Published on April 09, 2012

Regaining strength after surgery/injury

Outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation can be a lifeline.

walking down stepsWhen you have an orthopedic condition, such as hip or knee replacement or a sports injury, much of the healing occurs once you’ve left the hospital.

That’s why outpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation can be your lifeline to regaining strength and independence. The professionals at Nazareth Hospital’s state-of-the-art Center for Physical Therapy, Rehabilitation and Balance share a common goal: to create a therapy plan that helps you get there.

“Outpatient rehabilitation is customized to each patient and their level of healing,” says Pat Riley, MD, medical director of Outpatient Rehabilitation services at Nazareth Hospital. “For example, all hip and knee replacement patients have trouble standing at first. But each patient regains balance, strength and proper posture at different rates. So we work hard to ensure that the rehabilitation plan meets their individual needs while remaining safe and effective.”

The Center’s multidisciplinary team of certified and degreed health care professionals is highly skilled in the evaluation and treatment of all orthopedic diagnoses. “Our physical therapists work closely with your orthopedic surgeons and other physicians,” explains Dr. Riley. “We understand the physicians’ expectations for your recovery.”

The Center is an upbeat and welcoming environment. “It helps to know what to expect before surgery or therapy begins,” says Dr. Riley. “So we are very happy to have patients and their families tour our facilities.”

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