Inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation in Fort Walton Beach, Florida

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services to the surrounding communities.

We offer inpatient and outpatient rehabilitative care to help you restore your abilities, regain your independence and recover fully. Additionally, we provide the only inpatient acute care rehabilitation facility in the area—Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida.

For any physical, occupational or speech therapy needs, contact your physician to receive a prescription for your evaluation and treatment.

For more information about our outpatient rehabilitation services, please call (850) 863-7580. For more information about our inpatient rehabilitation center, please call (850) 863-7651.


Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida, our inpatient rehabilitation center, is recognized by the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) International as a Comprehensive Integrated Inpatient Rehab Program. CARF International also designated our facility as a Specialty Stroke Program.

Conditions we treat with rehabilitative therapy

Our rehabilitation team has experience treating patients with the following conditions:

  • Amputation
  • Bowel and bladder management
  • Brain injury
  • Cognitive and perceptual deficits
  • Hip fracture
  • Impaired mobility, balance and coordination
  • Joint replacement surgery
  • Limitations in self-care
  • Limitation in strength and range of motion
  • Major multiple trauma
  • Neurological disorders
  • Speech and communication problems
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Swallowing disorders

Our rehab team

Our experienced rehabilitation specialists work closely with the patient and their family. Our team consists of:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Patient care technicians
  • Physical therapists
  • Registered nurses
  • Social workers
  • Speech-language pathologists

Physical therapy

Our licensed physical therapists provide individualized programs to help you regain strength, mobility and independence after an illness, injury or medical procedure.

On your initial visit, your therapist will perform a comprehensive evaluation and customize a treatment plan to meet your needs.

Some of the physical therapies and rehabilitative techniques we offer include:

  • Balance and coordination training for vestibular problems
  • Cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation
  • Fall prevention and recovery
  • Injury prevention
  • Physiotherapy
  • Postoperative rehab
  • Strength and endurance programs
  • Wound care

Cardiac rehabilitation

We offer an outpatient cardiac rehabilitation program through our cardiology program. Cardiac rehab helps patients improve their cardiovascular health after a heart surgery, heart attack or heart disease diagnosis.

Our hours of operation for cardiac rehab are Mon - Fri: 7:00am - 3:30pm.

For questions about cardiac rehab, please call us at (850) 315-7870.

Cardiac rehab services are located at:

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center Cardiac Rehabilitation
928 Mar Walt Drive (Building D)
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

Neurological and stroke rehabilitation

Our neurological rehabilitation program helps patients recovery from head injuries, spinal cord disorders, genetic diseases, strokes and other neurological conditions.

Our inpatient rehabilitation center offers the Active Adult Stroke Program. This specialized program helps patients recover their abilities after receiving initial stroke treatment.

To aid in a full recovery, you gain access to a range of rehabilitative therapies and advanced equipment, including:

  • Body weight supported exercise equipment
  • Family and caregiver training
  • Fully equipped kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and laundry environments for therapy training
  • Neuromuscular retraining
  • Neuropsychological testing
  • One-on-one therapy available with physical, occupational and speech therapists
  • Stroke prevention education
  • Vital stimulation therapies provided by a certified therapist
  • Vocational, family, financial and intimacy counseling

Orthopedic pain management

Our full continuum of orthopedic care includes orthopedic rehabilitation. We provide therapies to help you recover from a joint replacement surgery or to relieve pain from an injury.

Our orthopedic rehab specialists focus on managing pain in the low back, neck and extremities.

Occupational therapy

Occupational therapy helps restore the abilities needed to return to work, school and activities of daily living.

To help you adapt to any permanently changed abilities, our occupational therapists may help with home modifications or wheelchair fittings.

Occupational therapy can help with:

  • Activities of daily living, such as bathing, dressing or homemaking
  • Cognitive performance
  • Lymphedema management
  • Splinting
  • Upper extremity function (strength, range of motion)

Lymphedema management

Lymphedema is the swelling of a body part, most often an arm or leg, caused by the abnormal accumulation of lymph fluid. It can be both disfiguring and debilitating.

People with lymphedema can experience swollen limbs and body parts, a worsening condition, repeated infections and thickening skin.

Fort Walton Beach Medical Center’s lymphedema management program is a nonsurgical and highly effective combination of the following techniques:

  • Bandaging—Bandaging provides constant gentle pressure, helping to maintain the reduction of swelling achieved during manual lymph drainage treatment. Bandaging is done daily while the limb size is changing.
  • Custom-fitted compression garments—Once fluid reduction is achieved, you may receive custom compression garments for long-term use to maintain circulation.
  • Exercise—The lymphatic system is stimulated by using muscle contraction as a pump for the lymph vessels. Exercises to reduce edema (swelling) may be done while wearing the compression bandages to maximize lymph drainage.
  • Manual lymph drainage (MLD)—MLD is a gentle manual massage treatment that improves the function of the lymphatic system throughout the body. MLD reroutes lymph fluid around blocked or damaged areas to decrease swelling in the affected area.
  • Skin care—Good hygiene and skin care are essential to eliminate bacterial and fungal growth and prevent infection within the affected body part.

Benefits of lymphedema treatment

Benefits of our lymphedema management program include:

  • Decreased pain and discomfort
  • Decreased fibrotic hardening
  • Decreased swelling
  • Enhanced self-esteem and independence
  • Education in self management
  • Improved mobility and range of motion
  • Prevention of infection

Speech-language therapy

Speech-language therapy helps restore your speech and language skills and oral motor function skills.

Our speech therapists are trained to help with:

  • Aphasia (trouble using or understanding words)
  • Apraxia (trouble producing speech)
  • Cognitive-linguistic communication
  • Dysphagia (trouble swallowing)

Some of our speech, language and swallowing therapies and services include:

  • Alternative communication devices
  • Modified barium swallowing studies
  • Neurological rehabilitation
  • Neuromuscular therapy
  • Swallowing therapy
  • Voice therapy

Inpatient physical therapy and rehabilitation

Inpatient therapy programs are provided at Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida. Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is a campus of Fort Walton Beach Medical Center located in Destin, Florida.

This newly renovated facility offers patients private rooms, larger areas for rehabilitation and an upscale dining area. Patients receive proactive, around-the-clock care with the primary goal of restoring abilities and regaining independence.

Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida is located at:

Rehabilitation Institute of Northwest Florida
996 Airport Road
Destin, FL 32541

Outpatient physical therapy

Outpatient physical therapy is provided through our partnership with PT Solutions, located next to our hospital. Outpatient therapy can help you continue making steps toward a full recovery.

The outpatient physical therapy center is located at:

Outpatient Physical Therapy Center
928 Mar Walt Drive, Suite 103 (Building E)
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

For more information about outpatient physical therapy, please call PT Solutions at (850) 863-7580.

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