Where You'll Work

Therapists at UAB have the opportunity to work anywhere along the continuum of care. Rehabilitation Therapy Services offers therapists opportunities to gain experience in a variety of venues, including acute care, inpatient rehabilitation, outpatient therapy services, inpatient and outpatient psychiatry, and research and development.

UAB Hospital is a 1,000+ bed acute care hospital and Level 1 trauma center. The goal of therapy at this level is to facilitate early mobilization, restore function, prevent further decline and to facilitate patient discharge to the next level in the continuum of care.

Overview:

OT/PT/ST and music therapy services are all available upon referral from the medical doctor in the acute care setting. Patients are generally treated bedside in the 1000+ bed hospital and Level 1 trauma center, however satellite therapy gyms are available for treatment.

Patient Population:

Neonatal to geriatric patients are seen on the units listed below.

Units:

  • Trauma and Burn ICU/ Step-down
  • Heart Transplant ICU
  • Neuroscience ICU
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Stroke Center
  • Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Trauma
  • GI Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
  • Gynecology
  • Respiratory Services
  • Bone Marrow Transplant Unit
  • Vascular Services
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Cardiology Unit
  • Cardiac Intensive Care Unit
  • Oncology
  • General Medicine
  • Palliative Care Unit

SRC is a 49-bed inpatient rehabilitation facility that offers a comprehensive team of physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, recreational therapists and music therapists to assist patients in achieving the optimal level of function so he or she can return home. Therapists working within SRC have the opportunity to collaborate with in-house MD’s, psychologists, nurse practitioners and nurses to provide high quality care.  

Overview:

Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC) is a specialty hospital connected to UAB Hospital. It houses a 49 bed (all private) inpatient rehab facility as well as outpatient therapy and MD services. SRC is a multidisciplinary treatment facility promoting team a approach between OT/PT/ST/RT, psychology, nursing, physicians and support staff. The overall goal at SRC is to promote the optimal level of function in each patient so that he or she can return home. SRC offers a wide range of nationally recognized programs for inpatient and outpatient therapies and MD services. Spain Rehab is one of only 14 spinal cord injury model systems and one of 16 traumatic brain injury model systems in the nation.

Patient Population:

Inpatient Therapy
For admittance to SRC, a person must be able to tolerate a minimum of 3 hours of therapy per day and also require medical management and nursing rehabilitation services. All rooms for inpatient rehab are private and family is strongly encouraged to stay and participate in all aspects of the rehabilitation program. Each patient, upon admission, is assigned to a therapy team with whom they primarily work with during their stay. Therapy is provided 6 of 7 days per week and generally on a 1:1 basis. Diagnoses treated include spinal cord injury, traumatic and non-traumatic brain injury, stroke, orthopedic, trauma, musculoskeletal, other neurological diagnoses, amputation and general debility. 

Outpatient Therapy
Each person upon referral from a physician is scheduled for an evaluation for each therapy prescribed. Therapy sessions are typically one hour in length with each discipline and can range from 1-5 times per week. OT/PT/ST and audiology are all available and Spain Rehab therapists work closely with the referring physicians to ensure optimal outcomes for each person.

Click here for more information on Spain Rehab Center.

The outpatient therapy department at Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC) provides occupational, physical, speech and audiology services to a wide range of patients. Outpatients are typically referred after completion of an inpatient therapy program, but also are referred by physicians within the community and outlying areas, as well as the acute care hospital.

Overview:

The outpatient therapy department at Spain Rehabilitation Center (SRC) provides physical, occupational, speech therapy and audiology services to a wide range of patients from adolescents to geriatrics. Therapists have the advantage of collaborating with “in-house” physicians for optimal outcomes. The outpatient therapy department is a unique and challenging setting in which to work because of the wide variety of patients that are referred.

Patient Population:  

  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Traumatic and Non-Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Stroke
  • Orthopedics
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Neurological (MS, MG, ALS, Huntington's, Parkinson's)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Lymphedema
  • Burns
  • Wounds
  • Amputations
  • Debility

Specialty Outpatient Clinics:

  • Driving Rehabilitation Services
  • Wheelchair Seating Clinic
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation Clinic
  • Augmentative Alternative Communication Clinic
  • Aquatic Therapy
  • ALS Clinic
  • Huntington's Clinic
  • Burn Clinic
  • Osteoporosis Clinic

Therapy and structured rehabilitation programs are provided for adults, adolescents and geriatrics. Therapy intervenes with these clients to assist with problem solving, coping skills, anxiety management, and time management for productive daily skills. Diagnoses treated include alcohol abuse and addiction, schizophrenia, depression, and other general psychiatry diagnoses.

Overview: 

Occupational, recreational, and music therapists enjoy working in psychiatry to assist patients with restoring function, teach coping and stress management skills, identify abilities, provide opportunities for socialization, and teach behavior modification. Therapists also collaborate with the adolescent residential treatment program. Physical therapy consults with follow-up treatment are available for those patients in need from the acute care services.

Patient Population:

Client populations include adolescents to geriatrics. Specific diagnoses treated include: schizophrenia, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, substance abuse, opposition defiance disorder, and depression.

The Taub Therapy Clinic is an outpatient specialty program where people in the chronic stage of recovery following CVA, TBI and other neurological deficits undergo intensive therapy called Constraint Induced (CI) Movement Therapy.

Overview:

This specialty outpatient clinic is world renowned for its interventions and outcomes that have been researched and developed by Dr. Edward Taub, Ph.D., MD. Patients receiving services in the Taub Clinic for neurological dysfunctions must be greater than six months post initial injury. It is indicated for chronic dysfunction of upper or lower extremity. Therapy takes place for 3.5 to 4 hours a day for 2-3 consecutive weeks, 5 days per week. CI Therapy offers therapists opportunities to evaluate, develop the individualized treatment plan and provide the interventions established per protocol with an on-site physician.

Patient Population:

  • CVA/TBI in chronic stage of recovery
  • Other neurological diagnoses (i.e. brain tumor resection)


For more information on the Taub Clinic click here.


 

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