Rehabilitation centers in Virginia
When you need rehabilitation after an injury, surgery or illness, HCA Virginia is here to help. We offer expert teams at our physical therapy and rehabilitation centers throughout the central Virginia area. Our highly trained therapy staff offers advanced services for patients of all ages. Our goals are to restore function, relieve pain and get you moving again.
For more information about our primary care services or for help finding a doctor, call our free, 24/7 Consult-A-Nurse line.
Our rehabilitation services
Our hospitals provide comprehensive rehabilitation services, including specialized programs. However, at the core of our rehabilitative care are three types of therapies:
- Physical therapy
- Occupational therapy
- Speech therapy
Your treatment plan may involve a combination of these therapies.
Physical therapy protects, strengthens and restores muscle and motor function resulting from an injury, disease or disability.
Physical therapy treatments may include:
- Exercise instruction
- Gait training
- Manual therapy techniques
- Medical device instruction
- Pain management therapy
- Patient education
Occupational therapists help patients relearn or improve function related to daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating and cooking.
The goals of occupational therapy are to:
- Conserve energy
- Improve gross and fine motor skills
- Regain physical independence
- Strengthen upper extremities
- Learn to manage assistive devices, including splints and prostheses
Our speech therapists diagnose, treat and help prevent disorders related to speech, language, cognitive communication, voice and swallowing. Speech therapy may be helpful when communication and language skills have been impacted by an injury, surgery or neuromuscular diagnosis or when the skills have not developed properly.
Speech-language therapy addresses:
- Aphasia: focusing on reading, writing, speaking, comprehension, word-finding and math skills
- Cognition and memory: developing strategies to improve attention, problem solving and memory
- Facial weakness: emphasizing the movement and coordination of weakened facial muscles to improve the quality of speech
- Swallowing: performing exams to analyze a patient’s swallowing biomechanics and providing education and exercises to improve swallowing ability
- Voice: improving vocal quality, reducing vocal cord abuse, managing nodules, optimizing breathing patterns and increasing speaking volume
Our speech-language pathologists are certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and treat patients of all ages.
Specialized rehabilitation programs
Our therapists and staff work together to offer many other specialized rehabilitation programs, including:
Balance and vestibular (inner ear) therapy
We provide balance assessments and retraining to help you gain control over symptoms of inner ear disorders, such as dizziness and muscle coordination problems.
Our therapists have extensive experience helping patients recover from cancer treatment or surgery. Cancer rehabilitation may include nutrition counseling, exercises and speech therapy.
Cardiovascular rehabilitation programs help patients return to their regular activities after they have had a heart attack, heart surgery or other cardiac conditions or events. During a cardiac therapy program, participants also learn how to lead a heart-healthy lifestyle to reduce the risk of future heart problems.
The driving program at Johnston-Willis Hospital offers in-depth evaluations and driver training taught by registered occupational therapists. The program is designed to help teens, older adults and people with disabilities learn safe driving skills.
Lymphedema therapy programs
Lymphedema occurs when lymph fluid builds up in the arms or legs, causing swelling in the limbs. This is common after cancer surgery or biopsies. That's why many of our hospitals offer lymphedema treatment and management as part of their oncology services. These programs allow our specialists to provide complete cancer care, from diagnosis through recovery.
We offer neurorehabilitation as part of our comprehensive neurological care services. Neurological rehabilitation helps recover function and strength impacted by spinal cord injuries, neuromuscular diseases, strokes, brain injuries and other neurological conditions. Depending on your diagnosis, your care may be provided by therapists specialized in neurological and/or orthopedic rehabilitation.
As part of our neurorehabilitation services, our therapists help with:
- Balance and gait training
- Strength and endurance training
- General mobility
- Home safety assessments
- Equipment evaluations
- Fall prevention
- Use of orthotics and prostheses
Neurological rehabilitation is available at the following locations:
Your doctor may prescribe orthopedic rehabilitation after a surgery, such as a joint replacement surgery, or an injury, such as a broken bone. Additionally, orthopedic rehabilitation can help treat neck, back and joint pain as well as strains and sprains.
To provide full orthopedic care, we create a treatment plan personalized to your condition and needs. Depending on your condition, you may receive treatment from our orthopedic and neurological rehab specialists.
Our therapists have experience working with children of all ages and all abilities. We provide physical, occupational and/or speech therapy to help your child improve strength, motor skills, abilities and independence due to an injury or disability.
Pulmonary rehabilitation helps you manage symptoms of respiratory diseases, such as chronic bronchitis, emphysema or asthma, while improving your lung health.
Our pulmonary rehab programs include:
- Breathing retraining
- Education on conserving energy and controlling infection
- Exercise training
- Medication management
- Nutritional counseling
- Oxygen therapy
Sports injury rehabilitation
Our full-service sports medicine programs offer sports rehabilitation to help athletes recover from surgeries and injuries.
Our programs features:
- Advanced rehabilitation facilities, including an outdoor assessment field to simulate game conditions for individual sports
- Comprehensive physical therapy services
- Sport-specific, one-on-one evaluation, training, therapy and performance enhancement programs
- Opportunities to participate in, and benefit from, research studies that are advancing our knowledge of sports medicine and rehabilitation
- Post-rehabilitation and athletic development programs to help you transition back to your favorite sport or activity
Work-related injury rehabilitation
Through our occupational medicine programs, we can help you return to work as quickly and safely as possible following a work-related injury. Our programs emphasize early medical intervention, objective documentation and timely communication with your employer.
Wound healing programs
HCA Virginia offers comprehensive wound healing services, which sometimes involves the assistance of a physical therapist. The physical therapist can evaluate the wound as well as clean, remove dead or damaged tissue from and apply dressings to the affected area. Additionally, they can administer certain therapy treatments to promote wound healing.
Our rehabilitation teams
Our rehabilitation teams are led by physiatrists (doctors who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation). These doctors develop your rehabilitative care plan and work with our other staff members to complete your treatment. Your care will be provided by highly skilled physical, speech and occupational therapists, as well as other professionals with training in condition-specific therapies.
Our rehab teams include:
- Case managers
- Certified rehabilitation nurses
- Medical psychologists
- Occupational therapists
- Pastoral care chaplains
- Physical therapists
- Social workers
- Speech-language therapists
- Therapeutic recreation specialists