What is outpatient rehabilitation?
Not being able to complete daily tasks, favorite hobbies or engage in social activities because of pain, injury, stroke or other debilitating conditions can be frustrating. Outpatient rehabilitation treats individuals with a variety of neurological, orthopedic and general diagnoses and impairments, including:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Balance Disorders
- Brain Injury
- Cognitive Disorders
- Joint Replacement Therapy
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Muscle weakness and joint stiffness resulting from injury or medical conditions
- Orthopedic Disorders and Conditions
- Overuse Syndromes
- Parkinson's Disease
- Pregnancy-Related Pain
- Speech and Language Disorders
- Sports Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Swallowing Disorders
- Urinary Incontinence
- Voice Disorders
Team Treatment Approach
All of our therapists are licensed by the state of Arkansas and hold advanced degrees and clinical certifications in specialized areas of patient care. Some of these areas include neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics, manual therapy, women's health, vestibular disorders and geriatrics. We maintain a commitment to providing the most advanced care by regularly attending professional conferences and continuing education courses demonstrating the latest techniques and technology.
Our goal is to help you return to an active lifestyle. With that in mind, we first work with your physician to develop an individualized treatment plan based on your unique medical needs. Once treatment begins, you will be seen by the same licensed therapist for one-on-one treatment. You will also receive education about your condition and instruction in exercise and self-help techniques. Treatment may include one or more of the following:
- Modalities. The use of heat, cold, electric stimulation, laser and ultrasound to help decrease pain, improve circulation and/or help the muscles relax. This is usually done as a preparation for doing exercises or activities to improve strength and flexibility.
- Hands-On Manual Therapy. Specialized techniques used by therapists such as joint and soft tissue mobilization and massage to relax muscles in spasm, lengthen tight muscles, restore balance to muscles and improve motion of the joints.
- Exercises. Activities used to aid patient recovery that maintain the progress made in therapy. This is a vital part of therapy because exercises help to stabilize and support the affected area.
- Posture and/or Body Mechanic Education. Safe positioning of the body during activities. Therapists will educate you about proper body mechanics to aid with recovery and to prevent future re-injury.
Your physician will receive a written report of the initial evaluation and treatment plan, updates on progress and final discharge plans. Care will be taken to communicate with the physician if there are concerns along the way.
Baptist Health has 20 therapy centers across Arkansas, each offering a wide range of services to help adolescent and adult patients regain maximum function resulting from neurological, orthopedic or general medical conditions. The centers are open Monday through Friday and most locations offer early morning and late afternoon appointments to accommodate your schedule. Click here to find a Baptist Health Therapy center near you.
To schedule an appointment for outpatient rehabilitation at a Baptist Health Therapy Center, you can either:
- Call Baptist Health HealthLine toll-free at 1-888-227-8478
- Call the Baptist Health Therapy center nearest you (click here to find a Therapy Center)
- Have your doctor's office fax your order/prescription to the therapy center of your choice and the business manager at that center will call you to set up an appointment
Before calling to schedule an appointment, please have ready your referring physician's name and your insurance information. If you need to cancel or reschedule your appointment, please contact the therapy center at your earliest convenience so we may offer your appointment time to another patient.
What to bring to your first appointment:
- Prescription from your physician
- Photo ID such as a driver's license
- Current copy of your insurance card - Baptist Health Therapy Centers accept most insurance. If you have questions or concerns regarding coverage, please call the number on the back of your insurance card. If your insurance requires you to obtain a referral from your primary care physician, it is your responsibility to obtain this information in advance of your first visit.
- Relevant medical documents including list of medications and past medical history
- If your injury is related to a motor vehicle accident, please bring the name of the insurance company to be billed.
- If you are coming for a work-related injury, please let our office know before the visit so the business manager can obtain any necessary pre-authorizations. Also, please bring your workers' compensation information including contact information.
- Your appointment calendar so all subsequent visits can be scheduled
- Please wear clothing that will permit the therapist to evaluate your injury and allow you to comfortably exercise.
What to expect at your first appointment:
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to allow time to complete/sign the admission paperwork.
- Your therapist will evaluate your injury, discuss the findings of the evaluation and work with you to establish a plan of care based on those findings. This plan of care will outline the treatment you will receive for your injury, as well as how often and for how long therapy may be needed.
- You may receive an initial home exercise program and helpful hints to manage your symptoms.
- Plan on your initial evaluation lasting approximately one hour and each subsequent session lasting anywhere from 45 minutes to one hour, depending on your outlined program.