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 Rehabilitation Services

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we offer innovative rehabilitation services to help patients with disabling diseases and disorders achieve their highest level of health and function – at home, at work and in the community. Our goal with every patient is to minimize pain, maximize independence and enhance quality of life.

Our Patients

We focus on the restoration of health and function in people with a wide range of neurologic and orthopaedic conditions such as:

  • Amputation
  • Brain injury
  • Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

  • We are proud to be accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Our programs are recognized by CARF as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures.
  • For 19 consecutive years, our rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • We are the only rehabilitation program in central Ohio certified for both traumatic brain injury and stroke.
  • We are one of seven centers in the country that are part of the NeuroRecovery Network, which uses activity-based therapies for spinal cord injury rehabilitation.
  • We are the only rehabilitation program in central Ohio with spinal cord injury expertise.
  • Our outpatient Specialty Amputee Program is one of only two CARF-accredited outpatient amputee programs in the country.

Your Care

Our team of rehabilitation specialists, along with healthcare professionals from many different areas of expertise, work together to create a treatment plan that is personalized for your unique needs. This team may include physical medicine physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, orthopedists and other rehabilitation experts.

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is a nationally ranked and accredited facility that provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. We provide coordinated care throughout every phase of your rehabilitation to ensure all of your healthcare needs are addressed over time. This continuum of care takes place whether you are a patient in our hospital, have been admitted to Dodd Hall, our inpatient rehabilitation services facility, or if you begin rehabilitation in any of our four outpatient facilities. Our team is with you every step of the way.

Other Rehabilitation Services Offered at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center:

Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Experts

Rehabilitation experts from many different disciplines come together to form your treatment team – from physical medicine physicians and neurologists, to physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. You, your family, and your physical medicine and rehabilitation team develop and implement a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your highest potential and level of independence. We have more than 60 different types of rehab specialists with specific areas of expertise dedicated to ensuring you reach your rehabilitation goals.

Patients who come to Ohio State's Rehabilitation Programs can be confident that they are receiving the most advanced treatments and therapies available. Our staff is continually receiving additional education by earning highly-respected rehabilitation certifications and attending rehabilitation specialization courses. The staff has nearly 90 types of specializations and certifications in a variety of therapies and for specific conditions such as those listed below

Specializations

Functional Capacity

Work Well Functional Capacity Evaluations – The process of evaluating and measuring the physical aspects of work to understand the physical requirements of the job. Functional Job Analysis (FJA) involves assessing the worker, the work and the worksite. A functional job description (FJD) is developed based on the objective information that is gathered.

Speech Therapy

Beckman Oral Motor – These interventions were developed for individuals who have impaired cognitive skills or motor skills and are not able to follow verbal commands for oral movement. Ohio State's Rehabilitation Program has several speech language pathologists (SPLs) certified to use these interventions with patients to provide assisted movement to activate muscle contraction and to provide movement against resistance to build strength.

Fiber Optic Endoscope Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) – A specialized test using a small camera inserted through the nose to the throat to evaluate a swallowing problem and determine the safest diet.

Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS) – A specialized test performed by a radiologist and a speech-language pathologist (SLP) using a moving X-ray to determine a swallowing problem and the safest diet for the patient.

Parkinson's disease

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) LOUD – A speech treatment program proven to help restore speech in individuals with Parkinson's disease. It focuses on increased vocal loudness.

LSVT® BIG: – A treatment program that has been documented to improve major motor skills in individuals with Parkinson's disease. The BIG program is used for rehabilitating major motor skills, such as walking, limb movement and balance.

Neurological Conditions

Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH) – A functional therapy intended for patients who are affected by lesions at the level of the brain stem and above. It integrates all systems of the person as well as all information past and present – any variable that has an effect on the patient is considered. All aspects of rehabilitation and habilitation are personalized to meet the patient's intended purpose or need.

SaeboFlex – An orthotic device that allows patients with very little residual arm and hand function due to a neurological injury, such as a stroke, to immediately begin performing task-oriented, grasp and release activities that allow the brain to re-program itself following injury.

UE Bioness – A medical device that uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate the various muscle groups in the hand and forearm allowing the opening and closing of the hand. It provides individuals who have hand paralysis due to brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or stroke the ability to grasp and release objects while performing ordinary and essential activities of daily living.

Walk-Aide – A FDA approved medical device that leverages functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking ability of people living with foot drop due to brain tumor, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS), spinal cord injury, stroke or traumatic brain Injury (TBI).

