Neurologic Rehabilitation

New treatment brings new hope
Receiving a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease (PD), Guillain-Barré syndrome or other neurologic diseases can be devastating. RUSH Specialty Hospital - Inpatient Rehabilitation provides the innovative treatment, strategies and support to help you optimize function and independence.
Two nurses help a man sitting on the edge of his hospital bed straighten his leg.

We're here to help

Learning to live with the progressive effects of neurological diseases can be physically and emotionally difficult. Our neuro-rehabilitation specialists understand how challenging this may be for you and your loved ones. We’re here to help by providing advanced treatment, strategies and support to best maintain your independence and enhance your quality of life.

  • We treat a range of neurologic conditions, including but not limited to:

    • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
    • Demyelinating polyneuropathy
    • Guillain-Barré syndrome
    • Multiple sclerosis
    • Parkinson’s disease
    • Peripheral neuropathies
    • Transverse myelitis
  • Our experienced teams of neuro-rehabilitation specialists address a range of physical and functional issues including mobility, speech and cognition.

    Our interdisciplinary teams are led by a physiatrist, a physician board-certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, and includes rehabilitation nurses; physical, occupational and speech therapists; dietitians; case managers and other clinical and support staff as needed.

    Your family members are an important part of the care team and may be asked to participate in therapy sessions to learn about your condition and how to best support you.

  • Every neurologic disease presents its own set of challenges and each patient will respond differently. That’s why we carefully tailor treatment to meet each patient’s needs, helping to:

    • Restore or maintain physical function
    • Enhance skills to perform daily activities
    • Maximize strength, balance and mobility
    • Improve speech and swallowing
    • Manage pain, spasticity or other complications
    • Adjust to social, emotional or behavioral changes
    • Manage medications
    • Improve independence

    We apply evidence-based best practices to help you build or maintain strength and skills. Our approach includes hands-on activities with some aided by leading-edge therapy equipment. Therapy sessions will occur three hours per day for five days per week, or 15 hours over a seven-day period, depending on your tolerance and ability to actively participate.

  • Patients with neurologic diseases may benefit from advanced technologies and proven therapies, such as:

    • Robotic equipment, including the Armeo SpringTrainer®, which helps boost recovery of motor skills
    • Body-weight-supported training and electrical stimulation of the legs to improve balance, gait and mobility
    • Electrical stimulation of the arm, mirror therapy and other strategies to improve upper extremity and hand function
    • VitalStim®, a non-invasive, external electrical stimulation applied to the neck to treat swallowing disorders
    • Computer-based exercises to improve memory, concentration, decision-making and other cognitive skills
    • Adaptive gaming to support social integration and recreational inclusivity
  • Your ability to perform daily activities at home, work, school or in the community is critical to your independence. The therapy team may introduce a variety of tools, techniques and strategies to help you manage tasks such as reaching for objects, getting dressed, preparing meals and eating.
our patients say it best
Amirah's story
After several tests, Amirah was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a condition in which the immune system attacks the body’s nerves.

Managing a Neurologic Disease? We Can Help.

We will work closely with you, your family, your physician/neurologist and/or the referring hospital to ensure a smooth transition to RUSH Specialty Hospital - Inpatient Rehabilitation.