Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab is proud to offer a comprehensive array of outpatient rehabilitation services. We strive to help people return to a functional, fulfilling life after an accident or illness.

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Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab

4700 Waters Avenue

Savannah, GA 31404

(912) 350-7128

101 West Mulberry Boulevard

Suite 210

Pooler, GA 31322

(912) 273-1000

A patient with a prosthetic limb works to adjust to their new lifestyle through outpatient rehabilitation.

Our services

At Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab, we understand that healing is about more than just medicine. It's about achieving physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. Our support services promote all aspects of healing, including:

Amputee rehabilitation program

The amputee rehabilitation program is specially designed for people who have experienced limb loss. We strongly encourage family involvement and we provide counseling, education and team conferences with family members.

Amputee Empowerment Partners is a free social network where people who have experienced amputation can connect and discuss a variety of topics. Join at www.empoweringamputees.org.

The amputee rehabilitation process

An individual amputee rehabilitation program might include the following services:

  • Therapies for improving strength, endurance, transfers, mobility, ambulation and activities of daily living
  • Wound care education
  • Techniques to control and manage phantom limb pain or surgical pain
  • Training in donning and doffing limb protector, shrinker and limb socks
  • Pre-prosthetic training or prosthetic training as appropriate
  • Support from other amputees, if desired
  • Diabetes education as needed
  • Psychological counseling to help in understanding and adjusting to physical and emotional changes
  • Outings to practice community living skills and mobility
  • Referral to vocational rehabilitation services
  • Referral to our driving evaluation and retraining program
  • Home assessments to recommend adaptive equipment and placement of ramps and railings
  • Home exercise program
  • Psychology, social work and other therapy services that may be needed to support long-term needs

Assistive therapy and technology

Many individuals with disabilities are able to communicate and access their environment with assistive devices. Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab’s assistive technology program is for those with physical, cognitive and/or communication impairments. It is designed to increase independence and improve quality of life through the use of augmented communication, computer access and environmental controls.

The assistive technology team consists of licensed speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists who specialize in helping people communicate.

The team provides comprehensive evaluations and assessments, training, education and equipment recommendations in these areas:

  • Augmentative communication: A speech pathologist evaluates cognitive, linguistic and speech abilities. The team assesses the feasibility of using communication systems and provides training for specific devices to meet the person's current and future communication needs. Some techniques include creating different ways to communicate, positioning pictures or using a talking computer.
  • Environmental controls: An occupational therapist evaluates and assesses a person's abilities and environmental limitations. The therapist then recommends assistive technology to meet the person's lifestyle needs. This may include the use of switches that assist in play and can activate lights, televisions and telephones.
  • Computer access: The assistive technology team evaluates and assesses a person's goal, such as returning to work or school. The team also looks at the person's physical, communication and cognitive skills. After analyzing all of the data, the team determines the most appropriate means of computer access and equipment, including switch devices, special keyboards and assistive software.

Pediatric assistive technology

We also offer this program at the Memorial Health Dwaine and Cynthia Willett Children's Hospital of Savannah for children who have difficulty activating devices or communicating. It is especially beneficial to children with cerebral palsy, communication impairment, head injuries, autism or spinal cord injuries.

Driving therapy

Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab offers the region's only on-the-road driving evaluation and training program. “Driving Visions” is designed to give physicians the information they need to make decisions concerning their patient's driving status. Training is also provided to help individuals acquire or regain the skills necessary to drive independently after a disabling injury or illness, including brain or spinal cord injury, arthritis, amputation, stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or visual impairments.

Industrial rehabilitation services

Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab’s industrial services program helps people return to work after an injury and educates employers about safe work environments.

People admitted to the industrial services program have a medical diagnosis that limits their ability to work, such as multi-trauma, traumatic brain injury, burns, amputation, spinal cord injury, chronic low back pain, cumulative trauma injury, musculoskeletal dysfunction or other major orthopedic or neurological conditions.

Industrial therapy may include:

  • Work hardening/conditioning
  • Simulation of work activities
  • Exercise activities to improve overall work tolerance
  • Education in body mechanics
  • Injury prevention education
  • Chronic pain management techniques

Our industrial services therapists provide treatment for individuals as well as assistance and guidance to businesses on the following topics:

  • Education on body mechanics and injury prevention
  • Americans with Disabilities Act consultations
  • Ergonomics analysis
  • Job site analysis
  • Screenings and functional capacity evaluations
  • OSHA training
  • Injury prevention programs

Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema is an accumulation of protein-rich fluid in the tissue space in the body. This accumulation causes swelling. Lymphedema most often affects the arms and legs. There are two types of lymphedema: primary and secondary.

Primary lymphedema may be due to a congenital malformation or the absence of lymphatics. It can develop in adults without any obvious cause.

Secondary, or acquired lymphedema, is more common. It can occur as a result of surgery, radiation, trauma or infection.

