When you are recovering from an illness or injury, a traumatic event such as a stroke or heart attack or recent childbirth, your body may need extra care to rebuild strength, relieve pain or relearn certain skills.

The physical therapy and rehab services at Catholic Health use a team approach and the latest technology to provide the most innovative treatments to restore your health.

Depending on your specific condition, our expert doctors and therapists provide sessions in multiple settings, including 60-minute therapy appointments, in-hospital medical rehabilitation units and short-term rehab facilities.

Physical Therapy at Catholic Health

Physical therapy relieves pain and improves your ability to move. Physical therapy may include:

  • Exercise
  • Stretching
  • Walking
  • Manual therapy, such as massage to:
    • Relax muscles
    • Ease pain
    • Relieve tightness
    • Improve flexibility and alignment

At Catholic Health, we use physical therapy to treat:

  • Accident injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Balance disorders
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Fractures
  • Head injuries
  • Heart disease
  • Joint replacement and orthopedic issues
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Pelvic pain and incontinence
  • Peripheral Artery Disease
  • Pregnancy and postpartum discomfort

Our therapists also provide fall risk assessments and fall prevention services for older adults, patients with brain, inner ear or lower body injuries and people taking multiple medications.

Medical Rehabilitation Unit at Catholic Health

If you are recovering from a stroke, hip fracture, multiple fractures or complications from neurological conditions like Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis, you may need time in a medical rehabilitation unit. A doctor, case manager or discharge planner refers patients to these units.

Patients are discharged from the hospital and transferred to the medical rehabilitation unit. The average length of stay is 14 days. We use a team approach to provide services, which include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech therapy

Medical rehab units provide a higher level of rehabilitation than short-term rehab (subacute) facilities. You can request an evaluation to determine eligibility for these services. This request should be made to the hospital's rehab physician (physiatrist) or nurse practitioner, or to your discharge planner.

Arrange for Care

If you have questions about physical therapy and rehabilitation or want to request services, talk with your doctor or discharge coordinator.