Rehabilitation services in Austin and Central Texas

We know you have a choice when selecting a rehabilitation partner. At St. David's Healthcare, we are committed to helping our patients achieve the best possible outcomes. We provide exceptional care to every patient with a spirit of warmth, friendliness and personal pride.

After a surgery or injury, it's crucial to get the treatment and support you need to completely heal. Our goal is to help you achieve maximum independence and transition back to your day-to-day activities. Our 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, please call (512) 544-8993.

Inpatient rehabilitation Outpatient rehabilitation

Rehabilitation hospitals

Our hospital network is home to St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital, which is Austin's first and largest comprehensive rehabilitation hospital, located on the campus of St. David's Medical Center. We offer three additional inpatient rehabilitation facilities, located at:

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 with a variety of diagnoses, including:

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

Multidisciplinary rehabilitation team

From medication monitoring to therapeutic interventions and discharge planning, our 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. One-on-one therapy sessions address your individual needs to improve:

  • Coordination, balance and strength
  • Functional mobility
  • Gross and fine motor skills
  • Self-care activities, i.e. dressing and bathing
  • Speech/language and cognition
  • Swallowing and eating
  • Vision/perception

Part of our therapy program includes training and education for patients and their caregivers to prepare for at-home care following discharge.

Advanced technology and equipment

In addition to following evidence-based practices, we offer access to state-of-the-art rehabilitative equipment and technology. Our therapists are trained in using these resources to help patients maximize neurological and functional improvement. Please contact us for more information about how our specialty equipment can enhance recovery.

Inpatient medical care

Our board-certified physicians are on-site daily to care for patients participating in inpatient rehabilitation. Each of our inpatient rehabilitation facilities is located adjacent to a major medical center, meaning we have immediate access to medical specialists and a higher level of care, when needed.

Our medical care components include:

  • 24-hour rehabilitation nursing care
  • Laboratory and diagnostic testing
  • Management of concurrent medical conditions
  • Medication management and adjustments
  • Pain management
  • Patient and family educational opportunities
  • 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. To facilitate this process, our patients have access to:

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

St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital specialty programs

Expertise and extensive experience are the foundation of the specialty programs at St. David's Rehab. Our multi-disciplinary rehabilitation team provides compassionate, specialized care and utilizes evidence-based practices and advanced equipment and technology to deliver the best rehabilitative care to individuals recovering from stroke, amputation and spinal cord injury. Read on to learn more on how we help our patients optimize their recovery and achieve their personal goals.

Strokes and stroke rehabilitation

A stroke, or cerebrovascular accident, occurs when there is an interruption in blood flow to the brain, causing damage to the tissue. As a result, many patients experience neurological deficits following a stroke.

With the leadership of our medical director who is board certified in physical medicine and rehab and fellowship trained in stroke and neurological recovery, St. David's Rehabilitation created a dedicated stroke rehabilitation program to help patients maximize their recovery.

Our specialists use individualized treatment plans to address neurological deficits and functional skills, such as:

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

Comprehensive Stroke Program

Our stroke care focuses on every aspect of your life to help you recover. In addition to our specialized services in neurological care and speech pathology, our program provides access to:

  • 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 unique 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 many conditions, including trauma, vascular disease, coagulation disorders and 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.

The St. David's amputee rehabilitation program is led by our medical director who is the only board-certified amputee medicine physician in Central Texas. 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 initial changes through wound care, mobility training and psychology services. We also provide comprehensive nursing care to help you in the healing process. During this phase, you can expect:

  • 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
  • Mobility training and energy conservation techniques
  • 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 assist with:

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

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Rehabilitation Program

SCI can be a result of a traumatic or non-traumatic injury and can result in loss of strength, sensation and function. Regardless of the cause, St. David's Rehabilitation Hospital offers a highly-specialized program to help SCI survivors maximize neurological recovery, optimize medical management and improve functional independence to enhance quality of life.

St. David's spinal cord injury rehabilitation program offers state-of-the-art equipment and technology as well as highly trained and experienced staff. We help individuals regain sensory and motor function, while also focusing on teaching them to be as independent as possible with everyday tasks such as mobility, dressing and bathing.

The program and team are led by our medical director who is the only fellowship-trained and board-certified spinal cord injury medicine physician in Central Texas. He is highly skilled in proper management of SCI-related issues including spasticity, wounds, pulmonary complications and bowel and bladder dysfunction. He also manages and utilizes treatment modalities including baclofen pumps and botulinum toxin injections.

The SCI Rehabilitation Program includes:

  • Collaboration with:
    • Psychologists
    • Pulmonologists
    • Urologists
    • Wound care specialists
  • Educational opportunities to maximize medical stability and independence upon discharge
  • Equipment needs assessment and fittings, including pressure mapping
  • Home assessments and therapeutic trial home visits to assess ongoing therapeutic needs
  • Homeward bound checklist
  • Individualized therapeutic treatment plans
  • Injury assessment and classification
  • One-on-one treatment sessions to improve functional independence

Medical management

Beyond paralysis and sensory loss, there are many issues that often accompany a spinal cord injury which are not common with other rehab diagnoses. With our dedicated SCI program, we effectively manage all types of unique problems, 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 completed the SCI rehabilitation program, we offer additional services to help you fully transition to life after therapy. These services include:

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

Rehabilitation support groups

Regardless of the reason you are in participating in rehabilitation, 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).

Spinal Cord Injury Peer 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).

Austin 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 about our support groups, please call us at (512) 544-8993.

Outpatient rehabilitation

In addition to inpatient care, we offer a variety of outpatient rehabilitation services. Outpatient rehabilitation provides patients access to high-quality care while still having the ability to resume their daily activities. Patients are usually referred to outpatient rehabilitation when inpatient rehabilitation is no longer necessary, or was not required initially.

We have numerous outpatient clinics serving patients throughout Central Texas with conditions such as:

  • Amputation
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Joint replacement
  • Lymphedema
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Multiple trauma
  • Orthopedic conditions and injuries
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Pulmonary disease
  • Recovery from back and spine surgeries
  • Stroke
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Traumatic brain injury

In addition to traditional rehabilitation treatments, such as physical and occupational therapies, we offer specialized services for vestibular (inner ear) rehabilitation and aquatic therapy.

Visit an outpatient rehabilitation clinic

Our services vary by facility. To make a referral or schedule an appointment for outpatient rehabilitation services, please contact one of our locations directly:

  • Sun City: 400 Del Webb Blvd., Suite 105, Georgetown, TX 78633
  • Lake Aire: 2423 Williams Dr., Georgetown, TX 78628
  • St. David's Georgetown Hospital: 2000 Scenic Dr., Georgetown, TX 78626
  • St. David's Round Rock Medical Center: 2300 Round Rock Ave., Suite 110, Round Rock, TX 78681
  • St. David's North Austin Medical Center: 12201 Renfert Way, Suite 306A, Austin, TX 78758
  • Spine & Sports Therapy: 3000 N. IH 35, Suite 530, Austin, TX 78705
  • St. David's Medical Center: 1005 E. 32nd St., Austin, TX 78705
  • The Hills of Westlake: 4613 Bee Caves Rd., Suite 103, Austin, TX 7705