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What to Know About Orthopedic Rehabilitation

At Indianapolis Rehab Hospital, our ortho rehab service provides inpatient care for patients with debilitating injuries and orthopedic surgeries in need of extensive rehabilitation. People are living longer and, therefore, typically undergo at least a hip or knee replacement at a minimum in their lifespan. With these types of surgeries, getting back to pre-surgical mobility can be overwhelming and even frustrating.

Conditions appropriate for Ortho Rehab

If you or a loved one had a bone/muscle injury or surgery that limits your mobility, our inpatient ortho rehab service might be the best choice for your improvement. Here are a few examples where inpatient rehabilitation is helpful are:

Hip or pelvic fractures: mobility can be most challenging when non-weight bearing is required for a period of time

Hip or knee replacement surgeries: the ‘new’ hip or knee surgically implanted may limit specific movements such as sitting on low height chairs

Shoulder surgeries: one of the most prolonged rehabilitation periods and often frustrating due to the seemingly small gains made

Other fractures or injuries: people who have an injury or surgery and also have other medical conditions may need ortho rehab to help them regain endurance and build strength. At the same time, their medical conditions are also managed. For instance, people with diabetes are often more prone to infections since surgery can ‘stress’ the body, resulting in insulin requirements changes.

Benefits of Ortho Rehab

Our inpatient ortho rehab will provide many benefits during your time with us, including:

  • Managing pain to fully engage in the therapy plan of care

  • Increasing circulation and decreasing occurrence of blood clots

  • Reducing additional injury and fall risk

Rehabilitation Treatment

Our ortho rehab care team will assess your goals for mobility and function, any medical conditions, and also your home environment. The ortho rehab team uses all of this information to develop your multidisciplinary individual treatment plan. Your progress is monitored as our therapists work with you at a minimum of 15 hours of individualized therapy per week. The therapists have access to not only their training and expertise but our advanced technologies to build your strength and mobility.

Our orthopedic rehab team primarily uses physical therapy and occupational therapy techniques to improve strength and mobility, increasing endurance, and daily tasks such as getting dressed, bathing, eating, and working. When upper extremities are involved, hand therapy may be required since our hands are used every day. Our occupational therapists deploy hand therapy techniques to restore the use of your hands to the fullest capability.

Nutrition is an integral part of all of our rehab services. Proper nutrition aids in the healing of tissue, muscles, and bones when injured. Our nutritionists can even suggest anti-inflammatory and adequate protein and energy foods during your rehabilitation.

The ortho rehab treatments incorporated into your plan of care help reduce pain, normalize walking, improve your range of motion and prevent excessive scar tissue buildup. Our goal is to help you regain your balance, mobility, and strength.

Typically your stay with us is 1-2 weeks since our goal is to put you back in your home environment at your highest level of function. Before you leave us, our therapy team also assists you in learning how to use any helpful aides and equipment that may be needed.

To learn more about our orthopedic inpatient rehab, give us a call at 463.333.9110.

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