When faced with mobility or speech problems caused by disease or injury, it’s important to keep moving forward. Different forms of therapy are available to help patients overcome physical obstacles and put life back in motion.
Our licensed rehabilitation specialists are experts in adult and pediatric evaluation and treatment. We provide physical, occupational, and speech therapy to help patients — both young and older — reduce pain, achieve optimal function, and prevent disease.
To begin rehabilitation services at UT Health, a referral from your medical provider is required.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Neck/back problems
- Leg, foot, and knee pain
- Shoulder, arm, and wrist pain
- Hip/knee replacement
- Joint/muscle stiffness or weakness
- Foot ulcers
- Difficulty walking
- Balance problems
- Difficulty with daily activities
- Disability due to heart and lung problems
- Speech and swallowing problems
We’re here to help you reach your rehabilitation goals, which may include:
- Maintain or improve mobility
- Prevent, decrease, or eliminate pain
- Increase strength and endurance
- Promote wound healing
- Improve balance to prevent falls
- Control shortness of breath
- Improve posture
- Stimulate cognitive function
- Improve speech and swallowing
- Improve independent function and home safety
As a parent you want the best for your child. If you are concerned about his or her current abilities and continued development, we can perform a comprehensive evaluation of your child’s condition, ability, and special needs. Our primary goal is to help your child achieve optimal function and independence in daily life.
A Team Effort
In addition to the licensed and experienced rehabilitation therapists who will care for your child, you and your family will be valuable members of the team. Family participation is essential to success. That’s why we will listen, share our knowledge, and involve you in decision making — all with the goal of improving your child’s quality of life.
To begin rehabilitation services at UT Health, a referral from your child’s physician is required.
Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Brain/head injuries
- Cerebral palsy
- Congenital syndromes
- Developmental delay
- Feeding problems
- Neurological disorders
- Orthopedic conditions
- Speech/language problems
- Spina bifida
- Sports injuries
Types of Therapy
A speech-language pathologist provides therapy for patients with a variety of types of speech, language, voice, cognitive/communication, and swallowing disorders.
An occupational therapist focuses on helping their patients achieve functional outcomes, as well as helping patients achieve the highest level of independence by improving fine motor skills, self-care skills, functional/vision skills, and the ability to perceive, process, and respond to the environment.
A physical therapist provides treatment for physical disabilities, injuries, and disorders. PT focuses on mobility, like climbing, crawling, getting in or our of cars or wheelchairs, and walking.
If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, please let us know so we can reschedule your visit to a more convenient time. On your first visit, please bring your insurance card and arrive 15 minutes early to complete the necessary paperwork.
We will begin your treatment on your first visit, so please wear loose clothing for ease of movement.
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ObservationStudents that require observation hours to apply to therapy schools need to call the Rehab Clinic at (903) 877-7293 and ask to be directed to the therapist in charge of student observation. You will then be transferred to Human Resources to complete the required documentation and to set up an appointment. This will normally take from one to two weeks to complete before you can start observing.
OrientationYou will be oriented to the Rehabilitation Services Department and to UT Health Northeast starting at 8:00 a.m. on the first day of your affiliation. The extent of your orientation will depend on whether you are here for a short affiliation early in your education program, or for a longer affiliation near the end of your program.
SupervisionYou will have an experienced professional staff member assigned to you as your clinical instructor. He or she will provide guidance and assistance as needed, supervise your patient care activities, arrange other learning experiences, and ensure that your evaluation tool is properly completed. The amount and type of supervision you are given will depend on your knowledge and skills, and on what you and your CI are comfortable with.
Generally, you can expect a gradual increase in responsibility and independence, but we do not consider students to be replacement for regular staff. Your CI or another staff member will always be available to provide guidance and assistance if needed. You will have the opportunity to work with other staff members and their patients.
Learning ExperiencesThe primary reason for clinical affiliations is to help you integrate knowledge and apply professional skills in a clinical setting. Because of the varying nature of our patient load, you may have the opportunity to practice some skills a great deal and others rarely or never. Together we will review your goals for the affiliation and will try to arrange appropriate patient care opportunities.
We have the appropriate patient care programs to help you gain experience in cardiac and pulmonary services. Accommodating cardiopulmonary status is important to care for patients with all types of problems; therefore, you should expect to work with these patients for a significant portion of your affiliation here.
Areas of FocusThese are the areas of focus that may be arranged for you, depending on your interests and the length of your stay:
Non-patient care experiences, such as observation of specialized testing (pulmonary function testing; cardiac, pulmonary, thallium stress testing); observation of surgery and/or surgery videos; bronchoscopy; cardiac catherization; use of intra-aortic balloon pump, and other diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures; participation in interdisciplinary rounds and conferences; and observation in research or other clinical areas.
