift, so people with all types of abilities have easy access to aquatic therapy.

To meet your individualized treatment goals, aquatic therapy may be used in combination with other therapies.

Occupational therapy (OT)

OT is aimed at helping you learn or regain physical and cognitive (mental) abilities that help you complete activities associated with daily living. Our OT program incorporates a broad scope of therapeutic services, including:

  • Adaptive equipment recommendations
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Community integration therapy
  • Ergonomic analysis
  • Hand therapy
  • Orthotic and splinting evaluations/constructions
  • Range of motion activities
  • Therapeutic and self-care counseling/education

Physical therapy (PT)

PT is a traditional form of rehabilitation that helps relieve pain, improve mobility, restore impaired functions and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. After receiving a physician referral, our physical therapists develop an individualized care plan for each patient.

We provide physical therapy services, including:

  • Biofeedback training
  • Gait training
  • Manual therapy
  • Orthotic evaluation and casting
  • Range of motion activities
  • Therapeutic exercise

Our physical therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques, approaches and equipment in customizing treatment plans. Each patient is closely monitored by his or her therapist during exercises and therapies.

Some patients may receive a prescription for a home exercise program to reinforce treatment. Additionally, patients are shown techniques to prevent recurring injuries and to maintain renewed abilities.

Speech therapy treatment for swallowing conditions

For patients with swallowing conditions, we offer diagnostic testing through a barium swallow study to identify the cause of the condition. Through the use of individualized treatment programs, our speech pathologists help patients improve their quality of life and regain normal eating and drinking habits.

Speech therapy treatment for voice conditions

The Voice Center is located on the first floor of our hospital. The center is where we evaluate and treat voice dysfunction conditions, and it is staffed by a certified speech language pathologist.

The Voice Center is equipped with computerized laryngeal videostroboscopy, an advanced technology for the evaluation of voice disorders. Laryngeal videostroboscopy provides valuable diagnostic information regarding the nature of vibration and condition of the vocal cords. It allows us to view magnified function of the vibratory pattern of the vocal cords in slow motion and provides patients with a unique view of their voice disorder.

Additionally, laryngeal videostroboscopy enables our team to maintain an accurate visual record of the patient's vocal condition prior to and following any surgical or medical therapy treatment program.

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