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Orthopedic Program

The Orthopedic Program at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital provides intensive, comprehensive, coordinated, multidisciplinary rehabilitation for patients who have had a hip or knee replacement or experienced a hip or lower extremity fracture. Our orthopedic team of therapists possess numerous years of experience and training specific to joint replacement rehabilitation. 


Orthopedic Rehabilitation Services

Our full range of services provides our patients the specialized care they need throughout their entire rehab process. We work with our patients to achieve the highest level of physical and emotional adjustment possible.

You'll receive high-quality care and treatment designed to meet your needs in a safe and therapeutic environment, such as:

  • Maximize functional independence in self care, mobility, adjustment, and wellness
  • Provide support, guidance, and education to patients and families regarding adjustment to a joint replacement or hip fracture
  • Facilitate a safe and effective discharge plan that will provide the patient and family with a smooth transition and continuum of care
  • Ensure patient and family satisfaction for all services provided

Orthopedic Rehabilitation Outcomes

  • Consistently exceed national benchmarks for functional gains per day of inpatient rehabilitation
  • Consistently return patients to home or homelike setting from our inpatient hospital stay
  • Consistently achieve exceptionally high satisfaction scores from patients and families

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Orthopedic Inpatient Care

Patients must be medically stable, able to participate in three hours of therapy per day, able to demonstrate progress, and have an identified discharge site to be admitted to 24-hour-a-day care at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital. Hip replacement and knee replacement patients follow identified clinical pathways that usually run approximately three to four days for a knee replacement and five to six days for a hip replacement. The length of stay for someone who has experienced a hip fracture may vary based on his or her needs and medical restrictions. Our focus is on regaining strength and endurance, functional mobility, activities of daily living, and adjustment to disability.

Orthopedic Outpatient Care

Patients who need continued therapy following their discharge from our inpatient program may choose to receive therapy at our outpatient facility, or if they prefer continued therapy closer to their own home, we will make arrangements for that as well.

Orthopedic Program Treatment and Therapy Facilities

Mary Free Bed offers a variety of specialized services designed to make rehabilitation following a joint replacement or hip fracture quicker, smoother, and more effective. These include: our Independence Square™ (a simulated grocery store, restaurant, ATM, and other community environments), two Apartments for Daily Living, a therapeutic pool, an outdoor therapy area, and our Driver Rehabilitation Program.

Orthopedic Patient Stories

Mary is a mother of 5 and is used to hard work. After breaking her legs in a tractor accident, Mary's strength helped her get through rehabilitation so she could go home. Read Mary's story...

After a double knee replacement surgery, Beth, a zookeeper, needed to regain her strength. Read Beth's story...

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