Fractures resulting from major trauma (motor vehicle, industrial, or household accidents) require the expertise of an intensive, coordinated team approach that St. Charles provides.
Members of the rehabilitation team include physiatrists (physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation), nurses, therapists (physical, occupational, and recreational), orthotists, dieticians, care managers and social workers who evaluate the patient in order to individualize a plan of care. Patient and family involvement is strongly encouraged and is key to the successful outcome of rehabilitation.
The goals of rehabilitation for the person with multiple fractures and injuries include:
- Pain management
- Increase of strength and range of motion
- Performance of ADL’s – bathing, dressing, toileting, homemaking
- Transfer and mobility training – getting in and out of a bed, a chair, a car
- Walking and stair training with walker, crutches or cane
- Maintenance of prescribed weight bearing precautions as indicated
An integral part of the multitrauma rehabilitation program is education. In addition to mastering individual goals, patients may need to learn about wound care, pin and skin care, use of assistive devices and durable medical equipment and the prevention of complications.
To accomplish these goals, St. Charles Rehabilitation offers a continuum of care including inpatient and outpatient services.
For more information about Multitrauma Rehabilitation at St. Charles, please call (631) 474-6797.