Offering treatments to help you deal with disabling diseases or disorders

At The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, we offer innovative rehabilitation services to help patients with disabling diseases and disorders achieve their highest level of health and function — at home, at work and in the community. Our goal with every patient is to minimize pain, maximize independence and enhance quality of life.

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Our Patients 

We focus on restoring the health and function for people with a wide range of neurologic and orthopedic conditions, such as:

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center?

  • We are proud to be accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities). Our programs are recognized by CARF as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • We are the only rehabilitation program in central Ohio certified for both traumatic brain injury and stroke
  • We are one of seven centers in the country that are part of the NeuroRecovery Network, which uses activity-based therapies for spinal cord injury rehabilitation
  • We are the only rehabilitation program in central Ohio with spinal cord injury expertise
  • Our outpatient Specialty Amputee Program is one of only two CARF-accredited outpatient amputee programs in the country

Your Care

Our team of rehabilitation specialists, along with healthcare professionals from different areas of expertise, work together to create a treatment plan that is personalized for you. This team may include physical medicine physicians, surgeons, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, orthopedists and other rehabilitation experts.

Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center is a nationally ranked and accredited facility that provides inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care. We provide coordinated care throughout every phase of your rehabilitation to ensure all of your healthcare needs are addressed over time. Whether you are a patient in our hospital, have been admitted to Dodd Hall, our inpatient rehabilitation services facility or if you begin rehabilitation in any of our four outpatient facilities, our team is with you every step of the way. 

Our Services

Our Services

Our Services

Arthritis and Joint Integration Program

We help you manage arthritis-related joint pain.

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Assistive Technology Center

We provide you with customized assistance for physical, cognitive or sensory disabilities.

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Brain Cancer Rehabilitation Program

Our team of experts helps you and your family confront challenges related to the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer.

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Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

We’re a leader in rehabilitative care for traumatic and nontraumatic brain injuries.

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Community Re-entry Program

We help you learn the skills you need to maximize your independence.

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Functional Capacity Program

Our goal is to assist in your plans to get back to work.

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Hand and Upper Extremity Center

Our care includes diagnosis, treatment, surgery and rehabilitation for your hand or upper extremity conditions.

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Human Motion Analysis and Recovery Program

Our advanced technology helps you recover from injury and disease that cause coordination, movement and walking disorders.

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Metabolic Bone Disease and Rehabilitation Program

We provide treatment for your osteoporosis and other bone diseases, as well as bone fragility fractures, pain and disability.

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Neck and Back Pain Rehabilitation

This program addresses your short-term or chronic back or neck pain caused by injury, trauma, disease or aging.

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NeuroRecovery Network Center

Our therapies promote functional recovery and improve quality of life if you’re living with paralysis.

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Ohio Valley Center for Brain Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation

We provide education, training and develop new programs that deal with traumatic brain injury.

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Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program

We treat a wide variety of muscular, skeletal and orthopedic conditions.

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Parkinson’s Disease and Other Movement Disorders Rehabilitation Program

Our team provides you with specialized rehabilitation for your movement disorder.

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Pediatric Rehabilitation

We offer your child personalized care.

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Rehabilitation Driving Program

We help get you back behind the wheel.

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Rehabilitation Psychology

Our experts focus on behavioral and psychological treatment if you’re coping with chronic illness, chronic pain and disability.

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Rehabilitation Vision Program

If you experience vision loss or impairment, our expert care will help you achieve the highest level of function.

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Spasticity Management Program

We provide you with comprehensive care to manage spasticity and various dystonias.

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Specialty Amputee Program

We’re here to meet your physical and emotional needs resulting from a loss of limb due to accident, illness, birth defect or cancer.

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Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

We’re here to help you manage the total or partial loss of sensation, movement or function due to spinal cord injury or disease.

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Stroke Rehabilitation Program

We are experts in comprehensive, rehabilitative care if you’ve experienced a stroke.

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Swallowing Evaluation and Treatment Services

We develop a personalized treatment plan for you to help you eat safely and get proper nutrition.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Network

Our outpatient treatment helps adults dealing with both a brain injury and drug or alcohol abuse.

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Vestibular (Balance) Disorders Rehabilitation

Our team is specially trained and certified in evaluating and treating your dizziness and balance disorders.

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Wheelchair Seating and Mobility Clinics

We provide custom wheelchair and seating solutions to improve your mobility, productivity and quality of life.

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Women’s Health Rehabilitation

We provide specialized care and physical therapy for bladder control, pelvic pain, pregnancy-related issues and other health conditions unique to women.

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Specializations & Certifications

Specializations & Certifications

Rehabilitation experts from many disciplines come together to form your treatment team: physical medicine physicians, neurologists, physical and occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists. Your multidisciplinary team of specialists works with you and your family to develop and implement a personalized treatment plan to help you reach your highest potential and level of independence. We have professionals from more than 60 areas of expertise dedicated to making sure you reach your goals.

