Medical Rehab

What is medical rehabilitation?

Combining medical practice with therapeutic rehabilitation, the inpatient medical rehab program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, located in Malvern, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia, supports patients with a wide range of acute or chronic conditions that cause temporary or permanent disability, which may include:

  • Renal or metabolic disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Immune system disorders
  • Cancer

Patients also come for inpatient medical rehab after:

  • Multiple trauma
  • Postoperative deconditioning
  • Organ system failure and transplants

Patient outcome reports

Some of our goals for patients with acute or chronic conditions might include:

  • Minimizing deconditioning effects of prolonged bed rest or postoperative complications
  • Minimizing secondary complications of cardiac disease and/or surgery
  • Increasing independence with ambulation and self-care
  • Improving endurance and efficiency of activities of daily living (ADL)
  • Developing and implementing energy conservation techniques

Inpatient medical rehabilitation can help patients:

  • Manage lifestyle changes including diet, exercise and sexuality
  • Reduce anxiety, increase self-esteem and enhance coping mechanisms
  • Address the psychological effects of an illness and any resulting impairment
  • Transition to outpatient rehabilitation services for continued progress

Ultimately, our aim is to help patients regain as much independence as possible. We take a creative approach to therapy and strive to have patients in therapy a minimum of three hours a day for five out of seven days a week.

Inpatient medical rehab team

The nature of the inpatient medical rehab program requires close collaboration between specialists to address the vocational, social and lifestyle needs of every individual. As an acute rehabilitation hospital, Bryn Mawr Rehab is uniquely positioned for medical rehab with a full range of staffed clinicians, including:

Our therapists tailor exercises specific to your medical status, goals and interests. Programs within inpatient medical rehab might include:

  • Oncology program – which improves strength and endurance, and reduces the debilitating effects of major surgery, chemotherapy and/or radiation therapy
  • Cardiology program – which promotes an improved level of function and an earlier return to activity after a cardiac event or procedure
  • Pulmonary program – which increases endurance, strength and mobility while patients learn to conserve energy and minimize respiratory distress

Family support of inpatient medical rehab

For the best results possible, we allow and encourage family members to actively participate in the rehabilitation process. This can be a great support for the patient, as well as an ideal chance for family to get the education and training they may need for life after Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital.

Related specialties

Cardio-Oncology Program

Lankenau Heart Institute cardiologists with expertise in cancer-related heart problems are working with oncology colleagues across Main Line Health to coordinate cancer treatment with heart care. Main Line Health Cardio-Oncology Program is devoted to protecting heart health after a cancer diagnosis.

Lymphedema Management Program

Our lymphedema therapists help you achieve best results early and with continued treatment at outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. Even in cases of chronic lymphedema, an active management program can reduce swelling and improve symptoms.

Stroke Rehab

Inpatient and outpatient stroke rehabilitation treatment and complex stroke treatment. We develop a unique stroke rehab therapy plan that help patients immediately build on their strengths and learn to compensate for limitations.

Sports Medicine Rehab

As part of our specialized treatment for each athlete, sports injury rehab includes use of therapies and training exercises that not only mimic the demands of your sport but also address the unique conditions of the specific position you play within your sport.

Aquatic Therapy

Through the aquatic therapy program at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, warm water helps patients relax, enhances functional movement, and boosts confidence and ability.

Equestrian Therapy

Equine-assisted therapy provides physical as well as cognitive benefits for a person’s recovery. As the horse walks, the repetitive swinging motion helps to improve the person’s balance, coordination and strength and muscle tone through the trunk and legs. Cognitive skills improve because riding requires balance, stability, timing and planning.

Pelvic Floor Rehabilitation

With three locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, we’re sure to offer pelvic floor rehabilitation near you. Our pelvic floor PTs treat pelvic floor conditions in men and women and we’re able to offer comprehensive treatments for these sometimes complex conditions.

Hand Therapy

A hand therapy specialist is well-versed in a variety of methods and works to develop a personalized regimen for the unique needs of every patient. Our patients come from all walks of life—from young athletes to long-term arthritis sufferers to accidental burn victims.

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