Learn more about the types of therapy provided by Rehabilitation Services during hospitalization for trauma.
Northwestern Memorial Hospital is a Level 1 Trauma Center, which means we are capable of diagnosing and treating the most critically injured patients who have life-threatening injuries. Trauma patients often sustain critical injuries to multiple parts of the body. These injuries may require an inpatient hospital stay. Examples of trauma include but are not limited to gunshot wounds, motor vehicle crashes, falls, spinal cord injuries, injuries due to assault and crush injuries.
Physical therapists will train and educate you how to use assistive devices for mobility, such as walkers, canes or crutches. In addition, they will develop an exercise program focused on regaining strength and range of motion of affected areas.
Occupational therapists will train you how to perform activities of daily living and assist with community reintegration. Occupational therapists may also fabricate a splint for you if it is necessary to protect or immobilize a joint or extremity.