Intensive Neurologic Recovery for Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries
- Are you finished with your acute rehab and looking for outpatient options for your therapies?
- Have you been told that you have met the maximum potential that your outpatient therapists can achieve with you but you know you want and need more therapy?
- Have you been sent home with a home exercise program that you and your family/caregiver are having trouble doing?
- Do you wish you still had access to the awesome equipment in rehab?
- Are you feeling like you, or your loved one is ready to get out and get moving because sitting all day in a chair is causing many other health problems, fatigue, muscle deterioration, pain, and risk of skin injury?
ExercisABILITIES is designed to help you with all of these and more!
ExercisABILITIES provides a continuum of care for individuals of all ages children through adults living with paralysis or brain injuries due to both congenital and acute injury causes in both our rehabilitation (PT,OT, and SLP) and medical fitness programs. Our facility is 100% accessible, has much of the same equipment as you encountered on rehab, and has neurologic specialty staff who understand your needs and are able to assist you in getting back your health while continuing your rehabilitation process.
We have PT, OT and SLP on staff and will work with you depending on your qualifications for skilled PT within insurance rules. Often, you may be able to get 1 to 2 hours of PT per week in addition to your Intensive Programming. PT cannot be used to provide Intensive Locomotor Training, Overground, long term FES, or guided training due to insurance regulations and skilled PT norms.
Activity Based Exercise Program
Activity-based exercise programs are designed specifically for clients with physical disabilities to enable them to be “fit for life.” Our personal trainers and exercise physiologists have received specialized Neuro Recovery Network (NRN) training. Research conducted by the NRN has shown that activity based exercise brings significant improvements in clients following Spinal Cord Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury in many areas of function. Improved trunk strength, improved bowel and bladder, improved circulation, improved health measures, and overall improved muscle tone and well-being have all been shown in multiple large scale studies.
It is important to continue your rehabilitation long beyond the point where insurances cover physical therapy. Your PT will end too soon, and if you do not continue your rehabilitation in a safe, effective setting, you will lose your gains and begin to see side effects of immobility including increased weight, decrease muscle tone, risk of skin breakdown, contractures of your joints, and much more. An intensive program will keep you strong and you will see further gains well beyond the traditional limited time. We see improvements in many areas 3, 5 or even 10 years after injury. It is never too late to start. You can start at any point, even after years of immobility.
Sounds expensive. How do I pay for this?
We accept most major insurances to cover the cost of medically skilled and necessary physical, occupational, and speech therapy. Our office can work with you to assess your insurance coverage.
Once you no longer qualify for skilled progressive therapy, you should transition to a activity-based exercise and fitness program. In the US, exercise is not covered by insurance since it is considered experimental and beyond the usual and customary medically necessary insurance model. However, Exercisabilties is a nonprofit and our goal is to assure that every person who needs a service in order to achieve their health and rehab goals can access it. Our business office staff will work with you to fully understand the cost of our program and will explore alternative funding. You may find grants or fundraising is a great source to pay for the program. ExercisABILITIES is also a 245D MN home and community based services provider. We can explore options for you to use your waiver to meet goals and improve your health and quality of life.
To participate in the neurologic recovery programs, contact us for your Free Fitness Assessment today!
If you have not seen a PT, Speech or OT lately, are concerned that you may not be ready for the exercise program without a tune up, or are looking specifically for outpatient rehabilitation options:
- Get an MD order for physical therapy, occupational, or speech evaluate and treat
- Call our office to request an appointment
- Initiate insurance verification to assure insurance payment for services
- Arrive for you therapy eval