Our experts provide outpatient rehabilitation for patients who have suffered injuries that do not require full-time nursing care.  

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The Outpatient Clinic at Penn State Health Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) provides rehabilitation services for people who have experienced an injury, medical condition or surgery, but do not need full-time nursing care. These patients can live at home and complete their rehabilitation treatment plan.

Our team provides specialized services, including:

  • After surgery care for patients with complex medical situations
  • Care for patients who have had heart, liver and kidney transplants
  • Cardiac rehabilitation for patients who have had a heart attack or other heart condition
  • Cancer rehabilitation either before or after surgery or radiation
  • Rehabilitation for patients with conditions such as: 
    • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
    • Kidney disease
  • Home evaluations to recommend safety or medical equipment for patients being cared for at home
  • Special outpatient clinical services that assess occupational health for patients returning to or starting new work

Conditions treated

Outpatient rehabilitation services can benefit people with a variety of medical conditions. Our PM&R physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) often treat the following conditions:

Long-term outpatient rehabilitation

Depending on your condition and recovery goals, you may need long-term outpatient care. Our PM&R physiatrists may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Physical therapy to improve mobility and flexibility
  • Occupational therapy to help with activities of daily living including bathing, feeding, grooming, dressing and using the toilet
  • Speech and language therapy to enhance speech and communication skills
  • Recreational therapy to help you get back into sports and leisure activities and the community
  • Medications including oral or injected steroids, anesthetics and anti-inflammatories
  • Nerve blocks using anesthetic injections into specific networks of nerves
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy to help counsel you to cope with pain and illness through positive thoughts and actions
  • Complementary alternative methods including: 
    • Acupuncture: Insertion of needles in specific areas of the body
    • Biofeedback: Technique for controlling the body's functions

Special outpatient clinical services

People may need a physical assessment before taking a new job or returning to work. Some occupations require physical exams. People who are disabled may need an assessment to determine their level of functionality.

Outpatient clinic: special services

Penn State Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation provides physical exams and assessments for employment on an outpatient basis. A Penn State Hershey physician, also an aviation medical examiner and disability evaluator, performs these assessments based on occupational health.

Assessment services include:

  • Return-to-work assessments to determine fitness after an illness or injury
  • Private pilot flight physical examinations for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  • Disability assessments to determine eligibility for benefits or compensation

Referring Physicians

To transfer a patient, please call the 24-hour MD Network: