Physiatrist Dr. Mark Drymalski with Avera Rehabilitation Services
National Rehab Week just wrapped up and we didn't want it to pass without recognizing the team that works around the clock at Avera McKennan. Action News Anchor Nancy Naeve Brown asked a physiatrist with Avera Rehabilitation Associates about the patients who go through rehab.
Physiatrist Dr. Mark Drymalski with Avera Rehabilitation Services says, "Anyone that comes in with a new medical diagnosis that impacts their function or ability to be home. These folks tend to be people that have suffered either an injury from a motor vehicle crash or suffered a new neurological injury such as a stroke or spinal cord injury.
Q: How important is rehab while they are in the hospital?
A: It's very important. The whole purpose of getting that aggressive therapy right away in the hospital is to improve their function to the point where they can maintain living at home and being home with their family.
Q: Like raising a child it takes a village, the same could be said about rehabbing a patient. It takes a village doesn't it?
A: Rehab is a very multi-disciplinary approach. We have therapists, multiple number of therapists. Therapists that help with balance, therapists that help with coordination, therapists that help with speech and cognition and swallowing. We have a nursing staff that teaches them how to deal with some of the bowel and bladder issues they may be dealing with and how to get dressed in the morning. And then the physicians are here to supervise with therapy and any complications that may arise or any other medical issue they are facing."