Many types of cancer require the removal of lymph nodes. Anytime lymph nodes are removed or damaged, patients are at risk for developing lymphedema. Lymphedema may appear days, weeks or even years after cancer treatment. Other conditions, such as post-surgical edema and congestive heart failure, can also lead to lymphedema if left untreated.

The treatment process

Manual lymph drainage/complete decongestive therapy is a noninvasive, highly effective treatment for lymphedema. Generally, treatment is made up of two phases:

Phase I

  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)
  • Compression bandaging
  • Skin care
  • Decongestive exercises

Treatment is usually done three to five times per week for four to six weeks, depending on severity. Throughout phase I treatment, education plays a major role in helping the patient progress and preparing the patient for home management. The patient and family are taught self MLD, bandaging, limb size monitoring and compression garment guidelines, all of which are necessary to maintain or improve the results achieved in phase I.

Phase II

  • Self MLD
  • Compression garment daily, bandaging at night as needed
  • Skin care
  • Continued exercises
  • Lifelong management

Speech therapy

Speech and language pathologists at Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab offer a variety of services to help people coping with speech or swallowing disorders following an accident or injury. We work with patients and their loved ones to set goals and achieve maximum results. Our services include:

  • Therapy for adults who have suffered a stroke that resulted in a residual disorder in language comprehension and expression, reading comprehension, written language formulation or quality/distinctness of speech production.
  • Cognitive retraining for individuals who have had a stroke or brain injury. Since these types of injuries may influence thought organization, memory, reasoning and judgment, therapy assists in the management of personal and financial affairs and independent living skills.
  • Swallowing evaluation and treatment for patients with neurological and anatomical disorders. These patients often have had a stroke, brain injury or oral/pharyngeal cancer.
  • Voice therapy for chronic hoarseness, vocal nodules, vocal polyps or other types of dysphonia.
  • Care and treatment of the laryngectomy patient. This may include electronic voice aid instruction, esophageal speech and tracheo-esophageal puncture.
  • Care and treatment for people who have had a supraglottic laryngectomy and now have voice and swallowing disorders.

For more information about our speech language pathology services, call (912) 350-8306.

Stroke recovery

Memorial Health has an award-winning stroke program. After initial emergency treatment to stop the stroke, people may need physical, occupational and/or speech and language therapy. Our outpatient stroke recovery process might include some or all of the following:

  • Therapies for improving strength, endurance, mobility, ambulation and activities of daily living
  • Perceptual evaluation and training, memory improvement and problem solving
  • Recreational therapy
  • Bowel and bladder therapy
  • Strengthening and conditioning exercises in our pool
  • Overcoming or compensating for speech and language difficulties
  • Barium swallow studies and X-rays as needed
  • Treatment of swallowing disorders
  • Psychological counseling to help in understanding and adjusting to physical and emotional change
  • Family conferences, involvement and counseling
  • Referral to vocational rehabilitation services
  • Referral to our driving evaluation and retraining program
  • Home assessments to recommend adaptive equipment and placement of ramps and railings
  • Home exercise program

Traumatic brain injury

Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab offers an outpatient program for people with traumatic brain injuries. It includes comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment to address medical, physical, psychological and cognitive needs; education and training to meet family needs; and recommendations for home and work area modifications.

An individual brain injury treatment program might include the following:

  • Psychological and neurological evaluations and counseling
  • Strengthening and conditioning exercises in our pool
  • Therapies for improving strength, endurance, mobility, ambulation and activities of daily living
  • Recreational therapy
  • Serial casting to increase range of motion and inhibit tone
  • Treatment of swallowing disorders
  • One-on-one and computerized training for communication, memory and problem-solving difficulties
  • Bowel and bladder training
  • Biofeedback
  • Family conferences, involvement and counseling
  • Referral to vocational rehabilitation services
  • Referral for driving evaluation and re-training
  • Home assessments to recommend adaptive equipment and placement of ramps and railings
  • Home exercise program
  • Therapies that emphasize learning to cook, clean and keep house; budgeting and managing money; problem solving; spending leisure time productively; obtaining and benefiting from community resources; coping with the stress of daily living; interacting with others comfortably; and working more efficiently on the job and at home

Vestibular rehabilitation

Memorial Health Outpatient Rehab has a comprehensive program to evaluate and treat people who experience vertigo and balance problems due to vestibular (ear) disorders. The vestibular system has an amazing ability to repair and adapt to dysfunction or loss, and therapy can help speed up this process. Studies show faster recovery and better outcomes when patients with balance and dizziness disorders receive early therapeutic intervention with a customized treatment approach.

We provide treatment for patients with the following conditions:

  • Unilateral vestibular dysfunction or loss
  • Bilateral vestibular loss
  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, or BPPV

Therapists in the vestibular rehabilitation program customize treatment programs to decrease dizziness, improve balance, improve visual-vestibular interaction and increase activity levels.