Physical therapy and rehabilitation services

At HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake provides rehabilitation and physical therapy services and comprehensive care to aid in the recovery process after stroke, disease, injury or surgery.

The Inpatient Rehabilitation Center at HCA Houston Clear Lake is committed to the highest level of excellence in the care of every patient. As a hospital-based program, we provide the best rehabilitation experience in the Houston Bay Area with a continuum of care that meets your needs as you progress.

A dedicated wing within an acute-care setting, the Inpatient Rehabilitation Center equipped with every service you need on your journey to recovery, including:

  • Self-contained gym and exercise area, as well as a training kitchen and bathroom
  • 24/7 access to supplementary care, including imaging, emergency, dialysis and pharmacy
  • Access to in-house diabetic and ostomy education services

Our rehabilitation team is dedicated to working with you every step of your recovery and include:

  • Board-certified doctors in neurology and internal medicine
  • Certified rehabilitation registered nurses
  • Specialists in physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • Physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language therapists
  • Licensed dieticians to maintain nutritional needs that support healing
  • Social workers to ensure a smooth transition back to the community

Physical therapy and rehabilitation services

Patients may require inpatient rehabilitation for reasons spanning from injury to arthritis. Our center offers services for a range of conditions resulting from brain dysfunction or injury, heart conditions, cancer, lung diseases, neurological disorders and neuromuscular diseases.

We provide patients with one-on-one service, three hours a day, five days a week in at least two of our three modalities.

  • Physical therapy - combines elements of education, exercise, and pain management to restore overall strength, mobility, and endurance. This therapy helps patients to build muscle, learn new ways to move, and limit or prevent permanent physical disabilities.
  • Occupational therapy - focuses on the ability to accomplish the activities of daily living. This is also referred to as the “occupations” of self-care, including eating, dressing, bathing and toileting.
  • Speech-language therapy - addresses communication and language skills, in addition to swallowing disorders and voice disorders.

Stroke and neurological rehabilitation

The Stroke Program at our Inpatient Rehabilitation Center provides customized treatment plans depending on the stroke’s location, type, and severity. Our comprehensive program integrates rehabilitation therapies to help survivors regain physical functioning, increase independence, and implement lifestyle changes to prevent future strokes.

Neurological rehabilitation is often required following neurosurgery or neuro-interventional procedures. Neurological rehab may consist of speech therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, wound care, cardiovascular care and/or pain management.

Stroke is also a common condition that requires neurological rehabilitation as are neurological disorders and neuromuscular diseases, such as Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), Multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease.

Patients may be referred to our inpatient rehabilitation program by a physician, discharge planner, family or staff member, case manager, social services professional or third-party payer. Our clinical liaison will complete onsite screening to determine the patient’s needs and appropriateness for our inpatient rehabilitation program. Admission requires that patients:

  • Need at least two disciplines of therapy (physical, occupational and/or speech)
  • Have medical and nursing needs that involve ongoing hospitalization
  • Are medically stable
  • Have potential for improvement in function and/or mobility
  • Are able to tolerate at least three hours of intensive therapy each day

For more information about our Inpatient Rehabilitation Center, admissions and referrals, please call (281) 330-3464.

Physical therapy services

HCA Houston Clear Lake offers specialized physical therapy services for a wide variety of conditions, including pelvic pain, pregnancy and postpartum musculoskeletal pain and incontinence, pelvic floor pain, and bowel dysfunction. Treatment techniques improve daily quality of life, strengthen and tone muscles, reduce pain, restore function and prevent disability.

Our physical therapists will work with patients to enhance their health by developing individualized fitness and wellness programs for a healthier and more active lifestyle. Treatment is conducted in a private room by therapists who have received specialized postgraduate training.

Physical therapy services are offered at HCA Houston Clear Lake’s 450 building, suite 104.

To book an appointment, please call (281) 338-3417.

Physical therapy services include:

Prenatal and postpartum therapy

Pregnancy and delivery bring extraordinary changes to the body. Before your baby’s arrival, physical therapy can help with conditions such as sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome as well as pain in the back, groin, tailbone, neck and hip.

Postpartum muscle weakness, if not addressed, can lead to incontinence, prolapse, pelvic pain and back pain. After your baby arrives, with the help of our physical therapists, new mothers are encouraged to focus on therapy for back pain that may persist after delivery, weakened stomach muscles, and pain in the pelvic floor.

Pelvic pain

The pelvic floor is the area between the pubic bone in the front and the tailbone at the back. It is richly meshed with several small muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues. These structures form a sling that supports abdominal and pelvic organs - primarily the bladder, uterus, and bowel.

Women and men may experience pelvic pain for a variety of reasons. These pain syndromes can be separated into three categories:

  • Myofascial (muscle and fascia) - muscles of the pelvic floor can be tense, weak, shortened, or uncoordinated. Scars and fascia tightness may contribute to pain.
  • Organ related - the origin of pain is primarily from an organ: vulva, bladder, bowels, or uterus. Common medical diagnoses are vulvodynia, interstitial cystitis, painful bladder syndrome, endometriosis, irritable bowel, or menstrual pain.
  • Nerve related - pudendal neuralgia is sometimes called “the carpal tunnel syndrome of the pelvic floor.” It is caused by the compression of the pudendal nerve and can cause perineal or rectal pain. Injuries during childbirth, prolonged downward pressure on the pelvic floor, and/or prolonged sitting and bicycling are common causes of pudendal neuralgia.

Physical therapy targets the muscles of the pelvic floor. Treatment is directed towards relieving pain and tension in these muscles and may include: manual therapy, biofeedback, cold laser therapy, electrical stimulation, ultrasound, and/or exercise.

Bowel dysfunction

Women and men may experience bowel dysfunction for a variety of reasons. Bowel dysfunction is multifactorial and generally falls into two broad categories:

  • Pelvic floor muscle tension – symptoms of constipation or rectal pain
  • Pelvic floor muscle weakness – symptoms of gas or fecal incontinence

Therapy targets the muscles surrounding the anal canal. Your care plan may include: biofeedback training for muscle strengthening and relaxation, exercises to enhance muscle coordination, electrical stimulation for pain or muscle weakness, and education on nutrition and toileting positions.