Specialized Therapy Programs

Medical Rehabilitation - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY
Medical Rehabilitation - ECMC Hospital, Buffalo, NY

In addition to more standard rehabilitation offerings, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, ECMC also cares for patients with specialized therapy programs tailored to their specific circumstances.

Amputation Rehabilitation Program

Our rehabilitation program for amputees includes pre-prosthetic training, prosthetic prescription, and prosthetic training. The prosthetic team includes a rehabilitation medicine physician, prosthetist, and physical therapist who meet regularly to evaluate patients and make recommendations.

Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Community re-entry skill development groups are used in a team approach to help patients who have suffered traumatic brain injury develop the skills they need to return to the community. This activity-based approach provides opportunities to improve problem solving, decision-making, fine/gross motor coordination, functional mobility, social skills, and self-esteem.

Driver Evaluation & Adaptive Driving Program

Our driver evaluation program determines an individual’s ability to begin or resume driving, taking into consideration their physical, cognitive, or visual deficits. This evaluation consists of an in-vehicle and in-clinic evaluation performed by an occupational therapist. The therapist then makes recommendations for any adaptive driving equipment or training that may be necessary.

Hand Therapy

Our occupational therapists specializing in hand therapy use a combination of treatments, splinting, and patient education to address diagnoses such as fractures, tendon repairs, carpal tunnel syndrome, and arthritis.

Musculoskeletal Conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions such as sprains, strains, tendonitis, bursitis, weakness, and limited motion are treated in a holistic manner to ensure complete recovery. Our treatment options at ECMC include patient education, restoration of normal motion, muscle strengthening, and methods to decrease pain.

Pain Management Center

The Pain Management Center provides a multidisciplinary approach to address the complex needs of individuals with pain. Our members include specialists in physiatry, anesthesia, pain psychology, physical and occupational therapy, orthopedics, yoga, tai-chi, chiropractic acupuncture, and massage, as well as consultation with dietary as needed.

Primary Care for People with Disabilities

ECMC’s primary care program for people with disabilities is staffed by a physician trained in both rehabilitation medicine and internal medicine, giving us the capability to provide health services to individuals with a wide variety of disabilities.

Spinal Cord Rehabilitation

Spinal cord rehabilitation is an interdisciplinary program designed to complete the continuum of care from the hospital to home. This program focuses on maximizing the individual’s strength and endurance, defining wheelchair and equipment needs, helping patients re-enter the community, and exploring opportunities for vocational/avocational pursuits.

Spine Care for Back and Neck Injury

Spine care offers individuals with back and neck injuries a full continuum of care with physical and occupational therapy as integral components. The program is designed to help individuals understand the cause of their pain and manage their symptoms, and to assist in achieving their maximum level of functioning.

Stroke Recovery and Head Trauma Rehabilitation

Our stroke and head trauma rehabilitation programs consist of a multidisciplinary team approach to assist survivors in recovering to their fullest potential. Treatment is based on improving function and meeting each individual’s therapeutic goals.

Wheelchair and Seating Evaluations

Wheelchair and seating evaluations are performed by a specially trained occupational therapist. This therapist works with equipment vendors to ensure patients receive the latest technology and the maximum insurance benefits available for recommended equipment.

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