HCA Doc Minute – Rehabilitation Medicine and Therapy

(upbeat music) – Hi, my name is William Carter, I’m one of the rehabilitation
medicine physicians, also known as physiatrist, that’s working on the
complex care unit at Retreat. As a rehab physician, we add a different perspective to the facility and to
the care of the patients. Many people do not know about
what a rehab physician does and so I think it’s very important for me to explain that, as well as to explain how I feel this is
essential to the care of any of your loved ones, who have suffered from being
in the hospital a long time, have become weakened, had issues with strokes, major wounds, brain injuries,
spinal cord injuries, because all of this actually falls under the realm of rehabilitation care. And so with rehabilitation care, not only is there a physician involved, which is the main focus of
the hospital or facility you’re likely at currently, but also there is the focus
with physical therapists, occupational therapists,
and speech therapists, who are working not just to
keep someone from being sick, but also to try to get them
to be functionally better so they can hopefully transition
eventually towards home. My role is kind of to serve as a liaison between the physicians and
the medical aspect of things and the therapists. What will you find in
many different facilities is that they will lack having
that rehab medicine focus and to give you certain examples, there’s certain medications
which would seem appropriate in the acute hospital setting, but in the rehab setting, they can actually make someone have further difficulty moving, they can cause problems with urination, problem with bowel, things that nurses would
manage in acute care setting and it wouldn’t be much of a problem, but when you’re trying to
transition someone towards home, it can be a much bigger issue. My specialty area within rehab medicine is the manage of neurologic patients such as strokes, spinal
cord injury, brain injuries, anything that’s affecting the
nervous system of the body. If you have somebody who has
had a severe brain injury and is not yet ready to transition to a brain injury rehabilitation facility, we can serve as the transition
continued physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, as well as the medical management to prevent there from being
any major complications until the body develops enough
to be able to transition to the acute care rehabilitation center. (upbeat music)

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