Physical Rehabilitation Services

Rush physical rehabilitation offers patient-centered, customized inpatient and outpatient rehab care to help you regain function and improve quality of life.

Rush physical rehabilitation offers patient-centered, customized inpatient and outpatient rehab care to help you regain function and improve quality of life.

Rush physical rehabilitation offers patient-centered, customized inpatient and outpatient rehab care to help you regain function and improve quality of life.


CARF-Certified Rehab Facilities

Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center are certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), affirming the outstanding quality of our rehab services and programs.

The Rush Approach to Physical Rehabilitation Services

If you have a disabling injury or medical condition and need help recovering, Rush offers a continuum of care to assist and encourage you every step of the way.

You'll find a spectrum of rehabilitation services at our Rush hospitals, and teams of compassionate experts focused on empowering you reach your personal goals. We bring together the most advanced technologies and current knowledge to restore as much function as possible, improve your quality of life and enable you to return to your normal routine.

You can access Rush rehabilitation services in the following ways:

Our Areas of Care

Cardiac Rehabilitation Services

A 12-week program to help you build strength and endurance, address emotional barriers and make lifestyle changes to prevent future cardiovascular issues.

Inpatient Rehab Services

Patient-centered in-hospital rehabilitative care to help you have a successful recovery and safely transition back home after an illness, injury or surgery.

Occupational Therapy Services

Improving your ability to perform everyday tasks, like bathing and cooking, with therapy plans customized for your needs.

Physiatry Services

Whole-body physical rehabilitation specialists offer nonsurgical solutions for chronic pain and help you rehabilitate after an injury or surgery.

Physical Therapy Services

Customized, state-of-the-art care to relieve pain and regain function lost due to an injury, surgery or medical condition.

Pulmonary Rehabilitation Services

Customized rehab to help people with COPD, emphysema, pulmonary hypertension, lung cancer or another lung disease get stronger and feel better.

Speech Therapy Services

Helping people of all ages manage problems related to speech, language, cognitive communication and swallowing.

Skilled Care

Around-the-clock skilled nursing care and customized therapy to help you regain strength and function after a hospital stay, so you can safely go home or transition to a long-term care facility.

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Rush Excellence in Physical Rehabilitation

  • Highest level of accreditation: At Rush, we're focused on continually enhancing the quality of our rehabilitation services and programs — all for your benefit. That's why both Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center have received certification from the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF). CARF certification means a rehab program has met the most rigorous quality standards, and you can trust the care you're getting. Rush Copley's outpatient therapy clinic is also CARF-accredited.
  • CMS recognition: Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital both received five stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — the top rating — and Rush Copley Medical Center received four stars from CMS. These ratings reflect that Rush hospitals provide the highest quality care, most positive outcomes and best patient experience. Only 7% of U.S. hospitals have earned five stars.
  • A commitment to patient-focused care: Everything Rush physical rehabilitation specialists do, every day, is centered around you. We don't just look at which therapy will relieve your symptoms or improve function; we make sure that your emotional, psychological and spiritual needs are met as well. Our compassion and patients-first approach are big reasons why Rush's patient satisfaction scores for rehab services are higher than 90% for all three Rush hospitals.
  • Giving you a continuum of rehab care: Very few Illinois inpatient rehab facilities are connected to hospitals, so you have to be transported from the hospital to the rehab facility after discharge — and, often, back to the hospital for follow-up appointments during your rehab stay. Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center patients who need to rehabilitate before going home are able to remain within our hospitals, with easy access to their Rush providers. And because our physiatrists and therapists care for both inpatients and outpatients, we can make sure you receive the appropriate care at every stage of your recovery.
  • Comprehensive services, from A to Z: Our rehab experts stay up-to-date on the latest treatment recommendations, so you can feel confident that your treatment plan is based on current research. Our holistic approach to care includes everything from animal-assisted therapy, injections and pelvic floor therapy to innovative treatments like Eksoskeleton robotic gait training and the Bertec balance assessment and retraining system. We also offer specialty clinics to provide prosthetic, orthotic and wheelchair fittings, and driving rehabilitation to help you get back behind the wheel safely.
  • Specialized rehab programs for heart and lung health: If you have a heart or lung condition, or are recovering from heart or lung surgery, you may benefit from our small-group rehab programs. Cardiac rehabilitation gives you tools and support to lead a heart-healthier life. Pulmonary rehabilitation provides education, breathing techniques, nutrition counseling, supervised exercise and more. These specialized programs, held at Rush Copley and Rush Oak Park Hospital, can help strengthen your heart and lungs to lower your risk of future heart or lung issues, decrease pain and medication use, reduce hospital readmissions, and improve your overall well-being and quality of life.

Clinical Trials

Researchers at Rush are investigating new physical rehabilitation treatments.

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Patricia Worley receiving treatment on Bertec system

My balance was off and I had trouble with my eyes. I never felt like myself. By the time I finished therapy in March, I was much, much better.

Read Patricia's story