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Conditions or diseases affecting the brain, spine, spinal cord and vascular system may impair physical functions or life skills.

Our dedicated rehabilitation experts help inpatients and outpatients strengthen their bodies and regain abilities for daily living and work. We use a team-based approach, with comprehensive evaluation and treatment by physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians and specially trained therapists.

Acute Rehabilitation Units

Some patients recovering from stroke, brain injury or surgery, spinal cord injury, neurological impairments and other conditions receive 24-hour care and therapy in Jefferson Health – Abington’s acute rehabilitation units (ARUs).

The ARU at Jefferson Abington Hospital and the ARU at Jefferson Lansdale Hospital are inpatient rehabilitation units featuring private rooms, specially trained staff and a program to help patients recover skills and functions. ARU teams include physical, occupational and speech therapists, rehabilitation physicians (physiatrists) and rehabilitation nurses.

Rehabilitation Therapies

Services are personalized to meet each patient’s needs and to restore the best quality of life through:

  • Physical therapy
    • Helps all patients, especially those with balance problems, movement disorders, neuromuscular disease, stroke
    • Strengthens walking and balance
    • Reduces weakness in arm, leg or hand
    • Restores some lost vision
    • Improves overall physical functioning
    • Teaches self-care and home exercise
  • Occupational therapy
    • Helps all patients, especially those with neuromuscular disease, stroke, spinal cord injury or dysfunction in arms, vision or cognition
    • Improves ability to reach or hold objects
    • Restores use of hands and fingers
    • Prepares for return to work
    • Retrains in life skills including shopping, using public transportation, bathing, cooking, housecleaning
  • Speech therapy
    • Helps patients with acquired difficulty in speech, language, memory, cognition and swallowing, such as those with concussion or other traumatic brain injury, Parkinson’s disease, neuromuscular disease, stroke
    • Treats speaking problems, voice difficulties and other communication disorders
    • Eases swallowing dysfunction

Specialty services include vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation and an exercise group for those with Parkinson’s disease.

Scheduling Rehabilitation

Patients begin rehabilitation therapies while still in the hospital and then continue on an outpatient basis. We also welcome patients treated at other hospitals. Abington has five convenient locations for rehabilitation. To schedule an appointment at any location, call 215-481-2160.

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