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Baylor Scoliosis Center

Plano, Texas Location 1.888.781.5558

Fort Worth, Texas Location 817.922.2880

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The Baylor Rehabilitation System 

Rehabilitation Experience

Since 1981, Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation has provided a comprehensive treatment program for patients who have undergone surgery for scoliosis and other orthopaedic conditions to assist them in returning to an independent and productive lifestyle. Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation was ranked 13th among the nation's top rehabilitation facilities in U.S. News and World Report's 2009-2010 "America's Best Hospitals" guide. This is the 13th time BIR has been named.  

The Baylor Rehab Program Difference - Affiliation with a Major Medical Center

Our 110-bed rehabilitation facility is part of the Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas campus. This affiliation with a major, tertiary care medical center gives our patients access to more than 900 specialty physicians for medical consultations and advanced technology and emergency services.

Outpatient Locations

The outpatient therapy clinics offer the technological capabilities, the skilled staff and the specialized programs patients need. A wide range of services is available to treat numerous types of injuries and conditions. All therapies and treatment regimens are based on helping patients reduce pain and improve function.

The Baylor Rehabilitation System offers convenient access to outpatient rehabilitation services across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. For patients out of the Dallas Fort Worth area, the staff at the Baylor Scoliosis Center will assist in finding an outpatient facility that is convenient for you.

For what is often decades, patients with scoliosis become accustomed to sitting, standing and walking with some degree of spine curvature and, frequently, some degree of pain. After surgery, patients encounter themselves in what is virtually an entirely new body. Inpatient rehabilitation may be necessary to address changes in both physical functioning and body image.

The Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation offers comprehensive post-operative stabilization and rehabilitation for patients with a focus on pain management, bowel and bladder function and ambulation, as well as activities of daily living. If any neurological deficits are experienced after surgery, patients will be integrated into a program focused on stabilization, adaptation and recovery.

We offer a full continuum of care that includes comprehensive inpatient services and outpatient specialty care, as well as clinics and follow-up services. Patients have the comfort and convenience of working with only one health care provider for any ongoing rehabilitation needs. To make an appointment for a tour of our facilities, please call (214) 820-9330.

Full-Time Physiatrists Whose Practice Is Limited to Our Patients

Physiatrists (M.D.s who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation) on the medical staff of our hospital have practices that are solely dedicated to the treatment of Baylor Rehab patients. A physiatrist will meet with you daily to monitor your progress.

The Treatment Team

Our interdisciplinary team of rehabilitation experts specializes in meeting the needs of patients who are recovering from complex back surgeries. A physiatrist on the medical staff of Baylor leads the treatment team. Through frequent contact with the patient, team members and patient's surgeon, the physiatrist can better manage the special medical needs of the patient and closely monitor his or her healing and rehabilitative progress.

In addition, full internal medicine support is available to manage any preexisting conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Designated internists on the medical staff will take care of patients from admission to discharge.

The patient's specific needs determine the composition of his or her rehabilitation team. Each team has a care coordinator who serves as the treatment organizer and assists with insurance issues, and a social worker who assists with any discharge needs.

Patients will receive a minimum of three hours of therapy per day. In addition to nursing care, the patient may have one or more of the following therapies during their stay:

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy helps patients stretch their muscles and joints, increase their range of motion and improve gait and mobility. 

Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy focuses on helping the patient increase his or her ability to perform activities of daily living, such as dressing, grooming, bathing, toileting and meal preparation. The focus is on ensuring patients are able to function in a way that does not endanger the surgery site or create any complications.

Rehabilitation Nursing

Rehabilitation nurses provide daily care for patients and encourage them to transfer the skills learned during therapy into self-care activities. Our nurses have participated in specialized training and 25% have received national certification in rehabilitation nursing.


Aquatic therapy has many purposes, including muscle relaxation, reduction of spasticity (if indicated), gait training and range of motion, strength and endurance building. Patients have access to aquatics if there are no open surgical lesions and no medical contraindications.

Therapeutic Recreation

Therapeutic recreation helps patients maintain an active lifestyle through modifying previous activities or introducing new leisure pursuits.

Clinical Nutrition

Good nutrition is necessary for helping patients improve overall health so they can participate fully in therapy.

Counseling Services

A patient may experience some adjustment challenges as a result of dramatic physical changes. To help patients learn to be comfortable with their new bodies, psychosocial services are available.

After Discharge: Outpatient Services

Outpatient rehabilitation services may be appropriate for the patient to continue to gain strength and flexibility. The patient's physician and treatment team will recommend a discharge plan that may include therapies, specialty programs and/or clinics. The goal is to help the patient continue to make progress in his or her recovery.