Recovery & Rehabilitation

In-Hospital Rehabilitation

Orthopaedic and spine surgery patients don’t bounce back into daily life without a little work. Patients begin their rehabilitation in the hospital if they are admitted after surgery, and the University Hospital Orthopaedic & Spine Center has a rehabilitation gym just steps away from patient rooms to start the first steps to recovery.

Dedicated physical therapists evaluate patients post-surgery to determine patients’ range of motion, access their pain levels and discuss expectations for their therapy to prepare patients for the return home.

Post-Hospital Stay Rehabilitation

Some patients who leave University Hospital’s Ortho/Spine Center will be able to continue their recovery and rehabilitation at home. However, for those who need a little (or a lot) more assistance, University Health Care System offers a number of rehabilitation services.

Home Health 

Professionals at University Home Health Services give patients skilled clinical care with all the comforts and convenience of home. All services are administered under a physician's direction. Since we serve 14 counties in and around the CSRA, there's probably a Home Health location near you.

Physical therapy services include:

  • Active/passive range of motion, gait training
  • Endurance training, energy conservation
  • Home exercise programs, transfer training
  • Ultrasound treatment, muscle stimulation
  • Joint mobilization, muscle re-education
  • Joint protection/body mechanics
  • Ortho-surgical rehab

Rehabilitation Centers

University Health Care System has two centers that offer round-the-clock care and support to patients recovering from orthopedic or spine surgery, these include:

Kentwood Extended Care: Located in West Richmond County a half mile from I-520 and Wheeler Road 

Westwood Extended Care: Located at our Evans Campus, with easy access from Bel Air and Washington Roads

Therapy services include:

  • Private rooms
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy services 
  • A dedicated rehabilitation gym 
  • Transition to home exercise programs
  • Home safety assessments
  • Ortho-surgical rehab
  • Joint protection/body mechanics
  • Joint mobilization, muscle re-education
  • Active/passive range of motion and gait training
  • Endurance training, energy conservation
  • Transfer training
  • Ultrasound treatment, muscle stimulation
  • Shortwave diathermy for deep tissue treatments
  • Wound Care

Rehabilitation Beds at University Hospital McDuffie: The Rehabilitation Program at University Hospital McDuffie provides additional care in our award-winning hospital to people who need extra time to heal or regain their strength. Our Rehabilitation Program welcomes patients being discharged from University Hospital, University Hospital McDuffie as well as other hospitals.

Our high-quality, multi-disciplinary staff of professionals provides trusted, comfortable care for patients who no longer need acute hospital care, but would benefit from skilled nursing or therapy to complete their recovery. Best of all, as a patient in University Hospital McDuffie’s Rehabilitation Program, you and your family can enjoy the privacy of your own room and restroom while assisted by the staff of one of the top health systems in the region. 

Online Resources

Below are education videos to help patients learn about orthopedic recovery.

Anterior Hip Replacement

Traditional Total Hip Replacement 

Total Knee Replacement

Spine Education
and Support Class Therapy

Total Shoulder