4 Reasons to Choose Rehabilitation

4 Reasons to Choose Rehabiltation (and what you may not know about rehab)

Occupational Therapists Help With More Than Just Jobs

Occupational therapists (OTs) assist patients with the therapeutic application of everyday activities and occupational components. OTs address people’s habits and routines in their homes, schools, workplaces, communities and other settings. Because of this, OTs often focus on life roles and interests, rather than on formal job roles. Such activities may include hobbies for adults or play for children. OTs can also help patients improve their ability to get dressed, bathe, toilet, and eat. Despite what their title may imply, these highly trained professionals work in many different settings, with patients of all ages and diagnoses. OTs can fabricate splints and manually treat complex upper extremity conditions, and they may hold additional certifications in various specialties, including hand therapy, geriatrics, neuro-rehab, physical agent modalities, driving programs and ergonomics.

Speech Therapists Work on Cognition and Social Cues

Speech language pathologists, or speech therapists, perform more than swallow evaluations and speech exercises. These highly educated practitioners work with patients to improve safety awareness, social functioning, problem solving, memory and attention. For example, speech therapists can help patients learn to manage their medications more safely and independently. The can also assist with improving patients’ability to pay bills and balance their checkbooks. Speech therapists can even help patients improve their visual comprehension and social skills, which facilitates their ability to interact with others in a meaningful manner.

Physical Therapy Before Surgery Can Improve Outcomes

If you’re considering surgery, listen up! Pre-operative rehabilitation, or “prehabilitation,” can help improve your outcomes and decrease your length of stay in the hospital. Prehab involves improving patients’ strength and overall fitness prior to surgery, while educating them on what to expect during the recovery process. While fitness enthusiasts have known for years that their active lifestyles have helped them bounce back from surgery quickly, research is finally supporting the benefits of prehab. In September, 2014, a systematic literature review of prehabilitation studies revealed that total-body prehab helped improve postoperative pain and physical function. The benefits extend beyond orthopedic conditions, too. Additional research has supported the efficacy of prehab in patients undergoing upper abdominal surgeries, as well as surgical interventions for various types of cancer. Getting started with prehab before your surgery can be as simple as asking your doctor for a referral for PT!

Inpatient Rehab Can Get You Home Faster

An inpatient rehab facility (IRF) is a rehabilitation facility with an acute level of medical care, and a minimum of three hours of rehab therapy each day. Other types of post-acute rehabilitation programs are not required to provide such intensive therapy. Because of their acute level of medical care and strong emphasis on functional mobility, IRFs are associated with shorter stays and faster returns to the life you love! IRFs also tend to have better overall patient outcomes, with fewer post-rehab hospital readmissions and emergency room visits. If you, or a loved one, will require rehabilitation after a hospitalization or surgery, ask your doctor about the possibility of going to an inpatient rehab facility!

References:
ScienceDirect
Oncology Times
​Clinical Rehabilitation
​Center for Medicare Advocacy