Physical therapists in South Tampa

At HCA Florida South Tampa Hospital, we are committed to providing complete care for patients. One way this is accomplished is through physical therapy and rehabilitation support for surgical and non-surgical patients—such as those recovering from a stroke or injury. Following an evaluation, our team of rehabilitation specialists creates a customized treatment plan to maximize the benefits of therapy and achieve patient goals.

To learn more about the rehabilitation services at our hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (855) 245-8329.

Therapy and rehabilitation services

Rehabilitation is a multidisciplinary specialty that combines a variety of treatment methods. Similarly, there are many reasons you might need it. For example, continuing orthopedic care following a joint replacement surgery, assistance relearning daily tasks after a stroke or treatment for swallowing disorders.

We offer the following modes of therapy, which can be used in combination with each other or independently:

  • Physical therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Speech-language therapy

Physical therapy

The physical therapists at our hospital work with patients to relieve pain, improve mobility, restore impaired function and prevent or limit the effect of permanent physical disabilities. The experienced therapists will develop an individualized rehabilitation program tailored to each patient's unique needs and abilities.

Physical therapists treat patients affected by a wide range of conditions, including:

  • Back and neck injuries
  • Neurological conditions, such as Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis (MS) and Lou Gehrig's disease (also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS)
  • Cerebrovascular accident (stroke)
  • Heart attack
  • Orthopedic conditions, including sprains, strains, fractures and sports injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Joint replacement and other surgeries
  • Osteoporosis
  • Work-related injuries

We are equipped with advanced therapeutic equipment and treatment techniques in for all types of therapies. Each patient will be closely monitored during therapy. At-home exercises may be prescribed to reinforce your treatment. Additionally, you may be shown additional techniques to prevent recurring injury and maintain renewed mobility.

Occupational therapy

The occupational therapists at our hospital are focused on helping patients relearn and/or regain physical and cognitive abilities that allow them to carry out activities associated with daily living. Some of these activities include bathing, dressing and toileting. Occupational therapy is especially valuable for patients recovering from a stroke or brain injury. People with disorders such as Parkinson's disease and multiple sclerosis (MS) can also benefit from this therapy, especially in combination with physical therapy.

Each patient will receive a thorough evaluation and dedicated, one-on-one support from an occupational therapist to help maximize patient skills and abilities.

Speech-language therapy

The speech therapists at our hospital work with patients to improve their abilities to speak, listen, read, write, organize and solve problems. Speech therapy is known to be especially effective for patients whose abilities were impaired by a stroke or head injury, as well as patients who experience speech impediments, such as stuttering and sudden hearing loss. It may also benefit patients with a developmental disability or condition, such as cerebral palsy.

Dedicated services are available for patients with swallowing problems, including barium swallow studies to diagnose the cause of a swallowing difficulty and identify the best form of treatment. Speech therapists at our hospital are trained in providing advanced treatment for swallowing disorders. They use electrical stimulation to increase strength and coordination of the swallowing muscles. This form of therapy has proven to be effective in helping patients improve their quality of life and regain the ability to eat and drink normally.