Nationally-ranked expertise meets all-inclusive care.
No. 5 in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report recognizes UW Medical Center's rehabilitation program – where we treat a full spectrum of injuries including major traumas – among the top in the nation (2019-20).
Our multidisciplinary team approach means that we work closely with many types of specialists to give you the best possible path to recovery.
You’re the Key Player
We partner with you throughout your journey to maximize your capabilities. Our patients' functional independence measures exceed national averages.
Meet the provider: Janna Friedly, M.D.
Dr. Friedly is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician who strives to create active partnerships with her patients to achieve the best possible outcomes. In her free time, she enjoys playing with her four rescue dogs and two boys.
Some of our common services:
If you’ve had surgery to remove part of your arm or leg, you’ll benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to your care. A physiatrist is a physician with specialized training in amputee care and will coordinate your rehab program. Typically, a new amputee will meet early on with a prosthetist to learn about prosthetic options. Physical or occupational therapy are often involved to work on exercises, mobility or activities of daily living. Rehab psychologists work with patients routinely to address adjustment issues related to a new disability. Our skilled nursing team provides patient and family education.
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Occupational therapy services may include evaluations of a client’s home or workplace; assessment of independence with activities of daily living; recommendations for adaptive equipment and training in its use; and education for patients, family and caregivers.
Skilled nursing facilities and rehabilitation centers support continued recovery through nursing care and therapy provided by registered nurses, certified nursing assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. Where the focus in a hospital is to treat and stabilize acute care needs, skilled nursing and rehabilitation aid in your recovery phase by providing wound care, intravenous (IV) therapy, physical therapy and continual monitoring of symptoms and vital signs.
If you have a severe burn over more than 10 percent of your body, you'll likely need specialized rehab. Harborview's verified Regional Burn Center and multidisciplinary burn rehab teams have a high success rate in helping patients recover and return to work after serious burns.
This disease causes weak, thinning bones, leaving them at greater risk of breaking. The bones most often affected are the hips, spine and wrists. An osteoporosis rehab program can be vital to a full recovery. Our rehab programs help decrease pain, prevent fractures and minimize further bone loss.
A prosthesis is a device that replaces a missing body part that may have been lost through trauma, disease or a congenital condition. Our Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic specializes in prostheses to replace any level of arm, leg, hand or foot.
An orthosis is a device that supports and aligns a weakened or misaligned part of the body to improve function, restrict motion or relieve pain. Our clinic provides many types of orthoses including those that support the spine, knee, ankle or foot.
Our skilled clinicians and technicians help patients reduce pain, increase comfort, provide stability, prevent deformity, address aesthetic factors and enhance function and independence.
Certified hand therapists (CHTs) work with patients who have a disease, disorder or injury of the arm, wrist or hand to restore mobility and function. Our hand therapy providers are skilled specialists who can help you recover from an injury or manage your condition to your fullest capacity.
This progressive disease of the nervous system is caused by the death of certain groups of neurons. People with Parkinson's often experience movement-related symptoms such as fatigue, muscle cramping, stiff arms and legs, slowness, tremor and difficulty with balance. For many people, medication combined with rehabilitation and lifestyle changes can help.
Speech language pathologists (SLP) specialize in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of problems involving speech, language, thinking, and swallowing. People with language disorders have trouble understanding others or sharing their thoughts and ideas. People with speech disorders have difficulty producing speech sounds. Cognitive-communication disorders include problems organizing thoughts, paying attention, planning and/or problem-solving.
Harborview Medical Center’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit is dedicated to providing the highest quality care to individuals who have sustained a traumatic injury or stroke and require intensive therapy to return to an active role at home or in the community. With your goals in mind, we work together to optimize your recovery.
Specialists at the Rehabilitation Unit at UW Medical Center provide expert care to patients with a wide variety of medical conditions, injuries and illnesses. Our goal is to maximize your potential and help you achieve as much independence as possible.
Physical therapists in our programs have specialized training in pelvic floor evaluation and treatment. Pelvic pain and urinary incontinence can often be treated with a physical therapy program. Pelvic pain may be associated with tissue scarring after surgery or other changes to the pelvic muscles and fascia. Women and men who have difficulty controlling their bladder may benefit by participating in a specialized physical therapy program.
Your spinal cord carries messages between your brain and your body that allow you to carry out daily activities. If you've had a spinal cord injury, rehab can help you regain as much functionality as possible. Our Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Harborview specializes in traumatic spinal cord injuries. Patients continuing their recovery as outpatients receive quality care in our outpatient spinal cord injury program.
If your spinal cord becomes injured near or below the top of your lower back, you could develop paraplegia—the loss of all or part of your movement, sensation and organ function in the lower half of the body. We offer nationally recognized rehab services in physical therapy, nursing, vocational counseling, clinical psychology, therapeutic recreation and more.
This is the loss of movement and sensation in one arm and both legs, usually resulting from partial damage to the upper portion of the spinal cord. Our highly effective rehab programs include physical therapy, skilled nursing, vocational counseling, clinical psychology, therapeutic recreation and more.
Joint replacement is surgery to remove and replace an arthritic or damaged joint with an artificial joint. With the help of a rehab program after surgery, many people who have a total joint replacement can still lead functional, active lifestyles. Our rehab programs include special exercises to restore function, mobility and strength to the new joint and surrounding muscles.
