Main Number: 706-724-7746, 800-4WALTON
Inpatient Referrals: 706-826-5808
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, orthopedic complaints are the most common reason to seek medical care. In addition, one in seven Americans has an orthopedic impairment. And more than seven million Americans required hospitalization for orthopedic conditions
Back Injury Rehabilitation
Preventing back injuries is a major workplace safety challenge. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one million workers suffer back injuries each year, and back injuries account for one of every five workplace injuries or illnesses. Further, one-fourth of all compensation indemnity claims involve back injuries, costing industry billions of dollars on top of the pain and suffering borne by employees.
Joint replacement is one of the most common and successful operations in modern orthopedic surgery. It consists of replacing painful, arthritic, worn or diseased parts of the joint with artificial surfaces shaped in such a way as to allow joint movement.
Rehabilitation is used extensively to help patients recover function after joint replacement surgery. A graded exercise program is needed. Initially the patients' muscles have not healed after the surgery; exercises for range of motion of the joints and ambulation should not be strenuous. When the muscle is healed, the aim of exercise expands to include strengthening and recovery of function.
According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word fracture is defined as "the act of being broken." Fractures happen because an area of bone is not able to support the energy placed on it. The most common fracture prior to age 75 is a wrist fracture. In those over age 75, hip fractures become the most common.
Patients with fractures may require rehabilitation after surgery or as a non-surgical treatment. During inpatient rehabilitation, patients receive therapies to control pain and immobilize the limb, as well as learn techniques on how to accomplish activities of daily living, such as transferring from bed to a wheelchair or learning how to dress.
Orthopedic conditions can hinder a person's once active lifestyle. Older adults are particularly vulnerable to orthopedic conditions because of weakened bones, lost muscle mass and complications stemming from adult onset diabetes, but they may occur in people of all ages.
Inpatient Orthopedic Services provided include:
Orthopedic clients who complete the inpatient program or those who referred to an outpatient program are welcome to utilize Walton's outpatient services, which include:
- Physician services
- Physical and occupational therapy
- Vestibular and Balance Program
For more information on Orthopedic Rehabilitation Programs at Walton Rehabilitation Health System, or to make a referral, call (706) 826-5808.