Augusta, GA – Physical rehabilitation is one of those things few of us expect to ever need, but the reality is most Americans will require at least one physical rehabilitation service at some point in our lives.

On Tuesday, Sept. 21, as part of National Rehab Awareness Week, Doctors Hospital is giving people a behind the scenes look at rehabilitation services during an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Stations will be set up so people can see what is involved in learning activities we take for granted such as keeping our balance or having the strength to open a can or jar. In addition, people can learn more about ways that game therapy, such as the Wii, can be used to relearn every day skills.

Dean Beasley, the director of inpatient physical rehab at Doctors Hospital, says, “Sometimes the need for rehab is anticipated, such as when people have hip or joint replacement surgeries, but in other cases it is something that happens out of the blue.”

For example, Beasley says “people recovering from a stroke, an extended ICU stay, a car crash, or some other accident may unexpectedly need rehab services.”

The National Rehabilitation Awareness Foundation says that nearly 50 million Americans are disabled. Disability does not discriminate and can happen at any time.

Statistics show that medical rehabilitation improves lives and saves money. For every $1 spent on rehab care, it is estimated that $11 are saved on long-term disability costs. People participating in rehabilitation programs of care are able to regain productivity and return to work, school and independent living.