AssignmentsStudents assigned here for more than two weeks are expected to prepare and present an in-service or complete a project of mutual benefit. We will help you with ideas and suggestions. We do expect a presentation that is professional and has utilized the most recent research on evaluation and treatment. You will have access to our extensive medical library, Internet service, and state-of-the-art technology.
Library and Other Educational ResourcesUT Health has the only biomedical library in Northeast Texas. In addition to the many pertinent reference books, journals, and audiovisual materials available here, we have computer search and interlibrary loan capabilities. Students are encouraged to use these facilities, and may check materials out. A reasonable amount of photocopying of materials related to this affiliation may be done at departmental expense. All computers in the Library and Rehabilitation Services Department have Internet access.
HoursThe Rehabilitation Services Department is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. You and your CI will establish and modify your schedule, but generally you will work 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is limited coverage on Saturdays and holidays.
Dress CodeYou should wear appropriate street clothes, which may include Khaki slacks, sport shirt with identifying school logo, a white or turquoise color lab coat, and comfortable shoes. Jeans and sweats are not allowed. Athletic shoes are acceptable. It is important that you do not wear cologne, perfume, aftershave, or other highly scented products that might be respiratory irritants. Ordinary deodorants, hair sprays, etc., should not be a problem. There should be no visible tatoos or piercings other than in the ears.
TelephoneThe main department phone number is (903) 877-7293. Personal calls during the workday should be short and infrequent. Personal long distance calls placed from UT Health and student-housing phones must be charged to a calling card, authorized third party, or made collect.
MealsThe hospital cafeteria serves three full meals each day. A variety of items are offered, and are individually priced. There is also a vending area available 24 hours per day. If you prefer to bring your lunch, you are welcome to use the microwave and the refrigerator in the department. We also have department lunches in conjunction with in-services, meetings, or birthdays, so you will get a good (free) meal once in a while!
Breakfast – 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Lunch – 10:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Dinner – 4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
ParkingFree parking is available. Students staying in on-campus housing will usually leave their vehicles parked there. Others should park in the employee parking lot. Parking permits will be issued on your first day at no charge. The campus police will ticket those in violation.
SmokingUT Health has a very strict no-smoking policy for staff, students and patients on campus. No tobacco products are allowed on campus.
Emergency Health CareStudents are expected to be in good health and free of communicable diseases. If you should become ill or be injured during your affiliation, emergency care will be provided through the Employee Health Clinic, Family Practice Clinic, or Emergency Room. Should you need the services of a specialist not immediately available here, assistance will be provided in helping you locate needed services. Costs for services are your responsibility, but some discounts may apply. We will ask you to complete an emergency contact information form during your orientation.
TB TestingTuberculosis Quantiferon Gold tests are required and available at a cost of $10 during the affiliation. If you have had a recent test and do not want to have another one, bring a copy of the report.
Hepatitis B VaccineIf you have had this highly recommended series of three Hepatitis B vaccinations, please bring documentation.
Cashier’s OfficeThe Cashier’s Office at UT Health will cash money orders and traveler’s checks. There is an ATM on site.
Student HousingOn-campus student housing is generally available for students from out of the Tyler area. Assignment is on a space available basis, so you should confirm the need for housing by calling or writing Caryn Vorsas, PT, Director of Rehabilitation Services as soon as possible after you know you will be coming here. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Primarily medical students and physical therapy students occupy the on-campus housing, but occasionally outpatients or family members are housed there for short periods. Cost is $350.00/month or $20.00/day if less than 1 full month.
Check InWhen you arrive on campus on a weekend, see the campus police officer at the police department. The campus police officer will help you check-in to the housing, and will collect a key deposit, which will be refunded when you return the key at the end of your stay. If you need to arrive earlier than the afternoon before your affiliation begins, please let us know so that we can be sure the unit is available and ready for you when you get here. Call us at (903) 877-7293 if you need to be picked up from the airport.
Preparing for Your AffiliationWe enjoy working with students and look forward to your time with us. You should expect to be stimulated, challenged, encouraged, and helped. Identifying what you want and need to work on while here will help you get the most out of the experience. Since we have a lot of cardiac and pulmonary patients, reviewing your notes and tests in those areas (if already covered in school) will be helpful. Becoming familiar with Dubin’s “Rapid Interpretation of EKGs” will also be helpful for inpatient affiliations, but we don’t expect you to be an expert when you arrive.
Be prepared for your affiliation whether it’s inpatient or outpatient. Please call, write, or e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.
REHABILITATION SERVICES DEPARTMENT
UT Health Northeast
11937 U.S. HIGHWAY 271
TYLER, TEXAS 75708-3154