Rehabilitation center in Richmond, Virginia

Whether you are recovering from a stroke, dealing with chronic pain from an injury or disease or need to get moving after joint replacement surgery, Johnston-Willis Hospital's comprehensive physical therapy and rehabilitation program can help. We offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services to patients in Chesterfield County to restore function, relieve pain and ease you back into enjoying normal life.

For more information about our Richmond rehabilitation center, please call (804) 483-6720.

Johnston-Willis offers one of the most sophisticated rehabilitation programs in central Virginia. We have a successful record of helping patients of all abilities recover, regain skills and improve quality of life as quickly as possible.

Our team is led by a physiatrist (a doctor who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation) who develops your treatment plan. Your care comes from highly skilled and licensed specialists in physical therapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy, as well as other professionals with special training in a variety of condition-specific therapies.

Johnston-Willis Hospital's outpatient rehabilitation center is open Monday through Friday, from 6:30am - 7:30pm.

Comprehensive rehabilitation services

Rehabilitation at Johnston-Willis Hospital involves education, training and support every step of the way, and our program focuses on each aspect of healing. If imaging services or other hospital services are needed, you can be confident you will receive comprehensive care in our full-service, elite medical center.

We offer the following services:

  • Dialysis services
  • Ergonomics education and training
  • Lymphedema therapy
  • Treatment of balance and vestibular (inner ear) disorders
  • Orthotics, assistive technology and adaptive equipment
  • Neuropsychological testing and counseling
  • Pain management
  • Fall assessments and prevention programs

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Physical therapy

Johnston-Willis offers physical therapy (PT) to protect, strengthen or restore muscle and motor function resulting from an injury, disease or disability. Your PT plan may include:

  • Exercise instruction
  • Gait training
  • Manual therapy techniques
  • Medical device instruction
  • Pain management therapy
  • Patient education

Occupational therapy

Our certified occupational therapists help patients with relearning or improving function related to daily activities, such as bathing, dressing, eating and cooking. The goals of occupational therapy (OT) are to:

  • Conserve energy
  • Improve gross and fine motor skills
  • Regain physical independence
  • Strengthen upper extremities
  • Learn to manage assistive devices, including splits and prosthetics

Speech therapy

Our speech pathologists help adult and pediatric patients to learn to communicate effectively by focusing on voice, speech. language, cognition and listening capabilities negatively affected by injury, surgery or neuromuscular diagnoses or that have not developed properly. Swallowing ability is also an aspect treated by speech therapists.

Pediatric rehabilitation

Johnston-Willis provides pediatric physical therapy and rehab. Our physical and occupational therapists can help your child improve strength, motor skills and independence due to an injury or disability.

Neurological rehabilitation

Our neurorehabilitation services, certified by The Joint Commission, offers programs for brain and nervous system conditions, including stroke, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease) and Parkinson’s disease.

Johnston-Willis has received numerous distinctions for neurological care. We are a Comprehensive Stroke Center, certified by DNV-GL, and one of the few hospitals on the East Coast with teams and operating suites fully dedicated to brain and nervous system care.

Cardiac rehabilitation

As an Accredited Chest Pain Center, our cardiac care team efficiently treats heart conditions, and patients can receive cardiac rehabilitation under the same roof. Cardiac rehab helps patients restore their heart's strength after a cardiac event or diagnosis, such as a heart attack.

Pulmonary rehabilitation

Our pulmonary care team helps you manage symptoms of lung diseases through exercise training, educational programs, nutritional counseling and oxygen therapy.

Sports injury rehabilitation

Our comprehensive sports medicine program offers sports rehabilitation to reduce pain and help athletes recover from a surgery or injury.

Cancer rehabilitation

Our therapists have extensive experience helping patients recover from cancer care, treatment or surgery. Cancer rehabilitation may include nutrition counseling, exercises and speech therapy.

Orthopedic rehabilitation

Your doctor may prescribe rehabilitation after an orthopedic surgery or injury. Our therapists can assist with hand therapy, relieving spinal pressure and recovering from a knee replacement, hip replacement or shoulder replacement surgery.

Driving assessment program

The driving program at Johnston-Willis examines driving skills and teaches new ones to help you drive safely. We offer in-depth evaluations and driver training programs taught by registered occupational therapists.

Our occupational therapists evaluate each patient's medical history and driving record and assess physical, cognitive and sensory motor skills. We determine whether participants need adaptive equipment, then help participants find the appropriate equipment for their personal vehicles.

Our team provides instruction in both clinical and actual driving settings. On-road evaluation and instruction allows participants to practice on a driving range, as well as in rural, suburban and highway settings.

Participants learn to handle a variety of scenarios including:

  • Hazardous and emergency situations
  • Parking
  • Driving in reverse
  • Managing turns
  • Acceleration and braking
  • Drive-through windows

Teen drivers

Adolescents 19 years old and younger may need special assistance to comply with Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) regulations. We teach teens the skills to be safe, independent drivers for life.

Individuals with disabilities

If you have a disability due to injury or illness, we can teach you to drive an adapted vehicle. Our assessment and training cars are equipped with dual controls, left-foot accelerators and push right-angle hand controls.

Older-adult drivers

Physicians may request an assessment to determine if driving performance has been affected by aging.

Free community driving education

We provide free education programs for community organizations, including churches, schools and civic groups, focusing on the needs of elderly drivers and drivers with disabilities.

For more information on our driving assessment program in central Virginia, please call (804) 483-6720.