Therapy helps patients to regain and restore overall health and strength after an injury or illness, and where a patient receives therapy matters.

Susha Thomas, director of therapy operations at Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Cypress, believes patients who are recovering from strokes, other debilitating conditions or injuries or COVID-19 should receive treatment from a therapist at a rehabilitation hospital. 

Day-to day in a rehabilitation hospital, patients and their loved ones interact with therapists. Physical, occupational and speech therapists design and monitor a unique treatment program using a holistic approach.  

“We take an individualized approach with each patient,” Thomas said. “Therapists perform a thorough evaluation to establish a baseline of function. We then develop a plan to progress safely to the highest level of function.”

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to bring changes, and there are many uncertainties for patients and their loved ones.

Encompass Health Cypress takes pride in making sure all patients receive the safe, compassionate and high-quality care needed to meet rehabilitation needs, Thomas said.

COVID-19 primarily affects the lungs, but it can also have adverse effects on the muscles. Patients who are recovering from COVID-19 need treatment in a rehabilitation hospital. Therapists can address the increased the fatigue, weakness, difficulty breathing, decreased endurance and reduced balance that may be a result from an extended hospital stay.

Therapists are also incorporating new activities into sessions for all patients.

“The emotional well-being of each patient at our hospital is very important to us especially during these trying times,” Thomas said. “All therapists are encouraged to incorporate video chats with family and loved ones during their therapy session.”

Thomas joined Encompass Health in November 2014 and has been a physical therapist since 2003. She received her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree from Wayne State University in Michigan. Thomas has specializations in neurological rehabilitation including C/NDT for stroke rehabilitation and LSVT BIG for Parkinson’s rehabilitation.

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