Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation – Inpatient Rehabilitation
When you or a loved one experiences a serious medical condition, injury or surgery that requires a hospital stay, our experts are here to help you recover.
At Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), our PM&R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) and staff provide superior care in a comfortable setting. We offer intensive therapy for three hours per day, five days per week for patients of all ages.
Our rehabilitation nurses have years of experience in specialized rehabilitation care. We work one-on-one with our patients in spacious, private rooms to care for your individualized needs.
Our goals are to help you be as independent as possible and provide a smooth transition from hospital to any of the following:
- Home-based rehabilitation
- Sub-acute rehabilitation
- Outpatient rehabilitation
- Long-term care
Learn more about pre-assessment for inpatient rehabilitation at Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
How we can help
Our rehabilitation team provides advanced services combined with compassionate care and personal attention. Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation is well known for its rehabilitative programs and expert staff:
- Our inpatient rehabilitation program is accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehabilitation Program.
- Our multidisciplinary team has special training and board certifications in rehabilitation for brain injury, spinal cord injury, musculoskeletal disorders and neurological disorders.
- Our inpatient pediatric program ranks in the top 15 percent in the United States for short length of stays and good patient outcomes, according to WeeFIM®.
Our team provides compassionate, expert care for patients who require inpatient rehabilitation. Some common conditions we treat include:
Stroke specialty services
Our PM&R physiatrists and staff have special training in caring for patients who have suffered strokes. Our PM&R physiatrists evaluate, treat and manage stroke complications including:
- Abnormal gait (walking)
- Cognitive impairment (problems thinking)
- Speech and communication problems
- Headaches and other pain
- Spasticity (muscle rigidity and uncontrolled movements)
- Swallowing problems
Our PM&R physiatrists work together with other specialists that may include:
- Physical, speech or occupational therapists
Transition to home care
Our team is dedicated to your recovery and helping you live a healthy life. As you progress through rehabilitation treatment, PM&R physiatrists and therapists will evaluate your abilities to ensure a smooth transition from hospital to home.
A typical transition-to-home pathway includes the following:
- Pre-assessment for inpatient rehabilitation, for people with serious conditions or who have just had surgery
- Personalized rehabilitation plan based on your specific needs
- Assessment for discharge to evaluate ability to perform daily living activities
- Plans for outpatient rehabilitation and home care to continue recovery
At Penn State Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, inpatient rehab patients come from the Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and other hospitals across central Pennsylvania. The rehab liaisons perform a thorough evaluation of patients who may need intensive rehab services. Before they can be admitted to the inpatient rehab program, patients must meet certain entrance requirements.
Evaluating patients for inpatient rehabilitation
Penn State rehabilitation liaisons (usually registered nurses) assess candidates for certain criteria while they are still in the hospital. Patients must:
- Have a diagnosis or condition serious enough to require acute, inpatient rehab care, not outpatient or at-home rehab.
- Be medically stable (life-threatening illnesses or injuries are under control).
- Be physically able to participate in 3 hours of therapy per day.
- Demonstrate the willingness and motivation to participate in acute inpatient rehab.