OSF St. Joseph Medical Center

Neurological Rehabilitation

OSF Neurological Rehabilitation provides services to patients who have lost mobility and function from stroke, neurological diseases, or injuries.

Working closely with the patient, the patient’s family, and physician, the therapy team develops an individualized treatment plan to help patients achieve the highest level of independence and function.

Who Is It For?

Frequent diagnoses seen in therapy:

  • Stroke
  • Head injury, including traumatic brain injury
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Cancer

OSF Neurological Rehabilitation Services can help patients improve:

  • Walking
  • Accessing the community
  • Balance and fall prevention
  • Self care tasks
  • Homemaking tasks
  • Visual skills
  • Swallowing
  • Speech impairment
  • Cognition

What Does it Involve?

Physical Therapy

Our Physical Therapy staff utilizes a dynamic approach that addresses your strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. The primary goal is to maximize physical abilities and mobility to enable the patient and the patient’s family to return to his or her previous lifestyle.

Occupational Therapy

Our Occupational Therapy staff focuses on your ability to perform tasks of daily living, such as self care and homemaking. Occupational Therapists address upper extremity strength and coordination and fine motor tasks, visual skills, and cognition. Occupational Therapists strive to increase function in an environment that promotes independence in the patient’s home and community.

Speech Therapy

Our Speech Therapy staff strives to increase independence and safety through communication and swallowing intervention. Speech, language, and voice therapy are designed to improve the ability to communicate effectively for increased independence and participation in the community. Swallowing intervention focuses on diet texture analysis, compensatory strategies to increase safety with food and drinks, and exercises to strengthen the muscles utilized for chewing and swallowing.

Specialty Services

New Diagnosis Education

Aids in understanding the patient’s new diagnosis, the possible disease paths, symptom management, and planning for future needs.

Wheelchair Seating and Positioning Clinic

Rehabilitation staff will help the patient achieve the most mobility, function, and independence possible by working together to select the equipment that best meets their specific needs.

Modified Barium Swallow or Video Fluorographic Swallow Study (VFSS)

These tests are used to evaluate the swallowing process for patients who are having problems speaking or swallowing food.

Gait Training

Using gait training equipment, therapists can simultaneously control weight bearing, posture, and balance over a treadmill or over ground and facilitates the training of coordinated lower extremity movement and walking.

Balance Training

Balance training includes objective computerized assessment and retraining of the sensory and voluntary motor control of balance with visual biofeedback.


Exercise in a water environment, on a treadmill or in the therapy pool, can reduce weight bearing, and assist movement and balance while reducing pain.

Appointment Information

  • Please bring your photo ID and insurance card with you to your first appointment.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to your first appointment. Initial evaluations will take up to 90 minutes.

It is important that you, the patient, are involved in setting the treatment plan and goals with the therapist. Attendance is essential to achieving your goals.

If you are unable to attend a scheduled appointment, please call to reschedule. If you “no show” for two appointments, you may be discharged from therapy.


Day(s) Time(s)
Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. -  6 p.m.
Friday 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.