Also known as Physical Medicine

Promoting recovery to help you return to your busy life

Rehabilitation Care at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham

Surgery, injuries or other serious conditions can slow you down. They also can make it hard to complete certain tasks on your own.

At Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham, our rehabilitation experts and therapists help you recover and regain your independence.

Conditions We Treat

The rehabilitation experts at BID Needham treat and manage a wide range of conditions:

  • Ankle sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Back and neck pain
  • Balance and walking issues
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS)
  • Dupuytrenes contracture
  • Fractures and sprains
  • Knee issues:
    • Arthritis
    • Ligament strains
    • Meniscal tears
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Shoulder injuries:
    • Bursitis
    • Frozen shoulder
    • Rotator cuff
    • Tendonitis
  • Tendonitis

Rehabilitation Care Goals

The BID Needham rehab team provides a range of physical, occupational and speech-language therapies. Each therapeutic service has a common, two-fold goal:

  • To perform an individualized evaluation.
  • To develop a personalized treatment plan that helps you regain function at the highest and safest level possible within the limits of any health conditions, injury or disability.

What to Expect

Get details on the services offered by our rehabilitation experts.

Our Services

We provide comprehensive care when you’re an inpatient, as well as after you leave the hospital. Our therapy team collaborates with your primary care doctor to provide the best plan of care. We partner with specialists in heart and vascular care, lung and respiratory care and orthopedics.

At each outpatient therapy visit, a licensed physical therapist (PT) or occupational therapist (OT) provides you with ongoing assessment and education. Together with other experts involved in your care, we create and carry out a personalized, one-on-one care plan to meet your recovery goals.

Treatments We Offer
  • Custom splints
  • Education in ergonomic changes and joint protection
  • Gait training, balance and proprioceptive training
  • Joint and tissue mobilization to increase range of motion and freedom of movement
  • Post-injury and post-surgical care
  • Postural analysis
  • Scar management
  • Spinal and joint stabilization
  • Strengthening, flexibility and endurance exercises to improve movement during functional activities
  • Techniques to make it easier to perform activities of daily living, or ADLs, and decrease pain and swelling
  • Wound and skin care
Experienced Team on Your Side

Physical therapists at BID Needham focus on the treatment of orthopedic and sports-related injuries. Our occupational therapists are certified (or certified-eligible) hand therapists. We specialize in the treatment of problems related to the hand, wrist and elbow.

Our speech therapy services are primarily offered during your hospital stay. If you need an outpatient swallowing study, we can coordinate that test with the BID Needham radiology team.

Inpatient Rehab

Depending on your needs, you may see physical therapists, occupational therapists or speech-language pathologists during your stay. The primary role of therapy during an inpatient stay is to evaluate patients who’ve had a recent change in their ability to carry out activities of daily living (ADLs) such as walking, dressing, swallowing or talking.

After the evaluation, the therapist may recommend ongoing treatment. This may include rehab after hospital discharge, equipment needs and diet modifications for swallowing issues.

Outpatient Rehab

At the first visit, your PT or OT will ask about your goals, perform an exam and work with you to design a treatment plan that meets your needs. Together, you’ll discuss the frequency and timing of follow-up visits, which are generally one or two times a week for several weeks.

Your Rehab Visit


Wear loose-fitting, casual clothing that allows you to move comfortably or is easy to remove. Shorts are best to wear for leg or back problems. Tank tops are best for hand therapy. We also offer hospital gowns, if you would like to wear one during your session.

What to Bring

You should bring:

  • Physician prescription or order for treatment (order must be up to date - evaluate and treat time cannot be past due)
  • Preliminary paperwork
  • List of current medications you take
  • Insurance referral (if it is required by your insurance plan)

Home Program

Your therapy team will ask you to do some exercises at home on a regular basis. Your therapist will review them with you and give you written instructions with pictures.

Financial Information

Insurance Coverage

We accept most insurance plans. If you have questions about your particular insurance coverage for rehabilitation services, call the number on the back of your insurance card.


If your insurance requires a copayment, we will ask you to pay at the front desk during each visit. As methods of payment, we accept credit and debit cards, checks or cash.

Meet the Rehabilitation Specialists

Our team of rehabilitation specialists is provides patients with a range of physical, occupational and speech therapies.

Services & Specialties

We provide all the diagnostic and supportive care you need.

Make an Appointment

To speak with a member of our team, please call.