Rehabilitation Therapy a Worthwhile Commitment

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Rehabilitation Therapy a Worthwhile Commitment


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Rehabilitation therapy is described as the therapeutic, healing treatment that a patient receives after any kind of illness or injury.

The severity of the patient condition may vary, but the goals are always the same -- to help patients get back to or as close to prior level of ability as possible. Rehabilitation involves a plan of care with very individualized, obtainable goals developed by therapists with patient input. Ultimately, for success with a rehab program, commitment is required from both the patient and the multidisciplinary team.

Whether recovering from a stroke, car accident, or knee replacement surgery, there would likely be many different types of therapies involved with the case. Physical therapy (PT) involves things like bed mobility, transfer, ambulation, stair, and balance training. PT also does a lot of work with strengthening and range of motion of the lower extremities. Occupational therapy (OT) involves activities of daily living (ADLs) like eating, grooming, hygiene, dressing, toileting and bathing. OT also does a lot of work with strengthening and range of motion of the upper extremities. Speech therapy (ST) involves mainly training to improve either cognition and/or swallowing. Respiratory therapy (RT) involves improving breathing and endurance through pulmonary rehabilitation, which may include supplemental oxygen use or nebulizer treatments. Rehab therapists work jointly on a patient's case in order to manage an effective rehabilitation program. …

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