Rehabilitation & Therapy

Rebuild or learn skills that make it easier to do your day-to-day activities and hobbies with help from the skilled rehabilitation therapists at UNC Health.

Inpatient, Outpatient & Home Care

You or a loved one can access:

  • Inpatient rehabilitation during a stay in a UNC Health hospital
  • Outpatient services, which means you visit the facility for therapy sessions and go home afterward
  • Home care visits, where a skilled therapist visits your home for therapy sessions

Sometimes, you may start rehabilitation at the hospital and continue to get therapy on an outpatient basis or during home visits until you reach your goals.

Benefits of Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation services can help you:

  • Heal after an injury, illness, surgery, or other procedure so you can return to your hobbies, work, or school more quickly
  • Improve strength, balance, coordination, range of motion, and mobility
  • Improve quality of life and well-being
  • Learn or rebuild developmental, communication, and thinking abilities
  • Learn new ways to do tasks
  • Lessen pain and other symptoms

Services We Offer

Count on your care team to help you create a rehabilitation plan that’s right for you. Depending on your condition, goals, and other factors, you may receive:

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy uses stretches, hands-on care, and massage, education, and other treatments to restore, enhance, or preserve movement abilities. Your physical therapy plan may include:

  • Aquatic therapy – Exercises in a warm pool where movement is easier and less painful for muscles and joints
  • Dry needling – Procedure that places thin needles into trigger points to treat pain

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy helps you learn or relearn activities of daily life related to self-care, work, school, or hobbies. Your occupational therapy plan may include:

  • Adaptive equipment training – Support to learn to use devices that make it easier to do daily activities, such as dressing, bathing, and eating
  • Hand therapy – Specialized rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, or shoulder

Speech & Language Therapy

Speech and language therapy are programs to improve your communication and swallowing abilities. This may include:

  • Apraxia therapy – Helps develop oral motor skills used in speaking
  • VitalStim® therapy – Noninvasive electrical stimulation that treats swallowing disorders

Care for Specific Conditions

You may also benefit from a specialized rehabilitation program for your health condition:

  • Cardiac rehabilitation – Supervised exercise program with education and support to strengthen the heart and improve health
  • Lymphedema therapy – Exercises, manual therapy, wrapping, compression, and skin care to treat swelling due to fluid buildup, often in your limbs
  • Neurological rehabilitation – Program to improve function and reduce symptoms of a nervous system disorder or injury, such as a stroke, concussion, traumatic brain injury, or spinal cord injury
  • Pelvic rehabilitation – Exercises, education, and other techniques to treat pelvic floor muscle conditions, such as continence issues
  • Vestibular therapy – Exercises to treat dizziness and vertigo by improving balance and posture

Prosthetics & Orthotics

Look to UNC Health to recommend, fit, and help you get the most out of:

  • Prosthetic devices – Implants to replace a body part missing at birth or after an injury or amputation
  • Orthotic devices – Device to treat pain or other symptoms and correct certain health problems, such as foot pain

Find a Doctor

Get outstanding, compassionate primary and specialty care from UNC Health. Find a doctor near you to request your appointment and get started.