American Physical Therapist Association (APTA) Neurology Section Member – Members in this organization share a common interest in neurologic physical therapy, advance their knowledge through discussions with clinical experts at professional meetings and have access to avenues for professional growth and mentorship.

Vestibular Rehabilitation

Cervico-genic Vestibular Training – Intensive training about the brain and the functions of the treatments used to help those with dizziness and balance issues.

 

Certificate of Vestibular Competency – This certificate is awarded to physical therapists, occupational therapists or MDs who have attended an intense, multi-day evidence-based course consisting of lecture and laboratory sessions and passed written, video and practical examinations.  All certified participants have prvoven their  assessment skills and knowledge of appropriate treatment procedures for vestibular disorders as well as their ability to assesst results to develop an effective treatment plan. 

Certifications

Physical Therapy

Credentialed Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy – This certification allows physical therapists and assistant therapists to learn how to plan and prepare physical therapy students during their clinical education, develop skills for performance evaluations and other student management skills. As part of the certification, the participants will apply information they have learned in the program in simulated situations.

Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS) – This certification recognizes experienced therapists who have had direct patient care that includes examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. OCS-certified staff have shown excellent knowledge in the orthopedic field by passing a rigorous examination covering topics on practice dimensions, professional responsibilities, knowledge areas and procedures. The certification is valid for 10 years.

Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation – This certification represents knowledge, critical and ethical reasoning, and interpersonal and performance skills that are specifically geared to occupational therapy.

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT) – The Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT/Bobath) approach was developed for the treatment of individuals with pathophysiology of the central nervous system (CNS), primarily adults who have suffered a stroke. Individuals with CNS pathophysiology have dysfunction in posture and movement and subsequent functional activity limitations. This certification recognizes experienced professionals have applied NDT/Bobath philosophy, intervention strategies and treatment planning  and worked with clients using the treatment. Two occupational therapists at Dodd Hall have this accreditation.

Speech Therapy

Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders (BRS-S) –The American Speech-Language Hearing Association provides this certification to speech–language pathologists (SLPs). To receive this certification SLPs have an established clinical practice that specializes in dysphagia, accrued Continuing Education hours in the area of swallowing disorders and distinguished themselves in research, administrative and/ or educational accomplishments.

Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS) – Speech-language pathologists (SPLS) can receive training and certification in this therapeutic treatment for pharyngeal dysphagia. This therapy utilizes eleven specific stimulation techniques within the oral/pharyngeal areas and has proven to improve and/or restore oral/pharyngeal muscle strength, endurance, and pharyngeal reflex functions which are necessary in the total swallow function.

Myofascial Release for Swallowing Disorders – Many types of therapists can be trained and certified with this hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Currently Ohio State's Medical Wexner Center has trained speech-language pathologists using this technique.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP) – This certification recognizes professionals who have reached an internationally accepted standard of knowledge in assistive technology. To achieve ATP certification a candidate must have two years full time work experience in the field, then passed a rigorous exammaintained their credential through ongoing education and continued work in the field.

Driver Rehabilitation

Certified Driver Rehabilitation Specialist (CDRS) – This certification recognizes individuals practicing driver rehabilitation for their personal growth and study in the field. To receive this certification, individuals must meet educational/experience requirements and pass a comprehensive examination.

Brain Injury

Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS) – This certification recognizes experienced professionals working in brain injury services. Certification is based on passing an examination based on important information about brain injury. Annual renewal of the certification is based on meeting continuing education requirements.

Rehabilitation Engineer Technologist (RET) – This certification is for assistive technology professionals who apply engineering principles to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. Ohio State's Rehabilitation Program has one of the 37 certificants in the country.

VitalStim® Therapy – This is the only FDA cleared treatment approach that successfully combines neuromuscular electrical stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. Several speech-language pathologists within Ohio State's Rehabilitation Programs have received this certification. The certification process includes a two-week online educational program and a two-day extensive hands-on lab to learn how to implement a successful VitalStim® Therapy program.

Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP) – Level 1 and 2–  This certification is a three level program–each certified separately.  Completion of level 1 provides physical therapists with practical knowledge and skill in the treatment of female urinary incontinence, with an introduction to the treatment of pelvic pain.  Completion of Level 2 provides advances the physical therapist’s examination, evaluation and intervention skills for complex pelvic floor conditions.  ​​​​​​

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