We're here to help you increase your range of motion and strength.

The Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center treats a wide variety of muscular, skeletal and orthopedic conditions. You will be evaluated by our expert team of professionals and undergo a specialized rehabilitation program to increase your range of motion, strength and function. Our goal is to provide you with the best possible functional outcome and improve your daily living experience.

Our Patients

We work with patients who have:

  • Amputation, an acquired condition that results in the removal of part or all of a limb
  • Arthroscopic surgery, a procedure used to diagnose and treat problems in joints
  • Bursitis, inflammation of small sacs of fluid in the joints
  • Cancer patients with impairments that effect musculoskeletal systems
  • Dizziness
  • Fibromyalgia, a chronic condition involving widespread muscle and bone pain
  • Minimally invasive surgery, also called laparoscopic surgery, it involves one or more small incisions to insert specially designed surgical instruments and tiny video cameras to perform the procedure
  • Muscle and joint disease
  • Orthopedic surgery involving the muscular and skeletal systems
  • Osteoarthritis or inflammation of the joints
  • Rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints
  • Reconstructive joint surgery
  • Spine pain in the neck and back
  • Sprains, injury to the ligaments
  • Strains, injury to either a muscle or a tendon
  • Tendonitis, an inflammation of a tendon
  • Urinary incontinence, inability to hold urine in the bladder
  • Vestibular disorders or disorders of the body's balance system in the inner ear

Why choose The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center? 

There are many important reasons to choose our programs and services:

  • The Orthopedic Rehabilitation Program uses a variety of specialized equipment and resources. You can use our warm water therapeutic pool if you can’t tolerate weight-bearing activity due to pain or motion restrictions. Various strengthening and conditioning exercises are used for both group and individual aquatic therapies.
  • We use specialized equipment designed to maximize your progress building strength and increasing mobility, endurance and flexibility
  • We offer you innovative treatments based on the most current best practices in our profession
  • We have several therapists who have their Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) certification through The American Physical Therapy Association. This certification demonstrates advanced clinical knowledge and skills in the specialty of orthopedic physical therapy.
  • We are proud that the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) accredits our Inpatient Rehabilitation Programs at Dodd Hall and our Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Programs. 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.
  • The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's rehabilitation program has consistently ranked among the best in the nation
  • Since Ohio State’s Wexner Medical Center is an academic medical center, you benefit from innovative research, a depth of medical expertise and the newest technologies and treatment techniques available

Our Services

Our Services

This program offers rehabilitation services after you have returned home from the hospital or another rehabilitation facility. These are known as outpatient services. These services help achieve your highest level of recovery.

Following a physician’s referral, your rehabilitation may include:

  • Aquatic therapy, rehabilitation exercises performed in a warm water therapeutic pool
  • Ergonomic assessments, or designing the workplace environment to fit the user, and work-related injury prevention
  • Exercise programs to improve range of motion, increase muscle strength, improve flexibility and mobility and increase endurance
  • Fitting and care for orthotics (casts, braces, splints) or prosthetics (artificial limbs)
  • Functional retraining of activities
  • Gait (walking) retraining and methods of safe walking including the use of a walker, cane or crutch
  • Help with obtaining assistive devices, such as wheelchairs, braces and special computer equipment that promote independence
  • Therapies used to decrease symptoms and assist with restoring function
  • Muscle and joint mobilization to improve limb mobility
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Pain management
  • Patient and family education and counseling
  • Stress management and emotional support
  • Vocational counseling to help patients find meaningful employment or successfully return to a previous job

Treatment Team

Your Treatment Team

Your personalized treatment plan starts with a team of specialists who may include:

  • Neurologists who specialize in disorders of the nervous system
  • Neurosurgeons who specialize in surgery on the brain and other parts of the nervous system
  • Orthopedic surgeons who specialize in surgery for muscular and skeletal conditions
  • Physical medicine and rehabilitation physicians or physiatrists who specialize in helping people regain body functions lost due to medical conditions or injuries
  • Podiatrists who specialize in care for the feet
  • Chiropractors who specialize in hands-on therapy that involves manipulation of the spinal column and other body structures
  • Prosthetists who specialize in fitting, adjusting and care of artificial limbs
  • Orthotists who specialize in mechanical devices to support or supplement weakened or abnormal joints or limbs
  • Exercise physiologists who specialize in the body's metabolic response to short-term and long-term physical activity
  • Physical therapists who specialize in helping patients achieve maximum strength, balance and mobility
  • Occupational therapists who specialize in improving patients’ ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Speech-language pathologists who specialize in helping patients improve communication, cognition and swallowing
  • Aquatic therapists who specialize in rehabilitation in a pool environment
  • Recreational therapists who specialize in providing education and community-based interventions to improve patients’ physical, mental, social and emotional well being
  • Rehabilitation nurses who specialize in nursing care for people with disabilities
  • Case managers who specialize in the coordination of inpatient and post-hospital care and services for patients and families
  • Social workers who specialize in the social, emotional and financial needs of families and patients
  • Dietitians who specialize in nutrition and dietetics
  • Vocational counselors who specialize in helping patients find meaningful employment or successfully return to a previous job

Other specialists who may consult on your care include:

  • Cardiologists who specialize in diagnosis and treatment of heart disorders
  • Pulmonologists who specialize in disorders of the lungs
  • Rheumatologists who specialize in treating arthritis and other diseases of the joints, muscles and bones
  • Psychologists who specialize in clinical psychology, counseling or guidance
  • Dentists who specialize in the prevention and treatment of diseases of the teeth, gums and mouth
  • Internal medicine physicians and family practice physicians who specialize in the prevention and treatment of adult diseases
  • Physician assistants who practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons
  • Nurse practitioners who are registered nurses with advanced training in a medical specialty

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