St. Mary Mercy Hospital's Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department offers a variety of inpatient and outpatient physical therapy services for patients with orthopedic injuries, sports-related injuries, musculo-skeletal disorders and neurologic problems, lymphedema and urinary incontinence. At St. Mary Mercy Hospital, the physical therapy staff designs personalized treatment plans to meet each patient's needs.
The Inpatient Rehabilitation unit provides a comprehensive interdisciplinary approach to care, focusing on rehabilitating the patient to his/her maximum functional potential after suffering a life-altering event. This team consists of a rehab physician, physical therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, rehab nurse and a social worker. The unit provides care to those patients who have diagnoses that include, but are not limited to, hip fracture, stroke, amputation, orthopedic and neurological conditions, and general deconditioning.
The St. Mary Mercy Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit received its Medicare Certification and was approved to accept additional patients in July 2006. To become a Medicare certified unit, inpatient rehab units are required to meet specific diagnosis criteria, provide 24-hour nursing care, intensive physician involvement and at least three hours of therapy per patient per day. The Unit first opened in June 2005.
Inpatient Rehabilitation Physical Therapy Gym
Inpatient Rehabilitation Laundry Room and Kitchen for Occupational Therapy
What is Physical Therapy?
Physical therapy provides expertise related to musculoskeletal dysfunction and neuro-logical impairment. Goals are focused on maximizing the patient's functional ability and return to pre-injury lifestyle. Treatment may consist of the use of modalities such as ultrasound, traction or electrical stimulation. The majority of treatment focuses on exercise, posture and exercise instruction, gait training, stretching, joint mobilization, balance training and functional mobility. A variety of exercise and adaptive equipment is used, along with manual techniques and education to help patients avoid re-injury.
The physical therapy program begins with an evaluation of the patient by a licensed Physical Therapist. The therapist will develop a specific treatment program based on the physician's orders and the patient's specific problems and goals. The program is carried out through a series of sessions combining patient education and the latest treatment techniques.
Our staff attends numerous hours of education throughout the year in order to provide patients with the most recent and effective techniques to optimize the recovery process.
We maintain consistent communication with the patient's physician, including regular reports on his/her treatment program and progress.
Who Will Benefit?
Individuals with musculoskeletal and/or neurologic dysfunction may benefit from physical therapy. However, the therapy and results may differ widely depending on the condition being treated and the patient's involvement in his/her rehabilitation program. Below is a partial list of some treatable conditions:
- Arthritis of the spine and other joints
- Back and neck pain
- Carpal tunnel dysfunction
- Brain injury
- Foot injury
- Joint injury
- Joint replacement
- Ligament or tendon injury
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle strain or weakness
- Nerve impingement
- Parkinson's Disease
Duration of Treatment
Duration of treatment varies depending on the severity of the condition and potential for improvement. Generally, significant results can be achieved in four to six weeks. However, this differs widely depending on the condition being treated and the patient's involvement in his/her rehabilitation program.
To Request Treatment
As with all physical therapy treatment, a physician's prescription is required before treatment can begin. Treatments are administered at:
St. Mary Mercy Hospital Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department
Marian Professional Building, 3 West (South entrance off Levan Road)
St. Mary Mercy Hospital
36475 Five Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48154
734-655-2955 or toll-free at
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