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Rehabilitation & Therapy Services

Rehabilitation and Therapy Services staff treats a wide variety of medical conditions. Physicians and patients choose McLaren for our expertise in treating both the most complex and most common conditions relating to illness and injury. Our rehabilitation program helps individuals lead more independent and fulfilling lives and the staff exemplifies the skills, compassion and professionalism to work with patients of all ages.

McLaren Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine at McLaren Clarkston

The McLaren Clarkston Physical Therapy and Sports Center is a state-of-the-art facility with a highly trained and caring staff that provides comprehensive therapy services for persons of all ages recovering from a variety of medical conditions. In addition, our center also serves those who are seeking to maintain or improve their overall health and fitness. Part of the McLaren Oakland rehabilitation program, this center combines exercise and strength training with manual therapy and specialized services to meet the unique needs of each individual.

The McLaren Fitness Center offers a variety of free weights and equipment including CYBEX exercise stations, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, NuSteps, ARC trainer, and a MedX neck and back strengthening system. In addition to cutting edge fitness equipment, we also offer industry leading treatment options such as Frenzel Goggles (video recording goggles that assist physicians with diagnosing balance/vestibular problems), a biofeedback unit with computerized training designed to treat pelvic floor dysfunctions, and a wide array of modalities for pain management (ultrasound, electrical stimulation, moist heat, and mechanical traction) .

Physical Therapy treatment at McLaren Clarkston begins with a referral from your doctor. At your first appointment your licensed physical therapist will perform a detailed evaluation of your specific problem, set mutual goals, and establish an individualized treatment plan.

The licensed physical therapists and physical therapist assistants at McLaren Clarkston are skilled in the evaluation and treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal and neurological conditions/dysfunctions/injuries as well as offer specialized programs for Balance and Vestibular conditions, Women’s Health problems including pelvic pain, incontinence, and back pain during pregnancy, Lymphedema, Spinal dysfunctions, and Cancer Survivors. These experts work with you to provide personalized one- on- one evidence based care to improve the quality of your life – rebuilding strength, mobility, endurance and function while reducing pain. Your treatment may include exercise to improve strength, mobility, balance, and function along with modalities such as ultrasound, electrical stimulation, heat or ice to control pain and swelling as well as appropriate manual techniques as needed, and patient education regarding your condition. Our goal is to empower you to reach your goals throughout your recovery.

Every patient receives a customized home exercise program designed specifically for your needs. In addition, every patient receives an After Care Membership to enable them to continue to utilize our facilities free of charge for one month post discharge and thereafter, for a nominal charge.

Rehab Services Offered

Rehabilitation & Therapy Services: Frequently Asked Questions

Outpatient Rehabilitation

Q. Do I need a Doctor's prescription for therapy?
A. Yes, a prescription for therapy is needed. Please bring your prescription with you to your first appointment, or the physician's office can fax it to us. 

Q. How do I schedule an appointment?
 Call one of our conveniently located facilities and our staff will be able to assist you.

Q. How long does a typical therapy session last?
A. Therapy sessions may vary based on individual needs of the client. Most sessions last approximately 45 minutes. If more than one type of therapy is required, allow 45 minutes for each type of therapy.

Q. Will my insurance cover therapy?
A. We recommend that you contact your insurance provider to verify coverage for therapy. During the admission process, our admitting staff will be glad to assist you with any questions.

In-Patient Rehabilitation

Q. What should I expect during my stay at the inpatient rehabilitation unit?
A. You will receive 3 hours of therapy daily, at least 5 days per week. A multidisciplinary team will work with you to improve your independence in order to return home. 

Q. Who makes up the multi-disciplinary team?
A. The team includes rehabilitation physician, medical physician, neuropsychologist, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech and language pathologists, recreational therapists, nurses, case managers, social workers, and dieticians.

Acute Care Rehabilitation

Q. How long will I be in the hospital?
A. Most people are well enough to be discharged two-three days after their surgery.

Q. How long will I need to use my walker, cane or crutches?
A. Your orthopedic surgeon and physical therapist will give you a recovery plan before you leave the hospital.

Q. When can I use the stairs?
A. You should be able to go up and down stairs as soon as your therapist deems it appropriate. Your therapist will assist you in performing the stairs safely during your hospital stay.

Q. When can I drive?
A.Your surgeon will tell you when you can drive again.

Q. When can I return to work?
A. Most patients are cleared by their physician in eight weeks to return to work, however, this is dependent upon your work related physical demands.

Q. When can I shower?
 Most patients can resume showering activities upon discharge from the hospital but you are instructed to avoid immersing the surgical wound in water until cleared by your physician.

Q. When can I resume sports activities?
A. Most patients are able to resume low impact sporting activities in approximately 8 to 12 weeks. High impact sporting activities must be cleared by your surgeon.