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Spinal rehabilitation

Day programs

Regain strength and function after spinal surgery or injury

Our spinal day rehabilitation program is for people who are recovering from spinal surgery or have had a recent injury to the spine. The program is offered on a sessional basis on set days and times a week.

The spinal day rehabilitation program is based on a multidisciplinary approach with input from your surgeon or specialist, rehabilitation consultant, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and hydrotherapist. We will assess your function and limitations and discuss your goals with you, to develop a program specifically tailored to your ability, needs and goals.

Your therapy team will guide you in a gentle strengthening program for the core and affected muscles and a graded walking program with the aim of progressing towards a gradual return to your baseline function.

We maintain communication with your specialists throughout your admission to ensure treatment supports and enhances the current treatment plan. You will have regular reviews with your rehabilitation consultant to monitor any pain and progression.

The spinal rehab program has a strong focus on education to help you understand your condition and enable you to return to everyday activities as your body continues to heal.

Matilda Nepean hydrotherapy

Enquire about our spinal day rehabilitation program

Talk to your treating doctor about a referral to Matilda Nepean for our day spinal rehabilitation program, or contact us directly for more information. 

Access rehabilitation services as a day patient or an inpatient

Depending on an individual’s needs, rehabilitation programs can be accessed as an inpatient (where you stay at the hospital) or as a day patient. You can find out more about our in-hospital rehabilitation programs here.

Find out more about our wellness programs

Learn more about opportunities to continue your exercise regime at the end of your rehab program via our day wellness program, which is supervised independent exercise for one hour in either the gym or the hydrotherapy pool.


Frequently Asked Questions

What does day rehabilitation involve?
An initial consultation with a rehabilitation specialist will be scheduled prior to commencing to determine which program is most suitable for your needs. This is likely to include 2-3 sessions per week of between 1.5 – 2 hours duration. Your doctor will discuss which therapies are recommended to treat your condition and they will arrange follow-up consultations throughout your program.
Do I need a referral to access a rehabilitation program?
A referral is required from your GP or specialist to access one of our programs. You will be assessed by our rehabilitation specialist once your referral has been processed.
How do I dress and what do I bring to a rehabilitation session?
  • comfortable clothes for exercise
  • suitable covered footwear
  • water bottle
  • towel and swimming costume for hydrotherapy
What are the fees and charges for day rehabilitation?
Most patients with private health cover will have a no-gap payment, which means your health fund will cover 100% of the program.

Our team will be able to assist and advise what payments will be made by your health fund, and if there are any out-of-pocket expenses. For example, some health funds charge an excess or co-payment if you have not had any other hospital admissions in the current year.
Other options for payment include self-funding, Department Veterans’ Affairs, Comprehensive Third Party and Work Cover.

Do you provide assistance with transport?
If you’re not able to organise your own transport, we may be able to provide transport to and from the hospital – depending on your location – for a small cost. Our administration team will be pleased to assist with any transport requirements.
What are the hours of operation for the rehabilitation program?
Our day rehabilitation programs operate Monday to Friday between 8.00am-4.00pm.

Our Doctors

Our doctors are highly experienced consultants in this specialised field of medicine.

Get in touch with our friendly team today