Rehabilitation services in Middle Georgia

Rehabilitation helps patients overcome functional limitations caused by injury or illness. The goal is to help patients achieve the highest level of personal independence possible.

Coliseum Health System offers inpatient rehabilitation at Coliseum Medical Centers. The Uniform Data System for Medical Rehabilitation has recognized our rehabilitation center as one of the country's top inpatient rehab facilities for returning patients home.

Outpatient rehabilitation services are offered on the campus of Coliseum Northside Hospital. Both programs provide patients complete diagnostics and follow-up with the most modern treatment techniques available in a supportive environment.

Please call us at (478) 765-4333 for inpatient rehab to schedule an appointment or for more information.

Personalized care on your road to recovery

We know recovering from an illness or injury can seem difficult. However, our specially trained therapists deliver customized, comprehensive plans just for you. These plans will help you gain the strength and abilities you had to live a normal life.

Specially trained nurses and therapists assist patients in developing and carrying out treatment plans, relearning former skills and acquiring new ones. Social workers meet with patients and their families throughout treatment, assisting in making adjustments to home and family life.

While the rehabilitation team's professional members are necessary, the team's most important members are the patient and their family. It's the family that provides the support network while the patient works hard to achieve their goals.

Conditions we offer rehabilitation for

Rehabilitation is a combination of medical care, therapy and education. Patients increase their strength, knowledge and abilities to return to their normal daily activities as soon as possible. Some of the conditions we provide rehabilitation for include:

  • Acute and chronic conditions
  • Amputations
  • Arthritis
  • Cerebrovascular accidents (strokes) and other neurological conditions
  • Decreased range of motion and endurance limitations
  • Gait and balance disturbances
  • Head trauma
  • Memory deficits
  • Neuromuscular disorders
  • Orthopedic injuries, including sprains and strains
  • Pain in the back, neck, shoulder, arm, leg, knee, foot or ankle
  • Post-surgical conditions
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Speech and language deficits
  • Voice disorders


The Joint Commission National Quality Approval

Coliseum Medical Centers' rehabilitation program is recognized for providing advanced care and outcomes for recovering stroke patients.

Rehabilitation services we provide

Depending on their condition, Coliseum Health System offers the following types of therapy for patients:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy helps patients balance, reduce or eliminate pain, increase strength, restore ability, gait train and learn to use a walker or cane. Benefits include:

  • Improved range of motion, balance and coordination
  • Increased strength and function
  • Pain management
  • Decreased joint swelling and inflammation
  • Fall prevention and safety awareness

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on strength and coordination in the upper extremities and fine motor skills. Occupational therapists help patients with daily living activities. Once they complete therapy, patients should experience the following benefits:

  • Restored abilities or alternative ways in performing daily living skills with activities such as self-care (dressing, bathing, eating and meal preparation)
  • Education and treatment to protect the joints and conserve energy to prevent further deterioration
  • Restored and addressed upper extremity movement and motor skills deficits

Speech and language therapy

Speech and language therapy focuses on relearning and understanding written and spoken language. A speech/language pathologist may also provide swallowing assessments, education or training. Patients should see improvement in the following areas:

  • Regained control of communication and language abilities
  • Improved comprehension and memory to manage daily life skills
  • Improved safe swallowing abilities

Lymphedema therapy

Lymphedema is a condition that results in swelling, most commonly in the arms or legs. Most patients develop lymphedema following surgery or radiation therapy for various cancers. Other patients develop it without an obvious cause. Still, others develop lymphedema after trauma, blood clots or circulation problems.

Signs and symptoms include:

  • Swelling of part or all of the arm or leg, including fingers or toes
  • A feeling of heaviness or tightness in the affected arm or leg
  • Restricted range of motion/movement in the arm or leg
  • Aching or discomfort in the arm or leg
  • Recurring infections in the arm or leg
  • Hardening and thickening of the skin (fibrosis) in the arm or leg

Treatment options

To determine the best course of treatment, one of our lymphedema specialists will perform a thorough evaluation. During this, the specialist evaluates swelling, assesses skin and tissue change and takes a detailed medical history of past attempts to control the disease.

After the evaluation, the therapist and patient together create an individualized plan to address the issues identified. The plan may include:

  • Compression bandaging
  • Manual lymph drainage
  • Exercise
  • Skincare
  • Lymphedema risk reduction strategies
  • Compression garment recommendations
  • Development of a home program
To learn more about our lymphedema program, call (478) 464-1286.

Additional therapy types

We also offer the following types of therapy for specific conditions:

  • Recreational therapy—Focuses on community reintegration and overcoming environmental barriers for people with various behavioral disorders or substance abuse problems
  • Breast cancer surgery rehabilitation—Alleviates common post-surgery side effects such as lymphedema, endurance problems and joint stiffness
  • Vital stimulation for swallowing difficulty—Electrical stimulation that re-trains the muscles in the throat needed to swallow
  • Vertigo and vestibular conditions—Includes exercises such as gaze stabilization, balance, posture, and ergonomic training