St. Lucie Medical Center’s Outpatient Rehabilitation Center offers comprehensive rehabilitation services in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech-Language Therapy. Our 5,000 square foot facility houses state-of-the art equipment to accommodate a variety of therapies and patient needs. Licensed Physical, Occupational, and Speech Therapists provide individualized assessments and treatment plans to improve patient function following referral from your physician. The facility is spacious and comfortable enhancing the patient’s experience and ultimately improving outcomes.
Specialized rehabilitation programs include:
- Orthopedic Rehabilitation to treat pain and functional decline related to bone, joint, and muscular conditions
- Neurological Rehabilitation for patients with conditions such as Parkinsonism, stroke, and other disorders of the brain and nervous system
- Dysphagia Therapy by our Speech-Language Pathologists to assess and treat swallowing problems
- Urodynamic Rehabilitation for the assessment and treatment of urinary frequency and control issues
- Vestibular Rehabilitation for the assessment and treatment of balance disorders
- Lymphedema Therapy by LANA certified Lymphedema Therapists for the assessment and treatment of swelling related to conditions such as breast cancer, vascular (circulatory) problems, traumatic injury, and surgery
How Do I Become a Patient?
To schedule you for an evaluation, you must have a referral from a physician. This referral can be from your primary physician or a specialist who is caring for you. Please call (772) 398-1999 for more information and to schedule an appointment once you have a referral from your physician.
How Should I Prepare For My First Visit to the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center?
- When you call for an initial appointment (772) 398-1999 you will be asked a few questions such as who is the referring physician and the type of therapy requested. You will also be asked to provide insurance information so that we can pre-register you for the appointment, so have your health insurance card(s) available. Some health insurances require the patient to have a referral from their primary care physician and/or pre-authorization for outpatient therapy. This will be discussed with you during the pre-registration process. Our office staff will be able to assist with any authorizations required for the initial and subsequent visits.
- Please prepare and bring the following with you to your first appointment:
- Make a list of all medications you are taking (including over-the-counter medications like aspirin and vitamins).
- Make a list of any allergies you have, to medications and other things.
- Please bring your health insurance card(s) and photo identification with you.
- Please arrive on time for your appointment. You will be asked to complete a questionnaire about your medical history prior to seeing the therapist for your evaluation.
- Your initial visit will take a little longer to allow for a full assessment. Please schedule transportation and other appointments to allow for this.
What Happens on My First Visit?
Before beginning any treatment a therapist will evaluate you. This assessment includes a review your medical history and general health and an assessment related to the type of therapy and condition being treated. Generally, this includes an assessment of your functional abilities. We may request information, such as history and physical, office visit notes, and results of previous laboratory and diagnostic tests from your primary physician.
What Types of Treatment Might I Receive?
Physical Therapy treatments may include modalities such as heat, cold, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, and mechanical traction to decrease your pain. These modalities help to prepare you for therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and functional training (such as gait (walking) training, transfer training, and other activities) to work on restoring your previous level of function. There are also specialized Physical Therapy programs for lymphedema therapy and urodynamic rehabilitation.
Occupational Therapy treatments may also include modalities, therapeutic exercise, manual therapy, and functional training with more emphasis on the arm and hand and on activities of daily living such as bathing, dressing, and home and community management skills.
Speech Therapy involves not only the actual speaking process, but also cognitive skills related to language, memory, and problem solving. Dysphagia Therapy may also be included in your speech therapy program to help improve your ability to swallow food and liquids.