Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy

Neurological rehabilitation therapists at the George Washington University Hospital address physical and cognitive impairments that result from conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord and peripheral nervous system. 

To contact the Outpatient Rehabilitation Center, please call 202-715-5655.

Conditions that benefit from neurological rehabilitation include, but are not limited to:

  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Stroke
  • NeuroAIDS
  • Epilepsy and other seizure disorders
  • Vestibular Dysfunction
  • ALS
  • Myopathy
  • Bell’s Palsy
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Neuromuscular diseases (Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple SclerosisMyasthenia Gravis, Peripheral Nerve Disorders)
  • Hemiplegia
  • Brain Aneurysms
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Traumatic brain injury/concussion
  • Spinal cord injury/disease

Physical, occupational and speech-language therapy treatment interventions are aimed at improving movement, restoring function and preventing disability associated with a variety of neurological conditions. For some, neurological rehabilitation can be an alternative to surgery and/or pain medication. Depending on the condition being treated, physical and occupational therapists use a variety of techniques to assist patients, such as: 

  • Stroke support group (temporarily on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic)
  • Neuromuscular re-education 
  • Range of motion exercises 
  • Constraint-induced movement therapy
  • Taping
  • Therapeutic exercise
  • Gait and balance training
  • Sensory stimulation
  • Durable medical and adaptive equipment prescription/training
  • Pain management
  • Fall prevention
  • Household and community mobility and accessibility
  • Return-to-work programs
  • Cognitive training (problem-solving, memory strategies, attention, organization, scheduling, money management, medication management)
  • Dysphagia therapy
  • Dysarthria therapy
  • Aphasia therapy
  • Extremity positioning
  • Orthotic and prosthetic prescription
  • Graded motor imagery
  • Wheelchair assessments
  • LSVT Big® and LSVT Loud®

To learn more about neurological conditions, visit The Neurosciences Institute >