Physical Health and Rehabilitation
The Indus Hospital established its first Physical Rehabilitation Center with the support of International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and CHAL Foundation, Islamabad in 2015 at its Korangi campus. To meet the growing needs, TIH expanded the rehabilitation services to other campuses including Recep Tayyip Erdogan Hospital, Muzaffargarh; Bedian Road Hospital, Lahore; and District Headquarter Hospital, Badin. All centers provide prosthetic and orthotic devices, physiotherapy, and mobility devices like wheelchairs and crutches.
The Physical Rehabilitation Center specifically treats people with lower and upper limb disabilities like amputees who have lost limbs due to accidents, diabetes, tumors, and other diseases. Orthotic supports are provided to patients for the restoration after the loss of function for example post-polio paralysis, spinal injuries, strokes, cerebral palsy, and other congenital and acquired deformities.
The Physical Rehabilitation Center consists of qualified ortho prosthetists, physiotherapists, prosthetic/orthotic technicians, physio technicians, patient liaison officers (psychologists), and other support staff.
During 2019-2020 the Physical Rehabilitation Centers in Lahore, Karachi, Muzaffargarh, and Badin registered 2,087 patients; provided devices to 2,077 patients; while 486 patients are on a waiting list.
Physical therapy is a branch of rehabilitative health that uses specially designed exercises and equipment to help patients regain or improve their physical abilities. In-patient and out-patient are assessed by a physiotherapist and a treatment plan is initiated within twenty-four hours of admission.
The Physical Therapy section established separate clinical areas for male and female patients in September 2018.
The section also has an in-patients service which includes male and female wards, Intense Care Unit, Critical Care Unit, High Dependency Unit, Pediatric ward to assess, evaluate, design, and manage different physical/mechanical disorders including neurological, traumatic, orthopedics, general surgery, and pre and post-operative rehabilitation. During the year 2019-2020, the Physical Therapy Services benefitted 13,764 outpatients and 5,741 inpatients.
The Physiotherapy section provided more than 19,000 sessions during the year 2019-2020.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Clinic
The physiotherapy service started the Pulmonary Rehabilitation clinic in September 2018. The clinic offers treatment to patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease to improve their functional capacity and quality of life. The physiotherapists are certified from Lung Health Foundation, Australia. From July 2019 to June 2020, the clinic provided more than 800 sessions to pulmonary patients.
From July 2019 to June 2020, the clinic provided more than 800 sessions to pulmonary patients.
Gynecology and Obstetrics Rehabilitation
Gynecological Rehabilitation or women’s physiotherapy is the treatment of all disorders affecting the pelvis and pelvic floor. It ranges from incontinence to prolapse, pelvic pain, antenatal and post-natal physiotherapy, and some useful exercises for post-operative complications like atelectasis. On-call services are also provided at the Sheikh Saeed campus.
Oncology Rehabilitation Service
The Indus Hospital started a hospital-based school ‘Indus Kay Sitaray’ to provide education to pediatric oncology patients who miss their school due to long treatment. The Physical Therapy Department conducts a once a week class for the students with each class including a 25-minute physical exercise session.
Walking Aid Facility
The Physiotherapy Department provides commode chair, wheelchairs, walkers, elbow stick, crutches, knee and elbow functional braces, and other pre-fabricated orthoses to the patients free-of-cost for home use. Patients are referred mainly from orthopedic clinic and wards, and other departments. Patients are referred through Health Management Information Systems and are approved by the physical therapy manager. During July 2019 – June 2020 the unit provided 603 walkers; 33 elbow sticks; 6 elbow functional brace; 17 hinge knee functional brace; 91 knee immobilizer; 26 exercise loop band; 49 lumbar sacral support; 2 commode chairs; 32 hot and cold pack and 5 wheel chairs.
Therapeutic Exercise Gym
The Physical Rehabilitation Center in Karachi has a separate gym for male and female patients. The gyms are equipped with two treadmills, three stationary bikes, one quadriceps drill machine, one-shoulder pulley and shoulder wheel and parallel bars for gait training, and two tilt tables. As per the international standards, the gyms have a first aid box, oxygen cylinder, oxygen mask, and wheelchair.
Functional Electrical Stimulation Clinic
The Indus Hospital has a Functional Electrical Stimulation Bike which started in 2016 for neurologically-impaired patients who are suffering from stroke, spinal cord injury, Guillain Barre Syndrome, and Transverse Myelitis, etc. To stop patients from dropping out and lessening the burden of caregivers, the clinic started a pick and drop service.
The clinic has provided around 1,300 sessions from July 2019 – June 2020.