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Primary Diagnoses

The Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center’s primary focus is to assist patients in returning to home and restoring optimal physical and cognitive condition. The expertise of our rehabilitation professionals is focused on maximizing your recovery and rehabilitation from stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury, neurological, orthopedic injury and other disabilities.

Below is a sampling of the conditions we treat and links to more information about rehabilitation from these conditions.

Brain Injury

Patients in the Patricia Neal Brain Injury Treatment Program have typically experienced a violent blow to the head; an illness such as encephalitis; or a non-traumatic injury related to loss of oxygen to the brain.

Treatment may include speech, physical and occupational therapy; biofeedback; nutrition counseling; behavioral medicine; recreation therapy and individual plans designed to help brain injury patients live as normal as possible lifestyle.

In addition, Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center has received a grant to provide serviced to individuals with brain injuries and their families. Find out more information by calling (865) 331-1499.

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Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center is the only facility in the area – and one of the few in the country – with a cancer rehabilitation program. Because the program is specialized for cancer patients, staff have the expertise to help each achieve the best possible result.

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Many people who have endured extended illness, surgery, or chemotherapy become physically de-conditioned. To return to an independent life, they may require a brief rehabilitation stay to rebuild their endurance and stamina and to regain movement and muscle mass.

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Total hip and knee replacements, multiple fractures (including a broken hip or leg), neck and back dysfunctions and amputations are all disorders treated through the Orthopedic Program at Pat Neal. Helping patients return to a productive, independent lifestyle is the goal.

This is achieved through acute pain management, restoring movement and range of motion, strengthening muscles and improving overall mobility. Inpatient rehab is generally a short duration with follow-up care provided by home health agencies or outpatient clinics.

Also, the amputee program provides specific education focused on topics ranging from pain management following amputation to positioning needs.

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Spinal Cord Injury

Intensive physical, occupational, speech-language therapy and behavioral medicine are included in the treatment plan for patients of the Patricia Neal Spinal Cord Injury Program.

The goal at Patricia Neal is to return patients to their possible highest degree of function and independence. Spinal cord injury and disease therapy involves intense involvement by the patient and family in goal-setting, therapies and evaluation.

At Patricia Neal, you’ll also find an Outpatient Spinal Cord Injury Follow-Up Clinic specifically designed for providing a dedicated service to the unique lifetime needs for those who have sustained a serious spinal cord injury.

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Around one-third of the patients at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center are rehabbing after surviving a stroke or cerebral vascular attack (CVA). And with Patrica Neal housed at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, patients have the comfort knowing they are in an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center.

At Patricia Neal, stroke survivors will encounter a holistic team approach that rehabs the patients through interdisciplinary therapy training in a variety of programs. Our inpatient care will possibly include follow-up therapies with a Home Health care provider, outpatient clinic appointments and community-wide support group gatherings.

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