Discover Recovery at Flatirons
If you get injured, undergo surgery, or have a complicated or chronic medical condition that requires rehab, following a customized rehabilitation schedule and framework is important to your recovery. Your rehabilitation process may take longer if you do not get the effective treatment that adheres to a proven series of therapies and processes.
Though the injury rehabilitation methods vary from case to case, the general recovery framework is largely consistent, and based on the expert experience of Flatirons Health & Rehab and current evidence-based practice. To partake in the course of the best recovery, we have outlined the steps we recommend for fruitful extended care and short-term rehabilitation.
The interdisciplinary team at Flatirons is skilled at working with patients with a wide variety of medical and surgical concerns. Your length of stay will vary based on your goals and your progress. Our goal is for every patient to progress as quickly as possible.
Each patient has the benefit of receiving the skills and expertise of many professionals. Physicians, nurses, social workers, rehabilitation specialists, and nutritionists work together with you. They guide your care plan according to your needs.
Recovery does not end when you leave Flatirons Health and Rehab. Your Therapy team will recommend a plan for "home," wherever that may be.
Injury Protection and Rest
The first step towards recovery is minimizing additional damage and allowing your body to start the process of healing. The first reaction of the body following an injury is pain and inflammation. We begin your recovery process by regulating the inflammation, controlling the pain, and protecting the injured part to prevent additional damage and facilitate healing.
Regain Your Motion
After surgery or an injury, factors like pain and swelling can cause limitations in mobility and function. Cautious training of the soft tissue and mobilization of joints at the guidance of your physiotherapist is essential in rehabilitation to regain early-stage motion range.
Overstretching or starting activities too soon can reverse the process of healing. At Flatirons Health & Rehab, we use particular flexibility exercises tailored for your injury to help you recover your motion range.
Recovering Your Strength
Many people are surprised when they realize their injury can cause muscle weakness and reduce endurance. Therefore, minimizing strength deficits and muscle loss are essential goals in rehabilitation captured in physiotherapy programs.
The secret behind maximization of recovery is performing exercises that minimize aggravation, maintain proper technique and good form, and strengthen regional, central, and local muscle groups.
Recovering Body Function
The last rehabilitation step is getting back to specific functions that support activities of daily living and self care. This injury rehabilitation phase can restore balance and coordination, improve agility and mobility, advancing from easy to complex.
For chronic conditions, your therapy team can help you establish a new normal and overcome obstacles to promote living your life to the fullest.
The therapy department at Flatirons is excited to welcome patients with a wide variety of therapy needs. We aim to have a team made up of Physical, Occupational and Speech therapists, who collectively have experience in many different areas. Our mission and purpose is in keeping with Axiom’s mission of Improving Lives and Exceeding Expectations. We endeavor to help our patients achieve THEIR goals, and maximize their functional potential for the best possible quality of life. Flatirons has therapy services available seven days a week, and has equipped the gym with state of the art equipment. Each person entrusted to our care is seen as a whole being, and we work collaboratively with all disciplines (doctors, nurses, specialist etc.) to create individualized plans of care. As therapists, we see ourselves as mentors and coaches; we want our patients to take an active role in their rehab stay, as patient and family activation are key drivers of successful rehab outcomes.
Physiatrists have medical knowledge of pathology, pathophysiology, assessment of cognition and behavior, indications for use of physical agents and activity as well as pharmacologic agents, andare medical specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation. They can provide guidance to the rehab team in order to minimize disability and maximize independence.
It is also beneficial to have a physiatrist on the team as a consultant and co-physician in the care of a patient, as they can provide other services such as joint aspirations and injections that would otherwise necessitate waiting for an appointment out of the facility.
The addition of physiatry services typically results in optimal outcomes and the best quality of life.
Healogics has developed successful wound healing and prevention techniques. They provide the nurse consultants we use to address wound care. These nurses are experts in wound healing. Visit their website at www.healogics.com for more information about their care. Your Flatirons nurses can provide information about the wound management program here at Flatirons Health and Rehab.
