Rehabilitation Medicine

Rehabilitation and physical therapy that helps you recover, rebuild and rediscover

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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).

Collaborative Care

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.

Featured Provider: Janna Friedly
Featured Provider

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After severe neurological or traumatic injury, such as stroke or another major medical event, intensive inpatient rehabilitation can help people get on the road to recovery. Harborview and UW Medical Center each have a certified inpatient rehabilitation unit for intensive therapy designed to maximize independence and recovery. Patients must be able to tolerate three hours of therapy daily and require the services of multiple disciplines (occupational, physical, speech) to participate in this program.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Women's pelvic care

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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.

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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.

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​​​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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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