Northwestern Medicine contains both Level I and Level II Trauma Centers, which means we are capable of diagnosing and treating the most critically injured patients who have life-threatening injuries. Trauma patients often sustain critical injuries to multiple parts of the body. These injuries may require an inpatient hospital stay. Examples of trauma include gunshot wounds, motor vehicle crashes, falls, spinal cord injuries, injuries due to assault and crush injuries.
If you are hospitalized for a critical injury, our physical therapists can train and educate you on how to use assistive devices for mobility, such as walkers, canes or crutches. In addition, they will develop an exercise program focused on helping you regain your strength and range of motion.
Occupational therapists will train you on how to perform activities of daily living and assist with community reintegration. Occupational therapists may also fabricate a splint for you, if it is necessary to protect or immobilize a joint or extremity.