At TGH Rehabilitation Hospital, the experienced professionals on our orthopedic team are lead by a physiatrist to provide comprehensive orthopedic physical rehabilitation. We help people with a wide range of diagnoses, from fractures and dislocations to nerve damage–all of which can result from a fall, sudden injury, planned orthopedic surgery or age. The areas on the body most commonly affected include the neck, shoulder, arm, hand, spine, hip, knee, foot and leg. Other orthopedic rehab team members include physical therapists, occupational therapists, rehabilitation nurses, and a case manager to oversee the patient’s progress from admission to discharge.

The overall goal of our orthopedic program is to prepare the patient for transitioning back to home and into the community. Accordingly, a number of objectives are established based on the patient’s individual needs.

These might include:

  • Gait training
  • Stair climbing (if indicated)
  • Transfer training
  • Joint management
  • Nutritional support
  • Proper body mechanics
  • Muscle strengthening and endurance
  • Fall safety
  • Dressing, bathing, toileting
  • Operating a vehicle

The rehab team closely monitors several areas of concern for orthopedic injuries, including proper skin care for the surgery site. For orthopedic operations that require substantial range of motion therapy, such as knee or hip replacement, the team works to strengthen the surrounding muscles to improve movement, stability and addresses ambulatory and lifestyle issues based on the patient’s individual needs. Patients and their families are taught how to compensate for the injury, and they're also shown ways to attain maximum independence by managing the activities of daily life.

For information about pediatric rehabilitation at the TGH main location, please visit here.