Outpatient Physical Therapy | MedStar Health
outpatient rehab

As an integrated healthcare system with four Baltimore-area hospitals and a host of community-based outpatient centers, MedStar Health offers convenient, comprehensive, quality rehabilitative care delivered by skilled therapists. In our outpatient centers, you will experience rehabilitation at its best.

Outpatient Physical Therapy Treatments

Physical therapy

Physical therapy (also referred to as PT) addresses declined functional mobility skills, such as bed mobility, transfers, and gait. The following problems are evaluated by physical therapists:

  • Cardiac therapy
  • Decreased overall strength
  • Decreased balance
  • Decreased coordination
  • Deficits in tone
  • Gait deviations
  • Hand therapy
  • Neurological deficits
  • Postural abnormalities

Treatment is focused on maximizing functional independence and safety upon discharge. Therapy also focuses on patient and family education and training, durable medical equipment (DME) procurement, and wound care (i.e., whirlpool and pulse lavage).

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy (or OT) uses activity to restore and maintain physical and mental status to the highest functional level possible so that patients may perform everyday and recreational activities. To do this, people learn to adapt their activity, adapt the environment surrounding the activity and/or adapt how they do their activity.

OT evaluates and treats underlying problems, such as:

  • Decreased upper body strength
  • Impaired fine motor skills
  • Decreased coordination
  • Cognitive impairments
  • Safety concerns
  • Impaired performance in self-care and community reintegration

Treatment is geared toward re-training upper extremity movement and self-care skills, or providing adaptive equipment and training in the use of energy conservation and work simplification to increase independent living or caregiver training. In addition, occupational therapists perform upper extremity wound care and whirlpools, dynamic and static splinting, and make recommendations for adaptive and durable medical equipment (DME), such as bedside commodes, tub seats, and grab bars.

Speech-language pathology

Speech-language pathology, also referred to as speech therapy, is for patients who have difficulty with communication (speech, expressing and/or understanding language, reading, and writing), cognition (memory, attention, reasoning, and problem-solving), and/or swallowing.