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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.


Physical therapy and rehabilitation in Sarasota, Florida

Recovery from an illness, injury or surgery can sometimes be challenging, but you don't have to do it alone.

At HCA Florida Sarasota Doctors Hospital, our dedicated rehabilitation staff is focused on helping you physically and mentally rebuild your life. Our services are convenient to Lakewood Ranch, Sarasota and Venice, Florida, allowing many people to benefit from our inpatient and outpatient programs. Whatever you need, we are committed to helping you reach your recovery goals as quickly and completely as possible.

Conditions we treat with rehabilitative therapy

Our experienced physical therapists and rehabilitation staff assists people who need restorative therapy, including those with issues of:

  • The lungs (pulmonary)
  • The heart and veins (cardiovascular)
  • The brain (cerebrovascular)
  • The bones and joints (orthopedic and musculoskeletal)

Our rehabilitative specialties

Types of therapy we offer

Some of the therapies we specialize in include:

  • Cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation to help patients recover from heart and lung issues
  • Lymphedema treatment for breast cancer survivors
  • Occupational therapy to help patients handle daily life activities during recovery from physical or neurological impairments
  • Orthopedics
  • Physical therapy to help patients regain mobility, strength and endurance
  • Speech therapy to help patients regain language skills and improve swallowing function

Specialized therapies we offer

We provide specialized therapies that include:

  • Activities of daily living (ADL) therapy: helps patients learn to complete tasks such as dressing, bathing, feeding and laundry
  • Aphasia therapy: helps with communication disorders
  • Dysphagia therapy: helps patients with swallowing disorders
  • Electroconvulsive therapy: uses minor electrical stimulation as a treatment, typically for various forms of severe or unresponsive mental health conditions
  • Gait training: helps with the ability to stand and walk
  • Manual lymphatic drainage massage to help stimulate the lymphatic system, compression bandaging and decongestive exercises to help reduce your discomfort
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation: helps with lung function and ability to breathe
  • Reality orientation therapy: improves cognitive and psychomotor function in persons who are disoriented or confused
  • Thermotherapy and cryotherapy: uses heat or cold to relieve muscle pain

About our rehabilitation center

Our inpatient and outpatient teams offer you many different hours of operation to ensure you have access to the care you need.

Contact us

Inpatient rehab

(941) 342-3378

Outpatient rehab

(941) 342-8084

Hours of operation by department

Inpatient occupational therapy

Monday through Friday

8:00am to 4:00pm


Inpatient physical therapy

Sunday through Saturday

8:00am to 4:00pm


Inpatient speech/language pathology

Monday through Friday

8:30am to 4:00pm

Outpatient rehabilitation services

Monday through Friday

8:00am to 4:00pm (or as needed)


Outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation

Monday through Friday

7:30am to 4:00pm