Strokes, traumatic brain injuries and other neurological conditions can impair your ability to perform activities in the same way you did in the past. Helping patients restore or maintain independence is an integral part of our multidisciplinary approach to neurosciences.
Rehabilitation focuses on the patient's goals, both short-term and long-term. The rehab team, led by Dr. Ron Gharbo, physiatrist and neurorehabilitation specialist, helps with symptom alleviation, pain control, environmental changes, assistive devices and other similar interventions, all designed to improve your well-being and quality of life.
Your rehabilitation team
- Physiatrist. Specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Riverside Rehabilitation Centers are the only centers on the Peninsula with physiatrist directed programs.
- Rehabilitation nurses. Provide individual nursing care and reinforce the skills learned in therapy.
- Physical therapist. Helps gain you independence by increasing your strength and mobility including getting in and out of a bed and walking using a cane or crutches, and going up and down stairs.
- Occupational therapist. Helps you re-learn daily tasks such as bathing, dressing, cooking or cleaning to help you become independent during your recovery. He or she will advise you on occupational health tools you can use once you go home.
Riverside rehabilitation options
Acute rehabilitation. Riverside Rehabilitation Institute is a 50-bed, full-service physical rehabilitation facility located on the scenic Hampton Roads waterfront in Newport News, Virginia. It is the largest, single purpose rehabilitation facility in Virginia.
Skilled care. Patients can benefit from short-term, intensive rehabilitation at several skilled nursing and rehab facilities in our service area.
Outpatient therapy. Available through physician referral, the comprehensive therapy offerings at Riverside include: physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, pain management services, and neuropsychology.
Technology and tools
- Bioness equipment. Riverside and Bioness collaborate to offer rehab technology that improves function and quality of life for patients recovering from stroke, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injuries.