Outpatient rehabilitation helps people regain independence in performing everyday activities and functions following an injury or illness affecting their mobility and motor control, often due to neurological damage.
As part of Dignity Health’s comprehensive neurological services, we offer patients convenient access to outpatient rehabilitation in Arizona. To learn about personalized care at our outpatient rehabilitation centers, Find a Doctor today.
Reasons for Outpatient Rehabilitation
Many neurological conditions can affect a person’s ability to move, speak, and function. Acute treatment in the hospital addresses the immediate physical crisis, and inpatient rehabilitation helps patients and families deal with limitations and prevent further loss of function. It can take a long time, though, to regain strength and function following a neurological injury. Outpatient rehabilitation after discharge from an inpatient setting allows patients to maintain their strength and build on the skills they have already learned.
Specific conditions that may require outpatient rehabilitation include:
Our outpatient rehabilitation services are offered through Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s, Chandler Regional Medical Center, and Mercy Gilbert Medical Center.
What Outpatient Rehabilitation Offers
Outpatient rehabilitation gives patients the opportunity to continue their recovery at home. Patients typically visit an outpatient rehabilitation center for a couple hours one or more times a week to receive physical, occupational or speech therapy.
Outpatient rehabilitation is tailored to the patient’s needs and may include:
- Activities of daily living training, including bathing, dressing, feeding one's self, or driving
- Assistive device training, including using grab bars, canes, and walkers
- Body mechanics training, including body alignment and exercises to improve range of motion, strength, and motor skills
- Environment modifications, including installing handrails, removing area rugs, and raising or lowering countertops, appliances, and furniture
- Neuromuscular retraining to improve hand-eye coordination, visual processing, and nerve function
- Return-to-work programs, including energy conservation skills and ergonomic modifications to the workplace Sensory integration training to improve sensations, touch, balance, and spatial awareness
Your Outpatient Rehabilitation at Dignity Health
When beginning outpatient rehabilitation, a therapist will evaluate your current abilities and review your activity goals in order to plan treatment with the best chance of success.
You will work with your therapist on specific exercises and new techniques. Your therapist will evaluate your need for adaptive equipment such as splints or braces, special eating utensils, writing tools, a wheelchair, or an adapted car to drive. Your therapist also will help you obtain them.
Your rehabilitation team at Dignity Health may include occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, nurses, psychologists, and physiatrists — doctors who specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation.
Your team will continually assess your progress and adapt your treatment plan as needed. Healing takes time — your patience, cooperation and determination will pay off.
Neurorehabilitation centers at Dignity Health are dedicated to providing the latest care and personalized treatment for outpatient rehabilitation in Arizona.