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Rehabilitation & Therapy

Rehabilitation & Therapy

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Ankylosing Spondylitis
Detailed information on ankylosing spondylitis, including symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment

Audiologists measure and evaluate a person's ability to hear sounds, and specialize in the treatment of people with hearing disorders.

Detailed information on burns, burn types, classification of burns, burn treatment, and burn rehabilitation

Cancer Rehabilitation
Detailed information on cancer rehabilitation, including members of the rehabilitation team

Cardiac Rehabilitation
Cardiac rehabilitation programs can be conducted while a person is a hospital inpatient or on an outpatient basis.

Choosing a Rehabilitation Unit/CARF
Rehabilitation services are provided in many different places, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and community health centers.

Clinical Social Worker
A clinical social worker is a professional counselor who helps alleviate problems related to personal, family, or social situations.

Community Re-Entry
One of the main goals of rehabilitation is to prepare the patient for life after discharge.

Conditions Commonly Treated By Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Detailed information on the conditions most commonly treated by physical medicine and rehabilitation, including acquired brain injury, arthritis, burns, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic pain, back pain, neck pain, multiple sclerosis, spinal

Effects of Rehabilitation on the Family
One of the most important factors in a patient's recovery is family involvement and support in his or her rehab.

Exercise and the Aging Person
Exercise is good for people of all ages. It helps lower blood pressure, reduces the risks for falls and serious injuries, and slows the body's loss of muscle and bone mass.

Home Page - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Detailed information on physical medicine and rehabilitation

Lumbar Strain (Weight Lifter's Back)
A lumbar strain is an injury to the lower back, which results in damaged tendons and muscles that spasm and feel sore.

Detailed information on massage therapy as a form of alternative therapy

Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation
The goal of musculoskeletal rehab is to help you return to the highest level of function and independence possible.

Neurological Rehabilitation
Neurological rehabilitation is a physician-supervised program designed for people with diseases, trauma, or disorders of the nervous system. Neurological rehabilitation can often improve function, reduce symptoms, and improve the well-being of the patient.

Occupational Therapist
An occupational therapist helps patients learn how to carry out activities of daily living at home, on the job, and in the community.

Online Resources - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
List of online resources to find additional information on physical medicine and rehabilitation

Overview of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)
PM and R is a medical specialty that works to restore function for a person who has been disabled as a result of a disease, disorder, or injury.

Patient and Family
You as the patient and your family are the most important members of the rehabilitation team.

Perimenopause is the period of time before menstruation stops. This time is marked by changes in the menstrual cycle, along with other physical and emotional symptoms.

The physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation is called a physiatrist.

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Treatment Team
The team is usually directed by a physiatrist, with other specialists playing important roles in the treatment and education process.

Physical Therapist
Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.

PM and R Treatment Team
Detailed information on the physical medicine and rehabilitation treatment team

Psychologist, Neuropsychologist, and Psychiatrist
These specialists work with the rehabilitation team to offer counseling and support for the patient and family.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation
A pulmonary rehabilitation program is tailored to meet the needs of the individual patient and the specific lung problem or disease.

Recreation Therapist
Recreation therapists design programs to help patients develop social skills and learn to participate in leisure group activities.

Registered Dietitian
Registered dietitians work with health care providers to calculate calorie and nutrient needs, design special diets, and offer other nutritional advice to patients.

Rehabilitation Case Manager
Case managers usually don't provide direct patient care, but may work either as part of the rehab team or for the patient's insurance company.

Rehabilitation for Neurological Disorders
The goals of a neurological rehab program include helping the patient return to the highest level of function and independence, and improving the overall quality of life—physically, emotionally, and socially.

Rehabilitation for Stroke
Stroke rehabilitation works best when the patient, family, and rehabilitation staff works together as a team. Family members must learn about impairments and disabilities caused by the stroke and how to help the patient achieve optimal function again.

Rehabilitation Nurse
A rehabilitation nurse specializes in helping people with disabilities and chronic illness to reach their best function and health, and to adapt to an altered lifestyle.

Respiratory Therapist
Respiratory therapists help treat and restore function for patients with airway and breathing problems.

Specialized Areas of Rehabilitation
Detailed information on the most common types of rehabilitation, including cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation, cancer rehabilitation, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, and neurological rehabilitation

Speech/Language Pathologist
A speech/language pathologist helps treat people with communication problems that result from disability, surgery, or developmental disorders. This specialist also treats people with swallowing disorders caused by stroke or brain injury.

Topic Index - Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Detailed information on physical medicine and rehabilitation

Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Vocational rehabilitation counselors assist people with disabilities in planning careers and finding and keeping satisfying jobs.


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