The Penn State Health Approach to Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
The physical medicine and rehabilitation team at Penn State Health provides the most comprehensive rehabilitation services in central Pennsylvania. We offer comprehensive care from time of injury through recovery for patients with amputations, musculoskeletal and neuromuscular disorders, acute and chronic pain, spasticity, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, stroke, cancer and more.
As the only academic medical center in central Pennsylvania, we offer the latest approaches and a full spectrum of rehabilitative medicine and services. You can get leading-edge treatments before they’re widely available - methods supported by clinical research and medical innovation. We have the expertise to treat even the most complex problems. Our team develops a treatment plan that helps you live your best life.
Whether you’re living with a chronic condition, recovering from an injury or illness, or need ongoing care, we specialize in improving function and enhancing your well-being.
Complete Rehabilitation Care and Therapy Services
Our rehabilitation experts offer complete rehabilitation services for people of all ages, including pediatric rehabilitation. We provide inpatient rehabilitation care, transitional care from the hospital to your home, rehabilitation facility, or a nursing facility, as well as outpatient rehabilitation. Whether you’re recovering from injury, surgery or illness or living with a condition that affects your quality of life, we work together with you to achieve your goals.
People of all ages and abilities come together every year to participate in a multifaceted event featuring adaptive sports and recreational activities. Penn State Health RecFest is presented by Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Activities include adaptive sports like, cycling, tennis, field hockey and soccer, and wheelchair sports such as basketball and fencing. Attendees also learn about resources including service dogs and driving programs.
Childhood Apraxia Support Group
Share stories and concerns with other parents whose children have been diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech. The group meets quarterly at Penn State Health...
Share stories and concerns with other parents whose children have been diagnosed with childhood apraxia of speech. The group meets quarterly at Penn State Health Children’s Hospital room P1100 from 6 to 8 p.m. For more information, call 717-531-6807.
Amputee Support Group
This group is open to patients, families, friends and caregivers to offer support and information. It meets the first Wednesday of every other month (February...
This group is open to patients, families, friends and caregivers to offer support and information. It meets the first Wednesday of every other month (February, June, August, October and December) from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital. For more information, contact Michael Gray at 717-832-2600.
Brain Injury Support Group
Brain injury survivors, families and caregivers can learn about brain injury and local resources, share experiences, and support each other. The group meets the third...
Brain injury survivors, families and caregivers can learn about brain injury and local resources, share experiences, and support each other. The group meets the third Thursday of the month from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital cafeteria. For more information, contact Melissa Carmen at 717-361-2854 or Michelle Von Arx at 717-832-2736.
Spinal Cord Injury Support Group
The Spinal Cord Injury support group is open to those with spinal cord injuries, their families and support person. The group allows an opportunity for...
The Spinal Cord Injury support group is open to those with spinal cord injuries, their families and support person. The group allows an opportunity for support, socialization and education. Please join us at Penn State Hershey Rehabilitation Hospital Cafeteria, 1135 Old West Chocolate Avenue, Hummelstown, PA 17036 every third Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m.
Please contact Nancy Lokey for more information at [email protected].
Experts in Care
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Why Choose Penn State Health for Rehabilitation
Central Pennsylvania families count on us for our wealth of rehabilitation and advanced expertise.
Nationally Recognized Rehabilitation Care
Penn State Health is an area leader in providing top-quality physical medicine rehabilitation treatment and care. You get leading-edge, coordinated and safe care at several area locations. Our quality recognitions include:
- CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program
- Top 15% national ranking by WeeFlN® for short length of stays and good patient outcomes for our inpatient pediatric rehabilitation program
- CARF-certified spinal cord injury care
- Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center - the highest designation
- Recognition by The Joint Commission and CARF as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program (CIIRP) for both adults and children
Expert, Team-Based Care Designed for You
Our rehabilitation team specializes in a full range of rehabilitation services. Our physiatrists (physical medicine and rehabilitation doctors) work with physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language therapists, neuropsychologists, athletic trainers, nurses and others to deliver complete care.
Some of our therapists have expertise in driver’s education and training, hand therapy, pelvic floor rehab, wound care, pain management, adaptive device training, and advanced voice and swallowing therapies like Vital Stim or Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT).
We also work closely with specialists in neurology, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, lung care, vascular surgery and more. You get personal attention and all the support you need to get the best possible results from therapy.
Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Trials
As an academic medical center, Penn State Health is continually seeking better treatments to improve people’s well-being. We conduct research in the rehabilitation of spinal cord, traumatic brain injury, peripheral vascular disease, spasticity and more.
Related Services and Treatments
- Adaptive equipment training
- Adaptive sports and recreation
- ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease)
- Amputation rehabilitation and prosthetic fitting
- Bracing and splinting
- Disability assessments
- Electrodiagnostic testing for muscular disorders
- Electrical stimulation
- Flight physicals (Federal Aviation Administration)
- Home safety and equipment evaluations
- Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
- LSVT LOUD® therapy
- Lymphedema prevention and treatment
- Neurological rehabilitation
- Pain management therapies
- Pediatric rehabilitation
- Post-cancer rehabilitation
- Return-to-work physicals
- Spasticity management
- Stroke rehabilitation
- Traumatic brain injury rehabilitation
- Vestibular rehabilitation and balance training
- Wheelchair evaluation and fitting
- Therapy services
- Back pain
- Balance/vestibular problems
- Cerebral palsy
- Children’s motor development and function
- Head injuries/concussion
- Limb amputation
- Muscular dystrophy
- Musculoskeletal disorders and injuries
- Multiple sclerosis
- Neck or back pain
- Nerve compression syndromes
- Neurological and neuromuscular disorders
- Pressure ulcers and other wounds
- Spina bifida
- Spinal cord injuries and tumors
- Work-related injuries
- Wounds, including burns, pressure ulcers and non-healing wounds
Find the care your family needs, close to home, at one of our many locations throughout central Pennsylvania.Find a location near you