Rehab 101

(don’t miss the tips to get the most out of rehab – scroll to the end of the post)

Whether it’s needed post-surgery, after an injury or for a chronic condition, rehabilitation services play a significant role in returning people to their everyday activities.

Whether you’re 20 or 80, recovering from a hand injury, orthopedic surgery or cardiac event—or re-learning multiple skills after a stroke—Gwinnett Medical Center has the professionals and most current treatments to get you back into your life as quickly as possible. Here are the basics about the different types of rehabilitation we offer:

Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation

For more than two decades, with education and monitored physical exercise, the Cardiac Wellness Program has helped patients recover from a heart attack or other cardiac event—and to prevent those at risk from having them to begin with. Likewise pulmonary rehab helps patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) live life to their fullest potential.

“What really sets GMC apart is our people,” says Sloan Stephens, M.Ed., coordinator of cardiac and pulmonary rehab at Gwinnett Medical Center. “Our therapists provide a friendly, supportive atmosphere. A typical program lasts three months, so there’s a lot of camaraderie in here. People feel safe after the fear that so often accompanies COPD or a cardiac event.”

Gwinnett SportsRehab

Sports injuries, orthopedic procedures and other injuries can stop everyday activities in an instant. While recovery isn’t as instantaneous, the physical and occupational therapists at Gwinnett SportsRehab, begin with an individualized, customized treatment plan for each patient, to get them back into the swing of things as quickly as possible.

With two fully-equipped locations, in the 500 Building at GMC-Lawrenceville and in the Hudgens Professional Building at GMC-Duluth, as well as an aquatic physical therapy program at Collins Hill Aquatic Center, Gwinnett SportsRehab has extensive experience with all types of injuries and diagnoses.

Glancy Rehabilitation Center

Stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurological disorders are among the most difficult conditions to rehabilitate, as they impact so many different aspects of living. Movement, cognition, depth perception, voice and speech can all be affected. Glancy Rehabilitation Center, one of the nation’s premier specialty rehabilitation centers for both inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation is located in downtown Duluth.

“With sports and many other therapies, the goal is to restore function to a particular part of the body,” says Mona Lippitt, director of rehabilitation at Glancy Rehabilitation Center. “With stroke, traumatic brain injury and certain neurological conditions, the whole body is affected. Our program provides an interdisciplinary approach with multiple professionals all working to progress the patient towards restorative goals.”

Glancy was designed with the needs of real people in mind. Therapy is readily accessible on the ground floor. The gym is lit with an abundance of natural light. And there’s outdoor space for therapy on different surfaces, such as a patio, gravel and putting green.

“We also have a full-fledged therapeutic recreation program,” says Katrina Stone, quality coordinator at GMC-Duluth. “Patients develop skills through recreational activities like gardening, and therapists help them figure out how to navigate community situations like reaching items in a grocery store, opening a non-automatic door or getting onto the sidewalk when there’s no handicapped ramp.”

With GMC’s SportsRehab and with Glancy Rehabilitation Center, ‘graduates’ can pay a nominal fee and continue to exercise at that center. “A lot of our traumatic brain injury and stroke survivors aren’t comfortable in a regular gym,” says Stone. “Coming back here to exercise encourages social interaction and reentry into the community, which is part of rehabilitation, too.”

Tips to get the most out of your rehab program:

Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes
Do your home exercises consistently
Comply with the education from your therapists (eg, how to take care of the swelling at home)
Come for all the appointments, so you’ll progress as rapidly as possible

To learn more, visit Or to find a physician, call 678-312-5000.


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