Physiatry, also known as physical medicine or rehabilitation, is a medical specialty focused on restoring function if it's been compromised as the result of disease, disorder or injury. Physiatrists address the function of the whole patient while treating a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, ligaments, muscles and tendons.
Stroke rehab programs, either inpatient or outpatient, help you regain as much independence and quality of life as possible after a stroke. Our multidisciplinary stroke rehab teams include many types of skilled specialists who help you recover physically, emotionally and socially, relearn functional skills and develop new ways to perform daily activities.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a long-lasting, chronic disease of the central nervous system that is thought to be an autoimmune disorder. Some people with MS may only have mild symptoms, while others may lose their ability to see clearly, write, speak or walk. The UW Medicine Multiple Sclerosis Center at Northwest Hospital is an award-winning specialty center where a team of expert providers offer specialized rehab for maintaining optimal wellness while living with this condition.
Physical therapists provide hands-on treatment focused on restoring mobility and function if it's been compromised as the result of injury, disease, overuse, pain or loss of a body part. Our skilled physical therapists develop individualized care plans based on the latest technologies and long-established therapies.
If you've experienced a traumatic brain injury, you might need rehab in order to help regain functionality and prevent complications. Our inpatient rehabilitation programs are leaders in care for traumatic brain injuries. We exceed national and regional averages in post-discharge functional independence measures. Patients continuing their recovery as outpatients receive quality care in our outpatient brain injury programs.
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Advanced Manual Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation at Ballard
1455 NW Leary Way, Ste. 150, Seattle, WA 98107 / 206.782.0218
Advanced Manual Therapy and Sports Rehabilitation at Northwest Outpatient Medical Center
10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 380, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.6130
Brain Injury Rehabilitation at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific Street, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4295
Center for Pain Relief at UWMC-Roosevelt
4225 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite 401, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.4282
Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Program at Harborview
410 9th Ave., 4th Floor - Maleng Bldg, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Exercise Training Center at UWMC-Roosevelt
4245 Roosevelt Way NE, 2nd Floor, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.598.2888
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at Harborview
325 Ninth Avenue, 4th floor - West Hospital, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.744.4607
Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific Street, 8th Floor, North Wing, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.8161
Neuro-Rehabilitation Program at Northwest Hospital
1550 N 115 St, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.1769
Northwest Hand Therapy
10330 Meridian Ave North, Suite #110, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.1838
Outpatient Rehabilitation Therapy Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4830
Physical and Occupational/Hand Therapy Services at Eastside Specialty Center
3100 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98004 / 425.646.7777
Physical Therapy and Hand Therapy Clinic at Harborview
908 Jefferson St., 6th Floor, Ninth and Jefferson Building (NJB), Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.744.1675
Physical Therapy Clinic at Northwest Outpatient Medical Center
10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite #110, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.6032
Physical Therapy Clinic at the Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium
3800 Montlake Blvd. NE, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.3294
Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy Services at Northwest Hospital
1550 N 115th Street, E Wing, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.1915
Prosthetics and Orthotics Clinic at Eastlake
501 Eastlake Ave. E, Seattle, WA 98109 / 206.598.4026
Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at Harborview
410 9th Ave., 4th Floor - Maleng Bldg, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Rehabilitation Medicine Clinic at UWMC
1959 NE Pacific St., 8th Floor SS 812, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.598.4295
4800 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105 / 206.987.2000
Sports Medicine Center at Harborview
908 Jefferson St., 5th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104 / 206.520.5000
Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium
3800 Montlake Blvd. NE, Seattle, WA 98195 / 206.520.5000
The Sports Medicine Clinic at Ballard
1455 NW Leary Way, Suite #350, Seattle, WA 98107 / 206.668.6100
The Sports Medicine Clinic at Northwest Outpatient Medical Center
10330 Meridian Ave. N, Suite 300, Seattle, WA 98133 / 206.668.6100
To E.R. or not to E.R.
Know when and where to seek help.
If you experience significant changes in your physical or mental functions and fear you have a serious, life-threatening illness or injury that could require emergency medical, surgical or psychiatric attention, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.
You can also go to urgent care for non-life-threatening illnesses and conditions.
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Acute spinal cord injury
Acute spinal cord injury
Your spinal cord consists of nerves that run down your back and carry messages between the brain and body for movement and sensation. An acute spinal cord injury bruises, partially tears or completely tears the spinal cord and is a common cause of permanent disability or death.
The location of the spinal cord injury determines what part of the body is affected and how severe the symptoms are. Right after a spinal cord injury, there may be a loss of or decrease in feeling and muscle movement, followed by breathing problems and loss of bowel/bladder function.
Risk factors and causes
The more common injuries occur when the area of the spine or neck is bent or compressed in falls, motor vehicle accidents, sports injuries, gunshots, stab wounds, infections and birth injuries. Average age at the time of injury is currently 42 years, and most occur in males.
Acute spinal cord injury is a medical emergency. Emergency evaluation is needed anytime there is a suspected injury to the spinal cord. Diagnostic tests may include blood tests, X-ray, CAT scan or MRI.
There is currently no way to repair a damaged spinal cord. The injury requires emergency medical attention on the scene. Surgery is sometimes needed to evaluate the injured spinal cord and to manage any other injuries that may have resulted.
A rehabilitation team will help you deal with changes in body function. Bladder, bowel and circulatory control, skin sensation, respiration, muscle tone and sexual health may all be affected. Muscle, joint, or nerve pain and depression are also common.