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Rehabilitation after Traumatic Injuries Treatment Information
At IU Health, we strive to give patients all the support necessary to recover from traumatic injuries, including:
- Physical therapy. During a patient’s stay at the hospital, physical therapists visit the patient’s bedside in both critical care and acute care sections of the hospital. Physical therapists have special training to increase mobility, strength, balance and flexibility after an injury using stretches, exercise and massage. We also decrease pain and limit permanent disability, ensuring patients the best possible chance to return to daily activities. Physical therapists assist patients after injuries to bones, muscles, nerves, the spinal cord and the brain. Patients may continue to see a physical therapist at home or at an outpatient center after leaving the hospital.
- Occupational therapy. Occupational therapists focus on restoring a patient’s ability to perform everyday tasks such as getting dressed, eating, driving and taking a shower. We offer occupational therapy in the hospital and at home. Long-term occupational therapy may be required following traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries.
- Speech therapy. Speech therapists help patients regain the extremely important ability to communicate with others. These services are used frequently after traumatic brain injury. Speech therapists also help patients swallow, eat and better comprehend language following an injury. Speech therapy takes place in the hospital, at home or at an outpatient center depending on a patient’s condition and needs.
- Psychosocial counseling. As part of our dedication to providing comprehensive care, a social worker visits with you and your family during your loved one’s stay. Social workers offer psychosocial counseling, which focuses on helping patients and families communicate how they feel with others and work through emotional reactions to injury. Social workers also give your family access to financial and legal resources and direct your loved one to support groups in the area where he or she can meet others with similar injuries.
- Chaplain services. Hospital chaplains have years of experience working with patients who have experienced traumatic injuries. They provide you and your family with spiritual counseling no matter your religion or beliefs. Each IU Health facility also features a small chapel for quiet reflection and prayer.
Rehabilitation after Traumatic Injuries Support Services
Find out about rehabilitation services and their role in trauma care by going to the websites below.
A Sampling of Rehabilitation after Traumatic Injuries Support Services
Brain Trauma Foundation
Visit this website to learn more about treatment of traumatic brain injuries, including who is involved in trauma care.
IU Health Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation
Learn more about our expert rehabilitation team and what services they offer both in and outside of the hospital.