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 Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Program

The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center treats a wide variety of muscular, skeletal and orthopaedic conditions. You are evaluated by our team and undergo a specialized rehabilitation program to increase your range of motion, strength and function. The goal is to provide you with the best possible functional outcome. This is based on the level of independent function prior to your injury.

Our Patients

We work with patients who have:

  • Amputation (an acquired condition that results in the removal of part or all of a limb)
  • Arthroscopic surgery (procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in joints)
  • Bursitis (inflammation of small sacs of fluid in the joints)
  • Cancer patients with impairments that effect musculoskeletal systems
  • Fibromyalgia (chronic condition involving widespread muscle and bone pain)
  • Minimally invasive surgery (also called laparoscopic surgery, it involves one or more small incisions to insert specially designed surgical instruments and tiny video cameras to perform the procedure)
  • Muscle and joint disease
  • Orthopaedic surgery (surgery involving the muscular and skeletal systems which gives humans the ability to move)
  • Osteoarthritis (inflammation of the joints)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints)
  • Reconstructive joint surgery
  • Spine pain in the neck and back
  • Sprains (injury to the ligaments)
  • Strains (injury to either a muscle or a tendon)
  • Tendonitis (inflammation of a tendon)
  • Urinary incontinence (inability to hold urine in the bladder)
  • Vestibular disorders (disorders of the body's balance system in the inner ear)
  • Dizziness

Why Choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

There are many reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Program utilizes a variety of specialized equipment and resources. You can use our warm water therapeutic pool if you cannot tolerate weight-bearing activity due to pain or motion restrictions. Various strengthening and conditioning exercises are used for both group and individual aquatic therapies.
  • We use specialized equipment designed to maximize your functional outcome, including strength, mobility, endurance and flexibility.
  • We offer you innovative treatments based on the most current evidence-based practices in our profession.
  • We have several therapists who have their Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification through The American Physical Therapy Association. This certification demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge and skills in the specialty of orthopaedic physical therapy.
  • We are proud that our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.
  • For 19 consecutive years, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report.
  • Since The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available.

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following a physician’s referral, your rehabilitation may include:

  • Ergonomic assessments (designing the workplace environment to fit the user) and work-related injury prevention
  • Exercise programs to improve range of motion, increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and mobility, and increase endurance
  • Fitting and care for orthotics (casts, braces, splints) or prosthetics (artificial limbs)
  • Functional retraining of activities
  • Gait (walking) retraining and methods of safe ambulation including the use of a walker, cane or crutch
  • Help with obtaining assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, braces and special computer equipment, that promote independence
  • Therapies used to decrease symptoms and assist with restoring function
  • Muscle and joint mobilization (to improve limb mobility)
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pain management
  • Patient/family education and counseling
  • Stress management and emotional support
  • Vocational counseling (helps patients find meaningful employment or successfully return to a previous job)
  • Aquatic therapy (rehabilitation exercises performed in a warm water therapeutic pool)

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan is implemented by a team of specialists who may include:

  • Neurologists (specialize in disorders of the nervous system)
  • Neurosurgeons (specialize in surgery on the brain and other parts of the nervous system)
  • Orthopaedic surgeons (specialize in surgery for muscular and skeletal conditions)
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians/physiatrists (specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries)
  • Podiatrists (specialize in care for the feet)
  • Cardiologists (specialize in diagnosis and treatment of heart disorders)
  • Pulmonologists (specialize in disorders of the lungs)
  • Rheumatologists (specialize in treating arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones)
  • Dentists (specialize in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums and mouth)
  • Internal medicine physicians (specialize in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases)
  • Family practice physicians (specialize in assessing and treating a wide range of conditions)
  • Chiropractors (specialize in hands-on therapy that involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures)
  • Physician assistants (practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons)
  • Nurse practitioners (registered nurses with advanced training in a medical specialty)
  • Prosthetists (specialize in fitting, adjusting and care of artificial limbs)
  • Orthotists (specialize in mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs)
  • Exercise physiologists (specialize in the body's metabolic response to short-term and long-term physical activity)
  • Physical therapists (specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility)
  • Occupational therapists (specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living)
  • Speech-language pathologists (specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing)
  • Aquatic therapists (specialize in rehabilitation in a pool environment)
  • Psychologists (specialize in clinical psychology, counseling or guidance)
  • Recreational therapists (specialize in providing education and community-based interventions to improve patients’ physical, mental, social and emotional well being)
  • Rehabilitation nurses (specialize in nursing care for people with disabilities)
  • Case managers (specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families)
  • Social workers (specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients)
  • Dietitians (specialize in nutrition and dietetics)
  • Vocational counselors (specialize in helping patients find meaningful employment or successfully return to a previous job)

Care Locations

Additional Specialized Services

Your rehabilitation team may recommend additional rehab services that may include:



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