Rehabilitation and Therapy
 


Mahesh Ramachandran, MD
Chief of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
 
Contact:
To learn more about Mercy’s Rehabilitation & Therapy programs, please call 312.567.2600.

Rehabilitation and Therapy
Whether you’re experiencing disability as the result of illness, surgery, an accident or stroke, Mercy’s Rehabilitation Services offers the expert care and quality therapy programs you need to improve your functioning and independence.

Staffed by highly trained and skilled professionals, Mercy’s Rehabilitation Services span the treatment continuum. Our therapy programs range from acute-care, inpatient services to outpatient services including hand rehabilitation, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and work capacity-industrial rehabilitation.

At Mercy, we pride ourselves on our comprehensive, team-approach to rehabilitation. Working collaboratively, our multidisciplinary staff develops a customized therapy plan for each patient. This integrated and highly personalized approach to leads to shorter hospital stays and improved outcomes.

Patients play an active role in their therapy programs and families are encouraged to participate in educational programming. In fact, Mercy’s Rehabilitation Services takes a holistic approach to each patient. By treating the body, mind, family and community, Mercy’s Rehabilitation Services helps you gain confidence and return to your everyday roles and activities.

Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive inpatient rehabilitation to patients who have experienced a disabling injury or illness. Located onsite at Mercy Hospital, patients benefit from having access to rehabilitation services during their general hospital stay and transitioning to Mercy's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit following discharge. An independent unit dedicated to rehabilitation needs, the unit features a multidisciplinary team of highly skilled experts providing comprehensive, individualized care to patients. From injury to chronic disease or illness, Mercy is ready to address your inpatient rehabilitation needs and help you regain your independence.

Our Inpatient Team
Mercy's Inpatient Rehabilitation experts include a physician who specializes in rehabilitation, called a physiatrist, as well as a physician assistant, nurses, physical therapists, occupational therapists, social workers, speech therapists, and Neuropsychologists--all focused on meeting our patient's individualized needs.

To arrange a tour of Mercy's Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit, or to learn more call 312.567.6406 or 312.567.6634.
Mercy’s Physical Therapy Program provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment of musculo-skeletal and neuromuscular disorders. The department is comprised of licensed professionals experienced in treating orthopedic injuries, neurological disorders and work-related injuries. Services are provided within the hospital, as well at four locations throughout Mercy’s satellite network.

Available physical therapy services include:
• Therapeutic Exercise
Manual Therapy
Joint Mobilization, Soft-Tissue Mobilization, Lumbar Stabilization
Aquatic Therapy, Balance Training
Stroke Rehabilitation
Zero-Balancing (energy and body work)
Cranio-Sacral Therapy
Incontinence Treatment Program
Pre- and Post-Natal Orthopedic Rehabilitation
Mercy’s Occupational Therapy Program provides a wide spectrum of services to help people obtain an optimum level of independence. Occupational therapists treat persons with neurological, orthopedic, cognitive-perceptual and psychosocial disorders. These disorders can impact a person’s self-care, home management, parenting skills, leisure activities and work, and may make it difficult to engage in school and other educational tasks.

Specially trained in occupational performance and neuro-developmental treatment approaches, Mercy’s occupational therapists function in the following clinical areas:

Acute Care
Behavioral Health
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Pulmonary Rehab
Outpatient Services

Available occupational therapy programs include:

Stroke Rehabilitation
Low-Vision Rehabilitation
Lymphedema Management
Cognitive-Perceptual Rehabilitation (in conjunction with Speech Therapy)
Mercy’s hand-rehabilitation services are offered by specialized professionals, including a certified hand therapist (CHT) trained in the latest rehabilitation techniques. When hand rehabilitation is needed, our occupational therapists engage in ongoing intensive education, while working closely with orthopedic surgeons, rheumatologists, physiatrists and other medical professionals.

Mercy’s dedicated hand rehabilitation specialists offer comprehensive evaluations to patients with a variety of hand and arm disorders, including:
Amputations
Burns
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Fractures
Sprains
Tendon/Ligament Injuries
Degenerative Joint Disorders (Arthritis)
Post-surgical Care

Once an assessment is made, an individualized plan of care is developed from a full range of treatment-options, including:
Joint Mobilization
Muscle Re-education and Strengthening
Desensitization
Edema Management
Pain Management
Adaptive Equipment and Compensatory Training
Scar Management
Splint Fabrication and Orthotic Training

Mercy’s Hand Rehabilitation services are offered at three conveniently located clinics through Mercy’s outpatient satellite network.
The Speech-Language Pathology Department is dedicated to providing quality care for individuals with communication and swallowing disorders. As professionally trained clinicians, Speech-Language Pathologists strive to enhance patients’ quality of life through diagnosis and treatment of a variety of speech, language, cognitive and swallowing disorders.

Diagnostic services and programs offered include:
Video Fluoroscopic Swallow Evaluation
Dysphagia (Swallowing) Therapy
Voice Evaluation & Rehabilitation
Speech-Language Evaluation & Therapy
Accent Reduction
Cognitive Evaluation & Rehabilitation (in conjunction with Occupational Therapy)

Therapeutic services include:
Acute Care (including Mercy’s Acute Stroke Unit)
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
Outpatient Adult and School-Aged Pediatric Services
The Mercy Work Capacity-Industrial Services provides rehabilitative services to people injured on the job. An interdisciplinary team of occupational therapists, physical therapists and industrial specialists specially trained in industrial rehabilitation treatment techniques staff the program. In addition, bilingual clinicians are available to meet the needs of a diverse industrial community.

The program also offers comprehensive evaluations and job-simulated treatments to assist injured workers in returning to work, or to a reasonable level of employability in an alternative work position.

Services include:
Functional Capacity Evaluations
Work Capacity Evaluations
Work Hardening
Functional Conditioning

Injury-prevention programs include:
Post-Offer Pre-Employment Screenings
Back Injury Prevention Training
Work Risk Analysis
Jobsite Analysis
ADA Compliance Job Descriptions
 
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