Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy

Convenient and Compassionate Care

Deciding which rehab facility is best for you or a loved one can be difficult and confusing. When you need rehab care with medical expertise, choose Mercy Regional Medical Center Rehabilitation where care is distinctly different and dedicated to YOUR rehabilitation needs.

Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit


  • Physiatrist
  • Consulting Physician
  • Rehab Registered Nurses
  • Physical Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Therapists
  • Clinical Care Managers
  • Dietitians
  • Pharmacists, Counselors, Respiratory Therapists

Unique Qualities of Mercy Regional Medical Center Rehab Unit

MRMC Rehab unit provides several unique qualities setting us apart from other organizations providing therapy services:

  • Rehab MD visits a minimum of 3 times per week
  • Specialist MD consultation where indicated.
  • Interdisciplinary approach to care, goal setting and attainment
  • Therapy services provided a minimum of 3 hours per day at least 5 days per week.
  • Standard of therapy care – individualized (one-to-one) treatment
  • Exclusive Technology – NESS®L300 for neuromuscular stimulation for patients experiencing stroke or spinal cord injury.
  • Weekly Staffing Conferences – opportunity to review goal progression
  • 24 hour per day registered nurse (RN) care
  • Intravenous therapy, care and management
  • Respiratory therapy, care and management
  • Telemetry monitoring
  • Home evaluations as indicated
  • Equipment procurement and training
  • Family/caregiver training
  • Dietary consultation
  • Clinical care managers
  • Specialized Therapy Services
    • VitalStim® therapy
    • Specialized hand training
    • Customized orthotic fabrication
    • Customized prosthetic training

Conditions Treated at Mercy Regional Medical Center Rehab

MRMC Rehab provides customized treatment and plans of care for each client based on the needs, learning style and desired outcomes. We offer comprehensive intervention for clients with a variety of conditions including, but are not limited to:

  • Neurological and neuromuscular conditions: Stroke (CVA), brain tumor, transverse myelitis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy.
  • Traumatic or acquired brain injury
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Amputation: pre- and post-prosthesis
  • Musculoskeletal disorders: polyarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Postsurgical patients: brain, spinal, orthopedic and general
  • Multiple trauma
  • Burns
  • Debilitation due to a variety of medical/surgical sources.


Patients undergoing intensive inpatient rehab therapy are three times more likely to go home compared to those admitted to a skilled nursing facility.


Physicians and Registered Nurses on staff and available 24 hours a day.


Highest level of therapy available to fit your needs provided 5 to 6 days per week.


Maximize function and mobility with the most innovative and advanced therapeutic practices.

Mercy Regional Medical Center Rehab (MRMC Rehab) is an Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) located on the 3rd floor adjoining the main hospital. It serves as a continuation of the hospital’s full range of care services.

Details on Exclusive Technology and Specialized Therapy Services 

Vital Stim® Therapy 

What is VitalStim® Therapy? 

VitalStim® Therapy is a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering with difficulty swallowing or dysphagia. It is designed to be used as an adjunct to traditional swallowing therapy.

How is VitalStim® Therapy beneficial? 

VitalStim® Therapy used in conjunction with traditional swallowing therapy has shown to:

  • Accelerate strengthening
  • Restore function
  • Help the brain remap the swallow function
  • Accelerate the recovery time from a restricted diet
  • Be safe and effective for patients
  • Help patients achieve sustained improvement and long term results

More About Us…

MRMC Rehab is able to provide individualized programs for clients ranging in ages from 17 years and up. We accept a variety of insurance payer sources and will work with the individual insurance company to obtain pre-authorization for admission where required. A pre-admission screening is required for all potential admissions. These are conducted by trained clinicians to ensure appropriate of admission.

Progression towards goals is a key in any rehabilitation setting. Licensing agencies focus highly on the ability of each individual to be able to “make significant progress” during their rehabilitation stay. The MRMC Rehab interdisciplinary team provides ongoing communication of the progression towards goals in both formal and informal settings.

  • The formal setting – the Weekly Team Conference, is the time when the interdisciplinary team meets to discuss the individual’s current status, progression towards goals and any barriers to discharge goals. The Team’s findings are then communicated by our Medical Director on a one-on-one basis meeting with the client and family after the conference. This provides the patient and family opportunity to ask questions, clarify information, or provide recommendations to aide the client in staying “on target” towards goal progression and attainment.
  • The informal setting – the physician, therapy, nursing and clinical care managers are able to provide daily updates regarding the current status of a client.

