What is rehabilitation?
Rehabilitation is simply a process of improving a person's ability to perform meaningful tasks. These tasks are often quite basic. Sitting comfortably, walking, swallowing, toileting, managing distress and anxiety are some examples. Once someone is able to do this his / her quality of life should hopefully, improve.
Who needs rehabilitation?
Conditions covering a broad range of medical conditions benefit from rehabilitation. Brisbane Rehab covers a spectrum of medical problems including:
Chronic muscular and joint pain
Work related injury
Patients recovering from major surgery including orthopaedic and neurosurgery
Patients recovering from neurological disease - stroke, Parkinsons Disease and multiple sclerosis, spinal cord and brain injury
Patients recovering from amputation
Other conditions - fibromyalgia, other types of chronic pain, cardiac and pulmonary disease
How is rehabilitation actually performed?
This is difficult to answer as the rehabilitation process is always multifaceted and has a different 'recipe' for each problem. As a generalization the rehabilitation process usually involves a component of physical therapy, psychological therapy and education. It is always performed by a team of health professionals. The team usually comprises a core of staff, typically nursing staff, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and medical staff. Some patients however may only need to see one practitioner. Rehabilitation can be performed in hospital (inpatient) or at offices (outpatient).
Is rehabilitation useful?
There is now the highest level of scientific evidence that rehabilitation is useful for a multitude of disorders. Chronic back and neck pain, arthritis, stroke and fibromyalgia are just a few conditions that have been shown to improve with rehabilitation. Patients recovering from major surgery have been shown to have short admissions, better functional improvement and reduced medical complications.
Rehabilitation is simple common sense. It is intuitive that improving exercise tolerance, increasing activity and managing pain will have a beneficial effect on improving a person's quality of life.