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Outpatient Rehabilitation

Baton Rouge General’s outpatient rehabilitation team offers a comprehensive physical therapy program that restores physical function and mobility and promotes proper physical function. Our therapists are specially trained to provide the highest level of patient care for patients recovering from injuries or surgery and those who are suffering from conditions including Parkinson’s Disease, cancer and stroke.

Services Provided:

Burn Rehabilitation

If you have suffered a burn injury, you may be at risk of scar formation and impairments, joint changes, sensory loss, edema, pain, impaired ventilation/aerobic capacity, impaired activity tolerance, impaired balance, coordination, and strength. Burn injuries can also cause impaired mobility and difficulty performing daily living activities.

Our team of burn rehabilitation therapists help you during your healing journey and help with range of motion, scar management, assistance with edema reduction and swallowing and communication treatment.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation

Many patients require help to recover after a heart attack, heart surgery or heart disease. Our team of cardiac rehabilitation therapists help you regain a healthy and energetic lifestyle to lower your risk for future heart complications.

Baton Rouge General’s 12-week cardiac reconditioning program includes:

  • Tailored exercise routines using walking, cycling and other cardiovascular activities that will help strengthen your heart. Sessions are customized for your fitness level and your therapist will ensure you are always safely and properly exercising.
  • A healthy eating plan developed by registered dietitians who will work with you to ensure your diet plan fits your lifestyle. They will also motivate you, track your progress and help you find ways to continue your progress.
  • Emotional support from our therapists who understand that dealing with heart disease can sometimes cause depression, fear, anxiety or stress. Our trained counselors will help you and your family cope with these feelings and find comfort in your new, healthy lifestyle.

Click here to learn more about the cardiac rehabilitation program.

Cancer Rehabilitation

Dealing with a cancer diagnosis can be difficult, and at times cancer treatment can be just as taxing on your body. During treatment, you may experience physical issues such as pain, numbness, swelling, lymphedema and trouble walking.

Exercise and mobility play a significant role in your cancer fight. Our team of therapists provides the support to help get you moving and help manage difficulties that come along with your treatment to help make your cancer journey more comfortable.

For more information on our cancer services, call (225) 763-4050 (Bluebonnet) or (225) 381-6520 (Mid City) or email Rehab@brgeneral.org.

Lymphedema Rehabilitation

Lymphedema is a condition that results from lymphatic fluid accumulation that can occur after surgery or radiation treatments. It also causes painful and uncomfortable swelling in your arm, leg, head or neck.

Baton Rouge General is proud to be the region’s only lymphedema treatment center recognized by the National Lymphedema Network. Our specially trained lymphedema therapists work with you to promote physical and psychological recovery and support you with post-surgical expectations, edema control, exercise and lymphedema management.

Our lymphedema therapists are also certified instructors for Healthy Steps' "Moving You to Better Health with the Lebed Method." This fun, therapeutic exercise and movement program is open to all who have had cancer, radiation, chemotherapy and any chronic disorders such as lymphedema or edema. Click here for a list of classes.

Call (225) 763-4243 to speak with one of our lymphedema therapists.

Neurologic Rehabilitation

Our team of rehabilitation therapists provides treatment for several neurological conditions, including stroke, brain and spinal cord injury, and degenerative disorders such as Muscular Dystrophy and Multiple Sclerosis. Our team is also specially trained and certified to treat patients with Parkinson’s Disease through the highly effective LSVT BIG™ and LOUD™ programs.

LSVT BIGand LOUD

The LSVT BIG and LOUD programs have been developed and scientifically researched over the past 20 years with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to treat patients who suffer from speech and mobility issues as a result of Parkinson’s Disease. LSVT BIG and LOUD treatment consist of 16 sessions (4 consecutive days a week for 4 weeks) during which you will use exercise and training to improve limb and body movement, as well as voice and speech performance.

Treatment Benefits:

  • Improved vocal loudness
  • Improved speech intelligibility
  • Increased facial expression
  • Faster walking
  • Improved balance
  • Increased trunk rotation

Orthopedic Rehabilitation

Getting the right physical therapy after orthopedic surgery is crucial for maximizing the benefits of your surgery. Our team of rehabilitation therapists help you regain your range of motion and resume normal activities as quickly as possible.

Pediatric Rehabilitation

At Baton Rouge General, our Pediatric Rehabilitation Department is dedicated to helping kids get back to doing what they do best --- being kids!

Our physical, occupational and speech therapists have advanced certifications and years of experience working with children of all ages and abilities. Our programs help children learn basic developmental skills such as eating, dressing, walking, writing and communicating. We customize your child’s treatment plan to fit his or her individual needs and personality. Together, we work to maximize every child’s potential.

Services Provided:

Physical Therapy:

  • Custom orthoses and splinting
  • Partial body weight gait training
  • Pediatric neurodevelopmental treatment
  • Functional equipment assessments
  • Range of motion serial casting
  • Custom wheelchair assessments
  • Sensory integration therapy
  • Early motor intervention
  • Infant massage
  • Pelvic health
  • Post-concussion treatment (under age 12)
  • Car seat safety

Occupational Therapy:

  • Sensory integration
  • Handwriting Without Tears program
  • Visual motor skills
  • Interactive metronome
  • Fine motor skills
  • Daily living activities
  • Visual perception
  • Infant massage

Speech Therapy:

  • Language disorders
  • Stuttering
  • Auditory processing
  • Feeding
  • Swallowing
  • Oral motor skills
  • Articulation
  • Voice
  • Social language
  • Tongue tie/Lip tie
  • Phonemic awareness
  • It Takes Two to Talk