Rehabilitation at Asklepios - Restoring Performance

In many cases it is advisable to move on for follow-up treatment after the acute period of inpatient care. It will help you to get back on your feet faster after your stay in the hospital, to recover as many of the faculties as possible that you lost to illness and to return to everyday life. There is a long tradition of rehabilitation and follow-on treatment in Germany, and these areas are apportioned particular significance. It follows, therefore, that many rehabilitation programmes are only available in Germany, at least in this quality.

Some Asklepios Kliniken have special departments for early rehabilitation after extensive surgery or severe illness, for instance strokes. Here, rehabilitative measures begin as early as possible in the clinic and are continued at the rehab facility after discharge.

The more than 40 Asklepios and Mediclin rehabilitation clinics are important complements to treatment in an acute hospital and are specialised in the reintegration into professional and social life of persons who suffer from or are at risk of health impairments or physical and mental disabilities. Not only do they continue the care of patients treated in the Group's own acute clinics, they also admit patients from other hospitals as well. For instance, a period in a rehab facility following implant or prosthetic joint surgery can be sensible to ensure the patient's fastest possible adjustment to living with an artificial joint. Inpatient rehabilitation is also a good way of facilitating a return to everyday life following a heart attack, stroke or cancer.

Focus Areas at the Asklepios and Mediclin Rehabilitation Clinics

Neurological Rehabilitation

Neurological diseases such as strokes, multiple sclerosis, brain injuries, epilepsy, polyneuropathy, Guillain-Barré Syndrome, Post-Polio Syndrome, Parkinson's or degenerative and inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system lead to permanent restrictions in daily life that in many cases can be alleviated or even prevented by inpatient treatment in a rehabilitation clinic. The Neurological Clinics at Asklepios are specialised in the treatment and rehabilitation of these diseases and possess the requisite experience to achieve the best possible results.

Orthopaedics Rehabilitation

Although joint prosthesis surgery merely involves implanting a joint that functions in exactly the same way as the old one, patients will still have to relearn how to coordinate the joint and the muscles. In most cases before the operation, patients will have adopted a protective stance to ease the pain, causing the muscles to shorten. It is therefore necessary to build, stretch and strengthen the muscles after the procedure is complete. The brain must also adapt to the new opportunities for walking, standing or sitting to make sure that everything works smoothly in everyday life. Inpatient rehabilitation supports and accelerates these processes.

The Asklepios Katharina-Schroth-Klinik in Bad Sobernheim offers a very special programme for patients with deformities of the spine. The Orthopaedic Rehabilitation Centre for Inpatient, Conservative Rehabilitation (SIR®) according to Katharina Schroth mainly treats adolescent patients, but also adults with scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Here, the specialists perform the world's only Scoliosis Intensive Rehabilitation (SIR®) as an inpatient treatment procedure.

Cardiological Rehabilitation

Cardiological rehabilitation will usually be necessary in order to regain physical fitness and to ease the path back into everyday life after a heart attack, pulmonary embolism or a major heart surgery such as a bypass, a heart valve replacement or other cardiac interventions for the treatment of myocardial disease, carditis, cardiac insufficiencies or cardiac arrhythmia. But rehabilitation may also be sensible in cases of vascular disease and surgery, chronic hypertension, severe arteriosclerosis and other advanced vascular conditions.

Oncological Rehabilitation

Cancer therapy is hugely stressful for the body. So even if a surgery or chemo and radiotherapy are ultimately successful, these treatment strategies place an immense burden on the body, soul and spirit. In oncological rehabilitation, specialists put together an individual consulting and therapy regime that helps the patient to regain their strength and return to professional and personal life. What's more, oncological rehabilitation is a good way of preventing many late onset conditions and restrictions associated with the disease and hence of improving the patients' life quality. But above all, oncological rehabilitation preserves the treatment results and reduces the risk of recurrence.

Rehab programmes for complex pathologies require close interdisciplinary and multiprofessional collaboration between doctors, psychologists, remedial therapists, healthcare assistants, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists, art and music therapists, sport and nutritional therapists and social workers. The specialisation and precise composition of the treatment team depend on the therapeutic focus of the rehabilitation clinic. There are significant differences between the individual rehab facilities. So we would gladly advise you on the choice of the right clinic to suit your rehabilitation needs.

In most cases you will be able to progress directly for further treatment in a rehab centre after you are discharged from one of our acute care clinics. This way you will be back on your feet and ready to return to your everyday life in no time at all.

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Melanie Gehrigk

Melanie Gehrigk


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