Highlights of our Equipment
Optimal results from any exercise program are determined by appropriate intensity and duration of exercise. It is important to increase intensity and challenge balance for best outcomes. Many patients fail to achieve proper intensity due to fear of falling and physical limitations of strength and endurance.
Use of a safety harness can help patients allow themselves to reach optimal intensity without fear of falling. Challenging activities like stair training and gait can also be introduced early in the rehab process.
Biodex Gait Trainer 3
This machine provides audio and visual feedback, giving information about step length, step speed and right-left symmetry. The machine provides feedback to the patient in real time that allows for correction of gait deviations. Progress can be recorded and printed for reference.
Biodex Biostep 2
(semi recumbent elliptical)
Emulates natural walking patterns with minimal joint impact and the comfort and stability of semi recumbent positioning. Reciprocal motion of upper and lower extremities allows for increased strength, range of motion and endurance in a seated position.
Biodex Balance System SD (Audio and visual feedback optimize performance)
This balance system allows for testing and retraining of balance. This machine is useful to identify fall candidates and permit early intervention by identifying which components of balance are affected, and train patients accordingly. Provides fall risk score based on age related normative data. The program can be recorded and printed.
Sit 2 Stand Trainer
Enables patients to practice sit-to–stand with varying levels of assistance provided by the machine. Assistance is decreased as the patient gets stronger.
Motomed Viva 2 (train strength and endurance with even minimal muscle action)
This leg/upper arm body trainer allows for patients with multiple neurological and geriatric diagnoses such as Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, Parkinson’s etc. to use Passive, Motor- Assisted or Active Resistive cycle motions.
Tuff Stuff MFT 2700
Dual stack cable and weight functional trainer.
This machine is versatile enough to allow for hundreds of varied exercise possibilities
Roscoe Intensity EX4 (Advanced combination Electrotherapy and Ultrasound)
Use of modalities makes it possible to optimize pain management. This offers the benefits of early participation in rehab while minimizing side effects of pain medications.
Our Care Management team at Flatirons can offer a wide variety of support services. We can help work through concerns such as:
- What level of care giving is available at home? Will this be enough?
- May we help connect you with a support group?
- Do you need equipment for home or to be able to go out in the community?
- Do you need the help of a handyman to install safety bars or build a ramp?
- Do you need help with transportation?
- Do you need assistance with grocery shopping or meal preparation?
- Do you need prescriptions delivered to your home?
- Are you able to get meals every day?
- Are there other things that worry you?
- Do you need help moving to a new residence?
- Who do I want to speak for me if I cannot make my needs known?
We want to be certain that you have a smooth transition after your stay with us. When needed we refer to our partners who specialize in other types of care.
Home Health: These companies offer Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Personal Care Providers, and Nursing assistance to help at home. This may be covered by your insurance.
Home Care: Typically insurance does not cover these costs. The staff from these companies help with dressing, bathing, cooking, light housekeeping, transportation, and the like.
Memory Care: Structured settings for people with significantly declining memory, when it is not reasonable to be at home.
Independent Living Facilities: Handicapped accessible living with many levels of services available.
Assisted Living Facilities: Supportive environments with varying levels of care with health care, medication, meals, transportation, activities.
Long Term Care: 24 hour medical care with meals, and individualized assistance with all aspects of personal care.
What to Pack For Your Flatiron Stay
Comfortable, easy clothing to put on and take off. Your laundry will be done separately from others.
Socks and shoes that provide good support.
Insurance information and identification.
Cell phone and charger; other electronics if they are important to you.
Contact information for your family.
Container and batteries for hearing aids.
CPAP machine or other healthcare devices.
Your knitting project or your favorite CDs, or whatever gives you pleasure for your rest and relaxation.
With the understanding of the framework for the complete recovery process, you can apply the principles and best evidence based practice toward your healing at Flatiron Health and Rehab. Our professional team will help you with an accurate diagnosis and implement the correct rehabilitation plan. For short term skilled nursing or long-term extended care, contact us today.
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