Comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation care in Central Virginia

Parham Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, Virginia offers advanced inpatient and outpatient therapy and rehabilitation services to help you relieve pain and regain function after an injury or illness as quickly as possible.

Your care comes from highly skilled and certified therapists with special training in a variety of condition-specific therapies. We tailor our programs to your needs using advanced technologies and the backing of a full-service, elite medical center with physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists.

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If you believe that you or someone you know may benefit from any of our advanced physical therapy and rehabilitation programs at Parham Doctors’ Hospital, please call Rehabilitation Admissions at 804-545-4908. We will have a staff member conduct a free evaluation to determine if our program is a good fit for your road to recovery.

Comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation services

Parham Doctors’ Hospital offers physiotherapy or physical therapy to protect, strengthen or restore muscle and motor function. We also offer occupational therapy, which focuses on improving daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, easting and home management.

What to expect

Shortly after admission, all the professionals involved in your care will conduct a comprehensive assessment. Depending upon your individual needs, some of the professionals who may be involved in your assessment include:

  • Physicians specializing in rehabilitative and neurological medicine
  • Physical therapists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Rehabilitation nurses
  • Dieticians
  • Social workers and case managers
  • Therapeutic recreation specialists
  • Psychiatrists and psychologists
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Other specialists

Our committed team involved in your care will develop a treatment plan individually tailored to meet your needs. Typically, you will receive about three hours of therapy each day and to nursing and physician activities, if needed.

Inpatient rehabilitation services

Our inpatient rehabilitation center in Richmond, Virginia offers many services to our patients and their families as they embark on their return-to-wellness journey such as family and caregiver education and training, support groups for stroke survivors, pain management and relaxation therapy groups and pet/animal-assisted therapy. Depending on your treatment plan, your inpatient rehabilitation can include:

  • Physical therapy (physiotherapy)
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech language therapy
  • Certified rehabilitation nurse assistance
  • Case management

Parham Doctors’ Hospital offers a 36-bed unit located on the fourth floor of the main hospital with 25 private rooms and six semiprivate rooms. Each room has a walk-in shower, grab bars and adaptive equipment for toileting and grooming, including ADA sinks and toilets.

Our inpatient rehabilitation therapy gym is over 3,000 square feet of space where patients have access to state of the art recovery equipment including the Biones BITS®, Bioness L300® and L200®, Bioness Vector®, Armeo® Spring, Saebo, Nustep, SciFit and VitalStim®. We also offer private treatment rooms for those patients needing less stimulation during therapy.

Brain injury rehabilitation

The primary goal of the brain injury rehabilitation program is to help you regain as much function and achieve as much independence as possible. Your input and goals will determine the specific objectives of your program. Specific objectives may focus on:

  • Increasing strength and endurance
  • Improving cognitive and communication skills
  • Increasing skills required for activities of daily living (i.e. dressing, cooking and hygiene)
  • Improving mobility skills, including the ability to transfer from a wheelchair to a chair, bed or tub
  • Assisting you with any discharge needs that may be identified during your stay
  • Improving mobility skills, including the ability to transfer from a wheelchair to a chair, bed or tub

Brain injury rehabilitation usually focuses around relearning skills you may have lost because of the injury. Relearned skills are complemented by a daily plan of different activities to practice. Areas from which we will help you recover include, but are not limited to:

  • Paralysis
  • Impairment of memory or problem
  • Weakness solving skills
  • Coordination difficulties
  • Communication problems (aphasia)
  • Incontinence
  • Swallowing problems (dysphagia)
  • Self-care skills
  • Psychological/social issues
  • Problems with sensory loss

Neurological rehabilitation

Our multidisciplinary team are here to assist you and will determine the specific objectives of your program. Specific objectives may focus on:

  • Optimizing ability to perform basic self-care tasks
  • Improving independence with bowel and bladder management
  • Increasing mobility skills, either walking and/or wheelchair use, depending on the type and level of injury
  • Increasing independence with moving from one surface to another (e.g. bed to wheelchair, wheelchair to toilet or chair to standing)
  • Increasing safety awareness
  • Improving swallowing techniques and the ability to consume meals safely
  • Increasing general strength, endurance and coordination
  • Improving communication through speech or a functional alternative
  • Improving problem solving, memory and other basic cognitive skills
  • Facilitating a smooth transition home or to the next level of care

The neurological diagnoses we treat include, but are not limited to: 

LSVT LOUD: The Lee Silverman Voice Training is the first speech treatment with level 1 evidence and established efficacy for testing voice and speech disorders in people with Parkinson’s disease with application to other neurological disorders. LSVT LOUD is a standard treatment customized to the unique communication goals of each person across a range of disease severity and communication impairments.

The LSVT programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 25 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health. LSVT LOUD outcome data have been published in a series of refereed articles in speech, otolaryngology and neurology journals. Research on LSVT LOUD has documented improved impact on multiple levels of functioning in people with PD following treatment including:

  • Increased vocal loudness
  • Improved articulation and speech intelligibility
  • Improved intonation
  • Improvements in facial expression
  • Changes in neural functioning related to voice and speech

Pulmonary rehabilitation

At Parham Doctors' Hospital, we provide effective pulmonary rehabilitation and care for individuals with acute and chronic lung conditions. Our team of pulmonologists and respiratory specialists will work with you to create a personalized care plan for your long-term health. We also prescribe effective medications and work with you to create and maintain an individual therapy program. Some of our pulmonary care services include:

  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure (BIPAP) therapy
  • Trilogy therapy
  • New oxygen weaning therapy
  • Sleep center diagnostics
  • Exercise training for patients
  • Advanced asthma treatments
  • Pulmonary function testing laboratory
  • Bronchoscopy diagnostic and treatment labs

Spinal cord injury and rehabilitation

A spinal cord injury may initially require surgery, traction and medication. Rehabilitation therapy is often a critical part of regaining control, mobility and independence once injuries are stabilized. Individual goals and outcomes can vary, but overall goals may include:

  • Increasing strength and endurance
  • Improving range of motion
  • Providing skills to protect a patient from re-injury
  • Building skills required for daily living, such as dressing, cooking or hygiene
  • Improving mobility, including the ability to transfer from a wheelchair to a chair, bed, tub or car
  • Promoting independence with education and support services
  • Identifying any needs before leaving the hospital and making sure you and your family have the right support and resources

Our rehabilitation teams have specialized training and experience in the latest therapy techniques. Our team treats all levels of spinal cord injuries from the cervical to the lumber vertebrae, sacral nerve compression, as well as:

  • Spinal cord conditions such as spinal muscle atrophy, quadriplegia, paraplegia and spondylosis/stenosis
  • Recovery from spinal surgeries such as laminectomies, tumor removal and later effects of spinal cord injuries
  • Spinal viruses such as traverse myelitis, Guillain-Barré syndrome, encephalitis and polio
  • Congenital defects such as spina bifida or cerebral palsy

A spinal cord injury can be devastating, but your commitment combined with our expertise, technology and experience can help you make the most of your capabilities, so you can work, play and enjoy life.