Physicial Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Medicine

Inpatient Treatment Services

Our inpatient rehabilitation team provides services to patients during their hospital stay in our medical/surgical nursing units and in our dedicated 14-bed inpatient rehabilitation unit.

Outpatient Treatment Services

The Danbury Hospital Outpatient Physical Rehabilitation Centers, located in Danbury and Southbury, provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language therapy, and aquatic and medical fitness exercise programs to adults and children before and after surgery or for acute or chronic debilitating conditions.

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Whether you have had surgery or suffered an injury, our therapy staff is prepared to accelerate your rehabilitation. Through close collaboration with your referring physician, our physical and occupational therapists will customize a treatment program that is tailored for you.

Whether you have had a joint replacement, spine surgery, or have a sprain or strain, our staff is trained to guide you through the rehabilitation process and get you back to doing what you love to do.  If you have spine, joint, or muscle pain, our therapists can provide you with a higher level of care.

Our orthopedic team in conjunction with the Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care have developed specific rehabilitation programs for those individuals who have had spine, total joint replacement, or hand surgery.

Neurologic Rehabilitation

For individuals who suffer from a chronic or acute neurologic disorder or disease, rehabilitation can make all the difference in the world as you attempt to regain function. The resources found at Danbury Hospital for neurologic rehabilitation are unparalleled in our area.

Our multidisciplinary team of physical therapists, occupationaltherapists, and speech-language pathologists therapists, lead by our physician leaders, meet regularly to discuss patient care to ensure that you receive the experience and expertise of a variety of clinical professionals.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

Our specialty trained therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech language pathologists) in Pediatric Rehabilitation treat infants, children, and adolescents in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary program focused on problems affecting their development.

Our occupational therapists address fine motor, visual-perceptual, sensory, and organizational skills to help children maximize their performance for daily activities such as play, self-care, and school activities.

Our physical therapists facilitate the development of children's gross motor skills such as crawling, walking, and running for those with orthopedic, rheumatoid, and neurologic diagnoses, while also working on motor planning and range of motion. 

Speech language pathologists address problems related to communication in children, which include the areas of language development and articulation, fluency, voice, pragmatics, swallowing, and feeding. We also provide services with social interaction deficits and those children on the Autism Spectrum.

Other program features and benefits for our pediatric patients include:

  • Individualized programs with full-time specialized staff
  • Parent, Family, and Caregiver Education
  • Private treatment rooms
  • Aquatic therapy in a heated pool
  • Sensory integration and Neurodevelopmental Treatment Techniques
  • Pediatric gait training equipment
  • Adaptive equipment assessments
  • Case Management and social work

Social Work and Case Management

Our Social Worker provides a variety of services to all patients at Main Street Physical Rehabilitation Center and on our inpatient rehabilitation unit. She is available to provide supportive counseling/psycho-education to patients and their families. The Social Worker facilitates the Multiple Sclerosis Support Group and Stroke Support Group and also provides case coordination and referrals to the community.

Low Vision Program

Through a partnership with the Lions Low Vision Centers of Connecticut, Danbury Hospital outpatient centers offer low vision therapy services provided by occupational therapists. Low vision can be best defined as a visual disability that can no longer be corrected by ordinary glasses, contact lenses, medicine, or surgery. Common conditions causing low vision are macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, neurological problems, and untreated cataracts.

Swallowing Evaluation and Therapy

Swallowing therapy, as conducted by a speech-language pathologist, helps patients who need evaluation and treatment for difficulty chewing and swallowing. Treatment includes determining food textures and thickness of liquids that an individual can safely swallow without choking or aspirating (food entering the lungs). Additionally, our staff provides expertise on exercises to strengthen the muscles of the mouth, tongue, and techniques for safe eating and swallowing.

Our staff currently provides Modified Barium Swallow studies and Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES) for individuals with swallow disorders.

Aquatic Therapy

For some individuals, physical therapy in water provides an opportunity to perform rehabilitative exercises that they could not do on the land. By unloading your joints in the water, our patients are able to start rehabilitation earlier than they might have with a land-based program alone. Our Main Street facility provides one of the only aquatic facilities in the area. With an onsite facility, therapists are able to transition you seamlessly from an aquatic to a land-based program so that you don’t miss a step.

Lymphedema Management

Our occupational therapists have speciality training in treating patient with lymphedema. Whether a result of injury or illness, our certified therapists will customize your program to help you reduce your swelling and risk of infection and to improve mobility of your affected limb.

Medical Fitness

We offer individual and group exercise programs to help you continue your recovery after formal therapy is finished. With a variety of options both in our fitness gym or in the pool, our expert exercise physiologists work closely with you to customize an individual program that meets your needs. Our team also creates customized exercise programs for those individuals choosing bariatric surgery.

For More Information

If you need a doctor referral call 1-800-511-9816, or ask your doctor about the Center for Advanced Orthopedic and Spine Care at Danbury Hospital. You can also consult our Find a Doctor online tool to find a doctor who specializes in rehabilitation.