Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program

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The goals of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program are to facilitate restoration of the patient's prior role and task performance.

Program Focus

The inpatient musculoskeletal team provides daily medical, rehabilitation, education, and psychological support for patients recovering from traumas and/or illnesses, including:

  • Traumatic injuries    
  • Multiple fractures    
  • Joint replacements and reconstructions    
  • Nerve entrapment
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis    
  • Diabetes    
  • Cancer    
  • Vascular, cardiac or pulmonary diseases    

The goals of the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Program are to facilitate restoration of the patient's prior role and task performance.

The Team

The primary clinical team may include doctors in physical medicine and rehabilitation and internal medicine, as well as nurses, therapists, social services, case management, and nutrition. Our interdisciplinary team works with the patient on a daily basis to restore prior levels of functioning. The team works with each patient towards individual goals.

Family Participation

Family members are important members of the team, and are always welcome to treatment sessions. Family support is an essential component of recovery and discharge.

The Process

Treatments are given in both individual and structured therapeutic group settings. The recovery process often begins with:

  • Instruction in activities of daily living
  • Balance and mobility instruction
  • Treatment of associated medical conditions
  • Intensive gait training
  • Education in risk factors such as fall prevention

Clinical Resources

Our special on-site services for rehabilitation from orthopedic procedures include:

Brace Clinic: provides a multidisciplinary assessment of bracing needs, and fits patients for prefabricated and custom-made braces, orthopedic shoes, and other orthopedic devices.

Assistive Technology Center: helps individuals find technology solutions for mobility, communications, or cognitive-memory issues.

Motion Analysis Laboratory: provides detailed assessments and treatment recommendations for individuals with complicated problems of ambulation.

Functional Living Apartment: allows orthopedic patients to practice their activities of daily living within their new weight-bearing and orthopedic precautions.

Amputee Clinic: provides ongoing assessment and adjustment of prosthetic devices, and closely monitors ongoing mobility needs.

Orthopedic and Trauma Rounds: a unique opportunity for patients to be followed through the continuum of care by surgeons from the acute-care hospital who conduct weekly rounds on orthopedic patients.

Diagnostic Radiology: provides follow-up X-rays made immediately available to the surgeons for update, often without the patient ever having to leave Spaulding. Vascular ultrasound is also available.

Spaulding and the people there gave me the courage, strength, and desire to get my life back. Now I can function and play with my girls and enjoy my husband. Thank you for giving me my life back.

A Patient with Newfound Courage

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