About UNM SRMC's Department of Rehabilitation Services
The UNM SRMC Department of Rehabilitation is located on the first floor of our Medical Office Building, located at the north end of the facility. Please click here for directions to UNM SRMC.
Outpatient services are offered Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and inpatient services are available Monday-Sunday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
What services are offered at the UNM SRMC Department of Rehabilitation?
- Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Language Pathology services are provided to our inpatients, those admitted as patients to the hospital, and to outpatients - those patients who provide their own transportation to come for therapy and then return to their homes.
- Injuries commonly treated involve the spine, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, ankles and feet. These injuries may be sports-related, work-related, or the result of an accident or surgery. Therapy is often required after a period of inactivity or bed rest.
Who will I be working with while I am a therapy patient?
- PT, Physical Therapist
- OT, Occupational Therapist
- SLP, Speech Language Pathologist
- CHT, Certified Hand Therapist
- PTA, Physical Therapist Assistant
- COTA, Occupational Therapist Assistant
What can I expect from each session of therapy?
- Each session of therapy will focus on pain management, improving flexibility, improving strength, and progressing toward the goals that will be set at your initial evaluation visit. You should dress comfortably in clothing that enables you to move easily. You will be exercising and learning how to better manage yourself at home. Your therapist may use any combination of different modalities. Modalities may include heat, ice, electrical stimulation, traction or paraffin wax. Your therapist will likely use manual therapy techniques like massage, joint mobilizations or applying resistance with their hands. Each session of therapy lasts about one hour.
Your therapist may use any combination of the following:
- Gait and functional mobility training
- Manual Therapy (massage, joint mobilizations, myofascial release)
- Electrical Stimulation
- Use of adaptive equipment
- Wound care; on an outpatient basis
About Our Services
My doctor has prescribed physical therapy for me, what is physical therapy?
- Physical therapy is a program of activities, often exercise based, and the use of heat, ice, electricity, traction and manual techniques used to treat an injury or disease process. This conservative approach is often used when surgery is not required or inappropriate for a particular condition; however it is not uncommon to require physical therapy after undergoing surgery.
- Your physical therapist has completed a rigorous course of study at the advanced graduate or doctorate level. They are specialists in movement dysfunction and the recovery from musculoskeletal injuries.
My doctor has prescribed occupational therapy, what is occupational therapy?
- Occupational therapy is a program of activities focused on assisting a patient’s return to their activities of daily living. This often requires the use of exercises, adaptive equipment, and functional activities. The goals of occupational therapy will address the limitations affecting the patient’s role at work, household, or with leisure activities.
- Your occupational therapist has completed a rigorous course of study at the advanced graduate or doctorate level. They specialize in functional movement patterns, cognitive processes, and returning to daily activities.
My doctor has prescribed speech therapy, what is speech therapy?
- Speech Therapy is a program of activities to evaluate and treat communication (including speech, language and cognition) and swallowing disorders.
- Your Speech Language Pathologist has completed a rigorous course of study at the advanced graduate level. They specialize in cognitive processes, adult swallowing disorders, adult aphasia/language disorders, pediatric speech/language delay and aural rehabilitation.
My doctor has prescribed certified hand therapy, what is hand therapy?
- Certified hand therapy is a program of therapy guided by a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT). A CHT is a specialist with advanced training in injuries of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. These injuries often require special splinting that can be fabricated by your CHT to meet the needs of the healing injury. They will work closely with your referring doctor to progress the delicate nature of your injury.
My doctor has prescribed outpatient wound care, what is wound care?
- Outpatient wound care is commonly ordered for patients with slow-healing wounds. These wounds may be the result of a disease process like diabetes or peripheral vascular disease. Surgical wounds may also require special care. Your therapist will coordinate with your doctor to develop the best course of care using different wound dressings and education to help with wound closure.