The Physical Medicine - Rehabilitation department is a medical department that helps patients recover quickly and optimally after surgery, trauma or injury with functional consequences. This will allow them to resume their personal, leisure and professional activities.

The team

The Rehabilitation department

The Rehabilitation department has four rehabilitation rooms and a hydrotherapy pool, which is a therapeutic rehabilitation pool for patients with locomotive injuries.

More than 70 motivated and specialised staff members are ready to rehabilitate patients in the hospitalisation phase and afterwards, if necessary, in the outpatient phase:

  • The physiotherapist works to restore the patient's strength, joint mobility, balance, proprioception and general endurance.
  • The occupational therapist takes care of the functional aspect of rehabilitation, for example, teaching the patient to walk again and to make transfers (in and out of bed or the car). But the occupational therapist’s tasks also include fine motor skills, two-handedness training, cognitive stimulation and ergonomic principles.
  • The speech therapist helps patients with speech or swallowing disorders.
  • The dietician advises patients with nutritional problems (overweight, underweight).
  • The psychologists are ready to provide mental support to the patient and help them cope after a trauma.
  • A team of specialised nurses looks after the more than 48 rehabilitation patients at the Jan Yperman Hospital's rehabilitation department every day.
  • The technical orthopaedist can offer aids to patients where necessary.
  • The social department will assist in supporting the home setting.
  • The administrative staff takes care of the administrative part of the rehabilitation.
  • Finally, rehabilitation doctors have a rather coordinating and coaching function within the rehabilitation process of their patients.

Hospitalisation rehabilitation

Patients with injuries to the locomotor system after orthopaedic operations or injuries to the locomotor system after traffic accidents or traumas, as well as neurological injuries (cerebral infarction, cerebral haemorrhage, peripheral injuries) are rehabilitated in the hospital rehabilitation room.

Numerous forms of treatment are used here. In addition to mobilisation, muscle-strengthening exercise programmes are also offered.

Balance and proprioceptive exercises are an important part of the rehabilitation room. For this purpose, the rehabilitation room is equipped with force platforms with visual feedback and different forms of standing, from static to dynamic.

Gait rehabilitation is started as soon as possible during the admission. If the patient is not able/not allowed to fully support himself, the patient is rehabilitated in a suspension device or under compression, which allows the patient to practise his gait analysis, with or without load/feeding power.

Hand and wrist rehabilitation is offered by means of manual therapy and specific equipment.

Finally, the hospitalisation department has a quiet room where cognitive stimulation is offered, as well as speech therapy (for speech and swallowing problems).

Outpatient rehabilitation

The outpatient rehabilitation room is a separate room where patients continue their rehabilitation after hospitalisation or after an outpatient consultation.

This rehabilitation room has individual therapy units where, in addition to manual therapy, osteopathy and myofascial therapy are offered to patients with muscle, joint, bone or sports injuries.

The outpatient rehabilitation room has a therapeutic hydrotherapy pool where patients who cannot sufficiently support themselves or patients with muscle weakness can perform movements under water (subaquatic) without strain. This also has a healing effect. The outpatient rehabilitation room also focuses intensively on strength training.

In the aerobic unit, patients with cardiopulmonary disorders such as cardiac decompensation (after a heart attack or surgery), obese patients and patients with severely reduced endurance (e.g. after chemotherapy or radiotherapy) are rehabilitated. In addition to resistance and calorie count (via chip), heart rhythm, heart rate and blood pressure are also displayed to ensure safe rehabilitation.

Back rehabilitation is a unit specifically for patients with non-specific chronic low back pain where, in addition to aerobic training, a muscular corset of the abdominal and back muscles is intensively built up in order to reduce the strain on the back in the future. In addition to a workstation analysis, ergonomic principles (back hygiene) are also taught. During back rehabilitation, psychological support is also offered if required.

The functional unit is a unit where mainly the occupational therapists, but also the physiotherapists, focus on functional rehabilitation such as fine motor skills, ADL activities, walking, cognitive training, balance and proprioceptive exercises and ergonomics principles.


Cardiac rehabilitation takes place in consultation with cardiologist-rehabilitator Dr Viaene. Training continues under the supervision of a physiotherapist and there is also guidance from a dietician, psychologist (including smoking cessation) and social assistant.

Geriatric rehabilitation

Geriatric patients with a trauma, injury or illness with functional repercussions are rehabilitated in specific geriatric rehabilitation. Older geriatric patient have an increased comorbidity with, in addition to diabetes mellitus, for example lung or heart failure, arthritis, decreased kidney function or cognitive impairment.

Geriatric patients are intensively rehabilitated with endurance, muscle strengthening and mobilisation exercises, balance and proprioceptive exercises and cognitive rehabilitation. In addition to analytical training such as strength training, balance, proprioception, gross and fine motor skills, attention is also paid to standing, both statically and dynamically.

Besides analytical training, functionality training is also offered, such as gait training, going up and down stairs, transfer training, wheelchair training, ADL activities, fall prevention and kitchen activities.

Cognitive and mental training is also offered using visual-motor concentration exercises.

Social and group activities such as kitchen activities and group gymnastics for geriatric patients during group sessions are also part of the rehabilitation package.

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Last modified on 23 January 2024

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