Physical therapy in Savannah, Georgia

Proper rehabilitation care is key for many patients following an injury, medical diagnosis or surgery. Our board-certified physiatrists at Memorial Health partner with a wide range of specialists to provide comprehensive care to every patient.

Our Outpatient Adult and Pediatric Rehabilitation program provides a full spectrum of services. Our team's goal is to help patients return to a functioning and fulfilling life after an accident or illness.

To contact Outpatient Adult and Pediatric Rehabilitation, please call us at (912) 350-7128. To contact Outpatient Adult and Pediatric Therapy Services - Pooler, please call (912) 273-1000.

Rehabilitation specialists

Our physiatrists oversee a team of multidisciplinary rehabilitation healthcare providers, which includes rehabilitation nurses, therapists and case managers. The team works together to create an individualized treatment plan for every patient to restore their functional skills, self-sufficiency and mobility.

Our pediatric rehabilitation services provide personalized care for children, so they can learn, grow and recover. Our dedicated pediatric specialists include experts in speech language therapy and physical therapy.

Outpatient adult rehabilitation services

Adults in Southeast Georgia benefit from having the following outpatient services close to home in their community:

  • Amputee rehabilitation program
  • Assistive therapy and technology
  • Driving therapy
  • Hand rehabilitation
  • Hyperbaric medicine
  • Industrial rehabilitation services
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Speech therapy
  • Spinal cord injury recovery assistance
  • Sports medicine rehabilitation
  • Stroke recovery
  • Traumatic brain injury recovery
  • Vestibular rehabilitation

Occupational therapy

Our occupational therapists are committed to helping people improve and/or maintain the everyday skills they need to function at home, work and in social settings. Occupational therapists who participate in our rehabilitation program work with patients and their families to define therapy goals and achieve maximum independence.

Occupational therapy may include:

  • Activities to increase joint range and strength of the upper extremities and reinforce desired movement
  • Adaptive equipment and orthotics, as needed
  • Cognitive and perceptual retraining
  • Coordinated programs to help improve posture, balance and functional skills
  • Detailed sensory evaluations and training
  • Driving evaluation
  • Self-care training, such as basic feeding, hygiene, dressing and safety awareness
  • Specialized hand rehabilitation
  • Time spent developing memory, motor planning and visual-spatial skills

Physical therapy

Our physical therapists are key members of the outpatient rehabilitation treatment team. They work closely with every patient to create a well-defined treatment plan that includes special goals for regaining strength and independence.

Physical therapists specialize in helping patients with:

  • Balance assessment and rehabilitation
  • Functional and safety training
  • Gait evaluation and retraining
  • Joint mobilization
  • Myofascial treatment
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Orthopedic and sports rehabilitation
  • Pain control
  • Patient and family education
  • Pre- and post-prosthetic training
  • Spinal cord rehabilitation
  • Trigger point therapy
  • Vestibular (inner ear) assessment and rehabilitation
  • Wound care

Speech therapy

Our speech and language pathologists provide a variety of services to assist with speech and swallowing disorders following an accident or injury. Speech therapy services may include:

  • Care and treatment for patients who have had a laryngectomy (removal of the larynx).
  • Cognitive retraining for patients recovering from a stroke or traumatic brain injury. We help patients achieve independence with therapy that focuses on improving organization, memory, reasoning and judgment.
  • Swallowing disorder treatment and evaluation for patients with neurological and anatomical conditions, such as stroke, brain injury or oral/pharyngeal cancer.
  • Language therapy for adults who have experienced a comprehension disorder due to a stroke.
  • Voice therapy for patients with chronic hoarseness, vocal nodules, vocal polyps or other types of abnormal voice problems.

To learn more about our outpatient speech therapy services, please call (912) 350-8306.

Amputee rehabilitation program

We provide individualized care to patients who have had an amputation. Patients in the amputee rehabilitation program may benefit from:

  • Behavioral health services and counseling to aid in understanding and adjusting to physical and emotional changes
  • Diabetes education, as needed
  • Therapies designed to improve strength, endurance, transfers, mobility, ambulation and daily living activities
  • Home assessment to recommend adaptive equipment and proper placement of ramps and railings
  • Home exercise program
  • Outings to practice community living skills and mobility
  • Pre-prosthetic training and additional prosthetic training, as needed
  • Referrals to our driving evaluation and retraining program
  • Referrals to vocational rehabilitation services for returning to the workforce
  • Social work and additional therapy services to support long-term needs
  • Support services from other amputees, if desired
  • Training in putting on and taking off personal protective equipment (PPE), such as limb protectors, shrinkers and limb socks
  • Techniques to control and manage phantom limb pain or post-surgical pain
  • Wound care education

Assistive therapy and technology services

Following an injury or disability, many people effectively communicate and interact with their environments through the use of assistive devices. Our assistive technology program aids patients with physical, cognitive and/or communication impairments.

