Many rehabilitation physicians are trained and board-certified in the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, or Physiatry (fizz-eye-a-tree). Physiatrists take a holistic, non-surgical approach to treating a wide range of conditions, from arthritis to sports injuries, from stroke to spinal cord injuries.
Spaulding physiatrists work in both inpatient and outpatient settings, in close collaboration with other members of the team. A physiatrist is often the leader of the inpatient care team. Most of our physiatrists have outpatient practices and see a wide variety of conditions. in close collaboration with other members of the team. A physiatrist is often the leader of the inpatient care team. Most of our physiatrists have outpatient practices and see a wide variety of conditions.
Many offer specialized services for concussion, pain, spasticity and sports rehabilitation, and some provide sophisticated, targeted, non-surgical spine procedures to relieve chronic pain.
Hospitalists are physicians whose practice consists of directing the care of inpatients. Spaulding Hospitalists may be Physiatrists or specialists in Internal Medicine.
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Nurses are essential members of the inpatient rehabilitation team, providing inpatient care 24 hours a day. Many Spaulding nurses have advanced training as CRRNs or Certified Rehabilitation Registered Nurses. Our nurses play a key role in educating patient and family about medication safety, fall prevention, and disease-specific treatment plans. They are skilled in wound care, alternative feeding systems, heart monitoring and other specialized procedures.
Physical Therapists (PTs) focus on helping patients improve walking, balance, posture, getting in and out of bed, strength, flexibility and endurance. Depending on their location, they can select from an array of therapeutic resources, from promising, cutting-edge technologies to established modalities of care. Many therapists have advanced degrees or clinical certifications and specialize in treating neurological, musculoskeletal, pediatric, or women’s health issues.Learn More
Occupational Therapists (OTs) in the inpatient setting help patients improve their ability to perform “activities of daily living,” such as bathing, eating, toileting, personal hygiene, dressing, fine motor skills, and managing a home. They are trained to treat conditions that are physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and developmentally disabling. OTs focus on fine motor skills and reasoning ability, and they teach techniques to compensate for permanent disability. Outpatient occupational therapists may specialize in such areas as hand therapy, driving assessment, pain rehabilitation, vision rehabilitation, and sensory processing disorders in children.
Speech and Language Pathologists (SLPs) are trained to assess, diagnose and treat problems related to speaking, swallowing, memory and cognition (thinking skills). They may perform diagnostic procedures, such as a modified barium swallow and various tests to assess thinking and perceptual abilities. Spaulding’s SLPs also treat children with feeding and swallowing disorders as well as developmental delay and autism spectrum disorders.Learn More
Care Coordinators are responsible for coordinating the patient’s medical, nursing and therapy services and monitoring the patient’s progress throughout the inpatient stay. They are the liaison among the Spaulding clinical team, patient and family, primary care and/or referring physician, insurance carrier, and community resources. They develop the discharge plan in conjunction with the patient and clinical team and facilitate or arrange for needed follow-up care, including home care, outpatient therapy, or transition to assisted living or skilled nursing care. Some Spaulding care coordinators perform similar functions for outpatients who require multiple services and ongoing support.