Rehabilitation Services: Helping you get back your life

The rehabilitation experts at UW Health evaluate and treat conditions that affect the muscles, nerves, bones and joints causing dysfunction and decreased quality of life. We provide physical, occupational and speech therapy and orthotics and prosthetics for people of all ages. We will work with you so you can get back to doing the things that are important to you.

Our programs

Specialized services for your unique needs

A referral from a health care clinician is required for occupational therapy, inpatient care. Speech therapy and orthotics. For physical therapy, you can schedule using direct access which means you do not need a referral to schedule. Contact any or our locations that offer physical therapy.

We provide care and offer specialty programs for patients who suffer an injury, undergo surgery or live with a chronic condition.

Please note that not all services are available at all locations.

Our services

Our 50-bed rehabilitation hospital offers care and services to those who need more extensive rehabilitation. It has programs for those recovering from:

  • Amputation 

  • Brain injury 

  • Burns 

  • Complex orthopedic injury or surgery

  • Spinal cord injury 

  • Stroke

Our team works with you to help you reach your highest level of recovery.

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Lymphedema is swelling in your arms or legs that occurs when lymph (a fluid that’s part of your immune system) doesn’t drain well. It sometimes happens after cancer treatment and can also be present at birth or have other causes.

Venous edema affects your veins. It causes symptoms similar to lymphedema, and our highly trained therapists treat it similarly.

Learn more about our lymphedema and venous edema services

Orthopedic physical therapy focuses on restoring musculoskeletal function that has been lost, such as damage to the patient’s joint, tendons, ligaments, muscles and bones.

Orthotics and prosthetics

We design and fit people with a variety of custom orthoses (devices that provide support or correct alignment issues of the spine or limbs). We also design and fit prostheses (artificial limbs), which we often make in our on-site lab. Follow-up care and education are among our services.

Prosthetic rehabilitation

Therapy can be an essential part of recovery if you’ve had an amputation. Our team works to help you be as mobile and independent as possible with an artificial limb.

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Children have unique needs. Our pediatric rehabilitation specialists provide care at American Family Children’s Hospital and at outpatient clinics to provide all types of therapy. They work to help kids return home and to school. Conditions they treat include: 

  • Cerebral palsy 

  • Developmental disabilities 

  • Neuromuscular disease 

  • Nonverbal learning disorders 

  • Spinal cord injuries 

  • Traumatic brain injury

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Pelvic floor disorders affect the muscles and tissues in your lower pelvis. They can lead to pain, incontinence and other bowel and bladder issues. 

We have therapists who are experts in these conditions. They use many techniques and exercises to help you achieve improved bowel and bladder control.

Competitive athletes and weekend warriors can both experience sports injuries. Physical therapy offered through Sports Rehabilitation Services helps you get back in the game safely. Our team can also help improve sports performance for athletes of all levels.

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Related services

Conditions and treatments

Overcoming illness and injry

We treat a wide range of conditions with the goal of helping you be as functional, mobile, pain-free and independent as possible. Not all services provided at all locations

Conditions we treat

Rehabilitation can help you manage or recover from:

  • Age-related conditions

  • Amputation 

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Arthritis 

  • Back and neck pain 

  • Bone, tendon, ligament and muscle injuries 

  • Cancer-related disorders

  • Cerebral palsy

  • Concussions

  • Degenerative diseases of the nervous system

  • Developmental disorders

  • Dizziness and balance instability

  • Hand and upper extremity injuries and conditions

  • Jaw pain (TMJ)

  • Joint replacement 

  • Lymphedema 

  • Meniere's disease

  • Motion sickness

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Movement disorders 

  • Multiple sclerosis 

  • Nerve injury 

  • Neuromuscular diseases

  • Nonverbal learning disorders

  • Parkinson’s disease 

  • Pelvic floor disorders, including incontinence and constipation

  • Scoliosis

  • Spinal Cord injury

  • Spondylolisthesis

  • Sports injuries 

  • Stenosis

  • Stroke 

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Venous edema

  • Vertigo

  • Vestibular dysfunction

  • Weakness and deconditioning

  • Whiplash

  • Compression bandages and edema control garments 

  • Desensitization and sensory reeducation 

  • Dry needling

  • Fall prevention programs 

  • Joint mobilization 

  • Neuromuscular retraining 

  • Pain management 

  • Patient and family education 

  • Skilled individualized exercise programs

  • Splinting 

  • Strengthening and range of motion programs 


Care where you need it

We have clinics located throughout Madison and Northern Illinois.

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Experts to help you

At UW Health we specialize in the evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal injuries, pain, post-surgical rehab and functional dysfunction getting in the way of living your life.

Physical therapy
Occupational therapy
Pediatric physical therapy
Pediatric occupational therapy
Speech language pathology
Pediatric speech language pathology
Orthotics and prosthetics
Licensed athletic training

Getting you back to the activities you enjoy

Joint pain, a broken bone or other conditions that affect how your body moves can sideline you from the activities you enjoy. Our orthopedic specialists can treat your orthopedic needs.

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