Rehabilitation Services: Services

Golf Rehabilitation Program for Mobility Disorders

UF Health Rehabilitation – Emerson offers a specialized golf and exercise program designed for individuals with movement disorders, Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors. The program addresses symptoms, such as impaired balance, poor movement coordination, tremor, muscle rigidity or stiffness, slowed motion and instability, which often can limit participation in recreational activities.

Emerging research shows golf has a large and measurable benefit on quality of life, movement coordination and balance, and helps reduce fall risk in Parkinson’s patients.

Patients work with board-certified physical therapists who specialize in neurology and orthopaedics. The neurology-based sessions focus on alleviating impairments related to the movement disorder. The orthopaedic sessions are designed by an experienced golf instructor and former collegiate golfer to strengthen specific golf skills and improve overall performance.

A bodyweight-supported harness system and a netted turf area offer a safe and therapeutic environment during sessions. Each session includes an evaluation and treatment, with the goal of returning patients safely to the golf course.

Call (904) 427-8900 to learn more and to schedule an appointment.

A physical therapy referral is required for participation.

A research study option (IRB 202202232) will also be available for those willing to participate, examining the effectiveness of the program. Principal investigator Joseph Legacy, MD, can be reached at (904) 244-9945.

Golf Rehabilitation Program for Mobility Disorders at UF Health Rehabilitation – Emerson

Hand Therapy

Hand therapy is designed to optimize functional recovery of the upper extremity following injury, surgery, or disease process. The certified hand therapists with the UF Health Jacksonville Occupational Therapy department provide comprehensive rehabilitation of the upper extremity for various diagnoses. Our hand therapists provide several treatment options, including:

  • Adaptive equipment
  • Custom splinting
  • Neuromuscular re-education
  • Pain management.
  • Personalized upper extremity home exercises
  • Post-operative management
  • Serial casting
  • Strengthening

The hand therapy program treats a variety of conditions that include:

  • Fracture healing
  • Hand stiffness
  • Joint deformity
  • Joint dislocations
  • Ligament injury
  • Nerve and tendon repair
  • Repetitive strain injury
  • Tendon transfers
  • Tendonitis

Related: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery

Lymphedema Therapy

The certified lymphedema therapists in the outpatient lymphedema therapy program work with patients to provide individualized care to decrease swelling and increase overall mobility and quality of life. The lymphedema therapist may provide several treatment options including post-operative management, compression bandaging and individualized home exercise programs.

Neurologic Rehabilitation

The outpatient neurological rehabilitation program provides physical, occupational and/or speech therapy to patients. These services are evidence-based with an emphasis on patient involvement for continued health and injury prevention and include:

  • Active exercise
  • Balance training
  • Functional training
  • Gait training
  • Manual and massage therapy when appropriate
  • Vestibular rehabilitation programs

The neurological rehabilitation program includes services for individuals with:

The neurologic rehabilitation program also works closely with the UF Health Neuroscience Institute to provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary care for patients with neurological conditions. Multidisciplinary clinics have been established for patients with Parkinson's disease and ALS. These clinics offer the advantage various support services for patients including medical, nursing, dietary, social work and rehabilitation services.

In addition, UF Health Jacksonville also offers patients with neurological conditions access to several support groups and classes to improve their quality of life.

Related: Neurology, Neurosurgery

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine

UF Health Rehabilitation offers a comprehensive and integrated rehabilitation approach for patients with general orthopedic injuries as well as for athletes with sports-related injuries. Our highly trained staff provide a wide range of services to ensure your success. Services are evidence-based with an emphasis on patient involvement for continued health management and injury prevention and include:

  • Active exercise
  • Biomechanical evaluation
  • Body mechanics education
  • Functional and core training
  • Manual therapy
  • Soft tissue mobilization

Orthopedic rehabilitation may be appropriate for patients with:

  • Neck or low back pain
  • Repetitive-use injuries
  • Sprains or strains
  • Surgical repair (rotator cuff, meniscus repair)
  • Total joint replacement

Related: Orthopaedic Surgery

Speech-Language Pathology

The outpatient speech therapy department provides diagnostic and treatment services for adults and children a variety of impairments with speech, language, swallowing and cognition. The speech therapy program can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions including:

  • Aphasia
  • Dysarthria
  • Dysphagia
  • Memory deficits
  • Post-laryngectomy
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Voice disorders

The outpatient rehabilitation services department offers a speech-language pathogist certified in vital stimulation for dysphagia and tracheoesopahageal prosthesis fitting for patients following laryngectomy. They also perform modified barium swallow studies and fiberoptic endoscopic evaluation of swallowing to assist in examination of an individual's ability to swallow. Speech-language pathologists are also certified in SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® for patients with Parkinson’s disease and related neurological disorders.

The SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® therapy regimens were developed at Parkinson Voice Project in Richardson, TX. Visit the Parkinson Voice Project's website →

Wheelchair Evaluation

The outpatient occupational therapy department has an assistive technology practitioner who specializes in wheelchair fitting and adaptations. This specialist works with patients, their families and local equipment company representatives to determine the most appropriate and clinically necessary mobility equipment. Assistive technology assessments are offered for both adult and pediatric patients.

We have the ability to meet the simplest to the most complex positioning needs of the end user. In addition, we own a computer-enhanced pressure mapping system to determine the specific needs of those individuals with pressure wounds. The wheelchair clinic offers the ability to provide an in-depth assessment including trials with equipment. However, in the event that the patient is unable to come in for assessment, a home assessment can be arranged.

The assistive technology specialist will complete an individualized assessment of the patient, complete equipment trials prior to recommendation of appropriate equipment, and involve the participating supplier in the process to expedite delivery.

In addition, our wheelchair services include a complete and thorough evaluation in a timely manner, pressure mapping, equipment trials, final fittings and adaptive equipment training as well as evaluation for manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and environmental control units.

Women's Health Rehabilitation

Women have unique medical needs that often require specialized physical rehabilitation services. Our physical therapists provide a wide variety of treatments including pelvic floor strengthening using biofeedback, electrical stimulation and proven behavior modification techniques, osteoporosis programs, manual therapy, body mechanics training and postural education. The women's health rehabilitation program treats the following conditions:

  • Colorectal dysfunction
  • Gender-affirming care
  • Obstetric and postpartum difficulties
  • Overactive bladder
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Pelvic organ prolapse
  • Pelvic pain
  • Post-radiation recovery
  • Urinary and/or fecal incontinence

Services offered:

  • Behavior modification—schedule toileting, bladder training, died and fluid management
  • Body mechanics training and postural education
  • Electrical stimulation
  • Myofascial release/trigger point release
  • Pelvic floor muscle training
  • Pelvic floor re-education using biofeedback
  • Therapeutic exercise

Please email Eliza Rivera at or call 904-244-1274 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Related: Women's Services