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Orthopaedic Rehabilitation at Jefferson Hospital

For patients recovering from a broken bone, nerve damage, muscle strain or a joint replacement, Jefferson Hospital's Outpatient Physical Therapy is a great choice for South Hills residents seeking one-on-one physical therapy sessions at one of our convenient South Hills locations. All of our sites are staffed with a combination of physical therapists and physical therapist assistants.

Physical Therapy 

Our comprehensive physical therapy services include the following programs:

  • Therapeutic exercise for increasing the range of motion, muscle strength, balance and endurance
  • Therapeutic massage
  • Biofeedback training
  • Joint and soft tissue mobilization
  • Home exercise instruction
  • Orthotics (shoe inserts) and brace fitting
  • Crutch, cane and walker fitting
  • Traction
  • Lumbar stabilization training
  • Lontophoresis
  • Self-management training

Our convenient locations make it easier for patients to get to physical therapy sessions. For appointments, patients must receive a referral from their physician for outpatient physical therapy. Most major insurance plans are accepted.


Jefferson Physical and Aquatic Therapy Center
Brentwood Professional Plaza
Jefferson Outpatient Services


For more information about Physical and Aquatic Therapy Programs at Jefferson Hospital, call us at 412-469-3456.

Aquatic Physical Therapy

When land-based exercises are not possible because of disability and pain, aquatic therapy offers the unique healing benefits of water: a gentler, more beneficial environment in which to rapidly improve mobility, strength and function.

Aquatic physical therapy is recommended for patients undergoing treatment for:

  • Arthritis
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Injuries to the neck, shoulder, low back, knee and ankle
  • Rehabilitation after surgery
  • Chronic pain
  • Work-related injuries requiring rapid rehabilitation

How it works

Water supports the weight of the body, reduces stress and pain, and provides gentle resistance to rapidly promote strengthening and conditioning while reducing the risk of further injury. The relaxing sounds and warmth of the water can make aquatic therapy a more pleasurable patient experience.

Patients in our Aquatic Physical Therapy Program may experience the following benefits:

  • Accelerated rehabilitation
  • Protection of joints during exercise
  • Reduced stress
  • Decreased swelling
  • Improvements in gait or posture
  • Increased circulation
  • Increased strength and endurance
  • Increased range of motion and flexibility
  • Increased balance and coordination
  • Increased muscle tone

Our Staff

Aquatic physical therapy complements traditional, land-based physical therapy programs. Licensed physical therapists and physical therapy assistants who are trained and certified in aquatic therapy develop and administer a treatment plan for our patients.

Patients work one-on-one with their therapist and are never left unattended while in the pool.

What Happens at an Aquatic Therapy Session?

  • Patients do not have to know how to swim to participate in aquatic physical therapy.
  • Each session is individually designed to meet the patient's needs and utilizes different equipment depending upon the nature of the condition.
  • Treatment may include a warm-up followed by balance and stabilization exercises, strengthening, etc.
  • A treatment session may last from 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Land exercises and manual or hands-on therapy may also be prescribed in a patient's plan of treatment.

Our State-of-the-Art Facility

The Jefferson Hospital Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Center houses a HydroWorx 1000 rehabilitation pool. This revolutionary piece of therapeutic equipment features an integrated treadmill, resistance jets, and an underwater monitoring system that allows the patient and therapist to observe and correct movement patterns.


Jefferson Physical and Aquatic Therapy Center
Bethel Park Campus


For more information about Physical and Aquatic Therapy Programs at Jefferson Hospital, call us at

Occupational Therapy

If you’ve suffered a stroke or debilitating injury, depend on the specialists at Jefferson Hospital to help you reach your goals for independent living.  You can count on our care.

The Occupational Therapy Program at Jefferson Hospital helps patients achieve independence by recovering the self-care skills of everyday life: dressing, bathing, homemaking, and getting in and out of bed, a car and a tub. Our licensed, certified occupational therapists and therapy assistants create an individualized treatment plan to help our patients gain new strength and success every day.

Our Occupational Therapy programs are often prescribed for those recovering from a stroke, but we also provide services to patients recovering from work-related or automobile accidents, and other injuries to the nerves, spinal cord, bones or joints. Our rehabilitation programs can start during recovery at Jefferson Hospital. Our staff provides services at the Jefferson Hospital Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit for patients receiving treatment from our departments of orthopaedic surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and cardiac care.

Our therapy program includes individualized training programs to promote strength and coordination, plus assessment and recommendations for durable medical equipment to support patient safety in the home.

Our comprehensive Outpatient Therapy services include:

  • Individualized evaluations
  • Custom splinting, fabricated on site
  • Whirlpool
  • Therapeutic modalities
  • Therapeutic exercise to increase range of motion, strength and function
  • Adaptive equipment training
  • Self-management training and home exercise instruction


A physician's referral is required prior to treatment. The Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) is a distinctive program of our department. This state-of-the-art, computerized assessment system can be used to assess strength and coordination, giving our therapists a clear diagnosis of a person's ability. This service is provided for inpatient and outpatient adults, including seniors.


Jefferson Hospital
Jefferson Outpatient Services


For more information about Occupational Therapy Programs at Jefferson Hospital, call us at

Outpatient Hand Clinic

Second only to the brain in its complexity, the hand is a series of muscles, tendons, and ligaments that work in perfect harmony to allow us to communicate with the world.

Through fine motor manipulation and sensitive touch, the hand allows us to complete everyday tasks such as dialing a phone to more complex tasks such as shuffling a deck of cards. Individualized care at the Outpatient Hand Clinic is as unique as your own fingerprint. Let our specially-trained hand therapists assist in your recovery.

The Outpatient Hand Clinic at Jefferson Hospital offers specialized, individual therapy to outpatients with medical conditions affecting the hand, including:

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Fractures of the hand, wrist or elbow
  • Cumulative trauma/overuse conditions such as tennis elbow and tendinitis
  • Traumatic injuries to the tendons and nerves
  • Arthritis
  • Reconstructive surgery


Jefferson Hospital


To learn more about our Hand and Upper Extremity Center, call Ortho1Call at