Physical therapists in Las Vegas

Physical, occupational, speech and recreational therapy services can be crucial to your recovery following a procedure, disease or injury. That's why at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, we have an experienced team of care providers with a progressive rehabilitation strategy to get you back home or to the next level of care as quickly as possible.

We offer the only inpatient rehabilitation facility in Southern Nevada to be accredited by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehab Facilities (CARF), which sets the industry's highest standards of rehab care.

Whether you live in Henderson, Anthem, North, South or East Las Vegas, Summerlin or near The Strip, you can request a transfer to our central location for expert rehab services.

For more information about our programs or to schedule an appointment, call us at (702) 961-6940.

Rehabilitation services we offer

We offer a comprehensive rehab program that includes at least 15 hours of therapy each week. In addition, certified rehabilitation nurses and therapists with specialty certifications will work with you to reach your goals.

Sunrise Rehab is a full-service program. You may have additional laboratory or diagnostic tests ordered, and you will most likely be receiving medicine from the pharmacy.

As a Stroke Specialty CARF-accredited facility, we have the expertise and capability to care for patients who have experienced a cerebrovascular accident (stroke). Our physicians have stroke rehab training, and the same physicians who cared for you after your stroke can follow up on your care in the rehab unit.

We specialize in the following types of therapy:

Physical therapy

Physical therapy aims to alleviate pain and help you move easier and perform daily activities. You may need it if you've been injured or had a stroke or surgery.

Your physical therapist will help with functional mobility tasks such as walking, wheelchair skills training, and teaching safe methods for getting in and out of bed and in and out of a car. They also work with you to improve strength, endurance, balance and safely use assistive devices such as walkers.

Your therapist may use heat, ice, massage or other techniques to improve blood flow, reduce swelling and relieve pain. You may also perform some stretches and exercises that will help you gain strength, flexibility and balance.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps to improve motor skills, balance, and coordination. Therapists teach patients how to perform day-to-day activities such as bathing, eating, dressing, going to the bathroom and personal hygiene.

Recreational therapy

A recreational therapist helps you participate in social, church, school, family and volunteer activities. Physical disabilities aren't the end to enjoying your favorite hobbies and interests. The recreational therapist can help you adapt leisure skills and offer information about community resources.

Respiratory therapy

A respiratory therapist is a healthcare practitioner trained in pulmonary medicine who works with people suffering from pulmonary disease. They can help if you are experiencing chronic respiratory disorders such as asthma and bronchitis and breathing disorders caused by heart attacks, strokes or other sudden events.

The therapist will also help with breathing treatments and monitoring the use of oxygen.

Speech therapy

Speech therapists treat people who may have speech disorders or communication problems. These problems may be developmental or caused by structural abnormalities or an event such as a stroke.

Speech therapy can also include swallowing exercises, which are essential for patients who have swallowing difficulties after a stroke. Our speech therapist uses tests such as the modified barium swallow or fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing to determine any limitations to swallowing.

Social worker/case manager

Your licensed medical social worker will meet with you and your caregivers regularly to discuss your rehab program and any concerns that arise.

They will help prepare you for discharge from the hospital and work with your insurance and help cover expenses for durable medical equipment or the next level of care. They also help patients coordinate travel who live outside Las Vegas.

Other services

Other rehab services we offer include:

  • Advanced wound care—Our wound care program at the Burn & Reconstructive Center at Sunrise provides specialized treatment for any difficult or slow-to-heal wounds.
  • Dialysis—While you are in rehab, we can offer specialized in-house dialysis. This is available 24 hours a day for routine and critical needs. A nephrologist will coordinate your care.
  • Dietitian—A dietitian is an expert in nutrition and the regulation of diet. Dietitians will follow you while in rehab and make recommendations for your nutrition based on your medical condition and needs. They also provide education for diabetes management, weight control, and healthy eating choices.
  • Pediatric rehabilitationSunrise Children's Hospital is the only provider in Nevada with a pediatric inpatient rehabilitation unit featuring specialized programs for children under 18 years old who have suffered a severe injury or illness.
  • Psychological services—These services are available to help you with the emotional adjustment needed due to a functional loss from an illness or injury. Subjects include coping skills, stress management, family role changes and emotional well-being.
  • Ventilation rehabilitation—Sunrise Hospital is home to the only vent rehab program in Nevada. The program is unique because rehabilitation is started in the ICU, even if the patient is on mechanical ventilation. This shortens the time it takes for the patient to come off of the ventilator and speeds recovery.

What to expect from rehab

Each patient at the Sunrise Rehabilitation Unit receives physical therapy and occupational therapy. Doctors may order speech therapy for patients who need it.

We provide an intense level of therapy consisting of at least 15 hours per week—typically three hours of therapy spread throughout the day. We also offer one-on-one individualized treatment sessions to meet your goals based on your medical condition and functional limitations.

When you're admitted, specialists will evaluate your needs and then develop a customized treatment plan for short- and long-term treatment goals. Our staff will also provide ongoing education to help you and your family understand your diagnosis, promote your continued good health and prepare you for returning to the community.

Our rehab patient outcomes

View detailed rehab patient outcomes (PDF)

During 2020, our rehabilitation specialists treated:

  • 1,002 patients
  • 325 brain injuries, both traumatic and non-traumatic
  • 216 general rehab cases, including debility, cardiac, and pulmonary
  • 194 orthopedic cases, including lower extremity fractures, replacements and other fractures
  • 23 spinal cord injuries, including traumatic and non-traumatic spinal cord injuries
  • 143 strokes
  • 63 multi-trauma incidents
  • 6 amputations
  • 24 neurologic conditions, including Guillain-Barre syndrome

Of our patients, 93 percent rated their overall care in rehab as good to very good. Patients were 55 percent male and 45 percent female. About 79 percent of patients returned home or to a home-like setting. The average number of hours of therapy patients received per week was 17.75 percent.

Our 2020 stroke outcomes:

  • 143 patients were treated (59 percent male and 41 percent female).
  • The average patient age was 69 years old.
  • 100 percent of our patients rated that they were satisfied with their care.
  • 72 percent of patients returned home or to a home-like setting.
  • Patients spent an average of 17.75 hours of therapy per week and spent an average of 16.8 days in rehab.

Our 2020 pediatric outcomes:

  • 15 patients were treated in 2020, including 3 traumatic brain injuries, 4 non-traumatic brain injuries and 1 debility.
  • Patients were 60 percent male and 40 percent female.
  • The average age of our patients was 6.6 years old.
  • Patients spent at least 15 hours per week in therapy and stayed in rehab for an average of 17.92 days.
  • Some 57 percent of patients returned home or to a home-like setting

Rehabilitation Unit Patient Welcome Book

Welcome to the rehabilitation unit at Sunrise Hospital. Together we are a community dedicated to healing. We set the standard of excellence every day.We've developed this downloadable book to help you document and track your rehab journey and answer any questions you may have about our rehab program.

Download the Rehabilitation Unit Patient Welcome Book

Download the Rehabilitation Unit Patient Welcome Book (Espanol)