Benjamin Bruinsma, MD, specializes in treating patients with orthopedic conditions and deconditioning. He’s been a staff member at Mary Free Bed since 1989 and serves as medical director of the stroke and amputee programs. Dr. Bruinsma serves as a fellow for both the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
A registered nurse assesses, plans, implements and evaluates your care on a daily basis. When you’re admitted, a primary nurse is assigned to you for the length of your stay. This nurse will coordinate the treatment plan with the other team members to ensure your needs are met.
Occupational therapists will help you regain the independence to accomplish routine daily tasks such as eating, getting dressed and managing your home. You and your occupational therapists will develop a treatment program to improve upon or compensate for deficits in accomplishing daily activities. They’ll also help with upper-body strength and dexterity and with writing and/or using a computer.
Your physical therapists will evaluate your needs after a hip or knee replacement surgery, or lower body fracture to:
• Strengthen muscles
• Build endurance
• Improve balance
• Improve quality of life
• Provide necessary equipment for mobility
• Improve function while maintaining weight-bearing precautions and range-of-motion precautions
Psychologists (When Appropriate)
When appropriate, psychologist provides specialized testing to evaluate your memory, emotional status, intelligence, vocational and educational potential. The psychologist may also provide individual psychotherapy, family therapy and family support. The psychologist may also suggest treatments for improving cognitive skills, such as memory, attention, concentration, visual perception and eye-hand coordination.
Therapists in this field build on what other therapists do and help you reintegrate into the community and day-to-day activities. Your recreational therapist:
• Identifies what activities you enjoyed before your injury or surgery and creates a plan to help you do those activities again
• Helps you strengthen weak muscles or learn different movements to regain skills, modify existing leisure or recreational equipment or trial a completely new piece of adapted equipment if necessary
• Takes you on outings to learn how to manage personal barriers, use public restrooms, and cross streets
Social workers meet with you and your family to provide services, such as individual and family counseling, sexual counseling, family education, assistance with discharge planning and information about community services. They’re also helpful in facilitating communication between you, your team members, family and insurance company representatives.