Although New York Methodist has a top-tier adult inpatient rehabilitation unit, many patients are not medically stable enough to be admitted to it. For those patients who do not have the strength to leave their beds, or whose medical condition requires them to stay in bed, the Division of Rehabilitation Medicine provides bedside physical and occupational therapy.
Rehabilitation therapy is important for all patients, but especially for those who are unable to leave their beds for extended periods of time. Even though they are healing, their muscles are losing strength and can begin to atrophy. And for patients who are sedated, the lack of consistent movement can cause the skin to break down and pressure ulcers to develop. Therapy is necessary to prevent deterioration and maintain muscle health.
Bedside therapists teach patients ways of moving that are less stressful for the body; for example, after a surgery, a new way of lifting the body may be necessary to avoid disturbing incisions, or if a patient is connected to a number of monitors or drips, different muscles may need to be utilized for movement than those that were used before hospitalization.
Bedside rehabilitation therapists also work to retrain the body to perform basic movements and tasks. Rehabilitative therapy is the re-education of the neuro-muscular system.
For more information about neurological rehabilitation at NYM, contact 718.780.3233.
For NYM's Institute for Neurosciences, call 866.DO.NEURO (866.366.3876).