Patient Education

Outpatient Rehabilitation Program

An Outpatient Rehabilitation Program is an individualized, coordinated, outcomes-focused program that promotes early intervention and optimizes the activities and participation of the person’s served.  The goals and outcomes of each individual may require a multidisciplinary approach to achieve the desired result for the individual.

Who Can Enroll?

The Outpatient Rehabilitation Program of Care is appropriate for people who have:

  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Workplace Injuries
  • Post-Operative and Post-Surgical Rehabilitation care of the Musculoskeletal system (Joints, Tendons, Bones, Meniscus, Cartilage and muscles)
  • Post-Stroke Mobility and Function
  • Disk Herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Spinal Instability
  • Headaches (Cervicogenic, Migraine, Tension-Type)
  • Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction(TMJ)
  • Muscle strains
  • Postural strain
  • Ligament sprains/tears
  • Ankle sprains
  • Knee injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL)
  • Shin Splints
  • Bursitis
  • Nerve entrapments
  • Tendonitis / Tendonosis / Tendonopathy
  • Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Repetitive strain or cumulative trauma disorders (tissue/muscle overuse)
  • Rib joint sprain/dysfunction,
  • Tailbone pain (coccydynia)
  • Shoulder Impingement
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries or Repairs
  • Adhesive Capsulitis (Frozen Shoulder)
  • Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow)
  • Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow)
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • DeQuervain's Syndrome
  • Iliotibial (IT) Band Syndrome
  • Patellofemoral Syndrome
  • Post-Surgical Rehabilitation

Exclusion Criteria

The above eligibility criteria exclude person’s who have significant red flags such as Neurological deficit (major motor weakness, disturbance of bowel or bladder control), Infection (fever, urinary tract infection (UTI), intravenous (IV) drug use, immune suppression), Fracture, Tumour.

What Can I Expect On My First Visit?

An initial assessment for treatment planning is conducted by a Health Care Provider at the start of the Program of Care.  The assessment includes the taking of a complete history, subjective evaluation of the primary complaints related to the injury, a thorough physical examination including range of motion evaluation, orthopedic testing, muscle testing, and neurological testing.  The Health Care Provider will also administer outcome measures to obtain baseline measures of pain and function. These may include, but are not limited to the Numeric Pain Rating Scale (NPRS), the Oswestry Disability Index, the Neck Disability Index (NDI), the Lower Extremity Functional Scale (LEFS), or the Upper Extremity Functional Scale (UEFS).

The Health Care Provider will also assess for possible Yellow flags which can indicate psychological risk factors that may have an impact on their recovery as a result of  behavior, expectations and recovery from injury.  A discussion on achievable goals from the treatment program will be discussed as well as responsibilities of the person’s served and Health Care Provider through the duration of the program.

What Is The Duration Of The Program?

The duration of the Outpatient Rehabilitation Program of Care is determined after the initial assessment and is dependent on the needs of each individual person served, including the severity of the injury and may vary based on factors which may delay recovery.

When Will I Be Discharged?

To be discharged from the Outpatient Rehabilitation Program, one or more of the following criteria must be met:

  1. The person’s served has achieved the goals that have been established with the rehabilitation team.
  2. The services of the Health Care Providers are no longer necessary or appropriate.
  3. The person’s served's progress has reached a plateau and he or she is no longer benefiting from the services of the program.
  4. When the person’s served is unable to tolerate the demands of the program and the appropriate referrals have been made.