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

Pain Management

Our pain management program includes a range of therapeutic techniques, whether you need chronic back pain treatment or relief from pinched nerves. We also draw on integrative medicine approaches to complement traditional pain therapies to give you the safest, most effective results.

Orthopaedic Rehab

As one of the most extensive programs at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital, our primary focus is to help patients build strength, mobility and endurance for a variety of orthopaedic conditions.

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy and sensory integration helps patients who’ve experienced a debilitative injury or illness return to activities of daily living (ADL), such as dressing, eating, writing, shopping, toileting and driving.

Parkinson's Treatment

The frustrating effects of Parkinson Disease can take a toll on a patient’s abilities and self-image. However, a customized therapy plan can help Parkinson patients make significant gains.

Vestibular Therapy

At Bryn Mawr Rehab we help patients with chronic or acute dizziness and vertigo get back to active, normal living. With several outpatient locations in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, there’s sure to be a vestibular therapist near you.

Physical Therapy

Each inpatient and outpatient physical therapy rehab is individually designed and administered by a licensed physical therapist who consistently guides you from that first visit all the way through recovery.

Spinal Cord Rehab

Where you’ll receive innovative inpatient and outpatient spinal cord rehabilitation care at one of the country's most respected acute rehabilitation hospitals, and 92 percent of our inpatients reach their goals upon discharge and 83 percent of outpatients meet theirs.

Cardiothoracic Surgery

At the core of our cardiac surgery program are internationally renowned cardiac surgeons and specialists who are leaders in this field. Our expertise spans the full spectrum of cardiac surgery and includes groundbreaking applications of minimally invasive and robotic-assisted techniques.

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