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About Acute Rehabilitation Services

About Acute Rehabilitation at Swedish Medical Center

The focus of rehabilitation is to restore independence. Our program focuses on:

  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Communication and swallowing function
  • Mobility
  • Self-care
  • Tone management
  • Strength and endurance training
  • Emotional support and well-being

Our program focuses on acute and chronic conditions, providing a level of care that builds independence. The major emphasis for patients with orthopedic and spinal problems is on:

  • Independent mobility or developing wheelchair skills
  • Learning techniques for daily self-care, assessing needs for adaptive equipment
  • Prosthetic and orthotic training
  • Increasing physical strength and endurance
  • Education to prevent secondary complications

In conjunction with the Colorado Neurological Institute (CNI), offer these services:

  • Clinical evaluation and management of spasticity
  • Intrathecal Baclofen Pump placement and management
  • Coordinated rehabilitation care before and after Deep Brain Stimulation for treatment of movement disorders
  • Comprehensive rehabilitation approach for patients with Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
  • Bioness (Functional Electrical Stimulation to improve gait and hand function)
  • VitalStim (Electrical stimulation to improve swallowing function)
  • Evaluation for a wheelchair and seating system
  • Driving skills assessment and remedial training

Swedish's Acute Rehabilitation Unit, in conjunction with our team of trauma surgeons and critical care providers, has helped patients not only survive but once again thrive after life-threatening injury. Examples include Sidney Levin who walked out of the unit on his own after nearly being crushed to death by a truck a few months earlier; Roger Baxter, a CDOT worker who spent 107 days recovering at Swedish after being hit on the side of the road; and 21-year-old stroke survivor Carly Lytle.

Need assistance with insurance approval for treatment? Call (303) 788-5963 for help getting therapy cleared through insurance company.


Swedish maintains strong relationships with Craig Hospital, world-renowned for traumatic brain and spinal cord rehabilitation, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital.