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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 rehabilitation therapists in Tampa, Florida

At HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital, we are committed to providing complete care for our patients.

One way this is accomplished is through physical therapy and rehabilitation support for surgical and nonsurgical patients — such as those recovering from a stroke or injury. Following an evaluation, our team of rehabilitation specialists creates a customized treatment plan to maximize the benefits of therapy and achieve patient goals.

Conditions our specialists treat

Our care team works together to provide personalized therapeutic care plans for patients who have experienced:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes)
  • Communication and language problems
  • Head injuries
  • Heart attacks
  • Joint replacement and other surgeries
  • Neurological diseases, such as Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Orthopedic conditions, including sprains, strains, fractures and sports injuries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Strokes
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Work-related injuries

Our physical medicine and rehabilitation services

We offer the following modes of therapy, which can be used in combination with each other or independently.

Physical therapy

The physical therapists at our hospital work with patients to relieve pain, improve mobility, restore impaired function and prevent or limit the effect of permanent physical disabilities. They develop an individualized rehabilitation program tailored to each patient's unique needs and abilities. Additionally, they provide instruction for at-home exercises and show techniques to prevent recurring injury.

Occupational therapy

The occupational therapists at our hospital are focused on helping patients relearn and/or regain physical and cognitive abilities that allow them to carry out activities associated with daily living. Each patient will receive a thorough evaluation and dedicated, one-on-one support from an occupational therapist to help maximize their skills and abilities.

Speech-language therapy

The speech therapists at our hospital work with patients to improve their abilities to speak, listen, read, write, organize and solve problems. They are also trained in providing advanced treatment for swallowing disorders, including an electrical stimulation technique that increases strength and coordination in the swallowing muscles.

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