The goal is to increase patient independence and improve quality of life. Our team provides assistive technology services, which include licensed speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists who specialize in helping patients improve communication skills.

Our assistive technology team provides evaluations, assessments, trainings, education and equipment recommendations in the following areas:

  • Augmentative communication—The team will assess a patient's ability to use assistive communication systems and provide the necessary training, as needed. Techniques may include creating new ways of communication, positioning images or using a talking computer.
  • Computer access—After analyzing a patient's lifestyle and goals, the team may recommend appropriate use of computer access and equipment, such as special keyboards and assistive software.
  • Environmental controls—Therapists will recommend assistive technology based on a patient's lifestyle needs. This may include things like switches that can activate lights, televisions and telephones.

Driving therapy

We offer the only on-the-road driving evaluation and training program in the region. Our program, called Driving Visions, provides training to help patients acquire or regain their ability to drive following a disabling injury or illness.

Driving Visions provides physicians with the information they need to make decisions about their patient's driving status.

Hand therapy

Following an orthopedic hand injury, loss in function and dexterity can occur. Our certified hand therapists understand the challenges associated with hand dysfunction and are committed to helping patients regain maximal hand movement.

Industrial rehabilitation services

Our industrial services program helps patients return to work after an injury and educates employers about a safe work environment. Patients who participate in industrial rehabilitation must have a medical diagnosis that limits their ability to work, such as a traumatic injury, burn, amputation, spinal cord injury, chronic low back pain, musculoskeletal dysfunction or other major neurological or orthopedic conditions.

Industrial therapy for patients may include:

  • Chronic pain management techniques
  • Education in body mechanics
  • Exercise activities to improve overall work tolerance
  • Injury prevention education
  • Simulation of work activities
  • Work hardening and conditioning to help patients return to pre-injury work levels

Additionally, our industrial services therapists provide assistance and guidance to businesses on the following topics:

Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema occurs when there is an accumulation of protein-rich fluid within a tissue space in the body. The accumulation of fluids causes swelling and most often affects the arms and legs. Our outpatient rehabilitation team includes lymphedema specialists who treat both primary (congenital) and secondary (acquired) lymphedema.

Throughout many patients' cancer care treatment, the removal of lymph nodes is required. When lymph nodes are removed or damaged, a patient is at a higher risk of developing lymphedema. It may appear days, weeks or even years following cancer treatment.

Treating lymphedema

Treatment for lymphedema typically consists of two phases:

  • Phase one
    • Compression bandaging
    • Decongestive exercises
    • Manual lymph drainage
    • Skin care
  • Phase two
    • Bandaging at night, as needed
    • Continued exercises
    • Daily compression garment usage
    • Lifelong management
    • Self manual lymph drainage
    • Skin care

Sports medicine rehabilitation

Sports medicine includes athletic training services for local schools, sports clubs and athletic events. We provide injury prevention education and targeted rehabilitation for athletes of all ages.

Our team of sports medicine experts includes certified athletic trainers, sports physical therapists and orthopedic specialists. The sports medicine program emphasizes education, wellness and accelerated rehabilitation designed to get athletes back into action as quickly and safely as possible.

The sports medicine program includes:

  • Athletic training services
  • Pre-participation sports exams
  • Sports injury assessment and evaluation
  • Sports injury prevention
  • Sports medicine education
  • Wellness promotion

Vestibular rehabilitation

We provide evaluation and treatment for patients experiencing vertigo and other balance problems due to vestibular (inner ear) conditions. Therapy helps repair the vestibular system and helps patients adapt to hearing dysfunction or loss.

We treat patients with:

  • Benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BBPV)
  • Bilateral vestibular loss
  • Unilateral vestibular dysfunction or loss

Our therapists will customize a treatment program that helps decrease dizziness, improve balance, improve visual-vestibular interaction and increase activity levels.

Attending outpatient therapy

Our rehabilitation services take place in two locations:

  • Memorial Health, Building 100
    • Hours of operation: Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm
    • Parking is available in Parking Garage A, and we offer free valet services
  • Memorial Health Pooler, Suite 210
    • Hours of operation: Monday and Wednesday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm and Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm