Rehabilitation services in Austin and Central Texas

After a surgery or injury, it's crucial to get the treatment and support you need to completely heal. To help you with that process, St. David's HealthCare provides comprehensive rehabilitation services. Our goal is to help you achieve maximum independence and transition back to your day-to-day activities. Our compassionate therapists will be with you every step of the process with a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

To learn more about the rehabilitation services we offer or to take a tour of St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital, please call (512) 544-8993.

Rehabilitation clinics

St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital is Austin's first and largest comprehensive physical rehab hospital, located on the campus of St. David's Medical Center. We offer three additional inpatient rehabilitation facilities, located at St. David's North Austin Medical Center, St. David's Round Rock Medical Center and St. David's Georgetown Hospital. We also have multiple outpatient clinics throughout Central Texas.

Inpatient rehabilitation

Individuals often require ongoing daily medical care in conjunction with therapy services when recovering from a debilitating injury or illness. We have developed many specialty programs and serve patients who have experienced:

Multidisciplinary rehabilitation team

From medication oversight and therapeutic interventions to discharge planning, the rehabilitation team works with you to customize a plan based on your needs. Our team includes:

  • Board-certified rehabilitation physicians
  • Case managers
  • Certified rehabilitation nurses
  • Internal medicine physicians
  • Medical specialists
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Pharmacists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered dietitians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Speech-language pathologists
  • Wound care specialists

Inpatient therapy sessions

We use state-of-the-art rehabilitative equipment and evidence-based treatment to help maximize your independence and improve your quality of life. Our patients actively participate in a minimum of three hours of therapy per day, five days per week, or the equivalent. The one-on-one therapy sessions address your individual needs to help you improve:

  • Coordination, balance and strength
  • Functional mobility
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Speech/language and cognition
  • Vision/perception

Inpatient medical care

Each of our inpatient rehabilitation facilities is adjacent to a major medical center. This means you have direct access to additional medical treatment and specialists in our network, if needed.

Our medical care components include:

  • 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care
  • Diagnostic testing
  • Management of concurrent medical conditions
  • Medication management and adjustments
  • Pain management
  • Patient and family education
  • Supervision of specialized rehabilitation treatment plan

Additional inpatient services and continuum of care

Preparing for your return home and establishing follow-up care are crucial components of inpatient rehabilitation. Services we offer include:

  • Case management for discharge planning and follow-up referrals for outpatient and home health services
  • Family education and training to ensure a safe discharge home
  • Support groups for patients who have had strokes, amputations or spinal cord injuries
  • Outpatient therapy services

Specialty programs

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation Program

The SCI Rehabilitation Program is led by a fellowship-trained, board-certified spinal cord injury physician. Our goal is to help you regain sensory and motor function and become as independent as possible in everyday tasks.

The SCI Rehabilitation Program includes:

  • Injury assessment and classification
  • One-on-one medical care and therapeutic treatment plan
  • Classes that provide education to patient/family to maximize medical stability and quality of life upon discharge
  • Home assessments and therapeutic trial home visits to assess ongoing therapeutic needs
  • Homeward bound checklist
  • Equipment needs assessment and fittings, including pressure mapping
  • Collaboration with:
    • Pulmonologists
    • Psychologists
    • Wound care specialists
    • Urologists

Medical management

Beyond paralysis and sensory loss, there are many issues that often accompany SCI which are not common with other rehab diagnoses, including:

  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction
  • Cardiovascular dysfunction
  • Nervous system dysfunction/autonomic dysfunction
  • Pulmonary dysfunction
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Skin compromise
  • Spasticity

It is vital these issues are addressed. To do that, we ensure you can manage and are properly educated about these conditions.

