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Physical therapy and rehabilitation

Rehabilitation refers to the process of helping a patient recover from a serious injury or illness. Patients often have to regain strength and learn new ways of completing normal, daily activities. Physical therapy, a branch of rehabilitation, focuses on building strength and mobility after disease, injury or surgery.

Rehabilitation therapy in Metro Denver

Everyone deserves to be able to move and function in daily life.

The rehabilitation specialists at Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center are dedicated to helping you recover from injury and illness. We assess your current abilities, then coordinate with other medical specialists to create an individualized treatment plan that suits your needs and goals.

Expert advice, available 24/7

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Free medical advice is just a phone call away. Our nurses help you understand your symptoms, treatment options and procedures. They will also help you find a provider or specialist and schedule an appointment.

Rehabilitation services and therapies we offer

We pride ourselves on offering comprehensive inpatient and outpatient programs for all ages. In fact, our team leads the field in physical and occupational therapy for complex, limb-threatening orthopedic conditions. We have more than 60 years of combined experience and multiple specialty certifications from the Hand Therapy Certification Commission and KinetaCore. We have also presented to international audiences and published research articles on amputee rehabilitation, in addition to working with emerging technologies and rehabilitation and surgical techniques.

Types of rehabilitation we offer

To ensure you receive the most effective treatments for your unique condition, our physical therapists and rehabilitation specialists provide a variety of services, including:

  • Advanced functional dry needling
  • Aquatic therapy
  • Endurance training
  • Functional mobility training
  • Gait training
  • Gross motor coordination
  • Hand therapy
  • Home program development and instruction
  • Immersion therapy for high-risk pregnancies
  • Instruction in the use of assistive devices
  • Pain management
  • Post-concussion care
  • Safety and balance training
  • Speech pathology
  • Strengthening and therapeutic training
  • Vestibular (balance) therapy
  • Wound care
  • Workers’ compensation injuries

We also have a variety of specialty services for if you need advanced care.

Amputation rehabilitation

If you have had an amputation, each phase of our rehabilitation program involves teaching the patient about the options they have regarding prosthetics and how their choices will impact their future activity. We believe that empowerment for these patients results from an excellent program of education so they can make decisions for their future function and life.

Cancer rehabilitation

As part of one of Colorado's leading cancer care facilities, we offer an Outpatient Cancer Rehabilitation Program. This includes a complete array of personalized physical rehabilitation services to help you regain, maintain and enhance your lifestyle during and following cancer therapy.

Some of the program’s outpatient physical therapy services include:

  • Acupuncture
  • Cancer exercise program, including evaluation and individualized treatment
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Healing arts therapy, such as journaling, creative writing, coloring and bead making
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Mental health support
  • Nutritional counseling
  • Prescriptive exercise
  • Stress management
Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy is beneficial when you have a condition or injury that limits your ability to do everyday tasks. Our team of licensed occupational therapists provides treatments that incorporate functional activities, therapeutic exercise and play experiences. These services may include:

  • Adaptive equipment instruction
  • Cognitive rehabilitation
  • Energy conservation and work simplification
  • Fine motor skills enhancement
  • Neonatal and developmental therapy
  • Neuromuscular reeducation
  • Patient and caregiver education
  • Practicing daily living activities
  • Safety and home modification
  • Upper extremity rehabilitation
  • Visual-perception exercises