Inpatient Rehabilitation and Brain Injury

Every illness and injury requiring rehabilitation is unique, and so are you. Should a person experience a physical, life-changing event, the rehab centers in the Palm Beach Health Network can provide a comprehensive recovery. A sudden change in the ability to perform daily activities can have a serious effect on the quality of a person’s life. Our focus is on both the physical and emotional well-being of patients by bringing together a team of highly trained professionals to deal with every aspect of treatment and recovery.

In the Palm Beach Health Network, our dedicated team of interdisciplinary specialists will walk alongside you. If you need a rehab program, you’re in great hands. Hospitals in the Palm Beach Health Network offer both inpatient and outpatient care.

What is an Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility?

Inpatient rehabilitation facilities are specialty hospitals or parts of acute care hospitals that offer closely supervised rehabilitation therapy to patients with various musculoskeletal and orthopedic medical conditions.

Our facilities provide intensive rehabilitation. They are specifically designed to help you get back, keep or improve abilities that may have been affected or lost following a disease or injury.

Therapists and rehabilitation workers include occupational and physical therapists, orthotists, physiotherapists, prosthetists, psychologists, rehabilitation and technical assistants.

Who Qualifies for Rehabilitation?

Common conditions that require rehabilitation include:

  • Chronic pain, including back and neck pain
  • Injuries and trauma, including burns, fractures, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injuries
  • Stroke
  • Severe infections
  • Major surgery
  • Congenital disabilities and genetic disorders
  • Developmental disabilities

Why choose the Palm Beach Health Network?

We provide comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation services for:

  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Brain injuries
  • Spinal cord dysfunction
  • Neurological and degenerative disorders
  • Orthopedic conditions
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Cancer

Our inpatient rehabilitation program features:

  • Board certified rehabilitation physicians who lead the rehab teams which include:
    • Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses (CRRN)
    • Therapists with advanced training and certifications in Stroke, Neuro Therapy, Orthopedics and Amputee Rehabilitation
  • A minimum of three hours of therapy to include at least 2 of the following: physical, occupational, and speech therapy at minimum five days a week
  • A personalized treatment plan based on your needs
  • Family and caregiver training
  • Home evaluations, in which staff evaluates your needs and makes recommendations for home equipment/alterations
  • Community reintegration activities to better prepare you to function in community
  • Psychological services and pastoral care to help you cope with lifestyle changes or spiritual needs
  • Hospital-based services such as case management, wound care, hyperbarics (St. Mary’s Medical Center only) and dialysis are available throughout the patient’s stay
  • Patient and family education on issues related to limb loss and complications, post-discharge follow-up program, diabetic education, certified peer mentor program and a multidisciplinary follow-up clinic
  • Other services such as orthotics, prosthetics, audiology, driver re-education, rehab engineering, vocational counseling and training, wheelchair and seating evaluations, chemical use/abuse/dependency counseling and psychiatry are available by referral to outside agencies

Delray Medical Center’s Pinecrest Rehabilitation Hospital’s Inpatient Program and St. Mary’s Medical Center Inpatient Brain Injury Center are especially crafted for patients with brain injury. The rehab units are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). This certification represents the highest level of accreditation that an organization can receive. It shows that we’re not only committed to our patients, but dedicated to upholding a high level of care and services on a daily basis. Pinecrest is the only brain and spinal cord injury rehabilitation program in Palm Beach County designated by Florida’s Department of Health.

Our specially-trained team is led by a physiatrist who is board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and brain injury medicine. Providing specialized care to treat the medical, physical, cognitive and emotional needs of a life-altering brain injury, our rehabilitation team is dedicated to helping patients and their families recover in a warm—but fully responsive—environment. A hospital-based unit, our Brain Injury Specialty Care Center offers immediate access to hospital physicians and services.

Our rehab centers offer:

  • Secure locked unit (St. Mary’s Medical Center only)
  • Dedicated therapy gym with advanced technologies:
  • ZeroG Gait & Balance System
  • Dynavision
  • NuStep
  • Rehabilitation nursing with low nurse to patient ratio
  • Physical, occupational and speech therapy
  • Therapeutic Recreation
  • Neuropsychology
  • Support groups and resources for continued recovery
  • Education for patients, families and caregivers
  • Therapeutic Apartment for community re-entry training
  • Program Medical Director is dual board certified in Brain Injury Medicine and Physiatry

The overall goal of rehabilitation is for patients to get their abilities back and regain their independence. But these goals differ for each person and depend on the cause of the problem; whether it is ongoing or temporary, what type of abilities have been lost and how severe the issue is.

A person who suffered from stroke may need rehabilitation to dress or bathe on their own, while a person who has advanced diabetes may need to undergo rehabilitation for the provision of prosthesis and gait training after a limb amputation to be able to function well in daily life.

The types of treatments that may be in a treatment plan include the following:

  • Assistive tools, equipment and products that help people who have lost mobility. Common examples of assistive tools include crutches, prostheses, orthoses, wheelchairs and tricycles
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Treatment for pain
  • Cryotherapy and thermotherapy - treats musculoskeletal pain and swelling
  • Exercise therapy including strengthening, mobility or balance-building exercises
  • Electrical stimulation to treat pain
  • Traction - takes the pressure off compressed or damaged joints
  • Hydrotherapy – uses water therapy such as performing exercises in a pool or whirlpool
  • Soft tissue manipulation – help reduce pain and decrease muscle tension using hands-on techniques on the muscles, ligaments and fascia to optimize function
  • Joint mobilization – a manual technique where a therapist moves your joint firmly and carefully in the desired direction
  • Kinesiology taping – the application of therapeutic adhesive tapes to specific areas of the body to decompress trigger points, boost circulation, improve lymphatic drainage and reduce pain and inflammation.

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