Additional SCI rehabilitation services

Once you have been discharged from the SCI Rehabilitation Program, we offer additional services to help you fully transition to life after therapy. These services include:

  • Adaptive driving program
  • Outpatient therapy
  • Continued inpatient rehab after initial stay, if needed
  • Support groups

Strokes and stroke rehabilitation

A stroke, or cerebral vascular accident (CVA), occurs when blood supply to the brain is interrupted, causing damage to the tissue. This can result in a wide variety of neurological deficits. Our Stroke Rehabilitation Program focuses on improving the following after a stroke:

  • Balance
  • Cognition
  • Coordination
  • Driving
  • Household management tasks
  • Mobility
  • Self-care skills, including dressing and bathing
  • Spasticity
  • Strength
  • Speech and language
  • Swallowing and eating
  • Vision/perception

Comprehensive Stroke Program

Our Comprehensive Stroke Program focuses on all different aspects of your life to help you recover. A team of board-certified therapists specializes in related areas, such as neurological care and speech pathology. This program includes these services:

  • 6,000 steps program
  • Adaptive driving program
  • Chair yoga program
  • Community outings
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy
  • Functional cognition therapy
  • Home safety evaluations
  • Leisure group
  • Neuroplasticity circuit training
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Outpatient neurorehabilitation services
  • Stroke education classes
  • Vision and vestibular therapy

Young Stroke Program

In addition to our Comprehensive Stroke Rehabilitation Program, we offer the Young Stroke Program. This is the only evidence-based program of its kind in Central Texas. It addresses the challenges and goals of young stroke survivors.

This program includes all components of our traditional program as well as the broader aspects of active adult life. This can include working, driving, parenting and community involvement. The goal of our program is to help you maximize independence and return to a productive and engaged lifestyle.

Amputee Rehabilitation Program

Amputation can result from trauma, vascular disease, coagulation disorders or diabetes. In these cases, we take a phased approach to rehabilitation. This allows us to follow you from initial amputation through the healing process and prosthetic training. Our Amputation Rehabilitation Program is composed of two phases:

Phase one—postoperative/pre-prosthetic training

This first phase is focused on helping you adapt to the initial changes through wound care, mobility training and psychology services. We also provide comprehensive nursing care to help you in the healing process. Elements of this phase include:

  • Adaptive/medical equipment recommendations
  • Collaboration with prosthetist
  • Diabetes education
  • Discharge planning services
  • Home accessibility evaluation
  • Limb protection device evaluation and fitting
  • Limb shaping evaluation and fitting
  • Patient/family education and training
  • Peer visitor program
  • Postoperative wound care
  • Skin care to prevent future complications

Phase two—prosthetic training

The second phase is focused on your continued recovery and mobility training with your prosthesis for everyday use. In addition to the services in phase one, we offer:

  • Community reintegration
  • Prosthetic fitting and adjustments
  • Prosthetic management education
  • Skin integrity monitoring and prosthetic wearing schedules

Oncology rehabilitation

We also offer a rehabilitation program specifically designed for patients who are diagnosed with cancer. During the program, physical therapists, who are trained in oncology rehabilitation, will partner with you to help you manage the side effects of cancer treatment. They can help improve:

  • Balance
  • Endurance
  • Fatigue
  • Incontinence
  • Pain
  • Range of motion
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Weakness

Lymphedema program

Our lymphedema program improves your quality of life and reduces complications from this condition. This program may include:

  • Compression bandaging
  • Home management training with skin care, exercise and diet instructions
  • Lymph drainage
  • Remedial exercises
  • Support garments

Rehabilitation support groups

Regardless of the reason you are in physical therapy and rehab, we know how important it is to talk with others who have experienced similar challenges. The groups below are here to provide support and helpful information to you and your loved ones.

Central Austin Stroke Support Group—Meets every second Monday of the month from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital's Neuro Rehab Program room (on the first floor).

For more information, please call (512) 544-8677.

Spinal Cord Injury Support Group—Meets every second Thursday of the month from 4:30pm to 6:00pm in the St. David’s Rehabilitation Hospital's Neuro Rehab Program room (on the first floor).

For more information, please call (512) 826-0813.

Amputee Support Group—Meets every third Wednesday of the month from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in St. David's Plaza building, room 405A.

For more information, please call (512) 284-2658.