Important information identified in the formal or informal settings can play a vital role in assisting a client in making progress towards goal attainment. As indicated, this information will be communicated to the interdisciplinary team members.

ReLearn, ReGain, and ReTrain skills to the maximum potential

Anyone facing physical and functional limitations as a result of severe illness or injury has extraordinary challenges to overcome. MRMC Rehab is dedicated to working with each individual client to ReLearn, ReGain, and ReTrain physical mobility and functional skills to the maximum potential.

We treat more than just the physical/functional limitations being presented . . . we focus on the whole person – body, mind, and spirit.

Now, receiving comprehensive and individualized rehabilitation does not mean leaving our community. 

You have the right to choose . . . Excellence in healthcare . . . close to home.

800 E. Main Street
Ville Platte, LA 70586

Many patients can now be treated without a physician referral. Call us at (337) 360-9714 to schedule an appointment and learn how we can be your first choice for all your rehabilitation needs.

Outpatient Therapy Department

We provide Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy.

In addition to general physical, occupational therapy for orthopedic and neurologic diagnoses, we provide specialized treatments in the following areas of rehabilitation:

  • Balance Training
  • Breast Care / Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
  • Hand Therapy
  • Electrophysiology (EMG / NCV testing)
  • Performance Enhancement and Wellness Programs
  • Pre- and Post-Surgical Management Programs
  • Shoulder Rehabilitation Specialists
  • Speech Therapy
  • Swallow Therapy
  • Modified Barium Swallow Studies
  • Spine Rehabilitation
  • Sports Physical Therapy
  • Temporomandibular Joint Therapy
  • Vestibular Rehabilitation

Specialized Hand Training 

Treatment is provided by a state licensed occupational therapist. The occupational therapist will help patients reach their functional goals for work and activities of daily living.

Therapists teach exercises, apply modalities, and perform manual techniques to improve hand function and protect it from injury. Therapists work closely with the referring physician to provide comprehensive care.

Hand injuries covered by this therapy include:

  • Fractures and Dislocations
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Nerve Injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Surgery
  • Arthritis
  • Tumors and Cysts
  • Sprains and Strains of the Wrist, Fingers and Arm.

Customized Orthotic Fabrication 

What is an Orthotic? 

Orthotic devices, also known as orthoses, are instruments which are applied to the human body to align, support, or correct deformities, or to improve the movement of joints, spine, or limbs. These devices come in direct contact with the outside of the body, and are used by podiatrists, medical doctors, chiropractors, and physical therapists. There are numerous types of orthoses, the most commonly used being casts, foot inserts, and splints.

Our therapists are specially trained in the assessment and treatment of conditions effecting the feet and lower limbs including gait imbalances, pain or discomfort of the ankles, knees, hips and lower back. Most commonly, orthotics are used to treat the following conditions/symptoms:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes
  • Bunions
  • Shin Splints
  • Metatarsalgia (pain in the forefoot)
  • Leg Length Discrepancies
  • Sports Injuries
  • Achilles Tendonitis
  • Excessive pronation or supination
  • Flat Feet / Fallen Arches
  • Claw Toes or Hammer Toes

By performing an in-depth gait analysis and biomechanical evaluation, your specific needs can be determined. Once the custom orthotic is received, the therapist will provide training and education on the proper use of the new device to receive optimal benefit.

Customized Prosthetic Training 

Our physical therapists work closely with the patient to maximize his/her potential following an upper or lower extremity amputation. The patient is provided with therapy to stretch, strengthen, shape and toughen up the skin/soft tissue of the amputated extremity. The therapist will educate you for how to use the custom fit prosthetic limb and help you return to previous functional level.

The patients with upper extremity amputation are educated over:

  • Use of prosthesis for arm and hand function;
  • Skin, scar u0026amp; stump management, and
  • Routine care of the prosthesis.

The issues addressed for patients with lower extremity amputation are:

  • Sitting and standing balance with and without the lower extremity prosthesis;
  • Gait training – learning to walk with a lower extremity prosthesis
  • Skin, scar u0026amp; stump management, and

Routine care of the prosthesis.

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