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Acute Rehabilitation

Acute Rehabilitation Services at NMMC is comprised of four disciplines: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology and the inpatient wound nurse team. Patient populations vary from orthopedics/trauma, neurological (which includes stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and other degenerative neurological pathologies), wound care, post-vascular procedures, as well as general deconditioning.

Physical therapists primarily address functional activities such as early mobility in the Critical Care Unit, early neuro rehabilitation, bed mobility, transfers, ambulation (gait trining) after surgery, patient/family education and wound care.

Speech-language pathologists address communication, cognitive and swallowing problems. Speech-language pathologists are instrumental in reducing the incidence of aspiration pneumonia through determination of appropriate diets and compensatory strategies. They offer an array of treatments that address communication deficits and swallowing problems.

Occupational therapists address upper extremity coordination, motion and strength necessary for activities of daily living, such as dressing, hygiene and self feeding. Occupational therapists also address cognitive issues. In addition to techniques, occupational therapists offer adaptive equipment and fabricate splints and cervical collars for correct positioning.

Often, especially for stroke rehabilitation patients, these three disciplines work together to address the patient's needs.

Wound Care

Acute Rehabilitation Services offers comprehensive, multidisciplinary wound care. Physicians, physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and nurses collaborate to tailor a plan of care to meet the patient’s needs. Wound treatment options include pulse lavage, negative pressure, biosurgical debridement, excisional debridement and various wound topical agents.

Referring Physician


Acute Rehabilitation's professional team keeps physicians updated throughout the course of treatment through direct observation, phone calls, evaluation reports and progress notes in the electronic medical record.



North Mississippi Medical Center
830 South Gloster Street
Tupelo, MS 38801