Rehabilitation is a key component of the treatment plan for patients recovering from neurological disease or trauma. Our dedicated team of professionals is experienced in working with patients recovering from a wide variety of medical conditions, including stroke, brain trauma, spinal cord injury/disease, neuromuscular disease and movement disorders. The primary goal of neurological rehabilitation is to help patients attain the highest level of independent functioning by preventing complications and reducing disability.
Based on a clinical assessment of the patient, a customized rehabilitation treatment plan is developed and may include the following:
- Training in activities of daily living such as eating, dressing, bathing, using the toilet, cooking, and basic home management
- Speech therapy
- Activities to improve/regain muscle control in the upper and lower extremities, and trunk
- Exercise to improve range of motion, flexibility, and strength
- Gait and balance retraining
- Activities to improve cognitive impairments, such as difficulties with concentration, attention, memory, and judgment
- Education regarding the disability and rehabilitation process
More information on neurological rehabilitation is available here.
The unique spine care program at MedStar Health features talented physical therapists working closely with a variety of physicians to obtain the best outcome for conservative treatment. Our therapists are continually enhancing their knowledge with up-to-date techniques regarding back and neck care; they are dedicated to returning patients to the community and employment and preventing long-term problems associated with spinal cord injury/disease. Depending on the patient's needs and goals, treatment may include occupational therapy, physical therapy, rehabilitation engineering, speech-language pathology, therapeutic recreation, and vocational rehabilitation.
More information on spinal cord conditions and treatments is available here.
More information on spinal cord rehabilitation through MedStar National Rehabilitation Network is available here.