Patient and Family
You as the patient and your family are the most important members of the rehabilitation team.
The physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation is called a physiatrist.
A rehabilitation nurse specializes in helping people with disabilities and chronic illness to reach their best function and health, and to adapt to an altered lifestyle.
Clinical Social Worker
A clinical social worker is a professional counselor who helps alleviate problems related to personal, family, or social situations.
Physical therapists focus on restoring a patient's mobility (movement) and function, and preventing of further disability.
An occupational therapist helps patients learn how to carry out activities of daily living at home, on the job, and in the community.
A speech/language pathologist helps treat people with communication problems that result from disability, surgery, or developmental disorders. This specialist also treats people with swallowing disorders caused by stroke or brain injury.
Recreation therapists design programs to help patients develop social skills and learn to participate in leisure group activities.
Audiologists measure and evaluate a person's ability to hear sounds, and specialize in the treatment of people with hearing disorders.
Registered dietitians work with health care providers to calculate calorie and nutrient needs, design special diets, and offer other nutritional advice to patients.
Orthotist and Prosthetist
An orthotist makes and fits braces and splints for patients who need added support for body parts that have been weakened by injury or disease. A prosthetist makes and fits artificial limbs for patients with disabilities.
Rehabilitation Case Manager
Case managers usually don't provide direct patient care, but may work either as part of the rehab team or for the patient's insurance company.
Respiratory therapists help treat and restore function for patients with airway and breathing problems.
Chaplains act as spiritual counselors to help patients and families through periods of crisis.
Physical Rehabilitation at the Hospital
If you are in the hospital recovering from surgery, healing from an injury, or being treated for a disabling medical condition, physical rehabilitation may be an important part of your treatment.
If you’re recovering from an illness, surgery, or injury and need outpatient rehabilitation, this means you’ll receive one or more types of therapy after you’ve been discharged from a hospital or clinic.