Inpatient Physical Therapy
St. Vincent’s inpatient physical therapists offer evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal and neuromuscular problems when you’re in the hospital.
Inpatient physical therapy may be ordered to aid in your recovery from the following:
- General reconditioning as a result of hospitalization
- Joint replacement
- Pelvic floor dysfunction
- Brain Injury
Physical therapy must be ordered by a physician or physician’s assistant. The predominant reason physicians prescribe physical therapy in the hospital is a decline in your ability to function independently. This might mean you have trouble walking, moving from a sitting to standing position, and/or maneuvering in bed while in the hospital.
It is the physical therapist's job to look at your prior level of function before hospitalization. From there, they can determine if something can be done to intervene and restore that function in an effort to get you to the next level of care. When you are discharged and your mobility improves, the next level of care may be at home, with family, in a rehabilitation center or in a long-term care facility. Your treatment may also continue with Outpatient Physical Therapy.
Almost all of the treatment provided to you while in the hospital is done bedside. However, you may leave the room with your therapist for walking, practicing balance maneuvers or for stair training in preparation for returning home.