News From The Neurorehabilitation Team
In the latest issue of the MS in focus publication, Dr. Bethoux of the Mellen Center addresses issues directly related to the overall management of spasticity.
The neurorehabilitation team at the Mellen Center specializes in two areas of rehabilitation; the assessment and treatment of spasticity, and assessment and treatment of gait disorders. While many of our patients have multiple sclerosis, we also work with patients who have had other disorders such as stroke, head injury, and many diseases which lead to spasticity.
What can I expect from my Rehabilitation Program?
Your therapist will work closely with you to establish a plan and goals for your rehabilitation program that meet your needs. For many people, this consists of only 1 or 2 visits so that a home program may be developed. For others, more visits are necessary if a home program isn’t enough to meet the needs of a patient. In either case, Mellen Center therapists specialize in the unique needs of people with MS. Developing a program to meet these needs is a team effort among you, your therapist, and your doctor. Your family or caregivers are also an important part of this team.
Will the therapist communicate with my physician?
Absolutely! Your doctor will receive a copy of your detailed rehabilitation plan. Mellen Center physicians can also access your progress notes at any time so that they are up-to-date on your progress. The therapists work together with the physicians and nurses every day, so concerns that come up can be easily addressed. This multi-disciplinary "team approach" to your care is one of the cornerstones of The Mellen Center.
How do I schedule these appointments?
An appointment with a PT or an OT requires a physician's referral. Once you have a referral, you may schedule an appointment by calling the Mellen Center appointment desk at 216.444.8600. For those services that are available at the Cleveland Clinic but are not located within the Mellen Center's building*, please refer to the phone number listed next to that service.
Other Rehabilitation Services Available at The Cleveland Clinic:
- Driver Evaluations: Call 216.445.8000
- Speech and Swallowing Evaluations: 216.444.6689
- Splinting or bracing for feet and legs (CCF Orthotics Department): 216.445.9000
- Vocational Rehabilitation: 216.444.2225