Rehabilitation center in St. Petersburg, Florida

Physical therapy and rehabilitation services are available for patients in St. Petersburg, Florida, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital. We provide inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to help patients regain strength, range of motion and/or skills following a surgery, injury or medical diagnosis.

We offer a variety of rehab programs, including aquatic, lymphedema, occupational and speech therapy services.

To learn more about our rehabilitation services, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 245-8328.

Inpatient rehabilitation services

Our inpatient rehabilitation program is for patients who require rehabilitation services during their hospital stay. Inpatient rehabilitation is geared toward improving function and preparing patients for discharge and aftercare, if needed.

The acute care rehab team helps patients recover from serious illnesses and injuries, such as cerebrovascular accident (stroke), brain and spinal cord injuries, neurological disorders, orthopedic injuries, surgeries and severe wounds. The goal of treatment is to help patients regain their highest level of mobility, independence and practical function.

Our acute care rehab unit provides therapy services in a comfortable, medically supervised setting. The inpatient rehab program offers nurse coverage 24/7 and two gyms for therapy exercises.

Our inpatient rehabilitation services include:

  • Clinical and neuro-psychological evaluation and treatment
  • Cognitive (brain) function rehabilitation
  • Nutritional counseling and consultation
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Prosthetics and orthotics
  • Speech therapy
  • Swallowing evaluation and retraining

Our 20-bed, acute care rehabilitation unit is recognized by Medicare and commercial insurance providers as an approved setting for patients to receive intensive therapy services and physician care within a hospital environment. Inpatient rehab services are offered Monday through Saturday, with Sunday coverage available as needed.

Additionally, case management, discharge planning and other assistive services are available to help patients transition from an inpatient hospital stay back into the community. We are here to help educate patients and their families and to provide convenient access to social services and community resources.

Outpatient rehabilitation services

Outpatient rehab at our hospital incorporates a wide range of services and cares for patients of all ages, including adolescents, adults and seniors. Services and therapies include:

  • Aquatic therapy
  • Cardiopulmonary rehabilitation
  • Lymphedema therapy
    • Application and maintenance of compression bandages and garments
    • Lifestyle redesign and adaptive techniques
    • Lymphedema monitoring
    • Self-management
  • Mist therapy for chronic wounds
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Speech therapy

Outpatient rehab services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm with after-hours care available as needed. We are closed on holidays. To contact the outpatient rehabilitation department directly, please call (727) 341-7636.

Aquatic therapy

Aquatic therapy is a beneficial mode of treatment that allows patients to exercise in a therapeutic pool. This allows patients to maintain better control over body movements than they may have during traditional therapy in a gym. Aquatic therapy and exercises are known to help reduce pain and discomfort while increasing physical function.

Additionally, warm water immersion can offer the following benefits:

  • Encourages relaxation
  • Increases circulation, flexibility and balance
  • Promotes cardiovascular and muscular endurance
  • Promotes healing
  • Promotes deep breathing
  • Provides buoyancy and reduce weight-bearing stress on joints
  • Supports body weight and lessen the effects of gravity

Our hospital's outpatient rehabilitation program offers patients access to a pool specifically designed for therapy services and heated between 92 and 96 degrees. Our pool offers a flat floor with varying depths—3, 4 and 5 feet—so patients of all heights can exercise comfortably. Additionally, our pool offers a hydraulic lift, so people with all types of abilities have easy access to aquatic therapy.

To meet each patient's individualized treatment goals, aquatic therapy may be used in combination with other therapies.

Occupational therapy (OT)

OT is aimed at helping patients learn or regain physical and cognitive (mental) abilities that help them complete activities associated with daily living. OT at Palms of Pasadena Hospital incorporates a broad scope of therapeutic services, including:

  • Adaptive equipment recommendations
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Community integration therapy
  • Ergonomic analysis
  • Hand therapy
  • Orthotic and splinting evaluations/constructions
  • Range of motion activities
  • Therapeutic and self-care counseling/education

Conditions treated with occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists will conduct a thorough evaluation and work one-on-one with every patient to help maximize skills and abilities. Often, OT can make a significant difference in a patient's ability to live independently.

A wide range of conditions may be treated through OT, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Conditions requiring hand and/or forearm splinting
  • Cumulative trauma disorder (CTD)
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lou Gehrig's disease (also referred to as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS)
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Stroke
  • Upper extremity and hand injuries

Physical therapy (PT)

PT is a traditional form of rehabilitation that helps relieve pain, improve mobility, restore impaired functions and prevent or limit permanent physical disabilities. After receiving a physician referral, our physical therapists develop an individualized care plan for each patient.

We provide physical therapy services, including:

  • Biofeedback training
  • Gait training
  • Manual therapy
  • Orthotic evaluation and casting
  • Range of motion activities
  • Therapeutic exercise

Conditions treated with physical therapy

We treat a wide range of conditions using PT, including:

  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Lou Gehrig's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Vestibular (inner ear/balance) dysfunction

Our physical therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques, approaches and equipment in customizing treatment plans. Each patient is closely monitored by his or her therapist during exercises and therapies.

Some patients may receive a prescription for a home exercise program to reinforce treatment. Additionally, patients are shown techniques to prevent recurring injuries and to maintain renewed abilities.

Orthopedic physical therapy and rehabilitation

PT is commonly used as a rehabilitation tool in the field of orthopedic care. Orthopedic conditions and injuries often require assistance in rebuilding strength, coordination and mobility, which can be aided through PT treatment. We commonly treat patients following an orthopedic injury or surgery, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Back, neck and/or shoulder pain
  • Hip, knee and/or foot pain
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sports injuries
  • Sprains and strains
  • Trauma and fractures
  • Work-related injuries

Speech therapy

Our therapy services include speech and language therapies designed to improve patients' abilities for speech, listening, reading, writing, organizing and solving problems. Our speech-language pathologists treat patients with a variety of conditions, including:

  • Brain or head injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cognition deficits
  • Delayed language/articulation
  • Dysphagia (inability to swallow or difficulty swallowing)
  • Hearing loss
  • Mental disability
  • Reading comprehension difficulties
  • Stroke
  • Stuttering and other speech impairments
  • Visual perception difficulties

For patients with swallowing conditions, we offer diagnostic testing through a barium swallow study to identify the cause of the condition. Through the use of individualized treatment programs, our speech pathologists help patients improve their quality of life and regain normal eating and drinking habits.

The Voice Center

The Voice Center is located on the first floor of Palms of Pasadena Hospital. The center is where we evaluate and treat voice dysfunction conditions, and it is staffed by a certified speech language pathologist.

The Voice Center is equipped with computerized laryngeal videostroboscopy, an advanced technology for the evaluation of voice disorders. Laryngeal videostroboscopy provides valuable diagnostic information regarding the nature of vibration and condition of the vocal cords. It allows us to view magnified function of the vibratory pattern of the vocal cords in slow motion and provides patients with a unique view of his or her voice disorder.

Additionally, laryngeal videostroboscopy enables our team to maintain an accurate visual record of the patient's vocal condition prior to and following any surgical or medical therapy treatment program.