Patients who come to The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Programs can be confident that they are receiving the most advanced treatments and therapies available. Our staff regularly attends rehabilitation specialization courses and earns highly respected rehabilitation certifications. They have nearly 90 types of specializations and certifications in a variety of therapies and for specific conditions. 

Specializations

Speech Therapy

Beckman Oral Motor: Interventions developed for individuals who have impaired cognitive skills or motor skills and are unable to follow verbal commands for oral movement. Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Program has several speech language pathologists (SPLs) certified to use this method to provide assisted movement to activate muscle contraction and movement against resistance to build strength.

Fiber Optic Endoscope Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES): A specialized test using a small camera inserted through the nose to the throat to evaluate a swallowing problem and determine the safest diet.

Modified Barium Swallow Studies (MBS): A specialized test which uses a moving X-ray to determine a swallowing problem and the safest diet for the patient. 


Functional Capacity

Work Well Functional Capacity Evaluations: A process of evaluating the physical demands of work to understand the physical requirements of a job. Functional Job Analysis (FJA) involves assessing the worker, the work and the worksite. A functional job description (FJD) is developed based on the objective information that is gathered. 


Neurologic Rehabilitation

Neuro-Integrative Functional Rehabilitation and Habilitation (Neuro-IFRAH): A functional therapy intended for patients who are affected by lesions at the level of the brain stem and above. It takes into account any variables that affect the patient and then all aspects of rehabilitation and habilitation are personalized to meet the patient's needs.

SaeboFlex: An orthotic device for patients with very little arm and hand function due to neurological injury, such as stroke. They can immediately begin performing task-oriented, grasp-and-release activities that allow the brain to re-program itself.

UE Bioness: A medical device that uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate muscle groups in the hand and forearm. It provides individuals who have hand paralysis due to brain injury, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury or stroke the ability to grasp and release objects while performing ordinary activities.

Walk-Aide: An FDA-approved medical device that uses functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking ability for people living with foot drop (unable to lift the front part of the foot), due to brain tumor, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis (MS) [link to multiple sclerosis conditions page in Brain & Spine/Multiple Sclerosis experience] spinal cord injury, stroke or traumatic brain Injury [link to traumatic brain injury conditions page in Brain Injuries experience].

American Physical Therapist Association (APTA) Neurology Section Member: Members of this organization promote advancement in quality neurologic physical therapy through professional collaboration and mentorship opportunities. 


Parkinson's Disease

Lee Silverman Voice Treatment (LSVT®) LOUD:  A speech treatment program proven to help restore speech in individuals with Parkinson's disease. It focuses on increased vocal loudness.

LSVT® BIG: A treatment program that has been documented to improve major motor skills in individuals with Parkinson's disease. The BIG program is used for rehabilitating major motor skills, such as walking, limb movement and balance. 


Vestibular Rehabilitation

Cervico-genic Vestibular Training: Intensive training concerning the brain and the treatments used to help those with dizziness and balance issues.

Certificate of Vestibular Competency: Awarded to physical therapists, occupational therapists or physicians who attend an intense course consisting of lecture, laboratory sessions and written, video and practical examinations. All certified participants have proven their assessment skills and ability to develop an effective treatment plan for patients with vestibular disorders. 


Certifications

Physical Therapy

Credentialed Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy: Physical therapists and assistant therapists learn how to plan and prepare physical therapy students during their clinical education, develop skills for performance evaluations and other student management skills.

Orthopedic Certified Specialist (OCS): Recognition of therapists who have had direct patient care that includes examination, evaluation, diagnosis, prognosis and intervention. OCS-certified staff shows excellent knowledge in the orthopedic field. The certification is valid for 10 years. 


Speech Therapy

Board Recognized Specialist in Swallowing & Swallowing Disorders (BRS-S): Certification speech language pathologists (SPLs) earn through clinical practice specializing in dysphagia, education and personal distinction.

Deep Pharyngeal Neuromuscular Stimulation (DPNS): Therapy using 11 specific stimulation techniques in the oral/pharyngeal areas. It has proven to improve or restore oral/pharyngeal muscle strength, endurance and pharyngeal reflex functions necessary for swallowing.

Myofascial Release for Swallowing Disorders: Technique involving applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. Currently, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Wexner Center has trained speech-language pathologists using this technique. 


Occupational Therapy

American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Board Certification in Physical Rehabilitation: Recognizes training and performance skills geared to occupational therapy.

Neuro-Developmental Treatment (NDT/Bobath): Approach developed for the treatment of individuals with pathophysiology of the central nervous system (CNS), primarily adults who have experienced stroke. Two occupational therapists at Dodd Hall have this accreditation. 


Brain Injury

Certification of Brain Injury Specialists (CBIS): Recognizes experienced professionals working in brain injury services. Annual renewal of the certification is based on meeting continuing education requirements.

