Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation

Regaining independence following brain, spine, nerve or muscle damage is a process that can take days, months or even years—and it often requires help from rehabilitation therapists who have a greater understanding of recovery. With the largest rehabilitation program in Indiana, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists at IU Health Neuroscience work together to offer rehabilitation services to people recovering from neurological disease, disorders and injuries.

Our rehabilitation therapists practice on the first floor of the IU Health Neuroscience Center in Neurorehabilitation and Robotics, as well as provide acute neurorehabilitation care in all IU Health Indianapolis-area hospitals, ensuring people receive the same customized care as they transition from inpatient care to home care, outpatient care and full independence. Through their affiliation with the Department of Physical Therapy in the IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, IU Health rehabilitation therapists participate in cutting-edge research and are able to apply these advances to their patients.

The Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Services team at IU Health Neuroscience is one of the largest rehabilitation programs in Indiana. Our rehabilitation therapists work in conjunction with physiatrists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, orthopedic surgeons and others to provide comprehensive care for adults and children.

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1. What We Treat
2. Advanced Techniques
3. Patient Story

What We Treat

  • Movement Disorders
  • Neuromuscular Impairments
  • Acute or traumatic injuries
  • Balance and movement disorders
  • Cancer
  • Congenital problems
  • Chronic conditions
  • Sports injuries
  • Stroke

The team develops individualized care plans that encompass a wide range of services, including:

  • Audiology
  • Physical and occupational therapy
  • Orthotics
  • Robotic –assisted therapy for movement disorders
  • Motion Analysis
  • Speech pathology
  • Wound Management

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Advanced Techniques

Located on the first floor of the IU Health Neuroscience Center, Neurorehabilitation and Robotics features the latest techniques and technology to aid people recovering from neurological injury and disease. Some of the leading-edge therapies and technology include:

  • Upper and lower extremity robotic technology
  • NeuroCom Balance Master System (for balance assessment and treatment)
  • Vestibular rehabilitation (for chronic dizziness and balance disorders)
  • Augmentative alternative communication (for those who have lost the ability to speak)
  • Motion analysis lab
  • Body weight-supported gait training
  • Sensory integration

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Patient Story

Anna's Story

Anna is just 9 years old, but she is at the leading-edge of rehabilitation medicine. Anna, who has cerebral palsy, is reprogramming her brain using interactive robotics technology at the Robotic Rehabilitation Center at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. After just two months of robotic therapy, Anna could walk with her walker for an entire trip through the grocery store. Both her endurance and her gait continue to improve, and she now asks her mom to go for walks. And after just one month of working with the "arm robot," Anna is able to eat with her left hand for the first time.

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