Rehabilitation Services


Our patients come to us for hope, confidence and treatment because of changes in their physical abilities due to illness, injury, or the aging process. We guide our patients down the road of recovery; leading them back to an active family, work, retirement and independent lifestyle. Our programs are designed to meet the needs of our patients through prevention, education, treatment and exercise. Our disciplines include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy.

Physical Therapy services are designed to restore function, improve mobility, relieve pain and prevent or limit permanent disabilities while restoring, maintaining, and promoting overall fitness and health.

Occupational Therapy services are designed to enable patients to return to the activities of daily living despite limitations placed upon them. Self-care, work, school, social interactions and leisure activities are important for one’s quality of life.

Speech and Language Therapy services are designed to enhance communication skills for patients of all ages to the best of their ability. Speech and Language therapists also work with patients suffering from eating and swallowing disorders.

The TRAN-SIT® Car Transfer Simulator allows us to take our patients' care the extra mile. It is designed to look and feel like a real car, helping patients learn and practice car transfer skills. The true-to-life features enable patients to roll out of the hospital safely following an illness or surgery that has left them impaired.

Located in the Rehabilitation Department, the TRAN-SIT® Simulator adjusts to the customized height of our patient’s vehicle and affords training sessions to be held in a safe clinical setting and climate controlled environment - indoors.

The TRAN-SIT® Simulator features: rugged steel construction, functional doors, handles and keyed locks, vinyl bucket seats, seat belts, tilt steering column, behind-seat space for wheelchair loading, height adjustment system and open back access for therapist.

Car transfer skills are an essential part of returning to an active lifestyle, and in the race of life, the sooner patients are given the green light to return home, the faster healing can begin.

Lymphedema is a chronic swelling in any area of the body where the lymphatic system is compromised. Lymphedema is most common in association with cancer treatment that required radiation or surgical intervention and removal of lymph nodes. Blockage, scarring or other inability of the lymphatic system to remove sufficient waste in a timely manner may also cause lymphedema. Lymphedema may also be congenital or develop at any time for unknown reasons.

Neurological disorders occur when patients experience difficulty with their nervous system due to; brain attack (stroke/CVA), traumatic brain injuries, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, or Guillian Barré Syndrome. As a result, they may require professional help with activities of daily living. Self-care skills and/or improving the use of arms, legs, and communication skills, comprehensive skills, memory and problem-solving skills are re-taught for independent living or re-entry into the community.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation helps patients recover from: amputation, trauma, motor vehicle accidents, gait weakness/unsteadiness (walking), injuries to the ankle, foot, arm, neck, back, spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, repetitive stress injuries, sport injuries, joint replacement, arthritis, strains, sprains and/or temporal mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
See Orthopedics.

Education and therapeutic exercise is the key to helping patients suffering from Osteoporosis (weakening of the bones) or those who may be at risk for osteoporosis. Posture, balance, exercise and modifying normal daily activities help to relieve pain associated with osteoporosis.

Pediatric Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive list of services and treatment plans designed to help children and young adults (ages 0-18) explore and reach developmental milestones. We provide all of these treatments through a fun-filled approach.

Playtime Pediatrics provides rehabilitation services at Founders Square, located at 1509 State St., La Porte and The Crossing, located at, 1203 Washington Street, LaPorte, which is equipped with a rock climbing wall, ball pit, therapy pool, and sensory swings. These tools are used in conjunction with custom tailored treatment plans to help children who are in need of Physical (PT), Speech/Language (ST), and Occupational Therapies (OT).

IU Health La Porte Hospital is proud to offer additional specialized treatment therapies including, Neuro Development Treatment (NDT). This hands-on, advanced, therapeutic approach helps children with neurological challenges become as independent as possible.

Pediatric Development Disorder Treatment our therapists have over 40 years of collective experience in training, evaluating and treating Sensory Processing Disorders. SPD is the inability to take information appropriately from the senses, organize it within the body, and act appropriately within the environment. For more information about Playtime Pediatrics Rehab or upcoming free pediatric developmental screenings, call 219.325.4649.

Recreational therapists are trained and certified to help patients with illness or a disabling condition regain basic motor and social skills, build self-confidence, enhance independence and increase mental stimulation through community outings, games, music, dance, pet therapy, arts and crafts. Treatments are designed based on the patient’s personal interest making the therapy process more relevant and meaningful.

Upper Extremity Rehabilitation — Patients who have experienced an injury to the shoulder, arm, elbow, wrist or hand meet with a hand therapist who develops a treatment program designed to regain the use of the patient’s arm/hand/shoulder to prior normal daily activities.

Vestibular/Vertigo — Patients suffering from symptoms associated with dizziness or loss of balance, work with a physical therapist to reduce symptoms and return to a more active lifestyle.

Wound Management — Typical conditions for wound care include poor circulation, cellulitis, burns, diabetic ulcers, wounds, amputations and venous insufficiency. Treatments options include: pulsed lavage, whirlpool, electrical stimulation MIRE, VAC (negative pressure), debridement (removal of unhealthy tissue), dressing changes and education.

For more information, call Rehabilitation Services at 219.326.2391. Oupatient Rehab Services are located at The Crossing, 1203 Washington St., La Porte; and at La Porte Health Center, 220 Dunes Plaza, Michigan City. Inpatient Rehab and the Rehab Nursing Unit are located within the hospital.