Rehabilitation Engineer Technologist (RET): Recognizes assistive technology professionals who apply engineering principles to the design, modification, customization and/or fabrication of assistive technology for persons with disabilities. The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Rehabilitation Program has one of the 37 certificants in the country.

VitalStim® Therapy: This is the only FDA-cleared approach that successfully combines neuromuscular electrical stimulation and traditional dysphagia techniques. Several speech-language pathologists within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Rehabilitation Programs have received this certification.

Certificate of Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy (CAPP):
Level 1: Practical knowledge and skill in the treatment of female urinary incontinence, introduction to the treatment of pelvic pain
Level 2: Complex pelvic floor conditions


Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Professionals (ATP): Recognizes professionals who have reached an internationally accepted standard of knowledge in assistive technology. 


Quality & Outcomes

Quality & Outcomes

Helping you achieve your highest level of health and function is our goal at Ohio State’s Rehabilitation Services. Our team sets personalized goals for each patient and creates a treatment plan unique to your needs.

As we strive to provide you with the best possible care, Ohio State’s Rehabilitation Services measures key indicators that show our patients’ satisfaction and level of improvement with their condition or disease. We measure patients’ progress in both the outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation care settings.

Inpatient measures are compared ​to national standards, such as the discharge to home rate (when you leave Dodd Hall to either a home or community setting) and Functional Independence Measures (FIM). FIM evaluate improvement in activities of daily living, such as self-care, mobility and communication. Outpatient measures range from patient satisfaction to the number of visits by injury or condition.

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CARF

Several Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs at The Ohio State University Medical Center are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF recognized our programs as meeting the highest standards in quality, safety and outcome measures, which provide risk-reduction and accountability in our patient care.

Ohio State’s program is distinguished as:

  • The first in Ohio and third in the country to be awarded CARF accreditation for our inpatient stroke program
  • The first accredited brain injury program in the state
  • One of two CARF-accredited outpatient amputee programs in the country, ours being the first in Ohio

Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs that are CARF-accredited include:

  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Stroke Rehabilitation Program

Our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs that are CARF-accredited include:

  • Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work and Rehabilitation Psychology
  • Specialty Amputee Program (Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work and Rehabilitation Psychology)
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Spinal Cord Injury Rehabilitation Program

Founded in 1966, CARF is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services organizations. CARF accreditation is an important way for patients to identify quality treatment for rehabilitation and other health and human services. By choosing CARF-accredited program you are assured that we have been surveyed and passed a rigorous on-site inspection by CARF.

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Research

Research

Ohio State's Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation conducts rehabilitation research on topics that are highly relevant to the lives of the patients we serve. We constantly strive to improve our rehabilitation methods by developing and evaluating new assessment tools and interventions.

Feedback from patients and the Ohio Valley Center Advisory Council is used to direct our research efforts to areas considered to be most important by our consumers. To this end, the department has developed lines of research targeting traumatic brain injury and motion disorders.


Traumatic Brain Injury

A national leader in brain injury research, The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is one of only 16 Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Model Systems in the country for research on treatment of patients who experience TBI. Since 1987, we have studied the lifelong effects of severe TBI and played a pivotal role in improving care standards and treatments for TBI patients. 

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Motion Disorders

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Motion Analysis and Recovery Laboratory is the only lab in central Ohio to offer motion analysis for adults with walking difficulties. Our Motion Analysis and Recovery Lab, one of the few nationally to offer clinical evaluations as well as to conduct research, analyzes the way human movement is coordinated in order to optimize rehabilitation for people with motion disorders. 

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Patient Stories

Learn how rehabilitation helped these patients.

Joe Parish standing alongside an Ohio State physical therapist

Joe Parish: NeuroRecovery Network

Read about Joe Parrish’s recovery from spinal cord injury and his rehabilitation through Ohio State’s NeuroRecovery Network program. 

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Sue Alden pulling rubber resistance straps alongside a physical therapist

Sue Alden: Outpatient Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Sue Alden regained everyday skills as a patient at Ohio State’s outpatient Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program.  

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Andy Bichler holding a basketball on court

Andy Bichler: Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Andy Bichler shares his story of how Ohio State’s Dodd Hall helped him recover from traumatic brain injury. 

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Joe Lindsay shopping in a grocery store

Andy Bichler: Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

After his spinal cord injury, Joe Lindsay received rehabilitation at Ohio State’s Dodd Hall and the NeuroRecovery Network Center. 

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Kyle Sebatian wearing a Pelotonia T-shirt in a back yard

Kyle Sebastian: Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Kyle Sebastian shares how he recovered from a traumatic brain injury with help from Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center.  

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Kent Holcomb sitting at home

Kent Holcomb: Stroke Rehabilitation

Kent Holcomb's family often made the four hour commute to be a part of his stroke rehabilitation.

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