Patient Walks Again Thanks to The Power of Rehabilitation at Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital


TOPEKA, Kan. – During National Rehabilitation Week, recognized Sept. 17-23, Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital celebrates “The Power of Rehabilitation” for patients overcoming challenges after illnesses and injuries. One patient who has benefited from rehabilitation services at the inpatient rehabilitation hospital is 75-year-old Jim Dillon of Topeka, Kansas.

Jim was tending to his garden one morning when he suddenly collapsed after his legs gave out. He had no feeling in his legs and was taken to the emergency room where his physician diagnosed him with Guillain-Barre syndrome, a disorder with no known cause where the immune system attacks the peripheral nerve system. In some cases, this disorder can be life-threatening or cause severe paralysis. Like Jim, one common symptom that patients with Guillain-Barre syndrome first experience is tingling and weakness in the legs.

Jim Dillon After seven days in the acute care hospital, Jim chose Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital to help him reach his primary goal of walking again. Upon arrival to the inpatient rehabilitation hospital, he was unable to walk, roll over, sit or stand. Over the next 18 days, he received at least 15 hours each week of intensive therapy to accomplish that goal. His therapy team motivated him and worked with him on strength, balance, endurance and retraining his muscle movements to help him walk short distances with a walker. He was able to return home with his wife and continue therapy through home health services.

Today, Jim walks unassisted and has returned to some of his favorite activities including gardening, canning vegetables, spending time outside and playing poker with his friends.

National Rehabilitation Awareness Week was established in 1976 to create awareness of people with disabilities and promote the benefits of rehabilitation. In 1990, a presidential proclamation designated the third week of September as National Rehabilitation Awareness Week, which has grown to include more than 7,000 organizations.

About Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital
Kansas Rehabilitation Hospital, a joint venture of HealthSouth and Stormont-Vail HealthCare, is a 79-bed inpatient rehabilitation hospital that offers comprehensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation and home health services. Serving patients throughout Northeast Kansas, the hospital is located at 1504 SW 8th Ave. and on the Web at

About HealthSouth
HealthSouth is one of the nation’s largest providers of post-acute healthcare services, offering both facility-based and home-based patient care in 36 states and Puerto Rico through its network of inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, home health agencies, and hospice agencies. HealthSouth can be found on the web at

Source: HealthSouth Corporation

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